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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

promythyus Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

How would the system assign votes to identities? The ballot papers are anonymous, and Australian elections are supposed to be a secret ballot.

about 2 months ago
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Did Large Eyes Lead To Neanderthals' Demise?

promythyus Re:Correlation vs causality. (139 comments)

Lies. Neanderthals live among us, just take a look at your co-workers.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony To Make Its Last MiniDisc System Next Month

promythyus Re:Angry, Dumb Fanboy Meltdown (263 comments)

Not even. Blu-ray is fine, if you're still interested in the dying optical medium.

Blu-ray isn't a shitty non-standard that nobody else uses, however.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony To Make Its Last MiniDisc System Next Month

promythyus They'll be back (263 comments)

Don't worry, Sony will just create another "god damn fucking piece of shit oh god i hate you sony please die in a ditch" proprietary format.

Haven't bought any Sony products that require it (except a PSP, but you can but microSD adapters these days), and never plan on doing so.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Legacy UnixWare Installation Media?

promythyus Re:no p2v for unix? (193 comments)

That would create image.raw in /local/ on the remote machine. That command is piping the output of dd if=/dev/drive on the remote machine, over ssh, to the input of dd of=/local/image.raw on the local machine.

about 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

promythyus Re:Um (70 comments)

This isn't for today. This isn't for tomorrow. This is for the next 20-30 years you f*ckstick.

Imagine if the government of the time had the same thinking when they built the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We'd have 1 lane each way, totally inadequate. Technology expands to fill limitations and if something beneficial doesn't come of investing in those 50 lines within the next 30 years, I will personally reimburse the Australian public for all expenses incurred in providing the service.

Good infrastructure isn't laid by asking "what is adequate for now?".

about 2 years ago
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EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans To Charge $70 For New Games

promythyus Re:uBI and aCTIVision do it too (323 comments)

>ubi
>activision
>worse than EA

Yeah nah. EA are scum, always have been. Activision just rehash their crap and charge $15 for map packs without shame but they know that they provide a service and at least respect their paying customers. EA are the worst kind of hypocrites, flooding the market with crappy sports titles and generic cod-clones and then claim to be "a driving force of innovation". They say they will never do sales like steam sales, because it devalues games. Have you seen Origin lately? Sale Sale Sale Sale. Not only that, you try getting support on your title. I'm sure if you've kept up with gaming news you know all about EA's retarded banning policy, and how they handled people criticising Bioware. EA spit in the face of their customers.

Ubi just have crappy drm and price gouging. They aren't actively malicious like EA.

more than 2 years ago
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BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown

promythyus Re:Next they'll turn off the power (149 comments)

That doesn't mean that shutting down the tower is a good solution. The only acceptable solution is A) expand the capacity of the call centres. This is a fairly simple one, and doesn't require stopping me calling my loved ones before my train falls into a pit of lava or whatever and B) education, while seemingly a ludicrous proposition in the USA, it's a bit worrying if your nation's average citizen is so dumb they cannot coordinate a group effort to call 911 instead of all jumping on their phones and calling 911 themselves. This might require a cultural shift.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

promythyus Re:Mac OS X *did* have Spaces before Lion (359 comments)

I disagree.
Virtual Desktops don't really need names, "Desktop n" is quite good enough. You can reorder/arrange your spaces by dragging them, the only thing that lion really changed was that all desktops are in a single row now, which makes sense considering the swipe gesture to move between spaces. The addition of full screen applications as their own space more than makes up for the loss of vertically aligned spaces. You can still configure programs to open directly to a certain space so I'm not sure what you mean by configuring your spaces, the removal of the system prefs panel is moot because it had barely any options besides layout of your spaces anyway.

4 Desktops for Mac, 1 fullscreen terminal that is always open, then 1 fullscreen virtual machine so I can swipe between operating systems!

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors "Fire" Vaccine Refusers

promythyus Re:...why? (1271 comments)

The possibility that there are enough of these idiots for herd immunity to be ineffective? I suppose that would play right into survival of the fittest though.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Looks to Reinvent the Toilet

promythyus Re:Reflexive /. Gates bashing in 3...2... (471 comments)

So then you would say that religion has never started a war or fight? Exactly. Just imagine how different the middle east would be if they weren't fighting over "god said this is MY land" "no, god said this is MY land" (massive simplification but whatever.) Admittedly, people who just want to kill each other will find another reason.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

promythyus Re:Not so bad to have different systems. (2288 comments)

Considering most TV shows and movies come from America, would one not assume that the aliens use the imperial system?

more than 3 years ago
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If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

promythyus Re:5 Over (717 comments)

Please, shoot yourself. 1 car length per 10mph? So at 80mph you're going to be 8 car lengths away from the closest car?

You're probably one of those idiots that thinks the law is immutable and unerring too, aren't you? Speed limits are generally arbitrarily placed to give the general impression the local government is trying to curb road related deaths, but in actual fact do very little to prevent deaths, and provide cause for frustration among drivers, leading to accidents.

more than 3 years ago
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The 10 Best Android Hacks

promythyus Re:My favourite android hack (134 comments)

And there are more red M&M's in my 1kg pack than there are total M&M's in my 100g pack!

more than 3 years ago
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Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz

promythyus Re:Not true (397 comments)

I think you missed the point. It's a goddamn xbox car.

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

promythyus Re:You don't need to be technical to test (397 comments)

I agree. I have been playing new vegas since release, and didn't think it was particularly all that buggy (compared to other bethesda games upon release). Then I realised how much I have used the console, especially for small things such as toggle clipping so that I can get out of a badly designed area, that any less experienced person wouldn't know about and would have to revert to a save from possibly ages back. Many bugs could easily have been spotted and fixed by hiring unemployed nerds like myself with a decent understanding of the engine (from a player/modder perspective) for minimum wage and letting us run riot.

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

promythyus Re:Obsidian (397 comments)

You played over 137 hours, and complain it was $60? That's less than 50c/hr, which is a far sight better than you'll get for a DVD or at the cinema.

more than 3 years ago
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Bethesda Criticized Over Buggy Releases

promythyus Re:Obsidian (397 comments)

personally, I have it set so that the cinematic kill stays as my view, so I can pull of 3-4 headshots in "seconds". Good bye fiends!

more than 3 years ago

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What can we do to stop people rebranding and selling FOSS?

promythyus promythyus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

promythyus writes "A friend brought this software package to my attention, and it is being sold in 2 major brick & mortar software retailers in Australia. Although they don't provide many screenshots, you can clearly tell that this office solution they are selling is a simple rebranding of OpenOffice.Org and Mozilla Thunderbird. After doing a little research on the Apache License and MPL it seems that both of these licenses allow this. Obviously, this is a totally unethical business practice and contributes nothing back to the FOSS movement that made these software packages available to them.

So, how can we stop unscrupulous businessmen rebranding FOSS without adding anything to it and selling it to oblivious consumers?"

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