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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

hufter Re:Android is linux (128 comments)

Saying that Android is Linux is like saying that Ubuntu is Linux. Linux is actually just the kernel, which they both use.

about 7 months ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

hufter Phone (222 comments)

I for one forgot to include my phone. The apps that I have on my Android phone are nearly all closed source. And android itself is kind of semi-open source.

about a year ago
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How much I care about GMO food labeling:

hufter Re:Banned (461 comments)

Yep. It's banned in the EU.

No, it's not. It's controlled though, there are 14 varieties of GMO accepted to be cultivated in EU. And yes you have to label it.

GMO's are not common on shelves in Europe. Most of it goes to animal feed. (you don't have label the meat, if the animal has eaten GMO)

Legistlation here

about a year ago
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Opus — the Codec To End All Codecs

hufter Re:Obligatory (327 comments)

PowerAmp plays practically everything. I wouldn't be surprised if it soon supported this Opus thing too.

about 2 years ago
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NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

hufter Re:Turf Wars ... limo vs cabs (264 comments)

Basically a cabbie in new york, according to regulations, HAS to stop for anybody that hails them.

That has to mean if the taxi is free, so that you can't discriminate people, like "That dude looks like a hobo, so I'm ignoring him, I'm looking for someone who looks rich.".

You can also "call a cab", then a taxi driver somewhere hopefully nearby will put on his meter and come to pick you up. Surely he doesn't have to stop for anybody hailing. (Otherwise it would be more like call and pray taxi service).

There's no difference between calling and mobile-app-hailing, except the way the order comes through.
The central depends on people calling taxis to make money. They don't like people being able to bypass them.

about 2 years ago
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Federal Patents Judge Thinks Software Patents Are Good

hufter good for who? (171 comments)

It's not really the judge's job to say if a law is good or bad. He's job is to know the law and judge according to it.
If he is a "patent judge", the more patents, the more arguments about patents and the more work for him, and he can make more money. So software patents age good - for him.

more than 2 years ago
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SOPA and PIPA So Far

hufter Re:Not exactly.... (273 comments)

The blackouts and other campaigns are are raising awareness of SOPA. Slashdot is used by nerds who already know about SOPA, and mostly already oppose it.

more than 2 years ago
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In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself

hufter Then and now (639 comments)

I used to be leaning right 20 years ago. I even was a member of a right-leaning party, and a nominee in a local municipal elections. Since then all we wanted to go right had gone so and even further right. So now I gotta lean left, while my opinions are about the same. And that's in Finland. In Bill O'Reilly scale I am a total communist.

more than 2 years ago
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A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web

hufter Finland (392 comments)

In Finland banks have practically forced people to use Internet for paying bills, by making payment at the desk ridiculously expensive and reducing the number of payment machines. The 8% of Finns that have never used the internet must be old people that are wealthy enough to pay 6€ per bill. Learning even basic usage is a big effort if you haven't touched a computer before, people growing up with computers and other gadgets have no idea how hard it can be.
That's why R-Kioski (chain that makes most of it's money selling tobacco, candy, magazines and lottery tickets) has started a service where paying a bill costs "only" 3 euros.
Oh, internet access is not a "right" in Finland. There has only been talking about that every household should be capable of having a broadband access for a reasonable price, with government support if needed, but there has been no real action yet. For people living in cities there is no problem, but in the countryside many farmers can't get a broadband, or are struggling with a 3G connection that works sometimes.
Though most of Finland is covered with 3G networks, ensued by Finns need to go to a shore of one of Finland's 187888 lakes every chance they get. People expect their UMTS modem to work in their summer cottage, 100 paying customers by a lake makes you build a station for them. But if you are a lone farmer with no lakes near, who's gonna care for you? In current economic situation propably nobody.

more than 2 years ago
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NVIDIA Releases Source To CUDA Compiler

hufter Re:GPU drivers (89 comments)

For most people it is all the same if a driver is open source or not as long as it works and you get it for free.
As I appreciate AMD opening up some of their secrets. The open source Radeon driver is a lot better than it was on ATI times. However, the closed driver still gives you double the fps on games, the bad news that it works so badly. Messes up the screen and stuff.
I recently bought a new nVidia based card, partly because I was fed up with the proprietary Radeon driver not working. Gave up trying to install it on Fedora 16 or Mint 12.
GeForce is the only choice if you want fast graphics for Linux right now.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME Shell Extensions Are Live

hufter Re:It's not just GNOME 3. (204 comments)

It's good that someone forked Gnome 2 into Mate, however Gnome 3 should have been the fork, because it's more of a new product rather than upgrade of the old.
Usually when you upgrade you get something similar, but with new features. Now you'll lose features if you upgrade. But I will not join Gnome 3 bashers. It's not "dumbed down" as some folks claim, It's an early version of the new DE.
When Mate fork is finished it will be just like Gnome 2 was, and Gnome 3 will get more customisability while it develops, things will be good again.

more than 2 years ago
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Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

hufter Re:only going to get worse... (375 comments)

I remember how it used to be. When the reader guy made his first round and you weren't home, you had a note: "I was here to read a meter, but you weren't home, please be home at this other time, or call to arrange a better reading time". The reader guy came once a year, and the monthly bill was based on an assumption how much you are using. Once a year there was a correcting bill that got payments up to date with the actual consumption. Of course electric and water companies had their own reader people.
Now I get a monthly bill based on the actual consumption and I don't have to let anyone in.

So what's the security risk? Someone finding out how much power I'm using?

more than 2 years ago
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RAM in my most-used personal computer:

hufter Re:RAM's cheap (543 comments)

Sure, say 1333 MHz is dirt cheap, but if you are looking for 1066 DDR2 for a two year old system, it's not that cheap. If I wanted 8 GB now, it would be cheaper to buy a new motherboard and the RAM for it + all the hassle of changing the motherboard.

more than 2 years ago
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My phone's battery lasts ...

hufter phone and smartphone (254 comments)

I have a smartphone, but I don't use it as a phone, because if I forget to, or am incapable of charging it some day the battery runs out and then I effectively wouldn't have a phone. It's my internet/entertainment/GPS device.
My phone phone is Samsung's second cheapest flip model, the battery lasts for a week.

more than 2 years ago
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Ballmer: We're Lucky Microsoft Didn't Buy Yahoo

hufter Re:Definitely a change of viewpoints (151 comments)

I've been stalking this girl for 10 years, in order to kill her and take her market share. I finally got her on a date. She told me to fuck myself.

more than 2 years ago
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Ballmer: We're Lucky Microsoft Didn't Buy Yahoo

hufter Re:Yahoo? (151 comments)

I honestly don't get why anybody would still use Yahoo.

Flickr.

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

hufter Re:LD50? (337 comments)

I mean 150g (of habanero could be lethal)

more than 2 years ago
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Can the Hottest Peppers In the World Kill You?

hufter Re:LD50? (337 comments)

(wikipedia knows everything, right?) If scoville rating of Pure capsaicin if be 15M, and habanero is up to 350k, about 15 grams of habanero may be a lethal doze. These http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-QVQLbwtHA chicks are risking their lives!

more than 2 years ago
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Teachers, Students Fight To Be Facebook Friends

hufter I hope they stop this shit before it spreads (286 comments)

As if the fear of pedophiles wasn't out of proportion. Treating all contact between an adult and a minor as a potential pedophile act, giving them an excuse to seriously infiltrate peoples personal lives.
It's not for the government to decide who can be friends with whom. I think it's good for children to have other adults they can trust, besides their parents. What if you get sexually abused at home (which does happen a lot)? Then an adult friend is a best thing you can have.

"Think of the children"? Yes, think if your children want to live in a sexually tabooed and paranoid world, that you "think of the children"-folks are pushing it towards.

more than 2 years ago
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Including webcams, phones, etc, I own X cameras:

hufter Re:device or camera? (248 comments)

Sort of agree. You should give your kid a half decent camera if he/she is interested in taking photos. Adults are often stuck with the idea they think photos should look like, resulting with a bunch of boring photos. Kids don't have this restriction and can take new kinds if fun and interesting photos.

But you sound like a typical consumer who think the more megapixels, the better the camera is. The resolution is only a part of what is good image quality. A typical pocket camera has nowhere near good enough optics to make use of 12MP. Sensor makers could have developed them to be less noisy and perform better in low light. But no, people want megapixels, sell them megapixels.
Nikon's top model D3 has 12MP in a film frame size (35mm) sensor. Some pocket cams are stuffing 16 in 1/40 of the area.

Stop this megapixel race insanity!

more than 3 years ago

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