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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

santax Lol... (296 comments)

Seriously, Apple sold 5.5 million intel-pc's.... It's nothing on total pc sales. They took a great OS (freebsd) closed it down, put huge payed-garden-walls around it and made it idiot-proof and dumb enough for a 2 button mouse.... Of course there will be a couple million idiots buying it... Even including the apple-tax, for their customers, it's either paying up or learning to handle 3 mouse buttons. I don't think we can expect the intellectual effort of understanding 3 buttons, let alone a terminal, from someone who is paying for this. And that is just fine. It's good to see that the 'special' people also can use a 'computer'. But please... Don't go pretending that apple created something really good or unique with this rebranding of intel cpu's and freebsd.

about 2 months ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

santax Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

Keyword, correlation. They can track you a lot closer than those 5 miles, but it doesn't matter. They know who you are, by correlation. It's not important if you happen to stand on 23th or 24th street.

about 2 months ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

santax Re:So? (774 comments)

Isn't that just meta+ctrl+b C meta+shift+[ d meta+ctrl z S meta+ctrl+del n o w ?

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

santax Re:Dislike Arch (303 comments)

One could consider using pacman on Arch for just that task. Or yaourt if you wish. (package managing ;) ) I am using arch for about 3 years now. I wouldn't use it an a production server, it's too bleeding edge for that and there is no such thing as LTS on Arch. But it's awesome as a dev system and as a general state of the art desktop/laptop. I would not recommend it to first time linux users or people who are afraid to open up vim. To get the most out of it, takes quite some time in the configs. After install it's pretty much naked, while being considered a good thing to me, might not be a good thing for someone who wants to start typing on a new book. I think Arch takes a bit more from the user in many ways. The community is helpfull, after you have proven to do your own research. It resembles openbsd both in docs as mentality. Because the documentation indeed is awesome.

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

santax Re:Gentoo (303 comments)

Well personally, being a hacker since the early 80's wouldn't consider setting some compiler-flags being a hacker. Second, Arch (and I believe most distro's actually) let you hold back packages while still being able to upgrade all the rest. In Arch AUR there is even a package cold downgrade... so you can compile any given package again from version control where you can pick one you liked better. If you really wanted keep a package at a certain version, you being a 'old-age-interpretation' of a hacker, could also consider compiling it static. Not sure if Gentoo mentions that option in their standard flags or if you would have to do that manually ;) Don't get me wrong, gentoo is nice, but any system can compile packages. You just need to learn how to read and alter the make files. In most cases, Gentoo costs you time and learns you nothing. But it's a nice hobby.

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

santax Re:Arch (303 comments)

Being a former dev and pro for SuSE, going to Debian for years and since 3 years switched to Arch I have to say, there is no documentation better in linux land than the one you can find at the Arch Wiki. It really is an example of how great docs should be. Nothing wrong with mint, ubuntu, slack, redhat and by all means, pick one that you like. I would not have picked arch as the best, since it's geared towards to technical crowd that knows where and how to fix things, but they are right when they say that the Arch documentation stands out alone. Openbsd's might just be better. Might.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips

santax oh you mean tools to counterfeit? (35 comments)

We all know the Chinese special but the asians as a whole make chips. EU and US don't... so just as we know that the NSA doens't hunt for terrorist but for economic and political espionage (terrorisme as you will) this isn't different. The US can call it what is want, but we, the academic world know what you are up too... And the US is with al those things no longer a serieus academic partner and soon it won't be a economic nor political partner.

about 3 months ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

santax Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

We will have hundreds. In your street, in your town. I wasn't talking about clientside, I was talking ISP-side and Exchange-side.

about 3 months ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

santax Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

These 'things' add up. I have no need for a expresso machine that is internet-contected, but I'm sure some marketing boy can sell it to my significant other. And I'm sure it will use most of it's packets to send data back to the marketing boy.

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

santax Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

But to anwser your question. I am not in favour of Hamas. I am against the slaughter and displacement of innocent people. I don't even ask if those people are jews, muslims, atheists or whatever. And it's hard to keep an open eye with all the propaganda the IDF and Israel-friendly media are feeding us.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

santax Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Actually, we haven't seen the slightest proof of Hamas doing that. We do however know that Israel does precisely that. Not only do they force their teenagers to take up arms in the army and frontlines, they also force them to kill babies. But sometimes they just do it for real like here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... And there is lot more of those videos where there is zero evidence of Hamas doing this, except from the word of professional liar (ak, spokesperson) for the IDF. Keep thinking critical people. Hamas might do this, but there is zero proof. Israel does do it and there is proof enough. Most of their IDF are teens who are forced to take service. Talk about human shields.

about 5 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

santax Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

The situation in Palestina (gaza+israel) is much more complex than that. But not complex enough to not understand that murdering innocent unarmed babies and women by Israel is morally wrong and frankly, a really big warcrime.

about 5 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

santax Re:Army funded (130 comments)

Yeah they changed that after the outrage.... Here is a screenie from before because I had a feeling that the word army would be gone soon when I noticed it. http://tinypic.com/view.php?pi... Needless to say that the first version was correct and this is just really bad damage control.

about 6 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

santax Army funded (130 comments)

The research is (partly at least) army funded. That does explain why every academic ethic rule is ignored. Cornell has co-authored this research, so they can know. Check the last couples of lines to see for yourself. That part makes this even more disturbing. The media should include this 'small' detail. http://www.news.cornell.edu/st...

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

I guess we have different social environments.

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

You don't get it. Humans can have mercy, can see that this guy in the wrong uniform just was helping a buddy of you etc... AI can't. And won't be able to do that in the near future. They do can recognize uniforms though and faces :)

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

The biggest difference lies in mercy and for the shorter term, recognition. But on the longer term, mercy, At the end of WW2 germany had mosty kids left. You could shoot them or just threaten them and they would give up. That is something technology won;t be able to do for the foreseeable future.

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

Hi, this is 2014, ai, agents, selfteaching systems, neural networks - have made great progress.

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Re:Way to long to read. (222 comments)

And because someone is using them. But yes. We probably agree on this.

about 6 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

santax Way to long to read. (222 comments)

I tried, honestly, but it's all bullshit. Assumptions. Without caring for reality. We now have robots that can decide to kill. Do we really want those? See what happened when you had drones shoot missiles at people? A lot of weddings got bombed. That is what happens when you take emotion out by relinking b&w video to an 'operator ' that pulls the trigger. Now imagine to take emotion out completely, because that is the direction we are heading. Especially, but not alone, the US. And the all other nations will have to follow. And as of now these systems exist and are being used in the field, as tests. Robots that decide who gets shot. Great fucking idea. Not.

about 6 months ago

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