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Seven Essential Tips For Using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

a.ferrier Re:if you are running a laptop you should not upgr (282 comments)

Simple workaround: kill the hald-addon-storage process. Your laptop won't autodetect when CDs or DVDs are inserted anymore, but it stops the lockups.

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Alan Turing Pardoned

a.ferrier a.ferrier writes  |  about a year ago

a.ferrier (104147) writes "Today’s computing would be unthinkable without the contributions of the British mathematician Alan Turing, who laid down the foundations of computer science, broke Nazi codes that helped win World War II at the famous Bletchley Park, created a secure speech encryption system, made major contributions to logic and philosophy, and even invented the concept of Artificial Intelligence. But he was also an eccentric and troubled man who was persecuted (and prosecuted) for being gay, a tragedy that contributed to his suicide just short of the age of 42 when he died of cyanide poisoning, possibly from a half-eaten apple found by his side. He is hailed today as one of the great originators of our computing age. Today he received a Royal Pardon."
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a.ferrier a.ferrier writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a.ferrier writes "Robert Anton Wilson — philosopher, author, visionary, Discordian, and Fortean, — died early this morning. From his final blog post on January 6: "Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying. Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.""

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