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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

CoolGopher GPL? (128 comments)

Is the module GPL'd, or does it taint the kernel?

On second thought (and without RTFM'ing) I'll go out on a limb and say that an album taints the kernel regardless of license.

about 4 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

CoolGopher Battery life? (217 comments)

Okay, what about battery? Does it last a few weeks on a charge like a good old Nokia? If not, why not? Why this incessant focus on processing power? Having to charge my phone daily (or more frequently!) is where the pain is if you ask me.

about 5 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

CoolGopher Re:Fuck Beta: I've been here for 13 years (573 comments)

I don't normally care for "me too" comments, but the day this slashdot beta is forced on me is the day I stop reading slashdot. And that's sad, since it's been part of my morning routine for the last 16 years or so.

But yeah, fuck the bigfonted blogified facebookie beta, pardon my french.

about 6 months ago
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Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video)

CoolGopher The secret (53 comments)

It's really very straight forward - simply submit whatever the current top story on /. is at the moment! Given the frequency of same-day dupes we've been seeing, you're bound to get a lot of your stories through...

about 10 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

CoolGopher Re:i wonder.. (530 comments)

The next brain-melting thing to consider is that, perhaps, everything moves at the speed of light - not through space, but through spacetime. But because most of the stuff we're familiar with - the Earth, the stars, etc - shares roughly the same path through spacetime, we don't experience it like that. All of our speed is taken up with travel into the future. We could swap a bit of it for travel through space if we accelerate.

Thank you! That's the first coherent explanation I've read that allows me to reach some sort of understanding of this!

about 10 months ago
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ArkOS: Building the Anti-Cloud (on a Raspberry Pi)

CoolGopher Re:"about the project" (166 comments)

I've got a really cool idea! We should totally get slashdot to get someone to read and tidy up the posts before they're well posted. You know, edit them to make them more readable. We could even give those people a title, say, "editor"....

about a year ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

CoolGopher Re:Digg version 2.0 (1191 comments)

This. So much this. Get the editors to, you know, edit, and improve the quality of the stories. That's what would make a positive change, not adding tons of white space and eye gouging/candy.

If this new designed is forced upon me, I will finally stop reading slashdot, even though it's been part of my morning "ritual" for the last 15+ years.

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

CoolGopher Re:What about the existing dotless sites? (132 comments)

Any name specified with a trailing dot will not have a local domain or search domain appended.

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

CoolGopher Re:Links to classified data should be labeled (271 comments)

I'm sorry, but if it's available to all and sundry on the internet, it is no longer secret, let alone Top Secret. The cat is out of the bag, the genie is out of the bottle, the train's left the platform, etc.

If institutions fail to adapt to the changing world, that's their problem, not the world's.

about a year ago
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Students Hijack $80 Million Superyacht With GPS Spoofing

CoolGopher Solution to the dupes (75 comments)

Let's attach a tazer to each of the "editors", and hand out "tazer points" in addition to mod points using the same scheme. Apply same as usual moderation, only with more painful effects! I am quite confident this would remove the dupes in short time.

All in favor say "aye"!

1 year,22 days
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English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

CoolGopher Bottle - Genie? (168 comments)

So how is anyone, courts included, meant to unpublish something? Unless a security researcher is saying "in X days I'll release the details on vulnerability Y" how would you even know to get a court injunction against said person? Once the cat is out of the bag, that's it.

Of course, I can then see the "logical" progression that all vulnerability disclosure must be outlawed - think of the children!

1 year,24 days
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Hallibuton Pleads Guilty To Destroying Simulation Data From 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

CoolGopher Fix the typo in the title already (104 comments)

Editor. I do not think that word means what you think it means...

1 year,26 days
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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

CoolGopher Re:Hey US... (650 comments)

It's as the US is trying *really really* hard to isolate itself from the world. Sadly, I'm getting closer to the point of saying "good riddance" in response :/

1 year,26 days
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

CoolGopher Re:polite - yet cutting and informative (1501 comments)

I would consider politeness an actual hundrance

Yo, you fucked up spelling "hindrance". ;)

about a year ago
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Irish Supreme Court Upholds 3-Strikes Rule For Copyright Violation

CoolGopher Re:I'm beginning to wonder... (82 comments)

If you have to wonder, you haven't been paying enough attention. :(

about a year ago
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Duracell's Powermat Ties the Knot With PowerKiss

CoolGopher Re:Well that sounds positive (61 comments)

Ohmy, I'm having a hard time staying current with all these technologies. Maybe I'm getting old and resist change too much?

about a year ago
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BeagleBone Black Ships With New Linux 3.8 Kernel

CoolGopher Re:Linux OR Android? (64 comments)

Yeah if only people would write GNU/Linux... wait, most distros aren't purely made up of a Linux kernel and GNU tools. Um, SomewhatGNU/Linux? NotJustGNU/Linux? OpenAndOrFreeSource/Linux? But what about whichever distro is using the FreeBSD kernel but the same userland as their Linux-based version? FreeBSD isn't just a kernel, it's an entire OS, so what would that be then? NotJustGNU/FreeBSDKernel?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I think saying "Linux" and "Android" is about as clear as it's going to get. To non-geeks it conveys the necessary distinction, and geeks already know (and debate) the distinction. Context is a wonderful thing after all.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developers Revisit Replacing Firefox With Chromium

CoolGopher Re:Why so much bloat Firefox??? (153 comments)

If I had modpoints you'd get 'em!

Don't get me wrong, Firefox is still my preferred browser, but I so wish it would slim down a bit. You know, be a browser instead of a kitchen sink. Then again, I'm a vi user, not an emacs user... ;)

about a year ago
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In Canada, a Government-Backed Electronic Currency

CoolGopher Already did this in Sweden (248 comments)

Digital "change" was introduced in Sweden about 14 years ago. It didn't take off, mostly (as far as I understand - and this includes personal experience) because it was cumbersome to work out how much change you had.

Without a display on the card it meant either finding your personal reader (I still have mine somewhere), or a store where you could check. This lack of convenience was the deciding factor. Sure, it didn't have the wave-or-tap ability (it was good old-fashioned swipe), and card-to-card wasn't available, but those I never had a need for. Quickly checking whether I had enough "change" to go and grab a quick snack, I most definitely had. Unless this new system solves the display issue, I don't see this going very far. TFA doesn't seem to mention this aspect at all, so I'm going to guess they haven't addressed it.

about a year ago

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