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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

jhol13 Re:Nucular (172 comments)

I have never claimed it would be a picnic. I just said it is nowhere near top five problems we are going to encounter, though it will be a problem.

The claim "pests will conquer us" is a tad, well, one sided. We will get some "nice" immigration too - but the alarmists never mention those.
Same with the weather, in every alarmist article it "will suck" or as you point it "there is a possibility"[1]. If the last five summers is any indication, the weather will *improve* considerably (for us humans, sure some "pests" might suffer).
Furthermore I do not think we should burn coal, and in any case certainly should not burn oil, it is far too scarce and valuable and should be used only in mobile systems (planes, ships, cars to some extend).

I wonder if you fear every other change too. New job? "But there is a distinct possibility it will suck". Getting married, buying house, going to a vacation, ...

[1] And then not mentioning that the possibility is ridiculously small.

about three weeks ago
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EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

jhol13 Nucular (172 comments)

And at the same time they dislike "nucular" 'cos it is ..., well, "nucular".

I live in Northern Europe - for us this will mean insane regulations. Just insane.
The people who we call "redgreen" (communistic-environmentalist-extremists) are the second biggest problem to earth. The biggest is exponential population growth. Global warming is somewhere aroung fifth to tenth - at least for us here in the north.

about a month ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

jhol13 Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

Yea, CIA admitted, before 911, that their main task was commercial espionage. So now they are threatened that Chinese might be faster?
(yes, there are documented cases, e.g. german windmill technology in production being patented in USA)

about a month ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

jhol13 Re:Too big (201 comments)

Are you insinuating that in Enron only three to five were doing illegal stuff? No way!
Sorry, I think Enron (and others) got us into this "not responsible".

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

jhol13 Too big (201 comments)

Isn't it nice ... if you destroy one persons life, you get penalty big enougf to ruin your life - if you ruin 100'000 you get a "golden parachute".
Number of prosecuted persons (from last bank breakdown - and one before that - and next) is just appalling.

about 2 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

jhol13 Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

Sure, there were censoship after the war, but the GP was talking about -80s. If public libraries did not purchase something, it is hardly censorship, is it? One library decided not to buy Donald Duck though it was widely available in shops. Buying or selling any book was not illegal, not even "Mein Kampf". (Offtopic: I hope every neo-nazi reads the book, 'cause it is bullshit).

OK, I'll give that the classification board can be considered censorship, though it could not prohibit import or private viewing (they were always legal), only movie shows and sales (it was designed to stop violence and during one period even porn - as if that stopped anyone after first VHS). The board was considered a big joke in Finland.

The Renny Harlin movie is probably error in the Wikipedia, -86 was no longer the time of Finlandiseirung - Kekkonen died that year. OTOH the movie should be banned worldwide, and not be shown ever again anywhere, it is so bad.
The classification board did quite a few idiotic and objectionable decisions, for example "One, Two, Three" was banned (no TV or movie shows allowed).

about 2 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

jhol13 Re:Finlandization... (138 comments)

I call bullshit.
What would have happened is the same as what happened with the Lake Inari missile, except less press. USSR would have said it was a practice, the estimate to hit would have been changed from 20 seconds to few minutes, "no real danger", and the Finnish government and Army would have completely agreed.

about 2 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

jhol13 Re:Finlandization is moral debasement (138 comments)

You and GP are so wrong. There is no chance Finland would have "voluntarily" joined Soviet Union. I am willing to bet at least 70% of the population would have rather went to fight in a war than join SU. Sure a lot though the best policy for Finland is to have very close political and economical ties to SU, but joining ... no way.

Then there were no cencorship, none at all. Sure the press, and especially government owned YLE, did have a strong bias and they did suppress bad publicity, but there was no censoring done by the government. The suppressing bad was not the worst, there were huge amount of overly positive articles, TV and radio shows, etc. of the "marvellous things Soviet Unioin accomplished" - quite a few colored or total lies. For example the (Finnish) Greens of that time repeated the lie that "there are no environmental problems in SU" - later the horrible pollution was of course revealed.

about 2 months ago
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Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

jhol13 Re:Testing is not verification. (157 comments)

When has a layer done anything more than prevented use of public domain code "because it might be a problem"? I have never heard of a "regulator". I should have, if there is one.

As is bloody obvious, space system software is programmed by the same cowboy coders as web pages. I do not believe medical equipment are done a bit differently.

Your "once I get all the bugs fixed" was funny, though, thanks!

Someone in this thread mentioned formal proofs - they are going to increase by two orders of magnitude next few years. That means there will be ~100 programs formally proven (during next few years) in the world.

Seriously, generated code is "big" in the future - properly done they are much easier to test and verify.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

jhol13 Re:Things (191 comments)

Exactly. I am somewhat prepared for lightnings. I have good backups of my computer stuff off site (protects from fire too). I have UPS for PC and remote controlled switches to "separate" TV etc. from mains. Obviously those will not protect at all if the lightning hits my house. But it can protect if the lightning hits more than 100 meters away - which extremely more likely.

about 3 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

jhol13 Re:Why not off Samba shares? (112 comments)

Would you really expect it to transfer PCM 44k1/16bit over network?

Oh, boy ... how on earth does your daughter watch cartoons over DLNA, if 1.35 Mbit/s is too much? Choppy pixelated crap?

DLNA server is a program, which is to be run in the server (which is assumed to be Windows). HTTP server is a program, setting it up is as trivial as DLNA server. DLNA is http with extra, unneeded, headers & complications. Similar programs are anonymous ftp, etc. Sharing a folder in Windows is one click operation. My Android found my samba share without any problems. Try "smbclient -L //server". Or start a http server, ask your daughter to find Music on it. Or Videos. Note: I am not against UPnP, only against DLNA.

DLNA is easier to set up only because some braindead idiot decided it to be a standard (instead of http/ftp/nfs/samba/net-radio/...), and manufacturers agreed. I bet the reason is "content protection".

My Samsung DVD player cannot handle streaming data at all! It cannot play[1] net radio stations. It works only with Samsungs own server, with 320kbit/s or slower mp3, not with any other (freeware) server without hours of C programming & setup modifications. Ask yout wife about WAF! Everybody complains the DLNA implementations being shit - it cannot be a coincidence, the spec must be too loose, convoluted and poor.

{1] With any meaningfull definition of "can".

about 3 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

jhol13 Re:Why not off Samba shares? (112 comments)

The idea of the DLNA is to play audio. If it does not specify what kind of audio it plays, then the spec is idiotic. If it does not specify PCM (44.1khz 16bit) it is double so. But then I have a faint recollection it did specify low-bitrate mp3 and wma ONLY, but am not sure. Anyway the dlna loses on every aspect to NFS, Samba, anonymous ftp, pure http, ... you name it. Give one reason for it to exist.

Back then when I tried it, PS2 and and quite a few others refused to play if the HTML header was not exactly as the player expected it to be. Pick up some source code of a dlna server if you do not believe me.

about 3 months ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

jhol13 Re:Why not off Samba shares? (112 comments)

Exactly. I once tried to get DLNA working and ... succeeded. If was a nightmare. The player was broken (did tcp resets), the protocol was so diverse as to make two players require two servers, the player could not play even PCM (not to mention flac or even mp3 higher than 320kbps). Totally useless.

about 3 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

jhol13 Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

This is probably the most unjustified complain you throw. The tags support in VIM is very good - if you bothered to RTFM. Literally every book and tutorial describe these highly sophisticated and inexplicable 3 steps involved: install the exuberant ctags, put into the .vimrc the line ":set tags=tags;/", and finally run "ctags -R ." in the root of the project.

Problem is not VIM, it is the ctags. Ctags just doesn't work - good enough for me. I have used it, and it just goes berserk with #defines, files which are not .h or .c (xml rules or binary blobs, etc.).

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

jhol13 Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

The problem with Vim (and Emacs) is that they do not support anything modern, not even ctrl-z/x/c/v.

Yeah we al know vi has esoteric keybindings. You're raising this like it's some fundemental point.

It is. Every effing program uses those - except one or two from stone age.

None of those "miles away" editors provide syntax highlighting for shell, awk, python, etc

Try. At least shell and python is supported, not sure about awk - I have long since migrated to Perl.

To get vi/emacs to work nearly as good as good IDE is just too big a job.

No, I disagree, again. Or at least if you're trying to turn vim into an IDE then you're doing it wrong and misunderstanding the tools.

I do not want to learn and remember all the "tools" and their interaction and intricasies, I want my work done.

in NB this will understand the variable and give completitions according to that. It will give hints to the parameters too. In every language there is

This is spoken like someone so wrapped up in visual studio that you haven't seen the outside world. Firstly, it doesn't work unless you've already declared the variable (duh). Small point, but it forces you to write the code top-to-bottom so that the variable has been defined before you use it.

No it does not. The code completion just stops working - for a while. No biggie. When you finally define the variable/class, you can easily collect all the use cases.

Also, every language there is? Tell me, how well does it handle an awk script embedded inside a atring inside a shell script?

As well as vi does, not a teeny bit worse. Besides, that script won't be that big for the system really help you anyway.

I do not want to waste my time to get mundane things like that to work properly.

I'm mainly a programmer, but I've been slowly wandering in the direction of toolmaking (as in real physical thinga). I've always been an engineer. The idea of using only the tools you have in the form they come out of the box come hell or high water and never going to additional lengths to increase the toolbox and automate processes and just plain make things easier is a completely foreign idea to me.

As it is to me. But still I want mundane simple things to be simple and mundane.

If you want to see a funny facial expression, go up to a woodworker and say something along the lines of: I don't want to take the time to make a jig, I just want to get things done.

I would never ever do any woodworking without current tools you can buy. I do not want to make 45 degree jig, then another 30 degree, and so on. You see, my saw can be turned to any degree without a jig. But still it cannot do everything, sometimes a jig is necessary - but I would never give up the saw just because it cannot handle everything.

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

jhol13 Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

Not really. If you use those, you'll lose some other extensions which are designed for the modal system. With Emacs you'll get shortcut collisions, ctrl-x is pre-bound.
They are just hacks, nobody really uses them - or at least were when I tried one (long time ago though).

about 4 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

jhol13 Re: You're welcome to them. (402 comments)

The problem with Vim (and Emacs) is that they do not support anything modern, not even ctrl-z/x/c/v.

For programming Eclipse or NetBeans or Visual Studio is just miles away what of vi/emacs can do, especially out of the box. To get vi/emacs to work nearly as good as good IDE is just too big a job. For example NetBeans ctrl-b (go to declaration). Sure, you can install ctags, configure it, run it, tinker with it, tinker some more, add custom rules, search net, rinse-and-repeat and eventually you'll get something resembling ctrl-b, but not quite the same.
Or ctrl-space (complete word) - in NB this will understand the variable and give completitions according to that. It will give hints to the parameters too. In every language there is. Probably if you search-net, tinker, rinse-repeat you can get something almost similar working in one language in one platform with vi/emacs. I work in two (Linux & Windows). I do not want to waste my time to get mundane things like that to work properly. And the list is endless! Will vi color according to changes in VCS? According to syntax errors? Both at the same time, out of the box? Has it code prettifier for C, HTML, css, etc? Netbeans have plugin-repository from where you can get almost everything you'll ever need. Last time I used XEmacs it was net-search, try it, search next - maybe it works with current XEmacs, ...

Believe me, I have tried, I have used XEmacs for years, over 15. Then I just noticed that a program designed for vt100 is from the Stone Age.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

jhol13 Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

This is why I dislike this law. It pout one innocent american in jail indefinitely and one innocent swiss in a horrible position as the "jail door keykeeper". Not to mention travelling abroad might have put him into prison too.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

jhol13 Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

Suppose that the data resides in Swizerland (Swiss privacy laws prohibit moving data overseas - don't know exact details, but the idea should be obvious). Suppose the credentials to give the data is only on the hands of a swiss administrator - no american has access to the data/server/credentials in Swizerland. In this case no matter who in the company orders to give him the credentials, the administrator in Swizerland cannot give them or he would be breaking the Swiss law.

about 4 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

jhol13 Re:How is that the security industry's fault? (205 comments)

[...] we refuse to accept old, working stuff.

To me the situation has been exactly the opposite. I had a job where I had to fight to get old crapware rewritten because "it provably works" (although it has e.g. access after "free"). I have never seen an old software that would work with the new requirements in the new environment. Quite contrary, old software slowly but surely deteriorates with #ifdefs, code nobody dares to remove, hacks that just happen to work as they change timing, you name it. Just like good-old OpenSSL.

Same with bridges btw, 20th century bridge would hardly suffice today (price, time to build, etc.).

about 5 months ago

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