Re: Perfect for hackers :)
Please keep Poettering away from it.
805 posts • joined 15 May 2016
>>There's been some changes recently to the phone systems mandated by the FCC which have cut dramatically the volume of Spam calls.
And yet, that's what I woke to this morning. Improved I can agree with, but like only adding half as much sewage to my coffee, it's still not acceptable.
Even without a bare metal test, it's nice to see, as I'm in the process of using up spare parts to build a machine to play with--which oddly, requires ordering more spare parts, as it would be clearly terrible if I ran out [this may be tongue-in-cheek, but anyone with a big stockpile of spares knows this as it's why we have so many spares!].
If nothing else it makes me think that I'll do some back-to-back playi... testing, myself. I was going to just stick Mint with MATE on it, but it raises my awareness that I haven't run Lubuntu for awhile and have never tried Ubuntu with MATE, so I'll have to have a good tinkering session to see how it goes.
Thanks for that!
The American approach to freedom is MY freedom to tell YOU what you're allowed to do.
And I'm not sure when that really happened, as it seems really common today with the modern public, but if I think back to childhood I can pick up examples regularly. Perhaps social media has just made it easier to see and recognize, as you don't have to go to the PTA meeting or whatever gathering to notice that attitude.
Uh no, the big commercial guys would much prefer to buy parts off the shelf cheaply and hire a cheap mechanic or two to be on staff for preventative maintenance when not fixing the big stuff.
The big commercial guys like to make money, you see, and not spend it at the JD service department.
I would still love to see alternative aftermarket support happen, though it'd be kinda a weird crossover to get the guys from microsquirt (an open-source ECU) working on tractors.
" Fun fact: where in a car your steering more or less self-centers when on a level road, so that when you let go of the steering wheel you end up going straight ahead again, "
Shouldn't. Almost no roads are level, they're always crowned for water runoff. If you drive on the right side of the road, the car should pull very slightly to the left to fight the crown. It's not a very noticable effect, but drive with the car set up for the street on a much flatter surface (an airstrip, a racetrack, etc) and it is distinctly present. [Reverse for driving on the left, of course].
Point stands though, you're describing the 'on-center' feel that comes from caster/trail in the way the wheels are held to the chassis in relationship to the normal direction of travel (and is a big part of why your car becomes very unstable when driven backwards fast).
In fairness, a tornado hit of any significant power is going to flatten pretty much any structure you can name, excluding those built actually underground. And even if you build so robustly that it survives, the rest of town is devastated and you likely have no infrastructure functioning anymore (sewer, water, electric, internet, etc).
Tornados are fortunately very small and quite rare on any given spot. Building for hurricanes would be possibly useful though (albeit, obviously on the coast).
Interesting to see 3D printing being used for this, even if it's in infant stages. I'd say that the end game is not to build housing or other structures on Earth though--I have to think that the primary goal is figuring out how to repeat the process on the moon, or Mars, or some other similar place where moving building materials is prohibitively expensive.
Around this era, I recall if your computer was 9 months old, it was decidedly out of date, and drastically slower than the latest.
Whereas today, the hardware has been perfectly acceptable for years, but the software is just slowing down as it bloats. Today's 'slow computer' probably just needs the software trimmed. Yesterday's 'slow computer' was measurably slower on tasks a user would actually do.
I am so glad to know that i'm not the only one with an immediately cynical response to this.
It's Intel. It'll cost drastically more than any other option, or it will perform like trash. That's held true for their CPU's, SSD's, and motherboards--I see little hope in expecting otherwise.
It helps that if the US government makes a big song and dance about trying to protect US interests, it's good PR. Nevermind that what they're undoubtedly protecting includes their own spying.
That horse has already bolted, of course. But there always exists the question of how many are still in the stable.
There's a big pile of terms that don't really refer to what they used to mean, or their root meanings don't translate right anymore. Not just in law, but in anything that's been around a long time and updated through the years, be it law, medicine, astronomy, even IT.
Being melancholic doesn't mean having too much black bile and thus an imbalance of your humors anymore, for example.
Why do we call them SSD's? Solid state disk. Disk generally doesn't mean a rectangular thing full of smaller rectangular things, it means something round and flat.
There's an argument that language evolves, but a better argument that language doesn't evolve fast enough to keep up with what the meanings of the words are using to represent!
There are cars that have additional heating (electric) elements in the HVAC controls for precisely this purpose. Can't think of the specific model, some eco-box thing, could do 0-60C quicker than it could do 0-60mph.
(I want to say mid-90's Ford Tauruses [Taruii? Taurxen?]......er....)
(The mid-90's Ford Taurus was one such car that I recall having this feature [nailed it!]. Shame about the rest of the car, but the heat worked very quickly.)
That ensures that there will be an even more active aftermarket in hacking cars.
I'm amazed that remote start is even an option in any case though, seeing as starting the engine to have it run without anyone in it nor movement strikes me as not the most eco-friendly option, surprising that hasn't been legislated out of existence.
I think the realistic fear is the final dropoff coming back to earth crashing and releasing the Andromeda strain upon us.
(Though it's not from Andromeda, the Martian strain? Invaders from Mars? I'm sure there's a suitably cheesy reference to make here!)
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