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Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming

shocking Re:BS junk science (378 comments)

Incorrect - the world has continued to warm. You need to update your knowledge, please see

It'd help you to wander around that site - they're on top of recent developments and watch new papers as they come out.

about 6 months ago

NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

shocking Re:I called it. (326 comments)

In his case, when you look at the link, he's still wrong on a lot of areas. Dig around a bit more.

about 6 months ago

Linux 3.11 Features Fall Into Place With Merge Window

shocking Re:Motif window manager? (70 comments)

Changing a user's session to that? That's just cruel. I used CDE for a while on Sun workstations back in the late 90s, but ended up using fvwm on Linux, Gnome 2, KDE, icewm and now I'm an xfce bigot.

about a year ago

Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

shocking Re:What? (562 comments)

Well, I sat down & listened to the talk (which apparently a lot of commentors did not) and sex was really only peripheral to the whole thing. It was more about the state of mind that people in the hacking community have, and the stresses and dangers that it has as a result. It spoke about mitigating some of that damage.

about a year and a half ago

Thousands of Muslims Protest 'Age of Mockery' At Google's London Headquarters

shocking Re:Don't watch it (515 comments)

Nope, not quite correct - all it takes is a belief that the end justifies the means. That way is the root of much evil.

about 2 years ago

It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

shocking Hanvon n516 with the OpenInkPot firmware. (684 comments)

I have one of these - 5 inch e-ink screen, with the supplied firmware replaced with the OpenInkPort ( stuff. Works well. Reads just about every ebook format there is. All the source code is open and can be compiled by yourself using a the cross-platfor environment IPLinux. You can even ssh into it from the USB connection (no wireless). I have over 2000 books and short stories loaded into a 2GB SDHC card that came with it.

I also have a Merlin HYGE0109B, with a 6 inch screen, but that's still running proprietary firmware, which only supports TXT and PDF. It gets a bit flakey when you have more than 64 books loaded. There is an OpenInkPort port in progress to this device, which is not complete yet.

Both these devices can be managed by the Calibre ebook manager, which runs under Linux, OSX and Windows (and there's also a port to FreeBSD, and possibly others)

The wireless access and ability to buy DRM'd books from one book store are not things I'm particularly interested in. I am aware that there are cracks for DRM'd epub books from B&N, as well as those using the Adobe DRM, but still, there's a bunch of classics out there, as well as independent publishers such as Baen. Visit, Feedbooks, to mention a few, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I intend purchasing a unit with a 10 inch screen when they become more available at the end of this year, so I'm able to view PDFs without having to zoom in. This is a good size for textbooks and other puiblications utilising diagrams.

more than 4 years ago

Anybody want to split a five pack of openmoko phones in Melb

shocking Re:Looking at the openmoko site (12 comments)

In a fortnight's time - I just bought a pair of cats who in total ended up costing something similar.. Sigh.

about 5 years ago

Anybody want to split a five pack of openmoko phones in Melb

shocking Re:Looking at the openmoko site (12 comments)

Hi Michael,

I'd be interested - I live in Canberra, so would have to have one shipped. Email is stephen.hocking at You're not the Michael Smith who was involved in XFree86 and who helped me get a copy of Dell SVR4 many years ago?

about 5 years ago

Microsoft Says Free Software Violates 235 Patents

shocking "I have in my hand a list of 235 ...." (1217 comments)

State Department employees who are Communists!" Sheesh, talk about fear-mongering. They should list where the patents are infringed, and let things get sorted out. Jackals.

more than 7 years ago



Code in Perl - Get a medal!

shocking shocking writes  |  about 2 months ago

shocking (55189) writes "Arizona National Guard member Vivin Paliath was surprised to be commended for writing Perl scripts and Excel macros while his unit was deployed in Iraq. His work automated a number of previously manual processes that were part of the logistics processes of his unit."
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Toshiba HD-DVD players run RedHat Linux

shocking shocking writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shocking (55189) writes "An enterprising blogger has pulled apart a Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD player and discovered it runs RedHat Linux off a flash disk. These units are now very cheap. They are capable of displaying 1080 video."
Link to Original Source

shocking shocking writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shocking writes "The recent work on moving FreeBSD to a new framework dealing with SMP issues (SMPng) has been finished, so developers have been benchmarking & profiling the code to find performance bottlenecks. After correcting a few, they found that a multithreaded MySQL benchmark performed extremely well under high load, maintaining throughput in situations where Linux throughput collapsed. The write-up is at "


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