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Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

Loki_666 Great news! (224 comments)

This is great news for open source fans like myself! I can finally upgrade from CP/M!

about three weeks ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Loki_666 Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

Hell why we are at the Russians should take back Alaska too.

Quiet you! You'll give Putin ideas!

about three weeks ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Loki_666 Re: I dont get it (551 comments)

Actually, why not? Of course, then your house would be surrounded by a potentially hostile nation. They would have the right to set up a border with which you would need a visa to cross, they could charge you whatever for utilities or cut it off entirely until a trade agreement is in place. Orrr... they could just invade.

about three weeks ago
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Russian State TV Anchor: Russia Could Turn US To "Radioactive Ash"

Loki_666 So much misunderstanding (878 comments)

First off, to all those who thing that the markets are rational - study a little economic theory and practice. They are far from rational.

Second, Russia (Putin) is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face (ie: sell off all dollars and bonds). If he thinks it will get him what he wants. If you think otherwise, you are sadly mistaken.

Third, a couple of years back Putin ordered all oligarchs and similar to get rid of their dollars and unwind western investments. If anyone lost money or loses money from economic sanctions, Putin will just shrug his shoulders, he warned them, Putin plays the long game, never forget that.

Fourth, do not think Putin is stupid. Megalomaniac perhaps, but certainly not stupid. He knows exactly what he is doing. He might misjudge things, make a mistake somewhere, but you can be sure he has carefully laid his plans and has been doing so for a long time.

Fifth, Russia, Iran and China are having talks about moving to a new petro-Rouble as the currency of trade (for oil/gas) in order to move away from the dollar. Russia wants to get away from the dollar, just like many countries would like to, but simply cannot afford to or simply wouldn't find trade partners for an alternate currency. If this happens, it could have a major impact on the dollar worldwide (yes, could also be negative effects for Russia and China, but see my second point).

Sixth, those who are saying if X (eg: Russia sells off dollars) happens then Y (eg: will be good for US) do not understand if it was that simple, then why wouldn't the US already do those things? And why are those people not multi-millionaires themselves if they understand how well the financial markets works? Perhaps because those who control the US economy do not want that to happen, either for their own nefarious reasons or because it would be bad for the US economy.

I'm not saying I know what will happen either. I'm as much in the dark as most people. I'm just a westerner who lives in Russia so i understand the people on both sides and get to see and read both sides' propaganda. Personally i think both sides are being idiots and the people on all sides are being badly manipulated and used by those with vested interests (hey ho, well, that's usual anyway).

about a month ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Loki_666 Middlemen (342 comments)

Middlemen are useful for acting as intermediaries between the producer and consumer. However, if the producer can reach the consumer directly, then there need be no laws stopping them doing so. Middlemen add cost to the end customer, so if there the opportunity to cut them out, then it should be taken.

Incidentally, this is why i don't like the idea of american healthcare, as the insurance companies are effectively middlemen who add cost to the whole system with no increase in overall value.

about a month ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Loki_666 Re:How does evolution work like this? (431 comments)

You need to learn more, because it does indeed split the species(es) into hundreds (or more) of different "species" over time - however, we do not generally refer to such as species because they are very tiny changes, many of which will breed back out of the population. However, some mutations tends to accumulate because they provide an advantage (or possibly disadvantage, but there is a second mutation that provides a bigger advantage and so both are perpetuated - this is possible to see in some species today, eg: the peacock - its tail provides a disadvantage, but apparently the female peacocks dig those fancy tails so the ones with the best tails get the chicks to breed with - its an example of a runaway mutation).

If enough within the population receive the mutation and it becomes dominant, this is a step along the path to becoming a new species. Depending on the size of the mutation it may or may not get classified by brainy people as a new species or not, it may take many generations of the change becoming more profound or multiple mutations before it becomes recognized as being a new species.

For this to happen there often also has to be some element of isolation of the group so that the mutation doesn't spread to other populations, or other populations do not interbreed with the new variant and wipe out the new feature.

Anyway, you may then end up with two separate distinct species, or more. Most mutations though do not provide any advantage, so they simply die out. So unless you want to go down the road of classifying every change of DNA as a mutation - which would lead to every single human being classed as a separate species, since all our DNAs are unique - then usually it takes some noticeable difference.

The isolation aspect also comes in with hybrid vigour, which can happen both naturally and artificially.

about a month and a half ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Loki_666 Beta (222 comments)

OMFG... its gone all Windows 8ish.....

Still, i remember everyone whining when the old classic was phased out and the current look and feel came in. Talks of mass boycotts etc... nothing happened. Give it a few months and everyone will be happily using the new version of the site.

Personally, i wish we could go back to the old, old version. But hey ho, and along as slashdot keeps providing me with entertainment*, ill read it.

* = note, i said entertainment. News quality is a separate issue.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Loki_666 Re:NoScript (731 comments)

Yeah... its super weird.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Loki_666 Re:NoScript (731 comments)

That's ok, because with every change, Facebook is doing an excellent job of driving people away all by itself.

The site just gets worse and worse. I only really keep my FB account because its convenient to keep in touch with family, but really, it wouldn't hurt me to switch back to using email or skype or some other method.

about 3 months ago
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1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts Online

Loki_666 Re:Missing first page... (79 comments)

Well, i thought it was funny.

about 4 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

Loki_666 Re:good for them! (275 comments)

10 years in a governmental organization is bloody fast! Not to mention they would have had a ton of apps and systems dependent on proprietary stuff that would either need migrating or testing under WINE.

But mainly, it would be the fact that a majority of departments I can imagine would have been fighting the change tooth and nail, not to mention pressure from MS sales reps who would have been doing the rounds convincing everyone they could that a change would be the end of the world!

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

Loki_666 Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (1251 comments)

To the contrary, Satanism directly and proudly promotes evil, damage, and chaos; Satanism conflicts with the constitutions.

Have to contradict you a bit here. I guess your understanding of Satanism is based off only the typical understanding of it from a Christian viewpoint?

There are a number of styles of Satanism in the world. These guys (from the article) seem pretty decent. Basically their tenants seem to be more "Christian" than your average Christian. Seem like a pretty decent bunch actually, check out their website.

A bit further down the Good-Evil scale you have LaVeyan Satanism which was developed by Anton La Vey circa 1966. To quote wikipedia "Its core beliefs and philosophies are based on individualism, secular humanism, religious skepticism, freethought, epicureanism and "eye for an eye" morality." But actually its tenants still seem quite reasonable to me and still more "Christian" than most Christians.

Of course, you have the far end evil scale of Satanism, and maybe there are some groups in the world which follow such doctrines, and such guys would give even Christian or Islamic fundies a run for their money in the evil department. Can't say i've ever encountered or really even heard of such groups though.

Modern day Satanism rarely conforms to what Christians expect of it, just like Christians rarely conform to the teachings of their Bible (except the parts they cherry pick).

about 4 months ago
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1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts Online

Loki_666 Missing first page... (79 comments)

Does it have the missing first page from the bible that reads:

"Dedicated to my loving wife Sarah.

The stories contained herein are fictional, any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."

about 4 months ago
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Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

Loki_666 US classics... (218 comments)

The Catcher in the Rye was ok, not an amazing "classic", but i got some enjoyment out of it.

To Kill a Mockingbird gave much more impact, a better "classic" of american literature and more coherent.

Catch-22, another much touted "classic" was completely bizarre, but strangely enough, I enjoyed more than the first two.

So all three are kind of US classics, but there again, Shakespear's books/sonnets are also classics, and, if I may be blunt, pretty crap compared to a lot of other literature out there.

Ill recommend a book, something not in my usual line of reading, but really made a big impression on me: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

I'd call that one a classic.

about 5 months ago
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Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

Loki_666 Re:Thank Goodness... (218 comments)

If someone doesn't want their work published they shouldn't put it on paper.
It's really that simple.

That's why Hari Seldon used a time locked vault to make his announcements ;)

about 5 months ago
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20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

Loki_666 An aspect of my trainings (453 comments)

This is actually something I go into quite a bit in my training about business communications.

Part of it is the push-back with the client. Don't accept meetings where a team of 20 are involved where only 2 people are actually relevant. Only include those who are absoloutely needed. Break up big meetings into smaller ones. Schedule meetings for times when they don't occur smack bang in the middle of developers best development times (you know, just between their first coffee of the day and lunch), let them get absorbed in the code for a decent length of time without pulling them up for air... seriously, they will get more code done in that period than at any other time. In fact, don't bother coders when they are in the zone...

Agile, scrum, stand up meetings, they have their place, but who should be involved in what aspects and when is a part that is often done wrong.

about 5 months ago
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

Loki_666 Re:Bloat (97 comments)

Work requirement, that's why i'm stuck with Skype

about 8 months ago
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

Loki_666 Bloat (97 comments)

Can the Skype team stop adding more and more crap to it, and start removing some of the existing bloat?

I want an instant messenger, not something that takes minutes to load, minutes to fetch messages (many of which i already read on another comp or on my phone, but it still alerts me like they are new messages), and when finally loaded i get bombarded with ads that do not interest me in the slightest, or offers to connect Skype to Facebook and the like, something i already told it to go do something anatomically impossible about more than once.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

about 8 months ago
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Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops

Loki_666 Same old, same old... (1029 comments)

My favourite movies of the last year or so have been those that are different. Some of them didn't get such good reviews, but they had differences that set them apart from the rest.

For example: Cabin in the Woods (everyone dies! Yay!), Cloud Atlas (intricate plot lines), and Gran Torino (I had expected the ending to be typical hollywood and was pleasantly surprised).

about 9 months ago
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Iris Scans Are the New School IDs

Loki_666 Hold on! (217 comments)

Why is everyone discussion the actual method, and not mentioning why the hell any sort of security system is needed in the first place?

Ok, maybe i'm going to sound like an old fart here, but when i was a kid school doors were only locked overnight. Otherwise it was open access. Not sure how it is in the UK these days, maybe they are also becoming scaredy cats like the 'muricans. I'm now in Russia and our kids' nursery didn't lock the doors either, they go to private school now, and while the door isn't locked we do have a security guard at the entrance, but i'm pretty sure that is more to stop people coming in and nicking stuff rather than protection of/from the children.

Why do i think this is only about control and security theatre? Making sure he kids actually attend? Hell, when i was at school it was normal to occasionally skive off school but the class register would show your absence anyway. If kids are not attending then its time to have a word with the parents.

about 9 months ago

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