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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

martin-boundary Re:Muslims? (880 comments)

at minimum a source that has very much already decided on their bottom line, which means one shoudl already take it pretty skeptically.

Why on earth would you say that? That's not a logical argument. If someone tells you some facts, and they happen to have already made up their mind on what those facts imply, that's still a perfectly valid source of knowledge to use.

You're not obliged to accept their conclusion, unless it logically follows from the facts. And if you don't accept their conclusion even when it follows logically from the facts, then you're a fool. So either way, whether someone else already followed the facts to some logical conclusion before you is irrelevant. You should accept the conclusion if and only if it follows from the facts.

about two weeks ago
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2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

martin-boundary Re:Time travel (107 comments)

I know!

I'll go the first time, and afterwards, if it was boring, I'll just stop by myself before I go and tell myself not to go at all. Problem solved!

about three weeks ago
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Molecular Clusters That Can Retain Charge Could Revolutionize Computer Memory

martin-boundary Re:Paywalls pain me (36 comments)

Frankly, that's not good enough either. Popular articles often get the science wrong, and without any evidence that anyone can check (like an actual link to a freely available paper) that would be just spreading rumours and disinformation.

The policy should be: either link to a freely accessible version of the original research, or skip the story entirely. Anything else does more harm than good.

about a month ago
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Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

martin-boundary Re:Hard Headline to Parse (33 comments)

Why you have difficulty? Easy reading I can do for you, look! Is bank for assembling startups get it? Is open, turned on electricity, and paid job for you lookers of career get it? Is source style development no funny business! Great opportunity! Do not miss ok? Good for you.

about a month ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

martin-boundary Re:What's so special about Google? (334 comments)

Hogwash.

What keeps people using Google is that it puts its grubby little search boxes in all the major default locations. Face it, most people use the first text entry field they see, regardless of if it's a search box or not. And when it doesn't respond like they think it should, they say it's broken, rather than accept that they typed words into the wrong textbox.

Do not confuse ordinary people with the elite here at slashdot. We know which search engine we use, and we know the differences between them. But we're a tiny minority.

TL;DR summary: Google's success isn't based on quality, it's based on flooding the major entry points for text so that people use them without needing to make a choice.

about a month ago
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Mathematics Great Alexander Grothendieck Dies At 86

martin-boundary Re:It's still a fair point (49 comments)

Being depressed to the point of retreating from the world IS a form of insanity. The world is. You can be unhappy about the way it is or not, sure. But deliberately retreating from it is insane. You are literally crippling yourself, denying the facts of your own existence, ie that you are a human being embedded in the world around you, which includes as much the chair on which you sit and the society in which you live.

So yeah, deliberate retreat is insane, not quite as insane as suicide, but definitely not a reasonable life choice

about a month and a half ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

martin-boundary Re:Please, Please, Please (265 comments)

I'll never change (probably) because MS Office is so much nicer than any of the alternatives, plus hibernation utterly fails on my laptop when running Ubuntu or Mint. I got tired of the OS wars years ago, why can't Slashdotters move on?

Talking about moving on, how do you disable wordwrap on messages in Outlook? The stupid thing is driving me crazy.

about a month and a half ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

martin-boundary Re:Please, Please, Please (265 comments)

Please don't move to gaming. I don't want to meet your family and friends, I'm sure they're nice people and all, but damnit I don't have to meet everyone and they'll just complain about systemd and pulseaudio, and that'll encourage Lennart to piss in the pool some more.

Look, what's wrong with Windows or OSX or Android? They're not expensive, unless you're a cheapskate. They're designed for people like your family, and there are lots of nice people in black tshirts and turtlenecks who love to help out 24/7. Think of the children! Imagine their little faces as they realize Visual Studio is not available, and all they get is an empty black and white window that beeps on each keypress, unless they type ^]:q!

Linux doesn't need world domination, in fact it's been going downhill in the last 5 years precisely because too many people invite their friends and family, and they complain that they can't play games, or someone moved the Start Button That Stops The Machine. Then some busybody does something about it, without thinking.

The world doesn't need yet another gaming and browsing platform, there are enough out there already. The world does need a platform where everything is infinitely configurable and simple enough for dumb robots to understand, and people are forced to become experts. And that platform is dying.

So don't be a jerk, tell your friends about Apple before it's too late. Or Android, or whatever helps you fight your little hate war against M$ or whatever the latest shorthand for evil software companies is. I don't care, use the right tool for the job and so on, and leave Linux out of your ideological fight.

about a month and a half ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

martin-boundary Re:Yes, but the real problem is being ignored. (461 comments)

Going into a strip club and being "affronted" by the nudity is like going into a bar and being "affronted" by the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages...

Depends.... One could be walking into a stripclub and then realize, too late, that it's called The Blue Oyster Bar....

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

martin-boundary Re:I am torn (260 comments)

Designing public APIs is not a common role.

It's more common than you think. Arguably all open source projects do that implicitly. Also, commercial projects, where the customers get to programmatically interact with a service, or a library, require some form of it. That's a good deal of what cloud computing promises the world should look like, by the way.

Really the only types of products that I can think of just now which don't specify public APIs of some kind are traditional GUI apps intended for desktop work.

Still, I'd rather the lawyers leave the industry alone as much as possible, solving actual problems is hard enough.

about a month and a half ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

martin-boundary Re:I am torn (260 comments)

I'm sorry, but your complaint is not convincing. You want to be specially rewarded just because you work hard? For real? There are millions of people in the world who work hard every day, and they don't get special rewards for it. What makes you such a snowflake?

The truth is, designing APIs is part of what programmers do every day. Yes, some programmers are better than others, some programmers work harder than others. That's something between them and their managers. It's not something where the law should step in and give copyright privileges in the form of API protections.

Suck it up, you're a working stiff, not the next Einstein who poops out beautiful APIs. Sometimes you spend months refining a bunch of things and it's not always properly appreciated. We all do it.

about a month and a half ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

martin-boundary Re:His main points (289 comments)

Unfortunately Google is too big. It is certainly bigger than Larry or Sergey or any group of like minded engineers. Any one person can be removed and the company will continue to do what it does, against the wishes of that person and the interests of the public. Larry or Sergey can either get with the program (bad) or not (and be replaced with someone who will). The incentive overall is always there, because as a single entity with a de facto monopoly on enormous quantities of information about people is a treasure too big to ignore for the power hungry.

What needs to happen is that Google must be broken up, deliberately, into sufficiently small pieces that they will compete and interfere with each others businesses, thus benefiting consumers, and at the same time preventing grand plans of world domination. Any company that collects a too big war-chest of information must be broken up.

about 2 months ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

martin-boundary Re:same here. Installed Linux, run Chrome OS (345 comments)

ChromeOS does everything we've ever wanted to do on a small machine.

Soo not true. All *I* ever wanted to do on a Chromebook was have an xterm running off my headless box. With X11 forwarding. Is that too much to ask? Apparently so (*)

(*) I'm not talking about replacing the OS with Linux or doing a crouton hack. I don't want to flip desktops constantly, just simply run my X apps on Aura.

about 2 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

martin-boundary Re:Makes Sense (225 comments)

The flip side is the rights of say Blogger users. If I post photo X as a blogger user, it should be up to me to decide if I want to take it down or not, not Google (except maybe in extreme cases, of which this doesn't seem to fall into).

Uhm, no. That's not how it works, and this isn't a new problem either. Every author in the history of mankind has faced a choice on how to publish their work.

Blogger is the publisher of the blog posts, and can decide to publish them or not. This includes removing the posts from their servers at any time. The correct response is to tell the blog author to not be a cheapskate, and if he wants to have complete control over his blog he should publish it himself, on his own server. Then Blogger can't do anything about it, and the legal takedowns have to go to him. None of this is rocket science, and moreover there's plenty of Free Software to help people set up their own blogs.

This is the flipside of putting stuff in the Cloud, you're no longer the owner of your own stuff. Nothing to see here, guy makes a bargain with the devil, then regrets it later.

about 3 months ago
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EU Gives Google Privacy Policy Suggestions About Data Protection

martin-boundary Re:Google is pretty good here (42 comments)

fairly readable to me. A list per-service might be theoretically useful, but I doubt a normal human would read through each of them.

Isn't that the whole point of this suggestion? People don't like to read impersonal legalese, their eyes glaze over as soon as things get too abstract. But a clear personal document which says "Hey Joe, you bought those slippers for your wife yesterday, and we've passed this information to the following companies: Nike, Kmart, and Kink.com. Nike has bought an ad to show you a pair of women's tennis shoes at $99.95 tomorrow night when you're reading CNN, Kmart has bought your online purchasing history for the last two weeks, which includes the groceries you bought, the 50m of rope you got last sunday, and the timings of your drive home every monday. Kink has subscribed to your google account update feed, which includes realtime alerts any time you buy bondage related products in the next 6 months, because we told them about the 50m of rope and the average amount you spend monthly on non-essentials.

The beauty of this particulary suggestion is in fact that Google are working very hard already to do personalization, it's just that they want to exploit you via this information. So it shouldn't be difficult for them to show you everything, if forced to do so.

about 3 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

martin-boundary Re:What the fuck are you talking about? (191 comments)

You may not have noticed, but we speak a language into which thousands of words have been imported and bastardised.

To say that you speak it (which implies mastery) seems rather debatable, as the thread so far demonstrates. While we all agree I think that "professor emeritus" is indeed imported into English and used correctly as a phrase such as it is, the modification to "emerita" is not. Rather, the latter is an example of non-mastery, and your defence of it is, so far, ineffectual. Its use arises out of ignorance and repetition, which is not uncommon for other phrases on this site, viz. "I could care less". In this case, a poor attempt at imposing feminine endings yields a botched result.

What I find particulary fascinating though is the insecurity apparent in perhaps a large number of readers who prefer to defend and repeat a corrupt usage from someone who may not have known better, lest their own competency in English be considered. It is also puzzling, given the importance correct use of language has in the technical fields most of us here occupy ourselves with, how quickly any incorrect use can be justified as bastardization, as if that label puts it beyond questioning.

about 2 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

martin-boundary Re:What the fuck are you talking about? (191 comments)

That is utter drivel unrelated to my point, which merely shows your own ignorance of the issue. Please allow yourself to be educated.

"Professor" is a Latin masculine noun, and as such is correctly paired with the adjective "emeritus". As I said in my post, if you want to refer to a woman as a "professor", which I have zero objection to, then use the correct adjective, namely "emeritus". If you want to refer to a woman by the latinized "professora", then by all means "emerita" is correct as well. However, "professor emerita" is anglicized pig-latin bullshit which merely serves to mark those who use it as wannabes, who never studied Latin but wish to use an exotic phrase to aggrandize themselves in front of their peers.

Now that you know, please feel free to use whatever phrase you prefer, in full knowledge of the various probable consequences.

about 3 months ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

martin-boundary ProfessorA emeritA (191 comments)

Please use the proper endings when trying to impress the ladies that read slashdot: Either write "professor emeritus" or "professora emerita", depending on wheter you believe females' titles are required to be in the masculine or feminine form. Mixing gender endings just makes you look like a poseur.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

martin-boundary Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

Don't waste your time with these Old Testament languages, the New Testament is C++11: "And on the seventh day, after writing the new C++ Standard nonstop, Chuck Norris rested and was well pleased, for it was good..."

about 3 months ago

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