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Comment: What the fuck does the story mean? (Score 3) 178

by Blaskowicz (#47960317) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

To "Git-R-Done" is a really strange expression, never seen it and I don't lknow what the fuck it means. Did Joe Green failed to use git the repository software and be done?
More to the point, I didn't know what the website was. Then, throwing people under buses is not nice.

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 349

by Blaskowicz (#47959367) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

What the hell does it do that is actually of use? The one time I tried it on linux (but maybe it was a kill -9 -1) it bricked the system requiring a physical shutdown or reboot. There was such a lack of anything running anymore that ctrl-alt-del wasn't handled.

You might as well boot into DOS and type "ctty nul".

Comment: Re: Faster using less power! (Score 1) 122

by Blaskowicz (#47957835) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

20-year-old kids and slightly older working minimum wage or slightly higher buy these kinds of cards, in some european countries at least. (where you get health insurance with any job and not paying for a car can be an option if you're not e.g. a construction worker)

At around 300 euros it's not a particularly ultra-expensive mass consumer product. it's nice that a 400W PSU and a cheapo vanilla tower will be adequate, plus the power bills are only increasing anyway.
Many, many people don't follow the upgrade treadmill anymore, that's true. I'm personnally not that interested as games don't have much new to offer anyway and I would need to upgrade the motherboard and CPU, which I don't need/want to. (running linux on the hardware means very few games too!, and Wine is unsupported retro-gaming that works less than half the time)

Comment: Re:Find another external service, dont be cheap? (Score 1) 334

Also with a "real OS" the PC would not be necessarily wasted as a mail-only device. Have vlc and xpdf at least (need to install alsa-base alsa-utils and alsamixergui too) so now the PC can at least play CD, DVD, video and music from USB without jack all a chance of infection. I like the deadbeef audio player too if people can be assed to use it and make playlists.

Comment: Re:Find another external service, dont be cheap? (Score 1) 334

Yay for LXDE, and debian has similar qualities for being relatively simple, well known and understood.
Comes with Firefox ESR by default (iceweasel) which is better suited as a less often updated browser than the regular one.. though the situation might be so dire you should maybe use lynx and dillo.

I don't use mail clients but I would think of trying claws-mail first (hell my main webmail, a very major and well known one always had doing that as a pay option I believe, though there are wrappers/plugins/scripts for mail clients to download the mail anyway)

Comment: Re:How is he incorrect, though? (Score 1) 314

by Blaskowicz (#47945777) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Indeed, part of this is true. Disease is a significant problem. Neither are a nice place to live. Many try to move to Western nations. However, the average population density of the African continent is 95 people per square mile. For comparison, Europe has 186 people per square mile. Overpopulation can't explain why Africa is shittier than Europe. India has 954 people per square mile, but South Korea has 1288 people per square mile. Overpopulation can't explain why India is shittier than South Korea. While overpopulation may or may not be a huge problem in both areas, it's not hard to point to places with greater population [density] but much better conditions.

In particular, Africa is much bigger than we usually think. Mercator projection maps shrink it relatively to Europe and other northern lands, while a Gall-Peters map makes it quite huger than Europe or N. or S. America

Comment: Re:Home Office Server (Score 1) 278

by Blaskowicz (#47944967) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

This sounds like it was easy, compared to how it should have been. No need to learn BSD, afterall? (nor a "pro" distro like Red Hat / CentOS which I guess would be about the same work, moving from Ubuntu)
plus a standard tower case still is the easiest system to work on, including for getting hard drives in and out of it.

Comment: Old NSA jokes (Score 2) 182

by Blaskowicz (#47938087) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

I remember shortly after 911 jokes about saying "bomb", "osama" and whatever on the phone and then be tracked/recorded. The general media was often mentioning the Echelon network back then, with photographs of a masked antenna farm and some info about who runs them (US, UK, Canada, Aus, NZ).
Since then 8 core pentiums have replaced one core sparcs, 1TB SATA hard disks replaced 10GB SCSI disks, GbaseT replaced 10baseT etc. and the mass media devolved into more of a "social media" echo chamber (that replaced the "blogosphere" in stupid journalists's minds)

So what has changed really?

Even the war lies issues (known before the actual 2003 invasion, not discovered after Snowden leaks) has not changed much in the conduct of US and European powers. No, those countries who opposed invasion are now on-board and they wage "humanitarian" wars to clean up after other failed "humanitarian" wars in the same areas.

Comment: Re:Ah well (Score 1) 541

by Blaskowicz (#47926637) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

The only trouble is that in 8.0, the search by typing letter doesn't find Windows Update and that is precisely what I use the typing search feature for.
I found out that there's Windows Update as a control panel item in Windows 7/8, and learned to change the control panel display from "categories" to "icons", so fortunately I can at least hit win+r, enter "control" and then find Windows Update from there.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr