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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

oji-sama Re:Methane Anyone? (571 comments)

It may take some time for people in EU to realize their gas prices going up. When they do see the bill rise, they will blame Russia easily enough.

I think you have this backwards. I believe it is a question on how dangerous/blameful Europe sees Russia, and exactly how big the bill from switching the supplier will be...

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

oji-sama Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (726 comments)

His manner is coarse

It's not "coarse", it's abusive. Namecalling, mocking, ridicule, hyperbole. That's abuse.

If you read the message, you may have noticed that he called the code shit, not any person coding it. Same with all other colorful language. I wouldn't get offended.

3 days ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

oji-sama Re:If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonist (119 comments)

Technically it is an opposite of a fan. Not that that really changes your point. I believe I smiled because of the absurdity. Perhaps because I had just been reminded of the world of Calvin and Hobbes. The person in the strip has a fantastic idea which is then shot down by a stupid pun by a talking windmill. Could be that partial reason for the smile is the appearance of the windmill itself, as windmills have made several appearances in xkcd in different contexts.

But yes, you disliked it, I enjoyed it, XKCD hopefully goes on.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

oji-sama Re:If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonist (119 comments)

Its not 'wordplay'; its a cheap pun. A big fan says its not a big fan. I really like XKCD, but that was terrible.

Windmills do not make great fans.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

oji-sama Re:hmmm (119 comments)

I don't agree with this. I don't think he is personally all that famous, rather his work is famous.. And while I am not a huge fan, I am a fan nevertheless, and personally got rather good value (enjoyment, joy) for my money... Good enough that I consider the idea that Watterson should give a little back kind of offensive towards the man himself.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

oji-sama Re:If only Bill Waterson inspired other cartoonist (119 comments)

Yet XKCD keeps producing great moments, which is why I keep reading it. And the wordplay and the naivety in the 1378 was at least smile worthy. (Personally I didn't enjoy the previous one.)

about 2 months ago
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Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

oji-sama Re:Of course they have no concerns, they don't tes (132 comments)

They take a sample from every herd, because even if it would only add $0.01/lb of beef, would there actually be time to analyze all 33M slaughtered head of beef every year?

In Finland they check every healthy specimen over 30 moths old and sick ones that are over 24 months old at time of slaughter. Texas might have a cow or two more, but something something economics of scale might be of some help.

Anyway, beef has been big business in the US for a long time. Why is (according to the Minnesota Dept of Health) the disease rate still 1/1,000,000 per year? http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/cjd/cjd.html

I honestly hope the disease rate stays low.

about 2 months ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

oji-sama Re:Optimizing the driver stack... (80 comments)

In my experience the AMD drivers&software have been more stable. Probably I just have bad luck, but just today I got a pop-up from the Nvidia Experience that there's an update. Clicked it and got 'cannot connect to Nvidia servers' or something similar. The last driver update failed to update one of the components. And the display adapter has crashed once (managed to recover though).

I'm currently using GTX 670 (got the Windforce model and it is really quiet) and I'm reasonably happy with it, but I had none of the update problems with my previous HD6850. Of course, my thinking may be coloured by the horrible nvidia chipset I once had. Or the lack of support for my previous laptop gpu. Compared to those, my current GPU problems are minimal at worst.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

oji-sama Re:Even higher! (1040 comments)

However I doubt that your point is that Seattle shouldn't do this because it isn't done in east, india or africa...?

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

oji-sama Re:Yawn... (566 comments)

At least the exe has the same hashes as my copy downloaded on 13.2.2014.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

oji-sama Re:If iPods/iPhones Have Taught Me Anything... (174 comments)

True, but this requires excluding the Firewire from the listing. My main complain is the inaccuracies, which I partially addressed above.

I even ignore USB 3.0's expanded and incompatible cables - you can't plug a USB 3.0 cable into anything that doesn't support USB 3.0. You can plug USB pre-3.0 cables into USB 3.0 devices though. The saving grace is that USB 3.0 cables are rarer so you're far more likely to pull a USB 2.0 cable than a USB 3.0 one.

This is misleading, considering that you can indeed use a USB3 cable with a USB2 host. And as stated above, you can use the old cables with new devices, so I would not exactly call this an actual change of standard. Upgrade it is. And personally I much prefer the idea that you can use any cable, not a proprietary one.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

oji-sama Re:If iPods/iPhones Have Taught Me Anything... (174 comments)

That's not what he's saying. Of course USB B cable from 2001 still works today. What he's saying is that mini B, micro B (and now C) have been added since 2001 and new devices use these new ports. So you'll need a new cable if your new device doesn't connect using that old B cable. By comparison, Apple changed their cable once in 10 years.

I know, but you do realize that all those mini and micro cables can be connected to the same original usb1 port (and/or usb2 / usb3 port), as the host end has always been the same. Does the same 'of course' apply to Apple's cables? Admittedly I think the mini was a bit of a misstep, and going straight to micro would have been better.

Of course all this may change with the 3.1, but if it does, it is in my count the first major change for the cables...( And hopefully there's no 'hardware drm' in the cables to prevent unauthorized copies..)

about 2 months ago
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Report: Apple To Unveil "Smart Home" System

oji-sama Re:If iPods/iPhones Have Taught Me Anything... (174 comments)

Firewire - well, we had USB 1.1 and the gigantic USB B connector. (2001)

USB B is still being used... There's one in my display (which only supports USB1-2), another in my printer (although I connect via wifi).

USB has gone through more changes in its plugs than Apple in the same period. And it's a standard.

And yet I can take a USB1 memory stick and it works in a USB3 port.

about 2 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

oji-sama Re:Really? (310 comments)

In other professions you might actually get a break or two.

about 2 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

oji-sama Re:Sure, I'll explain. (121 comments)

While I understand your point, I still don't get what is so difficult with Outlook.com export.:

Calendar (the ics is the one you want). Access to sharing is in the top bar of the page:

Links to "[xxxxx] calendar" with event details Anyone with these links can view event details on this calendar View in a web browser (HTML) Import into other calendar applications (ICS) View in a feed reader (XML)

The ICS is a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... uri, but if you want to import your calendar somewhere that doesn't understand it (most calendars do...), you can simply replace the webcal with https and do things manually...

Mail: IMAP

People / Contacts: There's an export function directly in the top-bar of the people page, which starts a download for .csv.

And please note that I am not in the context of Google being a rotten company, just curious as I've visited the Outlook.com to see what it looks like. I only use OneDrive from there... most of my emails are in gmail..

about 2 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

oji-sama Re:Sure, I'll explain. (121 comments)

Would you mind elaborating what you are trying to do? I've never needed to export my calendar, but the ui behind the sharing seemed to be rather simple.[*] You probably have some valid criticism, but going from 'you can only get a pst file' to imported events (imported to where?) become read only (and uneditable) sounds like a non sequitur. And I wonder where you got the 'a lot more open' claim... Sorry if trying (and managing) to export my calendar from Outlook offended you.

[*]And yet, to prevent causing further offence, exporting to files is simpler with google calendar.

about 2 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

oji-sama Re:Sure, I'll explain. (121 comments)

And yet you can export your calendar in ics format as well from the page. Tried it myself (although I am pretty sure I have zero events nicely going along with the single welcome mail there)... The Calendar export might have been better named (share), but the contacts one was clearer.

Can you show how to export from Outlook.com? Because everything I found says you cant, except through the Outlook client and a PST export.

google: outlook.com export calendar

about 2 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

oji-sama Re:Sure, I'll explain. (121 comments)

Yep, I'm not an Outlook mail user...

about 2 months ago

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