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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Skarjak Re:Will they invest any of the savings in Linux de (153 comments)

I honestly don't think they have any duty to give back any more than they're doing now. Do you donate 100$ everytime you install linux on a computer? Cause that's what it would have cost you otherwise. I know for sure that almost no one does. It's nice if they decide to give back but they have no responsability to do so. The whole concept of "freeloaders" is laughable to be honest. I thought one of the primary visions behind FLOSS was that information should be free? I guess if you view open source as merely a means to an end, you might think such a thing as a freeloader could exist, but I completely disagree with that vision.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

Skarjak Re:Will they invest any of the savings in Linux de (153 comments)

The very first line of the summary says they're making available their own custom distro. So they're obviously not free loaders. FFS, I know that most people don't RTFA, but at least RTFS before bitching.

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Skarjak Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (704 comments)

I actually find some of Linus' tirades to be pretty hilarious. He supposedly only does this to hardened veterans, so it's not that bad.

2 days ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Skarjak Re:No need for a conspiracy (276 comments)

If you know the older phones were not designed to take advantage of the update... why release it to them? Isn't that deliberately slowing them, as the "conspiracy" claims? I certainly don't want an update that will make my phone slower, no matter what functionality you may be adding.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Skarjak Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

These people go to your country, make money, and then take that money back with them. They're not really adding much to your wealth. If these companies moved overseas, they could pay people even less. Why do you think they don't? It's not out of kindness. They stay because all kinds of subsidies entice them to stay. These subsidies are given to them with the understanding that they will create employment. One could argue that if they are just going to hire temporary workers, them moving overseas would actually be a net gain for the US.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Skarjak Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Except you don't have to raise your hands and claim there's nothing you can do about it. The government can easily regulate this.

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

Skarjak Finally looks good (108 comments)

As vain as it may be, I like my computer's interface to look nice. Plasma 4 was so ugly, with strangely clashing styles for the panels and the windows. This new bit of design makes it much more appealing to look at. I'm more of an AwesomeWM guy but I might give this a try on my laptop, just to see.

about two weeks ago
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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

Skarjak Meh. (203 comments)

Generally, if they have to hype the age of the person developping it, it's because there's not a whole lot of substance there. Call me when he ships something interesting.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Skarjak Re:quelle surprise (725 comments)

I hope you realize you are proving the article's point.

about three weeks ago
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Building the Infinite Digital Universe of No Man's Sky

Skarjak Re:Sigh (100 comments)

The devs are being so cagey anytime someone asks about the actual gameplay, I would be surprised if this were any good to be honest. It's probably gonna be a really nice tech demo.

about a month ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

Skarjak Re:Updating? (61 comments)

There is now a debian based "semi-rolling" release version. My understanding is that they package upgrades from Debian testing periodically. There is no reinstall needed.

about a month ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

Skarjak Re:Bugger (61 comments)

I think I'm one of those freaks of nature who actually enjoys installing a new linux distro on his computer. It's like an adventure!

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

Skarjak What about a kill switch for Google and Microsoft? (137 comments)

We should be able to deactivate the companies when they do something evil. Although I guess these days, we'd be constantly pressing the button.

about a month ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Skarjak So it's out of control? (245 comments)

I guess they really are making Skynet... Seriously though, everything the NSA has said since this whole scandal started reeks of "The end justifies the means." They're basically a cartoon villain at this point.

about a month and a half ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Skarjak Re:#notallgeekyguys (1198 comments)

I find it funny that a big part of these people's argument relies on the notion that people can decide for themselves what they think is offensive, and yet when they actually offend someone, they accuse you of trying to derail the discussion if you protest. In truth, if that is how they react, it was never a discussion to begin with.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Skarjak Re:Misogyny, Entitlement, and [other classifier] (1198 comments)

And yet, even if you belong to a group, you can't really be said to know every member of that group. So even you might not have the authority to make these generalizations. Anyway, my comment was more about the fact that we are ok with certain forms of discrimination, but not ok with other forms of it. It appears that the logic behind this is mostly accidental. For example, we consider it very wrong to discriminate based on race, yet most people seem fine with discrimination based on nationality. Why is it bad to say "black people are x" but it's ok to say "Americans are x" or "Europeans are x"? It's the same way with religion. Islamophobia is a thing, and yet stereotyping members of the christian faith is totally cool. It's ok for a protestant or an atheist do diss catholics, but not to diss muslims. As a society we are starting to shame people who stereotype homosexuals, yet bisexuals are still largely fair game. Where's the logic? Here in this submission, someone (tries to) stands up against (alleged) sexism, yet considers it fine to discriminate based on hobbies and personality types. I find it frustrating that many people are clamoring to be seen as individuals, yet they will willingly generalize and stereotype when it suits them. Our attitudes towards discrimination are not logically consistent, and this dissonance bothers me. :/ endRant()

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Skarjak Re:Misogyny, Entitlement, and [other classifier] (1198 comments)

This is such an underrated post. The logic behind "groups we are allowed to stereotype/insult" and "groups we aren't allowed to stereotype/insult" appears very flimsy to me. Might be better to just accept that stereotyping entire groups of people is wrong, no matter the group in question. Imagine the shitstorm if race was mixed with this subject. Yet, really, why should it be any different?

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Skarjak Re:Gimme a curved screen (304 comments)

Damn. That screen's size could have been an issue. Maybe it could have succeeded if the back didn't stick out so much? Also it was 8000$... I guess we're not in the future yet.

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Skarjak Gimme a curved screen (304 comments)

You know what would be awesome? If someone made one of these ultra wide screens and curved it, so you'd get the same effect as if you were using 3 screens but without the bezels. Would be great for gaming. Come on, we live in the future, where's my gigantic curved screen?

about 2 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

Skarjak Re:why are they taking so long? (134 comments)

To think that my last comment on how there was no reason to use IE in this day and age got modded as flamebait...

about 2 months ago

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