* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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Dem-owned-crats: Now its congressional committee is hacked

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Re: "Cat's name is Родина, why you ask?"

Rodina? Nah. The cat's name is Sasha.

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You know the old cliche...

If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about.

Muwahahaha!

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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Re: All you conversations

After the Microsoft acquisition, Skype went downhill fast and even my Windows using friends told me to stay way from it.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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Re: Inflated prices...

Cheap 2TB (laptop) drives have been commonplace for awhile now. There's no reason to bother with something as small as 1TB unless it's an SSD.

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Philando Castile death-by-cop vid mysteriously vanishes from Facebook

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Re: America

Generally, "bubba" does not refer to a black person. I guess I should have included a glossary.

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Re: America

Note that this is a cop, rather than a member of a militia or the Gangster Disciples.

That said, there have been black concealed carry holders that have managed to not get killed during a traffic stop. You're only going to hear about the ones where bubba goes apesh*t. Although I will admit our cops like to channel Dirty Harry a bit too much. This means no one can be complacent.

Facebook's mishandling of this video is certainly "convenient" though...

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: What a shocking and totally unexpected result...

Not necessarily. Both the law and the internal policy could have changed.

Since the other guy is not running for president, his infractions are also somewhat less significant. Although by the letter of the law, even a felony conviction probably wouldn't keep Hillary out of office.

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Re: Interesting downplaying there

> Are you aware that the stuff was classified after it was sent ?

Consider that a good reason not to violate policy.

Hillary is really just the same old sort of CxO that ignores the same IT policies that will get the little people fired (or arrested).

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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MD a Trade? WTF?

I dunno, if Brits don't want to become doctors you seriously messed up somewhere. So you lot like to brag about the NHS and then you abuse your medical professionals? Not that I would be surprised. Americans are huge ingrates about that too. They don't have appreciation for ANY sort of professional and expect everything for free. Everyone seems to devalue anyone else's job but their own.

Plumbing can be a lucrative gig and is hard to offshore. The same goes for nurses and doctors. Being an MD should be a plum job.

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Re: And what about the Cornish Pasty?

Don't f*cking worry about it. Place of origin markings take care of this. I know d*mn well that Vermont Cheddar is not from Cheddar, UK. This stuff doesn't need Pythonesque/Brazil style regulation in order to get sorted.

If you are proud of your stuff, plant your f*cking flag on it and let the buyer choose.

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Re: And so it starts.

Weren't these people already in a save haven, namely Turkey? So "International Law" effectively gives anyone total freedom of movement so long as they can screech "refugee"? That seems a bit daft.

It seems they stopped being refugees the moment they left Turkey.

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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Re: Really?

I agree that all of these hysterics are just nonsense. While the current market corrections are due to a general level of conservatism and risk adversity, that same conservatism will push everyone away from doing anything too stupid. The people with the money want the status quo maintained as much as possible. This will not be an "ugly divorce". The elites don't want it to impact their pocketbook.

The fear mongering is just people pushing their personal agenda.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: Brits--gift from America if you vote to remain.

I wouldn't admit ownership of Detroit if I didn't have to.

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Re: Dear Germany...

Americans are terrible about that too. Drives us nuts on cruise ships.

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Re: exporting bloody awful sausages

Cranberry in chorizo? [shudders]

Ay caramba!

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Throwing stones in glass houses are we?

pppppfffft We spent 2 weeks driving through Germany eating sausage. I would fly back just for the ones in Neuremburg.

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

If a product is pants, you don't buy it.

See how simple that is?

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

Curvy cucumbers? Really? You know there's a movement afoot to utilize mis-shappen and otherwise unwanted produce? Otherwise it goes to waste. Does this cucumber regulation sabotage that sort of thing?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I'm from the other side of the pond and I don't care who has what currency. The notes and coins are fun to collect but that's about it. Most of my transactions are handled in plastic. Exchange fees are a minor nuissance. Compared to all of the taxes you lot pay, it doesn't seem to be that big of an amount really.

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

I don't see the Greeks or Turks being terribly motivated to control their borders on this issue. If anything, it's the intervening countries between Greece and France that seem to be putting up any resistance. Of course people are going to go in droves when they hear that there will be no resistance to them. They will even risk the lives of their children during the crossing.

From where I sit, Greece is welcoming the Syrians with open arms. The Brits seem a lot less enthusiastic.

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Re: Repeating history

English policy led to the famine and English policy made it worse. It's on par with the famine in Ukraine triggered by Stalin.

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Re: Repeating history

You already have Fascism versus Communism playing out in the US. The growth of either are fueled by economic shock.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

I don't pay that as an American, what makes you think you will as a Brit?

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Losing pension bennies for moving out of the country? That doesn't sound terribly civilized. In fact it sounds a lot like American horror stories.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

The problem with your country club analogy is that the club in question is not an exclusive members only club but is open to the public as are all of it's affiliates.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

So, you're saying that the EU is full of Donald Trumps... because punitive VISA policies are on the same level of stupid as anything Trump has ever come up with.

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Bad analogies are... bad.

Cornwall is not as nearly alien as the rest of the EU or even the UN. It's not always in your interest to be part of group that doesn't match you, may hate you, and be successful at passing measures that take advantage of you. Something like the US works because we aren't that different from each other and those parts of the country that want to "get bossy" are counterbalanced by the fact that our factions cross all borders and roughly balance each other out. It doesn't always work out but we're far less heterogeneous than even northern vs southern Italy.

Our Italians and Brits and Greeks and Turks and Germans are all mixed together in all of the states rather than be concentrated in states of their own.

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Re: Readers in North America should be aware of the differing UK terminology

That was made pretty clear by the article. It's also actually a more reasonable definition of middle class. I think the version that America uses is "pants". It obscures the difference between wage earning and wealth generation (and probably intentionally so). You shouldn't be called middle class unless you own income generating property. Middle class originally meant merchants and such, not affluent workers.

If you have no income generating property, you're just "working class" regardless of how large your debts are.

As a plumber, you should only be considered "middle class" if you own your own shop. Otherwise, you're just another employee. Tradesmen who are business owners can make mad money exploiting the labor of others.

Regardless, the definitions should not be engineered to include certain percentages of the population.

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Re: Dear Andrew

I saw that crash coming. I saw it in the adjustable rate mortgages. My corporate cynicism made it painfully obvious. If nothing else, those loans would get adjusted to the point where mass foreclosures would occur because the executive class really are greedy enough to saw off the branch they are sitting on.

Plus it was a bubble. All bubbles pop. Don't need to be a quant to figure that out.

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Re: Dear Andrew

Smoking you say? I got cancer from 2nd hand smoke but the person who exposed me to all of that 2nd hand smoke is fine. Not a trace of cancer.

Reality can be terribly unpredictable.

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Re: I'm In

I call it "the echo chamber". People will even censor you for suggesting a contrary opinion. That's even before you drop them or they drop you.

Most people aren't interested in multiple viewpoints. They won't see them out. I have all kinds of wing nuts on my feed. It's wild. It's far more entertaining to step out of your echo chamber.

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States versus Feds

That approach to the argument really misses the point. Bearocracy doesn't scale well and problems are best solved in the most local terms possible. The EU is already a pre-constitution style confederacy. Making the central government stronger is probably not the brightest idea. Quite often the "national" politicians are grossly out of touch with local issues and frankly quite hostile to different regions of the "country". I see recent US attempts at solving problems in the most disruptive way possible and think that LESS centralized is far better than more centralize.

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Re: Safe European Home

It's not quantity it's quality. In Europe you have signs in bathrooms telling people not to squat on top of toilets. Although some parts of Europe are seeing MUCH MORE immigration relative to population. These are also people who have no interest in assimilation and can't get along with the also not-quite-assimilated previous immigrants. Many of us may be xenophobic about our immigrants but they generally seek to be one of us. Even the more numerous ones don't want to destroy or replace what's already here. That would defeat the point of coming here.

Europe has a huge "don't want to assimilate and never will" problem.

Whatever the Germans did to "tighten things up" was at best a late reaction to p*ss poor planing and not thinking sh*t through. The whole mess has to be embarrassing to Germans everywhere.

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Doh!

Clearly you did not read the post you responded to.

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Re: Thank you

I find it intriguing that the middle class aren't more conservative and more prone to want more localized government versus a federal government in Brussels. I would expect that class of voter (myself included) to tend more towards the "leave" camp just based on basic Republican/Tory sensibilities.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Of course corporate shills completely miss the point.

This isn't just some random Harlequin novel. This is history. This is a work that's already older than the typical human lifespan these days. It covers a very important bit of HISTORY. It's intrinsically valuable beyond whatever pure market value it might have. In American terms, it's far more like Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech. Trying to treat it like a Beatles song really completely misses the point.

I would have hoped that Brits would have a better sense of history.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Why LTS?

I will reserve final judgement until I see for myself. Plenty of people complain about systemd and I've personally experienced problems with non-trivial desktop configurations and upstart. A simple but well tested and highly reliable component has been replaced with various iterations of "ooh! shiny shiny!".

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Re: The past is un-dead

Yeah. There's no one going around tidying up the Internet so the cruft just accumulates.

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Re: UnUnified

There is NOTHING remotely difficult about running a command to install ONE package.

It's so simple and easy that it become MORE burdensome to seek out the appropriate canned option.

That's the beauty of Linux package managers. You can start out with the Debian minimal image and install everything just by asking for Firefox or Libre Office.

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Re: I'd love to upgrade

I have 2 printers that Windows refuses to do anything useful with. No vendor drivers are available. No drivers are available from windows update. The only options are a couple of generic printer options that are too new. New version of the printer language, older printers.

If not for the generic postscript option in CUPS, these printers would be doorstops as far as Windows is concerned.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Re: Good Sense?

The problem with this bill is that it will impact commerce. Tech isn't just about the tech companies anymore but everyone else who will be impacted by that tech. It's like that bit from the last DrWho special where he plugged Hyroflax into all of the big banks.

Nothing gets protected like money.

This dimwit is threatening the security of money. Never mind the midgets of Silicon Valley.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: know Windows

Of course the teacher that falls for this is going to realize that they have been "sold a bill of goods". This "Windows" won't have the same ecosystem that "regular Windows" does and THAT is the only reason that anyone ever put up with Windows or DOS.

Once you ditch x86, Microsoft's "ecosystem advantage" suddenly becomes it's "ecosystem disadvantage".

"This is not grandpa's Windows" will be a very real problem.

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Re: No, thank you.

The Netbook was nothing more than just another name for really tiny notebooks. It was just a rehash of earlier models from different manufacturers at different (much larger) price points. I had an earlier Sony that was pretty much the same exact thing as a Netbook except for the price.

Tech just moved on, as tech tends to do. More powerful low profile machines became cheaper

The modern answer to the netbook is the MBA and similar PCs that aren't nearly as expensive.

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Re: PCs fading away...

Actually, that's a remarkably retarded idea. Even in this day, little boxes attached to monitors still develop at a much faster pace than monitors. The last 3 or 4 generations of streamers have ALMOST managed to catch up to the features and functionality of 5 year old trailing edge PCs. They still haven't quite managed to displace a PC with a better GPU or better CPU and a lot of dust. Now with streamers, I only have to spend an extra $100 per generation. I also don't have to toss out a perfectly good display.

The iMac approach is horribly wasteful to the point of getting banned like coffee pods.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Apple

Meh. At the local mall there's a Starbucks next to the Apple store. Even there, the mix is predominantly PC rather than Mac. Even right next to the Apple store, there are more people using non-Apple kit.

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Debian derived silliness.

> Intel only provide drivers for Fedora and Ubuntu

What Intel actually provides is an nvidia (for windows) style driver installer that will bypass the Ubuntu package manager and install the video driver itself.

Mint is really not all that distinctive. It's really just Ubuntu with some different bits of flair added. It uses the exact same repositories. So if something is breaking under Mint, I can't imagine it working any better under Ubuntu. You're going to be dealing with the same kernels and the same exact builds of any of the relevant libraries.

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The Nano-NAS market is now a femto-flop being eaten by the cloud

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Re: FreeNAS is better

ANY NAS is going to be aimed at geeks.

Even with the shiny happiness, a NAS appliance still requires the user to be aware of what they are using. Short of the device having a speaker where it can tell the average rube what to do, it's not going to be usable by the average prole. No amount of pointy-clicky and pretty pictures can get you past the conceptual gap of what you are working with or the awareness and bother that you actually have to manage and maintain the thing.

"Hey you! Yeah you, over there in the living room. Come over here and put a new disk drive in me."

H*ll, even that's probably going to be too much for the family to handle.

The best I can do is put better drives in the thing and hope they hold out a good long time before needing to be replaced. Actually expecting anyone else in the family to actually manage the QNAP is probably like asking them to manage the mdadm array on my Linux workstation. It's just not happening.

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Resistance is futile.

It doesn't matter. You're going to be running a Linux box one way or another.

Although the whole "client vs server" thing is an entirely arbitrary line anyways. We Unix users just appreciate that principle more fully. Ars had a recent rather silly article where some Mac user decided to build a game rig with some space inside for drives and declare that a NAS.

ANY machine with an extra drive bay can be a file server. With USB, you don't even need the internal drive bay. Just hang it off the octopus somewhere and share it. Acquire and setup an automated copy mechanism (or not).

You don't even need extra storage. Just share a folder on the internal drive you're not fully exploiting. This has been an accessible feature with a shiny happy interface for 20 years in Windows. Any machine on the network can host stuff. If you have "small important stuff", you can copy it onto any device connected to your network. All of my HTPCs have spare space because spinning rust has been big for a long time and the OS overhead of an HTPC is tiny. So they all have a "local backup" folder where partial backups of the home cloud reside.

It's a very mundane idea in Unix to have your own private cloud with "drives" hosted wherever. The distinction between local and network storage is functionally non-existent. My Linux boxes have hosted shared storage for all the other machines in the home network since the 3.1 days. New "folders" like Videos and E-books get added as technology changes.

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Re: Also: streamed video

QNAP has it's own mobile apps and support for Plex/XBMC. Both of those are themselves well supported across mobile devices and dedicated streaming devices and even some smart TVs. One of the first apps to get created for the iPad when it was first released was a local video streaming server. XBMC support was quickly added to the ARM variant of the AppleTV when it was first released.

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Re: odd way to break down devices

One disk NAS devices are commonplace. They're just a drive in a box with an ethernet port. Functionally, they're like a Revo or a PI with a large hard drive attached.

I had a single drive Seagate NAS running in a friends small office for awhile. After that died, I quite literally set them up with a Revo + USB hard drive. When the Revo dies, they can just plug the USB drive directly into their own workstation.

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