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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 (344 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

martin-boundary Re:Use the bug to patch the bug (236 comments)

Yeah, but if Debian gets updated and the other distros don't, then pretty soon everyone will switch to Debian's more secure system. World Linux Domination!

Ah, who am I kidding? Debian's bash version is so ancient it probably doesn't even support environment variables yet....

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

martin-boundary Re:kill -1 (469 comments)

That's exactly what I want to use my computers for, too. But frankly, systemd and its devilspawn cousin pulseaudio just get in the way. But I'm not going to talk about that since others already do this well. What riles me most these days is X forwarding failures. I have a headless computer I want to do computations on and edit text documents in Emacs/LaTeX. For stupid reasons I shan't get into, I want to do this on a chromebook (I said it was stupid!).

So what, you say, just use an ssh client to log on and voila. Well, the state of ssh + terminal emulation on chromebooks (and android too!) is abysmal. They don't pass all keyboard combinations correctly, they all have issues or fail to implement everything correctly, and worst of all, there's no X forwarding to a decent X server. All I want to fracking do is type "plot" on the server and see a picture on my screen. Or type $\int f$ and see a typeset symbol. Without going through a third party "cloud" server which runs through a browser, takes ages to return data, tries to force me to use braindead keyboard combinations on their cloud "editor/IDE" wet dream which doesn't even handle the simplest regexes and knows a grand total of 2.5 syntactic highlighting modes. And without running a slow as molasses rdp/vnc style remote desktop, or screen switching constantly to a crippled Linux workstation installed on the hard drive.

Now, what has any of this to do with you? Fair question. The answer is that the sophisticated computing system we've had for 20 years is being eroded by imbeciles who think that anything old must be replaced, that new replacement software only needs to implement the tiny subset of features that the programmer actually understands, and under no circumstances can anything which said programmer is ignorant of, or fails to adequately appreciate, be important. And that's where the new stuff like chromeos, android, systemd, pulseaudio, etc is going. And people like you try to convince us that in fact this is great and as it should be, since you're tired of tweaking your systems and have given up control for peace of mind. Well it's ok to give up if you want. I'd rather you didn't attack the complainers though, because they haven't given up yet. They're the ones who just *might* do something, unlike you by your own choice. And they're the ones who, in complaining, share the old knowledge to everyone before the imbeciles wipe it all off the earth.

about a month ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

martin-boundary Re:But wait (185 comments)

Why? Isn't the principle of contract law that any form of communication can be deemed legal? Who's going to regulate a face-to-face conversation? And why does any kind of communication that is deemed to be legal necessarily need to be regulated?

IANAL but that seems like a crazy American legal principle to uphold. At the very least, any third party that handles the communication between the courts and the recipient mustn't distort or modify the message. If you serve papers through Facebook, how does anybody know that an exact copy of the message was delivered? Maybe a word was changed or added. This also applies to other situations, ie if you serve to a 7 year old kid, will the message get delivered in one piece or at all? Even a face to face conversation doesn't have a reliable record of the actual message transmitted.

about a month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

martin-boundary Re:The US already had this power for a long time (241 comments)

Not all root servers are in the US. Not all root servers are controlled by US companies/government agencies.

You're being naive. As we saw from the leaks last year, if the *hardware* is American, then it's controlled by the US govt. The NSA forces US companies to include hardware modifications into the products they sell, to enable spying and control even through an airgap.

So yeah, maybe that root server isn't physically in the US, but it's obviously critical strategic infrastructure, and you can assume that the US has hidden controls inside some of the chips to help take over the network if they want to.

about a month ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

martin-boundary Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (226 comments)

Actually, I block ads because I *can*.

This whole idea that seems to be pervasive on the net that I should find a "legitimate" excuse to block out the commercial crap that ad companies want to stick down my throat is insidious. l don't need an excuse like "it's malware", I reserve the right to filter out any and all information I don't like. I reserve the right to pick and choose the fonts, to pick and choose the colours, to pick and choose the pictures, and to pick and choose the bits of content of every web page that's offered to me.

I don't accept package deals. I don't care about the experience the content provider wants me to have. I don't care that companies have stupid business models where they try to sell ad space, or try to collect my data to make their ends meet. It's not my problem, and I'll ignore it just because I feel like it. The fact that I'm also blocking malware is just icing on the cake. And if I'm bored, I'll teach others how to do all that too. Just because I'm bored.

I'm not some guest on somebody else's net, where I'm supposed to stay inside a walled garden of bullshit and I need permission to sit down on a chair. It's as much my web as everyone else's, and I'll do what I please with the bits going through my section of tube, malwaew or no malware.

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

martin-boundary Re:HAL 9000 (120 comments)

By analyzing the light in the background of a video you can see what is reflected there (the people behind the camera). If someone in the background of a terrorist vid is talking about their next terrorist strike- I'd want to know what he was saying.

That's ridiculous. If you can lip read the reflection in a terrorist vid, then you can see the person's face, and you don't need to know what he's talking about, you can arrest him for being an accessory. If you can't see the person's face, try using Photoshop's ENHANCE plugin to erase the blaclava from the picture.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Hollywood Logic (937 comments)

Not really. You're making too many unfounded assumptions, such as: given a state of the chess board, can both sides win if they each play optimally? That's wrong, sometimes one side cannot win or draw at all, just lose.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:200 years ago. (937 comments)

Bruce, I'm gonna say this only once. Noooo pooftahs.

about a month ago
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The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

martin-boundary Re:What did they expect? (182 comments)

This is basically a problem with granularity. They should make their MOOC classes into little self contained units of a single lecture each, with a more complex dependency chart. Then they can measure people's completion rates of the various units, and they'll have a better understanding of what microtopics are actually most popular, too.

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

martin-boundary Re:HAL 9000 (120 comments)

My first thought was "why the hell would I want a machine to lip read?" since lip reading is basically a crutch for humans' inability to hear sufficiently well to extract someone's voice from the surrounding environment.

We already have laser microphones, which can detect sound vibrations at a distance, and we have sophisticated sound processing methods to extract weak signals from noise, etc. We don't need lip reading, other than maybe as a fun science project for graduates.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

That in fact is only one of the ways religious ideas fail the test of reality. You're still making the mistake of accepting that there is such a thing as a clear conception of something that represents what religious people mean when they invoke the nebulous word "god".

If you dig deeper, you'll find that in common parlance "god" refers to a set of contradictory statements, which cannot ipso facto exist as any object worthy of study anyway, and even just introducing the premise that an object can exist satisfying the requirements commonly understood by people who use the word "god" will introduce a contradiction into your argument, thereby rendering it a waste of time to pursue.

TLDR: never use the word "god" or any of its synonyms, it's a contradiction in terms.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

martin-boundary Re:Great idea! Let's alienate Science even more! (937 comments)

Who cares about the meaning of life, the universe and everything? Science isn't the father figure you've been craving for to tell you who you are and what your place is.

Science is a compendium of human knowledge. It doesn't answer all possible questions, only those we happen to have figured out by now. Except it doesn't do so by a humongous Q+A list, that would be inefficient. It does so by stating a small number of facts and theories, and then you can try to see if your particular Q has an A that's derived from those facts and theories. So you actually have to do some work instead of being told everything. And you need some education to even be able to do the work.

There's no free lunch. If you want that, go check out the Hare Krishna in your neighbourhood.

about a month ago

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