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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Optali Re:If only PJ was still running groklaw! (173 comments)

Indeed.

The site was instrumental during the European fight against software patents back in 2004... Ah, the good old times :_)

yesterday
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Optali Re:The Pirate Bay (293 comments)

Well, the bands I listen too don't play for much more than 30 EUR (for a full event with a few dozens of them). And some even encourage that people download their stuff or even put it directly online.

There is a whole huge scene of bands out there who are not playing by the rules of the show-bizz and I am not talking about some crappy neighborhood bands but the Extreme Metal scene where bands issue their stuff at small labels and as most do not make a living of it they make real art and are true to their fans instead of making expensive shit.

And we the fans actually BUY their stuff, because we want to. We buy T-shirts, official patches and albums... and the best of it is that we can even mosh and have a few beers with the musicians while another band is playing.

This is the scene I know, and we are millions around the world, but I am aware that other scenes work much in the same way such as the dance scene.

What the masses do, I don' t care. I just don't give a fuck about media for the stupid. And well, Pirate Bay is not getting too much attention from me either, al being said.

yesterday
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Optali Re:Muslims? (865 comments)

How many killings of abortionists doctors and buildings blown up did you have in the USA by Right Wing Militias, the KKK, etc?
Well, these are all Christians.

Recall Rwanda? That was a civil war among the Catholic and Protestant Hutus and the Tutsie based on the assumption that these were left wing socialists and both the CAtholic and Protestant churches were main instigators. The conflict broke a few historical records of people murdered in less time. This alone leaves even ISIS look like a friendly bunch.

Right now there is a conflict in de Central African Republic were Christians are doing some very nasty things: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

And in the way things are developing in your country everybody is expecting that there will be an outbreak of violence from ultra-Christian groups such as the Hutaree or similar.

I think that all you religious apologists need a wake-up call.

yesterday
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Optali Re:Move to a gated community (589 comments)

And you are paying for the moving and the new housing, right?
That's awesome from you.

BTW, I have a few friends and we want to organise a Death Metal meeting in your living room. You don't mind right? You can jsut move somewhere else where there are no Dead Metal fans moshing :)

yesterday
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Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Optali Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (77 comments)

Well, easy solution, we find two crappy-ass Kuiperbelt objects and name them Yahveh and Jesus.
A few months later there will surely be some silly Disney character (a roach or a siphilitic duck for instance) called Jesus and Yahveh and this will be the end of Christianity (and Islam as they have the same Yahveh guy as God).

Never fails!

about a week ago
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Optali What is the sources.list entry? (36 comments)

And more importantly, does it work in vanilla Ubuntu or is it Debian Unstable only?

about a week ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Optali Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

We still don't know how abiogenesis works and our current environment could perfectly be such a "harsher environment".

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Optali Re: Most expensive sushi ever (75 comments)

Ah, OK, this explains a lot!
Now I finally know what all these Chinese are doing in Amsterdam!

about three weeks ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Optali Re:yes (330 comments)

Or, the most common approach used by document writeres: One monitor in landscape and a second monitor in portrait, with the desktop in the landscape one and the document being displayed in the protrait monitor. Works very nicely for me.
Nowadays most desktop environments use dual screens anyway.

Nice and interesting info about why monitors are landscape. I was jsut asking myself the same ;)

about three weeks ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Optali Re:School Bully (123 comments)

Mine was kind enough to accept my fist in his belly... well, there was a second one who got a boot in his balls. Lession learned: Never try to bully a guy you don't know in the middle of the winter when everybody wears boots.

Message for wanabee bullys: When a new guy comes to school, first ensure he is bully-able and at least half your size XD

about a month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Optali Where do I have to sign up? (123 comments)

Just gimme a cattle prod and an opportunity to shock the fuck out of people without legal consequences!

about a month ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

Optali Re:and that means it doesn't cost any more? (231 comments)

You are wrong.

it does not cost "more" as there is no alternative private initiative that could take over this task except if they were subcontractors of hte government... as it actually is the case.

I assume that you are familiar with the Netherlands. I will thus ask you to recall why our whole elderly care (1) is a mess because of the attempt of privatizing a sector where there is no profit to be made and that is therefore not attracting any private companies and create competition (well, that and the budget abuses and bonus scandals among the higher management). And of course the obsession of our dear government to resolve any problem cutting on the budget.

I love how neo-libs and "Libertarians" are always lecturing the rest of the world about the market forces and the law of offer and demand while they happily ignore it themselves. But of course, they are supersmart because they can spell "entrepreneurs"...

(1) sorry, ik heb geen betere vertaling voor ouderenzorg kunnen vinden.

about a month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Optali Re:huh? (187 comments)

The wooly mammoths could take over the world!! don't you understand?
We were able to stop them the first time during the Paleolithic, maybe we won't be so lucky this time!

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Optali Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

Hey mate, good news! IN Europe we have a thing called Trains, they ride in thing that looks like a huge ladder lying on the ground but made of steel. And these marvellous trains can get a large number of people across many kilometres for working. But that's not all, we also have a thing called busses, it's like a huge hummer but instead of an asoclal redneck teabagger or an also asocial gangstah what it has inside is a lot of people who use them to go to work. Amazing isn't it?

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Optali Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

BUT if your roads break you will probably be end up paying more for them either because your vehicles will need more maintenance, because they will privatize highway and you will have to pay toll on them or tax you in any other way.
I know you USians are alergic to taxes for religious reasons, that's why here in Europe we don't make such a big deal as we are majorly agnostic we can just pull out the good old calculator and compare what would cost us stuff it it weren't for taxes... Like for instance dams and dykes in my country... if it weren't for our taxes we would have to spend quite a lot of cash in submarines and scuba suites waiting for the private enterprise to come to raise polders out of the sea floor.

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

Optali Re:Why? (77 comments)

Very handy for the sex workers! And hygienic too!
They could call it "PAYF" (Pay-as-you-fuck)

I see a great future to this invention

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

Optali Re:Why? (77 comments)

Mates... can somebody please explain this to me: The article is about bitcoins, chips and hands... how in hell's name did it end up in a discussion about manly bodily fluids and ways of producing them ?

This world is a sick place, mates, sick as fuck.

about a month ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

Optali Putin wants to clean his image from his FAIL (340 comments)

They made a video a few months ago saying that they shot with the cannons not with a missile.
they even went to such lengths as to have a couple of fighters shoot at targets on the ground to make a documentary of sorts.

The aims are double: First and most important is rallying the Russians under Putin's flag and show them that it's all the fault of the Evil NATO. And the second is to try to create an atmosphere of doubt around the investigations giving their loving audience something in the West to delight themselves.

The reason for the first thing is that the whole MH17 issue was seen as a mayor fuck up of Putin's regime, no matter if it were the Russian separatists or the Russian Army themselves who fired the missile: It was an act of utter idiocy and this is something that Putin cannot tolerate. If you start looking like an idiot in front of your own people you may end up in the exile somewhere in the Barbados.

And regarding the second point: Mr Putin has a very eager fan base in the USA and here in Europe. In the USA it's all the teabaggers and conspiracy theorists who will believe anything as long as it makes Obama look bad, no matter what. Most of them believe in the literal intepretation of the Bible anyway.
Here in Europe the fan base is composed of all these "Eurosceptics" parties like UKIP or our dear and beloved Geert Wilders who always has had a warm heart for Mr Putin with his PVV who are making all sort of freakish questions to our Parliament such as a motion to protect peanut butter (Not a fucking joke!). Very interesting that such an incident who would make any nationalistic populist wet his undies hasn't even made Mr Wilders raise a single brow. He has just not even given a signal that the noticed anything... while here in my hometown, Hilversum, it was just last Monday that the examination of the bodies finished and a long funeral caravan went in direction to the towns of the victims. Four of them will remain here.

 

about a month ago

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Propellent Less Q-Drive tested and confirmed by NASA

Optali Optali writes  |  about 4 months ago

Optali (809880) writes "Wired, Forbes and a few other sources are reporting on the results of NASA's test of a version of the Q-Drive; a quantum vacuum truster similar to the Chinese EmDrive.

It is expected that such drives could be able to take humans to mars in a fraction of the time needed with conventional chemical engines and revolutionise satellite design rendering the need for propellant obsolete."

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Ubuntu One stops selling music and storage on April, 6

Optali Optali writes  |  about 8 months ago

Optali (809880) writes "Canonical announced on 2 April that it would be closing the Ubuntu One file service, (http://www.techzine.nl/nieuws/37953/canonical-stopt-met-clouddienst-ubuntu-one.html) sending a reminder per mail yesterday for those who may have forgotten and informing us that it's no longer possible to make purchases through the service. To me it came as a surprise as after all the commotion in the community I decided to steer clear of this distro and use Fedora instead.

Here the full content of the email

Ubuntu One noreply@one.ubuntu.com 17:55 (21 uur geleden)

aan mij

Hi,

We are writing to you to notify you that we will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services, effective 1 June 2014. This email gives information about the closure and what you should expect during the shutdown process.

As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately.

As always, your content belongs to you. You can simply download your files onto your PC or an external hard drive. While the service will stop as of 1 June, you will have an additional two months (until 31 July 2014) to collect all of your content. After that date, all remaining content will be deleted.

If you have an active annual subscription, the unused portion of your fees will be refunded. The refund amount will be calculated from today's announcement.

We know you have come to rely on Ubuntu One, and we apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause. We've always been inspired by the support, feedback and enthusiasm of our users and want to thank you for the support you've shown for Ubuntu One. We hope that you'll continue to support us as together we bring a revolutionary experience to new devices.

The Ubuntu One team"

"

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How good are vintage headphones ?

Optali Optali writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Optali (809880) writes "I am currently searching for a pair of vintage headphones with the aim of using the casing to put a pair of state-of-the-art speakers in them. Just for the looks actually and for the sake of it.

But while searching in eBay I did found some working ones from the 60s, 70s and the 80s mostly. So my question is: Is it worth keeping the old speakers in the case of 70s — 80s stereo headphones? Or is it worthless trash compared to standard to good modern speakers?"
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Wikileaks refuses to help own whistleblower

Optali Optali writes  |  about 4 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "According to this article in Cryptome.org, it seems that Wikileaks is being 'slightly' forgetful with regard to their very own whistelblower private Bradley Manning, the man who has until now filtered the only real valuable piece of information ever published in Wikileaks: The infamous helicopter attack on civilians.

WL seems to have completely forgotten the one person who helped Mr Assange to hit the news and despite having promised to stay behind Manning their support has been rather nonexistant until now, despite the fact that Manning faces court martial while a lot of media and public attention falls on Assange's sex trial public opinion is leaving the one how should be the real hero in complete oblivion .

Meanwhile, an independent network of supporters is trying to raise funds and awareness for Manning's cause from their sites Courage to resists and Standwithbrad.org"

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Spanish bullfight sector in crisis

Optali Optali writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Optali (809880) writes "OMG, The Crisis!! The Spanish bullfight livestock sector is in crisis. And they are (why not?) requesting the Spanish government to take measures and set up an urgent plan of action.

All nice and good, but not with my money! Bullfight lobbyist like to brag about the "National culture" that they represent. Well, then, why are they asking money from the EU? Why do we EU citizen from other countries need to pay for something that the Spanish public themselves doesn't want?

In an hilarious twist of logic they are (again) abusing the argument of nature protectionism claiming that "the species (of fighting bulls) will disappear" if it weren't for bullfights. These 'privileged intelligences' obviously never thought about the obvious fact that the bulls are no more and no less than the male of a species... The Cow :)

And for those more interested in fact: There is actually no race or species called 'fighting bull': It is only the normal meet cattle that exists in as many genetic combinations of different bovine races from around the whole globe as the imagination of the farmers..

In fact the Fiesta Nacional of bullfight is not quite such a profitable business: Bullfight has since long lost his place in the Spanish cultural background as there is no place for a tradition of the rural and feudal XIX century in a post-industrial European capitalist economy. Bullfight farmers where largely living from EU livestock aids and from selling animals for the (rather bloody and brutal) popular celebrations in the rural Spain.

Now that the crisis is forcing the town councils to think twice in what they spend the money and the Catalonian government is planing on completely forbidding bullfight (like the Canary autonomous government did already some years ago) the flow of fresh cash is drying out.

Ironically, the Spanish far right which is one of the bastions of bullfight supporters is also the sector that likes to talk big about the virtues of capitalism, free market and economic liberalism. It seems that as so many times, free market is OK as long as the Euros keep on coming, but if think seem to take a negative twist they are first calling in Mama State for help."

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