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Comment: Private Eye (Score 2) 363

by aembleton (#43477775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?
I've taken out a subscription to Private Eye http://www.private-eye.co.uk/. I find it funny and insightful and get much more depth of what's going on than I get out of the internet. In additional it feels good to be able to just flick through dead trees and spot something interesting. At £28/year it's not noticably expensive either.

Comment: Virtual Box (Score 1) 361

by aembleton (#41938589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?
VMWare Player and VirtualBox are probably equally good for what you want.

The only real advantage of one over the other that I've found is that the free VMWare Player seems to pause traffic on the network connection every IIRC 2 minutes for about 5s. Not a huge problem but was something I noticed when trying to stress test some code. BTW, I was running Linux Mint as the client and Windows 7 as the host if that might have been the reason. When I tried on VirtualBox everything just worked without any trouble.

Comment: Re:Moron (Score 1) 156

by aembleton (#41937695) Attached to: The Information Age: North Korean Style

. These days, they've done away with much of the blood guilt that would kill your family

Have you got any sources to back this up? It doesn't have to be particularly authoritive as NK is so restrictive this would be hard to get.

Human Rights Watch reported in 2007 it was getting harsher: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,HRW,,PRK,45fff1b92,0.html

It may well have improved; I'd just like to read about it.

Comment: Re:Moron (Score 1) 156

by aembleton (#41937659) Attached to: The Information Age: North Korean Style
WTF, did you read his reply?

I'm sure he's aware that a cell tower near the DMZ could reach into North Korea. However, the only village near the DMZ is a propoganda village: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kij%C5%8Fng-dong where nobody lives.

Also, anything that transmits can be detected and located. You do know what transmit means don't you?

Yes you can create mesh networks in Africa because in Africa you can transmit without being hunted down and placed in a forced labour camp along with your parents, grand parents and any children you may have. If you want to learn more, read this book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aquariums-Pyongyang-Years-North-Korean/dp/1843544997

Comment: Re:There's always an alternative.... (Score 1) 243

by aembleton (#39219035) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released
Or install Linux Mint Debian edition with XFCE: http://www.linuxmint.com/download_lmde.php

This gives you the benefit of Debian rolling releases and I found that my wifi worked out of the box just as it does on Ubuntu based distros. XFCE uses GTK 2, and should eventually move to GTK 3 when that API stabilises. This seems to be the best option for me for now, although I'm keeping an eye on Cinnamon.

Comment: Link to report? (Score 1) 186

by aembleton (#38921937) Attached to: Canada's Internet Among Best, Report Says
Does anyone have a link to this report? It would be interesting to see the rankings for the UK and also their methodology.

I'd like to know how they define broadband. Is it >2Mbit/s or >10Mbit/s? What data limits are they comparing? When they compare pricing does that include phone lines if they are a mandatory pre-requisite to broadband access?

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982