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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

demon driver Linux, a miracle (713 comments)

I keep wondering how Linux could become as good as it is, with a coordinator being a person like Torvalds. How many capable developers would put up with a boss like that in their day job? Yet they do working for Torvalds in their spare time...

3 days ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

demon driver No, it doesn't. What the "experiment" shows... (613 comments)

..., if anything, is that now, UNDER CAPITALISM, a number of people who became socialized under state-socialism were more likely to lie for personal gain than a number of people who became socialized under capitalism. And there are good reasons imaginable for that behaviour which are not suffciently honoured by the featherbrained reduction to "they cheat more".

about a week ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

demon driver Why and how is it "fortunate"? (125 comments)

That those less usable tablets have had "some success in Brazil, China, and Japan"? Do you hate the Brazilians, the Chinese, the Japanese?

about two weeks ago

Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

demon driver Make it $4.99 and epub, not mobi (87 comments)

And I might, perhaps, consider it.

Even if "no DRM" ought to be in the list, too, but I wouldn't demand that from Amazon.

about two weeks ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

demon driver Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

Is that why more and more camera manufacturers, while sensor resolution becomes higher and higher, find anti-aliasing filters unnecessary?

about two weeks ago

Google Reader: One Year Later

demon driver iGoogle, anyone? (132 comments)

Never used Google Reader in the first place. At home, I've always been using a combination of other options to read feeds, mainly a self-written feed gatherer, and at work, where I used the now equally deceased iGoogle, I've simply switched to

about three weeks ago

Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

demon driver You don't say. (304 comments)

Guess the percentage of currently existing and valid borders that weren't.

And while the Crimea case may be dubious according to international law, it is utter hypocrisy to insist upon that only when it happens in a part of the former Soviet Union and, this time, serves Russia, while Western countries fell all over themselves when it came to accepting the self-proclaimed status for each and every former Yugoslavian region, ripening it for all the economical exploitation by Western capital which was about to happen.

about 3 months ago

Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

demon driver No, it doesn't, but... (627 comments)

... there's something else that might. It's the ever-increasing percentage of functionality we implement through choosing, including, configuring and glueing together existing frameworks and libraries.

about 5 months ago

LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

demon driver StarOffice 5.2 (192 comments)

If it'd still reliably run on 64-bit systems, my suggestion would be to try and get a copy of StarOffice 5.2, the ancestor. No version of OpenOffice[.org] or LibreOffice has met my demands as well yet. Unfortunately, it doesn't. So what I'm doing today is running StarOffice 5.2 on 32-bit systems, like my netbook, and OpenOffice 3.3 on 64-bit systems, which is the latest of the StarOffice descendants still capable of saving documents in StarOffice 5 compatible format. (StarOffice 5 binary formats are still fully readable with current versions of OpenOffice and LibreOffice, for that matter.)

about 6 months ago

The Fascinating Science Behind Beer Foam

demon driver There really is a trick (73 comments)

There is a working trick, and it works because the real eruption needs slightly longer than one microsecond (remember, TFA said it's one microsecond until the first bubble implodes, and one bubble doesn't make an eruption yet): as fast as you can, grab the bottle, put it to your mouth, and drink! Many years ago, there was a time I was quite good at it... It doesn't even need much training, only a minimum of alertness and quick response. Which, of course, deteriorates with the amount of beer you've already drunk...

about 9 months ago

What Employee Lock-In Means At Facebook

demon driver Re:Illegal, Not Undocumented. (391 comments)

"Why are illegal immigrants being called undocumented?" Because, if to use correct language is more than just a pretense for anti-humanist, misanthropic political propaganda, there is no such thing as an illegal person, which is what the term illegal immigrant amounts to. There may be an offense called illegal immigration, but that doesn't make the offending person any more illegal than theft, speeding or tax fraud.

about 9 months ago

Sleep Is the Ultimate Brainwasher

demon driver Re:Neat. (210 comments)

Yeah, and a perhaps even more adequate analogy would seem to be the 'garbage collection'...

about 9 months ago

Azerbaijan Election Results Released Before Voting Had Even Started

demon driver Not even a bit flimsy (266 comments)

That's how internet presentations of election results ARE developed and tested: with current data as far as possible, meaning of course current candidates, too, but with old results. Many years ago, I could get an inside look into the internals of the web presentation software for certain elections within a European country, and that's just how it was done. If they would have accidentally put the test results online, that's what it would have looked there, too. (Perhaps people should form a habit of testing elections using extremely improbable made-up test data...)

about 10 months ago

Romanian Science Journal Punked By Serbian Academics

demon driver It's grammatics, not cryogenics (95 comments)

"Both" in that sentence refers to Bernoulli and Laplace, not Weber, which is why it doesn't say "Bernoulli, Laplace and Weber" and "the three of them".

about 10 months ago

Molecule In Corked Wine Plugs Up Your Nose

demon driver Wine in boxes (134 comments)

In fact, a box is one of the best ways to store and distribute wine.

True! I, too, buy most of my wine in boxes. Usually containing six bottles each. Very convenient!

about 10 months ago

Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

demon driver Excellent! One item of criticism: no library sync (193 comments)

Library sync is still a major problem, because it becomes virtually impossible once you start adding books to different libraries.

While calibre /can/ run in server mode, which in theory could very much eliminate the need for synchronizing libraries, the web frontend isn't quite as good as the normal calibre UI, so I don't like the option too much.

Right now, I'm keeping my primary calibre library on a netbook, I don't add books in any other library, and I synchronize other libraries by simply copying from the netbook.

That said, calibre is nevertheless THE all-in-one solution for everything I need to do with e-books, and it's truly excellent.

about a year ago

Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

demon driver PDF is problematic by design (193 comments)

PDF is generally problematic. One of the reasons is that PDF is pre-formatted with hard line breaks which have to be eliminated to get dynamically flowed paragraphs, and it is quite impossible for a machine to perfectly know without understanding the context whether a specific re-flow is in order or not.

That said, I find the PRS-T2's built-in PDF reflow feature, while far from perfect, better than the PC based conversion solutions I happened to look at so far. I always try to get a "native" epub version of a book I want to read in the first place, though.

about a year ago

Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

demon driver Re:terrible UI (193 comments)

It may be slightly awkward at first sight, but if someone doesn't perfectly get used to it in seven years, that's probably not the program's fault...

about a year ago


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Registration notice

demon driver demon driver writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Hmm... finally registered at Slashdot, with some days on the 'net behind me. As if I didn't already spend too much time in virtual circumstances. Wonder why I didn't register earlier, though. Maybe I did and forgot? Nick wasn't assigned yet, though. Wonder why. Can only be a decidedly non-nerd kind of nick then, anyway. Or do they delete nicks after so many years of inactivity? In any case, wonder what will come out of this. Or actually, I don't...

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