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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

BlackPignouf Shorter with coordinates. (81 comments)

director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

With the added benefit that saying "8.460N,76.963E" is much faster than pronouncing this city name!

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

BlackPignouf Re:Hope! (517 comments)

Thanks for the explanation.
At least on my systems (LMDE, Ubuntu server and Mac OS X), vim automagically opens archives, lets you browse the structure inside the gz file, lets you read the compressed files and even save the modified files.
If it doesn't, you can add this to your vimrc :
http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/...

2 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

BlackPignouf Re:Hope! (517 comments)

What's wrong about this command?

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

BlackPignouf Re:Please Debian (517 comments)

And what really gets me is, if systemd was just an init system, fine. But at the rate they are going there is going to be a systemd everything.

I hope you're not using Emacs ;)

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

BlackPignouf Re:Hope! (517 comments)

bcat /var/log/blablabla_log.bin | less
bcat /var/log/blablabla_log.bin | vim -
bcat /var/log/blablabla_log.bin | grep pattern
where bcat is an alias to whatever command you need to open systemd binary logs.
and with the appropriate plugin :
vim /var/log/blablabla_log.bin
just like you can do
vim /var/log/auth.log.2.gz

What's not *nix about it?

3 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

BlackPignouf Re:Article ignores variability (608 comments)

Mostly because they have so many coal power plants.
It's easy to integrate wind power when you have so many conventional thermal power plants.

about a week ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

BlackPignouf Re:Debian (302 comments)

I'm not trying to start a flamewar, just asking a genuine question:
What are the main differences between Debian, Mint & Ubuntu now?
I took some time last month to install and test OpenBSD, Alpine Linux, Mint, Mint LMDE, Ubuntu & Debian.
I just wanted a basic graphical interface + terminal + tabs + vim + zsh + ssh
I was suprised to see that Debian wasn't that much smaller or faster than other Debian based distros.
Ubuntu UI sucked, but I really liked the speed and small footprint of Alpine Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

BlackPignouf Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (763 comments)

That.
I cringe everytime I see "é" "ö" or "á" in folder/file names.
Even if you can, you probably shouldn't, just because it'll break at least one or two programs.

about two weeks ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

BlackPignouf Re:Only very best survive, and they like it that w (283 comments)

And considering that getting a PhD in science is no trivial matter in the first place, this is really the cream of the cream of the crop

I'm an engineer and I work with a lot of people holding PhDs, as well as "normal" people.
I couldn't find *any* correlation between "holding a PhD" and "being smart", "being creative", or "being efficient".
Holding a PhD basically just tells me that they sat down on some problem for a long time, and wrote hundred pages that only 1 or 2 people read.
Holding a PhD might correlate to "being resilient" or "don't mind doing boring repetitive stuff", but it surely doesn't mean you're the "cream of the cream of the crop", especially when "the cream of the crop" already has big social deficiencies.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

BlackPignouf Thank you (652 comments)

Thank you. One of the best articles on /. in a long time.
Haters gonna hate, but we'll come back to this article in a few years and say :
"We told you so".

about two weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

BlackPignouf Re:/usr/bin/quisuis-je (399 comments)

It's been corrected since, but yes, it would have worked.

about three weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

BlackPignouf Re:Only CGI scripts affected? (399 comments)

A friend of mine wrote a small web application for french conjugation, with verbiste (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/verbiste).
You type a verb, and it gives you a table like this one :
http://french.about.com/od/ver...

My verb was "avoir && whoami", and its conjugation was "root" :D

about a month ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

BlackPignouf Re:Funny (261 comments)

Where did you get those values?
According to this table (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_energy_consumption_per_capita)
It's 9.6kW for the USA and 2.4kW for China.

I suppose you only took electric consumption into account (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EG.USE.ELEC.KH.PC), but if you talk about climate change and global environmental impact, you've got to take everything (food, transport, heating & cooling, ...) into account. The ratios might be approximately the same, but electricity only accounts for 20% of our energy consumption.

about a month ago
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Astrophysicists Identify the Habitable Regions of the Entire Universe

BlackPignouf Re:A few hundred extrasolar planets (80 comments)

Yeah, I take those studies with a huge grain of salt.
Not too long ago, there was a scientific consensus on conditions required for life. Deep seas (e.g. hydrothermal vents) were far far away from the accepted habitable regions on earth.

about a month ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

BlackPignouf Re:List of Banks (61 comments)

The question is, why on earth do any computer with sensitive information there uses Flash or Silverlight?

about a month ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

BlackPignouf Re:Wait until global warming really kicks in (82 comments)

You're jesting, but I'd say that this process (like most, if not all, thermodynamical processes) works because of high temperature *difference*, not just high temperatures.

about a month ago
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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

BlackPignouf Cool project (314 comments)

On the one hand, it sounds like a cool project.
On the other hand, if they don't port it, they'll get the benefit of having neither Gnome 3 nor Systemd on BSD.

about a month and a half ago

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