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The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

aaaaaaargh! Re:Novikov Self-Consistency Principle (131 comments)

But what's wrong with branching time? You go back, kill your grandfather and end up on a timeline on which you will never be born.On the original timeline you have disappeared.

Sounds no less plausible.

yesterday
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

aaaaaaargh! It's not worse (392 comments)

Bugging individual suspects is not ethically worse than pervasive mass surveillance of the population as a whole. The former may or may not be unethical, depending on the circumstances, the latter is always immoral and dangerous to democracy.

3 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

aaaaaaargh! He's wrong (228 comments)

and taking quite some bullshit. Oh well, news at 11.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Size (324 comments)

In most countries (though not the US) you have to ask for permission before photographing them.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Size (324 comments)

Okay, next time I see you having a dinner, I'll point a huge directed microphone at you to capture everything you say. You fucking dumbass moron.

If you're in public, you do have an expectation of privacy as well, though of course not as much as at home.

about a week ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Less creepiness (324 comments)

Why dou think he is not concerned? Can't we just prefer not to be filmed at all?

What's wrong with (glass)holes like you?

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

aaaaaaargh! Great! (208 comments)

Drones against drones seems to be finally the right way to spend military expenditures. Anything is better than continuing to use drones against innocent people in deliberate political killings on souvereign foreign soil conducted outside of police authority, judicial oversight and jurisdiction and violating ratified human rights chartas.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

aaaaaaargh! Re: Debian on shiny Retina Macbook Pro (592 comments)

Yeah, nice systemd trolling attempt. I've been administrating a little NetBSD box for quite a while as a hobby in the 90s and believe I know pretty well what the difference between Unix and Linux is. The point is that as the hybrid bastard nonstandard Unix that it is, OS X is just enough of a pain in the ass that most people who actually need to install and use Unix tools will find it a rather displeasing. Especially if you want to compile and install scientific software with lousy make files in an academic environment. I speak from plenty of personal experience, as I've been using Macs from around 1992 to 2007 (in addition to NetBSD) and started using the underlying command line tools in OS X 10.0 and later Fink when it became available almost from day one.

If your mileage varies, good for you. After all, computers are just tools and nobody in his right mind would actually care about which operating system he's using as long as it does what it's supposed to do.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Debian on shiny Retina Macbook Pro (592 comments)

Somebody who writes with LaTeX or otherwise uses OSS tools for most of his work has no advantage by using OSX plus Fink or Macports. There is no advantage at all, from my experience the ports install in nonstandard places and introduce tons of configuration problems. Moreover, installing software that has not yet been ported is a major pain in the ass on OSX due to the highly nonstandard nature of its Unix.

That's the main reason why I switched from OSX to Linux. There are others. With GNU/Linux there is no need for paid software, Apple's walled garden, and the OS getting slower with each upgrade so Apple can sell their hardware. I didn't buy Mac hardware, though, but some of the Apple laptops might be okay for other people who don't mind loosing their eyesight due to glaring mirror displays.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

aaaaaaargh! Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

There are many reasons. For example, speculating with currencies produces no product and no useful service for society, and is in that sense also not work. (Just as sitting on your money and watch it grow is not work.) There is also no guarantee that the dynamic systems created by such speculations are sufficiently stable and non-chaotic to ensure that they won't collapse some day out of the blue and ruin thousands people and companies in the course of it.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

aaaaaaargh! Re:Arbitrary (249 comments)

Keep in mind that the ultimate test of intelligence is survival.

Yeah, it's quiz time! Please complete the following phrase:

  Survival of the __________

1.) most faithful
2.) most intelligent
3.) zombies

Remember, only one answer is correct!

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

aaaaaaargh! Re:stolen ballots? (480 comments)

Nobody ever lost bitcoin that they kept in their own wallets unless they were stupid enough not to get necessary precautions, like getting their pc hacked while not having their wallet encrypted with a secret passphrase.

And that's exactly what would happen on a massive scale if this technology would be used for voting. Everyone from the NSA over Anonymous, the Russian Mafia, the Chinese government, up to college prankers would hack your PC and hundreds of thousands of others until you could throw the voting results right into the garbage can.

God lord, I wouldn't even trust most anti-virus and backup companies not to influence my votes with their root access, and they're supposed to be the good guys.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

aaaaaaargh! Re:It is not illegal to lie (172 comments)

Legally, it's extortion.

about three weeks ago
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The Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means For Amazon's Future

aaaaaaargh! Amazon does it the wrong way (155 comments)

--start rant--
Amazon is too aggressive in trying to bind customers to their ecosystem. Customers appreciate that much less than Amazon's managers might think. Case in point: Because Google for inexplicable reasons did not let me buy anything with my well-working Paypal account, I had to install Amazon's app store. Now that means you have to allow 3rd party apps so they can fully control your phone. Very insecure, but okay. Then I had to buy some 'Amazon coins" because any other payment method did not work, even though I customarily order books to my country from this account. Fine, I bought them and got the apps. But then I realized to my horror that Amazon injects code into them that only allows you to use the aps when you are currently logged into your Amazon account on the phone! Not only that, they also automatically activated the 1-click buy function!

Not only do these apps take an eternity to start now (boy, this log-in check must be complicated), if somebody grabs my phone he can now order anything with one click and has full access to my Amazon account! How crazy is that?

On the plus side, their customer service is top quality. The only thing they aren't allowed to tell you, but probably wish they could, is that you should not use Amazon's "app shop" under any circumstances ....
--end of rant--

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

aaaaaaargh! Re: Yawn (556 comments)

There is just as much practical knowledge in the field of theology as there is psychology, sociology and many of the other soft sciences.

No there isn't. There is almost no knowledge in theology at all, except for knowledge of some arcane scriptures.

theology only has the human experience to study and as such, is probably dead on with how the world behaves.

There is not the slightest evidence for that claim. Moreover, the study of human experience is part of psychology.

Science and religion do not have to be opposed to each other. They can coexist quite happily.

Only in the mind of hypocrites, namely people who apply completely different standards of adequacy, consistency and correctness to religion and science without being able to explain why they would be justified to do so.

The only conflict comes is when either goes beyond it's theoretical framework and tries to apply it to the other.

Religion really has no 'theoretical framework' worth speaking of. It's a bunch of old stories with a lot of bullshit in them, plus some mildly interesting and arcane cultural heritage and rites.

about three weeks ago
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Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft Now All Have a Hand In VR

aaaaaaargh! Re:overrated (61 comments)

It will be great for the 3d porn industry. Hopefully some interesting applications will evolve.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

aaaaaaargh! Complete syncing to GNU/Linux (421 comments)

There is no easy to use, one click install solution for syncing all your calendars, notes and todo lists between Android and your GNU/Linux PC without having to give away all your data to third parties or having to pay monthly subscription fees.

Hopefully someone will develop this. Once Android has the same functionality as Palm organizers from the 90s, it will be more useful and perhaps even cease to being a mere toy.

about three weeks ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

aaaaaaargh! Re:Anyone remember "The Manchurian Candidate"? (231 comments)

Fuck you and all your fellow conspiracy theory crackpots! It is perfectly well known what happened. Some rebel under the command of Igor Strelkov alias FSB colonel Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin shut down the plane with a BUK missile system. There is no doubt about it because the rebels announced the news themselves to the whole world before they realized their mistake.

about a month ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

aaaaaaargh! Re:FBI evidence is laughable (231 comments)

That's right, the US government would never lie to the press.

about a month ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

aaaaaaargh! Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that matters (400 comments)

Nice theory but I very much doubt it's true at all. Hollywood was never known for sophisticated concepts and certainly never made lots of money from them. You probably say that only because you're not acquainted with cinema in other countries very well. My personal theory is that US movie makers have simply become dumber and the only good movies left are made by a few bright author/directors.

Be that as it may, it seems that the art has also declined with the rise of CGI effects and increased greed of movie studios. Hollywood movies nowadays are cut too fast while being too long (!), have lousy scripts focusing on cheap jokes and thrill, one movie is split into three (e.g. the Hobbit), and virtually any blockbuster title ends in a 20-30 minutes orgy of pointless CGI violence. There are severe problems with the plot development, most plots of contemporary thriller/action/sci-fi/spy/detective movies are simply not on a par with similar movies from the 70s. Interesting plots twists are sacrificed for endless action sequences. They want to maximize bucks more often than making good movies, and this used to be different.

about a month ago

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Synchronize data between Linux, OS X, and Windows?

aaaaaaargh! aaaaaaargh! writes  |  more than 5 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 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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