top Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
I've played ages ago. But that was then and now
bored of that. So just want things to work. Still like to play but more interested in other things now. For me Android showed me how it can be and since then I don't want to play with interfaces. I don't customise my phone anymore, I don't even play games. I don't know... just prefer more interesting projects now
top 200 Dolphins Await Slaughter In Japan's Taiji Cove
Agriculture, specifically intensive farming is of course greater impact then this. That is true. So in that sense why bother with this?
Here's why. Its not good for our well being. If we treat animals with brutality then is it no surprise that our enemy in war shows no mercy?
With farming the whole thing is hidden from us from birth to packet. That doesn't make it OK but it does reduce the damage to us.
But critically it can be argued that WE are semi aquatic marine mammal and these animals are close relatives since we moved out of the sea... Taking in the psychology are they closer to us than apes - our fat distribution matches theirs not an apes. We have the dive reflex.
You can say dolphins are cute but isn't that for a reason? A conversation with a dolphin is easier than a cow. Our ease of compassion is due to them being similar to ourselves.
Really its best to observe the ratio of canines vs masticating teeth under your nose - eat meat appropriately - sometimes, not all the time.
about a month and a half ago
top U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why
Motivation for me in Europe, in order:
lack of city parking,
cost of fuel, it's-destroying-the-planet, getting ripped off by garages on jobs too big for me to do myself, Zipcar, hirecar cheapness in general, folding bicycles
I think also bigger cities are a factor. For anyone living in a city a car is more of a pain. It really divides people into countryside people and city folk.
As an aside... guys making the rules in the cities and capitals especially have absolutely no idea what it's like to wait for a bus in the countryside that never comes. Outside the city (which almost always are horrible places I don't like to be...) the car is nearly always completely indispensable. Suggestions of bicycles and non self maintainable batteries are so out of touch of non urban living.
top Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?
https://github.com/spesmilo/sx , GoxCLI Calandar; 'cal' wget, curl with cut, grep & awk mplayer... with acsii output, transcode, irc bots such as malware command and control interfaces - are there benign examples?
There are very few financial command line tools. It's strange but there doesn't seem to be a way to buy or sell securities, forex or futures.
Can anyone tell me why you can't |pipe| GUI programs....? Why can't you pipe audio live from
/dev/urandom from a terminal to audacity for example?
top Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA
but let me finish that with stating the obvious, when obvious needs stating:
...and if you can't answer with an waterproof convincing answer then you have to stop doing what it is you're doing.
But what you don't do is whine about how ungrateful people are for the work you do when you've abused power. Can't really blame all on the NSA though - power will always be abused so it should not be given and instead processes to prevent it engineered.
top 195K Bitcoin Transaction
This article is more at home on a financial site than a tech site. The radio tapping article is much more appropriate. With less comments in this article that's a good sign
top Rigging Up Baby
I think I'll have to do the same if my wife makes me wear one of these to work again under my willy warmer
Linux Format Magazine Team Quits, Launches New Profit-Donating Mag
I bought last months LinuxFormat and it had really lost it's soul. The magazine seemed to have already died a few months before.
The main thing about LF 2-5 years ago was the humour. I think there was some kind of handover from AmigaFormat where you had guys like JonoBacon taking over. The big thing though was that it had a sense of humour. It was very funny, and in a British way too. That made it stand out from everything else, only Micromart sometimes had something a bit like this but that's been inconsistent.
Jono Bacon went on to Ubuntu as community manager and also wrote Art of the Community (which I'd like to point out is currently down from ~£40 to £4 on Amazon!). Kind of a shame the old crew aren't back together in entirety. I hope this new project can grab the attention.
I can see lots of people talking about the community donation aspect but for me the first thing that struck me was that this could have elements of the LinuxOutlaws style humour to it too. That would be great but it's no guarantee.
Having a community involvement in any way makes the whole thing that more interesting.
By the spirit of RMS I bless this project
top Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet
Many might think "problem"...
I think "opportunity"!
I've written before how the archive can do a lot more than it presently does. For a start, it could be used as evidence. So how do we make money out of this? Well, the archive only goes so far in what it stores. If there is a page that we want to be stored for longer and more securely then we should be able to pay for that. More securely? How's about paying for it to be backed up to a p2p network, similar to SatoshiProof. You then charge a small fee extra for the service.
Of course, you could do the same for following or not following robots.txt but this is closer to messing with the integrity of archive.org
Just make sure this upper tier in the 2 tier system is genuine new functionality.
Stuck at "Loading kernel and hard drive image" for me under windows, online an offline, Chrome and IE.
I must be cursed.
top Where Does America's Fear Come From?
I've been poor (but I was not), and I've been what I thought was rich. This is what I'd say about fear.
To answer this question one source of inspiration could be high stakes investment psychology. The more you have the more you fear to lose. The more you fear, the more you fear to lose. Arrogance blinds us to reality.
Fear of an easy life?
It's tough at the top.
So.... dream of a higher top.
top Ask Slashdot: Good Satellite Internet For Remote Locations?
Last I looked I think it was Globalstar who will be offering always on internet soon for portable phones, different from the dialup per minute. That might make basic mobile email a bit more usable. This isn't what you're looking for but I think that's the most use you're realistically going to get without a more exact location to research.
Even though internet is probably very poor and slow where you're going it's likely to be better than satellite.
Here's another option. Look into prepay and/or contract mobile phone data. In most countries in SA it's more expensive but still going to be better than satelite. If you want bandwidth you can chain them together - can someone explain how to do that on linux? I remember hearing about a kickstarter project that does it on Windows in a blackbox kind of way...
Also look into striking up deals with any place that has a decent connection and then using a VPN.
top Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears
Yes I've heard that too, certainly for the UK and USA. To protect the airwaves. Not sure about the EU or other countries. The radio firmware would have to be supplied closed... any source code shouldn't be leaked...
top Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears
Wait. Maybe we could make an exception for a fully open source, well code reviewed phone?
Oh, it doesn't exist does it.
OK, troll over. Just another opportunity to show that open source does have a unique selling point and it's not being capitalised on.
top OpenPhoenux Neo900 Bills Itself As Successor To Nokia's N900
I have an old n900 at home. I'll be sitting this one out as I don't like resistive screens.
If you can show you're a developer with some projects under your belt who can help this project just send me a message and I'll send you my phone
top NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters
Let's not shout about this or they'll start arresting random people to get the figures up and support the funding party
top DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet
If you, for example, had some Bitcoin in your wallet on the site and you were hoping to buy a gold coin anonymously then you have broken no law.
But now the DoJ has taken your money... how do you get your coins back? Who do you call?
Not everybody on the site was a criminal.
top The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators
The way this will play out depends on economics.
If the USA and dollar finally lose reserve status as some have predicted then I can see it going the way of Argentina. There, there are a lot of things that go on that are illegal. Especially in sharing and things like the black market dollar market. At first the police and government did all they did to enforce rules but in the end attrition set in. So many people were breaking the law just to survive. The police had to be corrupt to survive too. In the end the police relaxed and just stopped acting on petty rules for things like resturant licensing for the government as they finally came to relise that having an empty street is pointless. The governments authority was eventually greatly reduced. Unfortunatly it took many years for this to happen.
My main point in this is that the laws are still there. Nothing changed. It was just a case of people, police etc just ignoring those laws.
So these petty laws in the end just undermine the authority of the government. It's a waste of their power. Try to take away from this that this is a good thing as most governments are filled with good people trapped by things like the military-industrial complex, central banks and popularism.
In the end economics will be the decider.
But until then check out all the options. It's good to see society rerouting around it's restrictions. Sharing is amoungst a number of groundswell trends. I can't see companies being able to do much about this in the long term other than being better companies. It's good to see avocacy speeding up the process.
Here's another example. In Spain they've banned 3month home lettings under pressure from hotels. This took away income from the more efficient decentralised small businessness and individuals making cash on the side. In turn this will effect the economy there - it's funny how the exact opposite of what is needed causing a self feedback cycle of regulation. As a result people have been doing it anyway as they are so desperate for cash in some cases they have nothing to lose. The gov have been sending round stooges testing letting agents to see if they will let and then throwing them in jail, or fining people heavily. Yet still it goes on as people have little choice. Then there's AirBNB and subcontracting for hotels - a way round the problem. AirBNB recently showed how it has boosted the economy in San Francisco. No wonder - it's increased competition and that always leads to efficiencies. It's also greater choice.
So sharing is not only a social trend but it can also be more efficient than money and regulation.
Viva la resistence.
top Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?
While Apple tech is good it's not
/that/ good. It's not worth the premium. It's not nessessarily /the best/. I see plenty of people talking around with smashed screens.
However the premium is image. It's jewellery. It's about showing you have enough money to join the social club. "A lifestyle choice". A mate worthy of mating with.
Is Apple as chic as it was? Surely not.
By reducing the price they have severely threatened their position as
/the most expensive phone/.
Now there's phones like the Galaxy X to the power of n with an even bigger, even more vugar display of peacocking neanderthalism showoffmanship. Not only is it bigger... but most importantly, it's the most expensive and therefore... is beginning to be seen as the most exclusive. It doesn't have the cool. But if it ever does then it then becomes top dog.
Perhaps Apple knows that it has both cool and price premium exclusive and decided secure enough to forgo one in order to work into cheaper markets - where the lower price option is still relatively exclusive.
top Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One
Well said. It should be about quality of life.
2 mechanics see an old car. The first mechanic throws his hands up in the air: "It's impossible, just throw it away and get a new one". The 2nd mechanic already has a spare car he's kept working, oiling the parts, sealing out rust, maintaining it. While it's a lot of work this car is easier to work on, from a time when things were built to last. He does what's needed to get it right.
You can fix these things but yes it's work. And that's why it's awkward and the truth is very hard. It's easier to have babies and start again with death than to fix it all.
how very, very lazy! The technology to me to fix the many of humanities problems doesn't seem like a big ask in the very big picture of looking at things. If we had the tech for our bodies as we have for computing we'd be there right now.
Taking a perspective here by looking back in history. Chinese tradition views the average life expectancy as ~120 years. That's from 2,000-4,000 years ago. It then has the viewpoint that anything shorter than this is due to stress on the body, not that dying early is something to worry about (actually) and that if you live a healthy lifestyle you will get to 120 years. I don't expect to live that long. I don't mind a whole bunch at the moment... But I would like to have the quality of life that such a long life can provide. I know in any event I'll probably do better than the ~40 years for the stereotypical savanna African plains we had for most of human history.
All of my parents, my grandparents have gone to a doctor recently and the doctor has dismissed their (very pressing) problems with age. This is disgusting. Is it worth changing a hip on a grandma only to have it last a year before she dies? Is it worth doing dental surgery if you only have a few years left?
My grandpa has been ignoring his tooth problems, ignoring his leg problem, digestion problem etc etc because he doesn't want to put a burden on anyone. So he goes round limping everywhere. And then these 70 year old people go on to live another 30-40 years - longer than I've been around!
Meanwhile, I fixed my digestion problems, I see a private dentist. I am planning for the long haul. I look after myself. The thing is, I will continue to do so long while I get into old age. Only when I'm older will I know if my maintenance schedule will ave paid dividends or not.
It's time people stopped looking at their bodies as something holy to a simple engineering subject of high stakes.
top My sdf.lonestar.org being used for spam too
I feel my account at sdf.lonestar.org is being used for this but I have no way of getting in
contact and can't login to fix it!
Anyone know how to get in contact?! It's especially annoying as I paid for the service.
top Qued posts since disable
Subject: Focus on accessibility and killer apps
- never cheap enough; any price is a liability to carry round
- size/weight (I decided to go for a p800 phone to cut on size)
- ABILITY TO STORE AND RECALL NOTES quickly and efficiently. Writing to a txt file is fine but should be able to search it quickly. Automatic tagging of date is nice too. Easy input and easy to see display!!
- maybe a calender - maybe a calculator - if it was very cheap GPS or similar / maps / similar
What I don't need:
- media features; it's a luxury not needed
- colour screen - more gumpf
All I really need is a digital piece of paper. But to do this it comes back to those basics of:
- battery life
- easy input - clear output (display) - size - price
They should concentrate on getting these basics right! I feel people really aren't interested in anything but the
'killer apps' like:
- map viewing - translation (the universal translator is feasible; speech rec -> txt -> translation -> speech?) - diary
^ but these are all I an think of
top Comment posting disabled 2/9/2004 - subnet?
Oh dear, someone on my ISP has been a git. I'm pretty sure it's not my brother. Checking my posts I can see that someone doesn't seem to be using my account as expected.
Was able to post:
1/9/2004: 11pm Not able to post: 2/9/2004: 12.22pm
"Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email email@example.com with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "404a0a932302b4e3ed1b8****" and "7a8559e45ee5605*****" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "195.***" and your username "jago25_98"."