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Comment: Re:So what you're saying... (Score 1) 224

by AmiMoJo (#49201077) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

Someone has to decide, otherwise you have to legalise RPGs, howitzers etc. There needs to be a limit and the only sensible way to decide is to trade utility against the danger of allowing general ownership. You can try to rebalance things by mandating training or background checks.

But yeah, just accuse people of being ignorant and fearful, instead of making an argument. Good job on the advocacy.


Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday 464

Posted by Soulskill
from the dissenting-dachshund dept.
jones_supa writes: Ubuntu is going live with systemd, reports Martin Pitt in the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list. Next Monday, Vivid (15.04) will be switched to boot with systemd instead of UpStart. The change concerns desktop, server, and all other current flavors. Technically, this will flip around the preferred dependency of init to systemd-sysv | upstart in package management, which will affect new installs, but not upgrades. Upgrades will be switched by adding systemd-sysv to ubuntu-standard's dependencies. If you want, you can manually do the change already, but it's advisable to do an one-time boot first. Right now it is important that if you run into any trouble, file a proper bug report in Launchpad (ubuntu-bug systemd). If after some weeks it is found that there are too many or too big regressions, Ubuntu can still revert back to UpStart.

Comment: Re:A serious question (Score 3, Informative) 287

by AmiMoJo (#49195979) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

It wasn't so much that they innovated, because when they added new features they were typically already available in other browsers. It's that they provided a free, open source alternative to IE at a time when one was badly needed. In the early days they made big strides forward with things like tabbed browsing and SVG support. I suppose you could say they were in the right place at the right time.

Comment: Re:Nauseated. (Score 1) 153

It's a bit more complex than just needing a mis-match between inner-ear and eyes to make you feel sick. Most people can tolerate their eyes seeing movement but their inner-ear saying they are stationary, unless they are also experiencing vertigo. Vertigo is caused by things like sudden variations in frame rate.

For a VR headset it is therefore important to keep frame rate up, but also to track both the direction that the user is looking and the position of their head. For example, when you look down you lean your head forwards and rotate it. If the simulation just rotates it doesn't match your inner-ear, it has to match the leaning forwards and movement of the head downwards.

Comment: Re:Free roaming sounds nice... (Score 1) 63

by AmiMoJo (#49195525) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy

They would have to pay roaming fees to the providers who provide the actual network coverage. In practice most of them have some kind of agreement where they simply agree to allow each other's customers to roam without bothering to meter and bill every single megabyte or text message.

The reason why the EU wants to get rid of roaming charges for consumers is not that it costs the networks nothing, it's that the networks charge far more than it costs them and are not motivated to agree reciprocal deals. Some companies have already set these deals up in anticipation of the new rules, or simply to attract customers. For example my rather cheap 3 contract (3 is the name of the network... It made sense when 3G was the latest and greatest thing) allows me to visit many western European countries without any roaming fees already.

Comment: Re:Ok then... (Score 0) 235

by AmiMoJo (#49195491) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

You are reading too much into that quote. There are very real concerns about military robots that can decide to kill people autonomously. Right now efforts are under way to create a new international treaty to deal with them. Just referencing a popular movie as a short hand way of explaining the basis of the concern does not make someone crazy.

Smashing stuff up doesn't make the crazy either, just ill informed. It wasn't the best way to achieve their goal, but the goal itself seems to one that many people share. As I say, there are efforts being made to control this technology, which is essentially what these guys were trying to do in a very ham-fisted way.

Comment: Re:Make It Possible to Flee Sharia (Score 1) 692

by AmiMoJo (#49195055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

You are delusional if you think western Europe will become an Islamic state. Are you aware that France banned wearing religious face coverings a few years ago, forcing women who want to wear a full face veil to remove it in public? France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, and yet they had no power to stop that happening. That's how weak Islam is in Europe, powerless to resist its religious* dress being outlawed.

If you think Islamic terrorism is a risk in Europe, I'd point out that it has killed far more people in the US.

* Yes, I know wearing a tent isn't strictly a part of Islam.

Comment: Re:If I can make it here I can make it anywhere... (Score 1) 692

by AmiMoJo (#49195013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

There are excellent universities in Europe too, in fact four of the top ten are British:

Europe has more freedom, a better quality of life, things like free healthcare and a wider variety of cultures that EU citizens can experience. A lot of Chinese people come to Europe to study, particularly the UK but also other countries. It's mainly a language thing, they all want to speak English.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1) 250

by AmiMoJo (#49194983) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Or when Jesse Jackson says that "thugs" is racist term, when describing Michael Brown pushing a store owner around. Michael Brown was a thug, it has nothing to do with race ... UNLESS you're saying that pushing people around is a race based characteristic. Again, what Jesse Jackson said, while appearing to be legitimate was basically establishing that blacks are incapable of acting civilized and thus using terms like "thuggish behavior" to describe thuggish behavior is racially insensitive.

Wow, you twisted that up pretty badly. What Jackson was saying is that the media tends to label black people as thugs when they do that kind of thing, where as white people usually get other labels or more technical accusations like assault. That was in the context of how police seem to be biased against black people in certain areas, and how that bias manifests and is re-enforced by the different language used depending on the race of the person in question.

To be clear, he isn't arguing that black people can't be thugs as you seem to think. He is arguing that if a white person did the same thing it wouldn't be taken as a sign that they were some kind of low level criminal thug and thus justifiably murdered by a cop.

Comment: Re:Edible Phones (Score 1) 335

I know, I do it on Android as well. Even before that my old Nokia feature phone could do it.

I wasn't suggesting it as a new feature, I was suggesting it as a course of action already available to most phone users. Same with laptops, create an imagine, sent it encrypted over the net and do a full wipe before crossing borders.

Comment: Re:Edible Phones (Score 2) 335

A better option is to simply back up your phone before you cross the border. Encrypt the backup and store it somewhere other than on your person, e.g. cloud storage or your own server somewhere. Then wipe the phone. You can now hand it over to the border agent to datarape and he won't get anything.

He's like a function -- he returns a value, in the form of his opinion. It's up to you to cast it into a void or not. -- Phil Lapsley