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Comment Promoting Fascism/Pedophelia (Score 4, Insightful) 728

This is not about "free oppinion" but about "redefining the past to prepare future crimes".

In germany you are free to promote national socialism as long as you do not deny its past flaws. This way a fascist has a harder time to prepare future crimes.

In the US you are free to promote pedophelia as long as you do not deny its past flaws. This way a pedophile has a harder time to prepare future crimes.

There is also the Markus Nessler parable:
One day some stranger starts following you while shouting "you stole my money, my jacket and my shoes!"
He continues to do so for some days then starts shouting "someone help me to get back my money, my jacket and my shoes!"
A couple of days later people start demanding from you to give back that mans money, jacket and shoes.
And some days later the man with help from some people takes away your money, your jacket and your shoes by force.
And everyone will say "you had it coming, he asked you for days to give back his money, his jacket and his shoes".

And that is the difference between "free speech" and "redefining the past to prepare future crimes". And thats the reason why you can shut up people by court order. Even in the US.

Comment How not (Score 3, Interesting) 244

I am already happy when the author has read and some early manpages of sudoers (imho the worst, by far).

Todays "sudoers" manpage has already been cleaned up a lot and is still a horrible read. But in the past it was something like "the relevant configuration is a hierarchical list of geometrical weighted values. Each one represents a position in a list relative to its anchor". And yes, that was just a weird way of saying "/etc/sudoers contains configuration keywords with options".

Overall I had the impression the author was a sociopath showing off his mathematical skills while keeping the core knowledge unavailable to others.

Comment I would buy... (Score 1) 284

From 1981 to 2011 I have been using Tape Backups for my private, business and customer systems. It was cheap, reliable and fast, my first drive had 5MB with a transferrate of 20KB/s, my last drive hat 200GB with a transfer rate of 30MB/s.

But no more.

Drives are fucking expensive (and they die a lot), media are fucking expensive (and are no better than other media),

Lets say I could buy a drive with 2TB for â200 and a 2TB media for â10 or a 10TB for â500 and a 10TB media for â50 then I would at least consider using tape again.

But right now I pay â1600 for a 2TB drive and â40 for a 2TB catridge. Thats insane, I can buy 60TB of hard disk storage just for the drive alone and get another 2TB cheaper than buying tapes.

And trust me, hard drive stored in a dark, locked box will work even better than tapes.

Comment Creeper OS (Score 1) 77

I do not think SteamOS is of any relevance today. And it wont be important next year.

I do not think Steam 4 Linux is a perfect alternative to windows. And at best it will be a acceptable although rough alterantive to windows next year.

But I do now that Steam 4 Linux DOES deliver. Not big time but every month a little bit bigger. I bought over 200 games for Steam and even though I did care little about running games on Linux I still have over 60 games running on linux.

I did not expect that when Steam 4 Linux was announced.

So while Steam 4 Linux does NOT replace my windows game machine - a massive tower costing â1000 and eating 400W to give me bleeding edge results - it gives me two great bonuses:

I now have 60 games running on my el cheapo Notebook with Ubuntu which did cost me â300 and uses 30W. I can run another 140 games through Steam Remote gaming as long as my windows system is also running. I am planning to buy an el cheapo Nettop based on AMD Beema for â100, converting my Big-Screen TV into a gaming station. And I will get another one of these for my bed room.

There will be more games.

There will be better support.

Maybe we will see Steam directly installed into smart TVs. So I would not even need to add some el cheapo nettop box.

This will be slow like it has been for two years but maybe suddenly in five years I will say "ok lets play something different" and find it surprising that this game does not run on linux. Maybe I will even find it surprising that this game does need a extra computer instead of running directly on my TV.

Then I will open my Steam inventory and see that 80% of my games are available for Linux and are running natively on my TV. Then I will just wonder why I should bother for the other 20%. I will start to ignore these 20% and keep an old Windows system in the attic next to my Amiga and my C64 just in case I want to play these 20% again. Which I wont like I never played most Amiga games ever again.

Mission accomplished.

Comment The first shot is free... (Score 1) 150

You simply do not understand how "cloud storage" works.

We had all this even back in the 1980ths, just using different buzz words. All these storage/service-solutions do a win-doublewin-bet, they do not aim at a short term profit, they try to claim their market share. As soon as the competitors start to fail and die or their architecture become dominating they will just raise prices or at least stop lowering them.

Comment Crapware (Score 0) 408


Apple is a company producing furniture for girls.

Apple is producing products for idiots and is therefore very successful.

Let me sum up, to produce crappy products for idiots you need to use knowledge not available to companies producing sane products for sane people.

Comment Medium Crap (Score 1) 202

Has anyone figured out how to read that Crap Page on a normal computer without getting headaches because the letters are pretty much ten times larger than useful?

Right now I have to disable ALL Javascript and then use a alternate CSS to make it readable in Firefox.

Comment does not matter (Score 0) 159

The amount of released CO2 simply does not matter because when the plant regrows it will absorb exactly the same amount again.

The only question is the total amount of CO2 in the biosphere, not the output of single reactions inside the biosphere. Reducing the total amount can be either done by "growing" more CO2 containers or store CO2 by industrial methods eg underground. The later sounds strange but works pretty well, a single plant with a 10MW power source can easily outperform a 100km forest in CO2 reduction.

Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?