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Comment: United States of Europe (Score 4, Interesting) 739

What business did Greece have joining the EU? It fudged its numbers to get in (while everyone turned a blind eye) so that idiot lefties could create a United States of Europe. Europe is made up of countries that are far to different in culture and economic prospects to ever fly under the same flag effectively.

Greece's weak economy was never capable of withstanding the monetary troubles of an entire continent. The single market/currency gives it no flexibility to do simple things like adjust interest rates and devalue currency to alleviate the debt.

Who gave it all that money anyway? What were they thinking? How much blame do they have for giving Greece infinite credit?

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 324

by enter to exit (#49597257) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
The real reason Eich was ousted was because he is a competent engineer who was a threat to the Mozilla bureaucracy. They found "dirt" on him years before he was CEO (someone must have been looking) and used it drum up outrage.

This sort of strategy is a double-edged sword. It is very exhausting for everyone involved and soon becomes very convoluted with hypocritical exceptions. Most of us hold at least one opinion that is not the majority viewpoint and should be more humble when issuing judgements on someone else's beliefs.

This sort of suppression of opinion manifests itself in unexpected ways, and makes any victory a cause has tenuous. People should be outvoted not assaulted through mob-rule.

Comment: Salami Slicing (Score 3, Informative) 85

Again, this imbecile government bungles another one of their policies. They have no subtlety. If you want to implement an unpopular law, blame it on the terrorists.

Tell the people the laws are necessary to prevent The Children radicalizing. Then once you've created the regulating mechanism, increase it's scope outside Parliament. (preferably through carefully vague mandates). Salami slicing.

They've stuffed it in their collective haste to please Rupert Murdoch. It's a good thing our government is incompetent.

Comment: Teach Maths Better (Score 1) 291

by enter to exit (#49057991) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?
We should teach Mathematics better. A solid understanding of Logic and Algebra is a fundamental requirement for all programming and will condition those who need to learn to code to do so much more easily while making everyone else better citizens.

Ideally the basic use of numerical analysis software (MATLAB/Octave) should be incorporated into the Mathematics syllabus. This would expose students to the universal traits of programming, aide in explaining mathematical concepts and not be "programming for the sake of programming".

Comment: Microsoft Security Essentials (Score 4, Insightful) 467

by enter to exit (#48889641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?
Nowadays i use Microsoft's free AV, a decent browser and discretion. Unless you're particularly haphazard (like downloading random files with full Admin privileges and visiting dodgy sites with unpatched IE) that should be enough. You don't really need a full arsenal of anti-malware software anymore. Ms has tightened things up a fair bit over the last years.

A while back i tried NOD32 and was very impressed. I don't know if it's still good.

Comment: Work With It (Score 1) 312

by enter to exit (#48534291) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?
I had a similar problem to yours when i was a student. I largely mitigate against it with a few things. I found the smartest guy in the class and stuck with him, working with hard working people made me work harder - especially if they're relying on me to complete something.

When studying, I also just accepted the fact that i was going to waste a lot of time with my gadgets and made sure to allocate enough time overall to accommodate for it ( I know this is a luxury for some). As long as i had finished the task i set out to complete, i was happy - even if it took me double the amount of time it should have. I made it goal oriented - and not an exercise in itself

I went to the library or an empty computer lab to get my stuff done, I turned it into a schedule and went there even if i had nothing to do (Turns out, there's always something to do).

I had immense trouble focusing on lectures, i couldn't do much about it. So i became selective about the ones i attended but i always made sure to go to campus when the lecture was on and sit in the library, maybe reviewing the slides the professor put online for the week.

Essentially, you need to put yourself in situations where getting shit done is the least boring option. Unless you're in a completely wrong course you'll probably find some aspects of the work interesting in itself. There are only so many buzzfeed and reddit posts you can read a day..

Comment: Another Mozilla? (Score 1) 274

by enter to exit (#48512899) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?
I hope not, but it's starting to feel like it. According to the WMF statements , they have (Approx) $60 Million in assets, and spent $45 Million a year, of that, $20 Million went into salaries, $5 Million into awards and grand, $2 Million on conferences and travel and $12 Million on "Other Operating Expenses".

They spend $2.5 Million on hosting and the content is created by the community for free.

Each year they're making more money then the last and what have we seen from it? There seems to be a lot of people not doing a lot of work over there.

Comment: There's a Fine Line.. (Score 1) 452

by enter to exit (#48463229) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God
This is a small interview he did (regarding his setup):

He's been banned over at hackernews, reddit and a few places for posting the messages of God which he divines from an index of phrases and a PRNG. His revelations are often liberally intertwined with racist comments and violent swearing.

He's posed a slight dilemma for a few communities, as no one seems to know how exactly to react to his situation.

Here are a list of his demands in order to make god happy: . These include MS killing SecureBoot and VMware implementing PC speaker beeps.

Comment: Re:How's this going to work (Score 1) 161

by enter to exit (#48438855) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google
A search engine doesn't actually guarantee any revenue for Mozilla. They get a cut of the Advertising revenue initiated by a Firefox search (or similar). Firefox needs users to generate the searches. A search engine would pay Mozilla in proportion to the amount of eyeballs it gives them.

Firefox would be foolish to change the default search to yahoo, as a large proportion would change it back to Google - but not all. They would effectively be dividing the profitability of their user base. The sort of people who use yahoo don't care what search engine they use but plenty of people insist of using Google and will change it back.

Google isn't simply giving money away to Firefox, they do derive some benefit from FF referrals, but how much? I suspect Google's past relationship with Firefox was largely a way for them to mitigate against challenges IE could pose if MS fiddled with it. They might have thought it necessary to be generous to Mozilla, as a long term strategy, but they have their own very popular browser now.

Has Yahoo offered Mozilla significantly better terms? Did Google simply decline to renew (or renew on good terms)? Is this all a negotiation tactic? Has Mozilla lost the plot? It'll all be clear soon.

Comment: Dive Into FreeBSD (Score 1) 267

by enter to exit (#48429917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
I've done this myself as an experiment a few weeks ago. With the exception of FTB (the site has a jar file for it, so it'll likely work) everything you mentioned is available in ports.

There's also a binary packing system (pkg) but packages seem to randomly go missing there. A couple of weeks ago it was Xorg, until yesterday no Firefox. BTW can anyone explain the dynamics behind that?

The best way to get in is head first, install it on the least fancy PC you have. I'd strongly recommend FreeBSD and the handbook (This should be your first place of reference). (take note of chapter 11). If you're a gentoo man you don't need PC-BSD.

Putting my view on *nix desktops aside (Are they worth the effort?), If there is a show stopper it'll probably be hardware support.

The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong -- until the next person quits or is fired.