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Spock Gives Up the Con

cyberfin I think it's commendable (183 comments)

that he did so many cons so far in time. He deserves to live long and prosper himself, devoting his last years uninterrupted to what he feels he has the will and time to do.

more than 2 years ago
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World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale

cyberfin Re:Remember to check (107 comments)

Oh, speedcameras in Britain... they will get you.

about 3 years ago
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World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale

cyberfin Re:Remember to check (107 comments)

I suppose that I would just want to make sure that the car is in good nick. You know, make sure that the granny that owned it didn't take it drag racing before going to church...

about 3 years ago
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World's Oldest Running Car Up For Sale

cyberfin Remember to check (107 comments)

if it's been declared stolen or SORN. Also get a mileage check from its last MOT and that it has no speeding fines against it. Avoid any nasty surprises.

about 3 years ago
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Stunning Time Lapse of the Earth From the ISS

cyberfin just one word (180 comments)

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.

These things always help putting the world and its issues into perspective.

about 3 years ago
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Hotfile Sues Warner Bros Over Abuse of Takedown Tool

cyberfin I think we also need to (155 comments)

sue them for also all the possible content we may have downloaded and lost on.

about 3 years ago
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UK Government Breaks Open Source Promises

cyberfin Re:Sad truth (145 comments)

Queen. Appearance. Image. Lobby. Commons. Open source.

Yeah. You tell 'em. Because that really excuses the government for doing a piss poor job and wasting taxpayer money to favor their corporate buddies.

Sure. Why not.

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exposes Locations of PCs and Phones

cyberfin Slapping around the face... (96 comments)

... with an old herring. They deserve it.

more than 3 years ago
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Apollo 11 Flag Swatch Goes Unsold At L.A. Auction

cyberfin Would be different if it were a chunk of the wall. (120 comments)

I suppose every time something historically grand is about to take place, people scramble to make sure that pieces of that history is kept for posterity (or fetch bucket-loads of cash at auctions in 50 years time). A part of this is sickening and the other is endearing.

If this was a chunk of the Berlin-wall, it might fetch a different price for starters, but would probably be sold due to the amount of frantic collectors for cold war memorabilia. This might just show us that, at this point in time, we just aren't that interested in the old space programs. Maybe in another 50 years that strip of flag will fetch (equivalent of the time) a couple of million dollars (or whatever currency is in use at the time).

*ducks*

Anyway, as is usual these days, I think this is just a sign of something else currently trending.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space, Swamps Users With Notifications

cyberfin Re:Google+ (321 comments)

Excuse me, what does this have to do with TFA. If anything, we should be asking why the infrastructure wasn't ready to handle what it was designed for. It will only rival Facebook if it gets storage and DB right (read the /. article regarding Facebook and MySQL from earlier). BTW, I like G+ and am actively using it.

more than 3 years ago
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Spanish Copyright Society Raided For Embezzlement

cyberfin Re:Nice slanted summary (80 comments)

No. The victims are the authors who haven't received their share because corrupt administrators set up unfair payment rules and embezzled their money.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player Legal?

cyberfin This is a non-discussion. (226 comments)

It's legal. Moving on. Aaaaaap. Nono. Don't. Click away from the page.

more than 3 years ago
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Acoustic Stealth Technology Finally Created

cyberfin Re:Odd... (83 comments)

Dear Sir, I think you mean the "shushcopter".

more than 3 years ago
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Head of ChronoPay Arrested In Moscow

cyberfin Wait a second, 27 comments... (28 comments)

... and no "In soviet russia" jokes? Oh wait, this is /. not youtube. Sorrymybad.

more than 3 years ago
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Stallman: eBooks Are Attacking Our Freedoms

cyberfin "Apply only in case of Orwell" (510 comments)

I agree in full with the article. I can only see benefits all around should ebooks be treated and dealt with in such "freeing" ways. However I have no issue in identifying myself when I purchase an ebook (part of an account system where I can recover my books in case of disaster and also protect such account from very bad people). It only becomes a problem when the government starts keeping tabs on the type of literature I'm reading (and as a consequence may consider me a political activist/terrorist) or the DRM owning company (ex. Amazon) chooses to erase ebooks without my consent (but possibly through orders of the government).

The problem is accountability. The government is accountable to it's people but no one is enforcing such accountability (yet we seem hellbent on giving them even more power). Should this happen in the way that laws were written and the government dedicated itself to actually protecting it's citizens, we would not be having this conversation.

more than 3 years ago
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France Bans Facebook and Twitter From Radio and TV

cyberfin Re:Unless (278 comments)

A slashdot story with a sensationalistic title? Shocker.

more than 3 years ago
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Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?

cyberfin Re:Yo Dawg, (199 comments)

Have you listened to radio lately? The 90's are still going strong, as all of its other traits. As for Google, if it remains as the only free and usable service, of course it will become the norm.

more than 3 years ago

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Linux sneaks into Spanish Government computers...

cyberfin cyberfin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

cyberfin writes "I live in a medium/large town called Torrevieja in Spain. Today I entered the local Prop office, which serves citizens mainly for information submitting, requesting and forwarding to other offices and institutions within the Valencian Community Government.

As I waited for my turn, my eyeballs almost popped out of their sockets as I saw a very familiar desktop wallpaper on one of the computer screens on one of the desks. It was Ubuntu! I nervously asked the man tinkering away on the computer if they actually were using linux on the official government computers. He responded: "Well yeah, it's on about half of the machines in here. It's easy and quick to install and everyone logs on to a remote server application anyway, so there's no reason not to use something that works well. And it's free."

I myself have installed Ubuntu on all of my home PC's, but most of the time I feel like I'm a solitary user in my town as when I mention the word "Linux" people look at me like I've grown an extra head.

I did wonder why the Valencian Community weren't installing their own flavour of Linux called "Lliurex", but this was definitely something joyous for me to see and left me wondering how many government offices were already using Linux, all across Spain, the world even. One can read more and more everyday about how governments are slowly migrating to Open Source and Linux, mainly due to the harsh economical times, but until today I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

Can anyone else out there give insights on a governmental encounter of the Linux kind?"

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