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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

Darfeld Re:like we needed more ammo (206 comments)

More like Linux from scratch instead of Mathematician, gentooist as physicist, Debian as chemist...

about 10 months ago

France Revokes Ability To Disconnect Convicted File-Sharers From the Internet

Darfeld Re:"commercial piracy" (97 comments)

Gaps! a law against being none original would be the end of story making. Have you read tvtropes lately? (or at all?) It's virtually impossible to make a story without using a trope already used dozen of times (and I'm being optimistic). It would be even worst than software patent.

about a year ago

Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

Darfeld Re:Idiots (433 comments)

Casual Piracy is as easy today as in the early 2000s... Easier I would say. Go to TPB or any torrent agregator, search for the last movy you want, download in tens of minutes and watch it... in the emule's time (or worse) you would probably have waited a night or two, and you would be hoping not to get a porn file (or the revers).
And for all I know, pirating games don't seems to be harder either. The only thing that change slightly is how you find the games.

As for the Humble Bundle: Keep in mind the games in them are no exclusivity. They were probably on TPB before they were in the Bundles, and anyway the fact is that the bundles are still selling, so it doesn't seems to be hurting anyone. Quite the contrary it would seems. Also, getting games for the price you want without DRM and free music legally is attractive. I can only speak for myself, but I have bough games with the bundle I wouldn't have pirated other way. (The down side being I have now to much games for my free time, but hey they were really not expensive. )

So I guess DRMs are only good for annoying genuine customers.

about a year ago

Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Darfeld Re:My theory (1010 comments)

10 years ago was 2003, not the 1990s.

Just to be clear, I meant to say even 10 years ago things were not what you described, so your experience was probably from the precedent decade.

I'm not blaming you for giving up, just don't compare what Linux is in the present to what it was in the late 90. Things have evolve a lot. I'm not telling you to give a try. Do what you want. I seriously don't care. But please don't make judgment based on what you think you know. I could make use Linux to my grandmother who don't understand much about computing, and I'm sure it would work well. Believe it or not.

Linux was ready in the late 90s or even early 2000s, but seriously it's not comparable to what it is today.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Darfeld Re:My theory (1010 comments)

Ah a anti-linux fan. When was the last time you saw a modern Linux system?

Yes you can copy/paste... you can since at least 10 years ago I would say. The middle button also works, and quite frankly, it's a great feature I wish was implemented in windows as well.

In most modern distribution, the installer can make partition without your input, but you can dictate your own settings. I also think it was possible 10 years ago by the way...

Ha! please don't start with unguessable names... have you look at windows process lately? Anyway, application are named by there author and it's true on any platform.

Yes let just look away and ignore Ubuntu, Mint, Redhat, and plenty other totally usable distribution that doesn't require real knowledge from the user part to use.

But anyway, you can stay in the years 1990...

about a year and a half ago

Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

Darfeld Re:Awesome (1176 comments)

The man should sell his story to Hoolywood. They might had some explosion there and then, but whatever...

about a year and a half ago

France Ending Minitel Service

Darfeld Re:[...], historians say (137 comments)

I knew the minitel when it was still mainstream! (gosh, what am I now? some kind of reverse hipster? )

It used to be fun to type random stuff on the black screen with the keyboard while offline, but it kind of gets old pretty quickly, I tell you. Other than that it a handy to find postal address and phone numbers... I wasn't old enough for the hotter stuff. The biggest downer was it was pay per minute. Then internet came, like fifteen years ago, with the fancy html and stuff, plus you could do the same thing and more with it. I'm surprise the service still exist until this week end, but I figure old people are difficult to move to newer technology.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

Darfeld Re:National vs. Commercial Interests (540 comments)

Either way, this treaty need serious rethinking, as in it's current state, it is hardly enforceable. For one thing, apart maybe for China and India, There were no manned space exploration program seriously supported by any government since the 70s. It might be that not being able to exploit the moon or another celestial body made it difficult to sell to earth people, and ultimately difficult for government to justify to put money on it. It's just a thought.

An other difficulty to enforce this treaty, is that their is no real way to punish transgressor... Imagine China set a colony on Mars. What is the rest of the world gonna do, apart from learning to speak mandarin?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Bas Lansdorp About Going to Mars, One Way

Darfeld Re:Participant Psychosis? (540 comments)

Maybe we could offer this to some death waiting prisoner as an alternative? Maybe not the sanest crew... But They would have double motivation to succeed.

more than 2 years ago

Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

Darfeld Re:Here comes the complaning... (737 comments)

It's funny how people just can't stop saying PS have huge features that lakes Gimp. I'm sure that's true, but I never see what those features are or why they are so goddamn importante.

I mean, normally, in a good flameware KDE/Gnome or Linux/OSX/Windows or vi/emacs, you gets some details, but here, pretty much nothing.

So I'm curious : What's so great about PS that it's worth paying for? ( And yes, I know it isn't hard to get it free, but it's not what I asked, you pirate's scumm! )

more than 2 years ago

Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?

Darfeld Re:Open Source is good because YOU can fix bugs (178 comments)

There is a difference between doing bad maintenance or changing a brake to tinker the software that control your speed. if you get a bufferoverflow you can have a car speeding up in the middle of a city, or braking suddenly on the hightway, and you might not be able to predict it until it happen.

Anyway, bad maintenance is bad enough, if you can do both, it is just more troubles awaiting.

more than 2 years ago

Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?

Darfeld Re:Open Source is good because YOU can fix bugs (178 comments)

To be fair, it's not really the "electric engine" part that matter.

Most people don't hack their computer programs, but some does and sometimes some came up with something usefull for more people than just himself. It's great and cool.
Now all systems aren't critical on a car, but if you build an Open Source Car (electric or not), you Open all systems, else it's a Closed Source Car with Open Source equipment. But you don't want average joe to hack the direction, speed regulator or brake systems. 'cause average joe will probably f*ck it up. And you want your roads to be relatively safe, or else you don't bother with rules for them. On a racetrack the rules are different : tinkering is expected, so why not hack what you can?

I'm all for freedom to hack your properties, but like all liberties it shouldn't allow you to put other people in danger.

more than 2 years ago

Open Source Electric Cars — Good Idea Or Not?

Darfeld Re:Open Source is good because YOU can fix bugs (178 comments)

The point I think isn't that any Joe Nobody can make change and fix bug, but that constructors can produce the derivative product, cuting cost of developpement, and that independent car's repairman can do their job without paying what-thousand dollars to a car constructor for certification.

As for private tinkering, It shouldn't be autorised for vehicules on the public roads, but it can still be interresting for stock-car amateurs...

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

Darfeld Re:Why not (1091 comments)

That's simply not true.

Ubuntu, to name the most obvious distribution, make linux grandma simple. As much as a windows at least.

As for iPad/Android/whatever, if your grandma isn't able to work things out with Windows/Linux/OSX, she probably won't be able to figure that out too.

If people are afraid of technology, they will stay away from complex devices, no matter how "easy to use" they are. If they aren't they can handle Windows or Linux, as long as they don't mess with edgy stuff. Windows has an advantage here, because most people, even some "technology afraid people" have been forced to do stuff with it, have learned the basics and are at least familiar with it. Apple has for him that it's smart things for smart people. Well that's what "they" say anyway. Linux has a rep of being complex and difficult to understand. It's true, as much as Windows or OSX, and it's irrelevant for most user. It's even simpler : to install a software, you launch the app Store and search for it then click install button. To launch a software, you click it's icon in the menu, pretty much like windows anyway. most users don't need to know more. (And grandma certainly doesn't)

about 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Darfeld Re:Are passwords really that hard to remember? (372 comments)

If it's works for you, it great. But you can't expect everybody to go with some personal mantra every day just to memorize a few password.

And anyway, this is really unnecessary. For most account, you just need a moderately strong password, a word with a number and 6 signs are more than enough since nobody will bother finding it by brute force.

more than 2 years ago

The Consoles Are Dying, Says Developer

Darfeld Re:hardware limits (309 comments)

Facebook games are getting better at the "game" things I guess, but their is still work to do on that. The social aspect is more than often a lure. It has worked pretty well, but it really gets old after a bit. They are good browser based games with good social aspect though, but none that have to thank fb for that.

For Google/Apple's games, they work because they open "video games" to a broader audience. but games you can pick up and put down in a minute aren't what a gamer will look for. Gamers won't disappear just because of casual game on phone. It's just not the same usage.

Wii/Xbox/PS3 have specificities, and it's up to the game designers to figure what support is suited for what kind of game. I really don't enjoy action games on a phone, the command are crappy and most of the time they hide the screen (you know, because of the tactile thing) and I sure won't buy scrabble for my Xbox. As for the networking aspect, things are going in the right direction I think.

PC has the most wide panel of possibilities from controllers to social things and Internet connection, so it gives it an edge. But my guess is no platform is going to disappear, they'll just radicalize.

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers Confirm a Hot and Steamy Exoplanet

Darfeld Re:What about the poles? (66 comments)

75 times closer to a Star five times smaller than the sun. I'm not gonna do the math if it's more complex than the apparent 5/4 ratio but it's important to consider the size of the Star if you're gonna talk about wide angle. And there might be a matter of brightness of the star too.

Anyway, the planet apparently does get more light, since its temperature is about 200C

more than 2 years ago


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