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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

greenfruitsalad Re:Google just pissy (107 comments)

unfortunately, no matter what your principles are, a pile of cash is a pile of cash. it has the magic power of a pile of cash. once cyanogenmod gets its pile of cash, we'll once again be looking for alternative roms.

about three weeks ago

Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

greenfruitsalad Re:But is Linux any better? (577 comments)

nonsense. on my thinkpad, i installed "debian potato" in 2001, but as i ran dist-upgrade every few years, i've had to:
* add more RAM (128MB hasn't been enough since woody)
* migrate the installation to >20GB hdd (etch-and-half just wouldn't fit with all my applications)
* with the stupid vesa driver, I'm forced to run windowmaker as my UI (everything better needs 3d and enlightenment is no longer available)
* the last release that properly supported apm (power management) was woody
* oss (sound) went completely to hell with etch (or maybe even sarge)

so now, even though i have a perfectly fine as-new laptop, i'm forced to buy a more powerful machine just because kdm/gdm alone would eat my entire ram (384MB) for breakfast.

about three weeks ago

David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

greenfruitsalad Re:FP? (942 comments)

I've heard these retarded reasons so many times when I lived in England... as if using 2 separate units and fractions was easier than using simple numbers
- is it really easier to say "6 foot 4 and a half" instead of "1.94 metres". guess what? nobody measures height of people in metres. people just say "i'm 194"
- what about ounces and fractions tea/tablespoons? again, retards would claim they don't want to talk in hundreds of mililitres. fine, for larger quantities we use decilitres (2dcl == 200ml == 7oz and the tip of a teaspoon)
- stones and ounces instead of kilos? you're english, nobody apart from children in your vicinity weighs below 20 stones. If they do, they're foreigners and don't understand stones anyway.
- it annoyed the hell out of me when google maps in my phone said "in 1000 feet, turn right". why didn't it just say 12000 inches? makes just as much sense.

I also spent some time in Ireland where they successfully switched to metric. At the time it was quite new and all the road signs were in both miles and km. It was funny listening to builders fixing my house, they measured everything in mm and it sounded just as silly as you are describing - e.g.: the bathroom was 5700mm by 4300mm.

about three weeks ago

The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

greenfruitsalad Re:I wasn't fundamentally altered by it. (191 comments)

somebody shed light on this one please:
25 years ago, (when I was but a wee lad), in the middle of hot summer, I was running home because it was about to rain. The clouds were almost black and really low, the wind was getting crazy, a few large drop here and there. One could feel in the air a storm was about to start.

I pulled an umbrella out of my bag and as I opened it above my head, my thumb and index finger were still on the plastic runner; suddenly i heard a crackle and saw sparks between the metal shaft and the 3 remaining fingers of that hand. There was no lightning or sound of thunder around me, but the tips of my fingers got properly burned and I could not feel them for a week. WTF? (I'm no electrical engineer.)

about a month ago

PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

greenfruitsalad Re: It doesn't matter (147 comments)

I did pretty much the same. Looked it up and suddenly the word "oxymoron" came to mind.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

greenfruitsalad Re:WebRTC, Asterisk/FreeSwitch and a JS SIP client (194 comments)

I'd simply buy proper hardware SIP phones. Polycom VVX series, Yaelink vp530pn (nice conferencing for 3 or more parties) or something made by Cisco (i haven't played with those). As long as it isn't made by Grandstream, it is practically maintenance free. You just set up a SIP server in the middle or buy the service from a third party.

about 3 months ago

Comparison: Linux Text Editors

greenfruitsalad Re:You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Why is Kate shitty? It emulates ViM nicely, has window splitting, nice code folding, visual highlights and many other goodies. It's what gvim should have been.

about 3 months ago

HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

greenfruitsalad Re:plenty are on hecnet (136 comments)

much wow. this enthusiasts even hobbier than I.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

greenfruitsalad Re:mine protein structures (208 comments)

silly. in current weather, i'd put a couple of pillows in there, take a Kindle and wait for the summer to pass me by.

about 3 months ago

Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

greenfruitsalad Re:Which raises the critical question: (415 comments)

where Python Style Guide encourages readability, Ruby's one encourages encrypting your code into a messy string of colons, semicolons, various braces, hashes, percentiles, ampersands and other special characters.

so, even though what you say is true, I find Java code way more readable than Ruby

I shudder every time i need to use ruby (in Chef Cookbooks)

about 3 months ago

My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

greenfruitsalad Re:2-year CFLs (278 comments)

regarding the "equivalent to 100W" practice; what I find most annoying is when I buy one where "equivalent to 100W" really IS equivalent to 100W. for example, I bought a 20W fluorescent bulb for my hallway and now, every time I turn it on, I can see my x-ray skeleton being burned into the wall next to me.

about 3 months ago

How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

greenfruitsalad Re:i'd be happy if... (196 comments)

similar situation here. earbuds fall out AND i've yet to find headphones big enough for my ears. (to go around them and not press tops of my ears against my head. and no, i'm not from Vulcan)

about 4 months ago

Norwegian Infectious Disease Specialists Have New Theory On HIV In Africa

greenfruitsalad Re:Reasonable, no smoking gun. (118 comments)

i'm not sure they believe this in africa but this is most definitely common knowledge in india.

about 5 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

greenfruitsalad Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

yepp, OT but i'll add my bit. when I was in Paris a few years ago, I was served my "well done" steak so raw it was still twitching. i returned it twice to have it cooked; to no avail. I then called the waiter again and while he and the chef were watching, I wrapped the steak in the tablecloth, squeezed and asked them to explain why the fabric was turning red. at that point half of the staff ganged up on me and tried to tell me I didn't understand what a good steak was. well, f*ck you very much - I decide what I like and blood dripping cold fibrous chewing gum ain't it! (especially at 30 Euro a piece)

about 6 months ago

U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX

greenfruitsalad Re:This is a problem now? (128 comments)

thank you for the link, those stories are rather fascinating.

about 6 months ago

The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

greenfruitsalad Re:Hey, new witcher out? (115 comments)

I wasted 10 hours of my time downloading this game and the iso image didn't even have the crack!!! steer clear of the torrents until skidrow has a release.

about 5 months ago

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

greenfruitsalad Re:P2P (200 comments)

wtf? how can you concentrate on anything other than this piece of information: "because the $80/month plan came with unlimited data"

i didn't even know tariffs could cost that much; especially in the land of the cheap. in some european markets it's normal to pay 10-15 Euro for unlimited data on a 1 month rolling contract and even less if you sign up for longer. and i do mean unlimited. my provider simply throttles the download speed to 512Kbps after 10GB.

about 5 months ago


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