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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Eravnrekaree freedom the principle, donation culture needed (244 comments)

One of the things that drove me to open source initially was the asinine closed source model which prohibited you from seeing what was running on your computer, and the endless red tape of Microsofts licensing boodoggles which made it even more difficult to maintain the system, such as by using Live CDs and such for recovery, which is much more flexible on Linux as your not bound by so many restrictions on how the US can be used. People deserve the freedom of reading the sources of software they run, and being able to modify them. its the only way to control your computer rather than it control you

Many people bring up the issue of programmer pay. I do want programmers to be paid, the best would be a donations based model where it is open source, and the developers benefit from donations. In addition, the fact is, a lot of the money people spend on Microsofts crap doesnt even go to computer programmers. What is Bill Gates net worth again? Microsoft is still a near monopoly on desktop which allows Microsoft to exploit both programmers and consumers to benefit some elites who quite honesty are not worth more than the people who work at McDonalds, but instead milk the monopoly that was handed to them by IBM and then seek to exploit their workers to grab more of the profits for the elites who are not worth what they are paid.

2 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Eravnrekaree Re: I can't see this happening (108 comments)

MTV was always mindless tripe. I remember when there were actually some semi-sophisticated shows, such as X Files, Twin Peaks, STNG. Those were the days.

3 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Eravnrekaree Re:Not really true? (108 comments)

The link read a lot like Cable Company Astroturfing, trying to obfuscate the issue. Its really quite simple, that when you pay for a bundle, your money is going to fund channels many of which you utterly despise and which you do not want to have any part in supporting. The problem is, you can't get the channels you might want unless you pay for the ones you dont.

3 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Eravnrekaree Re:Ala-cart, not all it is cracked up to be. (108 comments)

WRONG. What you are describing is NOT ala-carte, its just another form of bundling. Real ala-carte is where you can buy JUST one or more of the channels that you want with nothing else, from all of the channels available. So stop using cables own broken form of so called ala-carte to try to suggest people dont want the real thing.

3 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Eravnrekaree Many people do want ala carte (108 comments)

Its hard to think that anyone can honestly say that a large percentage of users do not watch only a small fraction of channels in their cable package, thus funding channels they will never use and may even despise intensely. Dismantling the everything or nothing bundling is about allowing people to opt out of funding mind numbing garbage that they may even despise and want to be no part of. I should have a right to not support programming that I think is total rubbish just to get the programming that I want. This will actually make the providers more responsive to customer wishes. Its also good to have an ala carte per program option, which, it should be obvious many want.

3 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

Eravnrekaree Re:Complex? (198 comments)

Your post shows you don't know what you are talking about. Tables are often implemented with cross linked b-trees, with one b-tree per column. Other alternative is to use a hash array, or an array alone.

about a week ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

Eravnrekaree Marketing poison to the masses. (228 comments)

This is why GMOs should be made illegal. Coffee is perfectly fine the way it is. Thanks, but no thanks. The fact is that GMO technology is not safe is a scientifically proven fact. Numerous rat studies have proven that they can cause cancer, lesions in the digestive tract, kidney and liver damage, among too many other diseases to count. All of this has been documented by independant research such as in Jeff Smiths book. The pro-GMO stuff is propoganda put out by the agribusiness industry who use psychological marketing techniques to sell dangerous products to the public, the same way that cigarrettes were sold as being good for you, the BP and other large corporations are just so darn safe with offshore oil drilling and that just dont look at the gulf because there was no real harm from that, as the CEO of BP said, it was a drop in the bathtub. Whatever.

Edward Burnays extensively used psychological mechanisms to dupe the public into thinking things were good for them, hip, cool and so on for marketing purposes. This is exactly what we see here with corporations marketing noxious poison to an ignorant population.

Maybe we can do what they did to wheat, crank up the gluten level 1000 times to cause an outbreak of allergies and obesity. Or create GMO tomatoes scientifically proven to cause lesions in rats, or Soy which has super high levels of trypsin inhibitors and much less protein. Jeff Smith has documented how obesity levels of food caused illnesses have skyrocketed since the introduction of GMOs. Go to the countries where GMOs are banned and you will see thin, healthy people. Go to the USA and the difference is stark, rampant obesity, illness and so on. You can literally tell the difference in peoples appearance.

if you want less caffiene, buy decaf, or mix decaf and caf to get the level you want. If you want a flavor added to your coffee, such as cinnamon, buy some cinnamon and put it in. Nuff said.

about a week ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

Eravnrekaree Re:Is there any point continuing GCC's development (99 comments)

GCC's support for Fortran and Ada make it valuable, the point is the need for an open source compiler so when your requirement is open source a commercial compiler wont do. Many assiduously avoid closed source software and want to be able to have the facility for ada and fortran. Many "infrequently used" platforms are more important than you think, such as the system Z platform from IBM.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Eravnrekaree Re:Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (166 comments)

There is a lot of logic behind my arguments. The fact is, selective breeding is natural as far as the actual coding process being controlled by natural systems. My other points are very valid. The kinds of manipulations with GMO would never happen with selective breeding or other natural gene transfers. GMOs have significantly higher risks. Small changes in the genes can have enormous effects, genes have many functions which are not known and with effects that can cascade throughout the organism. This makes GMOs unpredictable. GMO soybeans had significantly increased levels of trypsin inhibitor and reduced protiens, therefore, it made every negative quality of soy worse. Sure, selective breeding has its own problems, which can be seen with wheat as described in the book wheat belly that as a result of Green Revolution manipulation, wheat is now a health destroying food thathas vastly more gluten than it had before and has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic and all of the fat ill people waddling around. But you can take the effects of selective breeding and amplify the danger a hundred times with GMOs. GMO manipulation has been shown to have vastly greater and more devastating impact, for instance, by causing the GMO organism to produce carcinogenic compounds, as shown with studies.

If you want to see a more full treatment of the dangers of GMOs, please do read Jeffrey Smith's book on GMOs. All you are hearing is the marketing propoganda paid for by agribusiness that is designed to cover up the danger and whitewash it just as they did with smoking and lung cancer. These are the same people that told you that smoking was safe and used clever marketing to trick you into it so you would think it was cool. The environmental organizations such as Greenpeace have no fish to fry except to be concerned for your safety, which is the reason they exist. I am not anti-technology, to say that unless you support every and any technology you are antitechnology is absurd, this was nonsense cooked up by the agribusiness PR psychology unit people to manipulate you for their purposes. I am against technology which threatens human health and is unethical. With GMO we are messing with the environment by inrroducing changes that would not occur in billions of years of evolution, selective breeding or with natural breeding.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

Eravnrekaree Dont mess with my coffee!!!! (166 comments)

This is more evidence of why we need a ban on GMOs. We don't need bubble gum flavored coffee or whatever crap they come up with, I like how my coffee tastes just fine. I like the bitterness that coffee can have its flavor profile as it is, the flavor of coffee is what makes coffee what it is. We don't need people telling us to drink less caffiene, if someone doesnt like the caffiene, drink decaf, or mix decaf and regular coffee to get the caffiene level that you want. No need for screwing up the coffee genome.

The fact is, GMOs are not safe, and its not the same as selective breeding. Selective breeding puts natural limits on reproduction since only the genes of two of the same species can be combined. There is a slower rate of change which limits the risk and the danger. Because GMO allows for changes that would not occur in regular selective breeding, the danger is greatly and vastly increased. Studies have shown that GMOs can cause liver and kidney damage and can cuase cancer. I know some of these studies were done by Greenpeace. So what. Do you expect the pharmacuetical corporations will be glad to carry out studies that show their own products kill people? Its much easier to see a profit motivation behind studies funded by pharmacuetical companies who have a profit motive, than a non-profit like Greenpeace which only has your welfare and the welfare of the environment in mind.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Eravnrekaree Mass media takeover and destruction of 'net (253 comments)

This is basically designed to bring the old big media, broadcast ways to the internet. Hence, to basically destroy the Internet, allowing for mass reproduction of centrally created Corporate content, where independant voices are locked out. The protocol is designed for that, mass distribution of corporate created, centrally distributed content to an ignorant, consumption only masses which are treated with disdain and objects of manipulation by the elite. This is to bring big media and the stranglehold they had for so many years on information the public has access to back.

With the Ipv6 transition needed its time to focus on that rather than on this plan to destroy the internet and turn it into the digital equivalent of 100 channels of centrally produced, elite controlled, one way cable television programming designed to psychologically manipulate and control a feeble and dim witted public.

No thanks and get your #%#% hands of my internet.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Eravnrekaree Re:What Linux alternatives are there to TI-84 (359 comments)

The point I think i would make is, that its good to have a programming language mathematical system and library of functions from a programming environment, but it also can be useful to have as well a more GUI environment, for instance, it makes things faster to be able to just hit Sqrt key on the GUI rather than to have to type in sqrt(number). Both the programmatic way and the key based way are importand and have their uses, so I do not want to be misconstrued as downplaying the need for a rich mathematical programming environment with a complete suite of mathematical functions and features, modelling, graphing, etc. which I know is important.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Eravnrekaree Re:What Linux alternatives are there to TI-84 (359 comments)

Pyzo is interesting nonetheless. Having a mathematical programming language is important, there is no doubt.

about two weeks ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Eravnrekaree What Linux alternatives are there to TI-84 (359 comments)

At one point, there really was no powerful analog for a graphic calculator on Linux, I mean one with the same user interface with all of the easy to access buttons that such a calculator has through the GUI. That may be the case still. Anyone have any recommendations on a Linux application that could completely replace all of the functionality of the TI-84, in functionality and user interface?

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Eravnrekaree Re:Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Technically, half of the states have not opted to use the federal site, but have decided to not participate at all. This led the federal government to run the site without the state, although an authority not granted to it by congress under the law.

about two weeks ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

Eravnrekaree Perl would reduce the incidence of these problems. (230 comments)

This underlines an important point I made previously, that part of the problem here is C/C++ and its manual memory management. Ruby, Perl and Python eliminate a whole class of programming errors by doing memory management automatically, making it easier to develop secure applications. People laugh when you say the web browser should be written in Perl, as the web server should be, but its true. The result would be a safer, and even a faster system because a Perl program would lack as many memory leaks and therefore you would end up with less memory swapping as a result. So much for how much Slashdot people know about security, or good software design, that they would then that C/C++ is a good development environment for the web browser or web server, when it obviously is a source of huge numbers of vulnerabilities. People here must be totally inept or clueless to miss that Perl has automatic memory management, reference counting and automatic allocation that you eliminate hanging pointers and out of bound access errors.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

Eravnrekaree Re:Not the correct application for this (107 comments)

No, it has nothing to do with the WWW. It has a lot to do with poorly designed web browsers written in C/C++ which leak memory like a sieve and treat memory like everything has unlimited quantities of it. A well designed web browser supporting ALL of the HTML, Javascript and other web standards could use a small fraction of what Firefox uses if it is written properly and in a better language like Ruby. With some quality programming, the web browsers could use a fraction of the CPU power they do now by storing off screen graphics in compressed formats, for instance, especially since ending up with disk caching due to using up the RAM is far more resource intensive than decompressing images. There is no reason, NO REASON that Firefox should eat up 1 GB of RAM. The Javascript and HTML engines supporting ALL of the latest standards and ALL legacy standards only take up a few MB of RAM. There is massive memory leakage going on these browsers of forgotten image and multimedia data. Observing the behaviour of Firefox it cannot be anything else, when you open 20 windows and then close all except the first one, memory never goes back down. If web browsers were written in say, Perl or Ruby, I gaurantee that you could easily have browsers that are many times faster than current browsers because the memory usage and swapping would be much less, plus would be much safer without all of the buffer overruns.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Found the Origin of the Ebola Outbreak

Eravnrekaree Dangerous virus (86 comments)

The fact that so many experts on the disease die of it is a testament to its extreme contagiousness, and why we really should be scared of this thing. Of all people, experts of the disease take precautions to avoid catching it themselves, when they do, its not a good sign. It only makes sense to put into place travel bans from infected countries. It is important when dealing with this diseases to stop the spread by banning travel from the hot zone. There also needs to be public funding for a vaccine.

about two weeks ago
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter

Eravnrekaree Re:It's a question that WAS relevant (161 comments)

An all the way CISC architecture would allow you to have both operands of an instruction to be pointers to memory, the CPU would have the circuitry to load values into a register in the background. That would eliminate manual register loading. You would also have 3 operand versions of the instructions, as well. x86 is not the most CISC architecture out there or take the concept as far as it could. This would be a very programmer friendly environment. AMD expanded the number of registers, they could add even more, I dont know what the reasons are for not having at least 32 GPRs.

about three weeks ago

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