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Number of Facebook Friends Linked To Anxiety

kwabbles Re:This just in: (144 comments)

There's also the stress of having your sancha let the cat out of the box in an angry tirade readable by your saintly grandmother and your judgmental next door neighbor.

more than 3 years ago
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Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

kwabbles Re:Of course it is. (337 comments)

Or gripe all day on Slashdot using your i7 Extreme with three SLI'd 480's that you harassed management to buy since you were "tired of waiting on the compiler".

more than 3 years ago
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Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux

kwabbles GPL? Russian GNU repository? (500 comments)

I hope they comply with the GPL and make their source contributions publicly available. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is Releasing an H.264 Plugin For Firefox

kwabbles And everything went better than expected. (245 comments)

Open slashdot... see add... Microsoft releasing plugin for Firefox (huh?) open article, "oh only works on Win7"... look for reason to get angry at Microsoft... can't find any on this one, seems like a nice thing, hear a bird outside, sip my soda, nice day out.

more than 3 years ago
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Debian 6.0 To Feature a Completely Free Kernel

kwabbles Re:Which will essentially cause nothing more than. (283 comments)

All you have to do is enable the non-free repositories. They've removed it from the standard install.

It will essentially cause this though:
Me to be able to run a system free of binary blobs and sourceless turds in my kernel.
More ease of troubleshooting problems with system devices.
A kernel with less licensing and freedom issues.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Algorithm Discriminates Against Bad Reviews

kwabbles Oh yeah watch this: (175 comments)

Google is the worst company ever. They sold out and went evil. I give their company a poor review and personal rating.

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good great wonderful cheese love flowers butterflies excited appealing chocolate yay amazing cool googlicious

more than 3 years ago
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Is Linux At the End of Its Life Cycle?

kwabbles Re:It's Hindsight (676 comments)

You tenderfoots and your DASHES and CLANGS... you unwittingly believe that your new tools are so sexy and shiny, giggling and chuckling with your hippo dancing jokes. These tools are an abomination and a sacrilege. REPENT! The filthy whores of Babylon such is Apple may give you honey, they may give you mead now - but in the end you will be left in sorrow, pennyless. She will take your GNU purity and defile it and you will rend your clothes and mourn when you realize the extent of your filth.

REPENT!

more than 3 years ago
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Is Linux At the End of Its Life Cycle?

kwabbles Google Translate (676 comments)

"We must bear in mind that Linux is not a Russian OS and, moreover, is at the end of its life cycle."

could also be:
"We must bear in mind that Linux is not a Russian OS and, moreover, is deprecated"
"We must bear in mind that Linux is not a Russian OS and, moreover, is obsolete"
"We must bear in mind that Linux is not a Russian OS and, moreover, is old fashioned"

Does anyone have the exact translation for what the guy really meant or just a Google translation.

Also, of course it's off-the-cuff. A Microsoft guy saying nothing more than "Linux is [i]x[/i]" with nothing more to back up the statement or shed more light on it.

This is news?

more than 3 years ago
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The ~200 Line Linux Kernel Patch That Does Wonders

kwabbles Re:Compiling the kernel (603 comments)

You call a 386 with a 1200 baud modem "well obsolete" in 1992? Most of us didn't start getting our 486's until 1992 or 1993. I was reading about 80502 Pentiums in late '93/early '94 oooohing and aaaahing at the growth of that monstrosity of an architecture...if you had a high end 486 there was no reason to upgrade to the 80501 anyway. The 386SX's and DX's were still everywhere. I didn't upgrade my 2400 to a 14.4k until '93. Connecting to BBS's and seeing others on with 1200 or 2400 modems was the norm. In fact, I'd say that a 386 with either a 1200 or a 2400 modem was the most common type of hardware amongst Intel users back in the very early 90's.

more than 3 years ago
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Convincing Your Employer To Go With FOSS?

kwabbles Re:Stallman's answer (369 comments)

> As far as I can tell, the only thing that separates Richard Stallman from the bum that lives under a bridge near my home and rants
> incoherently at strangers is that Stallman has the ability to code.

You'd be surprised. I got into an argument with a bum under a bridge once about using sbcl instead of clisp. It seemed that decent multi-threading support wasn't important to him at the moment. Are you sure the incoherent ranting isn't just instruction mnemonics?

about 4 years ago
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Convincing Your Employer To Go With FOSS?

kwabbles Re:Stallman's answer (369 comments)

> Both are unhinged advocates for changes that will NEVER happen without first finding a genie.

Stallman's changes are already happening and as far as I know he has no access to a genie. If he had a genie he'd share it.

about 4 years ago
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UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

kwabbles Re:unruskie(%s) yields (560 comments)

I didn't get past "lp0 on fire" before blowing tea all over my monitor.

more than 4 years ago
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UVB-76 Broadcasts New Voice Message

kwabbles Re:Previous Story (560 comments)

The Howard Stern show is a "null character being broadcast" and it never sounds like silence to me.

more than 4 years ago
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Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

kwabbles Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

Thank you for your comments which have been forwarded to the proper department. You will be contacted shortly to report for rehabilitation. May RMS have mercy on your soul.

more than 4 years ago
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Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

kwabbles Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

Dammit, you're supposed to keep arguing with me. Now what am I supposed to do with my Monday morning at work? Parse my syslogs?

more than 4 years ago
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Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

kwabbles Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

"So, because Ubuntu took the rather rough diamond that is Debian and polished it up, it's somehow "dumbed down"? Really?"

Why does everyone think that what Debian is trying to be is a polished up desktop OS? I hear this time and time again "Ubuntu is a polished up Debian" or "Ubuntu took Debian and finished the job" blah blah... or that Debian is somehow some unfinished rough draft of a project that needed Mark Shuttleworth to come around and complete.

Debian is a general purpose GNU/Linux - server OS, appliance OS, embedded OS... you name it - Debian can be used for it. Ubuntu is a desktop OS. That's it - plain and simple... Ubuntu is made from the ground up with the end user in mind for a rich DESKTOP experience. It just HAPPENS to be BASED on Debian. Yes, there is a "server" version of Ubuntu (which I find silly and is a topic for another conversation) but not even that is meant to be as flexible as vanilla Debian.

Personally I think it's silly to "roll up your sleeves and get dirty" to use Debian as your desktop OS. When I want to install an operating system on my desktop for general purpose use I get out the Ubuntu or the Fedora CD. My firewall at home? Debian. My streaming media box? Debian. My servers at work? Debian. Each distro is tailored to excel at one or a set of different jobs. Those that have a limited understanding of computers in general have a myopic view of the whole thing and expect that Linux is something for a personal computer - and that any distro that doesn't make a PC sing and dance out of the box is simply "unfinished" and "needs work". I'm sorry, but my Debian doesn't need any work or any polishing. It does perfectly well doing what it's meant to do.

more than 4 years ago
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Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

kwabbles Re:Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

Okay lemme make sure I have this straight...

Premise 1:
Being a Debian user for 15 years I'm sad to see it relegated to being only identified in the mainstream as something that a dumbed-down desktop distro is based on.

Premise 2:
Anyone who feels that way doesn't understand open source.

Therefore:
I don't understand open source.

It's all crystal clear to me now. My eyes have been opened.

more than 4 years ago
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Happy 17th Birthday, Debian!

kwabbles Ubuntu this and Ubuntu that (225 comments)

It's actually kind of sad that most people identify Debian solely as being "that one that Ubuntu's based on".

more than 4 years ago

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Commodore USA Releasing Replica Commodore 64

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "From the site: "Shipping in an "exact replica" of the original C64 chassis — complete with attractive beige colouring — the PC will be perfect for those who have a soft-spot for 80's computing while packing up-to-date components ... Inside will be a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 CPU backed-up by NVIDIA's Ion 2 chipset and 4GB DDR3. The system will also include 1TB of mechanical storage, a choice of DVD or Blu-ray drives, built-in 802.11n WiFi and a six-in-one card reader." This is supposedly going to be available before the holiday season."
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Linux 2.6.30 released with filesystem improvements

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "The 2.6.30 kernel was recently released, with many performance improvements and the addition of new filesystem technologies. From the kernelnewbies site: 'This version adds the log-structured NILFS2 filesystem, a filesystem for object-based storage devices, a caching layer for local caching of NFS data, the RDS protocol which delivers high-performance reliable connections between the servers of a cluster, a distributed networking filesystem (POHMELFS), automatic flushing of files on renames/truncates in ext3, ext4 and btrfs, preliminary support for the 802.11w drafts ... DRM support for the Radeon R6xx/R7xx graphic cards ... several new drivers and many other small improvements.' Also included is the new "Fastboot" which speeds up kernel boot time significantly. Most notably on my machine is the vast improvement in I/O latency with ext3."
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Why the F.U.D. against OpenGL 3.0?

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "Very Grumpy Bunny's blog states: "One of the big announcements at this years SIGGRAPH was the release of the OpenGL 3.0 specification. OpenGL is the definitive open-standard Application Interface for graphics in the computing industry, and is supported on hardware platforms ranging from the cellphone sector to the high end gaming console. I've talked about OpenGL quite a bit before on this blog alone, as 12 different previous articles mention the API... So... why the F.U.D.? I think the answer is actually simple, and relates to the reason why DirectX is becoming deprecated. Many vendors, such as EA, Valve Software, and Activision/Blizzard are having to learn OpenGL development. From what I've heard from WiiWare developers, that's also using the OpenGL API.""
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Reliability Study Serves Up Good News For Linux

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "From the article: "The top Linux distributions Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Novell SuSE Linux notched the biggest reliability improvements in the latest 2007-2008 survey. Each decreased per server per annum downtime by an average of 75%. The biggest and most unwelcome surprise in the survey was that Windows Server 2003 downtime increased by 25% to nearly 9 hours of per server, per year downtime compared to the results it achieved in Yankee Group's 2006 Global Server Reliability Survey. Windows Server 2003's decreased reliability is attributable to a series of security alerts Microsoft issued in the summer and fall time frame which caused network administrators to take their Windows Server 2003 machines offline for significantly longer periods of time to apply remedial patches. ""
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Hawking's new Theory on the Big Bang

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "From the article: "In this theory, the early universe can be described by a mathematical object called a wave function and, in a similar way to the light particle, the team proposed two years ago that this means that there was no unique origin to the cosmos: instead the wave function of the universe embraced a multitude of means to develop. This is very counter intuitive: they argued the universe began in just about every way imaginable (and perhaps even some that are not). Out of this profusion of beginnings, like a blend of a God's eye view of every conceivable kind of creation, the vast majority of the baby universes withered away to leave the mature cosmos that we can see today.""
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Microsoft ups Yahoo offer in "friendly" bi

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "Microsoft finally dangled a higher takeover bid in front of Yahoo Inc. hoping to reach a friendly deal after weeks of saber rattling. Microsoft upped its offer beyond the original value of $44.6 billion, or $31 per share, according to a person familiar with the matter. The specifics of the new offer weren't known by this person, who didn't want to be identified because the negotiations are still confidential."
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2.6.22.3 Linux Kernel (stable) released

kwabbles kwabbles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kwabbles (259554) writes "From the kernel mailing list: "[the -stable team] are announcing the release of the 2.6.22.3 kernel. This release has a few bugfixes so all users of the 2.6.22 series are encouraged to update to it. Especially people with laptops, they will appreciate the power savings in this release.""

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