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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

xfizik Transparency FTW! (97 comments)

And they say Russia is too secretive. This is the pinnacle of transparency!

3 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

xfizik Re:Biden is talking coding?? (223 comments)

Success in life in not measured by how well you know coding. Especially when you can hire someone who does know the stuff. It's unfortunate that politicians have little clue about things they talk about, but since I'm not American I quite enjoy these public blunders.

5 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

xfizik Re:Breaking news (612 comments)

Poor americans. The who gang of NSAs, CIAs, FBIs, DoHSs and others must be practically implanting cheating in their genes.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

xfizik Re:Money (612 comments)

Hmm. Even in the USSR, which supposedly was in a worse shape than Poland in terms of consumer goods and stuff, my grandparents would actually buy things, not "take care of them". Or at least that is what honest people would do.

about a week ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

xfizik Re:let me correct that for you. (612 comments)

East Germany was in a way totalitarian, but in no way was it fascist after 1945 - those are not the same things.

about a week ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

xfizik Ridiculous! (590 comments)

This is beyond ridiculous.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

xfizik Re:"unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" (231 comments)

I don't think they care about violating rights of the U.S. citizens. And they care even less about those outside the U.S. It's too bad that the American allies don't care about their citizens' privacy either.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

xfizik Re:Not just iPhone (143 comments)

The US has helped keep the free world free since the end of World War 2, and some people resent that and the failure of their preferred ideology.

If anything, the US has maintained a tight grip over the "free world" since the end of WWII. You are free to like this definition of "freedom", but this is not what freedom is supposed to be like.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

xfizik Not just iPhone (143 comments)

Anything coming out of the U.S. is a threat to everybody else's national security.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

xfizik Python FTW (143 comments)

Don't bother with R, use Python from the start. On the off chance that you may need some R functionality that can't be replicated or doesn't already exist in a Python library, you can always call R functions from Python through an interface/wrapper. As far as programming languages go, Python and R play in different leagues.

about three weeks ago
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Nest Announces New Smart Home API

xfizik Alternatives? (38 comments)

I've been thinking about getting a Nest, but I'm getting a bit paranoid about privacy and stuff. Are there any decent alternatives?

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

xfizik Re:Awesome! (99 comments)

Not only have I seen the last few releases, I have been using Firefox since version 2 and my primary browser on Linux and Windows. And I am generally happy with it. If you don't like the UI/UX, you have multiple options starting from countless addons that can customize just about every pixel of Firefox. And as others mentioned, there are other builds of Firefox for people just like yourself who are not happy with the default UI.

about a month ago
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Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

xfizik Re:Awesome! (99 comments)

In what way does Firefox want to be Chrome?

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

xfizik Re:Slippery slope (431 comments)

Anyone who hangs around on car forums and blogs knows well European cars have on average a pretty bad reliability record and terrible resale values, while the Americans have gone a long way to improve both the technology and reliability.

You must live in a parallel universe if you believe this. Most European cars, and that includes both Volvo and all German brands simply play in a different (better) league with respect to quality when compared to the Big 3. The latest 3 million car GM recall is just one proof of that.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

xfizik Slippery slope (431 comments)

Consumers can tell the difference between VW made in Mexico and VW made in Germany, and VW is not owned by Chinese. Whoever thinks that Volvos made in China would be (in the near future) as good as Volvos made in Sweden is just delusional. Although, they'd still likely be much better than American cars (GM, Crysler, Ford).

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

xfizik Re:I don't understand (516 comments)

There IS NO new menu! What exactly do you prefer?
There is big difference between not using something and not being able to use something. What you are saying is basically you don't use the start menu which you equally could "not use" if it was there. I can't get used to not having the start menu, because it's not there. It's not that I can't get around it:
- I can install a 3rd party start menu
- I can pin all the apps I need to the taskbar, which is what I do now.
But it is not convenient, it's extra effort. Also, not having start menu really sucks when working over RDP where I have to move the mouse at the exact left bottom corner to get what I need. Yes, I can learn the new patterns, but why do I have to? Especially, on Windows Server where nobody in there right mind would use touch screen.
P.S. The start menu thing has been discussed so many times already.

about 2 months ago

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