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World's Best Chess Engine Outlawed and Disqualified

dallaylaen Re: Opening moves (315 comments)

1. c4, leading to the English opening, is a perfectly valid move.

However, openings are not played by engines, but rather stored in a database. Likewise, endgames are played using more or less fixed algorithms. It's complicated positions with lots of pieces and no forced winning combination that count.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

dallaylaen Re:Save WinKey, kill Insert (806 comments)

Re-learning to use ins instead of ctrl-ins shouldn't be that hard. There have been interface changes much worse.

After all, Ctrl + ins might be synonymous to just ins (unless redefined by specific application), and sysrq+ins could do the INS/OVR switch. Oh wait, the sysrq...

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

dallaylaen Re:Save WinKey, kill Insert (806 comments)

I use the middle mouse button, since I'm a Linux (and therefore X Window) user.

As for the ins key... Ok. I was too hard, it's a mere key after all.

Let it live, just change the behaviour: Ins copies, Shift+Ins pastes, and Ctrl+Ins switches insert/overwrite more.

This way it's harder to destroy data by accidentally hitting a tiny key residing right between Home, Delete and Backspace.

more than 4 years ago
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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

dallaylaen Save WinKey, kill Insert (806 comments)

Winkey is very useful.

I have a ton of tiny shell scripts invoked by Win + $key (via xbindkeys):

"Grey+" / "Grey -" -- volume control
G -- google current selection (see xclip (1))
W -- search Wikipedia (or Russian wikipedia with shift)
A -- open terminal
K -- invoke xkill (1)
L -- lock screen
and some more

On the other hand, the invenror of the Insert key deserves a mousetrap being put right under the light switch in their room.

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Discover "Magnetic Current"

dallaylaen One-sided coins are trivial (249 comments)

just as soon as you can make coins with one side

You mean, Moebius strip-shaped? Those would have one side and one egde!

A bit tricky to manufacture and store, and therefore impractical, but still possible.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM and Dual-Atom Processors in New Portables

dallaylaen Re:Netcraft confirms it (147 comments)

I don't know reliable statistics for Linux usage, however, I still think this holds true:

N(knowingly use/like linux) < N(think it's "not windows") < N(don't know what it is)

Which was my point.

Using linux through the net is irrelevant in this context.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM and Dual-Atom Processors in New Portables

dallaylaen I guess it's rather "netcluster" (147 comments)

As a followup, how long until we see a netmainframe?

This particular one would probably evolve into a "netcluster". See: 1 instant-on Linux/ARM, 1 Linux/ARM in the network controller, 1 Linux/GPU in the videocard, and 1 Linux inside the BIOS.

Oh, and I forgot the dual-core Atom running Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM and Dual-Atom Processors in New Portables

dallaylaen Old TA joke (147 comments)

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Also what's "Arm"?

Arm is Core's antagonist. Lighter, cheaper to build, but a bit less powerful.

more than 4 years ago
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ARM and Dual-Atom Processors in New Portables

dallaylaen Re:Dell does a terrible job of advertising it! (147 comments)

1% of users run Linux
10% of users know that "Linux is something other than Windows"
89% of users don't know what Linux is at all.

So saying "It runs Linux" it's 1% advertisement, 10% confusion (since it ALSO runs Windows) and 89% unneeded technical details.
Not saying "It runs Linux", on the other hand, is 1% wtf?, 99% unnoticed, and 100% safe from legal or commercial point of view.

Or, putting my worn tinfoil hat on, it might be a requirement from MS to not say "It runs Linux" to get their nice OEM discounts.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Blocks Pirates From Security Essentials Software

dallaylaen Re:Pirated AV is much more detectable (291 comments)

I started out with Slackware in 2000, and run Linux exclusively since 2005.

However, the specific social group I'm talking about is probably the hardest to switch.

They have enough knowledge to feel confident with Windows -- but not with FOSS; they seldom pay for software -- no "but it's free" argument.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Blocks Pirates From Security Essentials Software

dallaylaen Pirated AV is much more detectable (291 comments)

An antivirus is useless without constant updates, which makes it relatively easy to reveal cracked copies and/or duplicate serial numbers.

In fact, I see a number of people here in Russia who pay for the AV but not for Windows, Office, or e.g. Photoshop. Why? They are tired of constantly searching for cracks and getting infected in the meantime.

Now those freeloaders are given a choice: a pirated OS and paid-for AV, or a paid-for OS and a free AV.

Smart move.

more than 4 years ago
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What Did You Do First With Linux?

dallaylaen Edited keyboard layout. And couldn't edit it back! (739 comments)

That was in 2000. A friend of mine brought me a Slackware clone (I didn't even know what Slackware meant at the time) on four floppies. After some effort we managed to install it.

I noticed that the keyboard layout didn't exactly match my keyboard. "No problem", he said, "just edit that text file and tell the system to use it". I did it, and it got a bit better. Then I tried once again, and again, and finally could not save the file any more.

I had to reinstall from scratch.

It took me several years to switch completely, but Linux had won my heart already.

more than 4 years ago

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