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Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

koreaman Re:Data vs Logic (373 comments)

Paul Grice, a philosopher of language, made some pretty damn important contributions to linguistics, especially pragmatics. Maybe this can be explained by the fact that linguistics as a field is relatively young.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Mathematician Takes Shot At Proving Riemann Hypothesis

koreaman Re:Interesting (160 comments)

Many (actually I think most) professional mathematicians agree that the most likely scenario is that Fermat was mistaken and his "proof" had some subtle error.

about 3 years ago
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I say (N. Hemisphere) Fall starts ...

koreaman Re:Too hot to be Fall (454 comments)

50C = 122F is pretty useful for those who live in very hot climates.

more than 3 years ago
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Kernel.org Attackers Didn't Know What They Had

koreaman Re:and after reading the articles.... (183 comments)

And no one has old disks lying around with old versions of the compiler from before the server was compromised?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work?

koreaman Re:Open-source software. (229 comments)

Fine, then my answer changes to "stay at home and donate the money for your plane ticket to charity".

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work?

koreaman Open-source software. (229 comments)

Figure out if any open-source software is widely used in Africa, and contribute to it. A month should be easily enough time to implement a new feature or track down a few bugs.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Growing As a Social Backbone

koreaman Re:Aren't most of the users just Men? (267 comments)

I don't have any figures to back this up, but I'd be willing to bet that this was also true of Twitter, Gmail, video games, and the Internet itself in the beginning.

more than 3 years ago
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Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

koreaman Re:Name (241 comments)

(1) That's an exaggeration. (2) The Beijing accent is not standard Mandarin.

more than 3 years ago
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Predictions of the Future...From the 1960s

koreaman Ravage, from the 1940s (278 comments)

René Barjavel's Ravage (Ashes, ashes in English) is pretty spot on, if not about specific customs and technologies, then about modes of life in the future. It's set in the 2050s, but the world has already evolved remarkably toward Barjavel's vision. I recommend it for everyone.

more than 3 years ago
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Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

koreaman Re:Name (241 comments)

But the 'r' can only be found in a restricted set of syllables (at least in Mandarin, I have no idea about the other languages of China), so Chinese people still substitute 'l' for 'r' when speaking English. Perhaps less often than Japanese people do; I wouldn't know.

more than 3 years ago
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Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

koreaman Re:Nothing will change. (415 comments)

I wasn't talking about economic policies. I was talking specifically about telecommunications companies having the state in their pockets, which is a totally separate issue.

I'm certainly not a bright enough economist to pronounce myself one way or another on the content of your post.

more than 3 years ago
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Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

koreaman Re:Nothing will change. (415 comments)

I've lived in France for about a year, speak, read, and write French fluently, and keep up with French (and Western European in general) current affairs pretty closely. So I'm not an expert, but I hope I'm not presumptuous in claiming to know more about it than you do by reading Slashdot :)

Again, I maintain that Europe is moving in the wrong direction -- and rather quickly, at that -- but that it's still better off than the United States

more than 3 years ago
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Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

koreaman Re:Ron Paul (292 comments)

Really? Ron Paul is the only candidate that is neither democrat nor republican? You must be out of your mind.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launches News Badges

koreaman Re:Starcraft ladder? (112 comments)

Not just you... I thought the exact same thing immediately upon reading the article.

more than 3 years ago
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Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

koreaman Re:Nothing will change. (415 comments)

Well, that sucks... I had hoped Canada was at least better off. Europe certainly is, although like most places it's moving in the wrong direction.

more than 3 years ago
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Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

koreaman Nothing will change. (415 comments)

Nothing will change; the utilities will keep fucking us over every chance they get. I'm not sure why this still surprises anyone.

Our political system is so locked down by corporations that there is less of a chance of meaningful change here than in China or even North Korea. I'm not saying we're as bad as those places, but we're certainly headed that direction and there is literally no way to change that within the current system.

Nothing will change in the United States without a revolution, which would first require a huge sea change in the culture to even be remotely effective.

Again, chances are slim. May as well move to Europe or Canada as soon as possible.

more than 3 years ago
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Stanford CS101 Adopts JavaScript

koreaman Re:Ideal IDE (255 comments)

I think he actually meant functional -- Javascript has a lot of features that would be called as such.

more than 3 years ago
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Military and Government E-mails Compromised

koreaman Re:Going to throw stones? (132 comments)

I am not Korean by ethnicity, blood, or citizenship, nor do I feel any particular attachment to Korea. The name is an inside joke that you unfortunately are not privy to. I was genuinely interested in hearing an explanation of your position on this issue which is why I asked "why". I know I've insulted you in the past (and honestly you deserved it) but now I'm not trying to be combative or argumentative at all.

more than 3 years ago

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Wikileaks poised to release "Iraq War Diaries"

koreaman koreaman writes  |  about 4 years ago

koreaman writes "According to the New York Times and other outlets, Wikileaks is poised to release nearly 400,000 Iraq war-related documents — about four times more than the number of documents released as part of the Afghan War Diaries. Among the more shocking revelations seems to be the extent to which the U.S. military turned a blind eye towards torture on the part of its allies. Should make for interesting, maybe disturbing, reading."
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Linux for an inexperienced computer user?

koreaman koreaman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

koreaman writes "Hello Slashdot,

My best friend and I will be starting university in the fall. She is intelligent, but comes frmo a poor family that couldn't afford a computer or internet access, so the only times she uses the internet are in public libraries and on her phone's browser.

I have an old, unused computer with 256 MB of RAM and a processor from a few generations ago — a Pentium 4, if I remember correctly. I'd like to give it to her, but no modern versions of Windows/MS Office will run properly with those specs, and even if they would, one would have to consider the "MS Tax", which I don't want to pay.

Linux may not be "ready for the desktop" if the user expects everything to be exactly like Windows, but in you, Slashdotters' experience, can it work for someone who has little experience either way? Will I be able to set her up a system in which she can easily find the programs she needs (probably mostly web browsing, and some office document editing thrown in) and install new one?

If so, does anyone have any distro/DE/application recommendations? Hopefully, I will not have to spend too much of my time maintaining her computer once I've set it up and she has it, so although they might work well under the memory constraints, suggestions like "use Gentoo and install TeX for word processing" aren't really what I'm looking for.

Any ideas? Thanks Slashdot!"

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