top Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"
Well, on my Thinkpad with Trusty and KUBUNTU, the volume control just works fine out of the box - including muting and unmuting.
That the mainstream distros are switching to systemd seems to have a reason, systemd being crap, I cannot imagine to be the reason. about a month and a half ago
top No RIF'd Employees Need Apply for Microsoft External Staff Jobs for 6 Months
To me it sounds like a shot in their own (MS's) knee. They alienate people who have the best knowledge of the job.
Linux will prevail forever -)))
top Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Work On Projects While Traveling?
It depends, in many cafes and pubs in Germany they will not bother as long as you don't block a place in a crowded place without consuming some beverage or food.
In many places you will find free WiFi or payd hotspots from the Telekom or another provider in the vicinity.
Be aware, that there is the rule, that the cheaper a hotel is, the better is the chance to get free internet access.
A good way to connect is to get an O2 mobile account. You can get it with a one Month termination term and at least in all greater cities the access is more than ok (HDSPA+). (Use the phone as WiFi-Router).
about a year and a half ago
top How To Tell if Your Hotel Guest Is a Terrorist
I'm a former german "Unteroffizier" from the signal corps, equivalent 1st Sergeant in the US Army. After having finished my service and entered the reserve status, I got a security assessment from the german MAD, something like US Army Intelligence.
Among other more or less silly questions, two oft them stuck out:
"Are you or have you been member of the KPD (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands)?
- well this party had been outlawed and didn't exist since when I was the age of 2 (1956)
"Have you been meber of the "Nationalkomitee Freies Deutschland"?
- well this was an organisation founded by german officers and german communist emigrants in the Soviet Union in 1943. It was dominated by the communist members, but by far not all members were communists, especially not the officers up to the most prominent "Generalfeldmarschall Paulus".
What ridiculed the question, well this organisation was dissolved before even the "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" had been founded in 1949, remember I was born 1954.
I rightout served the questionnaire to the trashcan and have never got a request later.
BTW: this happened in 1992 AFAIR.
top Romney Video Recorded Illegally
but fits in very well here: Legal - illegal - scheissegal or short in english: Illegal? So what?
Those who live by the sword will die by the sword!
top Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves
The argument, to bear a gun because the constitution grants the right to do so is the fallacy. This is no logical reason.
If you had said, that you feel endangered and want to be able to protect yourself or you want to hunt game, that would be reasons.
To have received a right is no reason to execute it.
top SOPA, Copyright and Eddie Van Halen's Guitar
You are infringing on the copyright of author and composer unless you have got written consent from current holder of the rights.
top No Charges For Child-Whipping Judge Caught On YouTube
He must be forced to support her with all his posession and income until his end of life just because of the harm he did to her. And he must be banned from any service as justice, paralegal or lawyer. He must learn how to make living by his own hands.
top Best country to avoid software patents?
You may consider moving to the European Union, the patenting of software as such is prohibited here. It is only allowed as part of a technical application. The famous mention of doing something by means of a general purpose computer is not sufficiant to get a patent, it must be for instance the special GPS Equipment, the program used to drive it cannot be patented but only the entire technology of the gadget as long as it is novel and not obvious.
top Apple Loses Court Battle In Europe
Does this judge wants to buy a Galaxy phone with Android 3.3
Anyhow, this is great news!
top Ask Slashdot: What OS For a Donated Computer?
I see it the other way around: There are plenty of good programming environments which are perfectly well suited for beginners, name a programming langage and you will find rather a well suited IDE for any one LINUX distribution than for Windows.
QBasic is not a choice, even on Win$.
Just my 2 ct
top German Nuclear Plant Turned into Amusement Park!
[...] Enter East Germany's Wunderland Kalkar — an incredible adaptive reuse project that transformed a never-used nuclear reactor into an amusement park!
Kalkar is a little city on the shores of the lower Rhine, some Kilometres away from the Netherlands border. This is definitely not Eastern Germany but only a few Kilometres away from the westernmost point of Germany!
The authors of the original article should pay a little more attention when writing such a crap.
top NASA Fires Up Jet Fuel That Tastes Like Chicken
Neither chicken nor beef production are 'green' or 'eco friendly'. They both require huge inputs of energy and water to get out a given quantity of calories, compared to plant foods. Human beings are not supposed to eat meat, eggs, or cows' milk.
The fact that the idiots at NASA can't even begin to question 'what everyone else is doing' tells you how intelligent they are - not very. They are even suggesting that long haul space flights have animals on board 'for meat'. Yeah, like that's a really efficient way of getting calories while in space...
Plainly bullshit, humans are omnivores and meat and eggs and milk are essential for our health, but at the same time vegetables are also.
top NASA Pitches Heavy Lift Vehicle To Congress
Wouldn't NASA and the american taxpayer better off talking to Arianespace and trying tp develop something in cooperation with them? Arianespace has a lot of knowledge in development procedures and technology which I think NASA was forced to scrap for political reasons.
There were a lot of advanced and promising technologies almost ready which NASA and the US industry dumped because your congress did cut the money when the device was almost ready.
These could be utilised in such a joint venture.
top Worker Rights Extend To Facebook, Says NLRB
Could you please specify of which "Paradise" you are talking?
top European Parliament All But Rejects ACTA
Thats not empty talk, because the declaration shows strong opposition of the EP against ACTA and there is a good chance that ACTA will not be ratified unless there will be severe alterations made to the substance.
top Is a US High-Speed Railway Economically Feasible?
Despite the highly taxation of fuel all over Europe, we have far too many trucks on our highways.
And if you look at the material flows, everybody with a little common sense will shake ones head.
Example: Milk is produced by ranchers in northern Germany, then it gets transported over the alps, roundabout 1000 miles (1600 km) or more to central or southern Italy to be processed to yoghurt, curd or cream and filled into plastic cups, which are produced at other places in Germany or other countries of the EU as well, also transported by truck.
Then all these products are carried over the alps all the way back to Germany partly labled as italian delicacy or as german milk product.
Now lets look at the figures.
A 40t truck loads roundabout 26 to 30 tons gross. Let the packaging and handling means (pallettes) count for 5% or 1.5 to of the load there remain for easier calculation 26t of the product.
The truck consumes roundabout 35 to 40 l / 100 km (~ 10 mpg) equals 650 l (170 Gallons) for the 1000 miles. 650 l * 1.20 €/l gives 780 € fuel cost.
A cup of cream of 125g is sold in the store for 0.80 € to 1.20 € so the price per kg is 7€ to 9€ per kg. 780€ / 25000 kg gives 0.03 € per kg merchandise. from these three cent, two cent are tax.
BTW the rancher gets 0.25€ to 0.35 € / l of raw milk and the retailer calculates a gross margin of 5% to 8%.
So even with tripling the fuel taxation, the cost of road transportation is a neglectible amount.
This is just an example of the complete madness in modern markets because of far too little taxation of the transportation.
Just my two cents
top Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent
We in Europe can only shake our heads and turn our eyes skywards when we see and hear of the US-American bigotery. On the one side there is every blank piece of human flesh "hurting and endangering society" on the other side an terror organisation like the NRA is praised for their support of fireweapons in childrens hand ?-(
top DHS Allowed To Take Laptops Indefinitely
...and travel for leisure until they return to a state of "Rechtsstaat". You (the americans) told us germans after WW II the rules to which the american governments at least since Ronald Reagan are refraining to adhere more and more.
- capital punishment
- Guantanmo - DHS / Immigration behavior - ignorance to international law - Unilateralism - ...
Let's have a look what B.O. will do (or whoever will be elected/bought)
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