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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

gerddie Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (326 comments)

Shit like this [Chile coup, Pinochet -mi]

Chile's Pinochet, upon stepping down (show me one Left-dictator to have done that!), has left his country as the top Latin American economy.

Really? Then why is this organge line indicating the average of Latin America above the blue line indicating Chile between 1970 and 1991? There is also a different story to tell.

2 days ago

Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

gerddie Re:Not sure it's a good job choice (326 comments)

They're already past the "make things worse" stage. That's what austerity brought.

No, austerity didn't bring it.

Well, saving the banks did initiate it, but austerity made it only worse (2011 is the year of the haircut).

2 days ago

WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

gerddie Re:Not at all the same (192 comments)

Taking that even further, they pay to keep their XMPP servers running, WhatsApp Plus don't....

Actually, this is not quite correct: To connect to the WhatsApp servers one has supposedly pay for a subscription after the first year, and this subscription is bound to the account and not the client software; the official WhatsApp client is free on Android.

5 days ago

WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

gerddie Re:Telegram (192 comments)

Really? Using what server? Run by who? If you want guaranteed privacy, keep your data off a network.

With client end-to-end encryption it shouldn't matter who runs the server, should it? And since the client is FLOSS, you can check that they really do use a secured client-to-client connection when they claim to do so.

5 days ago

WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

gerddie Re:Really? (192 comments)

Quick question: In what way is the user targeted? They aren't. The app itself is targeted. They are not disabling WhatsApp accounts, they are not leaving users high and dry. ...

Actually, at least some of the users of Mitakuuluu, the native SilafishOS client, got their phone number banned.

5 days ago

WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

gerddie Re: was a warning too much to ask? (192 comments)

The practicality of that might not be guaranteed. Are there platforms that have the unofficial client but no official client?

FirefoxOS has an unofficial client and no possibility to run the official one. Sailfish OS also has an unofficial client, and to run the official one you have to use the Android emulation layer.

5 days ago

Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

gerddie Re:Problems in C++ (384 comments)

STL arrays and vectors are obviously better, at the cost of decreased code readibility. Square bracket accesses are easier to read than .at()s everywhere.

What's wrong with the vector [] access operator?

about a week ago

Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

gerddie Re:ExFAT (229 comments)

Better use F2FS.

about two weeks ago

Hubble Takes Amazing New Images of Andromeda, Pillars of Creation

gerddie Re:Cool 3D effect... (97 comments)

Lens flares? You probably mean the lines that are a result of Fraunhofer diffraction. As for the post-processing, You might want to have a look at the fast facts (not much detail though).

about three weeks ago

New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle

gerddie Re:this report is inconsistent (142 comments)

The original article describes it a bit differently:

Six observations based on data and fits to data from a variety of areas are consistent with the hypothesis that the electron neutrino is a m^2_v_e = 0.11±0.016eV 2 tachyon. The data are from areas including CMB fluctuations, gravitational lensing, cosmic ray spectra, neutrino oscillations, and 0v double beta decay. For each of the six observations it is possible under explicitly stated assumptions to compute a value for m^2_v_e , and it is found that the six values are remarkably consistent with the above cited _e mass (\Chi^2 = 2.73). There are no known observations in clear conflict with the claimed result. Three checks are proposed to test the validity of the claim, one of which could be performed using existing data.

about a month ago

Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

gerddie Re:A plus (137 comments)

Not that it would be enough to have an appreciable affect, but it would increase the impact factor of the journal. That would be contrary to the point of such papers.

Actually no. It would only show (one more time) that the IF is no useful measure. While this may not be the original intent of the paper, it would be a nice addition.

about 2 months ago

Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

gerddie Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

No. It should at least come up far enough to diagnose and fix. Did you miss the part about not coming up far enough to edit fstab?

Sure, but if that really was the case then it was a bug, most likely a distro bug, or perhaps the OP was impatient and didn't wait 3-5 minutes for daemon timeout.

Well, I had the exact problem: Debian testing, systemd installed without me noting that something big had changed, because, well, when you do a dist-upgrade in testing it is completely normal that many packages are updated (Once upon a time there seems to have been a big warning message about the change of the init system, but not any more). Reboot and there I was looking at an error message that made barely sense, something like "device missing, retrying ...". No information what device, no information how long it will try do retry, and no option to interact beyond "crl-alt-del". Of course I didn't wait three minutes, the machine was running okay three minutes ago.

What I did was reboot into an alternative Linux installation, chroot into de Debian install, switch to openrc because I know it better, and search what the problem might have been. Of course it was a stale entry in /etc/fstab and removing it fixed the problem. Now I'm on systemd, because it was next to impossible to install some high level packages (nothing gnome related, btw) without pulling systemd in.

Normally I wouldn't care about the init system, but with this fstab problem, and later cups failing because I had ipv6 disabled, I'm kind of annoyed. An option that would make systemd issue warnings instead of failing hard, or that gives the option to select from ignore, retry, emergency shell instead of only the latter one (and on top only after a very long timeout) would IMHO be the better solution - at least for the transition when one is upgrading. (For the record: it's not that I'm just complaining here on /., I put the latter opinion also in a related Debian bug report).

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

gerddie Re:citation, please? (250 comments)

...Merkel probably doesn't want to do anything that might disrupt the German economy.

Somehow it seems you didn't follow the news. And Merkel ...

about 3 months ago

Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

gerddie Re:7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (217 comments)

YMMV, but in my experience, you only need 2 verb tenses and maybe 300 words of vocabulary to be "yourself" in another language...most human uses simple words to make complex thoughts so you don't need that much to have an identifiable "personality"

I have to disagree. I'm German and live in Spain since seven years now, and there are still many moments when I can not be myself because the languages are too different. Languages also expresses a mindset of a people, and when you touch a point where the mindset between your culture and that of the other language is different, then you will have difficulties to be yourself in that other language.

about 3 months ago

Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

gerddie Re:Some Sense Restored? (522 comments)

This vote is not about whether systemd will be the default init system for jessie, it is about whether to ensure that other software packages are kept independent from the init system that is installed, because currently it seems that more an more software packages pull systemd in, even though they are not directly related to the init system.

about 3 months ago

Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

gerddie Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

To work around it, you can simply fall back to a C-like API at module boundaries

And thus losing the entire reason for using C++ in the first place. The whole point of this project seems to be that they want drivers as C++ classes. If you do that then you end up with a giant mess of wrapper functions to translate calls from simple C to C++ object calls.

Actually no. All you need is one C function to pass the driver class instance to whatever wants to use the driver. From there on you can use the instance to make the calls directly in a C++ manner.

about 4 months ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

gerddie Seriously? (789 comments)

From TFA:

Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday.

This is news for nerds, for people who are supposed to love science. Science is, when you can prove things, reproduce them. An announcement from someone on the losing side who has an interest in dragging NATO into this is not a statement that can be relied on. It is not even mentioned what the unofficial channel, is, nor was any kind of prove provided, like with all the rest of the anti-Russian propaganda, btw.

I expect tomorrow news on ./ to be: The pope said that God is real.

about 5 months ago

Wolfenstein: The New Order Launches

gerddie Re:Pay up! (167 comments)

Saying 'period' in no way strengthen's your point.

Indeed, he should have written Full stop :)

about 8 months ago



Astronomers Find Largest Reservoir of Water

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.

One team, lead by Matt Bradford, made their observations starting in 2008, using an instrument called "Z-Spec" at the California Institute of Technology’s Submillimeter Observatory, a 33-foot (10-meter) telescope near the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Follow-up observations were made with the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy (CARMA), an array of radio dishes in the Inyo Mountains of Southern California.

The second group led, by Dariusz Lisused, used the Plateau de Bure Interferometer in the French Alps to find water. In 2010, this team serendipitously detected water in APM 8279+5255, observing one spectral signature. Bradford's team was able to get more information about the water, including its enormous mass, because they detected several spectral signatures of the water."

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ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "ASCAP (the same folks who went after Girl Scouts for singing around a campfire) appears to believe that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by "publicly performing" it without a license. At least that's the import of a brief [2.5mb PDF] it filed in ASCAP's court battle with mobile phone giant AT&T.

Read more about it here."

The Electronic Police State

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Cryptohippie published what may be called a first attempt to describe the "electronic police state". Based on information available from different organizations, like Electronic Privacy Information Center, Reporters Without Borders or Freedom House, countries were rated on 17 criteria how close they are already to an electronic police state. Not very surprisingly one finds China, North Korea, White Russia and Russia at the top of the list, but then the UK, the United States, Singapore, Israel, France and Germany follow."
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Amazon vs. Music Industrie

gerddie gerddie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gerddie (173963) writes "Heise reports (in German), that Amazon (German) flexed it's muscles over a dispute with the music industry. Labels like SonyBMG, Warner Music, Universal Music and EMI admonished Amazon for selling import-CD that are cheaper then European releases. Amazon showed its market power by not only removing the disputed CDs from the shop, but also a lot of EU-releases of these companies. For a few days, nearly all top-100 titles of SonyBMG and Warner, and many CDs of Universal and EMI were not available at Amazon, the strongest online-seller in Germany.
After talks, the European releases of the CDs are available again and the disputed imports are not. However, the issue is not yet settled, commented one of the music industry managers to Spiegel Online. Amazon gave "no comment"."

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