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Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

houghi Re:The sad part is... (127 comments)

He did something way worse than just helping terrorist. He embaressed the wrong people.

Even if he would have given a cure for hunger and a way to get worldpeace and how to live long and prosper and interstar travel, he would still be a scapegoat, because he embaressed the school bully.

4 hours ago

What To Expect With Windows 9

houghi Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (527 comments)

I use workspaces AND multiple monitors. No, not in Xinerame.
e.g. when making a webpage, I can work on one monitor and see the result in another.
I can then still switch on one monitor to some other set of tools and not change the second screen. So why not both?

This is also the main reason I use XFCE and not KDE/GNOME because if it is possible to configure it, it is darn hard to do and much easier to just use XFCE where it works out of the box. Last time I checked, KDE and GNOME use something similar to Xinerama, which means that when I switch on one monitor, the other changes as well.

Small downside of how I do it. I can't move a program from one site to another and I need to have two profiles for Firefox, because you can not otherwise lauch Firefox on each screen.

So I say: do both and leave the choice to the user. I have three monitors and 6 desktop on each.

2 days ago

Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

houghi Re:Get a Radio (40 comments)

Instead of a battery powerd AM radio, go for a Crystal radio. If you still want one with batteries, use a cranck radio, so you can charge the radio when you need to and there is no power. Something like this right here.Solar power, hand cranck, USB charger for your phome.

I am sure that if you search, you will find other models as well.

2 days ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

houghi Re:Because when I say Google it... (156 comments)

This might come as a shock, but this is not about you. This is about using a brand name as a generic word.
Most people when they say "Google it" what they mean is "Do an online websearch with the searchengine of your choice."

Most people will indeed use Google. The fact that some people do NOT use google when you ask them to "google it" is all the more evidence that it is generic.

Just like when people used to say they had a Walkman, what they were saying was not "I have bought a specific device from Sony." They were saying "I bought a mobile cassette player, regardless of the brand."

Language changes over time. Hacker does not mean anymore what it used to mean. The same is happening with "google it". In Belgium a 'Bic' is not brand related anymore, it can mean an expensive golden Dupont as well as the cheapo pen with the brandname 'bic'.

2 days ago

Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

houghi Re:Valuable insight (156 comments)

I see what you did there.

2 days ago

A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech

houghi Re:IP Stolen (67 comments)

Perhaps it isn't always about the money.

2 days ago

New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

houghi Re:NSA scorecard on on truth? (197 comments)

Their employees would require extensive training to be reintroduced to concepts like "truth," "honesty" and "transparency."

War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.

I think they already understand the concepts pretty well. It's called newspeak.

3 days ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

houghi Re:illogical captain (890 comments)

Once in a while I read Even If I DID Believe ....

Now this talks mainly about the God that Jews, Christians and Muslims believe in, but will apply to any religion. As a sidenote: it always amazes me how many people don't know those religions worship the same God, but fight over the details on HOW to do just that.

4 days ago

$10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

houghi Re:what ? (74 comments)

You need to learn a bit more about human behaviour. This is more about preasure then about money. Basicaly what he was saying was "Chicken!" in a more adult version.
This is like the bet in a pub, where you know you will losse, but you still pay up the beer to see the trick.
This is just people goofing around a bit, like people do when they interact with each other. I know, this is /. so the concept might not be something people know, but people goof around when they work together.

about two weeks ago

L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing

houghi Re:A little scary (188 comments)

I believe that all that the President is allowed to order is if he wants sugar in his coffee or not. And probably his wife has a say in that as well.
All the rest he does what he is adviced to do. Goes as well as any other president.

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

houghi Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

You have to start thinking that the book is just one side of the sory. So the reference of what would happen is just again telling the same side.

As if you are watching only Fox News and use "The O;Reilly Factor" for opinion on what might have happend.

about two weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

houghi Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (362 comments)

Nothing more so then in teaching history.

When I was 15 I moved from one country to another in Europe with (almost obviously) overlapping history. It amazed me how differently the outcome of wars would be explained, depending on what side they wanted to let me learn.

Even though all facts were correct, the emphesis on what happend was greatly different. Often it was more about battles and not so much wars.

What it learned me was that I should ALWAYS doubt what is being said and get information from at least both sides.

So much so that I wonder if the story of LotR is not so much that the winners wanted segregation (of hobbits, elves and other races) where the losers were fighting for unity and equality and were just represented in an evil way by the winners.

about two weeks ago

Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

houghi Re:Nice (105 comments)

and eat healthy food.

Merikans gonna be ded.

about two weeks ago

Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

houghi Re:Humans have too much (206 comments)

Harder, but not impossible. It only depends on how much time and money you are willing to put into it. Is that just a google search or a complete 3 letter department?
Most of the time the three letter department will know, but either does not care, or wants to kleep it a secret. Just like the Enlish let cities be bombed as not to let the Germans know they had cracked the code.

When you are looking not at countries, but to companies, Google will know a LOT already. And not only via ads, but people use google fiber and/or their DNS servers. And then there is fingerprinting
so /. will know who you are, if they are interested.

As an individual it will be a bit harder, but people tend to write in a similar way, so you will be able to start recognising people after a while.

So what you must know is that NOTHING is anonymous on the Internet. Sure, most of the time nobody will go after you for saying "Niggers".

about two weeks ago

Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

houghi Re:At home too (185 comments)

People do not want to install Linux. They want to buy a computing device and start doing things on it.
People do not care if it runs Windows, Mac, Android, Linux or Hurd. What they care about is if they are able to open the box and launch Facebook and Google.

The ONLY way to the Linux Desktop is by pre-installing it. All the rest is already there and much better than what WIndows has to offer.
All the major distributions already have an 'appstore' and have had it for years.
Android has shown that this is the case.

Even with a mulitybillion company, they can not get people to install a new version of Windows. What they ARE able to do is let people spend MORE money on a new computer.

about two weeks ago

NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

houghi Re:Who gets access to the video? (170 comments)

If they don't know exactly what the cameras saw, they have to stick much closer to the truth.

You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

about two weeks ago

The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

houghi Re:Patience is the key (129 comments)

I'm fine with ignorance, ignorance can be fixed, and ignorance is honest. What I can't stand is when people call in asking for help, but refusing to say what they need help with, then when you pry it out of them, they refuse to follow the instructions you give them. Those are the worst users.

Unless they are extremely mean people, they actualy do not know what to ask or what feedback to give you.
They realy have no idea what they are looking at. What is obvious for you makes absolutely no sense to them. They do not know there is a difference between a computer and a screen. They have no idea what a browser is.

When you ask them "What do you see?" The answer is a truthfull (although not a litteral) "Nothing." because they see nothing. As if you go hunting with somebody and he asks you to identify what the bird is you see and all you see is a lot of green stuff. You have no idea what the differnce between a bush or a shrubbery is, let alone where the one green thing ends and the other starts and then they say "Look at the left bottom of the Asian Bird Cherry where you see a Slaty brislefront. Now, is it male or female?"

Or perhaps more like

about two weeks ago

Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

houghi Re:"Please don't throw me in the briar patch!" (152 comments)

I have a link to the seperate 'older' versions that I want to use. Also use it for the search bar: to see the old output by default,islt:4mp as search in the searchbar, where here linux is what I am looking for. 4mp is the size of larger images.
If I could use something like that for Bing, I would start using Bing for image searcgh as I hate, out of priciple obviously, that Google filters my images and I have no way to turn off that censorship.

about two weeks ago



Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 6 months ago

houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."

Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"

openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

Link to Original Source

Google changes the images layout

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "Google has a new Bing style layout for their images section as explained here. It shows only the images with an on-mouse-over. On the page of the image, you are not able to browse the site itself anymore.
At this moment it is available to about 10% of the people and depends on country and browser.
A demonstration can be seen here. The first part is the new layout. The second part is after changing the User Agent identity."

openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.3 has been officaly released. From the anouncement: The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

Downloads can be found at in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 is anounced in this mail. There are several ways to download it. Normaly you only need CD1-3. There are 7 CD's in total and a DVD containing those 7. Obviously the best way is with Bittorrent.
32 bit torrent and a 64 bit torrent to the DVD.

From the mail: openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2 languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese and czech — and support for those is on the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory-extra tree)"


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