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European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA

Adelbert Contact MEPs! (307 comments)

Finally we have the chance to lobby elected representatives rather than aetherial bureaucracy! Don't let's waste it, guys...

If anyone in the UK wants to write to their MEPs about this resolution (you should), you can use this page to do so. I'm sure similar services exist in other countries, or you could just post the MEPs a dead tree version of your complaint.

more than 4 years ago

Earliest "Writing" On 60,000-Year-Old Eggshells

Adelbert Re:More images (214 comments)

According to a tentative theory mentioned in Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction, it's possible that the early Ancient Egyptians heard about the technology of "written languages", and then got their top scientists onto replicating the concept, in order to try to correct the economic and military disparity that would result from being illiterate in a literate world.

I'm not sure how well accepted this hypothesis is, but I find it an intriguing idea. It certainly fits in with the behaviour of nations today, as they scramble to try to replicate nuclear technology, say, or high quality Internet search engines.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Secretly Beheads Notorious Waledac Botnet

Adelbert Re:Secret courts, secret orders, ... (381 comments)

Does it matter? I mean, are you saying you believe everyone has the right to face their accuser and defend themselves - unless the evidence is really convincing?

more than 4 years ago

Key EDS Witness Bought Internet Degree

Adelbert Re:I guess it really is true (258 comments)

This isn't the first time a dog has managed to wangle its way to a degree.

Go to this page for one of the funniest articles on Wikipedia. Basically, there are a lot of disreputable correspondence courses out there.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Launches Its Own Open Source Foundation

Adelbert Re:trap (344 comments)


That's a perfectly cromulent ending, but I think AC was going for "extinguish".

more than 5 years ago

Earth's Period of Habitability Is Nearly Over

Adelbert Re:So we still have... (756 comments)

I'm as pro-technological advance as the next /.er, but I've never really bought this kind of argument.

Civilizations wax and wane, ebb and flow. If Roman technological and economic advance had continued unabated, there may have been a Europe-wide steam train system by 700 AD, perhaps. But it didn't.

Maybe, just before the Sun's increased emissivity becomes a serious problem, our descendants will fall back into some sort of dark age/world war/counter-enlightenment. Who knows?

I just think it's a bit silly to assume that Moore's Law will be obeyed continuously for the next billion-odd years, without considering that maybe there will be sociological forces that come into play.

more than 5 years ago

New Developments In NPG/Wikipedia Lawsuit Threat

Adelbert Re:Pictures versus digital photos... (345 comments)

Hypothetical question:

Supposing there are a series of photographs of portraits that are in the public domain, but the images all have the frames in shot.

I don't think the frame should be in shot, so I write a bash script to remove the frames in bulk. Not only has a great deal of technical sophistry gone into this (I'd be surprised if 2% of the general population were capable of doing that), but the resulting .jpegs are set up in a way that I have dictated, based on my personal artistic preferences.

Are these new images in the public domain?

My gut feeling says they should be, but I don't see the difference between your actions and mine.

Whilst I don't know enough copyright law to know if the NPG is in the right or not, as a UK taxpayer I'm firmly against this legal action. Our culture is enriched by these images; let them be free!

more than 5 years ago

The Impossibility of Colonizing the Galaxy

Adelbert Re:Mac'D's (979 comments)

Since NASA's already been there, explored, sent back GigaBytes of data... I'll take that bet.

Would you rather send me the money via PayPal? I also accept credit and debit cards.

more than 7 years ago


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Post Number 5

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago

OK, this'll probably be my last post, as I get no comments and can't really be arsed.

I've recently been posting on the forum of the UK Students Linux User Group ( http://forum.ukslug.org ). If you're a UK student who uses Linux, I recommend it.


Post Number 4

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago After spending several hours downloading and burning the ISO for Ubuntu 5.04 LiveCD yesterday, I've spent most of today downloading SUSE.

At SuSE's FTP site, ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/, you can download the full version of SuSE 9.2 Pro, which I'm doing. However, Firefox tells me my download rate is currently 24.4 Kb/Sec, and so far I've got 500 Mb of about 3 Gig. Looks like I'll be pulling and all nighter. And most of tomorrow morninger.

I always find my own journals shockingly boring. What can I do to liven them up?


Post Number Pi

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago Currently BitTorrenting Ubuntu 5.04, "Hoary Hedgehog", LiveCD. I've never used Ubuntu before (which is strange, because I get through a heck of a lot of CDs just burning LiveCD distros), but its time to test the hype...

I'll probably find that it doesn't work on my laptop. Knoppix and Kanotix don't, and they're both Debian based. Oh well.

UPDATE: NO, it doesn't work on my laptop. The PC card screws it up. However, it does work on my main PC, and all is well.


Third post

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago

OK, I don't actually think anyone's read my journal yet. Certainly no-one's felt moved to post a comment. But if someone does accidentally come across this, I need your help.

I'm trying to set up some liveCD distros on my laptop. I already have Gnoppix and Slax, and Knoppix is currently 10% downloaded.

The thing is, my laptop has a built in wireless adapter. Does anyone know what I can do within Linux to make it detect the wireless adapter and thus connect me to the Internet. Any comments are welcome, particularly if they are accurate and helpful. Thanks again.


Second Post

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, it seems that the Mars rovers are getting an extra 18 months. I would write a long opinion piece on this, but everyone else seems to have got there first, as usual.

I doubt this is significant to most /. users, but on the off chance you don't see why Microsoft is so hated in the FOSS community, then go to http://www.opensource.org/halloween .

The more I type, the less it seems I have to say. Oh well.

EDIT: I noticed that Firefox (and presumably other browsers) was murdering the link to opensource.org, so I got rid of the URL tag and just wrote it in plain text.


First Post

Adelbert Adelbert writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is my first post here (I hate it when other people say things like that; why do I feel compelled to do exactly the same thing?) after registering earlier today.

Any bored soul reading this will be relieved to hear that I probably won't be bothered to add another. Trust me, I've tried blogging before. I'm not good at it.

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