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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Hymer No, not before the Smart Watch... (381 comments)

...isn't just an expensive add-on to the Smart Phone. They really need to think what they are doing.

about 2 months ago

Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Hymer Re:Who cares? (117 comments)

Systemd: the PulseAudio of init systems

Is this a good thing or a bad thing ?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Hymer Why do people think... (737 comments)

...that computers wouldn't survive the apocalypse ?
Depending of the cause of the apocalypse many computers could survive it and nerds would be needed to use them.

about 5 months ago

US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

Hymer Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

Quite bad argumentation, this is waste especially in outdoor lightning and in indoor lightning you are not using the heat efficiently.
Change to low power light sources and use the spare energy on efficient heating, you will save power and money even in Wisconsin.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

Hymer If you can't upgrade her to Linux... (408 comments) least upgrade her to Windows 7.
Better performance, more secure, still supported.

Btw. people are far better in handling/learning new things than they think they are... I've upgraded my father (80+) to OpenSuSE without any problems.

about 9 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

Hymer MISSING OPTION!!! (361 comments)

Trackballs are NOT mice!

...and btw. my Logitech Trackman has just started to have smaller issues...
...after more than 16 years of daily usage!!
...on the other hand: my IBM model M is over 20 years old and still in full working condition.

about 9 months ago

Nokia Had an Android Phone In Development

Hymer Re:Could we please agree on one thing... (189 comments)

"The EU is going to be thrilled that Microsoft's phone division is going to be based out of Finland for years to come. Likely this helps EU/Microsoft relations. "

After PRISM ? That would be like saying "YES" to uncle Sam having an official approval to spy thru Nokia manufactured phones and not being able to do anything about it.
They may however use just that against uncle Sam and the merger.

Nobody in Finland (or in EU) is happy about this merger, the money are just a small compensation... but ideally they rather would keep Nokia where it was, without Microsoft... and without Elop, that was quite clear when the chairman spoke.

1 year,1 day

Nokia Had an Android Phone In Development

Hymer Could we please agree on one thing... (189 comments)

...Nokia is neither sold nor bought YET! They are missing both approval of the share owners and from the EU, US and probably also from the Finnish government.
For Nokia Android would not be a race to the bottom because Nokia IS already on the bottom... if you do not earn anything then anything that would raise your earnings is a better solution even if it is Android.
This, if proven true, may in fact sabotage the Microsoft - Nokia merger plan...
I surely hope that most of Nokias shareholders will say "Thanks, but no thanks" to Microsoft and get Elop fired.

1 year,2 days

Danish politician Trine Bramsen bashes nerds

Hymer Re:Statement from Ms. Bramsen or Social Democrats? (3 comments)

Today ms. Bramsen is no longer the draftsman on IT and telecommunication, she has advanced to the next level of destruction and is now the draftsman on juridical issues.
The new draftsman on IT and telecommunication is Karin Gaardsted a 58-year old teacher. Version2 asked her about white socks to which she responded that she do not have problem with white socks and she will seek expert advice.

about a year ago

China Has a Massive Windows XP Problem

Hymer That will NOT be Chinas problem... (520 comments)

...that will be Microsoft's problem.
They will have to either sell Win7 (or 8) to greatly reduced price or see 1 billion "customers" change either to Linux or ReactOS.

about a year ago

Danish politician Trine Bramsen bashes nerds

Hymer Re:Statement from Ms. Bramsen or Social Democrats? (3 comments)

Ms. Bramsen has chosen only to communicate thru her Facebook account, she has written that is was just meant for fun. Someone from the IT community tried to invite her on a "business date" to his workplace so she could see all those white-socks wearing nerds but the reply was something like "I do not need to see, I've been in lot IT corporations due to my position as IT draftsman for my party".
Social Democratic party has not yet commented, but one member of the party Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil has commented ms. Bramsens statement in a rather harsh way: "Elitist crap, Trine. You can't criticize others just because You only socialize with high-heels and business suits!" and ms. Bramsens defense about her statement being just a humorous text is shot down by: "Don't you know that humor is not always obvious in writing ?"

about a year ago

Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"

Hymer Re:what? (376 comments)


  • - Linus is the Überpenguin so he can do it
  • - WfW 3.11 was released 20 years ago
  • - it is funny

btw. Why was that a Troll ?

about a year ago

PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

Hymer Re:Whatever (385 comments)

Last I've checked almost all consultants that comes to us has changed their PC Laptops to Apple Laptops... this has happened in the exact same 5 quarters Gartner is reporting about. I am NOT talking about management consultants or other non-tech consultants, I'm talking about hardcore IT people.

about a year ago

Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

Hymer Re:My theory (1010 comments)

They need to fix two things:

  1. the 64 bit mess they made
  2. make the UI's compatible with each other

...but personally I don't think they will and I am quite happy about it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Hymer OpenSuSE 12 (573 comments)

with KDE 4, You never NEED to use the cli but you can do everything from the cli if you want to.
OpenSuSE Guide helps you to a good start.
Ubuntu is imho the Windows of the Linux world, they do much noise and the do very much to look nice and shiny...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Building a Cheap Computing Cluster?

Hymer Racks... (160 comments)

Racks are built for air flow from front to back, you'll need to turn the boards 90 unless you remove the side panels... No, you do not want to alternate airflow, you want a hot side and a cool side, it makes cooling easier. If you can, try to vent the hot air out instead of cooling it down, it is cheaper than cooling it down. Btw. did you consider putting 4 or 5 boards vertically in 2 rows behind each other ?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: I Just Need... Marketing?

Hymer If your product... (212 comments) as good and innovative as you think it is marketing will not be needed until you've got about 30% of the available market.

about a year ago

What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

Hymer What to do ?? (467 comments)

Restore the backup. IBM and Asus ask you to save a copy of the previous BIOS before the upgrade and they also provide a restore utility.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

Hymer Re:Simple: (550 comments)

Nope, it is in fact far more interesting how a computer gamer like him found and married a girl from RL.

about a year and a half ago



Danish politician Trine Bramsen bashes nerds

Hymer Hymer writes  |  about a year ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Trine Bramsen of the danish Socialdemokratiet posted her opinion on nerds which can be cooked down to: "If nerds dropped their white socks and learned to speak so normal people can understand them then maybe we caffe latte drinking bimbos will be interested in them".
Trine posted this on one of the most nerdy sites in Denmark,, which is driven by the Danish Engineer Society (IDA) and counts people like PHK of FreeBSD/Varnish fame as members.
The story has now been mentioned on several Danish media and Trine got proper response from nerds of all sexes (and their spouses).
Trine is the draftsman on IT and telecommunications for her party, which makes the case rather surrealistic.

The link is of course in danish."

Judge to NetBSD developer: "You are too smart sir!

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Danish NetBSD and Varnish developer Poul-Henning Kamp (PHK) case against Lenovo on Widows refund has been dismissed because the judge evaluated PHK as being too smart to not understand the EULA.
PHK is however quite happy about it because "the judgenent clearly shows the de facto monopoly on operating systems" he said to Version2's reporter after the judgement. PHK later wrote on his blog that the judgement opens the possibility of a antitrust case against Microsoft in Konkurencestyrelsen (danish government organization for monopoly cases).

PHK's blog
Versions2's coverage of the case"

Danish government hides Open Source benefits

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Danish government hides Open Source benefits from the Parliament. A report has been presented for the Parliament which describes how Danish Police may save up to 13 millions DKK, the full report describes savings of 100 millions DKK by switching to or Star Office.
Current danish government has been known for protecting Microsoft in the document standards debate.

Leif Lodahls blog on the issue Leif is the maintainer of the danish OpenOffice.
The report is in danish and so is almost all other material...
The orginal report (in danish)
The official report (in danish)"

EU says governments may bar Microsoft from bidding

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "PCWorld got a story about the EU commissions answer to a query from Heidi Rühle and Alain Lipitetz whether Microsoft's antitrust violations would also make the company ineligible to enter bidding under existing financial and procurement rules."

Microsoft involved in patent case against RedHat ?

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Groklaw has some interesting info about the patent case against RedHat and Novell. It seems that Microsoft may be involved... big surprise."

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "This weekend mr. Ballmer was in Denmark, during his brief visit a meeting was held between him (and on his initiative) and the top of the danish Open Source community. The result of the meeting is however very closed, neither mr. Ballmer nor any of the OSS pings has any comments.
Denmark is in the process of choosing between OpenXML and ODF as standard document format and mr. Ballmer's visit has been linked to that fact (without any real proof of course).
The community is somehow stunned by the secrecy of the meeting... Where does Open fit in a closed meeting with the guy who want to "fuckin' kill" us ?"

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "From the Register: It's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing.

The reason they are thrown by this question is typically because they haven't thought about it that way before. In all likelihood, they never actually made a proactive decision to select Windows, in the sense of looking at alternatives and making a conscious objective choice. So how did they end up with it?
...more here."

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A. C. Hymer (856453) writes "The Inquirer got a story about DRM and why (and how) to avoid it. Nothing really new but told in a way anybody can understand... unfortunatly nobody will ever care."

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "I've spotted following on the Register: Microsoft will be forced to hand over sensitive technical information about the Windows operating system to its rivals but can expect next to no compensation, according to a report in the Financial Times."

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Network World has a story about the MS OOXML way to bacame an ISO standard. From the article: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that Open XML had moved to the next phase of review by being included on the ISO's 5-month ballot, which was sent out Monday and is due to close Sept. 2. The voting will be followed by an ISO Ballot Resolution meeting."

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

A. C. (856453) writes "The CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has announced (in a soon to be published interview) that Microsoft will in the near future place a bid for Free Software Foundation and propably OSTG too. Mr. Ballmer is quoted for calmly saying "Since we obviously can't kill them, we simply will buy them and then either shut them down or assimilate them." He was especially cheerfull with the perspective of closing the vipers nest (Slashdot) down. Mr. Torvalds will propably be given the possibility of continuing as the chief engineer on the new Microsoft United Linux project. Mr. Ballmer couldn't however say if there would be place for mr. Stallmann at Microsoft.

I've got some bad mushrooms... what's your excuse ?"

Hymer Hymer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hymer (856453) writes "Well it is really a simple question: Does anyone here know a vidoconferencing server for Linux ? It may be a non-standard solution but the clients have to exist for at least Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The communication channel should preferably encrypted. I need video and some kind of common workplace or desktop sharing, audio is optional. I've searched the Net and found nothing... geeks do not need to look at other geeks to understand eachother but CEO's obviously does... ;-)"


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