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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

geminidomino Re:The problem is apps (297 comments)

I'm actually considering the Windows 8 Asus Transformer, since I already know I like the brand, and it looks like the Windows version includes the keyboard dock rather than being a $500+$150 add-on.

Wouldn't have found it were it not for your suggestion though, so thanks!

3 hours ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

geminidomino Re:you're a well populated area? (410 comments)

Clearly, GP was trying to preemptively discharge the obvious "yo momma" joke.

10 hours ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

geminidomino Re:What are the practical results of this? (410 comments)

Which totally doesn't apply to the corresponding set of idiots with their own Twue Bewiefs who claim to be on the "other side."

11 hours ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

geminidomino Re:What are the practical results of this? (410 comments)

Then they need to STFU about it in the context of broadband service, which literally *could not exist* in any meaningful sense in an actual free market. Without the government forcing property owners to let them sink poles, run wires, etc.., a "free market" would require every provider to make contracts with the owner of every property between the central office and the endpoint -- good luck with that.

11 hours ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

geminidomino Re: first to post Clockwork Orange (79 comments)

I doubt the government will pay any attention to it whatsoever. This is already handled quite well in meatspace (at least in the US) unless the target is the government itself - then the fuckers cheat, and that has been going on for 15+ years.

2 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

geminidomino Re: first to post Clockwork Orange (79 comments)

And you're exactly the kind of person I'm referring to. If I invite someone over for a dinner party and they decide to piss on my couch "Becuz freedum," then they're going to be removed, bodily, and not allowed back.

Your rights end where others' begin. And I'm not referring to the non-existent "right to not be offended", before you start bleating about that. I'm referring to the game owners' right to decide who they want to invite into their game - aka "Free Association".

If they don't want their game associated with narcissistic little shits (which, let's be frank, LoL et al have been for a long time), they have that right as much to do so, as you do to spew your attention-whoring drivel: they're not stopping you from sharing your inane little opinions, which would be "censorship:" they're just making you get your own fucking microphone.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

geminidomino Re:The problem is apps (297 comments)

I was actually considering a Surface for a brief moment, since to this day, I'd really love to have Writer's Cafe on my Transformer, but it wouldn't run Windows desktop apps, even lightweight ones. I get the whole "different cpu architecture" issue, but seriously, that's the ONE feature that would make a Windows tablet compelling: without it, why bother?

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

geminidomino Re:Not need, but useful (297 comments)

No it's to avoid people looking like idiots with a tablet against their head.

Considering the number of people using their damn iPads as cameras, in the "hold it up, point, and shoot" style, I really think that's not it...

2 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

geminidomino Re: All the efforts to correct virtual "abuse" (79 comments)

s/bigot/murderer/

You're an idiot who can't differentiate between "existence" and "action," and it's because of simpletons like you that the SJWs you hate so much are able to continue to spread their hate, hypocrisy, and propaganda and keep their credibility among the other idiots, who parrot their own bullshit memes right back in and endless cycle of reality-defying masturbation.

2 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

geminidomino Re:first to post Clockwork Orange (79 comments)

Except it's not terribly insightful, nor is it particularly truthful. There's a big gap between "abridging freedom of speech" and "not giving assholes a platform for their bullshit." Let them provide their own, with hookers and blackjack, etc.etc.

It's not any different dropping spammers and that asshole who keeps trying to dictionary attack your SSH teergrube into a blocklist: crying "censorship" because you get smacked down for behaving like a tit isn't "insightful," it just makes you look like a 12 year old.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

geminidomino Re:Base64 (250 comments)

I don't even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, redhead...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

geminidomino Re:I am reminded of a line... (488 comments)

As far as quotes go, the only thing that one has over the bog-standard contents of C++ vs Java, PHP vs Python, and Ruby vs. EverythingElse, etc.. net flamewars is that

A) It was made by "a big name."
B) It's more eloquent

5 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

geminidomino Re:COBOL (385 comments)

but could someone please throw some light on what would be a purported English advantage

I think "widespread usage" is what AC was getting at, keeping in context to contrast with D, which is ostensibly rather nice but obscure.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

geminidomino Re:systemd == Windows? (403 comments)

So is this all just people acting on some philosophical principle, rather than picking the best tool to complete the job they want?

No. That's just how it's presented to minimize the functional shortcomings and design flaws on which many people, myself included, base the decision not to use systemd for practical reasons.

e.g.

* It's in "rapid development.": Presumably, this is thrown out by proponents to counter that the crufty old init systems are stagnant and old. To anyone responsible for maintaining production servers, this is likely a huge red flag. It's not for dramatic reasons that the "rapid development" version of Debian is called "unstable," for instance. I don't want to provision 3 servers with the same Linux distro over a 3 week period and find that they have 3 different versions of systemd on them. Add to that the fact that the devs behind the project don't have the best reputation for stable, well-functioning software, and you don't have an ad hominem, as much as the systemd salesmen might try to claim so; you have people who don't want another pulseaudio debacle that lives in the startup process now.

* SysV init/initd/upstart/etc.. all suck: No argument here, but using this dodge to handwave away the design flaws of systemd feels like the Congress Fallacy.
i.e. "Something must be done to improve the init system." "Adopting systemd is something, therefore adopting systemd must be done." It completely ignores the fact that systemd sucks, too, and it sucks in new, exciting, and unpredictable ways, without actually solving any of the *actual* problems with the old way of doing things (changing the format are just changing one arcane incantation for another) and just adding "solutions" hoping they find a problem to go with.

* "My skill set/use case/worldview doesn't see X as a problem, so X isn't a problem": The devs are just as (or more) guilty of this even than the proponents are. Binary logs, everyone's favorite dipshit stick in the whole mess falls here. The problem isn't that it's "like Windows" (it's not), and not that those who dislike it are "afraid of change" (we're not). The problem is that a system log facility that only works when nothing goes wrong is tits-on-a-bull useless. System compromised and the intruder corrupts the log? Oh, that's a feature, because otherwise he could edit the log and feed you misinformation -- that kind of reasoning suggests that the developers understand neither security (if it's trivial for the admin to unpack the log, it's trivial for the intruder - binary storage != encryption) nor system administration. It doesn't help that you run the same risk if a UPS or thermal sensor fails and the server powers down ungracefully -- the kind of situation where you'd damn sure WANT access to your log files. It seems none of the devs have ever worked on the other side of the switch.

* "I AM TRAPPER KEEPER": At best, systemd's ever-expanding feeping creaturism demonstrates an especially solipsistic "NIH" mindset. More cynically, I'm led to to wonder if the thought process isn't more along the lines of the devs being sloppy or incompetent and unable to figure out a "neat" way to work alongside the rest of the system, so they just roll their own network stack, DHCP client, and even console into what was, ostensibly, an init replacement. Either way, I'm not willing to risk my systems to RedHat's whim nor Lennart&Co's track record.

There's just a few of my personal, completely pragmatic reasons to eschew systemd and any distribution that includes it by default - the latter not out of principle or dogma, but because there's no telling when they'll let their package manager require systemd for some software I'll actually need.(Ian's GR tried to address that possibility for Debian, and had it passed, I would be transitioning to Debian rather than FreeBSD).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

geminidomino Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (403 comments)

I find it hard to imagine a scenario where you will have access to the file on disk but lack access to a program to unpack the log files. Sure, such a scenario can be concocted to prove a point; however, in the real world, you are going to be able to unpack the binary logs.

If your imagination is that weak, you have no business doing server postmortems. Sadly, the systemd devs' imaginations are, apparently, no better than yours.

about two weeks ago
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PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share

geminidomino Re:Uh, okay. (245 comments)

But seriously, PHP is a dying language. We should let their developers pass.

No no no, you did that wrong!

Kosh: It is a dying language. We should let it pass.
Sheridan: PHP, or Node.js?
Kosh: Yes.

about two weeks ago
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EFF Takes On Online Harassment

geminidomino Re:There's a bigger challenge... (189 comments)

Freedom of speech is not freedom to be an asshole to anyone at any time.

Yes, it is, in fact, exactly that. Freedom of speech is utterly useless if it only applies to speech "everyone (or, more likely, "you and people who agree with you") approves of."

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

geminidomino Re:No, it's not. (220 comments)

To be fair, McDonald's DID bring back hot mustard sauce recently, according to a sign I saw.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  1 year,3 days

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
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Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 9 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

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Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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