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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Geeky Re:If systemd is deemed going against unix philoso (793 comments)

At least SMF doesn't, if I recall, do more than slightly more sophisticated startup script management. Init scripts still work, and you can, if you want, handcraft the XML wrappers. In fact, underneath all the automation there's basically an old style script.

3 days ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Geeky Re:Working from home (160 comments)

I suppose the logic is that the internet is now on a par with basics like power for being essential and ubiquitous, and you presumably don't get reimbursed a portion of your electricity bill for working from home.

I don't think that's good logic - I know people who only have 3G access because it's less hassle than setting up a fixed line and ADSL if you're young, renting and move often.

Where I work, working from home is seen as a benefit, so you take the trade off - it's still cheaper for me to work from home than spend the fuel on commuting.

about a week ago
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Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

Geeky Re:hum (65 comments)

And I could grow my own food, too...

Most people don't have the skills to change OSS code. I enjoy photography and, like many photographers, use Photoshop. For most of the photographers I know, just using Photoshop is enough of a technical challenge - suggesting they make code changes to the Gimp to make it do what they need would be like telling them to design and build a car from scratch rather than buy one from Ford.

I am a programmer, and I daresay if I really, really wanted to I could contribute, but to do so I'd be spending most of my free time on getting tools to work rather than using tools I've bought to do the things I actually want to do.

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Geeky Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Up to a point, and see my reply to retchdog about circumstances. However, there are people living with chronic pain and disability who don't choose suicide. There has to be a trigger somewhere that makes some people suicidal in those circumstances and others not.

And yes, not everyone's pain is physical, but pain is pain - if we understood the workings of the mind better, we might be able to help those in any kind of pain.

Where it gets more complicated for me is that I do actually support assisted dying, with appropriate safeguards. So I suppose I see that it can be rational in some circumstances - for the terminally ill, for example, or those diagnosed with alzheimers. I'm equally aware that seems to contradict my view that suicide is a symptom of a potentially treatable mental illness.

It's a difficult and nuanced subject. Ideal for discussion on Slashdot, where open minded discussion is to be expected! No, I'm really not new here ;)

That wasn't a dig at your response, btw, in case it wasn't obvious.

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Geeky Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

It's difficult because we understand so little about the mind that we can't really tell what falls within normal bounds and what is potentially damaging to the individual. particularly with regard to suicide. An analogy is blood pressure - we have what we call a normal range, and offer medication to individuals with abnormally high or low blood pressure. There is no well understood equivalent for behaviour. My belief, based on what I read, is that the trend in the USA has been to over medicate and smooth out behaviours that fall within normal boundaries, but as I say, that's based on media perception.

Circumstances can certainly be a trigger, in the same way that underlying physical conditions, or some cancers, can be triggered. Not everyone who smokes will get lung cancer, but it increases the risk. Bullying may be similar for mental health problems. Anecdotally, I lost most of my hearing in one ear and now have constant tinnitus on that side. At the hospital, I was offered counselling as apparently the tinnitus can drive some sufferers to suicide. I'm lucky - I experience it as an inconvenience and can live with it.

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Geeky Compare with sports (442 comments)

Entertainers get paid according to the market value of the entertainment they provide. Full stop. Personally I'm happier seeing them get it for making me laugh than to see someone make more than that kicking a football / hitting a golf ball / swinging a tennis racket (etc). Top footballers (soccer...) earn silly money, and I'm sure it's the same with American football, baseball, basketball etc...

If people stopped paying to watch them, stopped spending a fortune on the satellite and cable packages, the rewards would come down. That they don't is simply market forces. I don't begrudge them personally, but it makes me a bit sad that the world values their skills so highly.

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Geeky Re:Yawn (442 comments)

To quote Norm from Cheers: "Women. Can't live with 'em. Pass the beer nuts".

about three weeks ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Geeky Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

My view is that suicide is a result of a mental illness. People go through all sorts of traumas, from bullying to severe medical conditions to grinding poverty and don't kill themselves. Those that do are ill, and I would consider suicide to be on a par with dying of a disease. Just my view - I believe it takes more than circumstances alone.

about three weeks ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

Geeky Re:Redefine (188 comments)

Or perhaps someone got involved in the project who'd had some experience with BMC software, and he said "guys, change the name, you don't want to get confused with that archaic steaming pile of bloatware"

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

Geeky Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (120 comments)

It's slower because it has to register each item on the scale before you can scan the next one (at least, that's how they're set up here). That means I can't use both hands - scan, bag while the other hand is scanning the next item. The cashiers can do it faster because the system lets them do it faster.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

My comment was more on the behaviour of people emailing me - in that their emails are always short to the point of losing clarity when they've composed them on their phones. When I'm emailing from my phone I will sometimes point that out and say I'll reply in more detail later. To be fair, it's not just the keyboard - it's easier to compose a longer email on a larger screen.

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

It is on a phone... and that's the problem.

I can always tell when someone's emailed me from their phone rather than a PC, because the message will be terse to the point of ambiguity.

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Geeky Re:Couldn't Agree More (544 comments)

I agree, the first smartphone I had was a Palm Pre and it was great. The keyboard was really usable, and I could type quicker than I can on any phone I've had since. I could hold that and type with both thumbs, but for some reason I just can't do it with an onscreen keyboard. Don't know why. Mind you, when I see younger people typing on their iphones, I figure it's just me getting older and less able to adapt

The other benefit of a physical keyboard is that you don't lose screen real estate to it, so you can see more of what you're typing.

about 1 month ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

Geeky The choice (150 comments)

The choice seems to be between the flexibility of Android vs. the (arguably?) better security on iOS.

I'd like to be able to install Android apps without having to accept all of the permissions they require, but without rooting my phone that's impossible. As a result, there are many apps I just won't install (it took me ages to find a torch app that didn't need anything beyond access to the camera, for example).

On the other hand, I love widgets - quick access to information and actions from the desktop is really useful and the iOS 8 version doesn't look like it'll be as flexible.

Ultimately though I'll be looking very closely at the iPhone 6 when it comes out because Android just won't address the concerns around security.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Geeky Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

On the server side, yes. On the desktop I believe Apple make a pretty unix variant :)

about a month ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Geeky Re:Real Address? (113 comments)

In the UK you can request your details are hidden from whois for any .co.uk domain if you're a personal user rather than a business. It shows up as follows:

Registrant's address: The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service.

This is to comply with UK data protection laws. I don't think it applies to international domains registered within the UK though. Obviously your registrar still has the details on record.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Geeky Amazon are a bit different (272 comments)

I'm not sure including Amazon in the list is a reasonable comparison. Their numbers will be boosted by all the shelf pickers. Same with Apple and their retail stores - it's a different kind of business (OK, perhaps MS have some stores, but I doubt anything like as many). Some tasks are just more labour intensive (at least until Amazon perfects their robot pickers!)

about a month ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

Geeky Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (280 comments)

I use KeePass and synchronise the file so I have access to it on all my devices including my phone. There are clients for just about every platform.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

Geeky Another Feedly user (132 comments)

I'm happy with the way it works, for the most part. Bit of a shame it has to use external authentication, but I use a secondary account for that anyway. The fact that some features are pay to use is a bit irritating, and I haven't yet decided whether they're worth it. I am willing to pay for services that provide value for me - they're a business, and I understand their need to make money to provide the service - but there isn't much compelling in the pro feature set for me. Possibly Evernote integration, but it's not that much hassle to click through to the website and clip it from there.

Bottom line, though, is that it's better to be a paying customer - at least you know the business has a vested interest in the product. Same with Evernote vs. free options. They make their money from users who get value from their products.

I was also reasonably impressed with Feedly's transparency over the recent DDOS attacks they (and Evernote) suffered.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

Geeky Re:Well, fuck you very much (495 comments)

I'm on the free option, so it's mostly inconvenience at the moment. I'm not on the list, as I'd expect - all I'm running is port forwarding on 443 only to a centos box.

I'll see how it pans out over the next 24 hours or so before I do anything.

about 2 months ago

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Google buys Nik Software

Geeky Geeky writes  |  about 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google has bought Nik Software, makers of various tools and plugins for manipulating photographs such as Efex and Sharpener.

I'm wondering what this means for the standalone products. Presumably they will be integrated into Picasa, which could even point to Google taking on Adobe in the image editing stakes. An online image editor to go with the office suite perhaps?"

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Are Iranians banned from buying iPads?

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "From the BBC website, an Iranian-American was prevented from buying an iPad due to the Apple store staff's overzealous interpretation of export policies. Just poor training or just plain dumb?"
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New look for gmail

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google are rolling out their new look and we probably won't have any choice. I'm hating it — it seems to waste a lot of space, and who thought red was a good idea for buttons and links? Red says warning or error to me, so I keep thinking I've got a problem with the page.

I guess this is the downside to using this sort of free service, but I wonder how paying google apps users will react

What's the overall verdict? Good, bad or ugly?

What I can't understand is why they won't be able to maintain the old style — surely it's just a theme?"

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O2 filtering internet for UK mobile users

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Not new news but I hit the block yesterday for the first time — and not for a site that should have been blocked. Attempting to access the site redirects you to Bango, thus exhibiting all the symptoms of a malware or virus infection that has hijacked DNS. I'd never heard of Bango — why would I give them my credit card details?

The filter is also useless — Google image search works just fine, so adult content isn't hard to find. Does that make O2 liable if parents rely on the filter? What about claims from companies who might lose trade through being incorrectly flagged as adult?

Time to move to another provider or do they all do it?"

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