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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

lister king of smeg Re:What does he think (61 comments)

real hacker use
$echo "" | cat > file
or ed

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

lister king of smeg Re:Uh-oh (163 comments)

I can just see the Java and C# factions forming.

That will leave the task of writing legislation to the third guy. The one who codes in Malbolge.

Its government the would write laws in obfuscated Brainfuck just to screw with us.

about two weeks ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

lister king of smeg Re:It's an Intel cpu (109 comments)

Still, the only advantage is if someone manages to run Linux on it.

Why? If anything running a Linux distro other than Android will make it less useful.

For you maybe but for people like me this is just what I would want Linux with a touch screen. As is now I don't game much other than seduku on my tablet but constantly find my self needing to do something I could easily on desktop Linux and don't get me started on the horrible mobile browsers and mobile websites that keep redirecting from desktop to mobile no matter what you do.

Plus this is somewhere that a desktop environment like unity would shine unlike a more conventional desktop.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

lister king of smeg Re:huh? (187 comments)

I don't understand... what would be unethical about this?

Forcing an Asian elephant to be a "mother" to another species, one that might harm her.

Forcing solitary existence on what appears to be a highly social species.

That, and often you'd need 100s of zygotes to create a few viable organisms that survive to adulthood.

Excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

For example, the cloned sheep Dolly was born after 277 eggs were used for SCNT, which created 29 viable embryos. Only three of these embryos survived until birth, and only one survived to adulthood.[11]

I think it's still worthwhile... not getting 'ethics' confused with 'morality'. But anyone who was bothered by Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion may have an issue with this.

Well It is a highly social animal that could live with other related animals (Asian/African elephants). Like how we keep sheep and goats or lamas and alpacas, horses and donkeys and mules together.

As for the many eggs needed things have improved since dolly. For example we can revert skin cells into a stem cell and change the stem cell into a egg now.
(http://www.healthline.com/health-news/tech-researchers-make-sperm-and-eggs-from-adult-skin-cells-082613)

If making a Asian elephant carry the mammoth fetus could be dangerous for it why not use a larger African elephant.

Suddenly ethical issues disappeared.

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

lister king of smeg Re:Full english breakfast (307 comments)

I want a robot that can cook a delicious full english breakfast. With black pudding!

We should use that for AIs instead of Turing test.

--Coder

I think your request involves a oxymoron "Delicious and English [cooking]"

about two weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

lister king of smeg Re:What? (307 comments)

What? No 'date me' option?

Well Pygmalion, you had better start sculpting then.

about two weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

lister king of smeg Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Yes. Look for open source code. Copy and Paste. Delete copyright notice.

That's how it works in the real world!

With Bsd and mit license yes

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

lister king of smeg Re:True anticonformancy (176 comments)

It's surprising how many people will speak louder and slower to you if you do shave your eyebrows off.

On a related note they also become very disturbed when they find out it got burnt off in a chemistry experiment resulting in a delayed fireball.

The best parts of high school years was having chemistry books and no supervision at home for hours.

about three weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

lister king of smeg Re:Look on the bright side ... (108 comments)

not all users will be breaking the law, the first item sold on it was Honey, I plan to buy and sell completely legal items on there, I'm not a fan of ebay and their fees, or their rules, like "no food" etc, a lot of perfectly legal items that I can sell on the street legally can't be sold on Ebay

As a peer-to-peer system it could get ugly when they (law enforcement) develop a way to find out which peers are holding certain bits of information, such as offers to buy/sell contraband items. You could be convicted as an accessory because you merely passed along other users' data.

that is why we have dmca safe harbor laws the one good part of the dmca. its why gmail isn't shutdown for facilitating drug sales as well

about three weeks ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

lister king of smeg Re:evidence of time travel (105 comments)

What kind of DVR can playback tv shows from the future? Is that a MythTv plugin?

More interestingly is it piracy when you download a show that hasn't been filmed yet?

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

lister king of smeg Re:How about... (349 comments)

You don't quarantine nurses who worked with flu patients and the flu is FAR easier to catch.

The flu doesn't kill 9 out of 10 people that catch it either, it only kills 3 out of 10000 and those people are already immuno-compromised

about a month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

lister king of smeg Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

so?

S3 - competes with akamai, and azure - cloud services
fire/kindle- compete with sammy, goog, apple - hardware (nevermind all the amazon basics branded accessories)
amazon locker, next day delivery - distribution/logistics- FedEx/UPS
the dome - major studios, netflix - content
amazon fresh - safeway, albertsons - food
music/video streaming - apple, netflix, google, MS - digital distribution (and don't forget the game studio they bought)
and with a "store" coming to Manhattan - retail.
what's next, cars? oh, wait... http://www.autoblog.com/2014/0...

amazon is fighting a multi-sided war
look what happened to the Nazis when they decided to take on the Allies in the West, and the Russians in the East - Germany got crushed in the middle

if you spread yourself too thin, you risk losing all the battles. (Fire phone anyone?) - a little dramatic perhaps, but
Wall Street just set a shot over the bow.. the "jack of all trades, master of none" philosophy is going to come back and bite them

you invest in a company to make money... sooner or later, your investors will bail if they don't see a return.

what kind of business likes to see their investors bail?

ones that see it as a good time to go private.

about a month ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

lister king of smeg Re:How hard is it to recognize a stoplight? (287 comments)

Considering the benefits, bring on the laws that mandate that each stop light wifi/bluetooth/whatever broadcasts its state .

Good luck with that. Most stoplights are still using incandescent bulbs and run simply on timers that don't take the actual amount of traffic at the intersection at the time of day into account.

Based on some of the light were I live I am pretty sure some of them are using a random number generator rather than timer to decide how goes next and for how long.

about a month ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

lister king of smeg Re:ex microsoft shill (72 comments)

The CD problem you refer to is not a fault of the operating system, but rather the drive and the motherboard bios. I've had similar issues on both Linux and iOS with optical media

how the hell did you have an optical drive failure on iOS?

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

lister king of smeg Re:In later news... (700 comments)

it is more than just removing decals though it is more like they welded shut the ignition and broke the key off in the door locks and then say not our problem because we removed the decals before we broke it

what they did not only is refusing to fix some one else’s product but they broke some one else property for because third party made a knockoff. attack the producer sure but that does not give you the right to break other peoples shit maliciously

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

lister king of smeg Re:In later news... (700 comments)

car anlology time.

Its like you taking you car into a dealer them finding you got a oil change at a non-dealer mechanic so they brick engine control chips on your cars on board computer and saying its you problem you can fix it you just need to overhaul then engine to get at it and re flash the firmware and it will work fine. So its not broken even though it won't start and requires special equipment and non trivial time money and knowledge to fix.

for all intents and purposes it is broken and they are responsible for breaking it

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lister king of smeg Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

Just deport them to the USA. Dearborn, MI is the largest concentration of Muslims in the world outside of the middle east.

Actually Indonesia is the largest.

Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, which also has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world, with approximately 202.9 million identified as Muslim (88.2% of Indonesia's total population of 237 million)
---wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Where Dearborn is only 40% of Arabic decent many of whom are Lebanese Christians called Maronites, and Armenian Christian immigrants also a large part of Dearborn Arabic population.

The city's population includes 40,000 Arab Americans... In the 2010 census, Arab Americans comprised 40% of Dearborn's population; many have been in the city for several generations...
The first Arab immigrants came in the early-to-mid-20th century to work in the automotive industry and were chiefly Lebanese Christians (Maronites). Other immigrants from the Mideast in the early twentieth century included a large Armenian-American community, who are Christian. Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs have also immigrated to the area. Since then, Arab immigrants from Yemen, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, most of whom are Muslim, have joined them. Lebanese Americans are still the most numerous group. (they are the Christian ones just saying)
---wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I think you have been watching to much Fox News and thats coming from an admitted conservative.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

lister king of smeg Re:Dear Canada.... (529 comments)

Compare and contrast the First Commandment with the First Amendment.

Not to incompatible really the first commandment is aimed at the believer him/herself for their personal exercise not to be inflected on others. The first amendment is aimed at government and society so that we will tolerate each others existence. In fact all of the ten commandment are aimed at the believer and limit their actions. The only one of the ten commandments that says anything about what others may or may no do is the one about the Sabbath which read;

"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
— Exodus 20:8-11

Which while relating to others just says they shouldn't work for you the believer on the believers holy day or sabbath.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

lister king of smeg replying to undo bad moderation (155 comments)

Moderating on a touch screen is horriblely easy to hit the wrong mod option

about a month ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

lister king of smeg Re:Confucius say: (355 comments)

I spent $1,200 on my Black MacBook and got eight years of use ($150 per year). Prior to that, I spent $1,200 on a Dell laptop that gave me three years of use ($400 per year). Do the math.

Yeah and I have had a Toshiba laptop last 5 years at 400. Thats 80 bucks a year. Both of our accounts a merely anecdotal though.

about a month and a half ago

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ESR on Clang and GCC no plugin policy

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about 10 months ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Eric S Raymond writes in the GCC mailing list that GNU's GCC no plug-in policy may have been a good idea before open source won the compiler war but it now acts as an artefact of the past and that is now hindering its adoption in the face of more open compilers such as Clang. He argues that GCC should adopt to more current needs so it may be more closely integrated into other tools so it can stay competitive."
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not enough garbage?

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  about a year and a half ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "Oslo, a recycling-friendly place where roughly half the city and most of its schools are heated by burning garbage — household trash, industrial waste, even toxic and dangerous waste from hospitals and drug arrests — has a problem: it has literally run out of garbage to burn.
The problem is not unique to Oslo, a city of 1.4 million people. Across Northern Europe, where the practice of burning garbage to generate heat and electricity has exploded in recent decades, demand for trash far outstrips supply. “Northern Europe has a huge generating capacity,” said Mr. Mikkelsen, 50, a mechanical engineer who for the last year has been the managing director of Oslo’s waste-to-energy agency."

I have to wonder why we would sell our garbage when we could be doing this ourself?"
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Gnome Project is Understaffed

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "

I suppose I can’t just leave my last post standing there as-is. I’ll start by listing a bunch of things I consider facts about the GNOME project. I don’t want to talk about solutions here, I just want to list them, because I don’t think they are common knowledge. People certainly don’t seem to talk about them a lot. core developers are leaving GNOME development. The most recent examples are Emmanuele and Vincent. Both cite the need to look for something different, there is no hard feelings. GNOME is understaffed. This is hard to explain in a short and concise way. For anecdotal numbers: GTK has 1 person working full-time on it (me). Glib doesn’t even have that. I think evolution is in a similar situation (a complete email client). We can also try Ohloh’s statistics for GNOME (they include 131 packages, including GStreamer and NetworkManager). You’ll see a sharp drop off of committers on the first page already which suggests around 20 full-time developers at most. GNOME is a Red Hat project. If you look at the Ohloh statistics again and ignore the 3 people working almost exclusively on GStreamer and the 2 working on translations, you get 10 Red Hat employees and 5 others. (The 2nd page looks like 6 Red Hat employees versus 8 others with 6 translators/documenters.) This gives the GNOME project essentially a bus factor of 1. GNOME has no goals. I first noticed this in 2005 when Jeff Waugh gave his 10×10 talk. Back then, the GNOME project had essentially achieved what it set out to do: a working Free desktop environment. Since then, nobody has managed to set new goals for the project. In fact, these days GNOME describes itself as a “community that makes great software”, which is as nondescript as you can get for software development. The biggest problem with having no goals is that you can’t measure yourself. Nobody can say if GNOME 3 is better or worse than GNOME 2. There is no recognized metric anywhere. This also leads to frustration in lots of places. GNOME is losing market- and mindshare. I don’t want to point out Linus’ bashing, but a bunch of very pragmatic facts that all together lead to fewer GNOME users and developers: Distros are dropping GNOME for other environments instead of working with GNOME. Previous supporters of GNOME are scaling back their involvement or have already dropped GNOME completely. Most important desktop applications have not made the switch to GNOME 3. From talking to them, it’s not a priority for most of them. The claimed target users for GNOME are leaving desktop computers behind for types of devices GNOME doesn’t work on.

Maybe if the higher ups in gnome would listen to the users and quit chasing the elusive Joe-Sixpack by trying trying to be a tablet gui they would be doing better."
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Ask slashdot, Privet chat server

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "I am wanting to build and setup a chat server that i can run on a Linux based preferable Debian/*buntu (where i have the most experience). I want the traffic to be encrypted between my sever and clients, it would be nice to have file transfer capabilities between clients. It needs to use a protocol that has clients for windows linux mac android and ios seeings as my friends all have devices on those platforms. Does anyone know of a descent easy to administer configuration, or any suggestions or advise on what use or how to configure such a set up? Also this may end up on a virtual machine seeings as i have a limited number of available physical boxes and several other internet facing projects i am going to be working on so it needs to be as light weight as possible."
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EA releases two games for linux

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content."

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what DHS is looking for in your posts

lister king of smeg lister king of smeg writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lister king of smeg (2481612) writes "As we all know The Department of Homeland Security monitors social networks ,in an attempt to expose Items Of Interest. as it turns out many terms including seemingly benign words such as flu, agent, response, cops drill, and many more words are on the list of words that set off warning bells for the government spooks. Many of the terms make since to be on the list mind you but there are some real stupid one on the list to like "social network".

animal new york has a compiled and indexed list of words that were provided to a DHS contractor that were released by epic.org"

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