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Comment there's really only one principle involved (Score 2) 121

It's my computer, my browser, my bandwidth - *I* get to decide how it's used, no-one else does.

btw, one of my absolutely required needs is "blocking specific types of content (such as advertising)", and javascript.

another of my needs is to have my browser modify or override bits of CSS (e.g. fonts, font sizes, div widths, etc) so that the content actually displays on my screen in a form that is readable by my eyes.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 4, Interesting) 267

Because there's really no comparison between btrfs and ZFS. ZFS is years ahead in both stability and features. Only someone who's never used both would say that they are in any way close.

The only really useful thing that btrfs does that ZFS does not is rebalancing - that's a great feature and i'd love to see it in ZFS (but it will probably never get there).

ZFS has lots of features that btrfs doesn't have and likely never will.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 0) 309

This will probably blow your tiny little black & white, subtlety-incapable mind, but by blocking the ability to remove other people's freedoms wrt the software, the GPL's restrictions are limitations that actually increase overall freedom.

it's like by subtracting one they end up adding a billion and more.

wow, crazy and mind-blowing, huh? it's almost as if the FSF had a goal and knew what they needed to do to achieve it and also knew what kind of loopholes they needed to close to avoid their goal being subverted by selfish arseholes like you.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 309

Developers can have multiple goals at the same time. Some developers have the goals of both promoting a new standard and promoting Free Software (as defined by GNU).

Some developers don't want parasites like Apple or Microsoft or some groovy uber-cool startup getting the benefit of their work without an obligation to contribute back.

The GPL satisfies those goals. GPLv3 closes some loopholes in v2 that can be exploited by the unscrupulous to subvert the intent of the GPL.

Comment Re:No. No verbing for you. (Score 5, Insightful) 233

what have they done?

they've made people think that piecework and pushing all running expenses onto the worker is an acceptable way to hire people.

their driver ranking system is also a great way of undermining worker solidarity.

that's why MBA types love them - they've undone over 100 years of hard fought industrial struggle or, at least, in the process of doing so.

they're also the ultimate parasitising middle-men.

Comment Re:Windows update forcing me to 10 (Score 1) 867

Linux isn't a *bad* choice for gamers these days. Windows is still better for games - not because they work better but because there are more games available - but Linux isn't bad.

There are many games available natively for linux, e.g. from gog or steam or the humble bundles. Many more will run perfectly well in wine - *most* windows games do. *some* games won't run at all on linux, either natively or with wine.

I'm a linux user who spent many years running windows game in wine, then built myself a Win7 box out of spare parts about 5 years ago (after upgrading my main linux box) just to play the windows games i'd bought on steam that wouldn't run in wine - i bought an ATEN kvm switch so i can share the keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I do most of my gaming on that windows box now, but am thinking of turning it into a steam box.

I use that win7 box for *nothing* but gaming, I rarely even open a web browser on it, just run the steam client and games. I don't even buy the steam games on it (i buy them in a web browser on my linux machine) because there's no way i'll ever trust a windows machine with my credit card or paypal account or any of my financial details.

I have no interest at all in upgrading to win10 or letting microsoft spy on's repeated attempts to force that shit on me is just making the idea of converting that box to a steam machine far more attractive: Linux + Steam + Wine will suffice for 95+% of my gaming "needs" - and i've bought hundreds of steam games over the years (some of which i haven't even got around to playing yet) so i can just ignore the remaining 5%.

ps: why don't i just install the steam client on my main linux machine and play games there? i have done so, but i don't play games on it often because game devs are morons who will happily write code that crashes the machine - i don't give a damn if my win7 game console crashes and has to be rebooted, but i really don't want to have to reboot my linux box and lose months worth of "context" in opened windows and running apps.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 264

We've just become lazy in our writing. Despite the huge increase in short bursts of written communication, we don't tend to spend much time on even slightly longer bits of written communication.

yes, this exactly. lazy writers have shifted the burden of comprehension onto readers - instead of putting in the effort to clearly express what they are thinking/saying/feeling, they use a handful of inscrutable icons with ill-defined meanings...leaving it up to the reader to a) try to identify what that bizarre little picture is supposed to be, b) what it means in general, and c) what it means in the current context.

what, for example, does a sad face next to a duck mean? does it mean "i don't like ducks", "my duck just died", "a duck just shat on my head", "haha! duck-lips photos suck!" or something else entirely? it does not clearly express anything, just (possibly) something sad (possibly) involving a duck or perhaps another bird but duck was the closest picture i could remember or find quickly or perhaps something whimsically represented by a duck-like picture.

where no actual meaning has been conveyed, there is no actual communication.

if you want to communicate, it's up to you to do so clearly...not just scribble some inscrutable gibberish and expect your reader to figure it out. this is true no matter how simple or complex the thing you are trying to communicate.

words, by way of contrast, are a) easy to distinguish from other words, and b) have fixed meanings and don't require a great deal of interpretation (that doesn't mean ONE meaning per word, as words can have nuanced meanings, but a small number of meanings. the correct or most appropriate meaning can *easily* be deduced from the context)

communication involving hieroglyphs, ideographs, icons etc sucks because it is extremely difficult to understand what is meant (thus defeating its own purpose) and requires an enormous memory for the meanings of slightly different-looking pictures.

there's a reason why literacy is so much more difficult and uncommon in China - you aren't literate until you've memorised thousands upon thousands of different symbols and combinations of them. compare this to having to memorise roughly 20-50 different symbols (depending on the language - e.g most variants of the roman alphabet have 20-30 characters, while devanagari has 47) for the sounds/letters of the words. in both cases, you still have to know the words you're trying to write but in the latter you can write *ANY* words with just 20-50 symbols while in the former you can only write the words you have previously memorised.

in part, this has been deliberate - an illiterate peasant class is an uneducated peasant class and easier to control. the poor do not have the luxury of time or the money required to learn a skill that is nearly useless for their daily lives

democracy depends upon a literate and educated population, which is one of the reasons why the dumbing down of the population should be resisted in whatever form it takes (and that includes emoji and the over-dependence on short "messages" as a substitute for long-form writing)

Comment Re:still waiting... (Score 1) 85

> The GTX 960 is 60% faster than your GTX 560

i can, and did, figure that out for myself. as you say, it wasn't hard. comprehension seems to be difficult for you, though, so i'll spell it out:

a) 60% is nowhere near the 498% pixel rate increase of 240->560ti
b) the cheapest GTX 960 in .au is around $280. 4GB versions cost around $350
c) a 60% increase in performance for $280 is not worth it.
d) still waiting...

as i said, "when i upgrade again i want a similar increase in performance for about the same price."

i'll settle for anything at least 2-3x better for around $250-$300.

> And if you must have more performance, this is over twice as
> fast as your GTX 560 Ti, and is only $300.

a) twice as fast is good but still not a 500% increase.

b) the Gigabyte GTX 970 GV-N970IXOC-4GD costs over $500 in australia, not $300. if it cost only $300 here, i might consider it as being a "just barely worth it" upgrade for the price.

Comment still waiting... (Score 1) 85

i'm still waiting for nvidia to produce a card that's worth upgrading to from a gtx-560 Ti for around $250 or so.

that's what i paid for some gtx-560 and 560 Ti cards a few years ago and is about the limit of what i'm willing to pay for a video card. paying $600 or $700 or $1200 for a GPU is something only a moron would do.

every card since then that costs around $250 is actually worse than the 560 in terms of performance - generally much better power consumption, but worse performance...ranging from slightly worse to ridiculously bad, and usually deliberately crippled by being cut from a 256-bit memory interface to 64-bit.

at best, it would be roughly the same as what i already have - why pay that much for no actual benefit?

when i bought the 560s, i was upgrading from gt-240s - definitely a worthwhile upgrade, from ~ 1.5 to ~ 5 times the performance depending on what attribute you're measuring (GTX-560Ti vs GT240). when i upgrade again i want a similar increase in performance for about the same price.

so, nvidia, give me a reason to upgrade.

Comment Re:Great idea! (Score 1) 206

> Recall I said that it'd be nice if we could buy plans directly and
> bypass our employers,

you know what's even better than that? non-profit public health care.

here in australia we manage to do it with a Medicare levy of 2% of taxable income (with reductions and exemptions for low-income). with that, any australian citizen (and citizens of countries with whom we have reciprocal health-care agreements like UK, NL, NZ and others) can see a GP or go to hospital or have in-home treatment for chronic diseases (e.g. dialysis machine and supplies) without paying a single cent, and with no risk of having our premiums raised or being refused insurance for pre-existing conditions. the risk and expense of health-care is spread over the entire nation. our healthcare is at least the equal of yours but many orders of magnitude less expensive because we don't have a profit conspiracy between hospitals and insurance companies that inflates prices (like charging thousands of dollars to dispense a few dollars worth of pills).

and if we're so sick that we can no longer work, we are still entitled to health care. we don't lose our health care if we resign or get sacked.

we also have the option of private health insurance (comprehensive coverage typically costs around $1600 AUD / year) but it doesn't get you much more than what Medicare gets you - the primary benefit being that you can queue-jump waiting lists for elective surgery by choosing to go to a private hospital.

and all this without employers having the ability to decide whether you deserve health-care or not and, if so, what kind of health-care you get. that's just fucking barbaric.

btw, about that 2% of taxable income...for someone earning the median wage of around $46,900 pa (median for 2013, the latest figure i can find - it won't have increased much in 2 years), that works out to $938 medicare levy per year. for someone earning, $100K, obviously it is $2000/year. both figures are a shitload cheaper than *ANY* health insurance plan available in the US, and don't have clauses that exclude coverage for particular conditions - about the only thing that isn't covered is non-essential plastic're covered if you get your face melted in a fire or severely disfigured in a car accident etc but not if you just want a face-lift.

and for anyone earning less than $20,896, they don't have to pay the levy at all...and you pay a reduced medicare levy if you earn between $20,896 and $26,121.

Comment Re:Great idea! (Score 1) 206

yeah. doctors - and admin staff in hospitals - should also have full access to patient's financial records and not only be allowed to but actually required to euthanase those they deem too poor or too sick to deserve treatment.

this will result in huge cost savings and also serve to discourage the poor and the chronically ill from seeking treatment. win win win!

in fact, they could even raise money by performing various entertaining methods of involuntary euthanasia for a reality TV show, and rake in lots of advertising dollars.

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