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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

AvitarX Re:Signs clear enough even for a layman (535 comments)

There used to be, I feel like things are worse than they were 7 years ago now.

Compiz was stable, drivers were good, motherboard support was better, Gnome 2 just spoke to me in it's looks.

I haven't built a system for a while, but the last one I built won't boot with a USB drive plugged in, the desktop environments were shaky, video acceleration meant playing h.264 videos, and that was a no go. Gallium still isn't working.

Ubuntu 7.04 was for me, the peak of usable, workable Linux vs other OSes. 7.10 introduced a locking while heavy disk bug, and Linux in general has been frustrating since then (I've dabbled in Linux, or run it as my primary desktop for over 15 years).

4 days ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

AvitarX Re:Elections are Popularity Contests (71 comments)

The supreme court decides what is and is not against the constitution (that's in the damned constitution).

We live in a common law, it's not just what's written that matters, but all of the rulings since.

4 days ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

AvitarX Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

I personally see:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

As a right to privacy. It is spelled out, not just stated that it exists. The edges of what that means for legislating things is in the jurisdiction of the courts.

5 days ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

AvitarX Re:I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

It's very difficult to pierce the corporate veil for a properly setup and run company (as in run by the letter of the law, including previous rulings).

I worked for a company that essentially dissolved itself, moving almost all assets, to a new company, and plaintiffs were still not able to get past the block (certain amounts had to be left behind, and most debt was moved, it was over a dispute with a union that the new company was formed, but lawsuits filed after the switch were not able to get through).

5 days ago
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Court Rules Google's Search Results Qualify As Free Speech

AvitarX Re: I am sure there will be a challenge (137 comments)

Hardly technically inclined. And hardly a group of homosexuals.

It was proposed in a column of Savage Love (Dan savage is not technical), and acted upon (after the definition contest) by his readers, which I suspect are majority heterosexuals.

Not trying to nip pick, but portraying an act of protest with broad support as a homosexual conspiracy plays into the right's opinion of who wants equality, and who is appalled by people such as santorum.

5 days ago
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Big Talk About Small Samples

AvitarX Re: Keep reading to see what Bennett has to say. (243 comments)

I didn't see the first one, though this is not exactly the venue I'd expect to read about it, I suspect it would have been worth my read.

I thought the thought experiments on lines were a little silly. The exit one I highly suspect would have been maintainable, with people trying to cheat actually adding to the over-all exiting time as they were sent to where they should be, or to them being allowed through, in which case you're back to where you started.

The ice one I think ignored the fact that the wait time is very likely an intentional part of the price. Quicker sales would likely hugely increase the amount of ice needed, which would then require more administration of the ice, and perhaps lead to a shortage at the end.

Both were decent thought experiments, but the context of burning man was too specific without enough relatability to be interesting to me, and I suspect most of the audience.

I really liked the dissection of the responses to the breast-feeding photos using the mechanical turk though. I thought it was a great illustration by example of the utility of said tool, a decent defense for using it for non-scientific, but early probabtive functions, and illustrated some key differences in the situations that lead to knee jerk calls of racism.

This article was more meh, as I think people are either going to concur or not with the sample size, I think that 70ish each photo is probably alright to make generalities of a 50/50 choice, it seems from the comments people that don't agree don't agree.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

AvitarX Re:What what WHAT? (100 comments)

Thank you. It's not a wifi issue, as the laptops actually get it right, but a very helpful post, thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

AvitarX Re: It's only worth it (237 comments)

I think it's a personality thing (train vs drive).

I was in long island for a while, and had a 90 minute door to door commute (working in manhatten). I hated it. A couple times I needed my truck in the city and drove, it was two hours each way, but I arrived feeling much better, and having had a much nicer experiance. This is even though you can drink on the lirr.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

AvitarX Re:What what WHAT? (100 comments)

Well, this explains why I had trouble searching.

W3C is listed as a seperate provider in tables, here: http://whatismyipaddress.com/l... (note, they chopped the direct link in my original post), and here: http://whatismyipaddress.com/g...

Note, in the first link, everything except W3C is listed as correct, which is even more baffling for me, because somewhere the wrong information is being received, and it happened everywhere in the shop at once, across platforms.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

AvitarX Re: W3C does geolocation? (100 comments)

It happened simulteneously on two osx comouters, safari and firefox, and six windows computers ( vista and 7) using Firefox and chrome.

The fact that it happened instantly everywhere is why I assumed it was an ip address in a database related issue.

It also appears to not be a problem for laptops, for which I assume mapped wifi is over-riding ip address

And yes, I have it all so wrong I couldn't even Google a solution (I tried).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

AvitarX Re: W3C does geolocation? (100 comments)

I will look into it. I simply was going by the provider column at the linked page.

It's weird to me that providers 'a' through 'd' have my address right and w3c lists it in Ireland. It happened simulteneously to every desktop in the shop.

It's quite annoying. I definitely do not know what's going on, as I couldn't find a solution on Google and resorted to this.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

AvitarX Re: It's all about the haters (177 comments)

Does iOS have Google Now? that's actually my killer app right now. I LOVE that it scrubs my email to track packages and fight information. It gives me driving times to work, to where Hotels are booked, to friends' houses I frequent, all at approprite times.

Tells me about concerts I want to go to correlating my searches and location, weather where I am and where I want to be.

Essentially it's using all of the information it collects on me for me, and I am happy with the trade.

My recommendation to people until 4.x was get iPhone unless you are into the Google ecosytem on your desktop, now I honestly think it's a wash with pros for both. The last real killer feature of the iPhone for me was size, they eliminated that. When the first retina displays hit, I think they were definitively the best phone until things caught up. Even now, a lot of Android phones seem to have good screens on paper, but when you look at them, they're just a little off, but I think there's actually vibrant competition, and it's not just on price.

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

AvitarX Re: It's all about the haters (177 comments)

And people that already had gmail accounts, and people that wanted larger phones, and people that wanted keyboards.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

AvitarX Re: Yeah right (306 comments)

I think it's more of an admission they'll only give you fast Internet if they can absolutely make sure you can't use it.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

AvitarX Re: I don't know that I'd call it expensive and sl (35 comments)

Also, the airplane internet is too lame to work on, even when it's well worth it, if I'm going to do work, it would have to be local, or just emailing.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox With Forget Button, DuckDuckGo Search, and Ads

AvitarX Re: er, Netscape? (311 comments)

Mozilla M18 was when I switched from Opera, with one of the earlier ones getting usable, Netscape 4.x was horrible by the end though, completely unusable and slow.

On older systems I used Dillo, which was way more pleasant for static HTML, which used to exist.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Terrible Geolocation

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  about two weeks ago

AvitarX (172628) writes "W3C has the IP address where I work as showing up in Ireland (we are in the USA). This is a nuissance for a lot of reasons (many dates now display in European format, prices are listed in euros, search results redirect to google.ie).

Some of these issues can be worked around, but it's frustrating. I have searched as best as I can, and only can find information on the geolocation API in HTML5. The office is on a static IP address from Comcast.

When I visit http://whatismyipaddress.com/u... all info is correct except for W3C's result, I have submitted that it is inaccurate, is there anything else I can do? Googling I have only managed to find usage examples for web developers/designers."

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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