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Is "Left" Vs. "Right" Hard-coded Into Your Brain?

kdemetter Re:How does this account for those who change part (758 comments)

I was a hard-core conservative a few years ago, now I'm a hard-core liberal.

Did my brain rewire itself?

It's more likely that your definition if conservative and liberal changed.
My people call themselves conservative or liberal, while meaning totally different things.

Infact, the original meaning isn't left right :
the normal opposite of "conservative" would be "progessive" ( sticking to what's known to work versus taking the risk of trying new things ).
the normal opposite of "liberal" , would be authoritarian ( liberalism favoring more freedom , whereas authoritarianism favoring less freedom ( more control by state ) ). Although there is also the distinction between liberal (state should ensure freedom ) and libertarian ( state should be minimized, thus providing more freedom)

Left : more personal freedom, less economic freedom.
Right : more economic freedom, less personal freedom.

For example, you could be a left-leaning conservative liberal, which would mean that you value freedom, with emphasis on personal freedom, but prefer to stick to tried and true policies for achieving this ( just an example, I'm not saying you are ) .

about a year and a half ago
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Python Trademark At Risk In Europe

kdemetter Re:Just oppose the mark.. and Python was First (122 comments)

Reading the article, it seems that the other company did use the name 'python' before, but didn't enforce it, and now suddenly wants to make us of it ( after not caring for it for years ).

If I understand trademark law correctly ( maybe I don't ) , if you do not enforce a trademark, you forfeit your exclusive use of it.
The company didn't enforce their trademark ( they didn't contact the creators of Python back then to tell them they violated their trademark ).

They should contact EFF, I'm sure they would be more than willing to help out.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

kdemetter Re:Cloud (173 comments)

One "solution' i can think of, is a private cloud.
In other words : you do have a "cloud" , but it's only company wide, with strong encryption.

The company keeps the data in it's own cloud, and still has a lot of advantages of the cloud.
They just need to maintain the cloud themselves, which does require some expertise.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

kdemetter Re:Hah (173 comments)

It's depends from company to company : if you are a big company, it's better to have your own people in IT. You can still set up a cloud yourself to have the advantages.

If you are a small company, then you may not be able to afford an IT department to set all of that up. So then using a cloud might make sense, in particular when using excess processing power of larger companies.

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

kdemetter Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

That only works well if no one else has access to the passfile and knows where to find it.
If you have it on a usb stick labeled 'passfile' , with a file on it named passfile.key, it's not going to be very difficult to use the passfile.

However, if you have a number of usb sticks ( unlabeld, or labeled differently ) , and you know which one has the passfile, that's different.
  Also, you could give the passfile a name like libxml2.dll, and put it some standalone program folder.

about a year and a half ago
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Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

kdemetter Re:I have a better idea... (649 comments)

Unless you use the money you would have otherwise spend to bail them out, in measures to stimulate the economy.
You could use it to stimulate start-ups, work out outplacement planning, re-training people so they can find a new job, etc...

Nothing is too big to fail, but it can certainly be too big to be saved ( I can cost many taxdollars and then still fail a few years later ).

about a year and a half ago
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Is 'Brogramming' Killing Requirements Engineering?

kdemetter Re:Brogramming??? (432 comments)

Though I can understand writing some code just for fun, or even to get your mind of things, but that's all it is then : entertainment.
I have written plenty of code like that : just for fun, without any practical application.

However, I doubt this has any negative effect on coding professionally, just like an artist having some fun painting would make his professional paintings bad.
However, just like the artist paints because he loves it, many programmers code because they love it. Nothing wrong with that.

about a year and a half ago
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Twitter #Hacked

kdemetter Re:Safari and Firefox (111 comments)

And how exactly is that not using a web browser ? It may not look the same way, but it does the same thing : it connects to a website ( using HTTP protocol ) , thus allowing you to browse the web. So it's still a browser.

However, being a browser doesn't mean it has to support applets.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

kdemetter Re:Hmm... (173 comments)

The actual cost is hard to calculate :
Most people don't 'stumble' upon Amazon : they go there for a reason. So they will wait until the site is back up.
People who did accidentally stumble upon Amazon ( just googling for a product ) , will see a site that doesn't work, and ignore it, so that might be a lost purchase.

However, I think the biggest cost might come from the knowledge that Amazon got hacked : even if hackers didn't get anywhere near the users' credit card information, most people won't understand that, and the idea alone will scare people away ( I'm sure the media coverage won't help either ).

Luckily, people quickly forget, so the losses will only be short term.

about a year and a half ago
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What You Can Do About the Phone Unlocking Fiasco

kdemetter Re:USA! USA! (416 comments)

Extremes are always a lot closer than it seems : in extreme socialism/communism everything is controlled by a single government entity ( the government owns everything, including all companies )
In extreme capitalism, everything is controlled by a single company ( the company owns everything, including the government ).

Unsurprisingly , the end results are the same.

about a year and a half ago
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Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

kdemetter Re:This is why (1130 comments)

Why is that? Because you are assuming that any action by your government is nefarious by default?

I assume any entity ( that includes governments ) will do what it thinks is best for itself.
So the government will do what is best for the government.

Don't be so sure that's automatically what's best for you.

about a year ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

kdemetter Re:They risked a valuable Monkey? (425 comments)

I'm convinced that's true ( people being treated badly in Iran ) , but my comment was more broad than that. The fact is a lot of us have never been to a country like Iran, so basically I have no way of real knowing what going on there.

I don't have the money to go to Iran though, so don't worry :-)
When you say "spend them on getting people out" , what are referring to ? I'd like to help where I can.

about a year ago
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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back

kdemetter Re:They risked a valuable Monkey? (425 comments)

I just realized that most of what I know comes from tv,radio and the internet.
Very little comes from actually being somewhere and witnessing something with my own eyes.

I need to get out and found out things for myself.

about a year and a half ago
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In Brazil, Trees To Call For Help If Illegally Felled

kdemetter Re:we should fit microphones (130 comments)

If someone is only allowed to speak 'freely' in a specific area, it's not "speaking freely" .
Freedom of speech means freedom to speak about anything, in any place, by anyone .

So yes, it's still censorship.

about a year and a half ago
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EFF Moves To Nix Trademark On "Gaymer"

kdemetter Re:Really!? (231 comments)

pal means "friend" in french , and the plural would be "pals" , not paux. But it's only used in a non-formal setting.

There is also the concept of "false friends" , which are words which are pronounced similary in different languages, but have a totally different meaning.
Ex : library (to borrow books) libraire ( bookshop , to buy books )

That term is called "faux amis" in french ( false friends ).

about a year and a half ago
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EFF Moves To Nix Trademark On "Gaymer"

kdemetter Re:Really!? (231 comments)

faux pas = false step
the word "pas" in plural is still "pas"
So , "false steps" , is still "faux pas"

French has more of this words, where the plural is the same, or even the word has a completely different based on the context.
Usually, other words in the sentence will make it clear that the word is in plural.

For example :
I took a big step : J'ai pris un grand pas
I took big steps : J'ai pris de grands pas

the usage of "s" after "grand" signifies that it's plural, and the usage of "de" signifies a quantity.
To make things worse "ne ... pas" is also used to mean "not" .
I didn't take steps : Je n'ai pas pris de pas :-)

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

kdemetter user yes, but doesn't work (211 comments)

I registered , but when I tried to upload something as a test, it just stalled.
Well, it's beta, but still, you do expect the most important functionality to work.

Hope they fix it soon.

about a year and a half ago

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