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Watch Out Linux, GNU Hurd Coming

oliderid Re:Attitudes about HURD: why slashdot is irrelavan (463 comments)

Someday maybe a HURD distribution will be released,

You see the difference is the "maybe". We hear this "maybe" for years, since 1991 as far as I know. I was 16, I'm 36 now.

more than 3 years ago
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How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

oliderid Re:Enjoy your lazy job while it lasts. (547 comments)

Well I'm working mainly as a project manager nowadays but I used to code a lot. So I know what is like. The only solution I found is to give "micro tasks". Basically any task I give should be accomplished within a day...So my job is mainly to divide jobs to suit that logic...And it works...Most of the time (it doesn't work well on Friday :-) ).

more than 4 years ago
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Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

oliderid Re:Why redirect them? (512 comments)

I wish you would be right. We just finished a large extranet for some lobbying organizations. Most of their members are heavy industries. We discovered along the road that around 20% of their members still use Internet Explorer 6 and any update are blocked by their IT department, they have no plans (yet???) to replace their activeX web based services. The only solution? Sniffing browser and creating a "light" version...

those users can safely surf over the Internet with this browser.(can you imagine...)

Conclusion: IT departments transferred all the cost of their laziness upon our shoulders. They spent mot of their time hunting down viruses on their intranet.

more than 4 years ago
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GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

oliderid Re:good (264 comments)

Mercedes, BMW, Audi...Yes...but Lexus, here in Europe (well in my country anyway) they are still branded as BMW wannabes. Price...Design...Aren't enough. You need history, fans, design, sex appeal...I mean You need a soul.

more than 4 years ago
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France Considers 'Pirate Tax' For Online Ads

oliderid Re:still not enough (271 comments)

Being a Belgian, I confirm! :-) But I prefer to go to the UK nowadays...The sterling is still quite low. Well if the Eurostar works of course.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

oliderid Re:Python (799 comments)

When I was 12, all I wanted to do was cool 2D animated stuffs. I fear that Python as such may be a bit too dry for a kid (I'm far from being a python expert ;-)) Why not Lingo? (Macromedia Director) http://www.deansdirectortutorials.com/Lingo/programming.htm (I don't know this language, but it seems to me that the syntax is pretty straightforward)

more than 3 years ago
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What Google's Chromium OS Is Reaching For

oliderid Re:The real reason (216 comments)

On the other hand how could you trust a company that will force you to sign digitally an EULA stipulating

  • you won't complain if they lose all your data
  • They will be able to change this contract in no time and you might end up paying to use your own property.

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys

more than 4 years ago
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"Breathtakingly Stupid" EU Cookie Law Passes

oliderid Re:I RTFA and don't find it to be all that bad at (447 comments)

They are also used by most PHP based web sites using the session feature.

What's the point to ask:

sessionID=zaFgGG13sddf.34ciuoy

Do you agree [Yes] [No]

about 5 years ago
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openSUSE 11.2 Released

oliderid Re:But... (207 comments)

Same for me on Compaq laptop almost a year ago. I had to find non-official packages to make it run with my SuSE. It took me hours. Those packages have finally been added to the repos few months after. I don't critize nobody, I'm mean they do a great job and this is free, so what could you say? Anyway the fact is WI-FI is often difficult to install on Linux and you have to know it. Ideally you would have to document yourself on the wifi used by the laptop you plan to purchase first (a thing I never do :-)). Just like printers support few years ago. Claiming that there is no problem won't help anybody IMHO.

about 5 years ago
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First European Commander of the ISS

oliderid Re:Let me be the first... (190 comments)

Being Belgian and their neighbors...Dutch people tend to speak English rather well. But their knowledge of other languages (except German maybe) is rather a myth. If you are looking for real polyglot, I suggest you to choose Flemish. They usually know French and English quite well and Dutch which is their native tongue....Learning German is easier for them (a lot of common roots) Just like for Dutchmen, . Franck De Winne is a perfect example of that fact (he knows, Dutch, English, Russian and probably other languages as well).

I'm a French speaking Belgian, so well let's say that I can't be considered as biased on the topic ;). The fact that I know English, Dutch and French would not impressed anybody in Flanders...Actually it will be considered as "normal". A good Belgian and nothing else (except maybe that I should learn German too, which is the third national language)

more than 5 years ago
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First European Commander of the ISS

oliderid Re:Capitalization (190 comments)

Yes, when you see a little "d" it is usually used for noble title. It has been influenced by the French "etiquette".

For the non-beneluxians. :-)

"De" in Dutch means literally "the". for example: Jan De Boer (John the Farmer), Jacques De Ridder (Jacques the rider/the knight), etc. When you see names like Van Den Berg (it means from the hills), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude from Damme -> a Belgian town).

There is no form of nobility in those names so you use capital letters.

On the other hand: The King is in French "Albert de Belgique" or in Dutch "Albert van België").

more than 5 years ago
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First European Commander of the ISS

oliderid Re:Flaming Troll From "Sweden" (190 comments)

First: The European culture is not "just" the Western European culture.

Second see where most of Russians live. How they look like, What kind of language they speak (slavic language), their culture (their gifts to the European culture, classical music, literature), their religion (orthodox), their classical architecture, etc. The conclusion is so obvious (?).

I'm Belgian and frankly it is the first time I see people claiming that Russia is not an European nation. The need of a western civilization in front of the current world affairs may explain this "new" definition.

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Offers To Return Pulled Orwell Ebooks

oliderid Re:damage (256 comments)

From a simple customer fairness perspective, Amazon's customers purchased the book in good faith.

And for potential buyers like me, the perspective is even simpler.

  • They can enter into my "computer" (kindle) anytime they wish.
  • They can delete any material they find offensive/inappropriate (for legal reasons or not) without asking me anything
  • And leave.

Even my government hasn't such a power.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

oliderid Re:Well, we all know what to do... (359 comments)

So you don't believe in free speech when the groups exercising it are advocating for something that most would find offensive?

Yes.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Plans To Link Criminal Records To ID Cards

oliderid Re:Well, we all know what to do... (359 comments)

I did their test and I score 80%. I failed on their racist/extremist stuff, coming from a country crippled by those fascists/extremists, I still have difficulties to accept Hitler's fans promoting their agenda on my doorstep after the ravage they have done to the whole Europe.

Well Currently I pay let's say 50% of my turnover to the state (VAT, taxes, etc.). I work 10 hours per day, except Sunday. I'm not workaholic, but I have no choice. There are certainly enough work for a new employee. I can't. It would be too expensive (his salary + taxes). So basically those 50% of the my turnover are used mainly to pay the unemployment benefit of someone I could hire.

Of course they are a bit extreme. I won't certainly vote for such a party. But basically I agree with the idea basic: a small/efficient state is way better.

There is a natural human tendency to grasp as much as power as you can. It is a human instinct. A state is a human organization so it has this instinct deep in its core. If you don't fight back, you will end up working half of your time for it, like I do right now.

more than 5 years ago
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Dogs As Intelligent As Average Two-Year-Old Children

oliderid Re:dog lover science. (472 comments)

Well I' ve got a 10 years old Golden retriever and I'm the uncle of 2 years old boy. I love my dog, he seems to be reasonably smart for a dog but ....

For example: my 2 year old nephew is "playing game" involving already quite elaborate abstract thoughts. For example he plays "battle" with soldiers...Well not a "big" battle with strategies and all, just two soldiers fighting each other. He is a fan of Tintin and he imagines himself as captain haddock and countless of abstracts thoughts and related activities such as those ones.

On the other hand...My dog is a dog! (great news :-)) Most of his games are rather straight forward (I grab this toy, you too, funny!).

Irony, humor, the 2 years old boy already understand those things. He also tries to make "joke". Their capacity to stay focus....The 2 years old is light years ahead already.

Frankly I don't see the point to compare. They are just so "different", their intelligences are already so "different". I really wonder how you could compare them and how could you find anything meaningful out of this comparison.

A 2 years old boy is still in its infancy, a 2 years old dog is almost mature. On one hand you compare a being "under construction" with a fully grow up (functional/almost independent) being. What's the point?

more than 5 years ago
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Times Are Tough For Nigerian Scammers

oliderid Re:Interesting Difference in Genetics (232 comments)

the "Moors" (derived meaning "Black")

In Latin, the word maurus (plural mauri) means coming from Mauretania...a Roman province on the north western fringe of Africa (-> Morocco) (see wikipedia) So basically Moors means those from North Africa. They aren't sub-Saharan. The core people of the Moors were "berbers"...Not arabs but not black either.

If you need a real successful "black" civilization. I suggest you to take a closer look at the Nubian civilization. They fought for centuries against the Egyptians, the Greek dynasty and they finally crushed a Roman invasion. The defeat was so devastating, that the Romans signed a peace treaty and they never came back. The Nubian queen are famous (Amanishaketo, etc) nowadays due to recent discoveries.

Or the Ethiopian one, they succeeded to stop the early Muslim invasion (this where the legendary King John was supposed to live, European crusaders tried for years to get in touch with him to fight together the Muslims). They fought for decades against the Italians and they were the first to gain their independence. The famous city of Timbuktu having healthy intellectual/philosophical debates while Europe was experiencing inquisition, etc.

more than 5 years ago
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Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

oliderid Re:Eh? Yeah it is rings a bell. A red one (1376 comments)

No, it is a marxist stance. And I'm Belgian not American.

The differences between a communist and a socialist is the path to their collectivist society.

Communist will do it by revolution while socialists will do it by reforms.

This is why they left the last "international" end of the XIXth (along with anarchists).

See the funding documents of Socialist parties around Europe (Charte de Quaregnon in Belgium for example).

But yes I agree they have changed and now they promote social-democracy as they call it. Anyway it wasn't the point, the real point was the battle between socialist and catholics in the XIXth...And there are even traces of these epic battles in today politic.

more than 5 years ago
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Ireland Criminalizes Blasphemy

oliderid Re:Religion didn't call for this (1376 comments)

...Big Brother socialist

Lol...Socialists banning blasphemy? Do you seriously expect to be taken seriously?
Does "Religion is the opium of the people" ring any bell?

The Church has nothing to do and that's true. It is simply well known that the Irish society is "very" traditional (divorce was only introduced in the 90's). The leading party of the Irish government is Fianna FÃil. A liberal party. The rest of the coalition is composed by a green party and independents. There is no socialist party in the coalition AFAIK. Stop using Socialism like a buzzword to describe any political event in Europe. It is simply ridiculous.

more than 5 years ago
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Security Threats 3 Levels Beyond Kernel Rootkits

oliderid Re:I would love to fcuk Joanna Rutkowska (264 comments)

I have worked with one of them working for a quite large French IT company. She was 1.95m tall. Probably the most incredible programmers I have never worked with. A real math genius. Frankly the first day is weird, you basically see a basket ball player dressed as a woman...And then slowly you get used to it. She was a real pro and we were glad to have her in the team. That's their life and they can do whatever they want with it, not my problem.

more than 5 years ago

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The European GPS Galileo 'pathfinders' take shape

oliderid oliderid writes  |  about 5 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "After all the wrangling, the delays and the furore over cost, Europe's version of GPS is finally starting to take shape. Due for launch in pairs in late 2010 and early-2011, the "pathfinders" will form a mini-constellation in the sky. They will transmit the navigation signals that demonstrate the European system can become a reality. Discover an interesting video clip introducing the main feature of a Galileo's satellite."
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How to monitor a MySQL server in real time?

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "I have almost finished a web application that should support more than 100 queries per second some tables having more than 500.000 rows. Well I'm not used to this kind of load. I did my best to apply the best practices I could find over the web, reduce the queries to the database to the minimum, indexing, etc. but I'd like to have a GPL tool to monitor this database in real-time and see clearly how often a query is done, redundant ones, be sure that my mental is respected "One query per "page", processing time, etc. See when the server is about to be overloaded. The server is remote, Linux (redhat or ubuntu). There is no Xwindow, so I can monitor it through SSH/shell or through a web application. Any idea? Thx!"
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Boeing Vs Airbus news from the battlefront

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 5 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "Plans for the oft-delayed military transport plane may be mothballed, as the German Defense Ministry reconsiders its order.

Inside the Defense Ministry, alternatives to the A400M are already being looked into. "We aren't married to Airbus," said the high-ranking air force officer who spoke with Spiegel Online. He said the German military could live with a delay of "one or two years" by continuing to fly its old fleet of C-160 Transall cargo planes. "But at some point, we will have to decide what to do if the plane from Airbus continues to be delayed."

In other news: Boeing had already spoken with a number of countries to offer C-17 aircraft as an interim solution, given significant delays in the EADS A400M military transport plane program. Another option is the less known but quite impressive AN-70."

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Where should I put my money?

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "It looks like I can savely invest a part of my money into stocks, after years of hard work. I missed Google, Facebook and all these opportunities but well that's life, I couldn't risk a cent at that time anyway. I'd like to build a portfolio in technologies (computer/Internet, this is my field as a web developer). What would be the next big hit for us technicians of all sorts? I'm mainly open to US investments (since my money is in Euro and it looks like US dollar is recovering finally) and I'm fine with investments up two three years."
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First images of Russian-European manned spacecraft

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "The first official image of a Russian-European manned spacecraft has been unveiled. It is designed to replace the Soyuz vehicle currently in use by Russia and will allow Europe to participate directly in crew transportation.The reusable ship was conceived to carry four people towards the Moon, rivalling the US Ares/Orion system. This project is the Plan A for the European Space agency. The plan B is an evolution of the ATV proposed by a consortium of European companies led by Astrium."
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Europe should give up on sending men into space

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "Lord Martin Rees (professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy) said that Europe should get a world lead in unmanned exploration. According to this astronomer : "three-quarters of Nasa's money was spent "going round and round the earth 35 years after people have already walked on the moon" and it should be left to the US, he said.

Western Europe should focus all its budget on miniaturisation, robotics, and fabricators and avoid manned space flight."

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Europe funds internet TV standard based on P2P

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "The European Union is spending 14m euros (£10.5m) to create a standard way to send TV via the net.The project will create a peer-to-peer system that can pipe programmes to set-top boxes and home TV sets. It will be based on the BitTorrent technology.the four-year research project will try to build a system that can stand alongside the other ways that broadcasters currently get programmes to viewers."
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Columbus docks with International Space Station

oliderid oliderid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

oliderid (710055) writes "Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, has been unloaded from the space shuttle Atlantis and docked with the International Space Station (ISS).

Once the lab is in place, an intensive programme of research in weightless surroundings will begin.

The experiments will also help researchers better understand the physiological demands of long-duration spaceflight, something that will be important if humans are ever to colonise the Moon or travel to Mars."

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