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The First Open Ranking of the World Wide Web Is Available

lvxferre Fuck Beta. (53 comments)

You know the drill.

about 7 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

lvxferre Re:I'm wondering... (193 comments)

A somewhat old comment gets from +4 Insightful to -1 Offtopic after being moderated Flamebait. In the matter of seconds.
The messages about comment moderation pop up in the panel, then disappear after a F5.
"Not suspicious at all."

Dice, if you're trying to cull anti-Beta comments, at least pretend some honesty and do it transparently.

Time to go to SoylentNews.

about 7 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

lvxferre Re:Boycott (573 comments)

If you're unsatisfied with our complains, then leave. That's simple.

about 7 months ago
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Dice runs scared.

lvxferre Eh, I bet everyone noticed that. (6 comments)

They aren't even trying to hide it. If you check firehose, you'll see plenty of good-rated "stories" about Beta sucking... but none of them makes to the first page.

about 7 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

lvxferre Re:I'm wondering... (193 comments)

I don't think you got what I meant...

And regarding your sig: that's the idea, polluting it until they stop pushing for the beta. Ah, don't you like us whining? Shut up and go.

about 7 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

lvxferre Re:I'm wondering... (193 comments)

Meanwhile, please bring this fight over to reddit where the Slashdot moderators have no influence:

I'm calling some /g/entlemen instead.

about 7 months ago
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New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

lvxferre I'm wondering... (193 comments)

...if a star can emerge from Slashdot Beta. That shit is a black hole of user interface hell.

about 7 months ago
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Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead?

lvxferre Five minutes. (2 comments)

I'm usually open to changes. Mildly curious. As long as there is a viable option for something, I'll consider trying it.
But seriously... after trying Beta Slashdot FOR FIVE MINUTES, I can't help but agree with most comments against it.
It's akin to Microsoft Bob. The beta sucks.
And it took me five minutes to conclude it, a record.

Stop throwing G+/FB/Twitter buttons at our faces. If we want to share something, we will, by the ways/sites WE want to share it.
Being allowed to filter comments by being funny, informative or whatever is cool. But where are the fucking summaries?
Why mess with font size, if we can simply use Ctrl+mousewheel if we need so? [And this is coming from a myopic person.]

Five minutes.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

lvxferre Re:KY SB 16 2014 (426 comments)

In a nutshell, "Latinate" means Latin-like or resembling Latin; "derived" in that case is more along the lines of "inspired by". Romance languages aren't like Latin; they are Latin after two millenniums. Thus, for the languages, using "Romance" [common in English language] or "Neo-Latin" [common in Romance languages] is preferred.

On the other hand, it's fairly acceptable to use "Latinate" for features borrowed from Latin - both in English and in those [as re-borrowings].

about 8 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

lvxferre Re:KY SB 16 2014 (426 comments)

"Basic" and "bunch" are keywords in my post. I'm not saying you should learn until proficiency - just the basic. And I'm not saying that it would compensate to learn just one - but a bunch. I think it's worth, Latin has a nice propaedeutic effect.

about 8 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

lvxferre Re:KY SB 16 2014 (426 comments)

Romani ite domum

Someone will keep his balls...

about 8 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

lvxferre Re:KY SB 16 2014 (426 comments)

"Romance languages". Not "Latinate languages"[sic].

Learning Latin because you want to learn one Romance language is counter-productive, but if you want to learn a bunch of them, basic Latin is really helpful. It helps you to understand the languages' quirks better - and to predict them. Simple examples:
*Italian: words like uovo-uova that change gender when plural: check for Latin 2nd declension neuter words.
*French: it's far easier to put circumflexes if you remember which words had an S in Latin, as hôpitalhospital or maîtremagister.
*Portuguese: wondering if you should use Ç or S? Check if Latin had a hard C (always /k/) or an S (always /s/) in that position.
Portuguese won't help you with Italian plurals, Italian won't help you to put French circumflexes and French will barely give you orthographic clues for Portuguese. And, even without being a Romance language, it also helps a lot with English, due to the amount of borrowings the language did from Latin and Norman [itself a Romance language].

It's also worth mentioning that Classical Latin (the non-church one) has a HUGE literature, and translations in general usually suck.

TL;DR: "Latin should be left to the priests" my ass.
[Even because they can't pronounce Latin for shit. "ky-loom", not "cheh-lo", paedicatores stulti.]

about 8 months ago
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Bitcoin Miners Bundled With PUPs In Legitimate Applications Backed By EULA

lvxferre Re:Free Software (194 comments)

debian won't work right in a VM. didn't even make it onto one of my machines.

Nor Windows, at least in my machine+VBox setup...

suse doesn't support colemak? really? veto. also never made it onto real hardware.

This can be either the distro's or the HW manufacturer's fault... by the way you mentioned it, I guess it's Suse's.

About your later paragraph: swap "MS" with "Debian Foundation" and "Ubuntu" with "Windows 7" and you'll have pretty much my personal experience with Windows.
(And I didn't even try to change Windows' default desktop environment - it looks like KDE, uhhhh. hahaha)

about 9 months ago
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GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands

lvxferre Re:British? (107 comments)

I never did understand that.

I do.

Most Argies don't give a fuck about those islands. However, they're a convenient excuse from Argentinian government to shift focus from whatever current problem the country has to the same old nationalist babble.

It's like that in the whole Latin America, by the way... just with different "targets".

about 10 months ago
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

lvxferre On the money. (130 comments)

Guys. The maximum fine isn't US$ 500 000. It is US$ 500 000 per day. So, for the first day they pay 50k, 100k for the second, 150k for the third... and there it goes.

This fine amounts to roughly 180M annually. If low or high, it's up for debate.

about 10 months ago
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Ninth Anniversary of Firefox 1.0 Release

lvxferre Re:It's a self-correcting problem. (153 comments)

The decline is solely from Chrome becoming mainstream and Google advertising it on their site, where lots of mom and pop Firefox users probably "accidentally" switch to Chrome because of some warning or advertisement from Google.

I agree with it being due to the marketing Google does, but not with the medium. I think it's more like those fucking toolbars that comes bundled in the installation of other software.

about 10 months ago
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Brazil Admits To Spying On US Diplomats After Blasting NSA Surveillance

lvxferre Re:Not surprising (239 comments)

They do. All the govs do.

about 10 months ago
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Angry Brazilian Whacks NASA To Put a Stop To ... Er, the NSA

lvxferre Re:Not that hard to believe, actually (90 comments)

NASA is quite known, and NSA has been in the news for quite some time; one with technical skill enough to deface a website would at least have a good enough education to know the difference between both, regardless of English knowledge.

I bet the defacer was either thinking "if I can't deface NSA, I'll deface NASA to send my message regardless" or drunk.

about a year ago
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Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

lvxferre Re:Yeah, that's just what the world needs (625 comments)

There's something missing in this discussion - in the event people manage to double/triple human lifetime, this would affect first and foremost developed countries, and those don't have an overpopulation problem.

about a year ago
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Debian Turns 20

lvxferre Re:THANKS!!! (121 comments)

Also, I'd toast Debian for being prudent and offering unliberated software separately, in defiance of the FSF jihadis.

Agreed. Debian plays as "the last sane man" [okay, distro] regarding that: they realize that open source is freer than closed source, but closed source is still freer than no program; installing by default only free but allowing the users [if they wish to do so] install non-free is the least restrictive thing they could do.

Happy birthday, Debian!

about a year ago

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