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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

rjmx Re:i would (197 comments)

Well, actually, my system is a bit special. There's a Linux box acting as a firewall/router at the front-end, for a start, and that's why I had to spend extra time setting it up. As other people seem to be reporting here, normal setups seem to work without additional screwing around.

about 2 months ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

rjmx Re:i would (197 comments)

Surprisingly, Comcast is now giving out /64 IPv6 addresses in my area (south-eastern Massachusetts). Spent a couple of evenings last week getting it all connected. Works fine.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 27 Released: TLS 1.2 Support, SPDY 3.1, SocialAPI Improvements

rjmx Yes, but have they fixed the crashes? (167 comments)

Maybe it's me, but Firefox 26 would crash at the drop of a hat (and that's on Windows and Linux). I would sincerely hope that 27 is somewhat better in that respect.

about 7 months ago
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

rjmx Probably a good idea (298 comments)

Samsungs's products are crap, anyway (IMHO).

about a year ago
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The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

rjmx Great. (127 comments)

Now we're going to be deluged with nitwits careening about the place.

Rich nitwits, but still nitwits.

1 year,15 days
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Man Campaigns For Addition of 'Th' Key To Keyboard

rjmx Nah ... (258 comments)

The "Any" key would be far more useful.

about a year ago
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Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website

rjmx Re:Voltage's current lawsuits? (135 comments)

Nope. It'll be prosecuted under (wait for it) .... Ohm's Law.

about a year ago
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Anti-Infringement Company Caught Infringing On Its Website

rjmx Voltage's current lawsuits? (135 comments)

I think they'll find there'll be some resistance to that.

about a year ago
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We Should Be Allowed To Unlock Everything We Own

rjmx Re:Obviously (317 comments)

Agreed. Sony, who used to make great products, started going downhill the moment they "bought" Columbia Pictures. Now they only seem to be able to produce DRM-laden crap.

Talk about the tail wagging the dog.

about a year and a half ago
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Google's Punishment? Lecture Those They Snooped On

rjmx Seems fair to me ... (252 comments)

Google's "punishment" seems to me to be about right for the seriousness of the "crime". Swartz's was not. In fact, the penalty Swartz was threatened with was the actual result of "lobbying fees and campaign contributions" (by the MAFIAA and its ilk).

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Steps In As Regulator for Medical Device Security

rjmx At last! A purpose! (123 comments)

After all, DHS must have _some_ use. This might turn out to be it.

about a year and a half ago
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MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

rjmx Re:Guess I am learning Libre Office (349 comments)

> They say they're going to add new features

Like they did with Windows Vista "Ultimate"? What was it -- two (lame) games in about five years?

I don't think they even bothered doing it with Windows 7 "Ultimate". Perhaps the three people who bought it could confirm.

about 2 years ago
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Australian Govt Censors Notes From Secret Anti-Piracy Talks

rjmx Re:Sickening, (177 comments)

> You mean that same governer general who is appointed by the GOVERNMENT!

November 11, 1975.

more than 2 years ago
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Campaign Urges People To Send MPAA and RIAA Copied Currency

rjmx It doesn't have to be a good copy (413 comments)

Given that the **AA are likely to sue even if the filename sounds like one of their movies/songs, and given that mp3/ogg etc. are lossy codecs, you don't have to send them a scan of a bill at all. Just scrawl "Ten Dollars" on a piece of paper, scan it, and send it in.

That should have exactly the same effect.

more than 2 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Never Happened?

rjmx Apollo crash program? (756 comments)

Nope, sorry, there was no such thing. Nearest we came was Apollo 13.

more than 2 years ago
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EU ACTA Chief Resigns

rjmx Offtopic, but ... (253 comments)

Clever .sig you've got there.

more than 2 years ago
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Founder Of TheDailyWTF Dead

rjmx Really? (1 comments)

If that comment is really by Remy Porter:

> 2012-01-13 14:07 by Remy Porter (unregistered)

      why is he marked as "unregistered"?

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Becoming World's Second Most Popular Web Browser

rjmx Re:They screwed it with the new release process (511 comments)

But they managed to break addon compability 7 times in between.

Yep, that's what happened. They changed the versioning strategy, but left the addon compatibility as it was. Since most of the good reasons for running Firefox were its addons, they wiped out their advantage overnight. Apparently the addon developers were all expected to modify their apps once a month.

They'd have been much better off having addon compatibility rely not on the browser version, but on the API version, and left that alone unless it absolutely needed to be changed (*waves at Python developers, who don't seem to have a clue either*).

more than 2 years ago
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Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions

rjmx Re:RedHat Considered Harmful (433 comments)

Uh-huh. Have you always specialised in cheap shots, or is this a new development?

You're ignoring the size of the redhat customer base and its extensive use in enterprise systems (my own included). If this crap catches on, it's likely to spread to the other distributions; it's best to stop this exercise in change-for-change's-sake before it catches on.

To explain the point about dbus: originally, as a desktop IPC bus, it probably wasn't such a bad idea. It seems, however, to have spread beyond that point: it starts early in the boot process, and seems to be used by more and more processes every time I look. This might not be so bad if it was well-designed, but it's not: chief among my objections to it is the requirement for a reboot every time the thing gets upgraded (or, presumably, crashes). This is one of the things we all bashed Windows over for years and years -- and now that Microsoft seems to be improving in that respect, Linux starts to require it. This is progress????

more than 2 years ago

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Analysing a possibly faked news photo

rjmx rjmx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rjmx (233228) writes "Here's a story about how one person went about analysing a news photo of a Libyan rebel (on crutches yet!) firing an RPG. Many people thought it was faked: after reading this, I'm not so sure."
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How to teach a beginning programmer?

rjmx rjmx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rjmx (233228) writes "My 14-year-old grandson will be visiting us during the summer, and he wants me to teach him some programming. I think it's a good idea, and I think it'll be fun, but I'm not quite sure how to start. I've been at it so long that I don't recall much about how I learned (my first programming language was Algol-based, which should give you some idea). I don't even know how I do it myself these days: I just sit down in front of a computer and the programs write themselves, it seems.
So, how should I go about this? Any good, simple (preferably online) courses? And what language should I start with? BASIC's a little dated these days; I thought maybe perl, but anything you can suggest would help."

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