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Comment: gymel (Score 1) 725

by Kirth (#46746163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Well, chances actually are, that some people that know gymel also have a wider understanding of the middle ages, and thus acquired skills, or at least know how, on how the middle ages work. So they might be able to build a fire with flint and steel, or produce pottery, and so on...

reenactors and experimental archeologists might be able to cope rather well without modern technology, because they already tried it.

Comment: Re:What party was that again... (Score 0) 234

by Kirth (#46590817) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

Conservatism isn’t

But I actually don't see why the party has anything to do with it, besides, the Democrats and the Republicans are both right-wing authoritarians. So there's no difference anyway.

Comment: Public Domain -- Getty commiting fraud (Score 1) 66

by Kirth (#46423807) Attached to: Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

Saying nothing that a lot of these images are actually in the public domain, which means you can copy them however you want, and are not, and never ever, bound by any of gettys licenses.

Like this here:
Whatever getty says is moot, you can copy this over wikimedia commons and tag it "public domain", because replications of two-dimensional works of art always retain the original copyright -- public domain, in this case. there is NO right getty has on this, what-so-ever. Actually, by claiming a copyright, they're committing fraud.

Comment: Re:both a misconception and irrelevant (Score 1) 105

> You can patent a new method for ranking relevant web pages in search results.

Yes, but not according to patent law. Because it's an algorithm, and thus mathematics. All software is mathematics, mathematically provable.

The whole trouble comes from judges, lawyers and patent offices having a completely different definition of "algorithm" than science has. And you as well, obviously.

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Comment: Re:Focus follows mouse (Score 1) 255

by Kirth (#46302979) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

It make Unity finally usable. Nobody prevented you from doing "apt-get instal xfce4" beforehand.

Apart from being unusable for us Fcous-Follows-Mouse guys, it's kind of an "I told you so", because I never could fathom why I would need to mouse all the way to the top of the screen to find the menu of a window.. It always was user-unfriendly.

Comment: Re:Nice try (Score 1) 401

by Kirth (#46274221) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

Nuclear is economically superior to nearly every other form of power when you consider both its actual costs.

Please do factor in insurance costs. Notice something? No insurance company wants (or even can) take that kind of risk. Oh, and while you're at it, please factor in the cost of waste disposal which are ALSO borne by the taxpayers in most countries.

Comment: Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (Score 1) 822

by Kirth (#46090909) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States. "

Yep, this actually could fit to what the NSA did.

Comment: Re:fdupes -rd (Score 1) 243

yeah, so what? As long as the source isn't out there, it's useless (except for you).

By the way, I also wrote something that can be used to weed out duplicates; it's a file indexer ( which will allow you to index one set of files, and then check another set for duplicates (or add to the index). It's useful if you have a set of files (which you may want to process in the future) and new files are coming in, so you can check the new files against the already existing ones (or, if you indexed the old ones also before you've changed them, against old versions of already existing files).

And if the EXIF info is good, and the filenames are bad, I also wrote a script to rename files according to the EXIF information. Same for EPUB.

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