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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

aaaaaaargh! Re:Emacs OS (144 comments)

It would be more fun to first implement C in Elisp and then let the C interpeter run systemd.

about an hour ago

Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

aaaaaaargh! Re:Yeah, Good Luck with That (TM) (146 comments)

The vast majority of piracy is a necessity for the majority of the world's population. In most parts of the world a student cannot even afford half of the textbooks he needs and certainly cannot afford to buy video games for 60 USD each. Modern economy spends billions on advertising to create artificial demands, so it is not suprising that people who cannot afford all these shiny things copy them if they have the opportunity.

When I was a poor student many years ago (in the 90s), I pirated everything, every productivity software and every game I wanted to play for the simple reason that I could not possibly have afforded them. I had difficulties to make ends meet at the end of each month, often couldn't pay my phone bill and often had to 're-shuffle' credits to keep heating and warm water. It would have been outright crazy to buy, say, a copy of Adobe photoshop or protools for my hobbies or even for professional education, I would have literally had to starve in order to afford any such software.

Now that I have a reasonable income I almost never pirate and buy the stuff, if that's possible. (There are surprisingly many things you cannot buy in smaller countries, affordable streaming of TV series being on top of the list.) Sure there are also some people who copy content even though they could buy it, but I'm pretty sure these are a minority. Many companies deliberately do not make the correct calculations, though, they don't ask "How much does all the software this guy puts on his computer cost in total, including all upgrades?", they instead whine that "this guy could have bought our product X but instead pirated it" ignoring the fact that if you'd add up all the stuff people want because of their ads or really need, you'd end up with an astronomical bill in comparison to which hardware costs would be neglectable. Thank good we have gratis open source software now, so it is indeed possible to go without pirating nowadays unless you're in a specific field like graphics or audio engineering where it still hard to do everything with gratis software in a competitive way that you can also put on your CV.


Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

aaaaaaargh! Re:google is a search engine (146 comments)

You seem to be contradicting yourself, so may I ask what's your point? That you personally want something from Google that (in your opinion) is bad for society?


In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

aaaaaaargh! There are limits to freedom of speach (479 comments)

Yet, if done over the internet, you can threaten to kill them, rape them, burn their house down, etc... and that should be legal

1. That's already illegal in every European country.

2. Threatening to kill someone is not trolling, and any politician who conflates trolling with death threats should be kicked out of his or her office ASAP.


Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

aaaaaaargh! Re:Overly broad? (412 comments)

Not as poisonous as coke, though ...

2 days ago

Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

aaaaaaargh! Re:Apple's take on Windows 8 (363 comments)

So switching from Lucida to Helvetica counts as innovation now?

What's next, windows with round corners again?

2 days ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

aaaaaaargh! Re:Yawn (353 comments)

faster doing ... what?

I have a theory why people buy tablets ... or better to say, why men buy tablets: Porn. I believe they buy them so they can watch porn while sitting on the toilet. That's why tablet sales are so high. The remaining alleged 'purposes' are just excuses. It's just a theory, of course.

Now regarding women who buy tablets, I have no idea why they would do that. Do they buy tablets? If so, that's perhaps because they are sleek and handy and you can watch Sushi advertisements on them. Or whatever.

4 days ago

How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

aaaaaaargh! Re:Ebola vs HIV (381 comments)

The difference is that you can live with an HIV infection nowadays provided you are treated early and continuously, whereas there is a 50-90% chance of dying from Ebola.

5 days ago

Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

aaaaaaargh! Insecure (72 comments)

Even if everything on it is properly implemented, which is doubtful, the device will be completely insecure for ordinary, non-expert users. To use Tor securely, the endpoint communication software must be properly anonymized, Java and Javascript disabled, etc. Use Tails or Tor browser bundle on an encrypted home partition of a well-patched system instead.

5 days ago

How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

aaaaaaargh! Re:I don't get the rage (238 comments)

Are you sure that your bad experiences do not just come from the fact that you're a racist sexist nazi? I'm not saying you are, just want to point out that I know from personal experience that there are a lot of racist sexist nazis out there who have no idea that they are one.

Also, what about this constant rightist/leftist bullshit, is this alleged dichotomy really still relevant where you live? Because where I live it sure isn't, except perhaps for the extreme left and right totalitarians who tend to agree on almost everything anyway and sometimes switch their allegiances several times during their lifetime.

about a week ago

How English Beat German As the Language of Science

aaaaaaargh! Re:Germany had the last laugh... (323 comments)

I always thought this rule was invented to make it easier for typesetters to distinguish the end of a sentence from abbreviations. Were the two spaces ever actually typeset?

about a week ago

ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

aaaaaaargh! Re:What's the point of ChromeOS? (344 comments)

It's very reasonable to use Firefox, because it allows you to install the most essential privacy extensions.

Honestly, you can only browse the net nowadays with strong ad blockers, cache cleaners, automated cookie deletion and a whole bunch of web-tracker killer add-ons. Or, pay for a good VPN service.

about two weeks ago

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

aaaaaaargh! Re:Everybody Panic! (419 comments)

What I don't understand: Wouldn't it be possible to put the wearer through a disinfectant decontamination shower before he or she takes off the suit?

about two weeks ago

Texas Ebola Patient Dies

aaaaaaargh! Re:dogs carry it? (480 comments)

Precaution. They can carry the virus but no dog -> human transmission is known.

about two weeks ago

What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

aaaaaaargh! Any distro you pick (302 comments)

I tend to mess around with them so much that it doesn't really seem to matter with which one I started anyway.

about two weeks ago

What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

aaaaaaargh! Re:systemd (302 comments)

That's not a very compelling analogy. OOP has turned out to be a tremendous resource hog, unnecessary in most cases, and leads to code that is extremely hard to parallelize. Now functional programming with immutable data structures is en vogue - not saying that it's better, you've got to choose the right tool for the right job anyway, but if your analogy held then systemd would correspond to Java and I surely don't want to have it.

about two weeks ago

Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

aaaaaaargh! Re:Maybe people are catching on... (238 comments)

robots will replace 1/3 of workers in 20 years [...] Of course, people fear change [...]

I'd rather say they fear loosing their job. Originally the idea of the robotic revolution was that everyone would have his own robot who does all the hard work for him. That didn't work out so well now, did it?

As long as 1% of the population owns 35% and the top 20% of the population own 85% of a nations wealth, it is not very surprising that people oppose to change that gives the richest 1% even more money - money which according to their own theory (Principle of Diminishing Marginal Utility) should be pretty much useless to the them but would be very useful to the poor.

about two weeks ago



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?"

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)
- 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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