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New Zealand Government About To Legalize Spying On NZ Citizens

Pf0tzenpfritz "Circuses", eh? (216 comments)

"PANEM ET CIRCENSES!" (Bread and games) BARBARII STVPIDI...

about a year ago
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Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

Pf0tzenpfritz Politeness was never meant to be a good thing (1501 comments)

Whenever the economy goes down, the time of the polite or "professional" type has come to replace his rather impulsive or even choleric collegues. This does not happen by incident: politeness or courtiousness -in the meaning of mastering the oftenly difficult protocol at court- was the only chance for legions of otherwise untalented noble young men at Europe's courts to win the king's attenttion or favour and get a job. This kind of politeness usually came -and still comes- along with lies and intrigue and a general climate dominated by fear and dishonesty.

about a year ago
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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

Pf0tzenpfritz Mod up OP! (322 comments)

Exactly. The hydraulic reaction described in the summary is the very same as used in today's concrete. As are the wooden casks. (Today we also use to throw a lot of iron in there to deal with tension, but that doesn't affect erosion.) The real deal is a lot deeper in TLA.

about a year ago
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FLAC Gets First Update In 6 Years

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:No updates in 6 years? (197 comments)

...and don't forget that FLAC is the format of choice for digital DJing or any other way to play digital audio on big sound systems, as FLAC will decompress exactly ("lossless") to the original PCM stream while putting little extra stress to the CPU and -because of reduced file size- significantly reducing I/O load compared to uncompressed data.

about a year ago
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Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate?

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:If Windows doesn't survive... (497 comments)

What is stopping MS from creating an Android and/or Linux distro?

Their own pride, and probably corporate policy which says "all things must be Windows".

Maybe someone there remembers the long and miserable agony of late DEC?

about a year ago
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IBM Buys Dallas Based Softlayer For $2 Billion

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:"Dark" past? (78 comments)

TP was -according to Netcraft- the provider hosting by far the most scam or phishing sites for quite some time.

about a year ago
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Google Drops XMPP Support

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:Google+ has 390Million Actice users (416 comments)

Until today, Jabber for chat - that's going to be a problem or maybe I just won't chat anymore

First thing I installed on Android was xabber. Maybe second, as I tried one or two free XMPP clients more, but stayed with xabber. I haven't used GoogleTalk since. Not sure if I even installed it.

about a year ago
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Hollywood Studios Use DMCA To Censor Pirate Bay Documentary

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:Its a Shame (139 comments)

What do you need accountability for, when you've got the power?

Seriously, any organization nowadays seems to be structured in a way that makes it nearly impossible to find someone who actually is responsible for said entity's actions. Inaccountability appears to be planfully created by todays corporate or administrative leaders.

about a year ago
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The Hunt For LulzSec's Missing Sixth Member

Pf0tzenpfritz He's still on the loose! OMG! (104 comments)

And as long as this obviously dangerous cyberterrorist is still on loose, you'll all have to agree that certain civil rights...

about a year ago
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German Researchers Hit 40 Gbps On Wireless Link

Pf0tzenpfritz 40Gbps is verboten! (104 comments)

German researchers from the Fraunhover and Karlsruhe institutes have achieved 40Gbps transfers over 1km using a wireless link.

Technicians from the German Telekom immediately showed up to cap the link to 300kbps due to excessive use of bandwith...

about a year ago
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Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy") Released

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:Why Debian? (191 comments)

On the server I don't give anything about which version of Firefox I could install. All I want there is an Apache that won't get rooted and ssh to be there when I need it. At home I am running testing which is -with a little tweaking- pretty much bleeding edge and as customizeable as no other distribution. I've tried a lot of them and I always returned to Debian after I once got used to it.

about a year ago
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Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy") Released

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:Outdated (191 comments)

Well... Version three doesn't bite, indeed. It just sucks.

about a year ago
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Debian 7.0 ("Wheezy") Released

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:Outdated (191 comments)

Right now, I am running wheezy with kernel 3.8.5. Noone keeps you from building your own kernel. It's just that the stable version (and the installer) come with 3.2.

about a year ago
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Why PC Sales Are Declining

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:ALL my computers have lasted around 5 years (564 comments)

I still have the HP. Guess where I'm typing this from?... Yep, the HP running Lubuntu 13.04, and it works *surprisingly* well.

What?! How'd you upgrade from HPUX 10? (Half serious - I actually own a HP A9000/715 in working condition. It's just a bit difficult to find software for it.)

about a year and a half ago
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Why PC Sales Are Declining

Pf0tzenpfritz Not only that they last longer (564 comments)

It's not only that they last longer (supposed they do, which I can't confirm). The main reason to buy a new machine has always been mostly speed. First we had the GHz explosion of the late 1990s when CPU clockspeeds went through the roof (my first Wintel box was a 200MHz PII, my next one ran at 1700MHz), then memory greedy 64bit machines and now... nothing for a while. Everything concentrates at the mobile market. Fine. These thingies still leave a lot to improve, liberate, hack while the good, old PC mostly does what it is supposed to. (Even if you're gamer, because your machine's not really supposed to be complete ever, is it?)

about a year and a half ago
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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

Pf0tzenpfritz RSSOwl (287 comments)

I have been using RSSowl for years and will keep doing so as I never found a better reader. Runs almost everywhere, displays RSS, manages feeds and is quite configureable.

uh... and it's free and open source, of course.

about a year and a half ago
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al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:tl;dr: the list (303 comments)

I guess, they rather broadcast the noise from the rotating contact brushes that connect the rotor to the mains. They tend to be very noisy, if unshielded. Great idea in a region where such installations are common (not so much in cities or generally wherever regulations on electromagnetic interference apply). I just wondered if they really use a 30m pole? I assume, the details about this one got lost in translation....

about a year and a half ago
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al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:tl;dr: the list (303 comments)

WTF might

the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-meter copper pole

be? The water-lifting dynamo is obvious, but "30-meter copper pole"? Some sort of bipolar antenna?

about a year and a half ago
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Blender 2.66 Released

Pf0tzenpfritz Re:UI (158 comments)

10 years? Well, prepare to be surprised. I still remember the -horrific- 1.x GUI. Can't believe that I really used it for everyday's work back then.

about a year and a half ago

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Excitening

Pf0tzenpfritz Pf0tzenpfritz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Found this http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2546552&cid=38184906 interestening postening about killening people by attractening lightening to their phones.
I've got the feelening, I've got some funny accident lately.

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Claimed OpenID ...and now?

Pf0tzenpfritz Pf0tzenpfritz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I wonder what OpenID support on ./ is good for. I've successfully claimed my OpenID - and am still asked for $USER and $PASS when logging in.
Am I missing something? IE supported only?

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