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Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

guacamole Re:why? (182 comments)

Even a monitor is useless.

2 days ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

guacamole Re:RT.com? (530 comments)

And Fox is controlled by the same elites that control the US government as well as the republican interests.

Anyways. It's truly stupid to insist that only because the news source is not independent, there isn't any truth in it. And grow some balls and post with your regular account.

5 days ago
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China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion

guacamole Re:Been there, done that. (100 comments)

That would violate the prime directive.

5 days ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

guacamole Re:Why not contribute to gparted? (170 comments)

My guess the answer is that then there would be two separate code bases, one in gparted and another that anaconda uses. Considering so much Fedora/RedHat is built around anaconda, it makes sense to reuse some of anaconda code in places other than installer.

about two weeks ago
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Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

guacamole Re:Do you Slashdoters really use Fedora? (170 comments)

I have been using RedHat, Fedora, and CentOS as my personal desktop for a decade and CentOS is what I installed on desktop machines I managed. The meme that RedHat is no good for desktop is highly overblown. Just checked out CentOS 7 with Gnome, and thought the DE was still alright.

One of my favorite things about RHEL/CentOS is a truly stable "enterprise grade" release cycle, meaning each version is supported for many years, but they give you updated installers with new drivers and such to be able to use the latest hardware. I guess that Debian gives you a similar kind of deal, although the loong time between Debian releases is due to project's pace rather than by design. Having switched to RedHat and its derivatives at around the time of RedHat Linux 6, when they finally got a working automatic updater, I never found a reason that's compelling enough to go back to Debian since then, although Debian or its derivative would be a good choice too. I guess today Debian is becoming more compelling to the purists who are sick of RHEL breaking some of well-established conventions.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

guacamole Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (812 comments)

The explanation is simple. Today we have a lot more competition than 40 years ago. Some of it was in part caused by de-regulation. Other part was caused by the innovative "low-cost" carriers that put real pressure on traditional airlines. Finally, the internet increased the completion even more. Today finding the lowest priced fare is a click away. As a result, all airlines compete strictly on price while saddling the customers with hidden fees, overbooked flights, flight delays, and less comfortable cabins.

And despite all the whining, this formula works for consumers too. No one wants to pay $700 of 1999 dollars for a flight that costs $400 today, even if it means putting up with small legroom, nickel and dimming, no in flight food, and TSA harassment.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

guacamole Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (215 comments)

It's absolutely not true that all money and weapons came from USA. ISIS simply seized the weapons of the regular Iraqi military. While there were some American weapons in that cache, which the western TV networks love to display, most of the weapons they got were Soviet or Russian. And in fact, the Soviet/Russian weapons are the deadliest weapons that ISIS has. The American weapons are very high tech and very expensive to maintain (think about toys like M1 Abrams tank), while the Soviet weapons were designed to be rugged, easy to fix, and easy to operate.

Next onto the money, the Islamic State has always received covertly support from conservatives circles in the Gulf Sunni states (Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc). This is where they got most of their money and import fighters initially. And now ISIS gets a whole lot of money simply by selling oil or crudely refined oil products on the black market. So neither one of your claims is true. Sorry.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

guacamole Re:Get used to it (215 comments)

Latent extremists will always be around in all countries. They come to power when there is a power vacuum. This is something we're observing in Iraq right now.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

guacamole No (448 comments)

As soon as it becomes known that the weapons exported by US have a "kill switch" or the equivalent, a lot of users will simply stop buying them.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

guacamole Re:What do we need systemd for? (613 comments)

You bring up a very good point when you say that the boot time is irrelevant, even on most desktops and laptops. All of my personal desktops and laptops, regardless of OS, reboot only when system updates or software have to be installed. Otherwise, the machine goes to sleep or suspend to disk, often going weeks without a reboot.

"Fast boot" is now often being used as an excuse to push otherwise unpalatable technology. Not just in Linux. I have heard many times from Windows 8 apologists "but it boots faster", as if the fast boot can make up for all the other shortcomings.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

A lot of this is already happening. In my opinion the Western sanctions are working. The Russian economy is visibly crumbling: high inflation, high interest rates, collapsing auto market, bankrupted tour operators leave thousands of Russians stranded abroad, huge capital flight, etc, and sanctions were enabled just a couple of months ago. Given it a year, and Russian economy will be in a deep recession. It will be interesting how Putin will respond because his unspoken contract with Russian people was that they will accept an authoritarian government in exchange for economic stability.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Putin: (848 comments)

You are right, but Ukrainian government is ultra-nationalist. Most of them come from west Ukraine, which has always been a hot bed for Ukrainian nationalism.

Also note that since the crisis started, even before military conflict in the east, the government in Kiev has offered NOTHING to pacify the east. People in the east have been asking for a long time that they should have the right to elect their governors (right now they're appointed by Kiev) and they want a formal recognition of Russian language as an official language at least within their region. Kiev hasn't offered anything at all to them. Not even a draft new constitution. Nothing.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

guacamole Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I am a little confused about the claim that Ukraine disarmed itself only in 2006. This is false. Ukraine has been disarming itself pretty much since USSR fell apart. They simply chose to neglect their military. The staff was shrunk, conscription abolished. Almost no new weapons acquired since the USSR fell apart. In fact, Ukraine also sold a bunch of its Soviet weapons to African countries, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and who knows where else. Ukrainian troops are poorly equipped, poorly trained, and poorly motivated. As a result, they can barely hold a relatively small force of armed thugs and Russian infiltrators in the East Ukraine.

Let this be a good lesson for any country that thinks about disarming itself during "peaceful time"

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

guacamole Aim higher (637 comments)

At the best undergraduate CS departments, the students have to learn the basics of C, assembly, Java or some other high level programming language, plus some elementary algorithms and data structures.. that's before the end of sophomore year. I know in my school they learned some Lisp, C, assembly, and Java in the basic courses.

about a month ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Billions? (402 comments)

Hamas uses only the weapons that it can smuggle into Gaza or what it can build itself.

about a month and a half ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

New weapons are battle tested all the time. However, it's ridiculous to suggest that this conflict exists to test the weapons. Also, Israel has a pretty impressive domestic defense industry. A lot of latest and greatest weapons they use are home made.

about a month and a half ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

guacamole Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (402 comments)

During Second Chechen war, most civilians were gone out of Grozny. It was a brick ruble after the first war already.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

guacamole Re:FPS per Dollar Champ (117 comments)

However, a cheap dedicated Radeon card for $70 will still slaughter the latest APU in gaming performance.

The best bang for buck cheap gaming system these days would be based on the unlocked dual core Pentium CPU combined with an entry level Radeon card.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Launches New Higher-End Kaveri APUs A10-7800 and A6-7400K

guacamole Re:Fast RAM required (117 comments)

It's because on the APUs there is no dedicated graphics memory. The graphics units use the main memory as was always the case with all integrated graphics chips for a long time. Using the main memory for GPU tasks is a serious performance penalty, that's why it's normally recommended to use faster memory with APUs if you care about GPU performance.

about a month and a half ago

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