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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

alexhs Re:Are you kidding (813 comments)

The problem is people vote for tax cuts for the rich because they think they will be rich one day.

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”
-- John Steinbeck

Not only the USA, apparently...

about a week ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

alexhs Re:Inherent bias (351 comments)

We have considerably less data on the isolated tribes that die out before we meet them.

Well, that's what you think.

We know how many there are (*).
Should I remind you that the NSA never met you; however it knows more about you than your close family ?

(*) Obviously, the civilians only get a rough approximation, the exact number is classified.

about two weeks ago

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

alexhs Re:The most damning aspect of this affair (259 comments)

What about focusing the greatest minds and resources on conquering hair loss and prolonging erections ?

about a month ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

alexhs Why, oh why ? (191 comments)

Aren't chicken nuggets artificial enough already ?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

alexhs Re:Kinda implies (631 comments)

Kinda implies that I ever trusted Bitcoin in the first place. I didn't.

Exactly, that's why the answer to the question is mu.

about 2 months ago

Will Microsoft IIS Overtake Apache?

alexhs Re:why not? (303 comments)

Rubbish. I get that it's supposed to be humorous but usually one would base humor on some kernel of fact and there is none in your post.

Isn't ntoskrnl.exe working for you ?

about 3 months ago

The Scent Rhythm Watch Tells Time By Releasing Fragrances

alexhs Sed pecunia non olet ? (79 comments)

the smell of money in the afternoon

But... money has no smell !??
Searching for the translation for the french "L'argent n'a pas d'odeur", it seems the english equivalent has no widespread use? Anyway, I just learned that the expression dates back from almost two thousand years ago.
For the curious here are the google results:
"l'argent n'a pas d'odeur": About 1,540,000 results (0.21 seconds)
"money has no smell": About 17,000 results (0.22 seconds)
"money doesn't stink": About 155,000 results (0.12 seconds)

about 3 months ago

Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance

alexhs Re:False choice society (388 comments)

I don't think that represents the mentality of society as a whole. Just the media, because their financial incentive is to lock in an audience by tailoring their message.

It is the society as a whole. Well, 90% to 95% of it. You and and your friends are probably educated people with critical thinking, but you're only a tiny part of "society".

You have to consider that:
_ even educated people can be subject to echo chamber, with the result of being wrong in good faith;
_ some educated people are being wilfully deceptive, because they have some personal interest in doing so;
_ media are propaganda. Most people don't go out of their way to check sources. What the media as a whole is saying, is what the society is saying, and the feedback loop (through the audience / financial incentives) ensures that this works consistently.
_ if you don't notice debate polarization in the population as a whole, it probably means that they just don't really care.

about 3 months ago

Marc Andreessen On Why Bitcoin Matters (And A Critique)

alexhs Re:The Problem (332 comments)

No, the cat is wrong. He claimed there will be zero, merely because they are being lost. That is mathematically incorrect.

No, you're wrong.

Your math is only correct if the considered quantity is a real number. However bitcoins are a fixed-point number (an integer number of satoshis). Therefore, at some point the last satoshi will be lost.

about 3 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

alexhs Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Aren't false scotsmen the worse true scotsmen haters ?
Or are they just a bunch of true scotsmen fanboys haters and true scotsmen haters fanboys ? In which case, they're also in the same group as true scotsmen fanboys fanboys and true scotsmen haters haters, and I say: Ban them too !

about 3 months ago

Many Mac OS Users Not Getting Security Updates

alexhs Re:Does it matter? (380 comments)

Apple fanboys and Apple haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.

Android fanboys and android haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.
Microsoft fanboys and microsoft haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.
Vi fanboys and vi haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.
Emacs fanboys and Emacs haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.
Bitcoin fanboys and bitcoin haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.
True scotmen fanboys and true scotmen haters should be banned from slashdot. They have this illusion that they are two separate groups of people. The fact is that they are a single bunch of idiots.

Who's left ? :)

about 3 months ago

Canada Quietly Offering Sanctuary To Data From the US

alexhs Welcome to your data (184 comments)

American citizens, come and host your data on canadian soil !
Therefore, it will technically be foreign data.
Therefore, the NSA will be able to spy on it without trespassing any law regulating spying on its own citizens.
Thanks for your cooperation.

about 3 months ago

Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field

alexhs Re:False (4 comments)

There are some dogs, that appear to poop while aligned with the N-S magnetic poles some of the time.

Also, the abstract mentions that "the [magnetic field] is calm in only about 20 % of the daylight period" which "might provide an explanation why many magnetoreception experiments were hardly replicable and why directional values of records in diverse observations are frequently compromised by scatter".

about 4 months ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

alexhs Re:Low Q? (366 comments)

Well, your nickname suggests that you might speak swedish, so it would make my previous comment not that funny for you :) Is this an issue of mistranslation, or did you miss the relevant parts ?
In the court ruling, the relevant part seems to be pages 33-34/41, and here are excerpts (and I guess it answers my question):

(All translations are by Google translate, corrected for a few obvious mistakes, including typos in the swedish text)

Ersättning för annan skada
Marknadsstörningen har värderats till 500 000 kr.

Damages for harm
Market disruption has been valued at SEK 500 000.

Skada på filmens anseende
Omdömet av en film påverkas tydligt av den tekniska kvalitet, ljud och bild, som den visas i. En film tillgängliggörs först i de sammanhang de tekniska förutsättningarna är bäst, bio eller dvd/bluray och därefter tv och lagliga nedladdningstjänster. Att se en illegalt nedladdad film, ofta på datorskärm med väsentligt lägre upplösning än dvd/bluray och med undermåligt ljud, försämrar filmupplevelsen betydligt. Den som har sett någon av de illegalt nedladdade filmerna far typiskt sett en sämre filmupplevelse än den som har sett originalet och detta påverkar de omdömen som skrivs på internetforum av dem som har sett de illegala filmerna. Dessa omdömen sprids mycket snabbt på internet och far ett stort genomslag. Sammantaget innebär detta en skada på filmens anseende. Denna skada har värderats till 300 000 kr.

Damage to the film's reputation
Reviewed by a film greatly affected by the technical quality of sound and image, as it appears in. A movie is made available first in the context of the technical conditions are best , cinema or dvd / bluray and then television and legal download services . Seeing an illegally downloaded movie , often at the computer screen with significantly lower resolution than the dvd / bluray and with substandard sound, impairs movie experience significantly. Anyone who has seen any of the illegally downloaded movies father typically a worse movie experience than those who have seen the original and this affects the ratings given on internet forums of those who have seen the illegal films . These reviews are spread very quickly on the internet and father a big impact. All this means an injury to the film's reputation. This damage is valued at SEK 300 000.

Ideell skada
Att ett filmverk olagligt tillgängliggörs på ett sätt och i en form som helt strider mot skaparnas och rättighetshavaraas vision innebär en ideell skada. Denna har värderats till 50 000 kr.

Material damage
A film being illegally made available in a manner and in a form that is completely contrary to the creators and rightholders vision implies a moral damage. This is valued at SEK 50 000.

about 4 months ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

alexhs Re:Low Q? (366 comments)

What part of:

I fallet med Beck-filmen beräknas skadeståndet bland annat på kostnaden för att licensiera filmen, på att delningen slagit mot försäljningen och för att den delade filmens kvalitet försämrat filmens rykte.

can't you understand ? :)

In preview mode, UTF-8 codes for å, ä and ö are displayed correctly. I used HTML entities in this note.

about 4 months ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

alexhs Try reading past the third paragraph (366 comments)

[T]he court ordered the now 28-year-old to pay $652,000 in damages for the unauthorized distribution of just one of the movies in the case. For the other 517 the man was handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to complete 160 hours of community service.

about 4 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

alexhs Godwin? (698 comments)

The essential American leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The American follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

[...] and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.

Source (yes, I replaced "English" by "American")

See also noble lie.

about 4 months ago



alexhs alexhs writes  |  more than 7 years ago

alexhs (877055) writes "As a conclusion to a long-lasting dispute about Mozilla trademarks, Debian is going to rebrand Firefox.

From the article:

The Firefox logo is trademarked, so Debian doesn't consider it to be Free and will not include it as part of its distribution. Mozilla claims that using the Firefox name without the official branding is a trademark violation. [...] While using the Firefox name without the Firefox logo is not permissible, changing the name and calling Firefox something else is permissible."



Triple-booting Vista, Mac OS X and Solaris

alexhs alexhs writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Vista has hit the shelves now, and some people might want to dual-boot it with other operating systems, if only for testing purposes.

But you will see triple-booting with these operating systems isn't obvious.

This journal essentially gives you clues about how to trouble-shooting OSs with incompatible MBRs. The computer used is an Intel Pentium 4, 1.5Gib RAM with a Radeon 9500. It's not a Mac ;) I suggest you read the wikipedia MBR entry.

To sum it up, there are three parts of interest :

  • code area, offset 0x000, the actual boot code
  • disk signature, offset 0x1b8
  • partition table, offset 0x1be

Quick procedure

  1. Make a Mac OS partition with MacOS X partitionning tool,install MacOS X.
  2. Make partitions for Vista (NTFS, 0x07) and Solaris (0xBF), save MBR, unset bootable flag.
  3. Install Vista.
  4. Install Solaris.
  5. Restore MBR.

Alternative procedures


It might be a bad idea to use partitioning tools included with these OSs install disks because of legacy geometry concerns, and because Mac OS X partitionning tool seems to be quite intolerant with filesystems it can't write on.

The quick procedure assumes you don't have a valid standard boot code.

If you already have a valid standard boot, I would recommend doing full partitionning before installing Mac OS X with something like cfdisk. Use a geometry with 255 heads and 63 sectors/track. That's what some OSs are expecting, but Linux doesn't always use it. Force that geometry if needed. The partition id for Mac OS X is 0xAF. Don't set an active partition, the OS installer will set it itself and might get annoyed.

Mac OS X 10.4.1

Only use its partitionning tool if it's the first OS you're installing.
If you did partitionning beforehand, format (Erase) the partition you chose for Mac, then install. Even with a non-compatible boot code, you can boot with the Mac OS X DVD in the drive at boot time.

Microsoft Windows Vista RTM

Vista won't install if a partition is active. Unset bootable flag if needed, then install. Vista should boot as long as the disk signature isn't changed.

Solaris 10 with GRUB

Just install.

Dual-booting with Mac OS X then Vista

Overwrite the boot sector with the one you previously saved. You can now dual-boot (press a key to get to boot options to boot in Vista)

Dual-booting with Vista then Mac OS X

Quite hard. After installs, you need a replacement boot code that works with Mac OS X. If it changes disk signature, you must save and rewrite that disk signature.

Dual-boot Solaris then MacOS X

Just works (tm).

Dual-boot MacOS X then Solaris

Set the active partition on MacOS X and use its own boot menu,
Additionally / Alternatively edit GRUB menu.lst to add an entry for MacOS X.

MacOS X needs to be active to boot, so the entry will look like :

title MacOS X
rootnoverify (hd0,X)
makeactive (hd0,X)
chainloader +1

This will actually make MacOS X partition active for following boots.


Vista relies on disk signature to boot, so you need to restore it. You can either edit it manually from the signature you will find in the previously saved boot sector, or just overwrite the boot sector with the saved one.

What they do and implications (work in progress)

MacOS X 10.4.1

MacOS X doesn't change boot sector if you don't use its partionning tool to repartition, apart setting itsef as the active partition. It will boot with a standard boot code, though, but full boot procedure requires Mac OS X partition to be active. When you use it to partition your disk, it will overwrite the whole boot sector with its boot code, a disk signature, and the modified partition table.

Microsoft Windows Vista

It will write its own code area, and set a disk signature. Its boot code doesn't seem really standard as Mac OS X won't boot, but maybe is it just due to code relocation. Vista won't overwrite disk signature if it finds one. Vista will boot as long as the signature hasn't been changed.

Solaris 10 with GRUB

Write its own code area, overwriting disk signature (with zeros). It's a standard boot code, and not GRUB stage 1, which is located on Solaris partition.
Note that some Linux distributions don't do that.

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