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Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

socceroos Re:Infighting: Linux's biggest weakness (155 comments)

Oh my.....I never realised this....Linux is hipster paradise - it will never get popular with the masses.

about a month ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:Love KDE (44 comments)

Does synchronisation use rsync or is it a from-scratch implementation?

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:GPG wallet (44 comments)

Agreed. I'll be switching to GPG in the next 10 minutes.

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Re:Love KDE (44 comments)

I have a lot of respect for lean programs. I've been building my own hand-coded assembly kernel for the last few years as I have a fascination with lean, mean programming. However, KDE does offer a lot of very useful functionality that is an honest time-saver. I'm an akonadi+nepomuk convert. I also love KIO and Kate.

IMHO, if I was going for lean, I wouldn't be using a GUI anyway. Definitely not for Linux sysadmin tasks!

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

socceroos Love KDE (44 comments)

It has really come along from the 4.0 days. Very stable for me - use it all day, every day at work. Only problem I have is that if you have a auto-hidden panel and a full-screen Citrix app then there is a 10px portion of the screen that is unusable right over the auto-hide hover area.

Other than that - it's awesome. I can't live without Kontact, Dolphin, Okular and Gwenview.

about 4 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

socceroos Re:Those costs seem high (229 comments)

The answer to illogically high costs is always the same: government.

about 5 months ago
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First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

socceroos Re:Schrodinger's grad student (530 comments)

Isn't this flawed? Sorry if I'm way off track, but surely lack of measurement does not conclude non-existence?

Take two completely disconnected observers monitoring the same system. Given the layered nature of observations, one observer (A) sees X and measures Y, but the other observer (B) sees X and W so measures Z. The current definitions I see flying around would suggest that observer A can correctly conclude that W doesn't exist because they measured Y. However, observer B can correctly conclude that W and X exist because they measured Z.

How can we suggest that time doesn't exist outside entangled entities?

Apologies for the Reddit reference, but if you could explain it like I'm 5, then I'd be grateful.

about 6 months ago
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Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

socceroos Re:Poor Mattthew Garrett (88 comments)

...the irony.

about 7 months ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

socceroos Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (387 comments)

advanced persistent threat. Just a buzz-word really. Just means you properly plan and execute a targeted attack.

about 7 months ago
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True Size of the Shadow Banking System Revealed (Spoiler: Humongous)

socceroos Re:BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA (387 comments)

....huh, the perfect opportunity was sitting there right in front of me and I didn't realize it!

Robbing from the bank is illegal and they'll hunt you down for it. BUT, robbing from their robbing - now if we do that, they can't go and whine to the feds about us. Huh!

Anybody want to join me in setting up an APT against a major bank's shadow transactions? You'll get wealthy, filthy wealthy. Even better - lets do the whole robin hood thing...

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

You've missed both the words 'newborn' and 'parent' (verb definition). Yes, they can experience more (cry, flap limbs {rarely}, poo, smell, see more, etc), but that does not meaningfully decrease the newborn child's net dependence on a parent to survive. Parent - as in someone who parents the child - without which no newborn would survive.

To bring it back to the point:

It will then need at least 5 but generally 9 months of full life support before it has any chance to survive as a separate individual.

A newborn child still has no chance to survive as a separate individual . You've attempted to distinguish a child in the womb as unable to survive independently and a newborn child as able to survive independently. This is patently untrue.

I assume your reasoning is that this affords those willing to extinguish the life of an unborn child the mentality that it is just a 'parasite' - an attempt to cloud judgement on the core issue.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

Desperate isn't the right word - I think 'frustrated' is more accurate. I blame aspergers for this tendancy, but it's no excuse.

Putting that aside, it does not diminish my point at all. A newborn child outside the womb is arguably just as dependent on a parent as inside the womb. Any perceived independence is merely nominal in nature.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

Again, you've built a strawman. False premeses again. You remove the natural process, create some extreme situation and then point to it as some form of justification. I do have moral issues with the general IVF process. I also believe that children die due to unatural curcumstances during their growth - just as they do outside the womb. Also, were you really taught that a newborn child could survive as a separate individual? That's idiocy in the extreme.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re: Practicality? (230 comments)

...does a woman have an obligation to make sure each ovum is fertilized? It is, after all a human cell that will naturally develop if only that minimal support is given to it.

No, that makes no sense. An ovum is one part of the puzzle needed before a life can grow. An ovum by itself will never turn into a growing human. Not difficult to conceptualize, it's not a growing human before fertilization.

And therein lies the point. Once fertilized, there is no denying that the "collection of cells" (which I reiterate, we all are) will become an adult human.

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells

socceroos Re:Practicality? (230 comments)

Forgive me if I misinterpret you, but it sounds like you do believe you should impose this upon others (take a stand).

You're use of the word impose seems like an attempt to sully my position on this - especially given your past arguments, but yes - just like we 'force' people against their will to murder others in the street, I believe we should do the same for the innocent, defenceless, unborn child.

Turn the tables a bit. Given your thoughts on the subject, it seems that you would believe that it is fine to kill unborn children?

about 9 months ago
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Australian Government Releases Report Into IT Price Fixing

socceroos Re: Or just pirate Adobe (125 comments)

Huh, I haven't tried the honey porter. Thanks for the tip. I normally just drink the draught premium

about 9 months ago
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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

socceroos Re:But that doesn't explain (256 comments)

It was a direct quote - not my own words, perhaps I should have mentioned that to help people that aren't aware of it. It's worth reading the Wikipedia article concerning it, it is well researched and authored (which you will find by searching for the exact quote I mentioned).

I most certainly wasn't quoting it without comprehending it. From the Wikipedia article:

There can be no conclusion made regarding the existence or the direction of a cause and effect relationship only from the fact that A and B are correlated. Determining whether there is an actual cause and effect relationship requires further investigation, even when the relationship between A and B is statistically significant, a large effect size is observed, or a large part of the variance is explained.

It's worth noting that until you've covered all contributing variables and factors to a problem domain you cannot with certainty draw causation from correlation; something that this article (and sensationalised headline) lacks. That is the point.

about 9 months ago
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Monogamy May Have Evolved To Prevent Infanticide

socceroos Re:But that doesn't explain (256 comments)

This whole article seems like it's clutching at straws to me. Correlation does not imply causation.

about 9 months ago
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Australian Government Releases Report Into IT Price Fixing

socceroos Re:Note to geeks: (125 comments)

I find it disgusting that you've had that conversation with your mother!

.....because everyone knows that no one on /. has a girlfriend! *ba-dum tsch*

I'm here until Thursday. Be sure to try the parma with chips.

about 9 months ago
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Australian Government Releases Report Into IT Price Fixing

socceroos Re:Solution to price gouging by American SW compan (125 comments)

LibreOffice wasn't even a twinkle in a developer's eye in 1997, so I'm not sure what you're going on about.

I happen to use LibreOffice every day at work without issue.

about 9 months ago

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