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Face Masks Provide Chinese With False Hope Against Pollution

ZarathustraDK You had it good (156 comments)

Try working in a chinese coalmine for 20 years. You'll end up getting arrested on suspicions of fraus, seeing as you haven't been crushed by a cave-in yet.

about 5 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

ZarathustraDK Re:Why not just give up? (479 comments)

Actually not a bad idea.

If Ukraine ceded control of Crimea it would gain more unity, and have less trouble separating itself from Russia and foster its ties with the EU. Crimea is an autonomous region with its own government, so Ukraine stand to lose very little from there other than having a national minority there (they still have access to the Black Sea from the mainland). Russia OTOH gains very little: They already have a fleetbase there, and a national majority that'll follow their whim, that wont change with annexation. They will, however, have to contend with a large ukrainian minority that will be none too happy of their new overlords, and who can get reinforced from their homeland easily. Also, they'll obliterate any chance of moving at Ukraine as a whole, because this action will fan anti-russian sentiment.

All in all, the move on Crimea is a provocation from Russia trying to destabilise Ukraine. They may end up getting Crimea, but if they fail to throw Ukraine into chaos, then they come out of this the loser.

about 5 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

ZarathustraDK Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

So what you're saying is that if Russia occupies South Carolina then you'll support russia because the US has a bunch of nationalistic patriots who view their territory as "historically american", and don't want foreigners occupying them for the reason of it being none of their damn business.

Their reason for opposing russian rule may be flawed, that doesn't mean that russian rule is a flawless idea, nor that opposing it is the wrong idea.

about 5 months ago
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UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars

ZarathustraDK Re:Atheism is not a religion per see (363 comments)

Why do you treat it as a binary constellation?

Fact of the matter is that when someone blows up civilians in a suicide bombing, then 49 out of 50 times they're muslim. That's a problem.
Other religions generally do not have a problem assimilating into society and identifying with it. Muslims, OTOH, bunch up in ghettos, prioritize speaking arabic before the national language, keep each other in check with regards to following the Koran (ostrasizing those who stray), and pine for the day when the world is run like a caliphate, just like their holy book tells them. That's a problem.
Generally, you don't see other religions doing this, and when they do we call them nutballs. That's because other religions generally keep their domain of influence to covering morality and the after-life; whereas islam, on top of this, also claims a compendium of how to run the world, politics, behavior etc. That's a problem, because it clashes with everybody else's idea that they have a right to form their own opinions about life and reality, and it makes it impossible to simply brush off inter-religion differences by going "oh well, we'll see who was right when we die, let's just do our own thing until then.". In their eyes, you're kuffir if you're not a muslim, a second-grade citizen worth less than their "brothers and sisters".

And last but not least, muslims will claim the above is not true. But then again they're explicitly allowed to lie in defense of their religion (taqqiya and kitman). Try and remember that whenever an imam or other islamic scholar tries to dodge questions about sharia. They WILL lie in order to "smooth over" differences, and they'll feel good about it.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

ZarathustraDK Re:I agree (279 comments)

Your comment made me switch back to Ubuntu. Seems like all the tinfoil-whiners are gone from there now.

about 5 months ago
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Former Director of the ISS Division At NASA Talks About Science Behind 'Elysium'

ZarathustraDK Re:who pays for maintenance? (366 comments)

They just contact the crew of the bunghole-shaped spacestation where all the lawyers are sent, done deal.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

ZarathustraDK Re:Too bad Ubuntu isn't free (251 comments)

That list is analogous to holding a bicycle, complaining about how all the other road-vehicles use gas. Yes, open source is important, but when there's no viable alternative you tend to make do with "less". Open source conquers on the basis of merit (VLC for instance), not abstinence.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

ZarathustraDK Re:!crowdsourcing (251 comments)

And you have a problem with that because...? If you pledge and it succeeds you get a nice phone, unlocked, with Linux and godly specs. If it fails, you get your money back.

This is actually a good model for how capitalism SHOULD work. By first securing the demand and then creating the supply, not the other way around. Actually voting with your wallet instead of having commercials for an already available supply tell you why you why you should demand them.

If you don't tell the industry what you want and wave dollars in front of their noses, then the industry will play it safe and just make another "product" "integer++", becayse hey, it worked the last time.

And of course, there's only going to be made 40.000 units. This phone's not gonna pop up in a shop afterwards.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

ZarathustraDK Re:Serious Doubts on Canonical's Ability (251 comments)

they've basically decided to ignore whatever the rest of the community is doing and implement their own (buggy) stuff which is "better". Canonical's stuff makes GNOME3 look usable. That takes some doing.

They can do what they want to do, this is not communist community where people work together "or else". I'm sure you have an infinite amount of seemingly ingenious ways of how to spend someone else's money, but you don't get to do that.

Sure, you can use it as a desktop, you just need to buy a dock that you carry around, or a dock for every desk you usually use.

Or maybe you can settle for an MHL-cable, which is what it'll actually use. The "docks" you see are simply necessary replacements since they use a Nexus 4 as a testi-bed for the software.

Sure, you can use it as a phone, you just need a bluetooth headset that you have to keep charged when you're using it as a desktop. Sure, it's dual-boot, it just means that you can't phone or use the desktop when you switch modes.

OMG a phone that requires input in order to record! First of all, you don't know. It might as well use the onboard mic, even when docked; and if not, then it's no different than any other dockable phone.

Sure it can do all of the above, but you have no battery life.

You don't know. How much Silicon anode battery tech have you tested to actually know how much power it will have?

People who need to navigate and use their phone a lot tend to have TWO devices: a GPS or built-in satnav an a phone. Convergence is a great idea, but you're going to pay a lot in battery life for all those features.

GPSes don't tend to run on battery, they're hooked up to a USB or similar cable, the phone can very well accomplish the same thing.

The copyright clause in all Canonical software...

Is not a copyright clause if you'd actually care to read it: http://www.canonical.com/contributors

Mir

...is their own damn business. How would you like to have hedged your company and personal fortune on Wayland pre-Mir? You wouldn't. Again, there you go pissing away other people's money on what you think is right. Just because Canonical does open source doesn't mean you get spouse-access to their paypal-account.

forking GNOME into Unity

Dude, seriously, it's old, let it go.

doublespeak pouring out of the community spokesdrones have been in stark contrast to the early days of Debian, Slackware and open culture

Ah yes, back when getting sound out of the speakers was a noteworthy accomplishment and glxgears could be used as an analog second-timer if you opened the correct amount of windows...

I believe Ubuntu has single-handedly done more to bring down the quality of Linux on the desktop than any other distro.I believe the reason Ubuntu is so successful is because of marketing. NOT because of technical quality. This is why I believe that the human race is getting stupider every year. Ah well.

Before Ubuntu every Linux-distro was either serversoftware or Stallmanic neckbeard-distros used by the class' smelly kid. Unfortunately Ubuntu changed that, so the smelly kids were left with no haven; aimlessly these kids drifted around; no longer fed with cheetos by their friends for fixing their pc's they became skinny and pennyless. In their desperation they drifted towards OSX because it smelled like UNIX and the olden days, and now these people are known as "Hipsters".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

ZarathustraDK What?! Seriously? (381 comments)

Did the OP get his question rejected from the "Ask Dr. Evil anything"-morning show?

Don't conduct shady business in the first place, how friggin' hard is it? Can you look at a barbed wire-roll for more than five seconds without dreaming about extra-judiciary internment camps? Can you walk past a plank lying on an incline without imagining someone lying upside down on it while being drowned with a wet sock?

I don't care how some people think that doing sh't towards other countries is "part of the game", it's wrong and you friggin' know it! There is no excuse.

1 year,15 days
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Florida Keys Prepare For Sea Level Rise

ZarathustraDK Re:Just asking questions. (101 comments)

When are these folks going to blame their breathing on Obama and stop their socialist respiration which supports the agenda of the illuminati?

1 year,21 days
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Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban

ZarathustraDK This is kind of fun (120 comments)

Y'know, evolution being the path by which this happened, and americans being unable to blame it because that would aknowledge its existence.

I guess it will get blamed on socialism, Obama, terrorists er something.

1 year,21 days
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Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

ZarathustraDK Pot, meet Kettle (716 comments)

If only they'd apply the same open-minded fervor to stuff like .docx, directx and a million other things under their wings...

about a year ago
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

ZarathustraDK *epic facepalm* (347 comments)

They should be dumb-slapped a 1000 times over for doing this.

We had a similar outbreak at one of our locations, same virus, similar amount of pc's. We fixed it by sending out 3 technicians with a bunch of USB's containing containing a fix (Malwarebytes or some other sort of light anti-vir-program). Had the place clean in a frigging day.

Ridiculousness aside, Conficker is a remarkable worm. It really is the kind of cartoon-portrayal of a virus that the general publics' conception of vira seems to be. Put in a usb, it jumps, connect anything it jumps. Only solution is disconnect everything, find an anti-virus program whose process the worm doesn't immediately terminate, and go about it manually. But STILL, 187.000 euro divided among 3 technicians for a days work, YES PLEASE.

about a year ago
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Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

ZarathustraDK Re:Just close your eyes and chant (658 comments)

Before my fired what?

Don't correct me, your fired.

Regards
you're Boss

more than 4 years ago
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Iran Suspends Google's Email Service

ZarathustraDK This just in... (436 comments)

They'll call it iMail.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Counter-Terrorism Is In Shambles

ZarathustraDK Oh ffs people. (370 comments)

Terrorists are trolls.

Don't feed the trolls, it's fucking simple.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks

ZarathustraDK What's with the whining? (157 comments)

It's like "Boohoo Ubuntu tries to make a distro for the average user, thereby stripping me of my nerd-cred as Joe Smoe will no longer cower in my presence as I whip up a serving of my CLI-fu...".

more than 4 years ago
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Former Exec Says Electronic Arts "Is In the Wrong Business"

ZarathustraDK Re:Times have changed (180 comments)

terbatation. After all, gamers gotta get off, and someones gotta do it. Definitely not my mas...

C-C-C-C-Combo-breaker!

more than 4 years ago
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US DOJ Says Kindle In Classroom Hurts Blind Students

ZarathustraDK Newsflash (492 comments)

Three US universities will stop promoting the use of Amazon.com's Kindle DX e-book reader in classrooms after complaints that the device doesn't give blind students equal access to information.

Being blind is an affliction that's characterized by a lack of certain information. What are they gonna do? Blindfold the other students to make for a more even classroom?

more than 4 years ago

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Canonical ominously hints at product release

ZarathustraDK ZarathustraDK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ZarathustraDK writes "A mysterious countdown has appeared on the frontpage of Ubuntu's homepage, pointing to the imminent release of some new Canonical/Ubuntu-related product. The countdown makes no small effort to conceal that whatever it is, it is touch-related.

So what is it? A phone? A tablet? Ubuntu on Android? An office-stressball?

Side-question: How do you make stuff like this not sound astroturfy?"

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