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Trisquel 7 Released

Alien1024 Re:no wireless. less space than a nomad. lame. (39 comments)

Out of boredom I googled "Microsoft Linux", and found this ancient joke site. A joke news from 2000: "MS Linux to have Start Button". Well, with fairly minor differences and a different name such as "Menu" button, damned if it isn't right there at the bottom left corner, on quite a few Desktop Linux themes nowadays, e.g. the standard on Mint Mate.

about three weeks ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

Alien1024 Re:Much as I despise trolls (489 comments)

But I'm not sure they're really talking about trolling. The mainstream media and politicians have a habit of confusing trolling with online bullying, harassment, particularly vicious racist attacks (for instance on memorial pages), etc.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Alien1024 Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

How do you know it was stopped in Nigeria? Because the Nigerian government, who have a strong incentive to protect their billions of dollars in trade with the rest of the world say they stopped it?

No. We know it because US health authorities and the WHO reported it.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Alien1024 Re:For those who said "No need to panic" (421 comments)

Furthermore Ebola never did reach Nigerian cities.

Um, ebola certainly reached Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, populated by 17.5 million people. The index case, doctor Patrick Sawyer, even performed surgery while ill and symptomatic.

about a month and a half ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

Alien1024 Columbus, aware of the New World? (276 comments)

"... they suggest Polo was aware of the New World two centuries before Columbus."

I'm not sure Columbus was ever "aware of the New World"; he probably always thought he had reached the East Indies. On the other hand, it's a well-known fact that the Vikings or the Norse "discovered" the Americas no later than the 11th century.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Alien1024 Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

it still works like new after 4 years

FTFM. The point stands.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Alien1024 Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Like GP, I stopped buying HTC due to horrible support for upgrades. The Desire HD was far from cheap - more than 600 euro at the time I bought it, the HTC flagship device back then. Officially, it is stuck at 2.3.5. They once promised to upgrade it to 4.x at some point, but they later retracted and they had the nerve to claim they couldn't upgrade it because "storage partitioning", "user data", or some such baloney. Yes, it can be upgraded with CyanogenMod or whatever, but it was lame how they refused to upgrade a recent and powerful device with such pathetic excuses - the real reason was, obviously, they wanted you to buy the Sensation or the One.

Having said that, it still works like new after 6 years (terrible GPS and WiFi not that great; fine otherwise).

Disclaimer: this is by no means a slam on Android or a defense of iOS; my current phone is a Nexus 4 and it's great.

about 2 months ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

Alien1024 It's been done before... sort of (88 comments)

Not a new idea. Only they didn't use Kinect or electrical stimulators, so they just relied on the partners' willingness to mirror each other's movements.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

Alien1024 Re:Data is sent by satellite ... (503 comments)

They are still useful. For example, they might shed some light on whether this is true or not.

about 4 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Alien1024 Re:666 (753 comments)

The "haircut" in Cyprus was a horrible deal. Having said that, people didn't "starve" like you suggest. The issue with the ATMs was that they ran out of notes. There was a bank lockdown, but it lasted 12 days. Everybody knew it wouldn't last enough for people to starve - the ECB and Germany couldn't tolerate continued damage to the currency.

Trevor a wolf went out there and started buying cashless peoples' Jewellery for about 5 cents on the Euro

Citation needed, really, for that.

And the way you put it, it seems like you have to either be completely cashless or keep cash out of the bank. Misleading. There's no reason you can't keep certain amount of money in the bank, for convenience, and another amount in notes.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

Alien1024 Re:How in the hell did this pass IRB? (160 comments)

I don't understand the "-1, Troll" moderation.

Quirkology by Richard Wiseman, an interesting read, is a compilation of rigorous experiments in social psychology, many of which were conducted, *gasp*, without the subjects' consent.

Retail stores do research on consumers' behaviour in order to try to sell them more sugary, salty and fatty snacks. Addiction to those nasty foods is a very real issue with health consequences. Where's the outrage?

about 5 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

Alien1024 Re:consent (130 comments)

I really doubt Facebook conducted this experiment in order to "develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge" out of the kindness of their hearts. Far more likely, they seek to profit from it by generating more posts, more traffic, etc.

This is no different from retail stores conducting studies linking customer spending habits to item locations; they do such studies all the time.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

Alien1024 Re:Python (466 comments)

As others have pointed out, what the OP is asking for is, basically, a language that does it all across many platforms, a tool that does all jobs, and I'm afraid that doesn't exist. The closest thing, IMHO, would be the oh-so-obvious answer "Java", except it's not interpreted.

Anyway, a question to those who are answering Python and Javascript: since the OP is asking for something that has, among other things, "mobile relevance, GUI desktop applications relevance", are there any decent IDEs/APIs/whatever that facilitate Rapid development of desktop programs and what these days is referred to as "mobile" (meaning, mainly, iStuff and Android Apps)?

about 5 months ago
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

Alien1024 Re:Copyright or Trade Secret? Pick One (197 comments)

An "haute-cuisine" cook can make business by keeping their recipes secret. That falls under trade secret.

The same principle holds for source code.

And for other industries, too. Cars, aircraft, hardware... The blueprints, or the sets of steps necessary to build those things, can be trade secrets.

Nobody suggests they can't sell the resulting products while keeping those processes secret. The only reason it doesn't make sense to copyright a dish (I mean the edible dish, not the recipe) is because those things aren't information, you can't take one of them and make a copy just like you can with software.

Software is peculiar in the sense that both the "recipe" and the resulting product are information - but they are not the same information, and there's no reason both sets of information should receive the same treatment.

Now, what doesn't make sense is to patent one thing and try to keep the same thing a trade secret.

For full disclosure, I am firmly against software patents as they are conceived in many jurisdictions. Patents should be detailed and should include the best method known by the author to carry out the patented process - for software patents, this means they should include the source code.

about 8 months ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

Alien1024 Re:Not If I don't buy it (178 comments)

More seriously, though, in a low-speed collision at certain angle, a seatbelt can make the difference between the driver hitting their head, which may cause them to fall unconscious and lose control of the vehicle, and retaining control of the vehicle and the ability to avoid running over pedestrians, for example.

Any driver safety feature provides safety not only for the driver but also for all other drivers and people around the road. Whether each and every of those features should be made mandatory is another, more complex, question - tinfoil-hatters are speculating rear cameras will in fact serve nefarious surveillance purposes - and sometimes tinfoil-hatters are right. The safety of airbags is questioned, too. An airbag may hurt a passenger when it's too close to them.

about 8 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Alien1024 Re:"Religious Activities" not Religion per se (529 comments)

Of course. I know atheists who enjoy some Christian rituals for the singing. You can be an atheist and attend a Buddhist gathering and chant a mantra. And a long etcetera.

about 8 months ago

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