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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

aaaaaaargh! Re:TCO (153 comments)

The goal of school education in computers is not to prepare pupils to use commercial software and become better consumerists. They already know how to use commercial software anyway, most of them even better than their teachers. What they lack and need to learn is the fundamentals of how computers work, how operating systems work, what safety and security means (especially online), and the basics of programming. In a nutshell: No, Windows is definitely not needed or desirable in schools. To be fair, iPads and Android tablets are even less useful, because it is almost impossible to teach programming on them in a fruitful way.

I'd even go farther and state the obvious that commercial software packages should be banned in public institutions entirely when there is an acceptable free substitute for them.

To give a typical example of how Windows computers are used in such environments, our institute at a public university in Europe has dozens of +5 years old PCs that are overloaded with tons of viruses and trojans and the crappy paid anti-virus we're using fails to detect them. The machines have become even slower after they had to be upgraded from XP to Windows 7 recently. I've test run Ubuntu on one of them for years and it worked better and faster in each and every respect except compatibility of LibreOffice with Word (which is broken intentionally by Microsoft, but strange enough it also breaks routinely between versions of their own software). The tax payer is paying huge fees to Microsoft with no benefits at all - and you have to check your USB stick for viruses each time you've used one of those machines.

3 days ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

aaaaaaargh! That's great (78 comments)

However, this technology will very probably disappear like so many others. Anyone remember the technology that allows you to store giga- to terrabytes of data on a few layers of Tesa strip? Read by laser without any moving parts, prototyped at a time when CDs were still the standard medium? Well, this never made it into a buyable product either.

My humble theory is that market forces do not always promote the best solution. After all, why should corporations put something new on the market if it would give them less opportunities to rip you off in the long run? :-(

The good news is that this technology has better chances of success than the Tesa strip solution, because ... ink cartridges! ;-)

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

aaaaaaargh! Re:lol (667 comments)

That's right, Putin is leading a secret proxy war like the ones that were common on both sides of the iron curtain during the Cold War. It's so sad that we still have to watch such a retarded behavior nowadays, what a bad and disconcerting beginning of the 21st Century. Not to speak of the long-lasting harm Putin's 'soviet union light' aspirations cause to Russia.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

aaaaaaargh! Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

The "rebels" do not receive their weapons from "Bob the arms dealer", they receive them directly from Russia. More specifically, they received the BUK launcher with a large transport on rails from Russia sometime around June and were subsequently trained by Russian specialists in using it. Unfortunately, they were not trained in distinguishing civilian from military planes.

As a matter of fact, probably every third of the "rebels" you speak of is a Russian intelligence officer or another member of the Russian military without insignia. That alone is a breach of the Geneva Convention (Article 4).

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

aaaaaaargh! Re:Again! (192 comments)

Not every change is progress.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

aaaaaaargh! Re:"the market" = biz managers (192 comments)

The ebook sales statistics are forged anyway. Most book sales are still print books, and things will stay that way until there are cheap ebook reader that aren't destroyed immediately when you take them to the beach.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

aaaaaaargh! Re: 04.10.2010 (503 comments)

It's much more likely that they mistook the plane for a Ukrainean military machine. That's what happens when you hand over advanced surface to air missile systems to violent thugs and morons.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

aaaaaaargh! Re: Black box data streaming (503 comments)

You've got the facts all wrong. Like Russian TV?

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

aaaaaaargh! Re:Active ops (503 comments)

These operations are massive in many countries, they have for example been going on for months in German news forums like the "tagesschau" meta comment section. These forums are swamped daily with hundred of pro-Russian comments, even on stories that have nothing to do with Russia.

Not sure what they want to achieve with it except pissing off everyone. Perhaps the idea is to cast doubt by constantly repeating bullshit. After all, it worked for the US in the beginning of the second Iraq war for some short time period, so perhaps Putin thinks it will work for him this time, too. It won't have any noteworthy effect, though, because it is crystal clear who shot down the plane.

about two weeks ago
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Source Code Leaked For Tinba Banking Trojan

aaaaaaargh! "Only" 20 KB? (75 comments)

What's wrong with those Trojan authors nowadays? There are whole programming language implementations that run in less than 20KB!

Don't they code in assembler any more?

about three weeks ago
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European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

aaaaaaargh! So... (210 comments)

The important question for me personally is this: As someone living in Europe, how can I ensure that I see the US search results? Does switching to google.com suffice? Or do I have to use a proxy or VPN?

about a month ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

aaaaaaargh! Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

The sad fact is that your justice system is totally broken, and it probably has been since you've been hanging horse thieves on nearby trees.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

aaaaaaargh! What this is more likely about ... (178 comments)

Microsoft is giving other governments the possibility to install their own backdoors by cooperating in special "transparency centers", provided they pay for it and are buying enough Microsoft products instead of switching to open source alternatives.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

aaaaaaargh! Re:Overdue (495 comments)

First, malware is primarily spread by Microsoft Windows. And secondly, I want to access my home server, which does provably not spread malware, and Microsoft and some US court have just cut down the dynamic IP system I need for this.

One more evidence that using a .com domain is insecure. I'll be sure to only support business with a .eu domain in future.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

aaaaaaargh! Well, fuck you very much (495 comments)

As someone who is also affected by this sudden outage, I have to agree with you. Noip was the last free service that my home router supports. Thanks to Microsoft, I can now log into my computer, curl the external url, note it down, and adjust my remote access scripts every day.

I cannot believe that this is apparently legal. In my book this proves beyond any doubt that the US legal system is totally fucked up and that we need international treaties to protect non-US users and customers from this system. This is also the first time I am seriously considering taking a lawyer and press charges against Microsoft and/or the court responsible for this. It is probably not going to happen, though -- much too expensive and not many chances of success.

Is there anything else that can be done about this?

about a month ago
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Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

aaaaaaargh! Unethical (219 comments)

I'm a postdoc at university, though not in a field in which you usually study human behavior. Anyway, if I experminted on humans without their prior consent, I'd loose my job. In every application for a project that involves studies on animals or humans there is an ethics form to fill out, and I must wonder how they got funding without cheating in one of those forms.

Lying to tests subjects is to some extent necessary, of course, or otherwise research in pschology would be almost impossible. However, conducting experiments on humans without their prior consent is unethical. Everybody knows that. Whoever conducted this study needs to be investigated by an ethics committee.

My 2 cents.

about a month ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

aaaaaaargh! Re:consent (130 comments)

It's also not just a legal matter. Performing experiments on humans without their consent is immoral.

about a month ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

aaaaaaargh! Re:bridge for sale (138 comments)

Yes, Snowden was a loss for the NSA, but not a fatal loss.

That's perhaps what they think but it's a questionable. Without his disclosures they would never have fixed their utterly ridiculous internal security. If it took just one external consultant to grabb all this information, they cannot seriously believe that a foreign intelligence agency hadn't been capable of doing the same.

What is strange is that neither Clapper nor Alexander are being prosecuted for Contempt of Congress.

about a month ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

aaaaaaargh! Re:"Almost" works? (126 comments)

Let's just say that the phone is an engineering marvel and a really fine example for the state of the art in current technology for end consumers.

about a month 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  |  more than 6 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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