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Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

staalmannen Re:Zombie plants? (38 comments)

Mother Nature is a serial killer. No one's better. More creative. Like all serial killers, she can't help but the urge to want to get caught. But what good are all those brilliant crimes if no one takes the credit? So she leaves crumbs. Now the hard part, while you spent decades in school, is seeing the crumbs for the clues they are. Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus, turns out to be the chink in its armor. And she loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths. She's a bitch. -Fassbach, World War Z

In this case, she is a Cereal killer

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Re:Different views on a free market (223 comments)

Standards is just one of the regulations in place to ensure a Free market (a market with choice for the consumer). In terms of ISPs it could be that there would be antitrust regulations and requirements that competing companies should be able to sell their services over the exising connections. Ideally the "network providers" and "service providers" are kept sepparate, and the "network providers" only billing the "service providers". This is how stuff works with electricity and gas, at least in the 2 countries where I have lived.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

staalmannen Different views on a free market (223 comments)

I often see to very different views on the concept of a free market. One is "free from intervention" and is producer-focused, which often leads to one or a few domninant players due to network effects and/or scale advantages. The second one can be interpreted as "optimal competition" and is consumer-focused, where regulations (antitrust, enforced standards, consumer protection etc) try to make sure that the consumer always has a choice and that a market can not stagnate into its stable state of one or a few dominant players. I think the telecom market in the US vs EU (and probably most of the world) is a good example. In most places, the government has mandated a single standard (for example GSM) and rules for roaming on a network. This has led to a big market of small service providers on a few networks (there is for example stiff competition on prepaid SIMs). What I have understood from the US, differing standards between the providers coupled with a subsidized payment plan for the phone effectively causes a lock-in situation for the consumer. I am definitely leaning in favour of the "optimal competition" interpretation of a free market (how can a market be free if the consumer does not have a choice?).

about two weeks ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Compared to Bionic (134 comments)

also klibc and newlib could be interesting. Newlib especially since it is used for its portability and to make experimental OSes, klibc for being extremely small and minimal

about three weeks ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

staalmannen Re:Either gnu libc is hideously slow and bloated.. (134 comments)

It might be easier to add than to remove, leading to bloat over time and glibc has been around for a while. Also, building on old code might mean that you are limited in what you can change. For example, the modular design of LLVM has been a pretty big success and is considered easier to work with/develop than gcc. For musl, I think they have decided to remove all legacy stuff + non-standard extensions.

about a month ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

staalmannen Re: I wonder if... (144 comments)

simply convert to mp4?

about 3 months ago
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How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

staalmannen P2P DNS (181 comments)

Is any of the P2P DNS solutions (and which one?) a viable alternative to the Google DNS or OpenDNS? Does anyone have experiences that they would like to share?

about 4 months ago
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Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

staalmannen Re:Start working on HURD (341 comments)

I would rather see it based on Genode OS and the L4 microkernel

about 4 months ago
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France's 'Culture Tax' Could Hit YouTube and Facebook

staalmannen Re: Frogs (314 comments)

Both dubbing and re-casting with native actors take away a lot of the experience. I hate the brittish and american recasts of swedish films/series for example. For dubbing, it is quite clear that people in European countries not speaking one of the big languages (German, Spanish, French, Italian, ...) are on average better in English thanks to sub titling of the original movies.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Crack Major HIV Mystery

staalmannen Re: AIDS is God's way of saying homosexuality is w (84 comments)

more like 1600 years old. The christian bible was assembled as a political compromize in the 400s - including the classical prayer clearly stating that Jesus was tortured at the cross (a way to exclude the gnostics from the definition of christians). Apparently there are a lot of texts available that were classified as herretic back then which are the same age as those included in the NT. According to some of the Jesus was a bully in his teens using his super powers.... then again....we could just as well discus our hero-of-preference from the Marvel universe....

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Applications and Development Platform 4.12

staalmannen KDE on windows (44 comments)

I wonder if I could use the KDE on Windows effort on those asking for help with Windows 8 (right now i have just slapped classic shell on there). My "secret" hope would be that when they are comforable enough with KDE I could convert them to a proper OS (I usually give OpenSuse KDE to novice users but use Arch myself). The case for an alternative user-installed desktop environment has never been greater on Windows, so definitely an opportunity.

about 4 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

staalmannen Re:No Sympathy (413 comments)

#4 does... Namely legacy reasons.

I have a perfectly fine multipage scanner here that doesn't have drivers for Windows 7 and the manufacturer is out of business. You do know that Windows 7 implemented driver signing right? So even if you do find a legacy driver it probably won't start because it won't be signed. And don't give me this "Linux is your route" because no driver exists for it there either. So my choices are toss a perfectly working, expensive at the time and in demand scanner just to update from a working OS to one that doesn't or stick with what is working.... Hmmmm Hard choice that one.

It would have helped if you mentioned brand and model. Perhaps people could have helped you out...

about 4 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

staalmannen Re: No Sympathy (413 comments)

I can attest to that this also is a problem in academic (biomedical) research. We have two fairly expensive machines that originally were attached to a win 95 or 98. The controller software is 16-bit and I experience a lot of instability now that the computers gave up and got replaced by XP machines. Sadly the products are discontinued and the company merged/bought. As a Linux nerd I would have loved to have OSS drivers for these machines, but that will most likely never happen (too niche products for anyone with skills to care)

about 4 months ago
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Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

staalmannen satanists Christians too... (1251 comments)

I am confused... But reasonably Satanist should also be considered Christians just rooting for the other team? Personally I would have thought that something more interesting could have been erected there. BTW if I have understood philosophical satanism correctly, one of its core beliefs is that egoism is a virtue. That should make a good fit with some of the Republicans.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

staalmannen Re: Clementine Player (317 comments)

I also like amarok and was pleasantly surprised to find a shoutcast plugin after getting a bit nostalgic after the news of winamps demise got public.

about 4 months ago
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Mystery Humans Spiced Up Ancients' Sex Lives

staalmannen Re: "human-like" (238 comments)

obviously since the evidence of their existence was found in our genomes

about 5 months ago
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Netflix, Youtube Surpass 50% Mark of Internet Traffic

staalmannen Re:Amazon Prime Video / Netflix / Hulu - Good Enou (249 comments)

The thing I still use torrents for is to find really old stuff (we are talking 20s-50s here, mostly "horror"). There are lots of old gems to be found on TPB, which I do not think will ever be offered by any commercial streaming service. To be fair, most of those fringe downloads are abmyssably slow. Because of this, I still think that the torrents will fill a niche also when the true pirates have disappeared. It would be great if there was a repository with 1) legal now public domain movies (the old stuff) 2) old movies that can be considered "abandonware", where the rights were tracked in one way or another. This would be a cultural contribution similar to the "scan all books in the whole world" thing Google is doing.

about 5 months ago
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LLVM's Libc++ Now Has C++1Y Standard Library Support

staalmannen Re: !GNU/Linux (161 comments)

There has at least been some at getting some binutils replacements within the LLVM project. No idea how complete this is at the moment....

about 7 months ago

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