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Comment Politeness was never meant to be a good thing (Score 1) 1501

Whenever the economy goes down, the time of the polite or "professional" type has come to replace his rather impulsive or even choleric collegues. This does not happen by incident: politeness or courtiousness -in the meaning of mastering the oftenly difficult protocol at court- was the only chance for legions of otherwise untalented noble young men at Europe's courts to win the king's attenttion or favour and get a job. This kind of politeness usually came -and still comes- along with lies and intrigue and a general climate dominated by fear and dishonesty.

Comment Mod up OP! (Score 1) 322

Exactly. The hydraulic reaction described in the summary is the very same as used in today's concrete. As are the wooden casks. (Today we also use to throw a lot of iron in there to deal with tension, but that doesn't affect erosion.) The real deal is a lot deeper in TLA.

Comment Re:No updates in 6 years? (Score 1) 197

...and don't forget that FLAC is the format of choice for digital DJing or any other way to play digital audio on big sound systems, as FLAC will decompress exactly ("lossless") to the original PCM stream while putting little extra stress to the CPU and -because of reduced file size- significantly reducing I/O load compared to uncompressed data.

Comment Re:Google+ has 390Million Actice users (Score 1) 416

Until today, Jabber for chat - that's going to be a problem or maybe I just won't chat anymore

First thing I installed on Android was xabber. Maybe second, as I tried one or two free XMPP clients more, but stayed with xabber. I haven't used GoogleTalk since. Not sure if I even installed it.

Comment Re:Its a Shame (Score 1) 139

What do you need accountability for, when you've got the power?

Seriously, any organization nowadays seems to be structured in a way that makes it nearly impossible to find someone who actually is responsible for said entity's actions. Inaccountability appears to be planfully created by todays corporate or administrative leaders.

Comment Re:Why Debian? (Score 1) 191

On the server I don't give anything about which version of Firefox I could install. All I want there is an Apache that won't get rooted and ssh to be there when I need it. At home I am running testing which is -with a little tweaking- pretty much bleeding edge and as customizeable as no other distribution. I've tried a lot of them and I always returned to Debian after I once got used to it.

Comment Re:ALL my computers have lasted around 5 years (Score 1) 564

I still have the HP. Guess where I'm typing this from?... Yep, the HP running Lubuntu 13.04, and it works *surprisingly* well.

What?! How'd you upgrade from HPUX 10? (Half serious - I actually own a HP A9000/715 in working condition. It's just a bit difficult to find software for it.)

This login session: $13.76, but for you $11.88.