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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

houghi Re:Spare Change (314 comments)

1. The mentally ill.

3. Homeless people who lived too close to the edge and became unemployed

How can you be ok with the first group to exist as homeless? It is as if you are saying "You are not able tro be a productive part of any company, so fuck you."
The other is also a group that should not be homeless. They are willing to get help and solve their issues. The same applies as above.

I live in Belgium and when I see somebody who is begging (not even sure if he is homeless) I know it is because of his or her own choice. And this includes addicts. If you WANT to quit, you wil get help.

If you are begging, to me it means there is some reason that you are not getting enough support (not even thinking about scammers). I am not giving you money, because you don't agree with the rules.

If people who work need extra help (Wallmart) how bad can it be for the rest?


Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

houghi Re:Rewarding the bullies... (777 comments)

One person tried to intimidate me once. He told me to see him outside school and wait for him. I told him I won't do that. If he wants to fight he must wait for me.
The only reason I would say that, HE thought, was that I was sure to beat his ass. He appologized the next day.
My reasoning was different: I was not willing to wait to get a beating.

The final result was that everybody had repect for me. It was scary. Think The Wave. I seriously hope that I never abused that power. It was very hard for me to see the difference between respect, fear and blind adoration. The last one is the most horid one. Having people following you without asking any questions and without thinking is extremely frightening.
Having nobody to talk to concerning at a young age was terrible. How do you explain that you are afraid because people respect and like you?

Sorry for ranting. It is the first time I put this fear into words after 30+ years.

2 days ago

52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

houghi Only 52 million? (108 comments)

That is about 174 facebook accounts for 1 month. Unless they had a baby, then it is just one account one weekend.

2 days ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

houghi Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (182 comments)

This would be great in those parts of Germany that are road but not Autobahn e.g Bundesstrasse. I had NO idea where the road was in Shleswig Holstein. (Which is flatter then The Netherlands) If there were no other cars, I had my high beams on, but if there were, the sight dropped enopurnously.
Sure there were lights at the crossings on one side, but which side?

Also: do not forget that this is a test. Itis only 500m. They will probably be testing if it sticks to the road or if it is pulled out after a few thousand cars. Also testing if it still works after a year and how well.

3 days ago

First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

houghi Re:Useless (182 comments)

You call it useless. Do you have a study to show that it is indeed useless? Or should we wait for the actual results?

3 days ago

Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

houghi Re:Why do people listen to her? (584 comments)

The only issue is: Are existing vaccines safe and could they be made safer?

No, that is not an issue. It is a typo of questioning that Fox "News" would use.
A similar question would be "Are kids safe from duckinthefaces rape attempts or should we do more to protect them?"

What she does now is trying to safe face, while still telling people she wasn't wrong. What she SHOULD do is say "Shit, I was wrong."

People have been put in danger and proably even died because she told it was unsafe to take vacines and you call that nit-picking? She should be held resposible for what she did and put in jail.

3 days ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

houghi Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

ALL languages are stuck in where it comes from to where it is heading to. Language is a live thing (except for e.g. Latin and others) so it changes. In most languages not only will the pronounciation and even the meaning of words change, but also the spelling.
The latter does not seem to happen in Egnlish.

e.g. a word starts as a loan word. e.g. quasi.Next you will have a prefered spelling of quasi, but kwasi is allowed as well. Next it will be prefered kwasi, but quasi is allowed. The last stage would be only kwasi.

And that is just for a single word.

3 days ago

The Best Parking Apps You've Never Heard Of and Why You Haven't

houghi Re:Bicycle! And motorcycle. (163 comments)

In Europe many cities have a 'parking route' that will let you drive from parking to parking and they even often indicate how many places are available.
So the use of an app to find a free place is less urgent.
Also public transportation is pretty good in most places.

3 days ago

Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

houghi Re:Can the writings be read? (431 comments)

There are some rules that don't make a lot of sense, but they are what they are and mostly need to be adhered to in order to ensure that communication can happen.

Dutch has had several changes over the last 100 years. This is to follow the evolution of language.

I do not believe English has had the same done to it. Otherwise you would not end up with something like:
Dearest creature in creation,

  Study English pronunciation.
  I will teach you in my verse
  Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
  I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
  Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
  Tear in eye, your dress will tear,
  So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

  Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
  Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
  We say hallowed but allowed,
  People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
  Mark the differences, moreover,
  Between mover, cover, clover;
  Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
  Chalice, but police and lice;
  Camen, constable, unstable,
  Principle, disciple, label.

The trest can be read right here. Read it out loud the first time you read it. You will start to wonder what is so adhered in the language.

4 days ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

houghi Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (184 comments)

Or if you drive too fast in places where you should not, like on many parts of the autobahn.

All the other things you named are against the law as well. So basically if you do something illegal and they catch you, you are fined (and loose points). If you don't do anything illegal, you are fine.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

houghi As always, it depends. (451 comments)

The distro is up to you. The desktop is up to them. Give them all the possible options.

If you use a distro like openSUSE, you can easily add KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment and others. I would probably stick with the main three, with a personal like to XFCE.

Alxso see if there are people who use excel intensivaly, because that could be tricky.

So you choose the distro, they choose the desktop. Takea distro that you already use. The desktop should be available for it.

And don't forget that installing it is the easy part. Maintaining it and the next 10 years (with upgrades and new hardware) will be the hard part. One last tip. Don't talk about free as in gratis, because management will then asume that there is no cost and the moment anything computer related shows up on budget, it will be confusing and you will be called a liar.

You can also play around with SUSE Studio so you easily can make images that contain not all applications, but only those that you need, including anything you made yourself.

The builds could be used as beta for the final release for yoiur company.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

houghi Re:The department gives the hint. (451 comments)

Isn't Mint a distribution? So you should be able to make ity look like anything out there. I believe XFCE would look the most familiar.

For the user, look at the desktop. For the admin, look at the distribution.

As an admin, I would probably use something like SUSEStudio.com, because it would mean I would be able to easily make an installable image that looks likeI would want it with the programs I desire.

A bit of extra work and you have something that is really tailord for your company. You can make two images. One for clients and one for servers. Or go evebn further and edit YaST so you have only one image for several options. Portable, desktop, software selections per department, ...

Obviously the work you put will depend on how large the company is.

about a week ago

Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

houghi Please come back when ... (99 comments)

Please come back when you see a roch with the dimensions 1x4x9. Untill then don't show us this kind of drivel.

about two weeks ago

Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

houghi It could be something else as well (371 comments)

For all I jknow, it could be God punishing the gay community, or insurance companies so they can raise their prices.

Submission is less newsworthy than foxnews

about two weeks ago

Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

houghi All because ISPs want to crosssell (240 comments)

At the time of dialup there was an ecuse to not have as many IP adresses as there were customers. Now there will be at least as many IP adresses as there are customers for an ISP. So having a fixed IP would be no problem.
having a reversed DNS for your mail (on reqiuest) is also no a real issue.
Goin g from dynamic to fixed DNS for providers should not be a serious issue on a technical level.

However selling IP adresses is a very profitable business model. No investment (People need an IP adress anyway as they are already only 24/7) on the IP adresses. On the receiving end, just the billing system and you can ask almost anything.

When comparing prices between fixed and non fixed IP in Belgium, the average difference was about 50EUR per IP adress. This only looking at the speed of the connection. non-fixed would also receive webspace, email accounts and the like.

That is 50x12=600EUR per year for your IP without any additional investment on part of the ISP. When I asked several ISPs, they basically said: we get away with it so we do it.
One admitted that having a fixed IP would be cheaper in opperation.

Luckily I found a provider that has fixed IP and no limit for a reasonable price. Not the cheapest, but the best value for money for what I want.

about two weeks ago

How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

houghi You only need two people. (392 comments)

Don't believe me? There is abook about it. And it will take 6.000 year. Tops.

about two weeks ago



Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about three weeks 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  |  1 year,4 days

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 politico.com, 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 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 3 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 http://software.opensuse.org/ 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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