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Comment: Re: I never thought (Score 1) 90

by gr8dude (#47187043) Attached to: Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

In one of Richard Stallman's lectures, someone asked him why progress on Hurd is slow. The response was that this is not a pressing matter anymore, as there are other free kernels out there that are mature.

In other words, there are other problems society needs to focus on, so don't hold your breath for GNU Hurd.

Comment: Re:Point Roberts (Score 2) 321

by gr8dude (#47177501) Attached to: AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

According to the spec, the SIM card has several files that contain information about the networks the phone is allowed or disallowed to connect to. These files are EF PLMN and EF FPLMN, they can be edited if you have PIN1. They're present in both, 2G SIM and 3G USIM cards. For more details, see section 10.2.16 EF FPLMN (Forbidden PLMNs) of the corresponding ETSI standard.

This article on PLMN management describes how they can be updated.

Even though this problem has been resolved a long time ago, in my practice I have not encountered a phone that would offer an interface for editing these settings. So you need to do this with a smart card reader and software that knows which APDU commands to send to the card to make the necessary changes.

Comment: Re:The only thing I care about. (Score 1) 479

> Romanians were actually fighting along with Nazis
It should be pointed out that Romania was originally a neutral state. The country was forced to enter the war after the Entente failed to keep its promise.
Romania joined the war on the side of the Axis because at that time the Soviet army occupied the Eastern part of the country (the region known as `Basarabia`) and had no plans of leaving.

So your statement is true, but I think that another reasonable person would've done the same, had they been in the shoes of the Romanian government at the time.

Comment: Wordfeud (Score 2) 669

by gr8dude (#46283531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

I'm playing Wordfeud (an online game of Scrabble), I like it because of its pace - I have 72h to complete a move, so I can take my time. The game allows me to play with multiple opponents simultaneously; I've made some good friends and we keep playing for several years now. This game brings people together, if you let it :-)

If anyone could recommend a similar, turn-based, online multiplayer game for Android - I'd greatly appreciate it.

Comment: Re:Yes, I read it before (Score 1) 110

by gr8dude (#46138641) Attached to: Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

Is it common for people sleeping in tents in such weather to be practically naked, or wearing nothing more than underwear?

Isn't it more reasonable to sleep dressed in pants and sweatshirts, etc. If so, then it means that they got undressed before escaping the tent - that wouldn't make sense.

Comment: Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (Score 1) 209

by gr8dude (#46058223) Attached to: Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

At this point I'm not sure if you're fooling around or are just misinformed, I will assume the latter.

Romanian is a language, and Cyrillic is a form of writing. You can write Romanian using a Cyrillic alphabet if you really want to, but that's not how Romanians themselves do it.

If you read the first paragraph of Wikipedias's articles on {Rroma, Romanian, Cyrillic} - you'll figure it out.

Comment: Re:Who would've thought (Score 1) 92

by gr8dude (#42898183) Attached to: Heavy Metal and Emergent Behavior

This is a conclusion reached by Anatol Rapoport, a fellow who was studying these things (he is the author of tit-for-tat, among other things). He provides some examples in his book "Certainties and doubts", which is a very interesting read. Here is a relevant excerpt (this is a public album, you don't need a Facebook account to see the pics)

"Pascal is Pascal is Pascal is dog meat." -- M. Devine and P. Larson, Computer Science 340

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