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Comment: Re:Radical Left allowed to run a country... (Score 2) 325

by gerddie (#48917153) Attached to: Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

Shit like this [Chile coup, Pinochet -mi]

Chile's Pinochet, upon stepping down (show me one Left-dictator to have done that!), has left his country as the top Latin American economy.

Really? Then why is this organge line indicating the average of Latin America above the blue line indicating Chile between 1970 and 1991? There is also a different story to tell.

Comment: Re:Not at all the same (Score 1) 192

by gerddie (#48898031) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Taking that even further, they pay to keep their XMPP servers running, WhatsApp Plus don't....

Actually, this is not quite correct: To connect to the WhatsApp servers one has supposedly pay for a subscription after the first year, and this subscription is bound to the account and not the client software; the official WhatsApp client is free on Android.

Comment: Re:Telegram (Score 1) 192

by gerddie (#48897807) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

Really? Using what server? Run by who? If you want guaranteed privacy, keep your data off a network.

With client end-to-end encryption it shouldn't matter who runs the server, should it? And since the client is FLOSS, you can check that they really do use a secured client-to-client connection when they claim to do so.

Comment: Re: was a warning too much to ask? (Score 1) 192

by gerddie (#48897615) Attached to: WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

The practicality of that might not be guaranteed. Are there platforms that have the unofficial client but no official client?

FirefoxOS has an unofficial client and no possibility to run the official one. Sailfish OS also has an unofficial client, and to run the official one you have to use the Android emulation layer.

Comment: Re:this report is inconsistent (Score 5, Informative) 142

by gerddie (#48679517) Attached to: New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely a Faster-Than-Light Particle
The original article describes it a bit differently:

Six observations based on data and fits to data from a variety of areas are consistent with the hypothesis that the electron neutrino is a m^2_v_e = 0.11±0.016eV 2 tachyon. The data are from areas including CMB fluctuations, gravitational lensing, cosmic ray spectra, neutrino oscillations, and 0v double beta decay. For each of the six observations it is possible under explicitly stated assumptions to compute a value for m^2_v_e , and it is found that the six values are remarkably consistent with the above cited _e mass (\Chi^2 = 2.73). There are no known observations in clear conflict with the claimed result. Three checks are proposed to test the validity of the claim, one of which could be performed using existing data.

Comment: Re:A plus (Score 1) 137

by gerddie (#48444561) Attached to: Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Not that it would be enough to have an appreciable affect, but it would increase the impact factor of the journal. That would be contrary to the point of such papers.

Actually no. It would only show (one more time) that the IF is no useful measure. While this may not be the original intent of the paper, it would be a nice addition.

Comment: Re:Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 550

No. It should at least come up far enough to diagnose and fix. Did you miss the part about not coming up far enough to edit fstab?

Sure, but if that really was the case then it was a bug, most likely a distro bug, or perhaps the OP was impatient and didn't wait 3-5 minutes for daemon timeout.

Well, I had the exact problem: Debian testing, systemd installed without me noting that something big had changed, because, well, when you do a dist-upgrade in testing it is completely normal that many packages are updated (Once upon a time there seems to have been a big warning message about the change of the init system, but not any more). Reboot and there I was looking at an error message that made barely sense, something like "device missing, retrying ...". No information what device, no information how long it will try do retry, and no option to interact beyond "crl-alt-del". Of course I didn't wait three minutes, the machine was running okay three minutes ago.

What I did was reboot into an alternative Linux installation, chroot into de Debian install, switch to openrc because I know it better, and search what the problem might have been. Of course it was a stale entry in /etc/fstab and removing it fixed the problem. Now I'm on systemd, because it was next to impossible to install some high level packages (nothing gnome related, btw) without pulling systemd in.

Normally I wouldn't care about the init system, but with this fstab problem, and later cups failing because I had ipv6 disabled, I'm kind of annoyed. An option that would make systemd issue warnings instead of failing hard, or that gives the option to select from ignore, retry, emergency shell instead of only the latter one (and on top only after a very long timeout) would IMHO be the better solution - at least for the transition when one is upgrading. (For the record: it's not that I'm just complaining here on /., I put the latter opinion also in a related Debian bug report).

Comment: Re:7 Year Old, Not Seventh Grader (Score 1) 217

by gerddie (#48216839) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

YMMV, but in my experience, you only need 2 verb tenses and maybe 300 words of vocabulary to be "yourself" in another language...most human uses simple words to make complex thoughts so you don't need that much to have an identifiable "personality"

I have to disagree. I'm German and live in Spain since seven years now, and there are still many moments when I can not be myself because the languages are too different. Languages also expresses a mindset of a people, and when you touch a point where the mindset between your culture and that of the other language is different, then you will have difficulties to be yourself in that other language.

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