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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

ChaoticCoyote Obvious (282 comments)

Well "duh". And water is wet.

about a month and a half ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

ChaoticCoyote No "None of the Above"? (238 comments)

What, no "None of the above"? I equate clickbait with jailbait -- no touchy!

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ChaoticCoyote Make it so. (701 comments)

Make it so. Make it so. Don't hold back anymore...

about 4 months ago
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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

ChaoticCoyote This Thread Says it All (356 comments)

Perusing this thread will tell anyone why Linux is not a significant player in the OS universe. Too much chaos, to many sharp opinions, jingoism... in the end, all that keeps Linux from being a serious contender beyond cell phones (where it is invisible) and scientists (who have certain needs).

There will never *be* a "Year of Linux".

Yet I'll keep on using customized versions of Linux for my own development needs, just like my wife uses odd and exotic materials media for her artwork. Linux/GNU/etc is an artist's tool, but it will never be mainstream or popular. Deal with it, be glad you have it, and quit bashing each other over the head.

more than 2 years ago
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Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

ChaoticCoyote Re:Too simple (744 comments)

Fascinating. I'm chagrined to have been ignorant of this. Thanks!

more than 2 years ago
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Some Critics Suggest Apple Boycott Over Chinese Working Conditions

ChaoticCoyote Too simple (744 comments)

Like most protest movements, anti-Apple activism is likely unproductive and too focused.

HP, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle... do you really think all the other tech companies are innocent in such matters? Given that the problem extends beyond the tech sector -- are you willing to boycott your refrigerator, or your car, or your shirt? Picking on Apple is targeting an easy mark, one that probably has more to do with disliking Apple's image than it does with any real desire to help people.

I don't own or buy Apple products for a lot of reasons. Their use of asian semi-slave factories will not be solved by a boycott, simply because most people don't give a rat's rump. Consumers want their cheap toys, and the "don't give a shitters" outnumber indignant Slashdotters by hundreds of thousands to one.

If you feel that boycotting Apple is some sort of stand against naughtiness, knock yourself out. Delude yourself that buying an Android phone or a Samsung computer makes you holier the Jobs' army..

However, if you want to make a difference, get involved in the political process, as people did with SOPA/PIPA. Make a stink on the broader issue of companies selling product created by near-slave labor in dangerous facilities.Anything less is playing at activism, as if it were a shiney toy, puffing your ego because "I'm doign something" that costs you little and helps the problem even less.

more than 2 years ago
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DNS Provision Pulled From SOPA

ChaoticCoyote Re:remember how lobbying ALWAYS works (232 comments)

(1) Expect A;

(2) Ask for something else A+B+C, where B and C are even more insane-sounding things and C is pratically unworkable;

(3) Make concessions to get people onside by suggesting that you're prepared to renegotiate on C;

(4) Wait for objections to be made to much of B and a near complete elimination of C;

(5) End up with all of A and a few scraps from B and C.

Notice this pattern in every jurisdiction with every proposed law. Always tackle the principles, which will be in A - you'll probably find that you want to eliminate the bill entirely. (That's at the second reading at the latest, if you're looking at the UK Parliament. Beyond that it's too late unless the increasingly castrated Lords throw up a fuss.)

Congratulations on codifying reality succinctly. Hell, this is how most projects work, political or otherwise: Shoot for the moon, settle for what you need.

Which makes me wonder -- why doesn;t the opposition do this? We need to demand freedom, push for flory, and expect to get bits back incrementally. Hell, we aren't goign to repeal the Federal Code, but we might just take a few bites out of it and start something positive.

Often, the best way to defeat someone is to use their own tactics against them. Vote, demonstrate, get involved, fight. Anythign else is just posturing.

more than 2 years ago
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DNS Provision Pulled From SOPA

ChaoticCoyote Re:Translation (232 comments)

We'll slip this back into some other bill later on when you sheeple are not paying attention.

Bad laws never go away forever in america. They just keep comming back until they stick.

Ignore the sheeple. They've been around since humans first evolved, and aren't going away anytime soon.

Bad laws do go away, but only with great effort, struggle, and sometimes societal collapse and rebirth. Humanity is due for a good colonic, IMNSHO.

more than 2 years ago
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DNS Provision Pulled From SOPA

ChaoticCoyote Re:so what obnoxious bullshit did they leave in? (232 comments)

Excuse me, sonny boy, but "younger" isn't the problem. Some of us old folk (aka, fifty in my case) know what the hell is going on here: We're all being frelled by morons and ignorati with this bill and other pieces of stupid legisilation.

I don't give a damn about who's on my lawn (literally, kids walk thru my yard all the time) -- I want these damned politicians out of my head, thank you very much.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

ChaoticCoyote Re:I call bullshit. (455 comments)

You can't buy fast food with food stamps.

And I was talking fish and fruit. Chicken is packed with hormones; red meat is fatty and has other "bad" elements". If we're suppoed to be eating fish and fruit, that isn't evenly vaguely cheap.

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

ChaoticCoyote Re:How do you determine healthy food? (455 comments)

I live surrounded on three sides by ocean.

Fish is hideously expensive, as compared to chiecken, beef, and pork.

Same thign for fresh fruit -- I live in a state (Florida) that produces lots of fruit, but the stores have incredibly high prices.

I know people on Food stamps (a large percentage of the U.S.population now, btw) -- and they can't AFFORD to eat healthy. There's a reason poor people are fat -- bad diet, because good food is too expensive.

more than 2 years ago
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Anne McCaffrey Passes Away At 85

ChaoticCoyote Dragonspeed, Anne (181 comments)

I was never a huge fan of her works, just a matter of taste -- yet I appreciated her creation of female protagonists, and her depiction of dragons as allies of man.

about 3 years ago
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What's Keeping You On Windows?

ChaoticCoyote A Buddhist Approach to Computers as Tools (1880 comments)

A computer is a tool. Use the best tool for the job.

Windows is where I do most of the work that pays my bills (currently; that will change next year with a new project). I like Word and Excel -- there is no free alternative that comes even close to Office 2010 in terms of polish and functionality. And I game (WoW, Dragon Age, old games), .

I judge an OS by how much cussing I do while working with it. Right now, I cuss slightly less at a Kubuntu 11.10 box than I do at Windows 7. The difference is not enough for me to dump Windows.

For software development, I use both Linux systems and Visual Studio. Truly, Visual Studio is an amazing product; however, I'm quite happy and comfortable with multiple consoles, editor windows, and working from the console. Specialization is for insects, as Heinlein said. I'm very Buddhist in my approach to computing and software development; I use what works, be it C, C#, Python, or Javascript. My goal is to accomplish things, not fight some endless philosophical war that has no real meaning.

Sure, I could switch to Libre Office and run games under Wine -- but why? Just to make some political point? That would be stupid. Libre Office is clunky, less capable, and ugly when compared to Word 2010. Most of the stuff I do in Excel doesn't work in OpenOffice or Gnumeric -- lots of complex macros and formulas, DDE connections to live data (that is only provided via DDE)... and again, the "open" alternatives are just plain UGLY.

If I could have only one computer, it would be a Kubuntu or other KDE Linux system. Fortunately, I don't need to limit myself.

more than 3 years ago
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US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote

ChaoticCoyote Sound strategy (735 comments)

The Palestinians are hoisting the U.S by it's own petard. The U.S. government passed the 1994 law as a "do what we say or else" measure, under the false belief that this would force the UN to follow U.S. policy. Instead, the Palestinians are being admitted to UN agencies anway, and we're cutting our own throat automatically.

It's not the Palestinians who should be worried.

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda's 'Scrolls' Lawsuit Going Ahead

ChaoticCoyote Stupid is as stupid does (332 comments)

Bethesda is being stupid. Bad PR for them -- although the addicts will buy Skyrim anyway. Most people I know don't call Bethesda's games "Elder Scrolls"; they play "Morrowind" or "Oblivion" or "Skyrim". No one goes looking for "Elder Scrolls IV mods", they look for "Oblivion mods".

And only an idiot would confuse a collectible card game from and indie publisher with a single-player RPG from a major software house. By all the gods, am I going to be sued by Bethesda because my novels have mountains and scrolls in them? Sheesh.

While I'm sure Bethesda doesn't care about my opinion or my money, I will not be buying Skyrim, nor will I purchase any other Bethesda products, or products that they are involved in. I will, however, buy Scrolls from Mojang.

more than 3 years ago
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Was .NET All a Mistake?

ChaoticCoyote Willfully Blind Zealots (688 comments)

I prefer C, C++, Python, and OCaml. I make much of my living from writing portable code.

That given: Not all code needs to or should be shared. Really. In most business ecosystems, no one gives a rat's ass about Linux or BSD or whatever outside the server room. And for vertical apps and internal code, C# is very nice, sort of a Java with better libraries. Microsoft won't abandon it, no one cares if these apps port, and code development is quick and easy.

Please, you zealots wouldn't even be interested in the C# I write. It's not cool, it's not innovative, it's freaking GUI data entry crap.

Well, okay, I have one C# app on my web site, a nice piece of signal visualization written at the behest of a now defunct company. The original was tied to proprietary hardware with proprietary drivers that only worked on Windows. The company went tits up, but I liked the code so much, I removed the hardware dependencies and released it for fun. That company, however, was creating a commercial product, and I *told* them C#/Windows was a mistake. They're dead now. But that's a different story from where most C# is used, which is for vertical market and internal apps in shops where no one is or will be running anything other than Windows.

I'm revising the signal program, BTW. in portable C++. C# is not a good solution in many cases, but that doesn't make it crap, either.

But I'm sure no facts will lessen the anti-MS zealotry.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows XP In a Browser

ChaoticCoyote Re:Wow, that sounds painful (217 comments)

No, I don't have it backwards, Of the four computers in my office, three run Linux distros as their boot OS; one runs Windows 7. Don't be such an automatic smartass.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows XP In a Browser

ChaoticCoyote Re:Wow, that sounds painful (217 comments)

Yeah, that's pretty much my thinking -- why would anyone want to do this, outside of very specialized circumstances?

I used virtual machines, of course -- for example, I keep a Fedora 15 install on my Window machines via Virtal Box, and I do run the Win XP that comes with Win 7 Pro. But those are simply conveniences, with only one layer of abstraction, and even with only that, both run highly inefficiently and fail to fully use the hardware I paid for.

I don't understand why people would buy high-powered equipment and then run something that cripples it. What's the advantage or purpose of running Win XP in a browser? I can't think or a single one.

more than 3 years ago

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Solar Power support for Laptop & Phone

ChaoticCoyote ChaoticCoyote writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ChaoticCoyote (195677) writes "I've been searching, Google and Bing, foe a portable and effective solar power solution — and I haven't found a clear candidate. I want to be able to run or recharge a laptop, and maintain the charge in a cell phone, even after a major hurricane or in areas where I don't have reliable power. What I'd like from the Slashdot audience is actual experiences with such a system, and a pointer to what can be had or built."
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Pirates and Nazis, oh my!

ChaoticCoyote ChaoticCoyote writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ChaoticCoyote writes "An article on The Register suggests that the "freedom-fighters" of The Pirate Bay are hiding (or ignoring) the neo-facist connections of their largest stockholder. Should members of the free software society care about the political views of those who seek an end intellectual property rights?"

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