114 posts • joined 23 Dec 2007
Re: What it's for
"few governments are actually evil. And most are trying their best to do the right thing, incompetence permitting."
It's not the govts that worry me. It's the evil buggers in the background, controlling the govts.
Re: Problem Is Much Deeper: Corruption Of Mind
I guess it was a smart move, my leaving the West and heading to the East all those years ago.
Another Lost in Space loon
ICBMs and atomic bombs vaporising your city are nothing compared to a hacker stealing your Facebook (eg) password. After a nuclear attack he won't need cyber protection.
Re: What a small and sad life you lead.
...or did you mean "boor"?
Re: Hotel Facebook
...and you just can't kill the Beast.
Re: @Don Jefe A Controvertial Topic (for a change)
Yes, but why? Spending all that money just to destroy a clay pigeon? Still, destruction does seem to be a favorite American pastime.
Especially when weight is a serious design factor. I recall the doyen of motor racing theory, Laurence Pomeroy, saying that the "perfect racing car should disintegrate one yard over the finish line." Any farther, it was obviously over-engineered. ;-P
Re: Bring bonking functionality to Android?
Bonking? It's what Bankers do. See the connection?
The longer a joke goes on, the more suspiciously serious it looks...
Re: Wrong introduction!
I was there. Had a wild time...I think...
Re: The Gmail account should be set up ...
Surely Hushmail, if you want strong security...
They don't want to be "cleansed" - they want to stay filthy rich.
Not if your name's Assange...
Re: Three wins for Debian in a week
Have you forgot "satisfaction", "pride in work", or even "community benefit"?
Or do your charge friends who come over for a cup of tea?
Problem of definitions
MS is a for-profit organisation strong enough to compel/convince OEMs to bundle MS on their machines.
"Linux", bar a few exceptions, is non-profit "community" that generally doesn't give a damn about "getting on the desktop". You can take or leave it. No Linux user loses anything from your not using it.
The plethora of "Distros" (versions of Linux/GNU) is not confusing. It's liberating. You can choose exactly what you want for the job.
Personally, once I've shown friends and colleagues my Linux setup, they go for it. Disregard the propaganda put out by the CLI ranters. Linux is easier, safer, more flexible than MS or Apple. And it's free.
The few for-profit Linux organisations eg Redhat, Canonical, Novell, are increasing market share, admittedly not always on the desktop.
Re: The blog
What if a policeman's bike was stolen? Would it take any less time or more activity to get on the case? Only joking...
Re: The blog
To be fair, you've never experienced the exhilaration of riding a motorbike. It comes a very close second to riding a horse. And I suspect you've done that, either. Stay inside your Toyota Whatever. It's "safer".
Re: actual theft of a tangible item...
Ah, finally, the reason we have police!
Re: I like it !
Sadly, Q.E.D. - good guys finish last...
Re: Cops? Ha! I had an entire CAR stolen
So, it's a crime to retrieve your own stolen car?
When did you last use Linux? I guess either never or long ago. The CLI can be found and used, as it can on Windows, but there's no need. Everything _today_ is point & click. It will even live alongside Windows - dual boot - if you still need Windows apps. Wonder over to Distrowatch ( distrowatch.com ) and look around. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Re: Good news
"only a matter of time before they start selling something WITHOUT an OS installed!" Another reason I love Bangkok. Been buying computers for years, dirt cheap, no software installed, then sticking in my choice of Linux. Surprised the "First" World democracies don't offer this option.
Been running Linux for so long I can't remember - don't you need Admin rights to create a new user on Windows? You certainly do in Linux, which's why malware downloaded by a "user" can't attack the system. No "write" or even "read" (in most cases) rights.
How does this malware gain Admin rights on Windows?
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
Yes, a rather crude, intimating (very un-google) EULA. Why not "lease" the device indefinitely rather than sell it. Then the EULA is (more) acceptable.
eee-901, still going...
Netbooks may be dying - for those who didn't get the memo - small, cheap, wi-fi, bluetooth, internet, some writing, some simple games, 6 hr battery. My Asus 901, running Mint 14 xfce, does the job perfectly well.
Re: Knew It Was Coming
"With a back door, a parachute and plenty of altitude...." Really?
At 33,000 ft (10,000m), the usual airliner cruising height, the temperature is around -50 C! If you didn't suffocate from hypoxia you'd freeze before you hit the ground. Stick to buses.
Re: No Psions?
What, no Psion netBook??!! Touch screen, Thinkpad-equaling keyboard, 12 hr battery, in 1999! Still use mine, though for mainly sentimental reasons.
Re: Grounded indefinitely
Qantas Airbus 380, yes, but the engine is British - Rolls Royce RB211 Trent 900.
Re: Funny how these things go full circle
Hang on...looking DOWN to find a pocket watch and looking DOWN to read it makes one's head go UP and get shot in the face?
Re: What a surprise!
My (original) Asus 701 runs Mint 9 wonderfully fast and perfectly stable. Even squeezed LibreOffice and the Gimp on the 4GB SSD fo 3.5 hrs. My 901 runs Mint 13 MATE perfectly for 7 hrs on a charge. What am I missing?
Re: What a surprise!
I'm afraid you've been reading old stories. Every machine I've had over the past five years running Linux detected wifi out of the box. Even ancient PCMCIA cards can be used with "ndiswrapper" which uses Windows proprietary wifi drivers. The latest Linux distros will handle this automatically. Best to try a FREE linux distro on your machine. No command line, just point-and -click.
Re: Win-8 is Hideous
Had a similar experience. Burmese NGO got 20 virus-infected W7 laptops that were unusable. I ran Mint 13 MATE off a USB stick to demonstrate Linux. Sold! Installed it on the director's machine in 20 min. LibreOffice does everything he needs, networking out of the box, printing perfect. He went on the install on other staff kit as dual-boot, just in case. Staff, after two weeks, boot straight into Mint. It's really so easy.
Re: The REAL reason
Or maybe, with so far disappointing take-up, they just have to move W8 any way they can. Hence the "sweetheart" deal for the military.
Re: The old addage:
...unless you have a back door.
Re: So sad...
Ayesha, High Priestess of Kuma: "She who must be Overpaid".
Re:Bamboo under the fingernails...
Wouldn't that interfere with my typing?
But is "Linux" trying to compete? Which organization similar to Apple or Windows is pushing Linux? Maybe Canonical but I haven't seen the ads, shows, Balmer-style antics. .
I'd say most Linux users don't care if others use it or not. They choose a distro' then a version then a GUI then change the whole system to suit their particular needs. That's why individuals use Linux.
Re: Is this sales or shipped?
And incoherent shills at that. More wit needed.
What didn't the Chinese understand? They're no longer a Communist economy (only a Communist state). They did the Capitalist thing - charged as much as the market would stand until supply increased elsewhere, then shut down their own excess supply until demand rises later on. A stupid Communist would still be demanding high prices, still mining the stuff and wondering what went wrong. The Chinese are not. QED
Out of Control?
Following the satellite's orbit here:
Can't see the wobble. More US propaganda?
Re: Nokia is worse
Is it Bangkok or what? My N8 runs Ovi maps without wi-fi - just GPS satellites - and gets me within 10 meters of my actual location - walking or driving. Google maps demands a wi-fi connection but does no better, and sometimes worse.
Re: Hearts and minds
>Variously attributed to Churchill, Bismark and Clemenceau
All servants of fascism. They would say that wouldn't they, Mandy.
Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?
Shuttleworth, the businessman, always has the Profit Monkey on his back, whispering, "Not yet, not yet. OK, maybe now you can turn a profit on all your effort and investment." But it would've been nicer to tell everyone first.
Re: Dark matter
"We can't explain magnets."
I can. But the subject is too repulsive.
I'd be a happy little trader if brokers were not also traders but it just ain't so.
Broker/traders are "testing" the market all the time (HFT alert) with piddly bids and offers that would not cover commission costs. Why would anyone bid for $5.00 worth of shares, knowing they'd pay $10.00 fees? They'd need a 100%+ sell for any profit. These little bids/offers are probes to test market sentiment. I watch these probes trying to drive prices. For me it's a signal to get out. A sucker play, like losing the first hands at poker to a punter.
These probes can inundate a market and distort it because there's no commission loss. It's a free game .
I trade actively on the Thai market in real time. I always know the price of any share I'm buying or selling. If you're shorting you can see the price on the screen (and you're guessing it'll fall), and your broker knows you have funds to cover to an agreed lower price/percentage fall and an agreed future buy back time.
If you don't buy back the shares you sold (borrowed), the agreed market price/time is simply deducted from your account. As for cash on the spot, the traditional payment method is T+3 ie you pay for a Buy 3 days later and receive proceeds of a Sell 3 days later. It allows me to to buy in again immediately after a sell.
That said, shorting is a nasty game because it distorts market sentiment - a big buy at the end of the day could be a panicky shorter buying to get out rather than a confident buyer coming in. Confusing. But fun. And profitable if you're sensible and cautious. It pay the bills.
HFT is for the big money boys (who own brokerages and don't pay commission, well except to themselves). An estimated 70% of all HFT trades take less than a few seconds. Scary if you're a day trader (scary anyway), but no big threat for trend traders like me. Again it's market distortion that's troubling.
A pal used to do this years ago on Usenet, adding "terrorist, assassination, explosives" to his sig. Got regular visits from local plod, who eventually gave up. Echelon sees all.
Re: Too little, too late
Wall Street Journal? Owned by St Rupert of Murdoch, canonized for his services to Truth...
Re: No profit ...!
All the books I've ordered never rattled.
Re: Microsoft with knife in hand
"Tux world is a circular firing squad. Doesn't need any help from MS to fail. Just keep on pumping out 800 flavors to confuse the market."
As the unofficial dictator of Tux World let me say," We are not selling, marketing, coercing, conning, finagling or otherwise trying to push Linux on the world. It's there, it's varied, it's free for the taking. And personally, I don't give a fuck if you don't take it because I make a living by other means.
All hail Tux!!!
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