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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

dabadab Re:Radicalization (836 comments)

So what do you think should Palestine's response to the constant checkpoints, blockading of their ports, airport and border crossings, as well as the occupation and continued confiscation of their land by Israel should be?

I ask you the same and if you would come to the conclusion that randomly firing rockets on Isreal and demanding the death of all Jews is the rational reaction that has a very good chance of bringing prosperity and happiness to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip, I am very much interested in your reasoning.

2 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

dabadab Re:Too true... (424 comments)

As I said, she most likely lost because she was not represented.

She may have presented herself, but for fuckssake, there was a judge there. You know, that guy who knows the laws and is supposed to apply them sensibly. Like not passing totally idiotic verdicts.

about two weeks ago
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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

dabadab Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (190 comments)

Conventional public transportation has lots of problems that all are well known and most of it comes down to the simple fact that mass transport needs masses and while some part of your route may coincide with enough other people (especially in rush hours of densely populated areas) but most probably not all of it.

The driverless cars actually could be the foundation of a new generation of public transport: you could think of these bubble-cars as the atoms of a peronalised public transport.

about a month ago
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Questionable Patents From MakerBot

dabadab Re:Prior Art Disallows Patent Applications PERIOD. (56 comments)

Can we please stop spreading this stupidity?

The difference between first to invent and first to file has absolutely nothing to do with prior art. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

It only comes into play when two patent applications are filed for the same invention in roughly the same time because it is how it will be decided which one will be accepted.
(And, should I elaborate this even more, in this case there are no conflicting patent applications, it's about prior art and prior art has nothing to do with first to file.)

about 2 months ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

dabadab Re:GPL? (128 comments)

I'll go out on a limb and say that an album taints the kernel regardless of license.

Only if it's by Soft Cell.

about 3 months ago
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Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

dabadab Re:Not completely redundant (178 comments)

The thing is USB doesn't have DMA.

It DOES have DMA since USB3.

about 3 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

dabadab Re:Communism is the only way forward (870 comments)

What about the impending failure of capitalism?

Yeah, what about it?
I have grown up in a socialist country and I was told that the capitalism will fail anytime (though it did not stop people from trying to escape there from our socialist utopia to the hell of capitalism, even though they could be (and many of them were) shot dead on the border). And here I am, thirty years later, and the doom of capitalism is still impending while "the only way forward"-communist has failed spectacularly.

So please, lecture me on how communism is the only way forward.
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about 4 months ago
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JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla

dabadab Re:He's entitled to spend his money as he wishes.. (112 comments)

I'm amazed at how much negative feedback this is generating.

He is spending money to fuck with other people. And not in the literal sense. Frankly, if he would donate to a campaign to ban disabled parking spaces I would be a lot more understanding because there he could gain something. But supporting prop 8 is just pure jerkage.

Just because an individual may not support gay marriage does not mean they also hate gay people.

In my experience, yes, it does.
There may be some pseudo-rational mumbo-jumbo but it almost boils down to outright homophobia.

Personally I would prefer it if the state would just wash it's hand of the 'marriage' issue altogether. Introduce civil unions between people and award benefits and/or tax breaks accordingly.

So you propose that in the future marriage be called civil union, because...?

about 4 months ago
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Getting Young Women Interested In Open Source

dabadab Re:Gender Balance (545 comments)

So how come there is no push to get women in high risk jobs, like oil wells, private security companies, mining, etc?

The question is: how would society gain anything from that?

Because it seems rather clear that getting women with the right talents to jobs where productivity largely depends on talent and can be quite high with the right people (of which there is a shortage) is a move that helps society.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

dabadab Re:Never gonna happen, because of how OSS works. (299 comments)

It's impossible to write plugins similar to VST

That's a very strange claim. It's not just possible to write plugins similar to VST (e.g. there is DSSI, which can also host VSTi plugins with the dssi-vst wrapper) but you can also build native Linux VSTs.

Granted, your reasoning is hard to follow, so I may have missed something and perhaps you mean something else entirely.

about 6 months ago
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Should Self-Driving Cars Chauffeur Shopping 'Whales' For Free?

dabadab Re:Mod the parent up. (213 comments)

How did you come to the conclusion that the situation where noone is caring for you is equal with a situation where a whole tribe takes care of you?

about 6 months ago
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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

dabadab Re:here we go again... (489 comments)

Who the fuck moderated this up?

Everyone who has ever seen a newborn could see that this is utter bullshit: newborns' vision is not really functioning and they do not make any conscious movement, that only comes months later.

about 7 months ago
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Battlefield 4 Banned In China

dabadab Re:cultural aggression (380 comments)

Don't know about BF4 in particular, but they sure are right about "cultural aggression".

They are certainly experts of this topic since it is what they are doing in Tibet for 60 years.

about 7 months ago
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Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

dabadab Re:Nothing to see here (418 comments)

Sorry DRM is stupid all day. Give me the non-DRM-laden version every time.

FTFY

Physical media has serious problems (like being inconvinient to handle, not really backupable, dependent on other devices to use it, etc - and it may have DRM on it at the end). You don't have to go back there, you can just move ahead and use the ethereal formats without the DRM-nonsense.

And with the right Calibre plugin you can de-DRM any ebook from Amazon automatically.

about 7 months ago
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Psychologists Strike a Blow For Reproducibility

dabadab Re:A quick question (138 comments)

And recently, the The New England Journal of Medicine reported depression meds have no effect.

That's patently untrue. The Huffingtonpost article you link to is wildly inaccurate, self-contradictory and much more about sensationalism than the actual NEJoM article.

about 8 months ago
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The New York Times Has Lessons For Others Making the Slow Transition To Digital

dabadab Re:The NY Times overlooks the fundementals (67 comments)

Just take a look at this article. If you see the same in the print edition then you should come off your acid trip. And it's not that it is gorgeous in its full glory - it is also implemented correctly. On the desktop it does not overload the CPU, it is absolutely enjoyable on mobile devices, hell, it renders OK also in lynx. And note the correct use of videos: you are not expected to watch it like TV, it just enhances the text.

about 8 months ago
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

dabadab Re:Is it HDMI 2.0 or 1.4?! (212 comments)

That's great, but my 4K TV only has HDMI inputs

That most probably means that those HDMI inputs are NOT HDMI 2.0 ports (especially because the HDMI 2.0 specs were released this September).

about 9 months ago
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Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

dabadab Re:Please read the PCWORLD disclaimer (148 comments)

I fully expect these to be a re-built subset of applications, not binary compatible but code compatible.

Actually they are most probably talking about the "Windows Store apps". These contain both x86 and ARM binaries, run sandboxed, fullscreen with the Metro UI, so I see no reason you could not run them on the X1. However I also do not see much reason to be excited by this functionality - only time will tell, but I do not see huge potential in running dumbed down, simple apps on a gaming console.

about 9 months ago
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Bill Gates Seeking Patent To Make Shakespeare Less Boring

dabadab Re:No algorithm should mean no patent (338 comments)

Incidentally, having a patent also means no patent, since algorithms are not patentable.

about a year ago

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