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The US-Soviet Cyber Cold War

CarpetShark Re:Damn (117 comments)

I dunno. Waking up nekkid in a VAT of slime might have its downsides. Although there probably would be a lot of nekkid chicks nearby...

about 4 years ago
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Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

CarpetShark Re:Ask Slashdot (600 comments)

"It doesn't matter that he doesn't have ALL the knowledge in his brain to do this from scratch. He's researching"

Exactly. Just about all professional jobs require learning new skills on an ongoing basis, and many require actual R&D. IT is probably the most research-laden profession around, that isn't actually labeled as such.

about 4 years ago
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Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business

CarpetShark Re:does not compute (449 comments)

Spoken like a selfish person who has no interest in the freedom of anyone but himself.

about 4 years ago
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Did an Apple Engineer Invent FB Messages In 2003?

CarpetShark Re:I hate software patents... (128 comments)

A patent for this should not exist. To me, it's pretty obvious any time you open an IM client and someone isn't on, that email should be chosen instead. It's the simple next step you take as a human, so automating it is a simple, obvious step too.

Also, IM clients like pidgin do something very similar when you merge the same contact's accounts on different networks (including non-IM networks like IRC and Facebook) and double-click to send a message.

about 4 years ago
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Why Tablets Haven't Taken Off In Business

CarpetShark Re:does not compute (449 comments)

I was more confused by the attempted assocation between Apple and freedom.

more than 3 years ago
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Whitehat Hacker Moxie Marlinspike's Laptop, Cellphones Seized

CarpetShark Re:First Post (484 comments)

"Next time, take a broken hard drive with you. That will give them a challenge. :-)"

They'll probably just think it's one they've already processed.

more than 4 years ago
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Life Found In Deepest Layer of Earth's Crust

CarpetShark Re:Living under surface (335 comments)

"there is a leak and the pacific is starting to seep in"

Oh that? That's nothing -- don't worry about it. Fancy a cup of tea?

more than 4 years ago
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Like Democracy, the Web Needs To Be Defended

CarpetShark Re:Stop being a web user (108 comments)

Start being a web owner

And how do you propose to do that? Buy every domain, datacentre, and individual server on the net, along with all the supporting infrastructure, RFC documents, staff to run it, etc.?

more than 4 years ago
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Hard-Coded Bias In Google Search Results?

CarpetShark Re:Stupid Article (257 comments)

No, it's like asking your gardener what lawnmower is best, buying it on his recommendation, and then finding out he's getting paid to say that because the store owns his company.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Blacklist Back In Congress

CarpetShark Re:Obama will not veto this. (278 comments)

What, are we going to have EVERY politician interviewed by EVERY voter?

No, stupid. Because that's got nothing to do with what I said. Try shutting up, and reading more.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Launches Sandboxed Reader X

CarpetShark Re:Great Idea: Will it work? (201 comments)

I downloaded and installed Reader X yesterday, but I haven't had a virus in a long time

Well, you do now ;)

more than 4 years ago
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The World's Smallest Legible Font

CarpetShark Re:Low-res game font (280 comments)

If you click through a few links around this story, you'll find a guy who made a smaller font without subpixel rendering, for a MUD client, and other people talking about how old games used 4x3 fonts in some cases -- I forgot that 8 pixel fonts where NORMAL, not the small ones, on old systems. There's NOTHING new here. Even the subpixel rendering stuff was obvious at the time subpixel rendering was invented. One of the first things people discussed was how subpixel rendering would reduce the need for font greeking.

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Says Android Will Dominate

CarpetShark Re:Who cares? (416 comments)

Advice, even. :/

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Blacklist Back In Congress

CarpetShark Re:Obama will not veto this. (278 comments)

Government officials: same as for any other job.

Career politicans: such things should not exist.

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Says Android Will Dominate

CarpetShark Re:Who cares? (416 comments)

"Use what you want and leave the "I win"/"you win" dogma aside."

That's great advise for users. Not much use if you don't happen to be in the IT/Mobile industries, and need to know what direction those industries are taking.

more than 4 years ago
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The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

CarpetShark Re:windows (603 comments)

What killed it was a) (lack of) marketing; b) that the OS wasn't abstracting those resources enough to make them upgradeable, and they fell behind PCs, Megadrives, etc. They should have bought the RTG APIs/Cards and moved to them ASAP. A 3D Graphics API would have been good too, even if it was very basic. Just getting midi built-in would have been a big step in winning the pro Atari ST market.

more than 4 years ago
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Internet Blacklist Back In Congress

CarpetShark Re:Obama will not veto this. (278 comments)

And remember you're not a good citizen if you don't validate the broken system by voting like a good sheep.

more than 4 years ago
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The World's Smallest Legible Font

CarpetShark Re:Nothing new. (280 comments)

Exactly. I'd like to know where this Comp Sci professor got his qualifications, and whether he's old enough to have been around when computers had a res below 800x600.

more than 4 years ago
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The World's Smallest Legible Font

CarpetShark Low-res game font (280 comments)

"Reading the font is also made easier by virtue of it being a text many of us would recognize."

Personally, I recognise it because this looks like any other sans serif ~8 pixel-high font from any low-res game of the early 90s or so. Nothing special AT ALL here.

more than 4 years ago

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Global resource exhaustion within ~20 years?

CarpetShark CarpetShark writes  |  more than 4 years ago

CarpetShark (865376) writes "There has been endless talk in recent years of overpopulation, wars over oil, the move to renewable energy, financial chaos, governmental and personal belt tightening, and environmental disaster. However, they have rarely been explored in relation to each other, in long-term historical context, or projected together into a considered economic model of the future.

In this chapter-by-chapter video documentary, Chris Martenson explores these issues not as separate problems, but as a complete economy — global, national, and personal. He explains how resource usage is following an exponential pattern, which is reaching crunch-point. At the same time, this falling resource availability is being intercepted by exponential demand due to many factors: overpopulation, resource availability, resource harvesting expenses, internal demand on exports, and more, all of which are also reaching crunch-point. To compound the problem, he shows how we have collectively buried our heads in the sand by allowing GDP, inflation, and other measures of economic stability to be systematically doctored over the last century.

Martenson has endeavoured to be very clear about distinguishing facts from his own opinions, and although the video itself is short on citations, he has provided articles and citations on his site. He's also careful to present his facts in a way that will cause as little knee-jerk reaction as possible. Nonetheless, he believes (and his numbers suggest), that this is all leading to a catastrophic situation — possibly limited to some major bank closures, yet possibly as severe as complete economic collapse. Based on the material presented, it's difficult to see how the former could be more than wishful thinking."

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Nokia/Trolltech to License Qt as LGPL

CarpetShark CarpetShark writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CarpetShark (865376) writes "Following their acquisition by Nokia, Trolltech have added an LGPL licensing option to Qt. Qt (pronounced "cute", not "Q.T."), the main widget and OS abstraction layer used by KDE and many other Free Software projects, is roughly equivalent to the GTK+ library within GNOME. However, GTK+ has been LGPL from the beginning, which has, arguably, led to increased support from corporations such as Sun etc. This raises interesting questions on the future of Qt (increased contributions?), the future of KDE (more corporate contributions and sponsorship?), and also the future of interactions between KDE and GNOME (since they'll be using more compatible licenses)."

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