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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Pav Re:The old spin is dead; long live the new spin (376 comments)

Look up "we knew he had WMD because we had the receipts"... It was practically a meme in 2006, though I'd imagine it wouldn't have been a popular one in certain circles.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

Pav Too late (267 comments)

I've discovered LXDE, and I think the lighter desktop options and alternatives in general got a lot of love when Gnome dropped the ball. And (at least for me) that has turned out to be a great thing... I've rediscovered "snap".

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Pav Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

It would be a service even if it's during the week-long boycott and convinces Dice to be serious about backpedaling and engaging with the community. Not sure how you could fund something like that. It would be great if you could join the ##altslashdot IRC channel for some realtime discussion of collaboration possibilities.

about 8 months ago
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Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations

Pav IRC - #slashdot-refugees (on FreeNode) (271 comments)

For those who know how to use an IRC client go to #slashdot-refugees on FreeNode. If you don't, use this handy web client and join anyway. :) Commiserate and/or make plans in case this situation goes horribly wrong. :-/

about 8 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Pav Re:The best part about Slashdot... (180 comments)

Actually... I've created a channel on IRC called #slashdot-refugees (on FreeNode... there's even a web client. Some in the community might want to commiserate, discuss plans of keeping the community together into the future etc.. and a realtime medium might be a good way. It's 2am in Australia though, so although I'm in channel I won't be around for a few hours.

about 8 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Pav Re:We ALL need to leave. (180 comments)

That's it really... where would we go? Slashdot isn't the site it's the community. There has been OSS work on federated search, and federated social networking, but a federated discussion site with a decent moderation system would be nice right about now. Is it even a solvable problem?

about 8 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

Pav Re:The best part about Slashdot... (180 comments)

The question : what can replace it if/when this is required? This episode is making me wish I'd been keeping up with the federated technologies people have been experimenting with - a federated nerd community that somehow included moderation wouldn't make me cry. It's strange but I've actually returned to IRC after 15 years - the dev communities I'm interested in have channels on FreeNode, and it's one of the only other truly nerd-friendly hangouts left.

about 8 months ago
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

Pav Re:Is the source code included? (252 comments)

I think someone suddenly got Dear Leaders attention when they mentioned "walled garden". If he'd been paying attention from the beginning he'd know it applies more to iThings, but...

about 8 months ago
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Britain's GCHQ Attacked Anonymous Supporters With DDoS

Pav Re:The Schutzstaffel (133 comments)

...and we all know the vastly less powerful are equally morally culpable. That's why bombing illiterate goat herding religious nuts is also universally accepted as the epitome of Great Justice. Just replace "angry citizen" in this analogy... how could anyone fail to see?

about 8 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

Pav Re:HI! (146 comments)

I guess there are pluses and minuses to the technology they're using. They get no pixelated "screen door" effect, but can do less about the persistent image problem. I read something about tricks with narrowing of colour pulses, and some other things they could attempt. I'm not sure if they've even demoed the VR overlay yet, so perhaps they're still hashing it out.

about 9 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

Pav Re:HI! (146 comments)

The specs are pretty decent and probably exceed your expectations.

about 9 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

Pav Re:HI! (146 comments)

The castAR glasses also have an overlay which make use of the projector for more traditional VR.

about 9 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

Pav Re:HI! (146 comments)

OK. It's even semi-relevant. Jeri Ellsworth is about to release a 3D VR/AR project that I think is WAY more exciting than Oculus, and it's completely novel (or at least I haven't seen anything like it). The glasses project an image out onto the world so 3D objects are "in" the real world - the beginnings of a holodeck-like technology. It's called castAR... check it out on YouTube, but you can tell from peoples impressions it's a genuinely fresh experience, not just 3D done over with new tech.

about 9 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Pav Re:By reef... (277 comments)

OK, so I should be worried about the mercury and not the lead, cadmium etc... Got it.

about 9 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

Pav Re:Patrons (63 comments)

Doh... premise of the COMMENTS

about 9 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

Pav Re:Patrons (63 comments)

Mod up... Part of what is so refreshing about F/OSS is that it's self directed by passionate people. There's something obviously wrong with the premise of the article. If patrons are the real source of vitality in Linux and F/OSS why are the most successful distros clustered around Debian and not Redhat?

about 9 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

Pav Re:Patrons (63 comments)

Apparently "glacial" development was still good enough to steal market share from the commercial Unix vendors.

about 9 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Pav Re:By reef... (277 comments)

There's mercury. From the paper: "4) Lead, Manganese, Mercury and Cadmium All four of these elements were higher in the Gladstone mud crab hepatopanceas tissues compared to the reference site. Indicating that Gladstone crabs were exposed to a higher total body burden of metals/metalloids."

about 9 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

Pav Re:By reef... (277 comments)

ack! JCU is a world leader... not my friend (in case the language was ambiguous).

about 9 months ago

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Julian Assange Video DMCA'ed Offline During Aussie Election

Pav Pav writes  |  about 10 months ago

Pav (4298) writes "On the verge of going viral (600,000 views in a week) this video was taken offline during the Australian election. It's a humourous spoof of the various contenders, plus a guest appearance by the real Julian Assange, who breaks into a few bars of "The Voice" by John Farnham, jarringly and an octave too low — apparently this was the cause of the DMCA concern."
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Advanced Backup Solutions for Windows?

Pav Pav writes  |  about a year ago

Pav (4298) writes "It looks like I'll soon be a Cobian Backup refugee, so I'm looking for another free Windows backup solution for when I'm forced to visit MS land. F/OSS is of course preferable, and I'm particularly interested in feature-heavy software, though info on simple personal backup solutions would be appreciated also."
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Snowden, a Comedic Rap Summary

Pav Pav writes  |  about a year ago

Pav (4298) writes "Rap News distills the whole story down to five minutes of hilarious biting satire. Also, in other "news" see Assange get hauled away by nordic babes wearing lingerie and stormtrooper helmets, or Bill O'Reilly literally vomiting excreta. Rap News has plenty more tracks related to internet liberty erosion, politicial and nerdy issues in general. Perhaps they should become house artists for Slashdot?"
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Laugh Away the Tears with Biting Rap Satire

Pav Pav writes  |  about a year ago

Pav (4298) writes "Guest appearances by Julian Assange, Kristinn Hrafnsson (Wikileaks spokesman) and Noam Chomsky help round out Rap News, a satirical rap soundtrack of civil liberties erosion and general madness during the last few years. The latest track covers the Edward Snowden story, with a surprisingly poignant call to action."
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Assange wins another journalism award

Pav Pav writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Pav (4298) writes "Julian Assange has won a Walkley award, the equivalent of a Pulitzer in his native Australia. This is separate from the Martha Gellhorn prize won earlier this year. The story is reported on crikey.com.au, a web magazine frequented by Australian journalists and political elites. Although the comments there will be waffling and long-winded perhaps they will also be interesting as an indicator of the mood in that world."
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Efficient Programming and Greenhouse Emissions

Pav Pav writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Pav (4298) writes "A question to the number crunchers : how much does programming efficiency effect greenhouse gas emissions? Is it a responsibility programmers should feel strongly, or do the numbers say it makes little difference except perhaps on the largest projects?"
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Way to Measure User Friendliness?

Pav Pav writes  |  about 7 years ago

Pav (4298) writes "While wrestling with yet another bunch of config files I started wondering if there were any metrics for measuring user friendliness. It's obvious that there's a cost for learning and using every UI — users pay this in man-hours and businesses in currency. Surely there has been research done on trying to quantifying this. Does Slashdot know of any? I'm sure developers would be much more likely to improve user friendliness if they were aware of ways to measure it."

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