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Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

Blaskowicz Re:O...okay? (110 comments)

Can't you use the MATE desktop with your RHEL 7 clone? Or use it in with the next distro you'll use. It is fine, really, I have been using it since when I upgraded from Ubuntu 11.04 (Gnome 2 out of the box) to Mint 13. It is strongly maintained and feature complete as ever (only nag is in my recent version it had decimal megabytes and I changed that to binary megabytes with dconf-editor).

My comment had to do with using a distro that tracks Ubuntu LTS and not bothering with ppas, compilations, binary distributions except for a handful of stuff that I think I need.

7 hours ago
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GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

Blaskowicz Bored (61 comments)

I miss gaming under Windows 98, when everything just worked.
I don't want anymore to change motherboard, change OS, reconstitute a game library all for the diminishing returns of games looking slightly better and playing the same or worse than 10 years ago.

12 hours ago
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Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

Blaskowicz Re:O...okay? (110 comments)

All the latest version of applications?
For me and people I know, the new versions of Inkscape and LibreOffice (or their point updates) will be in the OS's base packages in late May, 2016. For those who will bother updating the whole OS.

13 hours ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Blaskowicz Re:Careful - your argument points out why (216 comments)

What do you think cooking oil is? (sunflower, olive oil etc.). It's obtained with some pressure-based process but not with geological pressures. The energy density is very high. Can be burned in some diesel engines or be refined further into some "biodiesel".
Another technology is fire : while ruminants are chewing, belching and farting all day we developed a process of : chop wood, burn wood.

Of course if all fossil fuel mining stopped overnight, we would process to chop every tree we can find and raze any accessible land clear, then starve to death.

yesterday
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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

Blaskowicz Re:Gibberish Rules (60 comments)

It's the Google billionaires I think who recently declared that computers and the internet are going to get embedded in everywhere and will become effectively invisible.
In fact, computers have been embedded or "hidden" in consumer appliances since the 80s and the old stuff was sometimes more invisible than now (camera with automatic settings, car, washing machine). But now it's "on the internet" or at least on a local network ; sensors and wireless are considerably cheaper.
Before I was born there was hype about that kind of stuff already but it was with serial lines and an 8-bit computer with 40 column text display.

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R.U. Sirius Co-Authors New Book On Transhumanism

Blaskowicz Re:What exactly is Transhumanism ? (60 comments)

It's like making a nazi supersoldier that shoots lightning, using suspiciously well conserved corpse parts from the 10th century and "Tesla" electric stuff.

yesterday
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The Big Bang By Balloon

Blaskowicz If you want to write an article on medium (23 comments)

How can you make it? By asking rhetorical questions, and ending your sentence with bangs! What if your readers already heard of balloons to map the microwaves over a decade ago? Didn't a balloon go up in the skies? We got some partial results before the WMAP probe picture!, improved from the ealier coarse picture made thanks to the earlier space-based COBE! But hold your breath, we're gonna write new articles and they will end up on slashdot! Bang!

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Blaskowicz Re: Simple solution (461 comments)

Can you have a neighbour pick them up on foot?

I'm speechless. Kids already suffer spending all their lives in cars and in front of the television and other displays, which makes them socially inept and then eventually unemployed (the US is only transitioning now from full employment to mass unemployment, I bet this will be seen in the coming years/decades)
It's already bad enough. Legislating that kids are denied access to the streets (also called "outdoor") is insane.

3 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Blaskowicz Re:18B on 75B (526 comments)

With the mac book pros they took a lesson from netbooks and tablets, mass produce a one-size-fits-all model that you can't modify or upgrade. (minor spec differences at buy time, but that's it).
Its competition is somewhat the Surface Pro series.

4 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

Blaskowicz Re:How are they rocky? (67 comments)

The bigger the star, the lower its lifetime. It only takes a few million years for a star to form, shine and then go supernova.

4 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

Blaskowicz Re:Oh Boy! (82 comments)

Bottom-of-the-barrel 'HDMI stick computer' might be it. You're saving on the HDMI cable at that point. Or even the software built into a low end TV with an unkwnown brand : a very recent one might come with a USB port and video playback / music playback / picture gallery functions. Seen a low end 32" like that, as weird as "low end" and "32\"" belonging in the same sentence may sound.

4 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Blaskowicz Counter-Strike servers please (327 comments)

That is some unexpected news, as I was reading an interview of a French economic newspaper with this guy.
Let me chime in for a personal revendication which might be useful for the working or modest or youth classes. Counterstrike 1.x is lacking servers both in quantity and quality, a small few are nice but it is a pain to suffer 24/7 dust2, zombie mods (wtf?) and too many gun game servers. We should organize to provide community servers with good map rotations, good map voting (but servers without voting as in the good old times too) and ensure popular education with such classics as cs_militia, de_aztec (CS 1.5 version), de_prodigy, de_nuke (old version where you can climb on roof), de_ccble you name it. Even a hundred servers ought to require not many hardware resources these days, they probably could run on one box.

Counter-Strike 1.6 also allows anyone to compete as it will run on a modest PC and even with a really crappy OpenGL driver (linux) at high framerates, actually a low end CRT monitor at 85Hz is plenty fine there. Counter-Strike 1.5 is even less demanding, doesn't need Steam and can still be run though there's the little aspect of no CD key checking on the network (everyone gets 2^32 - 1 as the CD key)

No need to get in debt to buy recent PC parts!

5 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

Blaskowicz Re:Oh Boy! (82 comments)

It sure is.
For stationary images best would be for a "USB graphics card" to work (that's how I call a USB to HDMI adapter)
If an SBC comes with USB 3.0 then it's even better. Weirdly my googling turns up cheaper USB 3.0 adapters than 2.0 ones, like newer tech is more viable, newer, higher volume, cheaper.

But while the hardware is less overkill that way, cost of SBC + USB adapter gets nearer to the cheapest dual output PC (NUC, new fit-PC). Bigger hurdle : I have no clear idea of CPU, GPU and OS requirements.

5 days ago
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Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters

Blaskowicz Re:Oh Boy! (82 comments)

x86 ones with an Intel or AMD CPU can.

5 days ago
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Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

Blaskowicz Re:You nerds need to get over yourselves (211 comments)

I would be able to do that with cut, sed, awk, QBASIC, C or whatever, but I don't know how to do it in a spreadsheet.

5 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Blaskowicz Re: Anti 1984 sign (282 comments)

Look at what Greece just did : they changed their government by voting.
It's doubtful the same can happen in the US but I hope you can keep a glimpse hope.

5 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Blaskowicz Encryption, encryption, encryption (282 comments)

I will guess :
- certificate errors that people will have to click through ten times a day
- people lock themselves out, accidentally lose their data (lost keys, lost cellphone needed to receive an SMS)
- interoperabiliy problems of old versions and unpatched browsers, libraries, software
- encrypted ads and encrypted malware will infect your encrypted browser and mess with your encrypted data.
after non-root computing and port 80 computing, meet encrypted computing, same crap one more layer down
- bad guys will still mess with it
- in the end, you're still fucked because you used failbook, skype etc. or you posted public content in comment threads, forums, IRC etc.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Blaskowicz Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Phones use little energy and possibly newer phones use more energy than older ones (bigger screen, more features, bigger battery, more games, more spyware apps)

To charge the true cost of energy, see carbon tax.
Sometimes energy efficiency is very questionable (hybrid cars's complexity and batteries, or a TV more efficient but bigger), there even may be surprises such as the fabrication of a LCD monitor costs more energy than that of a CRT one.

5 days ago

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