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How I Got Fired From the Job I Invented

Marcion Re:TM, are you kidding me? (252 comments)

I can't see the Youtube video but it does seem a rather simple swap of "days" to "jobs" that could have been invented independently. A bit too generic.

about 10 months ago

From 'Quantified Self' To 'Quantified Car'

Marcion Sounds like pylint (173 comments)

R: Your route contained too many branches
C: Your car needs to be 4 exactly spaces from the sidewalk

about a year ago

Building Sumo Robots With the Brain Monkeys Crew (Video)

Marcion No Monkeys (15 comments)

All very worthy no doubt, but I expected monkey brains installed in a robot...

about a year ago

Stolen Laptop Owner Outwits Mugger, Police, and the Media

Marcion Re:Huh? (272 comments)

I am glad I am not the only one who made no sense of the post, even though I have previously read the actual blog linked to (when it appeared in the register).

The old Obi-Wan quote came to mind: "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."

about a year ago

Why Intel's Decline Is Now Imminent

Marcion Too early to tell (1 comments)

I think Intel has a raft of opportunities. However, like a lot of established tech firms, Intel is a big bureaucracy and it does fantastic things but in a half hearted way.

One gig they missed was that they didn't really push a mass market Linux on Intel consumer device, even though Intel has the best solution to offer (for non-gamers anyway) with a stable in-kernel open source drivers for graphics/wifi etc that just always works. The lack of a big push has allowed Android on ARM to become the post-Windows consumer OS, which it will exploit over the coming years.

It is not too late for Intel to turn it around, but I would not bet any money on it. Whatever has stopped them putting their foot on the gas is probably still there.

1 year,2 days

Wayland 1.1 Released — Now With Raspberry Pi Support

Marcion Dead on arrival? (197 comments)

At the most optimistic, Wayland is still one or two years away from mainstream use. Even then, most apps will run under the rootless X server.

X will finally disappear if and when all apps upgrade to GTK3 or QT5 (which might be never).

Wayland is X designed properly, however it is basically the same thing. It does not seem to yet acknowledge the wider changing context within which desktop Linux has to operate, i.e. we are moving away from a world where manufacturers produce devices for Windows (and don't care about desktop Linux) into a world where manufacturers produce devices for Android (and still don't care about desktop Linux).

Canonical became flame-bait central over Mir and their reactive 'community engagement' (troll feeding), but I wonder if they have a point, that by the time Wayland is widely deployable it will be outdated?

1 year,3 days

NVIDIA Releases Optimus Linux Driver With New Features

Marcion Re:Nice! (123 comments)

My old laptop had an Optimus card. Horrible things for Linux users. It never switched to low power mode so the battery did not last very long and it ran worryingly hot.

I am so much happier with my Intel based machine (I do admit I am not a gamer).

1 year,9 days

Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

Marcion Hang in there (347 comments)

I also agree that you should just hang in there and get some kind of degree. It is a "MacGuffin" and a stupid system but you really do need a degree to open certain opportunities. You will not be left behind by waiting until the end. Also you will never have so much free time as you have now to pursue side interests, so make the most of it.

BTW, at University, you also you have the greatest selection of potential life partners you will ever be exposed to, dive in while you can. Afterwards you might find slim pickings :)

about a year ago

New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation

Marcion Re:It doesn't matter... (196 comments)

Yeah I do use suspend for short periods, it does work.

about a year ago

New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation

Marcion Re:It doesn't matter... (196 comments)

Good for you, obviously you have been much luckier in your choice of hardware.

about a year ago

Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

Marcion The wise man built his house upon the rock... (158 comments)

In prison, "work" is the best possible approximation of real work but it is not real work with real responsibilities or control, and there is not real pay and conditions.

Making an "application" based on a digital prison is an approximation of a real app but based on a false foundation. There is no real control or security over the platform.

about a year ago

New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation

Marcion It doesn't matter... (196 comments)

... because hibernate is pointless and never reliably works anyway. Set everything to autosave and get a distro that boots up quickly.

about a year ago

Intel Leaving Desktop Motherboard Business

Marcion Re:Overpriced (219 comments)

Compared to ASUS and MSI motherboards, Intel ones are (were) overpriced. I can't imagine anyone will miss them.

That was exactly my first thought. Intel didn't price their boards very competitively, probably out of a desire not to annoy the downstream manufacturers. I often admired the Intel mobos but always then went and bought an ASUS instead, the extra money saved can be spent on the processor and RAM.

about a year ago

Intel Leaving Desktop Motherboard Business

Marcion Re:Just one thing... (219 comments)

Exactly, when the hype dies down, everyone will go back to their keyboards connected to static desktops.

However, I actually do run Emacs on my Samsung S3 using a small bluetooth keyboard. Nothing wrong with the form factor if you stick to a resonable line width (e.g. 80 characters). The port however to Android is immature and sometimes dies because Android does not provide all the shared libraries a normal Linux distro would, however, once they get that sorted out it will be better. You still have to prop the phone up somehow though which is not always simple.

about a year ago

Darth Vader is still unpaid

Marcion Hollywood Accounting (2 comments)

I once met David Prowse at an air show in Norfolk where we has doing signatures, cool guy. He taught us a (perhaps ironic if TFA is true) set of words for the Star Wars Theme:

Star Wars
Made me a fortune
Paid off the mortgage
Bought me a car

Obviously it is funnier sang to the theme :)

about a year ago

Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage

Marcion Tourist info from Wikimedia? (47 comments)

Your tourist site with ancient historical monuments is non-notable and the article has been deleted.
See our top article:Twilight Land

about a year ago

We The People Petition Signature Requirement Bumped To 100,000

Marcion Re:It's a practical development (337 comments)

I'd rather them raise the cap and ... just give lip service to them.

Well you will get half of what you want. I doubt you will get the other half.

about a year ago



After Aaron Swartz's death, the focus now falls on the prosecutors

Marcion Marcion writes  |  about a year ago

Marcion writes "Journalists and commentators are now questioning the role of Massachusetts prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann in the suicide of Aaron Swartz and whether they levied disproportionate charges in order to boost their own political profiles, despite being warned he was a sucide risk. Meanwhile White House petitions to remove Ortiz and Heymann have already received tens of thousands of signatures. Should these prosecutors be investigated for their actions regarding Swartz?"

EU fines Microsoft another $1.3 Billion

Marcion Marcion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Marcion writes "The EU today peel back another layer of the onion that is Microsoft anti-competitive behaviour, fining Microsoft for unreasonable terms in accessing accessibility information. Microsoft says the smell is from past behaviour, "past issues that have been resolved and the company was now working under new principles to make its products more open". Meanwhile the EU will press on with peeling back the next layer."
Link to Original Source

Student Posts to YouTube, shoots hangun at school

Marcion Marcion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Marcion writes "In normally sleepy Finland, an 18-year old atheist extremist, posted violent boasts to Youtube over two weeks (since removed) and then went to school and shot the headmistress and six students, then himself. Is there anything YouTube could have done earlier? Or is the question equivalent to asking what the water company could have done?"
Link to Original Source

Marcion Marcion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Marcion writes "While other platforms will have to deal with upgrade issues involving Vista and OS X Jaguar, for the Linux desktop, 2007 promises to be a year of consolidation and expansion, a year where many of the long standing problems get resolved. My blog article covers 3D effects, a resurgence of Java in the open source world, improved wireless support, refugees from Windows Vista and whether Adobe will open source Flash."



Samsung Printers on Ubuntu

Marcion Marcion writes  |  about a year ago

I reinstalled my computer with Lubuntu (instead of the regular Ubuntu) and then had to remember how to install the printer. I wrote down how I did it, in case it is useful to someone else.


Build your own CCTV System

Marcion Marcion writes  |  about a year ago

Ever thought about building your own CCTV system? All you need is free and open source software Zoneminder, a free Linux distribution such as Ubuntu, Lubuntu or Debian, an old PC and a camera.

Oh yeah, and my blog post explaining it.


Low-energy bulbs full of mercury

Marcion Marcion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So the Beeb reports that Low-energy light-bulbs are full of toxic mercury dust that can get lodged into my brain (as if it wasn't full enough of chemicals as it is).

Typical, I recently changed all the bulbs in my house from cheap normal bulbs to these expensive ones, saving the planet and all that. So what now? Go back to the old ones? LCDs? Candles? Sit in the dark?


Comic: New Zealand schools adopting NeoOffice

Marcion Marcion writes  |  more than 6 years ago My attempt at a comic is based on the Slashdot story that New Zealand schools are adopting NeoOffice, the more native port of OpenOffice to Mac OS X:


All these moderator points

Marcion Marcion writes  |  about 7 years ago

I have had trouble in the past using up my moderator points, and so tended to just ignore them. Threads I am interested in I comment, making myself ineligible, while threads I am not interested in I ignore. Now I am going for the use them all up on one thread strategy. Much more satisfying to let them all go in one frenzy.

These posts do not seem to have years on. So this now is 2007.

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