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Google Uses Reputation To Detect Malicious Downloads

pablomme False positives? (61 comments)

1% of false negatives is good, but how about false positives?

about a year ago

Steam For Linux: A Respectable Showing

pablomme Re:Too bad they're selling broken games (372 comments)

Does not match my experience, I have 43 Linux games on Steam (mostly redeemed from Indie Bundles) and they all work fine, even on my Intel HD 4000. A quote from your "prime example",

The game runs under Linux and I bought it, but had I known it's Flash I would not have bought it...

seems to agree with my experience (not that I like flash, not that I like the status of flash on linux, but if it works, it works).

about a year and a half ago

Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

pablomme Re:Completely irrelevent to me (285 comments)

With ubuntu this has never been my experience. Instead it gets ignored and you get bothered every 5 months to a year being asked "does it work on the latest version"?

I've reported plenty of bugs to Launchpad. Sometimes bugs do get ignored, others get fixed immediately. It depends on the nature of the bug - Canonical isn't known for being a major developing force in the Linux kernel area, for example, but I reported a couple of bugs against the HUD feature a few months ago and they indeed got fixed, which involved going back to the design team and then to developers. They have a good workflow set up, but as a distribution with finite developing manpower they can't possibly fix everything. I wish Launchpad had automatic upstreaming for certain packages (especially those in Universe), but for packages in Main I can't complain.

Linux users (and that extends to most Free/Open Source software users) tend to have this annoying sense of entitlement that unnecessarily stresses relations with developers and turns everything into a flamewar. "Why doesn't MY bug get fixed?", ignoring how many OTHER bugs (likely of broader importance) get fixed, "Why don't you do this THIS way?", without bothering to consider that there might be an underlying design principle, or that your preferences represent those of a minority. My favourite is "That's it, I'm moving to Mint/back to Windows". Good riddance. Only in most cases they don't -- empty threats are a valid way of seeking attention, apparently.

more than 2 years ago

Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

pablomme Re:Finally (285 comments)

Does normal seeking in the scrollbar work again (middle-click) ?

It indeed does.

Whose retard disabled seeking in a bar designed essentially to seek ?!

I don't know who the owner of the retard in question is, sorry.

more than 2 years ago

Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

pablomme Re:Completely irrelevent to me (285 comments)

Doesn't anyone test any more?

Having installed Ubuntu 10.04-12.04 on about 10 different machines I've never seen the problem you mention.

And no, despite years of C/C++ programming, I have absolutely no interest in finding and fixing the problem myself.

You could report a bug though, which would likely get fixed by the time you say you'll upgrade from 10.04.

more than 2 years ago

Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

pablomme Re:Finally (285 comments)

Is there an obvious "make scroll bars not retarded" option I'm missing?

If only there was a tool to, like, search for stuff...

more than 2 years ago

The Digital Differences In Americans

pablomme Re:50% of people... (214 comments)

50% of people...

...are by definition below average intelligence.

True of the median, not of the mean. If you measure intelligence by IQ, which is designed so that the mean is 100 and the standard deviation is 15, it is perfectly possible that over 50% of the population scores above the mean. Or below it.

more than 2 years ago

US Plummets On World Press Freedom Ranking

pablomme Re:"falling over 100% of their previous ranking" (427 comments)

Meaningless metric

...and incorrectly applied in any case; 47 is less than twice 27.

What matters is how many places up or down you move.

...of how many total places there are - it's not the same to move down 20 positions out of 200 than 20 out of 21. Or equivalently, what % of the table you move (provided the table has not changed size due to countries being added/removed).

But this is a very subjective topic and even these more appropriate metrics conform a rather incomplete picture of the situation.

more than 2 years ago

Idle: New Species Named For SpongeBob SquarePants

pablomme Pikachon (74 comments)

Damn, biologists get all the cool names. Dear physicists at the LHC, when you find a new particle please consider naming it "Pikachu boson", a.k.a. "Pikachon". Don't let biologists win this one.

more than 3 years ago

Using Neutrons To Precisely Test Newton's Law of Gravity

pablomme Re:Newton's (123 comments)

I thought the same when I read this piece of news yesterday. Journalists like to fill their sentences with words that sound appropriate to them: "[Newton's Law of] Gravity", "8.1 magnitude [in Richter's scale]"... and often they make mistakes.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Tax Controversy Explained In Cartoon Form

pablomme Tax heaven (303 comments)

Please remember, when you see 'haven' instead of 'heaven,' that English isn't everyone's first language.

Interestingly, the expression for "tax haven" in Spanish is "paraiso fiscal" (tax heaven), which I'm pretty sure was a mistranslation in the first place. Ok, ignore the "interestingly"..

more than 3 years ago

Arrr ye a pirate, matey?

pablomme Email from copyright holder (572 comments)

If watching stuff on Megavideo counts, I would fall in the "frequent" category.

However a few years ago I did receive an email from some company on behalf of Paramount Pictures who were monitoring ed2k downloads of their contractor's movies. I lived in university accommodation at that moment, so they emailed the university, who forwarded the email to me and shut me off immediately. I got my connection back after a computer officer searched my laptop for movies - using Windows' built-in search facility! I had "hidden" the movies in my Mandrake partition :-)

All this for an incomplete transfer of some stupid chick flick my girlfriend wanted to watch.

more than 4 years ago

I suspect my current job will end when ...

pablomme Re:Don't Have a Job (409 comments)

No, he's hasn't.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta

pablomme Re:Alternative layouts (366 comments)

You can have it in Gnome too. Open gconf-editor, find the "/apps/metacity/general/button_layout" key, and enter "close:minimize,maximize" as the value.

This is usability?
KDE allows the user to drag-n-drop button layout.

"Configurability", more like. It's well known that Gnome lets you configure fewer things than KDE. They try to focus on simplicity, and they think that the fewer things to tinker with in the usual setup tools, the better. By design though, Gnome's behaviour is configurable, and if you know your way around GConf keys you can tweak quite a few things.

Whether you agree with Gnome's principles or not, that's another story. I personally don't mind either way.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu's "Lucid Lynx" Enters Beta

pablomme Re:Alternative layouts (366 comments)

the most sensible layout I encountered was in OS/2 (using an add-on in v3 or v4, I forget), which had minimize & maximize in the upper right, and the close button on the upper left

You can have it in Gnome too. Open gconf-editor, find the "/apps/metacity/general/button_layout" key, and enter "close:minimize,maximize" as the value.

more than 4 years ago

Health Care Reform

pablomme Re:A false choice, of course... (2044 comments)

Two points:

1. As I replied to the earlier post,

the money that would be invested by insurance companies in treating people with pre-existing, permanent conditions would increase the insurance prices for everyone. And that's precisely what I think is correct. The extra money you are paying is exactly proportional to the chances that the same may have happened (or may still happen!) to you. Which is fair.

2. You say

smoking 3 packs a day and washing it all down with a quart of vodka

That's why tobacco and alcoholic products are taxed extra (or at least in other countries where the extra tax goes to health services).

You are basically saying that it's their fault if people get sick. That is nonsense. I hope you are never in the situation to realize this from first-hand experience.

more than 4 years ago


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