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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Teunis Fiction (611 comments)

It's a complete fiction.

For ad revenue to count towards cost of internet infrastructure, it would be having to go into funding within the infrastructure, not to "outside interests" who are - in their own ways - increasing costs by pulling "eyes".

TAANSTAFL maybe, but I think a lot of these "services" are overvaluing their "product".

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Teunis I don't know any... (962 comments)

I don't know any women for whom threats like this have not become real at some point. (whatever stats say, assume that probably only 1 case in 20 is actually reported and that's a fair rate)

That's one of the key differences. For most men, these threats are just "noise".

Google "missing women" if you want a clue about how real it can get.

This is why I'll continue to argue for women's rights. In a world where a woman can walk down a street at night without risk of assault, so can anyone.

PS: this applies for LBTQ-type folks too.

about 2 months ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Teunis Unnecessary micromanagement. (161 comments)

I think this person is still mad that linux doesn't feed out accurate memory usage ever since COW pages were introduced, let alone multiple efficiency steps since then.

Not going to say that task management over a greater picture's a bad idea, but have to make it more coarse (per server, approximations) rather than fine if one is to still be able to effectively use many of Linux' performance improvements above IBM mainframe approaches. Mind, I've built a couple of systems like that for proprietary infrastructure.

about 2 months ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

Teunis MUT from Vancouver (23 comments)

I prefer this one : https://www.facebook.com/MUTmechpup

Sure the videos there aren't as clean, but the K9 in question has a lot that works ...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

Teunis Music (153 comments)

Music. I love to play music, and I wanted to explore writing it on computer where I could listen to how multiple instruments sounded. This was in Apple II days (I found the Commodore PET a little too boring an the Vic-20 was handy but not as interesting as it could have been had I been able to afford storage)

Playing multi-voice music on an Apple II required learning hex-code "assembler" (much later on I wrote an assembler to make my life easier). Going to IBM PC resulted in better CPU and performance, but harder to make music play.

Also, I really do love communicating with people and for anyone else who saw the internet before WWW, as well as the old Fido days ... well, these were not low-skill entry points.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Teunis too heavy, too unreliable... at least for my uses (435 comments)

The few experiments I've tried with STL have been a bit too heavy and slow - at least with my uses which are frequently not single threaded.
My last test ran faster in python.

so I'll stick with C. Good old efficient, manageable and predictable C.

However I hear the STL is great for many people.

about 5 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Teunis Re:Are you kidding (818 comments)

I'm pro-choice because I'm anti-murder. Banning abortion murders women.

about 5 months ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Teunis I miss when gnome listened (693 comments)

There was a time when they were open to criticism, to help, and even to patches.
this was before Gnome 3 was released.

since then they've been as hard to interact with as Microsoft - arbitrary nonsensical designs foisted on the public with no way to work with older, functional systems and little or no support for state management, and little or no support beyond some simple cosmetic levels for hardware newer than 1990s era desktops.

about 5 months ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Teunis better testing plus maybe dietary and lack of sun (558 comments)

while the rising ability to test is probably a good part of this, found out about this study fairly recently:

Research by CHORI Scientists Indicates Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism: Dietary Interventions Will Have Relevance for Prevention and possibly for Treatment of Autism
http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/news/research-by-chori-scientists-indicates-causal-link-230.aspx

(and possibly related : http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 - Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases -- but only maybe)

about 6 months ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Teunis posting from windows 8 (194 comments)

observations:
- install a start menu replacement to get application menus back. Application menus are handy when one has a number of applications with similar names.
- disable search and system speed jumps. Don't use it anyway, and it's pointless for a programmer like me.
- constant delays in performing tasks
- chrome can open 1/10 the tabs of linux on same hardware. That's perhaps a bad sign.

I've actually found my ability to work effectively on this platform has degraded to the point I just don't anymore.
I now use windows as a game platform and occasional (and frustrating) web browsing.
With Steam (etc), the issue with not being able to find my applications anymore stopped being relevant - I stopped using them under windows at all.

so when I want to do real browsing, real programming, or pretty much anything other than playing games, it's back to Mint for me. (because I similarly find unity and other "tablet" interfaces - interfaces less useful and intuitive than either IOS or Android - pointless)

about 6 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Teunis Microsoft... (742 comments)

Microsoft has hurt the tech industry, repeatedly and badly
And much of their tech has been in place to prevent innovation, invention and change.
Their arrogance and low esteem of computer users seems to keep growing
particularly given how incredibly -bad- the interface is for windows 8. If it corrupted data slowly, it'd be comparable to ME + Bob.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Teunis Re:user design? (389 comments)

you're assuming "documents" == unique names. Obviously you've never worked with source code. It's very clear that every "search based" desktop has never actually been tested by anyone who programs for a living.
doesn't work too hot with my mathematics or - frustratingly - history references.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Teunis user design? (389 comments)

Metro lacks the user friendliness of a pet rock.
Learning curve is high enough that an old windows user like me (since the early 90s) can't figure out how to open an application or find where anything I have installed is.
No menus, no help, no interface, no organization, no context, no structure and too many ads.
I can't help anyone running windows 8. I can't find applications, documents, programs or interface. I'm not sure what that great scrolling walls of ads is, but it doesn't seem to relate to anything resembling functionality - it's easier to find an installed app using "google play" than it is to use that.

And forget "power user". I DO know how to open a command shell, and replace the scrolling wall of stupidity with a terrible second-rate wannabe menu that injects ads everywhere. (which is to say, pretty much every start menu replacement)
I don't actually -need- the start menu - the folders of windows 3 were actually more or less ok.
If I were running a tablet with this stupidity, it'd probably be tossed across the room.

It managed to build an interface almost as terrible and in your face as Ubuntu's "Unity". Except that it takes 50-90% of your CPU to run windows 8 and Unity only prevents you from using it.

I'm not sure who designed either system, but they should be kicked out of user design and forced to go back to school, perhaps in something useful like sales.

about 7 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

Teunis Re:C and C++ work everywhere (209 comments)

Yes, this.
I work at a company that has standard C++ across all supported platforms
and my own projects are largely C (and occasional use of C++).

hooking into interface, UI or devices is platform-specific but that's not a surprise - underlying technologies have diverged quite a bit between platforms.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Teunis Information and task control (503 comments)

- I use a desktop for a lot of tasks simultaneously - but usually one task where interruptions mean a loss of 20 min to 3 hours work, depending on how important and attention-consuming the task. This is priority #1 for me. Gnome 2 and KDE are both acceptable, as is Windows 95+ (but not 8) and MacOS. Mobile tends to be acceptable.
- I need to be able to organize files : database/file management interfaces should make sense and function. (Windows 8 does not make this easy to find, and KDE and Gnome 3 actually have the best). Mobile misses this entirely.
- Ability to organize tasks when multitasking. Task switching needs to make sense, and multiple desktops are quite handy when having to do cross referencing or coding. I am a programmer - having one desktop for browsing, another for code editing and testing and a third one for communications is pretty much my ideal basis. Classical desktops (Gnome 2 and KDE - and I find Gnome 2 slightly better) do this quite well. Newer systems have lost this. Lacking multiple desktops tends to keep me out of Windows or MacOS, for the most part - although the latter is ok at them.
- Saving and restoring of state, particularly for console sessions. A lot of what I do still takes place in terminals, particularly when managing outside servers. Gnome 3 lost this - in a fit of "bug fixing" all infrastructure was removed and there is no real support for this now. KDE is ok, MacOS is quite excellent. Android and IOS are VERY good at this and I sure wish ssh and console was more usable on those platforms.
- Recovery after failure. A number of issues can cause - with power failure coming at the top, but not excluding non-fatal hardware faults. Mobile is quite excellent, MacOS is quite excellent and KDE is ok. Without the ability to handle state, Gnome + Windows do not have this.

While I miss desktop isolated task switching and the ability to return to the last task I was working in under KDE (IMO that's a bug), this is largely why KDE is now my default desktop of choice.
I really wish I could do most of my programming tasks on mobile, but there's no infrastructure for it - they have no ability to handle multiple tasks.
I kind of miss the multiple consoles of nongraphical linux - but it's a bit hard to do things like web browsing there.

Windows 8, Unity and other such "interfaces" are not desktops and have moved away from the ability to perform routine (as in : continuous and important) tasks.

about 8 months ago
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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Teunis Pot calling kettle (369 comments)

Very much "pot calling kettle"... USA and Russia are both famously historically "guilty" of this, as well as accusing each other of this.

however, all of the signs of psychological projection, in the more precise dialect.

*aside* even considering that, it's still safer to do business in the USA, for the most part. At least the illegal detentions, seizures, etc actually are well enough documented that folks who are at risk can usually avoid entering. Russia's still not very much into the concept of "free speech".

1 year,18 days
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Russia Issues Travel Warning To Its Citizens About United States and Extradition

Teunis Re:Absolutely the case (369 comments)

Especially since the USA (from perspectives of Canadians at least, and probably other countries that DO have a left and right) - doesn't have a "left". At best it has an "extreme right" and a "somewhat more moderate right"

1 year,18 days
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Canadian Court Rules You Have the Right To Google a Lawyer

Teunis Internet access is a basic right (105 comments)

In Canada, internet access is a "basic right" (what this means is kind of complicated, but basically everyone needs to be able to access internet, legally ... at least unless they are incarcerated already).

So under our law, this allowance for access is easily within reading such rights.

Not a lawyer, but worked for Canadian ISPs since the '90s.

about a year and a half ago
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Teen Suicide Tormentor Outed By Anonymous

Teunis For justice to work, it has to work. (550 comments)

As much as the Vancouver area, and British Columbia in general are beautiful places, with many wonderful people - justice here isn't entirely working. Whether it's our somewhat US leaning government on the other side of the continent messing with the codes, or that BC economically crashed at the end of the 80s thanks to US interference ... things basically aren't perfect.
If you keep cutting police and keep increasing their load, coincident with cutting education and increasing their load too - no one has any time left anymore unless there's overwhelming evidence. ... and thanks to Anonymous, there's now sufficient evidence for the authorities to investigate.

I've known people who've been harassed the same ways, and justice was not found. ... and people continue to bully, harass and even sexually assault the same kinds of ways.
and we all let it happen, or even do it ourselves.
I hope they've got the guy who started it.
They're not going to touch the hundreds of people at her schools that bullied because of it - probably.
maybe they'll make it easier to find and rescue victims before it's too late. And some justice beats none.

about 2 years ago

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the last couple of years

Teunis Teunis writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I had a big contract fail and almost completely bankrupt me. These things happen... so for the last few years I've been rebuilding. I spent a year driving forklift at a warehouse (VERY enlightening - I learnt a lot about people and communications there), two years at alphatrade.com as a network administrator (job slightly more complex, a lot of interplay with marketing. Lots of fun but the crash hit work hard). I spent a year and a half just -recovering- as the forklift job ended when I got injuries that needed time to heal. Now I'm working as a computer tech and starting to pick up code again. I'm not yet sure what to work on but I'm fascinated by anything OpenGL, communications, video based, audio based and database based. I've a weakness for GIS-related but haven't really worked in the field since the early 90s. pidgin looks like it needs some things. We'll see...

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Current work

Teunis Teunis writes  |  about 9 years ago MacOS X programming, using PostgreSQL and Objective C. Rather like it.
System administration in linux, MacOSX and Windows 2000. About to build a new ISP server.

Now if only I can make a living at this...

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Teunis Teunis writes  |  more than 11 years ago Working at Century Office Machines. Definitely not computer related. Actually we only have a web page because the boss thought it'd be a fun thing to do and I run a webserver in my off time so...
Anyways, working with machines from various pre-computer era is fun. There IS a computer here but we don't use it for anything other than research.

I have to admit I'm enjoying it but...
...I miss programming.

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