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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

aaaaaaargh! Bullshit (16 comments)

Guy walks on White House lawn, agents take him down. Nobody was hurt, never was the president or his family in danger. The Secret Service did his job. End of story. The rest is just the usual sensational media hysteria.

13 minutes ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

aaaaaaargh! Re:Me too. (321 comments)

plus, you'll get sued by Apple...

yesterday
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Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

aaaaaaargh! Re:Pro Tip: (24 comments)

Why is OP modded Flamebait? He's right!

Dropbox is the last company on earth that should be trusted with anything related to security or encryption. They have proven to be incompetent regarding security (and programming in general, for what it's worth) and there are countless alternatives on the market that are better than Dropbox. And yes, hiring Condoleeza Rice does not make them more trustworthy either. Having her in the board is like appointing Dick Cheney as a human rights adviser.

People who honestly believe Dropbox can keep their personal documents safe against hackers or, an even more ridiculous idea, against the NSA must be seriously misinformed or deluded.

yesterday
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

aaaaaaargh! Is Apple going downhill? (339 comments)

I have nothing personal against Apple or U2, but if Cook thinks he can keep Apple's overall positive image as a "cool company" (not to speak of rejuvenating it) by collaborating with a pop band whose peak of success was in the late 80s/early 90s, then I can only conclude that Apple has a rough future ahead.

Perhaps I am missing the grand picture here but it's hard for me to imagine anything less innovative and more boring than this U2 bullshit in combination with a wrist watch that looses power after one day.

2 days ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

aaaaaaargh! Re:There is no (229 comments)

Your reply is an excellent confirmation of his second point, though ...

2 days ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

aaaaaaargh! Re:No surprise (216 comments)

... and why does the quote tag not work in fucking /. beta??? :-/

2 days ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

aaaaaaargh! Re:No surprise (216 comments)

Except that with our complex planning it's actually easy to satisfy our evolutionary urges without needing to resort to violence.

If that is so, then why are we by far the most violent and aggressive species on earth?

2 days ago
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

aaaaaaargh! Re:Grim (221 comments)

You might have a point there. If this happened in the US, people would perhaps really go nuts, many would likely panic and do all kind of crazy things, and some of them would shoot around like mad men, killing their fellow citizens, doctors, nurses and aid workers, and then infect 20 other people ... and then refuse to get vaccinated even tough a vaccine was available ...

3 days ago
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Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

aaaaaaargh! Cool (53 comments)

Time to watch out on Steam for discounts, I guess ...

Thanks for the info!

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

aaaaaaargh! Re:define (290 comments)

If that were so then Google could just show the ads randomly and besaid third parties had no way of ever finding out about their fraud. But it doesn't work that way. Besides, Google also sells data to the government, e.g. to law enforcement agencies. The average cost of a wiretap in the U.S. in 2012 was $50,452. Google does it for much cheaper.

about a week ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

aaaaaaargh! define (290 comments)

Sure they are customers. They are paying with their personal data, which Google hords and then sells to third parties. Without the people who use Google's free services, Google wouldn't earn a cent.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

aaaaaaargh! Re:No Need (471 comments)

Apple doesn't do that, they have no need.

In this case they might have a need. There are only so many needless gimmicks that even the most fanatic Apple fanboys are willing to buy, although clever marketing has been said to be able to turn a pile of shit into gold.

We'll see.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Headline that asks a question (280 comments)

Well, for me the year of the Linux desktop is here since 2007. I just hope that not too many people get the same idea and decide to switch to GNU/Linux in future, because that would mean that I'd need to give free tech support to more people and I have no interest or time for that. It is better if GNU/Linux continues to stay under the radar of casual users, moms and morons (I was about to say "greedy business men" too, but then I realized that Android probably also counts as "linux").

about two weeks ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

aaaaaaargh! Re:Bah humbug censorship (307 comments)

Coincidentally, 100% of all people who write "100% sum game" have no clue about what that phrase could mean if it had any meaning at all, 90% of all people who write "zero sum game" know absolutely nothing about game theory, and 89% of all statistics are made up ad hoc.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

aaaaaaargh! Re:Is there any point continuing GCC's development (99 comments)

I'm using GNAT Ada with GCC, as practically all other Ada users. GNAT is the only Ada version that implements the latest language features of Ada 2012.

Adacore alone is reason enough to continue developing GCC. The commercial version of GNAT uses GCC and is used in production systems like airplanes you fly with.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

aaaaaaargh! Not due to Putin's ego (789 comments)

But he's also a realist.

No, he surely thinks so but he is not (really) a realist. He has in fact a rather distorted view of reality, influenced by historical Tsar novels and shitloads of intelligence reports, but believes firmly that his assessment of the world and other world leaders is 100% accurate. The only people he knows and regularly meets who could object to his world views are filthy rich oligarchs whose only interest is in staying filthy rich. He lives in his own bubble like most slightly mad dictators in history before him, and his reality distortion will become worse the longer he stays in power. Like many people he also entertains bizarre and incorrect personal pop psychology views of other persons, which in his case are the result of a relatively rough childhood (including being beaten by his father) and extensive KGB indoctrination.

If he were a realist he'd be primarily occupied with Russia's economy, which could be flourishing by now if there was still a middle class in Russia, rather than leading his country backwards and annecting territory of foreign nations in the 21st Century.

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

aaaaaaargh! Set In The Past (441 comments)

The problem is that apparently some officials believe that school shootings would somehow become less of a problem if nobody is allowed to talk or write about them...

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

aaaaaaargh! Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

Perhaps some people prefer to be killed by other people rather than by a mega corporation like Google. Seems not unreasonable to me. Who wants his widow to have to fight Google lawyers after his violent death?

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

aaaaaaargh! Re:can it get me home from the bar? (289 comments)

Oh man, some Google car managed to safely move around a cyclist once. I feel so relieved. Clearly they must be safe.

about three weeks ago
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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

aaaaaaargh! Re:Hidden Files section? (369 comments)

Nah, you're not very knowledgable yourself. I'm not an expert either but at least read up a bit on history rather than referring to wacky websites. You're mentioning one of their historical justifications, but one of minor importance. (It's also among the most silly ones, because the Kalifats they admire so much and wish to rebuild were at their height at a time when the Muslim world was the most tolerant, when people of all faith were living together without problems while Christians were slaughtering each other in Central Europe.)

If you want to understand the motivation of these terrorist movements (which are pretty evil, no doubt about that), you need to look at the colonial history of the Middle East and how the French, Brits and the US messed up the region. And if you think that's the past and they have learned from their mistakes, think again, because they have just repeated them in Iraq and, very recently, in Egypt. When you install dictators and puppet military juntas in foreign countries and the only notable opposition left is radical islamic, then you ought not be surprised if radical islam arises in the long run.

about three weeks ago

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Synchronize data between Linux, OS X, and Windows?

aaaaaaargh! aaaaaaargh! writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) writes "I'm using a laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 for work, a netbook with Ubuntu 9.10 when I'm outside, Mac OS X 10.5 for hobby projects, and Windows XP for gaming. For backups I'm currently using Jungledisk and Apple Timemachine and I use a local svn repository for my work data. Now I need to frequently exchange and synchronize OpenOffice and Latex files and source code in various cross-platform programming languages between one machine and another.

  Options range from putting everything online (but Jungledisk disks seem to be too slow for anything else than backup), storing my data on external medias like USB sticks or SD cards, or working with copies by synchronizing folders over the network. I don't want to give my data away to some server outside without strong encryption (controlled by me, including the source code) and external media like USB sticks are a bit too fragile according to my taste. The solution should be reliable, relatively failsafe, as simple as possible, and allow me to continue to use Jungledisk for backup.

So what would you recommend?"
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How to build a cheap flashdrive subnotebook?

aaaaaaargh! aaaaaaargh! writes  |  about 7 years ago

aaaaaaargh! writes "Now that the EEE PC was raised in price before it even has become available, I was wondering whether I should try to build my own subnotebook out of Ebay'ed stuff and cheap electronic store components. But I'm not sure whether it would be worth it. So does anyone here have an idea? Here are some specs that seem to be desirable:

- display size maximum 12'', preferably 10'', resolution at least 800x600, perhaps higher
- must run Linux or Unix
- flash drive instead of harddisk (at least 8GB)
- WLAN
- longest possible battery life
- 512 MB RAM and expandable
- no special graphics capabilities, but should be able to run Doom
- must be really, really cheap

  What would you recommend? Is building such a thing yourself worth the trouble?"

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