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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

carlhaagen Re:No thanks (326 comments)

To me, "free society" means being able to have and express that opinion and perspective without people like you blaming them for being idiots just because they don't side with your view of the world. Think about what you said and its implications for a second.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

carlhaagen DIY - buy a cheap DVB-T receiver, with... (130 comments)

...s-video/composite/audio input - almost all of them, even the "cheap-o" $20 models, have these inputs. Simply record to MPEG-2 and from there convert to f.e. h.264 in .mp4 using Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr) or similar.

about three weeks ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

carlhaagen WALTER Sickert, not "William" (135 comments)

You uneducated buffoon, Timothy!

about three weeks ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

carlhaagen Fairly often, but nothing serious: (231 comments)

From 1991 to 1995 I was what was called an "elite trader" in the Amiga warez scene, slinging cracked software (as well as plenty of other non-commercial software) between BBSes around the globe. I never paid a dime for a single minute I spent online, using only calling cards that were provided to me by the group I was a member of. Organizations such as the BSA would gladly blame my sort for being responsible for millions after millions of pounds, deutschmarks and dollars of economical losses, but I still feel that I never caused anyone any harm.

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

carlhaagen Re:Here they come... (336 comments)

Yeah we're all standing line, right after you and the rest of the morons who open their mouths before investigating how factual a story is.

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

carlhaagen Re:"complained about the service" (336 comments)

What she complained about was that it kept reminding her about backing her iPhone up; she wanted it to do so automatically, which she didn't know can be done by flipping a single setting in iOS' iCloud control panel.

about a month ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

carlhaagen Re:Where are these photos? (336 comments)

No. Stop talking out of your butt now. By default they do not end up on your iCloud account. For this to happen in OS X you need to explicitly 1) set up an iCloud account, and 2) enable automatic iCloud backups of "default" folders.

about a month ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

carlhaagen Human-readable translation: (50 comments)

They are looking into the best course of action to have cryptocurrencies banned as it threatens their paychecks and their control over people's money.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

carlhaagen Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

C'mon, Travis... that's just making weak assumptions based on us having different opinions, unlike my statement based on the original poster's attitude, or me commenting on something else based on reality, like f.e. saying I like your receding hairline and your non-refracting hipster glasses.

about a month ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

carlhaagen Re:I wish we didn't need something like this (595 comments)

That's a very worrying attitude considering what kind of light you're trying to pose yourself in with your leading post. Why exactly do you feel that people owe you a name in order to have the right to criticize you, and what makes you feel you have the right to accuse them of being "date rapists" and call them pieces of shit when they don't pay this imagined debt to you?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

carlhaagen Awkwardly career-centric question (548 comments)

I started programming as a kid at the age of 10. This question just doesn't apply to me at all. No such thing as "career" etc. were relevant to me at that point.

about a month ago
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At Home with Tim O'Reilly (Videos 1 and 2 of 6)

carlhaagen "Please update your browser ... HTML5" (11 comments)

Which is a bit funny considering that my browser plays HTML5 video content from exactly everywhere else on the internet.

about a month and a half ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

carlhaagen I'd like to sail to Easter Island (246 comments)

Sailling to Easter Island (and some other islands) is something I've wanted to do for many years. I have a high degree and education in maritime navigation, and some (but not enough) practical experience in sailing, but the cost of a worthy boat sort of breaks this dream of mine.

about 2 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

carlhaagen I see a problem here... (380 comments)

"For a fraction of the cost". There is no money to be made by selling the world something it needs for just pennies. Ammonia is available everywhere for pennies, and I suspect sodium amide is available for pennies as well. This doesn't equal good business when you can still sell gasoline for some orders of magnitude more, and as such you can be damned sure no one will ever allow this to be a legit fuel for cars.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

carlhaagen Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

There's nothing hard about it at all. I just don't like being at the mercy of a power socket every single day. A device that requires recharging once or more per day isn't a mobile device, it's IMMOBILE. You can't leave civilization (read: trekking, outdoors etc.) with a device like that and you can't rely on it in situations where you leave home for a day without having to carry a charger with you as well.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

carlhaagen Re:Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

I'm happy for you. My iOS phone lasts 5-6 days as well.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

carlhaagen Acceptable battery life (427 comments)

The Android-based things we've seen so far need to be recharged at the very least once a day. I can't even stand the thought of owning a smartphone model that requires recharging every day.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

carlhaagen Weird questions... (208 comments)

You state that you have a long career in IT, and at the same time you ask how to electronically hand over information generated within IT. Among those things, you even claim that you have passwords, meaning that they have been stored insecurly. This has "IT Janitor" written all over it, or possibly a concocted story.

about 3 months ago

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