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Comment: Re:What prospects of Emacs left to be damaged? (Score 1) 252

by WWWWolf (#45855263) Attached to: Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

Is there still any prospect at all? I left 5 years ago because they stopped improving anything for a decade.

Emacs still has plenty of awesome projects going on, just that they're bloody haphazardly organised. You need to really go look for them and sometimes some minor assembly is required.

For example, the single most awesome Emacs package right now is Org-Mode, which especially speaks to me as a writer (a lot of writers swear by Scrivener, but screw it, we have a better open source alternative in Org). You'll note that it's developed outside of Emacs proper with its own release schedule. You'll note that if you want the newer versions (which aren't always required, the ones shipped with Emacs itself are usually pretty decent) you need to get the git version or use the one from Emacs ELPA package manager, which in itself is still kind of in early stages and not many projects make themselves available through it (translation: I use a whole bunch of emacs extensions, but none of them are available through ELPA). If you want nifty extensions for Org, you really need to hunt random files all around the interwebs and pray they actually work in current version of Org.

This sort of disorganisation is actually just what Emacs has been all about for decades. The core Emacs devs don't innovate that much (well, at least they do add cool new features in major releases, which is a good thing), and just package the outside contributions whenever they can. There's all sorts of cool shit going on, but you just wouldn't always know where to find them.

(That said, if you want to develop Java or C++, NetBeans just blows Emacs off the water.)

Comment: Re:follow the money (Score 2, Insightful) 334

Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by incompetence.

To me, this sounds like a pretty open and shut case of "Hey, I've heard that these 'NoSQL' database thingies are trendy these days. Let's use one of those!"

There's a difference between using fun, exciting new technologies and learning something new while doing that... and doing a project which stays in schedule and budget, is based on technology you already know thoroughly, and on which people's lives can depend (well, indirectly).

Comment: Nmap didn't fail, Hakin9 did (Score 5, Informative) 41

Hakin9 is a magazine that's not exactly too reputable.

It looks like someone took a paper "written" using SciGen and submitted it to them. Because they didn't read the paper at all, they didn't notice it was absolute bullshit courtesy of finest context-free grammars people could code.

Brilliant work - not only is SciGen great for busting less than reputable scientific publications that don't exactly value this "peer review" thing, but now it has busted security magazines too.

Comment: Why am I reminded of... (Score 1) 636

by WWWWolf (#43425015) Attached to: North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

Why am I reminded of Star Wreck 4½? Can't remember the exact quote, but...

"Alert the enemies, that we're about to warm up the twinkler banks... soon."

"Alert the enemies, that we're about to warm up the twinkler banks... now."

(Several hours later)

"All right, if you want it. So be it. We will not make any more warnings. All light balls and twinkler banks... feuer."

(The ensuing fight consists mostly of dodging maneuvers of "turn right very slowly" variety)

Comment: Re:"Very expensive"? (Score 1) 127

by WWWWolf (#43129883) Attached to: U.S. ISBN Monopoly Denies Threat From Digital Self-Publishing

On a broader level, one of most baffling things to me has been how little people are willing to invest in their own futures. They'll spend $1,500 on an HDTV, but spend $125 for an ISBN -- when publishing their novel is presumably one of their lifelong dreams -- hell no! I can't afford it! It's so much money!

Yog's Law: The money flows toward the writer. If it doesn't, then you're pretty obviously doing it wrong. Just how many people in other lines of work are paying to do their work? Silly me, I thought that people are usually paid to do their job.

The publishing industry has existed for a long time and has found a way to enable people to pay the authors, without any of the parties along the way screwing themselves over. The reason why publishers pay for ISBNs is that they're the risk-takers, and this arrangement works for all parties involved in normal publishing.

It's silly to assume that this arrangement would be most benefical for all parties in self-publishing scenario. It's silly to assume that ISBN authorities would be somehow entitled to do this same thing with self-publishing authors. And it's silly to assume that authors should be taking the exact same risks as commercial publishers do right now. The right solution would be to offer new mutually benefical arrangements and new approaches. In short, if publishing something requires an ISBN and self-publishers need it for minimal or no cost, offer them at that price. Otherwise, it's just an artificial barrier and it's plain as day that someone's screwing over someone.

Comment: It's always a conspiracy. (Score 1) 398

by WWWWolf (#41863553) Attached to: Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

Okay. Voting machines with a miscalibrated screen, coupled with a dumb user interface that causes wrong choices to be made and doesn't allow the voters to be certain what they voted for.

Scroll to comments.

That’s why the Marxist-in-Chief will be re-selected.

*facepalm*

OF COURSE it's a frigging Obama conspiracy! I mean, Obama did Hurricane Sandy, messing with a few voting machines is easy in comparison, right? Duh.

Seriously, though, this is kind of like an inverse of the common-sense conclusion. Normally, one flaw is a glitch, two is a conspiracy. In voting machines, one election with screwy results is enough to suggest a conspiracy, but when all elections that use voting machines have more or less screwy results, maybe that suggests that the technology just isn't there yet.

Comment: Re:Huffington Post (Score 0) 238

by WWWWolf (#41819173) Attached to: Sandy Sinks HMS Bounty, Knocks Off Gawker Websites

I wonder what sea water flooding implies for the financial district.

1. A brisk day of trading in derivatives based on underwater mortgages.

2. A vindication of the Saltwater school of economics.

3. People who thought studying Economics is nothing but underwater basket-weaving thought "damn, I wish I had actually studied underwater basket-weaving instead".

Comment: Re:If it ain't broken... (Score 1) 160

by WWWWolf (#41750551) Attached to: BBC Turns Off CEEFAX Service After 38 Years

It is still alive in Norway (and I guess a lot of countries) as well.

In what form? According to Wikipedia analogue TV was turned off in Norway in 2009.

The DVB standard, which is used in digital broadcasting almost everywhere except North America, still supports teletext. It's just that some of the most commonly used features, like subtitles, have made their way into separate features.

Comment: Why do people mess with the licence? (Score 1) 151

by WWWWolf (#41505523) Attached to: Free Font Helps People With Dyslexia

So the font itself is under Creative Commons Attribution. Not bad. But then:

The only way you'll make me unhappy is if you charge others for the font itself. That is all.

...in other words, it's simultaneously just an Attribution license, with a tacked-on Non-Commercial clause aside of the common CC licence.

It's not a standard licence, which adds another layer of complications. And because it has a commercial distribution prohibition, it's definitely not an "open source" project.

If you use Creative Commons licenses, go with the strictest license that describes your project to avoid unnecessary confusion. If you have a non-commercial clause, use the NC variants of licenses! Because nothing infuriates people more than seeing "it's under CC licence with no NC clause, cool" and then discovering that the actual license does prohibit commercial use to some extent.

Comment: Re:Not just Minecraft (Score 1) 304

by WWWWolf (#40729939) Attached to: Patent Troll Claims <em>Minecraft</em> Infringement

Github is crowd funding now? Why did you tards mod this up to +5?

It's for the cover-up project! You need a Ruby on Rails software project to get donations these days. ...or maybe not RoR these days. Node.js, then. Gotta be trendy. Just make sure you add enough obscure dependencies that no one can be bothered to actually install and run your project. Then watch the money roll in!

Comment: Simple... (Score 1) 818

by WWWWolf (#40284257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Because I really couldn't care less about all of the "power" features? All of the "power user" tools worth their salt are CLI tools, anyway.

X11 is a system that lets you display applications in windows. Gnome just happens to do that, reasonably conveniently, and doesn't look half bad. Gnome 3 shell is perhaps a bit dumbed down and not particularly powerful, but it gets its job done. The reason I'm not using a lighter desktop environment is that Gnome 3 is also a reasonably modern choice, so I won't be having headaches about applications being dumbfounded by WindowMaker's peculiarities (or the other way around).

X11 is also a system that lets you show a ton of xterms at once. Gnome just calls those Gnome Terminals. Simple enough.

All I usually really need to do to get through my day are Firefox/Iceweasel, Emacs, and some graphics/video apps (MyPaint/GIMP/Inkscape/Blender/Synfig/Kdenlive). And then there's mpd for playing music in nicely Unixy way.

Comment: Respectful indeed. (Score 1) 418

Respectfully,

Candice Leonard Schwager

Zzzzzzz... huh? Oh, it ended already? Okay, that wasn't so bad. Oh wait, the entry has tags...

... Michael-Zhang-libels-Atty4kids-lies-libel-Bottomfeeder, ...

Oh, so "Bottomfeeder" is still a respectful term? As I understand it, lawyers are no longer allowed to call other people "scumbags", because that technical and accurate term is no longer considered politically correct. "Bottomfeeder" is still okay, though?

Comment: Re:Yes and Conservapedia is much less biased (Score 1) 221

by WWWWolf (#40157579) Attached to: Statisticians Investigate Political Bias On Wikipedia
My first thought was "Gee, they're using 'democrat' and 'republican' keywords - I wonder if they're making use of Conservapedia's Best New Conservative Words? Andy Schlafly has already charted this linguistic ocean, and obviously every scientist should follow his superior conservative insights! ...and they probably should only use conservative terms, because 'republican' terms may include RINO terms."

Comment: What is the hardware used for, anyway? (Score 1) 381

by WWWWolf (#39804685) Attached to: Bitcoin Mining Startup Gets $500k In Venture Capital

tapping the GPU mining potential of gamers, more specifically gamers of free-to-play games

So people buy gaming hardware, and then play F2P games that... don't actually utilise the hardware to run games, but for other purposes?

Consider the alternative: firing up a Bitcoin miner on background and running some other game that doesn't require a sophisticated GPU. The gamer can keep the profit all to themselves. The only upside is that the mining company can give the gamers different games. But the fundamental problem is that people think they're buying gaming hardware, you're saying they have gaming hardware... while downplaying the fact that they're not actually using the gaming hardware for gaming at all.

Ye gods, it's like 1999 again, people get venture capital for only slightly retarded business plans

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