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Linux 3.13 Kernel To Bring Major Feature Improvements

WaroDaBeast Re:Intel support is stellar this time. (190 comments)

Choosing the right kernel options? Sounds like you build your own kernels. I asked that question because I also happen to own a machine that doesn't support PAE, and I was curious as to which distros (in its latest iteration) still offer non-PAE kernels.

I'm using Manjaro partially because of that, by the way.

about 5 months ago
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Linux 3.13 Kernel To Bring Major Feature Improvements

WaroDaBeast Re:Intel support is stellar this time. (190 comments)

[...] the old IBM T42 non-pae clunker that I am writing this on is still very usable

Out of curiosity, which distro do you run on that machine? I'm asking this question because distros that do not have PAE as a requirements are rare birds, so to speak.

about 5 months ago
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CyanogenMod Windows-Based Installer Released, With Supporting Android App

WaroDaBeast Re:Of the fourth declension (74 comments)

So, you're telling me that a Latin word that can mean "connection" or "binding" has nothing to do with a phone called "Nexus"? A phone is a tool that we use to connect to each other, right? I find it hard to believe that the people behind that brand just made up a name that exactly looks like an English word — that stems from Latin — when this sort of coincidence arises.

At any rate, that doesn't really matter. I was merely pointing out to the grandparent poster that, if he wishes to use a Latin plural, he should try to at least do it properly. Why bother going through the hassle of using irregular stuff that is optional, anyway? This the mental picture I get when I see such a thing happen: exception handling everywhere in your code — except the error messages don't mean a thing.

about 5 months ago
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CyanogenMod Windows-Based Installer Released, With Supporting Android App

WaroDaBeast Re:Of the fourth declension (74 comments)

Any case beside the nominative in never used, except when using Latin phrases.

So, you're right, but case is irrelevant here.

about 5 months ago
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CyanogenMod Windows-Based Installer Released, With Supporting Android App

WaroDaBeast Of the fourth declension (74 comments)

I recently acquired a Nexus 4 (yay for the Nexus 5 creating a more vibrant market in second hand Nexi) ans was slightly surprised about the lack of apps already installed compared to my old Samsung phone.

The plural of "nexus" in Latin in "nexûs." (Actually, the diacritic on the 'u' should be a macron, but alas, Slashdot won't display that character.)

My €0.02.

about 5 months ago
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Where Does America's Fear Come From?

WaroDaBeast It all goes back to actual persecution (926 comments)

Today, Americans fear terrorism.

A few decades ago, it was communism.

Before the fear of communism, was the fear of black people.

Before the abolition of slavery, was the fear of the wilderness (what lied beyond the American frontier).

Finally, before the fear of the wilderness, was the fear of tyranny — i.e. from the English crown.

I suppose that fear is quite simply an integral part of American society's fabric.

(Note that those events sometimes overlap. I did not imply that, for a given one event to start, the ongoing one needs to stop.)



P.S. : I can't remember where I read or heard this. It was most likely during American civilization class.

about 5 months ago
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Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested

WaroDaBeast Re:They are still damn overpriced (241 comments)

(...) because your 6 month old distro release (using a year old kernel) probably won't have the drivers for your newer hardware.

Ever heard of rolling release distros ?

about 6 months ago
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Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested

WaroDaBeast Re:They are still damn overpriced (241 comments)

Yes, because you absolutely have to use Ubuntu. There are no other distros out there, no sir.

about 6 months ago
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Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

WaroDaBeast Re:Drive it in Belgium (722 comments)

Wait... So you're telling me there's no way to tell there's an intersection? Like, no signs? No white paint on the road? That screams defective by design.

about 6 months ago
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Discovering NSA Code Names Via LinkedIn

WaroDaBeast Re:Simple explanation (201 comments)

That's gotta be one of the weirdest thing I've read. Well, I realize— WOAH, man! That's a brilliant palindrome you've got in your signature. Briliant and awesome.

So yeah, I realize that, despite having a bachelor's in English, I don't know much about it outside of its American and British dialects.


Congratulations for having surprised the old, blasé dog that I am.

about 9 months ago
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Discovering NSA Code Names Via LinkedIn

WaroDaBeast Re:Simple explanation (201 comments)

You're completely right. Whether we use a or an depends on what sound comes after it. The letter itself doesn't matter, because a letter that is a vowel can sill begin with a consonant sound-wise, and vice versa.

E.g. : "a university" but "an umbrella"

Remember: language is first and foremost spoken. Letters are scriptural elements, and as such, weigh much less in the language balance.

about 9 months ago
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Discovering NSA Code Names Via LinkedIn

WaroDaBeast Re:Simple explanation (201 comments)

Chez Henri" is pronounced "Shay Enri", which would normally be correct for each word but, when taken together it should be pronounced more like a single word "ShayzEnri"

It annoys you because you're not familiar with what the letter h actually does in French. Sometimes — remember, this is French, so you'll always have a nice list of exceptions to cram into your brain —, words that begin with an h (1) will mean that there is a glottal stop, word initially.

Try comparing the phrases "sept amis" and "sept héros" and you'll understand what I'm talking about. It's impossible for a native speaker to pronounce the latter "saitero" No, sir, they'll always say "sait'ero".(2)
That weird question mark-looking symbol is the glottal stop I mentioned above. Basically, you block the air going through your throat with your glottis, generating what is called a plosion in linguistics.

If that is still obscure, try comparing with how some English speakers pronounce the word "mutton." While most will say /muh-tn/, some speakers say /muh'n/. You'll know what I'm talking about if you've paid attention to the way British people speak.

I know... French is like, impossible to learn for foreigners. Good thin I'm a native speaker. :D


(1) Quite funny, huh? "An h..." no one would ever want to say "a h."
(2) Because I can't seem to make IPA work in the comments, Ichose to represent the glottal stop with an apostrophe.

about 9 months ago
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French Gov't Runs Vast Electronic Spying Operation of Its Own

WaroDaBeast Re:It's understandable. (214 comments)

From what I've seen France really sucks at integrating immigrants.

You're totally right there. For a long time, we have been completely ignoring migration waves.

By that, I mean that no measures were taken for migrants to be fully integrated in society. It's fine not to take care of integration while immigration is low, but when it happens en masse, you have to regulate. Instead, we decided that it was okay to let people enter our country without much regulation, which led to the creation of ghettos.

Basically, we're reaping what we once sowed.

about 10 months ago
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Early Brain Response To Words Predictive For Autism

WaroDaBeast Re:Good News / Bad News (182 comments)

So, basically, this is a spiritual continuation of "let's teach those fiendish left-handed kids to be right-handed instead."

Thank you for your insightful post. I had no idea what autism really was about up until now.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

WaroDaBeast Re:Plenty of purile stuff left in the list... (267 comments)

If what you say is true, I stand corrected. I probably didn't have that option because I had been upgrading since 11.04 or so and, as we all know, OS upgrades tend to break stuff.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

WaroDaBeast Re:Plenty of purile stuff left in the list... (267 comments)

I should really give you a mod point, but there's something I need to get off my chest about Ubuntu.

I mean... No fallback mode when graphic acceleration is missing? Seriously???

So here's the story. There's an HD 4670 in my dad's PC. Because of AMD (so the root of the problem isn't Ubuntu, but please bear with me), there are issues with using the legacy version of the Catalyst drivers. That's on Ubuntu 13.04. First, I added a well-known PPA to circumvent the problem (that is, get back 3D acceleration), but it reappeared a while ago.

Now, I know I could use the non-proprietary drivers. But that's not what I'm complaining about. My complaint against Ubuntu is — like I said above —, it doesn't offer you a fallback mode when graphic acceleration fails. That kind of thing is standard across all operating systems. You ought to be able to continue to use your machine when some superfluous feature suddenly stops working (unless said use requires said feature, of course).

I was a bit reluctant to install Manjaro on my dad's PC then, thinking that the constant upgrades — yes, it's a rolling-release distro — would break something sooner or later. No, sir... it's been running like a charm ever since.


My €0.02.

about a year ago
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AMD Launches New Mobile APU Lineup, Kabini Gets Tested

WaroDaBeast Re:Oh, what's your definition of "matches"? (102 comments)

"While gaming"....sigh. Who cares.

If you don't care, you shouldn't be trying to make a point.

If you read the quote in the grandparent post, you'll see that the wording makes you think the i3 matches the A4's power consumption while in games. Perhaps you're as good in English as you are in math.

about a year ago
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AMD Launches New Mobile APU Lineup, Kabini Gets Tested

WaroDaBeast Re:Price & power consumption (102 comments)

amd cant compete on power consumption

... and that's exactly why AMD's CPU's power consumption in this article is lower. Now tell me, were you always this bad at math, or did it occur after an accident?

about a year ago

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