29 posts • joined 20 Jul 2009
Actually .africa wasn't rejected as such, but there were two applicants for it and one of them was now rejected (presumably the other will get it, although that's not formally decided yet).
The objection to .gcc was due to potential of confusion with Gulf Cooperation Council (the applicant was Goldman Sachs, or technically their fund GCCIX WLL).
Sysadmins are hard to stop...
Mandatory xkcd reference: https://xkcd.com/705/
How about HP110 from 1984? Cf. http://oldcomputers.net/hp110.html
Of course it's a arguable whether it is "rather smaller than a laptop" - it was certainly heavier than many modern laptops (mainly due to huge battery), but it was tiny by the standards of 1980s.
Looking at the specs, it almost certainly will run Linux (and they sell it without OS, too).
I'm not going to splunk 1k£ to test it, however.
486 is still supported, judging by comments in the changelog. There are some sort-of-486-like processors that are no longer supported, however:
"Note that the 386 is no longer supported, this includes AMD/Cyrix/Intel 386DX/DXL/SL/SLC/SX, Cyrix/TI 486DLC/DLC2, UMC 486SX-S and the NexGen Nx586."
Re: Forever is a long time
Actually dinosaurs lasted over 160 million years and dominated the Earth for some 135 million.
Anyway, yes, Earth will survive any climate change until Sun gobbles it up, but whether the human species will is another matter.
Sounds to me like regular landmines fit in the 3rd category already...
Re: If Linus doesn't like KDE4's "configurability" that much ...
The article is somewhat misleading: Linus explicitly said he likes KDEs configurability:
"But ah, the ability to configure things". All in all, given Linus' style it's all but high praise to KDE.
Re: Well, kinda
Interesting. My N900 has been rock solid - the only thing I've had problems with is MMS messages (which have never been officially supported), but I've never needed to remove battery or anything like that. And I grieve for its never-materialized successor (N9 does not count, I want a real keyboard).
You missed one missing key feature: the 320 series is database-safe, with capacitor that has enough power to flush pending writes in the event of power failure, unlike 330 (or 520 for that matter). Which explains why the 320 series is selling for a much higher price.
A misspelling in system name: It's Vuori, not "Vouri". (Louhi, however, is correct.)
In some countries it's perfectly legal to record a conversation you're part of, even without other parties knowing about it. In Finland, for example, where it was actually confirmed by the (Finnish) Supreme Court some years back. And yes, obviously such a recording would be usable as evidence.
Re: HP SSDs
Indeed. Apparently the only database-safe SSDs in the consumer market are the old and slow Intel 320 series ones (the new "enterprise" series 710 isn't much faster, but much more expensive - it is supposed to last much longer, though).
You might still find some (out of production) OCZ Vertex 2 Pro models on sale somewhere, but are getting scarce (and often very expensive - I just picked a 50GB one - the last available at that store - at €80, but mostly they go for five times that).
Re: every patent invalidated is a victory for us all
Algorithms are indeed often really hard to create. The hard part is usually mathematics. Which isn't patentable either, as you probably know, and for a good reason.
That something is hard to do and should be rewarded doesn't mean patents are a good way of doing so. (Quite a lot of seriously hard mathematics has been created without patents.)
Re: Curious to think...
"the human animal seems to be the only species hell bent on screwing itself into the ground over this contentious & self imposed issue, whilst all other existing flora & fauna on this planet will [...] simply adapt"
Well, yes, but "simply adapting" will often mean going extinct. :-)
Of course, that is the way of evolution: as the environment changes, some species will survive while others won't, and there's little doubt that nature as a whole will cope. But from a narrow human viewpoint, it is of some interest if the human species is among the survivors.
Re: Are they also suing scientific journals?
The mere name "Hobbit" probably isn't covered by copyright, but it is trademarked.
I doubt they have (or indeed could have) trademark on hominid species... unlike copyright, trademarks are domain-specific (so that, e.g., Apple could be two separate trademarks, Apple Computers and Apple Records), but they may well have registered the trademark for drinks and such. Copyright enters the picture in where images from the film have been used (which Nature &c presumably didn't use).
Re: Fuck Saul Zentz
"You cannot copyright folklaw." Maybe not, but you can certainly trademark ancient words - witness Apple, for example.
Re: Re: Re: I don't get it...
"I am of the understanding that in UK courts people can be compelled to answer questions by a judge."
I'm quite certain you're wrong, when it come to the accused. The principle against self-incrimination is rather strongly entrenched in various international legal treaties, notably in the European Convention on Human Rights, which I believe is binding in the UK.
Now *witnesses*, i.e., people who are not being accused themselves, can be compelled to speak, but that's not at issue here.
Doctorow and PS
Hey - I read Cory Doctorow's novels and occasionally even Postscript source, but Windows phones I won't touch with a ten-foot pole if I can help it!
I recall somebody *did* succeed in selling fridges to inuits long ago - to keep food from freezing... don't even need electricity! Nowadays they're of course likely to have electricity and use fridges to keep beer cold in summer, like everybody else.
You missed at least one story: Portuguese may have landed in Brazil well before Columbus, but kept it secret for political reasons. There's no direct evidence of that but several indirect clues, so I'd say it's one more theory in "plausible but unlikely" category.
One somewhat counter-intuitive effect of death penalty (and to a lesser degree, harsher punishments in general) is that it reduces the likelyhood of getting caught and convicted, and (even more surprisingly) increases false convictions. So while DP obviously reduces recidivism in those convicted and executed, it might have the opposite effect in total.
In Finland you can sell your excess heat...
Remember, this is in Finland, where heating is needed more often than cooling, and a big problem with air conditioning is preventing heat loss in winter! So they can probably feed any extra heat to the communal central heating system (and get money from it!). Only in summer it'd be a problem at all.
O, P, Q ...
"As to what animal is picked that starts with a "P" for 12.04...who knows?"
Lots of those to choose from (I doubt they have the chuzpah to go for Perky Penguin though), but the next one will be harder... Querulous Quail? Quotidian Quetzal? Queamish Queenfish? Queer Quillback? Quirky Quillfish? Can't think of any more... except Qagga, but an extinct animal would be a bit, err, ominous.
Maybe they'll jump Q and go straight to R (Racy Rat?).
rsync & versions
While rsync by itself doesn't keep multiple versions of files, it makes it easy enough, and a number of tools built on it do it automatically. A few have already been mentioned, others include rsnapshot (which needs very little besides rsync itself and perl, but requires editing configuration files manually) and backuppc (which provides web interface).
CHKD works with cards bigger than 4G
CHKD *does* work with 16GB cards (at least) just fine - you just have to partition the card in two, a (very small) partition for the CHDK boot stuff and the rest for images, see
Small nit: the LX3 is not the only one with hotshoe, G11 has one as well.
Otherwise, nice review, although I think Ricoh GX200 would've been more at home in this group than the CX3, and Canon S90 would probably have scored fairly high, too.
Fixed in 22.214.171.124
Looks like this has been fixed in 126.96.36.199, according to
"[...] Fix NULL pointer dereference in tun_chr_pool() [...]"
After the patch the code in question looks like this:
struct sock *sk;
sk = tun->sk;
I suspect 2.6.30 and 188.8.131.52 won't appear in many distributions.
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