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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

greenfruitsalad Re:Not always a good thing. (276 comments)

this is why i'm waiting for a phone with Intel CPU+GPU. for now, intel's phone cpus come with powervr gpu which is probably the most linux unfriendly gpu there is. anybody remember intel gma 500? i'm not stepping in that sh*t again.

2 days ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

greenfruitsalad Re:The noob is you (217 comments)

although for a slightly different reason, this is exactly how i run our openvpn network. whenever somebody from our company went on a trip to a country where SIP telephony was blocked (yes, it's you UAE!), they took a small raspberrypi-like box (dreamplug) with them whose only purpose was to create an openvpn tunnel via port 443.

i analysed the first couple of packets captured in wireshark and there's pretty much no difference between this and https.

about a week ago
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Hibernation Protein May Halt Alzheimer's

greenfruitsalad Re:Exciting! (79 comments)

i hope not. i can't imagine anybody choosing suicide over this. (IF this ever moves beyond the usual "lab rats regain memory" stage)

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

greenfruitsalad Re:I'm Charlie (331 comments)

thanks a lot.... i was eating!!!

i guess, now that i have offspring, i'm even more sensitive to this sick shit.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

greenfruitsalad Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

Doesn't matter whether you go up or down from Android 4.4, but at least for me, the inability to use SD card properly makes it a broken system.

I'll probably downgrade my phone from 4.4 to 4.3 if there's no lollipop for my device.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

greenfruitsalad Re: Dupe (840 comments)

Somebody forgot to tell Renault. I used to have a Renaulte Megane (2007). Changing the bulb took 30-40 minutes. It involved wiggling your arm through opening in the wheel arch and breaking it in several places. There was an episode of Fifth Gear about that - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The alternative was to go to official Renault garage and pay 35 GBP (53 USD) for a single bulb change.

Now I have a brand new Toyota hybrid and the process is similarly idiotic.

about a month ago
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Unofficial WhatsApp Library Gets End To End Encryption Before Official Clients

greenfruitsalad Re:XMPP (29 comments)

"conversations" supports xep-198 and xep-280. those 2 are the minimum for a functional mobile client. however, when i tried this messenger (6+ months ago), i found the user interface pretty but less than intuitive.

"yaxim" gives you those xeps too, but only 1 xmpp account is supported and it looks like it's from the nineties.

about a month ago
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Unofficial WhatsApp Library Gets End To End Encryption Before Official Clients

greenfruitsalad Re:XMPP (29 comments)

show me a free xmpp server that supports all the necessary XEPs for reliable message delivery on mobile devices. you'll find exactly 0.

if i remember correctly, only ejabberd caters for mobile users and that is only free for up to 5 users. (the gpl only version does not support all needed extensions)

even if you manage to find one, try to find a free jabber client that supports those xeps. you'll find exactly 0 (well, you'll find 1 on fdroid, but in play store, it's paid for).

so you see, at the moment, xmpp is a very poor substitute for whatsapp (with OTR), telegram and the likes.

about a month ago
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2014: Hottest Year On Record

greenfruitsalad noooo (560 comments)

closing eyes, plugging ears and singing naaaa naaa naaaaaaa. unbiblical! 'murrican dream for all

about a month ago
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6 Terabyte Hard Drive Round-Up: WD Red, WD Green and Seagate Enterprise 6TB

greenfruitsalad Re: Who cares about rotational speed these days? (190 comments)

I have several microservers and all have 2 ssds (write and read cache) + 4hdds. I use USB stick for OS, cdrom's sata cable for one SSD and esata-to-sata cable to connect another SSD to the esata port. You will need a hacked BIOS to enable AHCI on all ports. Just search the web.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

greenfruitsalad Re:About the Cherry key switches (190 comments)

The 55Y9091 Lenovo keyboard is slightly worse than the IBM one I had on my laptop, but still significantly better than competitors' offerings.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

greenfruitsalad Re:About the Cherry key switches (190 comments)

My personal favourite is a pre-Lenovo Thinkpad keyboard. As a matter of fact, you can buy one that looks like half a laptop and use it with your desktop. Just search for "55Y9091".

I can type steadily at around 300 characters a minute for over an hour without a break. I fell for the mechanical keyboard hype a few years ago and bought a cherry brown keyboard. My speed immediately dropped to around 250. Although I was eventually able to regain the speed, I found typing more tiresome than on my IBM laptop (600x). To this day I consider that laptop's to be the greatest keyboard ever made for touch typists.

The other thing I noticed (while using cherry brown) was that I was no longer able to do the short bursts or 10-15 characters per second. This I can only do on my Thinkpad keyboard. (And only on certain strings like my name, a few passwords, certain phrases and various console commands with usual switches.)

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

greenfruitsalad Re:Get on my level (190 comments)

their r ppl hoo yoos gramma

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

greenfruitsalad Re:Dem haxxorz dey be haxxin. (166 comments)

I'm also sure the guy who was never in the inner circle knows all the details and isn't making anything up.

about a month ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

greenfruitsalad Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

yes, a duopoly of WD and Seagate. at least in 3.5" disk market.

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/...

3.5" toshiba drives are pretty much WD with Toshiba's firmware and branding.

about a month and a half ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

greenfruitsalad Re:Just in time. (219 comments)

unfortunately, even voting with your wallet is out of the question these days since you only have a duopoly to choose from. i just hope ssds will soon catch up capacity-wise.

about a month and a half ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

greenfruitsalad Re:Not sure who to cheer for (190 comments)

what if he really doesn't look at porn? then he certainly wouldn't notice 99% of the web disappearing.

by using opendns, i have practically eliminated that much web on my home network. what else is there? news, lolcatz, epic fail videos, social networks, corporate websites and wikipedia. well under 1% of the web.

about 1 month ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

greenfruitsalad Re:Come on people, (96 comments)

I find juniper's config mode and config file structure rather beautiful. As for their cli syntax, I don't actually see it as very different from cisco's.

if you want to clear arp cache, it makes sense that that's the actual command. no sane company would have "please make forgettings ...." or similar nonsense.

but anyway, did cisco really invent this cli syntax type? there's the Unix way of "command -x=1 -y=2 object" and there's the OpenVMS way of "command specifier anotherspecifier object". I don't think cisco can ever claim to have invented this non-unixlike cli.

i've never worked with anything older than openvms, so it's possible there's even more prior art.

about 2 months ago

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