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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

RoLi Re:both poles are at record level high... (423 comments)

start using your brain people.

Why do you need a brain when you have a "scientific consensus"?

about two weeks ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

RoLi Re:Hate Nixon (125 comments)

It is even worse than that: They were refilled in Utah. That means for refilling, they had to be transported overland for huge distances - twice!

about three weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

RoLi Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

How is the government not concerned about corporate espionage, terrorism, and other criminal activity, you'd think from a security standpoint, they would want encryption to be legit.

They are concerned about it because it gives them a reason for existence.

Imagine the USA if it went isolationist before WWI: Almost no crime, no terrorism, no military-industrial complex, no welfare-state, no military bases all over the world... and politicians would have almost no power compared to what they have today. That would be a nightmare for any politician, "social reformer" and social worker. They would practicably be out of their collective jobs.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RoLi Re:Camel = Horse designed by committee... (644 comments)

An even greater tragedy is the Microsoft marketing department. Those clowns can't seem to sell anything in the consumer market (ok, XBox...I'll give you that).

Is that the same XBox that lost billions in the first versions, barely broke even in the second version and is now again losing billions in the third version?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RoLi Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

You luddite! Next you will tell me you want different interfaces for your refrigerator and your car!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RoLi Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

Microsoft marketing has a way to forget the past.

I remember how they were so proud of Windows-Phone (~2% marketshare) because it was so much more "successful" than the old Windows-Mobile (~10% marketshare).

Or look at the XBox: First they proclaimed that they would just sink a couple of billion to "build the platform" - and look how that worked for XBone. Of course it doesn't make any sense when you break compatibility with every new version: Any XBox version is a incompatible to any other version, so they are different platforms.

I guess that kind of incompetence and stupidity is a consequence of having just too much money flowing in from over 20 year old products (Windows and Office).

Basically Microsoft could just sit back and release Windows with a new wallpaper and small updates - but they even screwed that up with Windows 8.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RoLi Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

So how many computers are fucked becasue of Bash?

A couple of thousand - which is not a lot given the fact that Linux is used on millions of webservers.

From all the alarmism, let's not forget that only RedHat is remotely vulnerable (all the other major distros use dash instead of bash for /bin/sh) and only when you use a seriously outdated CGI-setup.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

RoLi Re:Catching up with Fedora (644 comments)

WIndows is just a tool to do a job like anything else

No, Windows is a tool that is incompatible to everything else, that is the point.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

RoLi Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

Because somebody on Slashdot told them?

about three weeks ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

RoLi Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

That would be a valid point if the two orbiters were exactly the same. They're not. India is much closer to the equator than Florida, so launch costs are significantly reduced.

That is nonsense. You want to launch as far away from Earth's axis that is true, but Earth is a sphere and therefore it doesn't make much of a difference once you get away from the poles. Florida is already at 88% of the distance from the axis compared to the equator, that is not that much of a difference.

about a month ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

RoLi Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

The problem is that NASA is not allowed to pay too much for an engineer and have to hire scores of affirmative action candidates instead: http://odeo.hq.nasa.gov/

Especially in an environment like NASA one single capable engineer can easily outperform ten mediocre hires. Of course NASA would have to do strict qualification tests to get these engineers - and those tests are illegal in the US.

India may be corrupt and all, but after you pay the bribe at least you can do the job. You are not forced to hire deadwood in India.
There is no ODEO in the Indian space program.

about a month ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

RoLi Re:if so, U.S. is stupid (200 comments)

Since when has failure been an argument against government layouts?

The US had the best (or maybe second-best after England) education system in the world before the government got involved. Now it is the laughing-stock of the world.

The solution? More government involvement, of course! Let's implement Common Core and see how low we can go.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

RoLi Re:Fine! (365 comments)

You should research on "common core" which was pushed by Bill Gates.

It is pure evil:

- dumbs down everything and doesn't let anybody ahead
- goes back to roman math (seriously, according to common core, the way to add 62 + 36 is to draw 9 squares and 8 lines and then add them. If you don't draw your squares you fail, BTW)
- introduces political propaganda into the curriculum
- introduces spying and questions like "do you like your parents"?
- establishes a monopoly for textbooks

Good starting point:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (403 comments)

Nonsense.

In fact I had to deinstall pulseaudio to make Skype work - on several different distributions. That was the only way because pulseaudio just didn't work. For a long time the audio-quality was also bad (had a lot of hickups and cracks). I also know (you obviously don't) that the pulseaudio-team refused to work on many problems because the drivers (which worked perfectly with ALSA) were somehow flawed. Now maybe they were flawed, but they worked with ALSA and if they don't work with pulseaudio then ALSA is still better no matter how many features pulseaudio may offer.

The distributions *should* be the advocates of the users. But they are not. They are advocates of the developers who obviously always want the latest/greatest.

When your mother tells you that she has cracking in the sound that makes it unusable, do you tell her "hey, just uninstall pulseaudio and enable ALSA"? Is that user-friendly? Or do you tell her "You are the reason that there will never be the year of the Linux desktop, the cracks are a product of your imagination"?

You quite obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Especially about Skype which took forever to work with pulseaudio. Especially Skype. God I remember hours of getting Skype to work with (or in fact without because uninstalling did the job) pulseaudio.

As I said, the way to go would have been to include pulseaudio and let those that need the advanced features use it. And then, after it became stable, then make it the default.

But that didn't happen. They just jumped on pulseaudio years before it was ready.

And that is the problem: You and all the other upgrade-fanatics consider the users just worthless beta-testers without any rights whatsoever.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Binary logs (403 comments)

In your scenario you are positing that you have the ability to run binaries (like cat or vim or nano)-- the tools required to successfully read and parse ASCII files. Why are you assuming you would be unable to use another binary dedicated to reading and parsing a binary log file?

Because Linux distributions always screw it up at their first try?
Because nobody can know everything and the obscure systemd tool may be there but not be found?
Also systemd is by itself much more complicated than simple ASCII files.

There is NOTHING magical about ASCII except that its an old standard.

Exactly! And that means that it is:

- tested
- stable
- understood (hey I know cat and grep by heart, I don't even know any systemd commands)

Which means that the chances are very high that at least that will work when something breaks. And by that statement I include the human factor: The admin who has worked with ASCII files for the last 30 years will be able to work with them in an emergency. Especially in an emergency I don't want to be forced to learn the "new paradigma".

It makes NO DIFFERENCE.

You are contradicting yourself.

When you said that ASCII is an old standard I thought that you got it, but you didn't.

Being old, stable and tested makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

Systemd may be great and maybe it is - but please let it mature first, let the bugs get worked out first. In other words: Let it become a "old standard" before forcing it down the user's throats.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Binary logs (403 comments)

You are using a "special tool" when you use vim or cat to parse a log file.

No, because something similar is available on pretty much every desktop computer system for the last 20 years. I'm pretty sure that I can read ASCII files on an Amiga, MacOS9 or BeOS or any other exotic system.

With systemd, I don't expect any support from even the latest/greatest MacOSX or Windows variants.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (403 comments)

How many other audio systems can you mention in Linux which seamlessly allowed you to add devices to an audio stream, hot plug blue-tooth headsets, or change destinations of streams without interrupting them?

None, but nobody except a tiny group of people ever needed anything like that. There would have been nothing wrong in just supporting pulseaudio for those that need it and keep the working ALSA for the default until pulseaudio is debugged. And only when you have a couple of years of stability make it the default. But no, we can't have that. No, everybody had to make it the default as soon as they could - and of course I was also bitten (several times) by pulseaudio. And I had no alternative because all wanted to be part of the herd.

This herd-mentality is really the problem with Linux nowadays. In *theory* we could have many different distributions - from cutting-edge to conservative. But in the real world we have a group of lemmings that compete on who is the first to jump on the latest untested feature.

For example: On one computer I used debian lenny for many years and now I wanted to upgrade. Tried the new debian - hangs on shut-down. Tried SuSE - hangs on shut-down. Tried Mint - hangs on shut-down.

You see what I mean? They are all the same - and that sucks.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Binary logs (403 comments)

Why would you suppose systemd logging to be any different?

Because it is new and untested.

Just like pulseaudio.

In principle I agree with you, but I disagree with the hurry. There is no need to hurry at all. We have working solutions right now, there is no sense that ALL distributions jump on systemd like a herd of lemmings.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (403 comments)

I had a lot of broken scripts in the bash to dash transition. But that is also a reason NOT to change too much and NOT to switch to systemd any time soon.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

RoLi Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (403 comments)

Exactly. Linux would need stability and not this constant change for change's sake.

If you want systemd - great, make it an option. After a couple of versions, when the bugs have been worked out, make it the default if it really offers an advantage, but not before.

about a month ago

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South African Health department blames Excel for loss of 4 million

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The chief of the health department of the South African province of Limpopo, which has a population of over 5 million people, blames Excel for the loss of the equivalent of $4 million.

A committee has found irregularities in office supplies in the fiscal year 2009-2010. This was justified by declaring that the department had so much to manage that the result would no longer fit into Microsoft Excel. However, she admitted that their current asset management system was inadequate.

The committee seemingly found this explanation credible, because the only consequence of the affair are 13 million Rand (~$1M) for a new "asset management system" for the health department."

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Austria: Cardinal Puts Preaching Ban on Imam

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "Imam Shaker Assem will no longer be allowed to hold Friday-prayers in the Afro-Asiatic Institute (AAI), which is a catholic endowment organization in Vienna, because he called for reinstatement of the Califate, demanded the death penalty for adultery and rejected Israel's right to exist."
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Will Microsoft-IIS become legacy software?

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The share in Japan, Germany, Russia and many other countries already lies below 4% for many years. But also traditionally Microsoft-friendly countries can turn away from IIS, for example in the last 10 years, the share in France fell from 35% to 5%, in Brazil and Taiwan from over 45% to 15% and in India even from 65% to 18%.

In more and more countries, Microsoft will face the problem that third parties (webhosters, IT-departments within companies, fleelancing programmers, etc.) don't even offer support for their products and the know-how is lost because Microsoft-webservers are seen more and more as a legacy-technology."

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12,000 dollars for a lemonade, or: Bilingualism in

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "On that day, Michel Thibodeau flew from Toronto to Ottawa (both English-speaking cities in Canada) and ordered 7up in French but got served Sprite. After having used the same trick to win a lawsuit against the same airline, he sued again for 25,000 dollars. Is it a justified indemnification for psychic damages or is it a type of "low intensity conflict" or a "civil war with juridical means" in which everybody, including judges, want to further the interests of "their side"?"
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Why there will be no IPv6 transition

RoLi RoLi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RoLi (141856) writes "The mistake in the design of IPv6 is not really in the technology. The mistake does not lie in the design of the protocol itself, but in the incompatibility of the addresses. Because it is not a technological but a administrative problem, there will hardly be a technical solution for it.

The future is hard to predict and it will be hard to predict how long IPv4 will live, but one thing is sure: What ever will come after it, it won't be IPv6."

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