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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

cupantae Re:"Ancient." "Cruft." (286 comments)

Take the functionality, ditch the compatibility. Sounds right.

2 days ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae Re:A vision of the future (56 comments)

I think you're wrong. I think it's an oversimplification and over-rationalization to say that there is one combination of ingredients which is optimal, and to be aimed for every time. I never want my food to be uniform; I want it to be varied and imperfect, as that adds to the excitement and interest of eating.

And I know I would much prefer the variation to be down to a cook's whims rather than a process which intentionally introduces a quality-controlled level of randomization.

about 2 months ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae Re:A vision of the future (56 comments)

so can cooking jobs

Only if the cooking is formulaic enough, I'd say. For someone who "can" cook, there's a feedback process of tasting and altering. But maybe you're saying that taste sensors will do this with algorithms good enough to rival any human cook. Maybe. Who knows?

Otherwise, I totally agree. And I do not fear a world with less work in it. Life can be so much better. We will still always need academics, entertainers, experts, customer service people and carers, I believe. Imagine a world where everyone can do what they're interested in. Scarcity and competition will always exist, but I think things are getting better and more interesting.

about 2 months ago

Inside Chris Anderson's Open-Source Drone Factory

cupantae A vision of the future (56 comments)

Whatever the fate of this particular company, it's pretty clear to me that most (or all?) farming jobs can be automated with a combination of current machinery, sensors and some reliable software. I predict a world where several hectares of farmland will be simply monitored by each "farmer". Automatic combine harvesters are already a reality. Drone surveillance is near. Pest control? Can't see why not. A complete automatic milking system which lovingly cares for each cow? Maybe 30 years.

A system where animals to be slaughtered never see a human face? Don't be shocked, it's coming.

about 2 months ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

cupantae Re:What 100% free distribution do you recommend? (480 comments)

My only question about gNewSense is why did they choose a name which reads "gee, nuisance"?

Even if that's not the intended pronunciation, it's a remarkable oversight that a lot of people will read it as such.

about 2 months ago

Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

cupantae Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (317 comments)

You're an idiot. That's not what dishevel is saying at all. It's a good point. I have no doubt in my mind that this guy Tillerson is an absolute cunt, and that he doesn't want fracking near his home, but what he actually sued against was the water tower and potential noise from that. To put it another way, I think he would have sued against the water tower no matter what it was for.

Not to say that that alone isn't a dick move in itself, either. I hope he wastes a lot of time and money on it, loses the case, and then a bird shits on his head on the way out.
Then when he looks up, another shits in his mouth.

about 2 months ago

Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

cupantae Re:The cypher (89 comments)

Not sure it would be one-to-one in runes.

I was wondering this too. From the article linked above by tindur (norwegian), it's not, but it's not too bad:
6 letters map to R
3 to S
2 to
2 to L
2 to N
1 to E

By my counting, english has 10-13 letters mapped to E. Depends on your spelling of letters.
Eeeenes hn ihur seellene hf leeeers.

about 2 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

cupantae Re:Misleading headline again. (225 comments)

Hmm. The day after I wrote this comment, it was only voted "Funny", and reached +5 pretty quickly. Now a week later, suddenly it's voted down to -1 and marked "Flamebait" each time. I'm calling shenanigans. This was clearly the act of one person or one colluding group.

Sorry if I offended you, tubby.

about 2 months ago

UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

cupantae Re:Misleading headline again. (225 comments)

I was going to comment and say that those fatties asked for it
...but now I realise that they literally did.

about 2 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

cupantae Re:"Looks like we got ourselves a thinker!" (412 comments)

Yeah, I mean, who wants some egghead know-it-all spoiling their quiz shows?
Also, might I be so bold as to suggest that a Chinese name and appearance puts Americans off? Sure, he's American, but couldn't he have an honest name, like Brad Schmidt?

about 2 months ago

Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?

cupantae Re:Ads are toxic. (347 comments)

No, the problem with the superbowl is that you have as much advertisement as you have sport. In any self-respecting sport, you should have at least half an hour of sport to every five minutes of ads.

45 min half, 3min ad break, 10min analysis, 3min ad break, 45min half
That's how a game of footie breaks down. It is perfectly acceptable. Most other sports are much the same. American football is different, and Americans have no one to blame but themselves.

Also, [rant] and all that, but the ads were shit .

about 2 months ago

Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

cupantae Re:Opera is dead. (181 comments)

Their only hope is to open the codebase of desktop Opera. As it stands, mainstreamers see no reason to use it over Chrome or Firefox, and FOSS geeks are turned off by its closed source, cathedral nature. They really don't offer good reasons why they aren't doing this, other than the paranoid notion that the bigger boys will steal their precious code. Sad, really. With the amount of bitching about Firefox losing its way ("muh firebird/phoenix"), Opera could be really quite popular among geeks. I think they're underestimating the ripple effect of this, both from contributions and evangelism.

about 3 months ago

Linux 3.13 Released

cupantae Re:configuration languages (141 comments)

I think the real question (and possibly what StripedCow was asking) is why not use the syntax of existing languages, to make it easier to learn and read?

about 3 months ago

Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

cupantae Re:Why, oh why? (341 comments)

The explanation linked by the ArchWiki article on systemd is very good:
Read this forum post.

As an Arch user, I hated systemd at first, for much the same reasons as already stated: the confusing and opaque nature of debugging. I'm now a convert, and I have been ever since I worked out how to do everything I used to be able to do. I now believe people's resistance is just growing pains. Give it a shot; it's easy and good.

about 3 months ago

Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

cupantae Re:Not the only state with this law (670 comments)

So, in the interests of everyone's safety, people should keep their gun in hand at all times. Seems fair enough.

about 5 months ago

Google Makes Latest Chrome Build Open PDFs By Default

cupantae Re:Great (202 comments)

now Google have to support not only a web browser but a Pdf viewer

I don't think that's relevant. Each of Google and Adobe have lots of other software that they have to support. The fact that the PDF viewer sits inside the browser doesn't really affect its maintenance.

both have a long history of being insecure

...unlike Adobe Reader?

I would rather think that Google will either drop the ball on either the browser part or the PDF part in the long term.

Why? They're both important and need to be maintained.

Expect to hear news of security exploits in Chrome based on their PDF viewer.

Expect to hear news of security exploits in all popular software. I'm already sick of hearing about exploits in Acrobat.

I think a move towards multiple viewers will help PDF as a standard, and a move away from Adobe's software in particular will mean less resources used to just open a PDF. Personally, I think the likes of Evince and Sumatra are best for lightness and accuracy.

about 5 months ago

GNU MediaGoblin 0.5.0 "Goblin Force" Released

cupantae Re:Now with all those dead features. (42 comments)

"TRD" does remind me of turd, but all the other examples are absolutely ridiculous.

WIMP is not a product, and it's the only word you can make out of those letters. It's memorable. I think it's a lot better than PWIM.
It's not Wince, it's Windows CE. Kia is not Kay-eye-ay, it's Kee-ah.
Nestea: interesting. I have never thought of that. Dynasty: not interesting. In fact, the thought of being more reminded of "die nasty" than actual dynasties tells me you need a better education.

about 7 months ago

What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

cupantae Re:Seriously? (277 comments)

all of that information is readily available to just about any business owner or attorney for $50 or less

Is that per person? If it's even $10 per person, GP's point still stands. If they want to collect this data on thousands of people through a broker, that's a serious investment.

about 7 months ago

What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

cupantae Re:I have shit to do (222 comments)

Whoops, I moderated you off-topic instead of flamebait, so I'm replying to cancel it.

You can give out about desktop Linux distributions all you want, but to say that your company doesn't use OSS because you'd be dealing with bugs and wasting time is just wrong. OSS is used by (almost?) all of the most successful companies in the world, and that's not just because it saves money.

about 8 months ago



'Irish SOPA' signed into law, despite resistance

cupantae cupantae writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cupantae writes "Despite the protests of over 80,000 Irish people, Junior Minister Seán Sherlock has confirmed that the controversial statutory instrument that reinforces online copyright laws in Ireland has been signed into law. The statutory instrument will make it possible for copyright holders to seek court injunctions against companies such as internet service providers or social networks whose systems are hosting copyright-infringing material. This comes in the wake of the music industry bullying the Irish government."

Megaupload has been shut down.

cupantae cupantae writes  |  more than 2 years ago

cupantae writes "Megaupload, the popular file hosting website, has been shut down. This comes after claims by copyright holders, such as the MPAA, of $500m in lost revenue. Before the site was taken down, it posted a statement saying allegations that it facilitated massive breaches of copyright laws were "grotesquely overblown.""
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