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GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

justinjstark The buttons can be readded. (797 comments)

For all of those complaining about this change and how in their case, maximize or minimize buttons improve their workflow, you can put the minimize and maximize buttons back on the titlebar by adding "minimize,maximize" to the appropriate gconf key (I forget the exact location). So, if you want this added functionality, you just have to make one simple change. For the rest of us, we will enjoy the simplified desktop experience.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, Now Available

justinjstark Re:Shotwell instead of f-spot, almost Yay (473 comments)

Shotwell uses the XDG directory specified in ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs. I agree that it they should make it possible to change in the GUI, but for now, all you have to do is edit that file, change the directory, and restart shotwell.

more than 3 years ago

Airbus Planning Transparent Planes

justinjstark Glass planes? (488 comments)

Future terrorists will just have to bring rocks. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

justinjstark Re:The patent lawyers succeeded (436 comments)

Only until we force ACTA and other intellectual property protections down your throat. You silly foreigners thinking you can live outside US rule.

more than 4 years ago

BC Prof Suggests Young Children Need Less Formal Math, Not More

justinjstark Re:As someone who was better than average... (427 comments)

I found that the major problem I had (and still have with college math classes) is that they start with the hardest way of doing something (something you won't possibly understand like the definition of a derivative) and then move forward to the easy way (a bunch of simple rules), when it would be much more helpful to start the easy way and then explain why it works.

Mathematics is not about starting with easy things and then making them difficult. Mathematics is about starting with a difficult problem and, through a desire for a solution, yielding simple beauty.

I could tell you the the derivative of x to the n with respect to x is n times x to the n-1, and I have no doubt that you could memorize, regurgitate, and apply this rule. But you would not have the faintest idea of why this rule holds nor why it works.

Sure, I could thereafter explain this derivative power rule to you and enlighten you, but that is putting the cart before the horse. Mathematics is not about learning rigor as would be the case here, mathematics is about having a question and working toward an answer. The question is: given a function, how can I go about finding a function for its slope. Or, perhaps even more direct, how can I find the instantaneous rate of change of said function? If you a lucky enough to have a good teacher or professor, they will no doubt start by asking the question, then tell you about limits and secant lines, and finally push you toward finding the secant line through a point (x,f(x)) and another point (x+h,f(x+h)) and exploring what happens when these two points get closer together. THIS is REAL mathematics. It may not be easy, but what is important is the idea, not the result.

So maybe you learn the power rule and can apply it to find the derivative of x squared. Good for you. But this is NOT mathematics. This is what passes for mathematics all through elementary school, high school, and even some college courses. Mathematics is about asking questions and finding solutions. REAL mathematics does not even care about the power rule for derivatives unless it is useful for solving a further problem. The mathematics lieing within the power rule is the question, the motivation, the idea, and the solution.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia's Assault On Patent-Encumbered Codecs

justinjstark Re:And... (428 comments)

HTML5 video codec support is not a dichotomous decision. There can be multiple supported video codecs for the video tag just like there are multiple supported image formats for the img tag. Larger sites like Wikipedia supporting only theora will encourage other companies to add support for theora in their browsers...not replace H.264.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Legal Action Dropped In Norway

justinjstark Re:Meh... (223 comments)

Pirating is not free. Everybody takes a risk by pirating of being sued or wasting our time downloading malware, something of bad quality, or bogus files.

But, even still, it is always much easier to pirate a movie (for instance) than it is to purchase it. I think most of us who pirate don't just do so because it is free, but also because the non-pirated versions are often DRM-laden, low-quality, and expensive and we are forced to jump through hoops just to get the content we desire.

For instance, let's say I want to buy the movie "Rounders." What are my options?

1) Go to the store and buy it for nearly $15 after tax. I would have to drive half way across town and waste a bunch of time. Not to mention $15 is a little steep for an older movie.

2) Use an online service like Amazon Video on Demand. What? Rounders isn't available? Darn. Even if it were, I would have to pay $3-4 to watch it once or about $10 to "own" it. But owning it only means I can watch it on or download it and watch it through their player. What? Their player isn't available on linux? Darn? And I can't play the videos on my netbook (the only computer I own) because a flash-embedded high-quality video plays at about 3 frames per second.

3) I can go to and download Rounders. It takes a half hour to an hour to download a decent quality movie. It uses a standard codec so this high-resolution movie plays wonderfully on my netbook. There is no DRM or flash player to worry about. I have this movie for as long as I want it and can watch it whenever (and on whatever) I want even if I don't have an internet connection.

If a movie studio started selling XVID (or some other decent codec) movies on their website similar to those found on thepiratebay for a reasonable price ($5) without DRM or any of that other garbage, you can bet your youngest child that I would spend the money rather than pirating it. This new distribution channel (the internet) is changing the way we want to get content and also making distribution cheaper. But the movie studios and distributors are trying to fight this change after it has already happened. Pirating is newly part of the free market system just as was copying your friend's MC Hammer cassette tape. You can make all the arguments you want about pirates pirating because it is free; but, until the distributors make their content available in a decent format at a decent price and allow their consumers the freedom to use this content as desired, your claim doesn't hold as much water.

more than 4 years ago

Pirate Bay Legal Action Dropped In Norway

justinjstark Re:All that means... (223 comments)

The terrorists don't hate their freedoms. Only ours. Duh.

more than 4 years ago
top Settles Lawsuit Over Phony Friends

justinjstark Re:The Real Scam? (127 comments)

So let's say I tell you I will sell you a new flat-screen tv for $3000 and send me payment. But, instead of me sending a tv, I send you a piece of paper saying "Sucker." And you think this is okay because now you know not to do business with me again?

I don't think that's how the free market is supposed to work.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

justinjstark Re:Not Trolling ... (703 comments)

I would have much more faith in a third party member or somebody like Kucinich. And as much as I dislike some of Ron Paul's religiously motivated politics, you can't tell me that he would even think about supporting ACTA.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Backs MPAA, RIAA, and ACTA

justinjstark Let's Do Something (703 comments)

I know that Obama is more tech-savvy than any President prior and is trying to do everything he can to boost the current US economy, but those of us who are knowledgeable and have a strong opinion on this should contact the White House as well as your Senators and Congresspeople to let them know why we should not be supporting ACTA.

White House:



more than 4 years ago

Google To Restart Talks With China

justinjstark Re:why should China bother? (118 comments)

You mean like how the US government censors war reporters. Or how the US government doesn't allow the caskets of soldiers to be photographed?

It's not just dictatorships that cover their citizens eyes. In some aspects, you can say that the US government is worse because we are governed "by the people" but the people aren't allowed the vital information needed to make important governmental decisions. At least, in a dictatorship, you expect this kind of thing.

-1 offtopic, -1 flamebait

more than 4 years ago

Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

justinjstark Re:Try Webfaction. Here's why: (456 comments)

I have been around the web hosting block a few times. I've been with a lot of bad hosts, hosts that have gone under, and some good hosts. The top of my list are


A Small Orange

I liked A Small Orange a lot but went to WebFaction because it was so much easier to set up web-based applications. They have django, ruby, pylons, and a bunch of others installable with a few clicks. They are also willing to install other packages that you need and will do so and respond quickly. Some of my sites use LaTeX and imagemagick and it is great having a host that provides these packages and isn't restrictive. I have also not had any issues of busy servers and/or downtime that have plagued some other hosts.

more than 4 years ago

Free Software Foundation Urges Google To Free VP8

justinjstark Re:N.264/MPEG-4 is no more proprietary than MPEG2 (315 comments)

seems unlikely

That's just the problem, now, isn't it: we don't know what they will do when the grace period is up. Why take the chance of getting burned when there are free alternatives available?

more than 4 years ago

Appeals Court Rules On Internet Obscenity Standards

justinjstark Re:Entirely unreasonable (697 comments)

This is why every citizen of the U.S. needs to be aware of Jury Nullification.

Jury nullification need not disagree with the instructions by the judge—which concerns what the law (common or otherwise) is—but it may rule contrary to an instruction that the jury is required to apply the "law" to the defendant in light of the establishment of certain facts.

more than 4 years ago

Does Santa Hate Linux?

justinjstark Re:Elves (271 comments)

Because the Gnomes drink too much. Also, trolls aren't potty trained but slashdot seems to be okay with them.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu May Begin Charging For Content Next Year

justinjstark Re:time to update headline (234 comments)

When cable television first started, it was an advertisement-free, pay-monthly service. Eventually, they started placing more and more ads while also charging monthly for the service. Hulu will go the same way. You might start paying $5 per month for ad-free viewing but eventually Hulu (or someone else) will gain exclusive broadcasting rights and start including advertisements while still billing you monthly. I don't have much hope that things in the future will be different when the large corporations still control the content and services of distribution.

more than 4 years ago


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