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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 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: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.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau