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Re: GNOME 3 = Mental illness
GNOME 3 is pretty braindead, but minimise buttons? Come on. Their only purpose was to placate Win 3.11 users. If you are looking for minimise button you do not have enough virtual desktops - or are not using them right.
> SF is now a dodgy download site and should be blacklisted.
There's still lots of good software hosted on SF and from your comment I suppose you tend to use it to download binaries -- which important but somewhat auxiliary function of such site. And it's the one most fucked up on SF.
Anyway, what are the suggested alternatives that offer beside SCM some basic auxiliary stuff such as
- mailing lists
- web hosting
- download of packages/binaries
Whatever you say about SF, it has been here for much longer than GitHub and at some time (long ago) it was close to being ‘the’ open source hosting portal. Is it already necessary to introduce it to people as ‘something like GitHub’? Sad.
Re: The sad bit is
> the core idea of a taxi license is setting up some much needed frequent checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance
And what if I just don't care? When I was hitchhiking, there was no checking on drivers, their cars and their insurance either. I took the risk and it was my business to do so.
I am not defending Uber specifically, just saying the reasoning something must be regulated because it must be regulated because it must be regulated... is just nonsense.
Re: Can't we just employ the best people for the job
So then companies with homogeneous workforce (of any colour, gender and sexual preferences) will lag behind the diverse ones, eventually go bust and the problem will solve itself. No quotas necessary.
First, BBC has not been asked to remove any personally identifiable information, that's completely irrelevant here.
Second, the ‘right to be forgotten’ does not apply to the media, they are exempt. You can ask Google to suppress search results, you cannot ask BBC to remove the actual news.
> the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem proves that a bandwidth-limited wave can be perfectly captured and reconstructed to be as smooth as the original.
Are you saying the music is a truly periodic signal, or that it is sampled in time from minus infinity to plus infinity or something similar? If not, how do you apply the theorem to get *perfect* reconstruction for finite non-periodic signals?
Of course, perfect reconstruction is not actually needed in practice. But that is a different matter and one has to go and do the hard work... Waving the sampling theorem in front of people is just bullshit.
I suppose the next step will be historical books about the Civil War that display the flag, or are they disallowed already?
Technically correct. The best kind of correct.
> Strictly speaking, the Brazilian and Peruvian governments do not have rights over the name "Amazon"...
Well, there is your problem. Problem for everyone except US companies, that is. If you write the rules to permit companies naming themselves or their product after some existing entities, trademark that and force the original entity ‘out of business’, what do you expect to happen? Names like Amazon or Apple should be simply forbidden. I wonder how the congressmen would be pleased with a company named ‘US Congress’...
Re: Speaking as a Scientist...
> We generally don't have root privileges on our machines...
So Macs have better workarounds for restrictions that make computers not fit for the purpose?
You have a problem.
What about us?
Here it is like half Windows, half Linux.
The dividing line goes approximately between people just using commercial software and people creating their own tools (the latter would not be considered normal users in an office but in a physics department it is different). While Macs can do both and there is usually a way to get most Windows and Linux software working, the appeal to people either locked deeply in Windows software or accustomed to open source environments and tools is kind of limited...
Re: Arse about face
> I ask for payment and get it.
Please list some examples of respectable scientific journals that paid you for publishing a paper.
Otherwise, I say utter bollocks.
Re: Consensus is not science
> Consensus is not science, and if you have to rely on it as a persuasion tool, you are not in a scientific debate, but rather a social one.
Well, this is unfortunately true only if we can reasonably falsify the statements by experiments. Which covers lots of science but not all.
For instance in pure mathematics, the purest of sciences, the consensus is everything. Yes, the theorems and proofs may be objectively correct or wrong. But that is something we cannot readily verify (leaving aside some simple cases). The only known method for checking them is that the original author tries to explain as well as he can and other people try to understand, go through and reproduce the proof. So at the end, mathematical proof is a social construct. It is verified by consensus, nothing else.
Re: According to recent Gartner data,
> why would the toaster need to talk to the 'fridge?
For the person making toasts or storing milk in the fridge, there is no reason. But as the means of surveillance (and thus implicit control), connected toasters and fridges may come handy.
Re: In a Pickle
> Is Unicode finally running out of code points that they need to start desperately pursuing re-use over clarity of expression?
Maybe just saving space for useful things...
Considering the development from :-) to these emoji things, they will be superseded again in a few years by something else, probably animated and making sounds or whatever -- and hopefully falling out of the Unicode domain.
And considering clarity of expression, if Apple shows ‚envelope with downwards arrow above‘ as ‚envelope with rightwards arrow at left‘, it does not get much clearer than that, does it?
Re: inkscape featues
You can set text-decoration attribute to underline in the built-in XML editor. Not convenient but frankly I cannot see discouraging people from underlining text as a bad thing...
> How can we express righteous outrage with Facebook or Google's relentless privacy assault, when we continue to hand valuable stuff over?
Your ‘we’ is not us.
Apart from Google Search that I indeed use -- cautiously, with blocking and with a reasonable idea what can be mined from the search terms -- I do not indulge in handing valuable stuff over. So how can *we* express righteous outrage? Easily.
Re: R. A. E.
Well said. And now please actually go read the article and find out that the breakdown includes the assembly cost.
Ingenious. I cannot imagine anything that could possibly go wrong with this plan...
Re: letters appear twice WTF?!
> one of the big advantages of Windows is that it provides a toolkit for things like input boxes
The big advantage over what exactly? Every relevant graphical environment has some GUI toolkit (often more than one) and there is even a choice of crossplatform toolkits...
Producing actual useful physical products? My, that is so difficult. And lots of things can go wrong in the process. You must be crazy to invest money to that...
> I've yet to see somewhere that wouldn't benefit from virtualisation, to be honest.
I suppose you don't work with systems that interact with control/regulation systems, measurement instruments, ...
Please no huge leaps...
Have not tried 4.12 yet but all the talk about major updates and huge leaps makes me nervous. If I do not want something from a desktop environment, it is huge leaps. In any direction. And XFce fulfilled this perfectly, with each version being essentially the same, just a bit better.
> use a decent blue cheese
Or camembert-like or smoked cheese or anything you like. If you want a strong taste, use this:
(warning: might be classified as chemical weapon in the US).
> I thought in Czecho, all food always came with beetroot?
No, that must have been some bad luck if you got everything with beetroot. It's true restaurants here tend to add all sorts of random vegetables to meals for no good reason, but there's more variety than beetroot. Often it's cabbage (of whatever kind and form) that I fortunately happen to like, but it can be really anything. Beetroot is actually relatively uncommon and used [properly] only in some specific meals.
Irony detector malfunction?
> Our cybercriminal blackhat hero Nick Hathaway is the hunky, chunky Chris Hemsworth...
And this is a good thing. If you are the hunky chunky type you can easily became a superhacker. It's just another superpower that goes along with flying, instant regeneration and shooting lasers from your eyes, and that's the message everyone needs to get.
Re: surprise- a translation company doesn't understand IT (@Bassey)
> We in IT must not overestimate our worth...
Even pure IT companies tend to have buildings, furniture, etc. So differentiating IT and non-IT based on that makes little sense.
I would like to see a criterion that can tell computer game development is an IT business while banking is not, if there is one. Buildings and furniture? Amount of non-IT expertise? Amount of core business carried out inside/by computers? How customers use/interact with their products? None actually cuts it.
Re: Sleeping on the floor?
Sleeping on the floor [level] is quite normal in some part of the world.
risk analysis results
Random noise plotted with nice colour bars is still random noise.
tracking software in iPhone
Probably just baseless Russian propaganda. Also, it is probably true...
Re: Truing biography
> The problem with mathematical notation is that it is usually designed by accountants, physicists, and, of course, mathematicians.
That's not the problem, that's the stroing point. Mathematical notation is created (rarely designed) to express some concept consisely and in a way that helps *the person creating it* thinking about the concept/using it correctly. Anyone doing non-trivial math develops new notations all the time. If lots of other people find a particular notation helpful it sticks. It's a natural selection following the devlopment of the field.
The last thing we need is notation designed by cognitive psychologists who don't even understand the mathematical concepts. As for graphical design, notations are typically first created for writing by hand (scribbling, actually). The time for typographical refinement comes when (if) they do stick.
Re: What might be fitting
> Why just before a group of muslims?
Noticed the topic of the article?
Otherwise I agree. Although existential proof may not be sufficient; it's also a matter of quantity...
Re: Apple's view
> You are not the copyright owner.
What the hell does any of this to do with the copyright owner?
When I buy a dead-tree book I own it. No problem including it in my Will. We only want the same for the non-dead-tree stuff.
Re: Welcome and useful
> The very fact that many messages are suddenly travelling encrypted means dragnet surveillance is much more difficult.
This in turn means more focus on getting the messages (and metadata) at the source, i.e. owning the devices. Not that it would not be happening anyway...
> Innocent person wipes their mobile, unaware that they are destroying evidence.
And this complicated chain of events is something you say it happens often, or what's the point?
Re: "This is a false flag by /whichever agency/, probably NSA or something."
Yes, why bother, the main threats they need to focus on are whistlebowers, civil and digial right groups and such. 4chan can be a convenient scapegoat but the time doesn't seem to be right for that now.
Apple & Google competing on privacy & security
Thank you for the good laugh.
Re: I'm going to catch hell for this...
> don't work in a job that has a legal requirement to carry assistance dogs.
Or ensure that people allergic to dogs are considered a protected group... And lawyers will rejoice.
Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?
All people who think some topic is taboo for jokes should be hanged.
You are welcome.
Re: only a matter of time
...until we're all paying using gold, cigarettes, chicken eggs, etc.
Re: More work
> ...and you don't speak English and you don't know non-Cyrillic alphabets and you use a Cyrillic keyboard...
i.e. any advanced use of computers is out of question for you, well, then you just use a contact list in your communication app. The little things with @s in them are not that important. They are some internal handles for computer geeks. You probably use social sites, not e-mail, to communicate anyway.
And if you have to you can still copy'n'paste an e-mail address when you see it even though you cannot type it. Which is excatly the situation *everyone* will be in soon.
There is a diference between, for instance, muder and negligience manslaughter even though in both cases someone is killed.
You can only *manipulate* the stock market intentionally. Otherwise you only affect it.
Want keep something inaccessible for the general public? Don't let search engines index it either! It's really simple and you won't piss off people.
This problem will solve itself
If the current trends contiune, soon it will be unacceptable in the US to label explicitly anyone as black, asian or whatever (white being the only exception). So it will be impossible to produce similar reports. Problem solved.
Re: Sometimes, nobody inside cares what *you* think
> Are you saying you can't complain about something unless you're willing to build it yourself?
You can complain as much as you want. But you have the full right to be ignored if you are *just* complaining.
As an open source developer (not paid by any rich foundation, mind you), I often must say: I do not want to invest my time into this. There are more important/interesting things to work on and this one is weird/uninteresting/marginal/tangential to the program function/... But patches are welcome. This is how open source works.
Have you tried your complaining tactics with proprietary software? How it went?
I wonder what will be next. Women are underrepresented among world dictators?
Is it really necessary to make gender-balanced every bloody definable group of people, no matter how good, bad or odd the group is?
Re: 2560 x 1440 on a 5.5" phone
> I'd estimate I use my phone/tablet about 30cm from my face.
You are holding it wrong.