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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

rhyder128k Re:Repeat history (184 comments)

Spot on. I liked the old divide between the two desktops, with Gnome as the "business desktop" and KDE as the "power user" desktop. Absolutely weird for people like me seeing new standard Gnome apps with LESS features. For most tasks, I like having a feature rich environment, even if it means that I have to dig a little; it's what I'm into, like a lot of Linux users. Thankfully apps like Digikam and Kate are sticking to the old KDE ethos.

about 3 months ago
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Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

rhyder128k Re:HCF (102 comments)

"AMD Really Is On Fire This Generation!" Put that on the cover of the mag.

about 3 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

rhyder128k Re:Philistines (641 comments)

Erm, you must be living in the dark ages or something. Amiga OS 1.3 is the one true OS!

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Lets Beheading Clips Return To Its Site

rhyder128k Re:No boobies though. (277 comments)

Good point. (redundant post to work around mis-moderation error)

about a year ago
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Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

rhyder128k Re:Yecch! (277 comments)

Personally, I've no problem with it, particularly if insect derived food were processed. For example, it could be presented in the form of burger. Having said that, I'd probably get used to seeing insect shaped food. Particularly if it were cheap and nutritious and tasty. I'm certainly willing to give it a go. Maybe one day we'll all be telling our grandchildren, to their horror, that we used to eat things that looked recognisably like the leg of an animal.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Celebrates 20 Years of Windows 3.11 With Linux 3.11-rc5 Launch

rhyder128k Re:mad libs (113 comments)

The Bolivian Navy on manoeuvres in the South Pacific.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Unveils 'Aggressive' Firefox OS Schedule: Quarterly Feature Releases

rhyder128k Re:Isn't all of it ridiculously aggressive now? (87 comments)

I don't think it goes far enough. If they really want to beat Google, they need to switch to powers of 3 for the version numbering.

about a year and a half ago
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J.K. Rowling Should Try the Voting Algorithm

rhyder128k Re:Short Experiment (Rowling's) (128 comments)

I don't really like the way that Rowling is held up as an example of a rags to riches success against the odds. According to Wikipedia she completed her university education and gained a degree in French and Classics. She then travelled the world a bit, got married, had a kid and then got divorced. When she returned to the UK, she moved into a flat and had all of her bills paid by the state. She then lived the (expensive) coffee shop lifestyle while she was writing her book. At one point, she received a massive grant from an arts council.

It was cushy. I wish I'd had it as hard her when I was struggling to get my first bit of paid writing work.

about a year and a half ago
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The Middle East Beats the West In Female Tech Founders

rhyder128k Re:Feminism (156 comments)

In Britain, feminists are campaigning for this practice to be made part of the law, and the government are supporting it. I wrote about it in this article.

about a year and a half ago
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The Middle East Beats the West In Female Tech Founders

rhyder128k Feminism (156 comments)

Usual feminist nonsense. The countries that adhere least to feminist philosophy have the most female tech entrepreneurs.

Remember how feminism works:

Some tech jobs are male dominated = men and women are equals.

Jobs such as working with young children are female dominated = female brains are different!

Any argument that could be made in favour of affirmative action for women in tech could also be made for affirmative action for men in nursing or working with kids. This could be extended to non occupational roles such as being a homemaker.

I remember reading a quote along the lines of "Apartheid cannot be reformed, it must be abolished.". Feminism can't be tweaked to make it male inclusive, it has to be either replaced with a new, gender-neutral philosophy or attacked by a male orientated one.

I wonder what the gender composition of most the penal system in that country is? Oh hang on, that's because female brains are different, right?

about a year and a half ago
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North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

rhyder128k Re:And... it's gone (636 comments)

By the time you get to 60, raising it to firing position is still pretty good.

about a year and a half ago
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Sheryl Sandberg and Technology's Female Leaders

rhyder128k Feminism (181 comments)

Job such as teaching is female dominated = women's brains have evolved to be better at certain things.

Negative role such as being in prison is male dominated = men's brains are different.

Positive role such as winning sole custody of one's children is female dominated = women will always be better are certain things.

Job is male dominated = men and women are equals.

It's femilogical, and you're being sexist if you don't agree.

about 2 years ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

rhyder128k Re:30000 years? (697 comments)

God Shcmod - I want my monkey man!

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Make Fish Grow "Hands" In Experiment Revealing How Fins Became Limbs

rhyder128k Re:Just wrong! (110 comments)

No doubt, this new development will lead to some finger pointing.

about 2 years ago
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Why You Should Be More Interested In Mars Than the Olympics

rhyder128k Re:Also because (409 comments)

But only a few will have the honour of serving the Tripods inside the city of gold.

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux

rhyder128k Re:Oracle not worth it (170 comments)

That's an error in the article. It's a 3.x derived kernel but it reports as 2.6.x for compatibility reasons. Even "uname -a" shows it as 2.6.x. Just reviewed it for one of the mags.

In a nutshell, the kernel enhancements offer some improved performance on massive hardware, such as the stuff that Oracle is selling. The appeal of the distro is a business one. Server admins like the idea of something that has been tested and certified by Oracle from the hardware to the kernel, all the way up to OracleDB. Other than that, the userland aims to be completely the same as RHEL beyond some cosmetic changes. Basically, a business has to weigh up the total cost, and it seems to be quite competitive with RHEL. For people who aren't going to pay for the service contract or hobbyists , Centos is a better bet.

more than 2 years ago
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US Army Developing Armor Tailored For Females

rhyder128k Re:"...has identified several problem areas and... (310 comments)

Yeah, because I'm sure that Adult film producer (866485) would be very offended at the thought of women's breasts being considered sexual.

more than 2 years ago
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Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second

rhyder128k Re:Can people actually tell the difference? (607 comments)

You have to remember that this could mean a new generation of TV sets along with re-releases of old films on a new format. A LOT of money to be made.

more than 2 years ago
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British MPs Propose Censoring Internet By Default

rhyder128k Re:Think of the children (255 comments)

Quite right.

Since the beginning of the 70s, feminists have used the pornography "issue" as a stick to hit men with. They don't need pornography because practically every woman has an unlimited supply of the real thing.

Unless you are viewing illegal material, pornography is sexual activity between consenting adults. Looking at or participating in pornography should be treated with the same respect as any other form of consensual sexual activity. Just once, I'd love for a left wing feminist journalist/MP to take a look at some pornography featuring homosexual people and start dishing out terms like "disgusting", "degrading" or "unnatural".

The same feminists know perfectly well that many a man who has to share a house with a woman won't feel empowered to ask to have the pornography switched on. This is in a society where any man trying to limit the sexual freedoms of women would be criticized. And that's what this is about - hurting, punishing and humiliating men.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Women Make Better Bosses?

rhyder128k Re:Feminism. Glad you accepted it now guys? (403 comments)

Your argument works on the premise that men and women are of equal ability in this role. I'm not saying that they are not. However, how do you account for the fact that men are over represented within the prison system of every society? If men and women are equal, surely this would mean that men are suffering disadvantages on a massive scale? Most liberals would argue that if non-whites (for example) were over represented in the prison system that it must be evidence of disadvantage.

Let's say that greater involvement in criminality was down to different hormones rather than systematic disadvantage suffered by males. In that case, couldn't these differences explain why men were more successful in leadership roles in business, scientific achievements or earning a high income? Oh no, it couldn't could it, because men and women are suddenly equal again.

more than 2 years ago

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The Societal Effects of Shared Custody Arrangements

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 5 months ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Giving men and women equal rights of custody would have benefits for most of society macroeconomically and socially, but no one seems to be talking about it. I've outlined some of the possible changes to society as a whole.

From the article:

"When we're talking about making changes to custody arrangements, we are talking about making changes to the family itself, the fundamental unit of a society. This terrifies some people, and yet it needn't. Urbanisation, information technology, sexual revolution, the effects of 24/7 media: social change was the dominant theme of the 20th century. Single parent families were once a rarity, but currently, 1.8 million households would be classified as such. What the family is can't be frozen, any more than it can be reverted it to what it was 60 years ago. It has already changed, and it will continue to change.

One of the most common mistakes people make when considering gender politics issues is to ignores the reality of a zero-sum game. In other words, it's impossible to impact the lives of one gender without affecting the other gender as well. If shared parenting became the default judgement it would mean that childcare responsibilities, for many women, would drop to only three and a half days a week. Similarly, many men would experience an improvement in their ability to sustain meaningful relationships with their children and to achieve a more substantial family life. It would also bring about other less obvious benefits for men and women that we'll come to in a moment.""

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Time For A New Breast Test

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 2 years ago

rhyder128k writes "Breasts — sexual or not? Or is it simply a case of "sexual when we say they are"?

Women’s breasts can be a confusing subject for heterosexual men. Sometimes, the feminist assertion is that they are sexual, such as when wagging a finger of disapproval in the direction of a girly poster or a strip club. In fact, even looking at them from across a room is often at odds with the rules of polite behavior. On other occasions, the feminist position is that breasts are not sexual and that it is offensive to consider them so. Examples include the right to breast feed in public or the right to be topless in all situations where a man could be topless.

In such cases, women’s breasts are merely mammary glands which women use to feed their young. Analyzing the situation, it becomes clear that breasts have two modes – we’ll call them mode A and mode B – and the only consistent rule is that men are usually on the wrong side of the rules."

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Is The Sun Surround by Dark Matter?

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rhyder128k writes "This story is bubbling around a few of the mainstream news sites. I'm far from an expert, but wouldn't the existence of dark matter inside the solar system be an epoch making discovery if true?

From the Daily Mail article: "Scientists say they are now '99% certain' the Sun is surrounded by dark matter, a phenomenon first proposed in the 1930s by a Swiss astronomer.

Fritz Zwicky, who came up with the theory decades ago, believes that clusters of galaxies were filled with a mysterious dark matter that kept them from flying apart.
At nearly the same time, Jan Oort in the Netherlands discovered that the density of matter near the Sun was nearly twice what could be explained by the presence of stars and gas alone.

Yet even today, mystery surrounds whether dark matter actually exists at all, let alone where it is.""

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Why Readers Pirate eBooks

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rhyder128k writes "From the article (on a site concerned with book publishing industry news and information):

"One confessed eBook pirate asked the Reddit community an important question: “eBook pirates, how do you justify what you do?”

We’ve collected seven responses below, complete with links to the comments thread. Publishers, authors and readers should all pay attention to these rationalizations–they will play an important role in the future of publishing.""

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Top 10 screen computer geeks

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 3 years ago

rhyder128k writes "Just who are the geekiest computer geeks of the large and small screen?

Jim Carrey had a point when he said, "Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac" as frankly, anyone who can hand out free cable is going to be popular.

However, even The Cable Guy might find his social influence supplanted these days by the nearest computer geek. Gradually, computers have developed from a niche interest into something that everyone depends on to get through life. As a result, the computer geek has enjoyed a transformation from outcast to linchpin."

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Raspberry Pi: Tiny Computer That Runs Linux

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k writes "700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM. It doesn't seem that long ago since I was running a desktop PC like that. However, these are the specs of a new keyring-sized computer to be released by a UK not for profit company. They hope to be able to sell it for $25 dollars a pop, and best of all, it runs Linux."
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Talking Point: Overlapping Windows

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k writes "Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with computers. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?"
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German Company Switches 10,000 machines to Ubuntu

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k writes "German insurance company LVM has switched 10,000 laptop and desktop machines over to Ubuntu Linux with the help of Ubuntu creator Canonical (announcement). Some early reports on the net have hailed this as a victory for Linux, but it seems like the company was already a mixed shop of Windows and Linux machines with a long history of reliance on open source software."
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OMG, Our Gender Is Being Oppressed By Language

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k writes "Something I penned for A Voice For Men recently. For fellow language nerds.

"A man and his young son were apprehended in a robbery. The father was shot during the struggle and the son, in handcuffs was rushed to the police station. As the police pulled the struggling boy into the station, the mayor, who had been called to the scene, looked up and said “My God, it's my son!” "

I'm sure that we've all seen riddles like the one above. The task for the reader is to guess what the relationship is between the robber and the mayor. It has already been established that robber and his son are male. So, who is the mayor?"

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Google Linux search suggestions

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Google Inc. continues to make incremental improvements to web search, and in this vein, Instant search was added in 2010. For better or worse, the accompanying search suggestions cannot be disabled. This drop down list is intended to save time, but it also gives some clues about what other people are searching for.

How about some Linux people? Searching for Mark Shuttleworth produced “blog”, “twitter”, “unity” and “girlfriend”. I have two suggestions for the last result. Firstly, in the past, Shutteworth has made a some interesting, but vague, comments about having lifestyle aspirations that challenge traditional, family-orientated life-goals for men. Secondly, he’s fairly young, he's successful and he’s traveled into space. No doubt, many a lonely she-geek must have wondered if he’s available. As expected, a search for my own name produced nothing of the sort."

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Ubuntu update policy change is probably good

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Despite some premature reports on the net, Canonical isn’t moving to a rolling release schedule for Ubuntu. However, the organisation is open to making some changes to the way that some software packages are updated. It’s seems likely that a mechanism that supports the adding of up to date application packages outside of the normal software repository updates is probably on the cards, and I’d say that it’s about time."
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Thrown off Adsense, and he's not sure why

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Dylan Winter, freelance writer, broadcaster and film maker, has built a business around making high quality, niche films on the subjects of sailing and trucking. He gives an outline of how much money he makes, who his customers are and how, by working with organizations such as Adsense, Yahoo and Amazon, he was able to turn his creative endeavors into an income. He was a walking, talking (and filming) example of how creatives, trained in traditional media production can profitably re-orientate themselves towards engagement with the Internet age.

However, things went wrong when he awoke one morning to discover that he had been thrown off Adsense. The moral: if you're thinking of building a business that relies on Adsense, bear in mind that they have a user contract that allows them to throw you off the service on a whim. Maybe the user experience would improve if Google had a bit more competition in this area?"

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Linux Distribution: Lightweight Portable Security

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 4 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Lightweight Portable Security is a LiveCD distro designed by the US Department of Defense to function as a secure end node, in other words, a safe environment from which to access the web or a remote desktop host. The focus is on security, and for this reason, it boots from a CD and executes from RAM, providing a web browser, a file manager and a few other small tools."
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Observation: Cloud computing is nothing new

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 4 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Cloud computing is not only the latest buzz term, it might well be the model of computing that powers the 21st century. However, it’s easy to forget that personal computing, in which each user has a standalone system that can operate without a network, is itself a relatively new approach."
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The case for National Linux Distributions

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "There's a lot of news flying around at the moment about the latest Russian attempt to create a national, Linux-based operating system. Let's take a look at some of the issues that surround the creation of national Linux distributions.

The first point to make is that this isn’t the first Russian attempt adopt open source software. In 2007, the Armada group won the government tender to supply Russian schools with a Linux based operating system, making use of ALT Linux, a Russian fork of Mandrake Linux. Red Flag (China), Pardus (Turkey) and Bayahnian (Philippines ) were all created to meet the requirements of state institutions."

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Could Linux Abandon Directories In Favour Of Tags?

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rhyder128k (1051042) writes "On my Linux Journal blog I posed the following question to the readers:

"For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy approach to organising my files. However, I'm constantly pushing up against the limitations of a system that is based around directories. I'm convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of tagging, but I'm also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely."

Am I mad for suggesting it?"

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poll: Software developers without a CS degree?

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rhyder128k writes "Some demographic groups are under-involved in software development. A common conjecture in discussions of this phenomenon is that the cause is under-representation of these groups in academic Computer Science courses. An earlier poll asked about the most common non-CS degree amongst our co-workers. I wonder what proportion of Slashdot users are involved in software development (commercial or hobby) but have no degree?

The poll answers are:
I do software dev for a living. I don't have a CS qualification.
I do dev for a living. I have a CS qualification.
I do software dev as a hobby. I don't have a CS qualification.
I do software dev as a hobby. I have a CS qualification.
My story's a bit more complicated than that (please explain).
I just picked it up by watching Cowboy Neal using C64 Basic."
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UK, rest of Europe turn noses up at iPhone hype

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  about 7 years ago

rhyder128k writes "The seemingly unstoppable run of good luck that Apple Computer is currently enjoying seems to have hit a brick wall. In the UK, amongst the press and the general public, the collective feeling towards the iPhone seems to range between [note — article written by submitter] iT's OK and iDon't Want One. Following the user profile links of forum posters on international sites reveals a significant correlation: people who are in love with the iPhone tend to be US based and people who are disinterested are largely UK based. This ad-hoc approach to social sampling is backed up by disappointing UK sales figures.

The raises the question, what has gone wrong for Apple in Europe? Perhaps the difference is cultural? The explosion in mobile phone usage has made these bleeping plastic pals an integral part of our daily lives. Perhaps the iPhone is designed for a usage pattern and techno-orientation that just isn't British enough? On the other hand, the collective show of ``meh...'' might be the result of more practical considerations as many have reasoned that the European iPhone packages just aren't competitive with other, local deals.

Oh well, perhaps China will go for it."
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OSNews.com turns ten years old

rhyder128k rhyder128k writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rhyder128k writes "From the site: "Today, 26th August 2007, OSNews has turned exactly ten years old. For a decade now, OSNews has been giving you the latest news on operating systems, its major applications, and a whole lot of other technology related things. We covered the demise of Be, Inc. we have seen 10 different years of Linux-on-the-desktop, we reported the release of Windows XP, and so much more. Thank you for reading, commenting, and complaining on OSNews for ten years now — we could not have done it without you. ""
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