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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

lister king of smeg Re:Joe is not rudimentary! (31 comments)

No self respecting old timer would admit to using Joe as their editor. How the hell do you plan on getting the VI vs. EMACS flames fanned with such a claim you insensitive clod?

Ed is the standard text editor.
Ed, the greatest WYGIWYG editor of all.

Ed is for those who can remember what they are working on. If you are an idiot, you should use Emacs. If you are an Emacs, you should not be vi. If you use ED, you are on THE PATH TO REDEMPTION. THE SO-CALLED “VISUAL” EDITORS HAVE BEEN PLACED HERE BY ED TO TEMPT THE FAITHLESS. DO NOT GIVE IN!!! THE MIGHTY ED HAS SPOKEN!!!

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

lister king of smeg Re:Attention (301 comments)

"loose"?

yes committed the unpardonable sin of a submitting typo. **cough cough, grammer nazi cough**

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

lister king of smeg Re:Attention (301 comments)

Actually if they were to run a torrent site they would loose any right to sue as they would be distributing said files and it would no longer be illegal.

4 days ago
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Economist: US Congress Should Hack Digital Millennium Copyright Act

lister king of smeg Re:Hack it? (129 comments)

They should repeal it completely. But that will not happen as every one of those congress-critters are bought and paid for.

Congress wants a more strict DMCA. Hell I bet some of those on capitol hill would support a death penalty for copyright violations.

I don't think all of it should be abolished it completely, for example as a freenet node opporator appreciate the safe harbor clause.

about two weeks ago
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British 'Porn Filter' Blocks Access To Chaos Computer Club

lister king of smeg Re:When will they block Slashdot? (135 comments)

sounds like the local college were they block steam's forums but not their game servers so you can't discuses games just play them.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

lister king of smeg Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

the chip has no concept of what a lambda calculus is. the chip doesn't know, doesn't care. what causes the chip to be what it is, is the human coding it.

And your neurons don't know they are executing the program of sentience that is you, in both situations the underlying hardware does no need to "know" anything about the program it just has to execute instructions given with the input provided.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

lister king of smeg Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

Why? You create real intelligence when you procreate [.....]

You don't create anything when you procreate - you're just part of a process that started a long time before you were born.

Brains and chips are both equally able to perform lambda calculus so they a computationally equivalent so there is nothing fundemental to preclude one from implementing the other.

Maybe. But it took billions of years to evolve human intelligence - you're dreaming if you think machine intelligence can be created in a few decades, or even a few centuries. And computers won't exist in a few centuries anyway - our civilization will collapse long before artificial intelligence gets even close to existing.

It may have taken a long time for natural selection and random chance to do so, but we are not using a dice to program, we are intelligently designing it with goal in mind. Secondly we can cut out the tens of billions+ years of trying to develop a biological support system devoted to building proteins, copying DNA and everything else that would only be needed by a biological system to build up to supporting the brain we are strictly speak only concerned with the software of a mind not everything else that was implemented to get us ours.

about two weeks ago
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Do you worry about the singularity?

lister king of smeg Re:No, it's not even possible (181 comments)

Computers are simply adding machines. Software is simply a tool. An actual AI is beyond the possibility of humans to create, regardless of how cool it would be.

Why? You create real intelligence when you procreate so why does it matter if the hardware is silicon or carbon? Brains and chips are both equally able to perform lambda calculus so they a computationally equivalent so there is nothing fundemental to preclude one from implementing the other. The only reason to say that is if you think that biological systems are somehow made of special matter and that was disproved in the 1700's.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

lister king of smeg Re:Video chat?? (237 comments)

What Firefox needs is an email client!

Why, what's wrong w/ Thunderbird? If you want an equivalent of Netscape Communicator 4 (remember that?), then SeaMonkey is the right choice

woosh.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

lister king of smeg Re:Yahoo Search? (237 comments)

Speaking of what everyone wants, hoo-ray for the built-in video chat! They finally relented, after years of users clamoring for this necessary feature, to bundle it into their flagship product *even though* it meant they would have to postpone fixing some of the regressions that have come up recently.

Thanks Firefox. Thirefox.

A lot.

This (web video chat) is something that really should have been put in Thunderbird not Firefox, but unfortunately the powers that be at Mozilla seems to have decided that it should join SeaMonkey in being their neglected redhead step child, while they continue to throw shit into Firefox (which was meant to be the striped down powerful simple browser), or try to compete outside of their core competency focusing on projects like FirefoxOS, or Mozilla Marketplace, all the while trying to ape chromes interface.

about three weeks ago
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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 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 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 a year 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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