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Why Run Linux On Macs?

medoc Older Macbook (592 comments)

I have an oldish core2 duo macbook pro on which mac os x became more and more of a pain to run. Ubuntu works like a charm on it.

about two weeks ago

Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

medoc Unicomp ? (190 comments)

An article about mechanical with no mention of Unicomp ?? This is a bit like one about wines of the world where Italy and France would be absent...

about a month ago

Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

medoc Re:Check your math. (880 comments)

Actually, I think that the Christian rules are even a bit stronger, and I'd correct your phrase as follows:

- So a Christian fanatic, who wishes to live by the word of his god is not compelled to convert or kill anyone

+ So a Christian fanatic, who wishes to live by the word of his god is compelled not to kill anyone

about a month and a half ago

Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

medoc No net connection, no problem (168 comments)

Don't plug the ethernet, disable WIFI, use a small computer to drive the display (XBMC on rpi does this well). Problem solved.

about 3 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

medoc Not France vs US (309 comments)

This is not at all about the French/US competition, the big French sites like fnac.com are subjected to the same rules of course.

You can think one thing or another about the rules, but they are about the big sites killing off the small local shops.

about 7 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

medoc Re:Wrong battle. (410 comments)

Are you sure that your situation is due to private sector competition rather than the happy effects of Europe structural funds?

about 9 months ago

KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

medoc Re:So why did Apple and Google toss it? (202 comments)

I knew about the X11 subsystem, but always found it inconvenient to use. I did not even know that it had been forked off by Apple, thanks for the pointers.

about 10 months ago

KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

medoc Re:So why did Apple and Google toss it? (202 comments)

This is a sincere question: can I display a single remote app (either running on Linux or another Mac OS X) on a Mac OS X desktop, among other, local, windows ? Cause I do this permanently with X11, and this is really the main reason why I would not even consider switching to OS X.

about 10 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

medoc Re:All or nothing (903 comments)

Regular checkups can detect disease before it becomes serious. The health AND economic benefits are very high and you don't want people to hesitate, which is why you cover the costs. Saves money and suffering.

1 year,28 days

X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

medoc Quite a bit of hyperbole in there (179 comments)

I only watched the beginning at this point, but the presenter says something that does not bode too well for the rest. Speaking about how it was bad that the client side parser was insecure, especially for setuid clients:

This code was written in the eighties with the assumption that the server is trusted so there is little validation on the client side.

Well, of course the server is trusted. This is the code which runs on your local workstation. If your input terminal is compromised, you're so hosed anyway that it's not really worth considering exactly what hole they will be using !

1 year,29 days

Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

medoc Re:Dominican Republic, Iran and Thailand stats (322 comments)

And yet a value of 14K per 100K does not strike you as slightly implausible... There is an obvious transcription error, the comma is used as a decimal separator in many countries, so the number must be 14 not 14K. Still a big difference, but ... smaller. Don't let this stand in the way of your calling people crazy.

about a year and a half ago

Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

medoc Re:I remember being puzzled by that chapter (423 comments)

To add an anecdotic data point, I was circumcized as an adult (male), and if I see a difference at all in terms of sensations, it would be in the direction of (very minor) improvement.

I concur in saying that to put male and female circumcisions on the same plane is preposterous, the intentions and consequences are close to opposite. The term "female circumcision" is misleading and should not be used at all. "Excision" is used in French for the female mutilation.

about a year and a half ago

Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

medoc Shows what extreme richness does to the mind (486 comments)

I find it very interesting that someone as intelligent as Larry Page could provide a statement so utterly disconnected from the reality of most people lives.

This is one more indication that in many cases, being separated from contact with ordinary people by richness of function actually affects your capacity to think "normally" or empathize.

This is one more element to show that letting these (otherwise perfectly respectable) people having too much influence on politics and government is extremely bad.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Source For Bill and Document Management?

medoc HP officejet pro 8600 (187 comments)

For what it may be worth, I have an all-in-one HP printer/scanner (model in subject). It's reasonably cheap, it is a good printer, and it has a double-sided scanner with auto-feeder which works really well.

I've scanned thousands of sheets with it recently (for archiving before shredding), and I would never have even tried it without the automatic scanning.

Disclaimer: not an HP employee, have no HP stock...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

medoc You probably have a hardware compatibility problem (573 comments)

I'm surprised that no mention of this surfaced, but, "computer crashed while copying files and won't boot" means that you have a hardware compatibility issue. Either an actual hardware problem, or just that the Linux kernel does not like your motherboard.

Linux systems running on compatible hardware just don't ever crash (almost).

Whatever distribution you decide to try next, beat the crap out of the system before you invest any time in configuration, or store any important data on it.

Maybe this is just a kernel version issue, but I would be very uncomfortable using a system on which this happened. I'd try to search google for info about Linux + your motherboard model to see if other people have encountered problems.



about 2 years ago

US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

medoc The main complaint is against China (1313 comments)

If you read the letter to the end (yes I know...), after the tirade against the French workers, the main subject is subsidizing and unfair competition from the Chinese.

The guy complains against the US government too, and says he'll end up producing only from China and India.

So the French may not be working enough, but the Americans can break their backs all they want, the tires are still coming from China.

This is the important aspect, and it is one which is common to western workers, and more interesting than French- or US-bashing.

about 2 years ago

Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

medoc Re:small sample population? (372 comments)

FOURTY TWO man ! It's bound to give you the answer.

about 2 years ago

GNU Grep and Sed Maintainer Quits: RMS and FSF Harming GNU Project

medoc Ideas and the real world (476 comments)

MySQL: C++
Mozilla: C++
Libre/OpenOffice: C++
Qt/KDE: C++

Let the brainy people discuss why C++ is such a bad language in theory and go back programming...

more than 2 years ago

Polio Eradication Program Suspended In Pakistan After Aid Workers Shot

medoc CIA action inexcusable (223 comments)

Exactly like hiding weaponry in an ambulance in time of war. Then all ambulances get shot at. Inexcusable. The people responsible for this should see serious retribution.

more than 2 years ago


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