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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

cyberthanasis12 Re:What he's really saying is (422 comments)

Sure. But the same is true about GOTOs. You CAN write reliable code using GOTOs, if you have self discipline. But in practice 99% of code with GOTOs is abused. Hence the idiom "GOTO is evil".

Spread sheet is evil.

about 5 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

cyberthanasis12 Great (166 comments)

Now, may I have the returned glasses (for free)?

about 5 months ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

cyberthanasis12 define _GNU_SOURCE (134 comments)

I downloaded the library to see some random code. Here is the very first file I (randomly) chose (putw.c):

#define _GNU_SOURCE
#include
int putw(int x, FILE *f)
{
return (int)fwrite(&x, sizeof x, 1, f)-1;
}

Cheers.

about 7 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

cyberthanasis12 Troll (381 comments)

Now troll is the story itself.
Nice.

about 7 months ago
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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

cyberthanasis12 Re:Are they really being hosed? (244 comments)

On the contrary. 99 years copyright is a very recent phenomenon.

about a year ago
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LGPL H.265 Codec Implementation Available; Encoding To Come Later

cyberthanasis12 Re:Patents. (141 comments)

The thing is that if Struktur AG has all the patents involved, then under GPL (and LGPL) the authors automatically give all recipients a license to all the patents (if I understand the legalese of GPL correctly).

about a year ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

cyberthanasis12 Remember Clarke's laws (580 comments)

Remember Clarke's Laws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke's_three_laws):
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

OK, DeGrasse is not elderly (just 55 years old), but still...

about a year ago
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Shuttleworth Answers FSF Call for Free Software Drivers on Edge

cyberthanasis12 Re:LET US DO EVERYTHING - FOR FREE !! (112 comments)

I will repeat my argument. If you don't want to use GPL, for whatever reason, more power to you. I respect your right to publish your code under the license you choose. I hope you respect my right to publish my code under GPL.
If I don't accept your license, I will not use your code. If you don't accept GPL, nobody forces you, or your clients, to use my code. As I said I am sure there are many commercial options.
About your example. Assuming that you used my GPL software, you would be just one of my clients. Thus if you gave me back any changes you made, but I could not redistribute them, it would be not enough a compensation. I want to be able to redistribute the code so that I get more contributions from others.
By the way, if you client combined your code (you give your clients the source as you said) with GPL code, it would not be a problem at all. Since you forbid them to redistribute your code anyway, GPL explicitly allows them to change GPL code, without giving anything back.

about a year ago
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Shuttleworth Answers FSF Call for Free Software Drivers on Edge

cyberthanasis12 Re:LET US DO EVERYTHING - FOR FREE !! (112 comments)

You are obviously a troll.
I make GPL software. I want to help my neighbors, even you. You may not want to, or you may have other reasons for not making GPL software. More power to you. I respect your right, and I hope you respect my right to publish my software under the license I choose.
You can take my GPL software and use it freely and copy it to all the computers at your office. You can make changes to my software and you are not forced to publish the changes as long as you keep the changes within your office. I allow you to do so.
But if you want to publish my software with any changes you made, I want compensation for my hard work. I don't want your money, you may be a poor student. I want the changes you made, so that I can use them too. This is the license that I chose about my software, and I hope again that you respect it.
Otherwise, please don't use my software. Nobody is forcing you to do so, and certainly not me. There are more than plenty commercial options. Choose one, or make your own.
But the way I see it, is that you complain because you want to profit from my hard work without the compensation I asked for. To paraphrase your argument, you want to take a bite out of my donut, without paying.

about a year ago
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Love and Hate For Java 8

cyberthanasis12 Java? (434 comments)

After Oracle's suit against Google about Java, I am not going to touch Java again.

about a year ago
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Evolution of AI Interplanetary Trajectories Reaches Human-Competitive Levels

cyberthanasis12 Not AI (52 comments)

Genetic algorithms is just another numerical optimization method programed by human programmers. The computer did nothing by itself. I am sure that the same results (perhaps a little better but at the cost of more time according to literature) can be obtained by simulated annealing. Definitely not AI.
AI is when the computer learns from previous experience. GA do nothing like that.

about a year ago
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RPiCluster: Another Raspberry Pi Cluster, With Neat Tricks

cyberthanasis12 Very impressive (79 comments)

Impressive and cool!

about a year and a half ago
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My most frequent OS migration path?

cyberthanasis12 Re:Tried linux (413 comments)

I know this is going to mod me down, but it is my experience and I am too old to be a fan boy.
Used Linux (SuSE, Ubuntu). Tried windoze (vista). Couldn't get peripherals, such as hp photosmart 7350 to work. Reverted to Linux. Tried windoze (7). Couldn't get peripherals, such as hp 7350 to work. Reverted to Linux. Staying with Linux.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

cyberthanasis12 Re:Microsoft removed the biggest anti-Linux argume (1010 comments)

Seriously? And what happens when people look at the competition? They see nice enough systems that don't run the fucking programs people want and need.

No matter how many times people here want to say it, it just isn't true: You can't take a mainstream user from Windows to "Linux/Android/whatever" without a LOT of pain, hand holding, etc., unless that person is such a lightweight user that s/he lives in a browser.

I've tried numerous times over the years to escape from MS Hell, having been a user of their crapware since MS DOS 1.0, and it's always the same story: Linux has a long list of great attributes and one hideous flaw, the lack of application (and sometimes driver) support.

Until that situation changes, MS still has its customers by the short hairs, and they aren't letting go.

Seriously? Where I work the single program that keeps us from all day linux is autocad. We have 50 licenses of autocad 2005 running in xp machines. We do not plan to upgrade as autocad newer versions has nothing more that would justify 4500 Euros for each license. Windows vista doesn't run it. Windows 7 doesn't run it (linux/wine does run a version of it). About drivers, I do have an hp photosmart 7350. Windows 7 does not have a driver and even HP says there is no driver for Windows 7. Linux does have a full feature driver and it has had it since ages. Linux has more drivers than Windows and MacOS, and it has them right from the start when you install it. This is my experience, but then again I am not a gamer.

about a year and a half ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

cyberthanasis12 Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

Of course, I could be letting the odd obscure legacy program go over my head but still...

You mean something so obscure like AutoCad?

about a year and a half ago
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NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

cyberthanasis12 Re:Netware 3 (187 comments)

The thing that I liked most with netware 3.1* was the fantastic undelete it had. It never really erased anything unless it was out of storage. Once I remember I undeleted a file I had erased one month before. And the undelete was no hassle at all. You just looked at a list of the "erased" files and chose whichever you wanted. It's the only thing I (still) miss since I migrated to Linux in 1999.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Can't Trust FSF's Secure Boot Solution

cyberthanasis12 There is a solution (377 comments)

Goodbye Ubuntu.

more than 2 years ago
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I typically interact with X-many OSes per day:

cyberthanasis12 SuSE and Ubuntu (280 comments)

Just two. SuSE on the desktop, Ubuntu on the laptop.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8

cyberthanasis12 Re:Wait, what now? (462 comments)

Have you used anything else? IMHO MSVS is horrible. It is just like MSWord (and possibly others - I have been running Linux for a decade:)). Someone is used to it, and they don't know the trouble they are into. If/when someone tries something-anything- else, and persist for more than a month, then the weakness of MSVS, MSWord is evident.
And yes, I have seen this many times happening to my students (it is however extremely difficult to persuade a student to try something else than what they are used to, and mostly I have given up trying).

more than 2 years ago
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Former Google Exec: Traditional Search Market Shrinking

cyberthanasis12 Re:Oh really? (184 comments)

I think this is a major factor - people know where to find information now without having to ask Google. They know about Amazon, they know about Wikipedia, they know about their favorite news sites.

Google has its use, but people aren't having to use Google to find everything the way they used to.

This is simply not so. The search mechanism that Amazon and Wikipedia have, is far far far .. (n times) behind Google. It is much much (n times) better to use Google to search either Amazon or Wikipedia. In other words Google searhes Google and Wikipedia better than themselves.

more than 2 years ago

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