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  1. For real, I just nuked flash off my last computer...

    For real, I just nuked flash off my last computer a couple weeks ago.
  2. And it's so stupid, because if they'd just follow...

    And it's so stupid, because if they'd just follow the license and open source it, nobody would be pissed off. And it probably wouldn't lose them any competitive advantage anyway!
  3. Printer? We should all be carving our own CPUs...

    Printer? We should all be carving our own CPUs out of silicon with dental picks!
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    There are some awful things* you can do with...

    There are some awful things* you can do with assembly macros, and sometimes for bare metal stuff you end up with things at weird alignments/positions that can be difficult to get set up right. But...
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    Maybe it's just an optimization technique... you...

    Maybe it's just an optimization technique... you know, cuz the compiler won't do it for them.
  6. Personally I don't find platform specific blobs a...

    Personally I don't find platform specific blobs a huge problem as long as...

    A: They're generic and not tied to a particular operating system (or boot firmware, as the case may be)
    B: They're...
  7. I don't need to run the software to be aware of...

    I don't need to run the software to be aware of the politics and decision making behind it. That alone is enough to turn me off. You'll notice my argument makes no claims based on technical...
  8. What gets me with this whole systemd thing...

    What gets me with this whole systemd thing (although admittedly not having tried any of that software) is exactly what's being mentioned in this thread - fingers in too many pies. I don't understand...
  9. Hey don't feel bad about it - when we started...

    Hey don't feel bad about it - when we started out, we threw out a few drives due to excessive bad sectors but it was actually the version of linux we were using screwing up and no longer transferring...
  10. This isn't what the 252 means, I promise. If...

    This isn't what the 252 means, I promise. If those numbers read 0 (at or below the third of those numbers), the drive is considered to be in a failure state.

    Those numbers are the drive's...
  11. Well, hang on guys. We can still maybe bitch at...

    Well, hang on guys. We can still maybe bitch at systemd for this yet.

    Let that badblocks run to completion. When we test hard drives for customers, we typically don't worry a whole lot about a...
  12. I had some Seagate USB3 4TB "expansion" (name)...

    I had some Seagate USB3 4TB "expansion" (name) hard drives, and at first I thought I couldn't run smartctl over them, but I found that using "smartctl -d sat -a /dev/sdx" would make it work. Note...
  13. I think this might be an oversimplification but...

    I think this might be an oversimplification but I'm sure it does apply in some cases. But then I think of a case where the open source development is proceeding faster than the versions made closed...
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    Well, it's always cool seeing software improve,...

    Well, it's always cool seeing software improve, but is a 1.5% - 2% improvement in a compression algorithm that basically nobody uses really news material?

    What I'd like to see is a decompression...
  15. I don't think this is totally correct. My...

    I don't think this is totally correct. My impression was that the kernel side driver (that manages hardware access, manages video memory, various low level stuff, etc) will be open source and shared...
  16. You end up avoiding a lot of accidental race...

    You end up avoiding a lot of accidental race conditions. Initialization only happens once so it's not a very sexy thing to optimize performance wise, and if by doing so you expose some...
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    For coding, I never thought subpixel rendering...

    For coding, I never thought subpixel rendering was too useful, simply because of syntax coloring - when you have red or blue or green text, you can't really effectively use the subpixel part that...
  18. Well, now that someone's brought up Gentoo, I...

    Well, now that someone's brought up Gentoo, I figured I'd chime in with my thoughts there:

    Gentoo and other (especially source based) "choose your own adventure" distros are valuable because they...
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    Reverse engineering?

    Do you think having someone do a binary reverse engineering on the blob drivers to come up with a hardware API spec would help things along?
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    AMD was having a problem even getting OpenCL...

    AMD was having a problem even getting OpenCL support to the point where it could run even basic features in Blender in Windows. It may have improved, but about a year ago, it was more or less a lost...
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