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Comment: Such a disapointment.. (Score 1) 164

by Coeurderoy (#46591397) Attached to: Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

I must confess I was hoping to learn something along the lines of "microsoft beats small children and eat their puppies" ...
But what he really writes is that startups are more fun than large companies ...

wich is "mostly" true... except when you just have trouble paying the bills because the funding dried up and the business is not quite there...

And what he writes about M$ would be true in most large companies ... (they probably never trusted him enough to learn about the secret rooms where they really eat puppies while concocting new EULA and IP legislation...)

Well good luck to M. Molyneux anyway :)

Comment: Re:What show did they watch? (Score 3, Insightful) 667

by Coeurderoy (#46550759) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

The fun thing about "inteligent creation" is that the argument is "xyw is too complicated to evolve "naturally" it needs something even more complicated to "make it"...
Of course how the "more complicated stuff" was created does not need any explanation...

But a least it gives some arguments for a compationate God, since s/he does not smite them in anger for keeping on telling him, her, it how to do its job...

Comment: yes (Score 4, Informative) 306

by Coeurderoy (#46514011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

Although 18 years of programming is barelly adolescence ... (I started with fortran IV because fortran 77 was still being implemented ...
Now let's assume that you want to learn to write Fubarish code, you'll find out that there are at least five major languages/IDEs/Frameworks to Fubar...
Choose one, preferably one of the "bigger ones" and make sure it's activelly maintained...

And then take a deep breath, and know that IT WILL TAKE TIME .... the issue is not that you really need to "learn new paradigms" in most cases it's just rather minor variations of old ones (some time very neat variations, that is the fun part)... the issue is that you "almost understandn but yet it does not seem to make sense"...

The issue is similar to adult learning new languages vs children learning... adults do not really learn slower than children, but they want to express themselves correctly and speak about "interesting things"...
Kid's are happy to say "see spot run, give ball me !", adults feel frustrated by this and have trouble making the initial steps...

So be patient and for instance try something like meteor or angular and try to make an ugly "hello world" app... (or what ever is relevant to what you'd like to build ...)
then "hello world, AGAIN and I'm the best" app...
then "hello "
etc...
at some point after five time more time than you initially thought it will hit you ... "I did it !" ....

    Good luck youngster :)
      (and now get off my lawn ...)

Comment: Connect a raspberry pi and (Score 5, Funny) 983

by Coeurderoy (#46463239) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Connect a raspberry pi and configure it as a backup server and let it copy all to /dev/null...
Then put aside the money you would have invested in a "better" solution, put it in a safe bank (under your mattress)
and wait until you need to restore something..
Most probably you'll enjoy the money more ...

Comment: Re:Cell phones (Score 1) 480

by Coeurderoy (#46349087) Attached to: Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

He does not really trust them, and if you put him together with people like this http://www.grain.org/ or that http://www.semencespaysannes.o... (in French)
You'll find that they have lots in common...
Of course he (and other Free Software activists) also use things like planes for instance that are full of "non free" stuff, the position is to use
free software when ever it's possible (and not just "convenient").

Moreover your sentence

This is why the free software movement is garbage. It makes no sense outside the world of software.

makes no sense: many useful things are only useful in their specific fields it does not make them garbage...

And transparence, independence from vendor lock-in, freedom ... makes sense in many "worlds"

Comment: Re:Merkel's virgin soil (Score 1) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46260267) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

It's not so much about the reality of "intrusion" but the "legality"...

Most European citizens do not really care if the NSA knows or not what they do, they DO care if some judge in South Texas can close down their operation because it happens to be "in the US" and thus stops them from serving their European customers.

The US separated the CIA from the FBI (or at least tried) so that the "extraordinary" powers of the CIA to help the US Governement "outside" of the US do not give too much police powers "inside" of the US.
But if through "the internet" a massive ammount of people and commercial interests that are "free to look at" "outside" of the us ends up "inside" and therefore liable to police actions "inside" then there is no balance of power left...

Comment: Re:Just a Band-aid (Score 1) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46260227) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Not really, although some argue that a 2 party systems "converge" toward an optimum (there is an MIT paper on the subject from one of the well known MIT-AI hackers but I can't find it right now), personally I believe it just make rigging the
race easier...

But it is the US citizen's problem to fix...

Angela Merkel is addressing the EU citizens issues...

Comment: Re:Pfft (Score 1) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46258969) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Well in the "best" of cases it would be a "Censitary" Suffrage where only people with enough money would be able to
vote and foreing "voters" need to pay more once to "buy" the vote and another time to "clean it up" and make it look
National....
And this kind of "democracies" do not end up very well...

Comment: Re:Pfft (Score 1) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46258819) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Nice try ...

So because the European governments are just as bad as the NSA we should not change anything and let the NSA go on spying on us ...

So how about we get the right to elect your representatives, senators and presidents after all at the en of the day this activity is costing us money (for instance whenever the US $ gets overprinted and becomes cheaper in practice it has the same effect as a tax on out exportations...

And what did those people say ? no taxation without representation ...

Now pleaqe get off my lawn ...

Comment: Re:bunch of tax wasting bullshit. (Score 2) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46258805) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

It is not so much an issue specifically related to privacy, but globally the "Internet" is the "infrastructure" of everything we do... without a powerfull network "in the countries or meta-countries (EU)" over time "everything" migrates to a "cloud" that ends up being where the "biggest, cheapest" infrastructure is i.e. progressivelly the US, and therefore "everything" comes under the reach of the US laws, wich means in effect that for instance "I" end up delegating to US citizens my right to vote, and frankly ... I'd rather not ...

Comment: Re:Just a Band-aid (Score 3, Insightful) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46258793) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Then at least there is an option to protest against the local "legally bad guy", the US is destroying democracy because in practice voting anywhere outside of the US is useless.
Either you live in a dictatorship (Like for instance Equatorial Guinéa wich is protected by the US petrol industry and whose "president" gets elected with 95+ % whenever he feels bored) and then voting is just a "show", or you live in a democracy, and then it does not matter who you are voting for because the US economy is basically bullying whom ever was elected into working in the way most profitable for the US, and the only choice is to be hurt "right now" by sanctions (and loose the next election) or being hurt by bad policies in a couple of year (and hopefully it will be the oposition's mess to handle)...

So unless the European Union starts to fess up and do exactly the kind of things Angela Merkel is proposing the world would be split between a disfunctional democracy (the US) and non democratic countries, where the most powerful is the one run by the Chinese "communist" party, not the most desirable outcome...
Including not very desirable for 99% of the US citizens, since it would end up with a small "elite" protected by an overreaching army and the rest of the citizens not really "needed" by the elite (with the exception of a minority of plumber, waitresses, hookers and other "personal service providers" ...)

Comment: Re:Right. France. Trust Germany. This TIme! (Score 1) 197

by Coeurderoy (#46258775) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Well last time "France" "trusted" "Gernany" (without being invaded first) was at the time of Emperor Charlemagne (Karl der Grosse, Karolus Magnus, ...)
that didn't work so bad (untill he died and handed over to his incapable sons who splitted the whole shebang ...)

Comment: Re:The Cuban Landline (Score 2) 119

by Coeurderoy (#46240343) Attached to: A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

And they could share the cost of satelite communication with the Bolivian government which just launched it's own satelite.

And if they start with providing enough connectivity for a couple of business hubs (wich means a couple of ethernet cables and wifi) they could try to use it to boost their economy, and if it works it will pay for itself.
If it does not work, then they will feel that they do not really need it (and since easy access to youtube and facebook will not really help the common cuban citizen anyway, it will be somewhat true).

Hopefully they'll find some way out of the current conumdrum withouth going back to batista times...

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