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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

mikael_j Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (126 comments)

Where I grew up IRC was actually popular with the non-nerd crowd until ICQ came around, then that became the "standard" until some time around 2002-2003 when MSN Messenger started taking over more and more and remained the top IM client until Facebook became the one social networking platform to rule them all.

Amazingly enough America Online was never very popular outside the US...

2 days ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

mikael_j Re:I used to teach Linux. (402 comments)

I absolutely hate it when people at work have changed the default editor on a system to nano, always catches me off-guard and I can never remember the key bindings...

about 1 month ago
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This Is Your Brain While Videogaming Stoned

mikael_j Re:In other news: my iPhone keeps tigers away (168 comments)

Plenty of people use cannabis and go hiking, hang out with friends and have normal lives.

Just check out /r/trees on reddit (or some similar forum), plenty of users there post "smoke spot" pictures from hiking trails and the like.

about 3 months ago
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Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

mikael_j Re:bollocks (116 comments)

People can still sell their votes right now. Put your vote in envelope in clear view of person who is paying you, enter voting place with them, they observe you putting the envelope in the ballot box, done.

about 4 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

mikael_j Re:And another thing... (490 comments)

I use a bicycle as my primary means of transport year-round, in Sweden.

The main issue I have is that I often have to slow down not just to compensate for road conditions as such but also for motorists who don't realize that even with studded tires a cyclist might not want to ride as aggressively in winter as they do in summer (by "aggressively" I mean more "trusting others not to run you down after they've clearly seen you" than "break the law", in summer my brakes work flawlessly and if Mrs Soccer Mom or Mr Middle Management in their late-model Volvo decide to suddenly try to bully me out of the way I can hit the brakes or accelerate quickly, in winter such aggressive moves will cause me to fall and get run over by the idiot in question so I ride much more defensively which seems to annoy a lot of motorists).

FYI, I tend to stick to bicycle paths when possible but some have been taken over by pedestrians (who have the right of way on bike paths here in Sweden, "yay") to the point where it's faster and mostly safer to ride on a parallel street than zigzag between pedestrians who are walking four abreast and paying no attention to cyclists and other times the bike paths were clearly laid out by someone who doesn't cycle him-/herself and doesn't realize that looping a bike path around an entire city block is likely to be an unpopular move.

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

mikael_j Re:About time! (306 comments)

Urgh, carrier grade NAT is the last thing the Internet needs.

What's the point of the Internet if there is no end-to-end connectivity?

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

mikael_j Re:About time! (306 comments)

That would have about as much effect as pissing into the ocean would have on raising sea levels.

We need to move to IPv6 and if you're not prepared then yes, it will cost you more than if you had a bit of foresight and didn't keep buying IPv4-only software and hardware right up till the very end.

about 4 months ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

mikael_j Re:We need a US base in the Ukraine (623 comments)

Ukraine was the country in possession of the nukes, not Russia. They were former USSR nukes belonging to Ukraine and not controlled by the Russian Federation.

In fact, they had the third largest stockpile in the world for a short while.

about 5 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

mikael_j Re:39" display for workstations? (520 comments)

This is a pretty shitty argument.

I work on developing web applications and at work I have two 27" 2560x1600 monitors and the advantage of them isn't that I can run webapps in a 2560x1600 browser window but rather that I can fit a browser AND my tools on-screen.

I've coded on "mainstream-sized" screens in the past and it's pretty painful. Want Firebug and your browser window visible at the same time? Gotta shrink that browser window! Want a couple of terminals as well? Heh, good luck with that.

With my current setup I've got plenty of space which makes it working much more comfortable than if I always had to keep moving windows around to show the various things that I want to see at the same time (like say, two different logs in terminals, firebug, a browser window, an editor and finally an extra terminal window. This would hardly be a heavy setup but good luck fitting that on some "HD Ready" screen or even a single 1080p screen).

about 8 months ago
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Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display

mikael_j Re:Because text size need not be defined by px num (333 comments)

I think you've got your years wrong. I too remember talk of OS X going completely resolution independent but OS X hadn't even been released in 1998.

I remember seeing some examples of what UI scaling in OS X looked like back in the 10.5 (I think) days looked like when enabled (which it obviously wasn't in the actual release version of OS X). It was looking pretty good, a few minor glitches here and there but definitely promising. Sadly they abandoned this approach in favor of the bitmap-based solution they've got now (though it works surprisingly well, if you had told me in the mid 90s that by 2013 we'd be up- and down-scaling desktop-size bitmaps in realtime with no visible UI lag I would've thought you were full of shit).

about 8 months ago
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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

mikael_j Re:Apple's actions say they won't (414 comments)

8 times out of ten, people with Macbooks will: 1.) Have some money to spend. 2.) Label themselves as "not computer people". 3.) Be of the persuasion that Macs can't get viruses.

And nine times out of ten Windows users are practically computer illiterate, what's your point?

(BTW, my point here is that I know more developers (when only counting those who have some kind of choice, if you're working for a bank that mandates Windows 2000 Pro on all developer desktops because it's corporate policy then you're not really interesting in this case) who use Macbooks/iMacs/Mac Pros running OS X than I know developers who use Windows Whatever)

about a year ago
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Ars Technica Reviews iOS 7

mikael_j Re:Welcome to the Brutalist era of UI design (233 comments)

I'd say the flat UI trend is more about minimalism and a better comparison would be the interior design minimalism trend (which is still going strong) contrasted with past trends such as the 1970's "shag carpets, saturated non-matching colors and wood paneling" trend. So, by this standard we're still in the infancy of minimalist UIs but it's still better than what we had before and it will hopefully get even better with time as we further refine things.

about a year ago
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Seagate's Shingled Magnetic Recording Tech Boosts HDD Capacities to 5TB and Up

mikael_j Re: Not going back (195 comments)

Yeah, at this point I only use regular hard drives for backups and networked media storage. No point in spending lots of money on SSDs for that just yet.

about a year ago
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Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

mikael_j Re:Red Mars (462 comments)

My first thought was "Don't let this guy move to any future Mars colony, he'll end up founding the Red movement..."

1 year,4 days
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All-in-Ones Finally Grow Up, With Fast Graphics, SSDs, and CPUs

mikael_j Re:What fud (211 comments)

I'm pretty sure this "article" is really just Dell advertising.

1 year,9 days
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One-Way Ticket: Mars One Project Applicants Top 100,000

mikael_j Re:what happens if the chick get pregnant? (240 comments)

I suspect humans make it there and create permanent settlements the crime and war situations may change rapidly.

Speaking of which, I should finish reading Green Mars...

1 year,22 days
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A Circular New York City Subway Map To Straighten Things Out

mikael_j Re:Circular Tube Map (124 comments)

Well, I more often find myself thinking "I need to get to [some address], on a map it's right around this intersection, I wonder which stop is the closest". That's almost always the initial problem you face when you're about to go somewhere with a public transport system you're not intimately familiar with. Only after this do things like "which station should I change trains at?" factor in.

Add to this that may times public transport systems will have a stop/station named "Something Street" which is actually not on Something Street but rather it's ~50m from one end of Something Street and is only named Something Street because that's where Something Street meets the street that the bus/train/tram runs on and the stop you really wanted was two stops earlier which is called "Random Park" and happens to be on a street parallel to Something Street (and right next to the place you're going to).

about a year ago
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Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

mikael_j Re:Finally (151 comments)

But tablets and smartphones aren't minicomputers.

about a year ago
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Jon 'Maddog' Hall On Project Cauã: a Server In Every Highrise

mikael_j Re:Finally (151 comments)

This sounds more like an attempt to return to the minicomputer era.

Perhaps you meant to say that the microcomputer fad is coming to an end? Of course, I doubt it's accurate to describe it as a fad...

about a year ago

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Second Pirate Bay trial begins today

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikael_j (106439) writes "With the Swedish parliamentary elections done the Pirate Bay trial is once again under way. The event is getting coverage from a lot of different sources indicating that the self-imposed media blackout concerning software piracy and the Pirate Party is over in Sweden.

In Sweden industry representative Per Strömbäck is busy writing articles (Swedish) claiming that "internet anarkism" is now officially over, naturally doing so without disclosing that his organisation is directly funded by the large media outfits that oppose The Pirate Bay."
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Prosecutor in TPB case gets another extension

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mikael_j writes "Once again, Håkan Roswall, the public prosecutor in charge of The Pirate Bay case in Sweden has been granted additional time to prepare his case before formally pressing charges. This is the third time that the prosecution has been granted an extension, this time for another two months. The swedish Pirate Party has issued a statement in which they condemn they way the public prosecutor and the police have handled the case.

According to IDG.se the main reasons the prosecution was granted yet another extension was that the prosecutors have identified another three suspects and that the defence will need at least another month to go through all the details of the case before a trial is possible."

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The Pirate Bay will not be blocked

mikael_j mikael_j writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mikael_j writes "Today the swedish police announced that they will not add The Pirate Bay to their child pornography blacklist. According to Stefan Kronqvist of the IT crime section of the swedish police the decision was made after The Pirate Bay complied with police requests to remove links to the offending material.

More information can be had at IDG.se (in swedish)."

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