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Comment Re:I think I know the question on all our minds (Score 1) 156

This is emacs. The question is not whether it can read email, but which way you want to do it.

One of my colo servers has a permanent screen session in which one virtual terminal is dedicated to running emacs -f gnus. I access it daily (normally when email needs rescued from procmail+bogofilter).

Comment Re:So.. (Score 1) 208

*Are* rules about drunk-driving, speed limits and seatbelts actually necessary?

The way to look at it is this: some eejit over ----> there writing a "rule" down on a piece of paper is not going to have a measurable effect on whether I crash or not in a given period. Laws are not there to prevent Newtonian physics. Accidents gonna happen. However, they *are* there in order that, when you wipe-out and take a bunch of folks with you, they then have grounds on which to prosecute your piddly ass - the same set of grounds as anyone else doing the same silly thing. That's where the fairness comes in.

For this reason, I suggest that people chill out about use of mobiles whilst driving - stop treating the act as inherently wrong, but by all means consider it a potential contributing factor when an accident occurs.

Comment correlation my ass (Score 1) 208

Has anyone made a study of how much mobile usage in a car does NOT result in crashes?

I can guarantee that 100% of crashes involved oxygen, so we really must ban oxygen use in cars.

It should be pretty obvious that another missing, presumed unconsidered, dimension is people's ability to choose when they might reasonably use a mobile device whilst driving, and for how long.

Comment Re:So what is the solution? (Score 1) 372

I think it's pretty obvious that no one IDE is going to be the best. What's actually needed is the understanding that, no matter how many IDEs you care to standardize upon, the compiler only cares about the language. It's the fact that you're calling free() before you malloc() that causes a segfault, not whether you push F9 or F2 or type `make' to compile it. Expect text-editors to edit text and choose the one(s) that make your job easiest. The supposed integration between IDE and language just makes for a layer of glue that can come apart.

Comment Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 1) 372

It's the large IDEs that I hate. I've tried Eclipse 3x in my life and each time has resulted in very quick uninstallation.

Kate is quite adequate. A few "sessions" for work and evening projects, and easy switching between them, a few shell functions to build+install projects... I'm happy enough. Lets me concentrate on the project and the language(s) involved with minimal environmental fuss.

Comment "It's just metadata" (Score 3, Informative) 147

The BBC news is reporting that apparently it's not as bad as it could be because it's not storing the content of phone-calls made, just who was called and when.

Anyone who wants to know just how powerful mere "metadata" actually is should go read .

Comment Assumption (Score 1) 737

"computer science and related professions useless"

Hardly. All this does is show an assumption that the life of the modern geek is wasted on frippery such as social sites, etc.

Maybe we won't have electricity for a while. We'll remember, and recreate it. Meanwhile, a knowledge of computability, efficiency and optimization, security and ethics is transferable to other fields.

Comment Don't block anything (Score 1) 187

Security by blocking bad things is a very bad idea, a completely false sense of security.

Couple these together instead:
default-deny (got that much correct);
incoming, open stateful continuations of established connections;
incoming, open ports for services you run (e.g. web- and dns-servers, etc), with rate-limiting per source.

iptables will allow this, no problem.

There is no point in "automatic" firewalls that detect bad things and block sources; all they do is clutter-up your firewall rules for the sake of an event that (1) comes under default-deny and (2) is already history - people doing bad things are mostly operating fire-and-forget.

Comment Re:P2P had no effect on music sales? (Score 2) 285

You're right that artists invest time to produce a product. Where the remuneration-via-IP argument falls down, however, is in the proportion of sales their agents rob them of in practice - see

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.