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Comment: Simple solution (Score 1) 649

by tvelocity (#42788999) Attached to: Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'
Just don't bail out any "too big to fail" corporations. Use the same funds to bail out the people (with minimum income policies; there are actually some quite realistic implementations of the idea, such as Friedman's negative income tax proposal, or the Pirate Party's uncoditional minimum income policy). This way you let the economy and employment restructure itself, without causing suffering to the actual population that make up the economy.
The Military

+ - North Korea forces US reconnaissance plane to land-> 2

Submitted by ToBeDecided
ToBeDecided (2426750) writes "A US military reconessaince plane was reportedly forced to perform an emergency landing during a major military exercise near the North Korean border in March. As revealed by the South Korean defense ministry, a strong signal transmitted from the north disrupted GPS in the area surrounding the position of the RC-7B aircraft. Without information about their position, the pilots were forced to abort their mission and return to South Korea.
This leaves the question whether the US military would be able to perform operations in North Korea given how fragile their equipment seems to be."

Link to Original Source

Comment: The proposal is nothing of the sorts! (Score 5, Informative) 292

by tvelocity (#36180504) Attached to: Proposal For Gnome To Become Linux-Only

This "GNOME to drop non-Linux support" sensationalism on the net is ridiculous. There has been no such proposal! Yes, I RTFA and the full mailing list discussions.

The proposal in GNOME's desktop-devel-list was by the author and maintainer of systemd to let GNOME adopt systemd as the mechanism to configure certain system-wide settings, like locale and timezone data. This would be implemented as a dbus interface which would spawn a mini-daemon via systemd when that was required. This would solve the age old problem of every distro having their own slight variation on how to configure these things.

Notice the key part of the proposal: the dbus interface. This is the proposed dependency, and not the whole of systemd which, yes is Linux only, but in reality is just a reference implementation for this dbus interface which can be VERY easily reimplemented on any system (the minidaemons themselves are very trivial, porting systemd to other platforms however is not).

What this proposal ACTUALLY means: (a) Non Linux platforms, or Linux distros not yet using systemd, would initially have grayed out certain configuration options in the control center, like locale for example. (b) These settings can be made available just by implementing a trivial dbus interface.

Nothing of this dropping non-Linux OS support nonsense. Hope this clears up the nonsense somewhat


Solar Cells Made From Bioluminescent Jellyfish 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the cnidaria-power dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Swedish researchers have devised a way to turn bioluminescent jellyfish into solar cells. It works like this: the green fluorescent protein (GFP) that makes the Aequorea victoria glow is simply dripped onto a silicon dioxide substrate between two electrodes. The protein works itself into strands between the electrodes. When ultraviolet light is shined on the circuit, voila, the GFP absorbs photons and emits electrons, generating a current. The GFP-powered cells work like dye-sensitized solar cells, but don't require expensive materials such as titanium dioxide."

Comment: Re:Riiiiight (Score 1) 402

by tvelocity (#32736306) Attached to: Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code

Good work. However, there are differences in how ancient Greek text was written, and how WE write ancient Greek text.

In particular, there was no white space, which you correctly have removed. But, there where no "daseies" and "ypogegrammenes" either. For example for the daseia, it was usually written as an eta. And most of the time, the ypogegrammeni is an extra giota lost in time.

There are probably many more little details which affect the way you are supposed to count the characters. Disclaimer: I am not an historian, and dead languages are not my area of expertise. But I am Greek and was forced to study ancient Greek for 5 years at school.


iPad Steering Wheel Mount 230

Posted by samzenpus
from the dr.-lampe's-christmas-gift dept.
kevin7kal writes "The Apple iPad is the ideal automotive communications and entertainment device. It is sized perfectly to mount using the iPad Steering Wheel Mount without obscuring the driver's view. 'I don't think that I am exaggerating when I say that the iPad Steering Wheel Mount probably has saved my life...'"

Comment: About the originating tracker (Score 1) 171

by tvelocity (#30027996) Attached to: Microsoft COFEE Leaked

This is probably nitpicking, but the tracker the file originated from is not "a small, private tracker".

It is actually one of the most regarded private trackers, and the largest private music trackers currently operational. In terms of provided content, it is BY FAR the biggest private tracker on the Internet, past or present, with over 600k torrents.

IMHO it is one of the best places for any music lover to hang out on the Internet, with a great selection of music, awesome community, and friendly staff, and it isn't really that hard to get into either.

What is really interesting is how the upload of the original file was to fill a request with a very lucrative bounty of 1.6 TB. For one and a half year, no one really believed that the request would ever be filled, but people kept voting it up, quickly ranking it as the largest bounty on the site.

Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with the aforementioned tracker.

Comment: Re:Missed opportunities (Score 5, Interesting) 99

by tvelocity (#29621921) Attached to: New Comic Book About Logic, Math, and Madness

So there's that, and from what I could tell there is no mention of Gödel's incompleteness theorems, either. Meh.

It does. Even Von Neumann's reaction to it is included. I had the chance to read the Greek version in august, and it is pretty awesome. Both for computer scientists and mathematicians, it is pure win. I'm so glad that it gets published in English as well now, I would HIGHLY recommend this comic book to any geek.

Comment: Re:STFU needs to be heard. (Score 2, Interesting) 757

by tvelocity (#29538221) Attached to: Shuttleworth Suggests 1-Way Valve For User Experience Testing

I wanted to tell NetworkManager to do something specific (IIRC, use a specific DNS server rather than the one handed out by the DHCP server on my DSL gateway, but it's been a year or so) and couldn't. When I opened a ticket about it, it was closed WONTFIX with the notation that the idea behind it was zero-configuration and adding the ability to configure it to do this was therefore unacceptable.

Ok, that's true. NM's better than the awful GUI network config programs that came before it, and the alternative remains the same as before it existed (i.e. fire up a terminal and fix the shit by hand) but there's a lot of room for improvement. I'm with you--NM could use more custom-configuration options. It's fairly new, though, so hopefully someone will come along and fix it. If not, I fully expect it to be forked, sooner or later.

Only, that it's not. I've been able to set my own DNS server like FOR EVER in Gnome. Don't believe me? Right click Network Manager icon > Edit Connections > (Select connection to edit) > Edit > IPv4 Settings > Method: Automatic (DHCP) addresses only. Voila!

Though personally I much prefer the older gnome-system-tools network interface, being much simpler and easier to navigate, I find the latest Network Manager GUI needlessly complicated. And I hate how it abuses the tray area, clearly against the HIG, for something that should be an applet, but I have yet to see an OS that gets this right.

I want gnome-terminal not to eat my right-clicks. People have been asking for that for *years* and are constantly told that the Gnome developers know better than they do about what they need.

Huh? The only thing I can find about this via Google is that some people want right-click to mark end-of-selection rather than opening a menu. Is that what you're talking about?

Now that I think of it, this would certainly be a useful feature to have for some people. But in 10 years of using Linux, it has NEVER occurred to me that I might want to pass my right clicks to a terminal application. Then again, in what way does Gnome force anyone to use gnome-terminal? Following the same way of thinking Gnome should bundle Emacs instead of Gedit, or Octave instead of gcalctool.

I don't see why the basic utilities bundled with a DE shouldn't be, well, just a basic suite which can cover 99% of use cases. I, for one, am happy that my desktop offers me an easy to use terminal application which doesn't suffer from feature creep.

Now if we are talking about core desktop elements, like gnome-panel or Network Manager, it would be another thing entirely since you wouldn't expect even advanced users to switch them out. But installing their favorite tools, is exactly what you would expect from more demanding users, and while this is no excuse for not adding some simple features that would benefit everyone, it certainly means some obscure feature requests will sometimes not be implemented.

I agree though about setting different wallpapers on each workspace. This is the one single feature I have been missing since switching from KDE, back in the gnome 2.6 days.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.