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Comment Re:Yeah, but that just means... (Score 2) 173

Just basic literacy will help a lot. Most conflicts in the world involve illiterate soldiers on one or both sides. Modern war is very expensive, and very destructive. War almost never makes economic sense. Most countries have market economies, so if your neighbor has resources that you want, you don't need to take it by force, you can just buy it.

Bad for you, worse for the other guy. Don't underestimate how much the stronger player can abuse their position until they go one step too far.

Comment The middle ground (Score 1) 280

Some of the component shops around here have PC-builders, basically you pick (from their approved selection) case, psu, mobo, cpu, ram, graphics card(s), disks etc. and they'll assemble and test it for you. If you want to start fresh and not use any parts from your existing setup that's a quite practical way to getting the parts you want without fiddling with screws and cables and DOA components (well unless they fail during shipping). Personally I rarely start over from scratch though, it's rare that everything is so outdated it's best to start over.

Comment Regular Online Shopping via MiniTel predates that (Score 1) 52

Others have mentioned it already - because it's so obvious - but allow me to chime in: MiniTel was spread nationwide in France from the early eighties. That includes official public MiniTel booths, free home-terminals including both a keyboard and a screen, billboard add-campaing for MiniTel services and ecommerce and even a large widespread market for cybersex

Comment Re:Uber and pirate bay (Score 3, Interesting) 52

Fortunately for the rest of us, they can't legislate reality. They take down Napster, it goes fully distributed. They flood the networks with shit, torrent sites provide ratings. They go after TPBs trackers, we get magnet links. They start blocking at ISP level, torrents go encrypted. And sometimes they run into setbacks, they couldn't shut down the Bittorrent protocol. They haven't been able to shut down file lockers. Their mass lawsuits/shakedowns have largely been halted. VPNs and open Wifi is still legal. And when they do score a win like being able to shut down a site, a zillion mirrors and proxies pop up making it futile.

The war on piracy hasn't exactly had the same kind of popular appeal as the war on drugs. It is a lot easier to come up with horror stories about crack whores and heroin addicts than about people pirating MP3s. I'm guessing this is the main reason we haven't seen haven't seen bigger legal opposition is the fact that offense is the best defense, so far the easiest solution has been to come up with a better tool. If they manage to get rapid-fire site take downs in the DNS system, there's also the dark web solution. The TOR system isn't built for heavy P2P, but just for getting magnet links - which is the only thing you need to bootstrap the process - it's plenty. So from where I'm standing they might get bigger and bigger guns, but the target is getting harder and harder to hit in the first place and punch through the armor if you do.

Comment Re:Now only if... (Score 3, Interesting) 52

Yeah, well, don't hold your breath ... if the US doesn't launch some form of trade sanctions I'll be surprised.

Since the EU is a free trade block and Sweden is a member, I doubt they can do much of anything. Through good services like Spotify they've curbed much of the public appeal of piracy and the Pirate Party is at ~0.4% far from any seats in the general elections and they lost their MEPs in the 2014 elections. They got more to lose than gain by revitalizing the public debate again, particularly anything that looks like US interference which is what pissed many Swedes off back in 2006.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 94

Now that the Steam Box is on the market, there is a growing demand for high-end gaming graphics on Linux. That sound you hear is nVidia laughing all the way to the bank.

They've already been there counting and laughing ever since the GTX 970/980 launched. They fell over laughing when they learned that the Fury would be a $500+ card only. Steam boxes would just be the cherry on top.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 2) 303

If you made some kind of public statement and your employer/landlord/bank called you up and said it's not compatible with being an employee/tenant/customer of ours anymore I think most people would call it a free speech issue. Granted, we're not really being consistent because half the time we want to protect dissenting opinions from the wrath of the majority and the other half we want obnoxious and offensive speech to have consequences. Like when Brendan Eich was forced to step down as CEO of Mozilla, was that right or wrong? Some think it was right, that the LGBT community had a right to cause a shit storm. Others think they blatantly silenced an opposing voice by harassing his employer. But the government wasn't involved, so there was no free speech issue right?

Comment Re:If we're going systemd, we should go full throt (Score 2) 746

I disagree on the "full-throttle" part. That's be fine on consumer desktops. But Linux is mostly about production servers. Yes, yes... I know... mainstream Linux on the desktop is "just around the corner" and all that. :)

The question here is: What's with serverhosts these days? They are either embeded/integrated or virtualised. No one screws around (literally) with hardware anymore - not in a time where soc pcs cost less than 10$ a pop. So there is no need to fumble with init on that level. I haven't touched init or even runlevels for just about 10 years now - and I do lots of server stuff.

These days im running all my services in VirtualBox and copy, booting and ditching entire VMs at my whim. Fiddling with init would be a waste of time.

If you have a stripped down serverconfig that you have to distribute and scale, I doubt systemd will seriously get in your way. Yes, you have to hook your init stuff somewhere and yes you'll have to read about how systemd does things at this level, but on a dedicated server that might aswell happen in userspace or somewhere late in systemd boot. I'm sure systemd offers hooks for quick late-boot custom fiddling of some sort.

Bottom line:
If finally all the Linux proggers get on the same page I'm all for it. If that page happes to be systemd, so be it. Simply the benefits of all getting behind systemd will move Linux forward faster than ever - that's my newest prediction anyway.

Comment If we're going systemd, we should go full throttle (Score 4, Interesting) 746

As we've all learned from Apple: No half-assed shit. Do or don't do. No place for inbetween stuff.

systemd has downsided but it also has upsides. We should stick with the upsides and patch the downsides until they're basically a non-issue.

I don't do much init-fiddling although I do like the text based init/runlevel thing, and I would guess that plug-and-play - one of systemd's strong areas - should be a userspace problem, but that's just me not really know what's going on in the init process.

However, since all major distros have moved to systemd it can't be that bad as some people make it out to be. I trust the debian and ubuntu crew to know what they are doing at init-level.

If as a result the Linux community grows closer together and focuses more on consistency I'm all for the move to systemd - even if that moves Linux away from the rest of the unixes due to loss of posix compliance. Seriously, who cares? It's mostly Linux left, right and center these days anyway. The BSD people will be fine with whatever they choose as init process, as usual, and no one gives a damn about other non-FOSS unixes anymore anyway. Unix basically is Linux these days.

But, as I said at the beginning: There is no use going systemd, but only kinda so-so. If the community get's behind systemd, it works and is/becomes usable and apps start relying on it being there - so what?

My 0.5 eurocents.

Comment Live streaming beats fixed schedule (Score 2) 232

I think the TV as such is mostly going to go away, at least the form with a tuner. Here in Norway the mean broadband connection is 33 Mbit/s, the median 24 Mbit/s and 90%+ have 4+ Mbit/s. In say ten more years of fiber rollout "everybody" will have enough bandwidth to watch whatever they want, whenever they want it. That doesn't mean I think TV as such will go away, but the big screen in the living room will just be one of many where you can watch it. As for "smart" TVs, well they don't cost more than a cell phone less screen, camera and radio/wireless so why not throw it in there even if 95% don't use it.

Comment Re:Paris terrorists didn't seem "religious"... (Score 1) 491

The Paris terrorists didn't seem that "religious" or "conservative". From AFA: "She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys."

I noticed at a class reunion that that some of the extremes had flipped, like a fairly freaky urban party girl now living on a small farm far out on the countryside while some of the absolutely most boring and conservative people had flipped out. Those who just leaned one way or the other were mostly the same. I know I'm being an armchair quarterback here but it's probably the same with some terrorists, they've lived the party life but lacked some deeper meaning and purpose to their life and then had a true religious awakening becoming ultra conservative and extremely hostile towards their past life. It certainly seems to fit several convert stories I've read where they relatively suddenly become totally changed, cut off all their old friends and so on.

I don't think they're so many, but they might have a far more black and white view of the world than most. And they've probably externalized much of the blame on the "decadence" of modern society, alcohol, porn and whatnot. Apart from the violent side, many of them actually sound like pietists in Christianity - happiness comes from family, tradition, honor, worship etc. and "worldly amusements" like dancing, music, gambling, drinking should be shunned. I can sort of understand male converts who at least get the upper hand in a patriarchy, why women would want to turn back time makes no sense to me.

Comment Terrorism is a fallback solution. (Score 1) 491

I'd say it has more to do with being a male than with being an engineer.
The trait that makes a person a terrorist is more primoral than "engineer type".

Basically, terrorism is a fallback solution to changing/improving the world to fit your needs/desires.
Which is what many male humans and thus male engineers would want to do.

Tech experts are also prone to being smarter than average, narrow minded, misunderstood and socially excluded by people around them.
This in turn leads to frustration. And I'd say roughly 80% of all wars and conflicts go back to simple male sexual frustration. Also terrorism.

Take a smart, outcast male youngster, and, yes, he is indeed very much closer to becoming a leader, innovator, bum, philosopher or, yes, if the circumstances are right, a gun-rampager or terrorist than regular people.

I know that I am closer to being a warrior, leader or bum than a 'regular guy'. There is less of an inbetween for me.

Let's keep in mind, the difference between terrorism and war basically is just the amount of people you kill and the amount of comrades and long-term planning involved.
Looking at terrorism and the technical requirements for effective terrorism, these stats are no real surprise.

Comment Windows 2000 was my last version. Here's why: (Score 2, Interesting) 357

Same has been said by many a people about Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Truth is at the end of the day when MS have a small or any screwup the open-source crowd are so divided among themselves that they can never seize the opportunity.

The last Windows I used was Windows 2000. They crossed the line with me with forced registration and remote disabling "features".
Why anyone would use a OS that has this for anything mission-critical, is totally beyond me.

In my book Windows is a Toy, an elaborate gaming bios, and the only reason to use it is if you're into frontline hardcore PC gaming or need to use a professional application that only runs on Windows - such as Solid Works for engineers or something like that.

I've been riding Mac OS X since 2004 - for professional Flash development back then - and x86 Linux since 1999. Nowadays there is absolutely nothing aside of perhaps some neat Photoshop plugins that Linux and FOSS can't offer that I need for my professional work (Dev, Software Architect and Consultant). I expect that to improve even more with Gimp 3.0. I've got no incentive to replace my broken Mac Mini now - albeit HW & SW integration with Apple is still top-of-the-line.

However, I *do* still use a MS product: The last iteration of the XBox 360. The system mature to the marrow and has dirt cheap top gametitles out of the bargain bin. Just added Diablo 3 to my collection for 20 euros last saturday. Neat.

I hope Windows, the abysmally shitty Outlook Groupware, Exchange, MS Office and all those ancient crappy MS monsters die in a fire and/or gets squished by Google and Chrome OS like a bug. They would deserve it.

Google has users by a leash too, but at least I get all their stuff and services for free and have an interest in keeping them running and synced across devices no matter what.
Which is why I recommend Chrome OS over Windows whenever a n00b asks me for advice.

My 2 cents.

Comment Re:He gets stuff done, making others look bad (Score 2) 103

At this stage, NASA should just funnel money to SpaceX as fast as they can, before the space programs of other countries make them an irrelevance.

Yes I know that's harsh, but how else can NASA sidestep the politicians that meddle with NASA's long-term plans every election cycle?

Well, nothing Musk has done so far is deep space-specific. In fact, the whole manned flight program comes from NASA money. Is he going to design the Mars lander, outpost, return vehicle and fund it all? I doubt it. So in practice it's going to be on the politicians' whim for quite some time still.

Comment Re:What 'meaning'? (Score 1) 137

Hey at least it's a holiday that's not all about me, me, me. Sure, the retailers want to exploit it like every other special day (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, Halloween etc.) but I kinda like finding a nice gift for someone, when I can. And it's a pretty good excuse to enjoy the end of the year the same way Sunday is the end of the week. Don't let commercialism get in the way of Christmas, it's pretty hard to ruin Crazy Shopping Day though since that was all it meant.

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