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Comment: One thing (Score 1) 683

by gwolf (#48035783) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Most of America uses decimal.

Canada uses decimal. Mexico uses decimal. Central-American countries use... Well, a very strange mix, lets leave them aside for a bit ;-) But from Colombia until Chile and Argentina, every country uses decimal.

Maybe we should also get the USA to choose a proper country name, as all of us who live in the same continent will continue to insist we are Americans.

Comment: Argentina is far from chaos... (Score 1) 208

by gwolf (#48000251) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

Believe me, they do have building codes, and strictly adhere to them.

My wife is an Argentinian. She is also an architect. We live in Mexico (which is also not as chaotic as some US-dwellers would think). And after four years living here, she still cannot believe how lacking our building codes are in several key aspects. Of course, they are veri strict regarding issues they never even think about (i.e. resistance against earthquakes or hurricanes, depending on the area of the country).

She lived in a smaller city, a province capital, ~330,000 inhabitants. Closed neighbourhoods are forbidden, and even though the market strongly pushes for them, not one has been built. In fact, the few that came close to it were forced open by the government. In larger/denser cities, the building height is perfectly respected, you can see a continuous line of buildings as they are exactly the same height. And the list could go on a lot.

Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 469

by gwolf (#47961113) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

I must say that I somewhat followed Debian's lengthy discussions on this subject, which were quite interesting and informing, and I don't recall this argument coming up even once. I replied to this because the use case is undertandable to long-time Unix users, but not because I feel it's usual or important.

And yes, I also expect a new piece of software (specially if it's far-reaching compared to its antecesor) to have more CVEs than one that's been used for over 30 years, and works mostly unmodified since basically forever.

Comment: Re:Hear, hear. (Score 1) 469

by gwolf (#47959813) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

I don't have an answer for you, but can direct you to the latest thread on the topic — On August 8, a message was posted to debian-devel@lists.debian.org titled Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop; the thread had 174 messages. Josselin Mouette made a specific question that goes along your question, but I'm sure you will find more.

Comment: Hear, hear. (Score 2) 469

by gwolf (#47959159) Attached to: Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

The reason why XFCE was mentioned as a possible default desktop in Debian is the install media size — In order to ship a self-contained distribution that can give you a functional desktop in one CD, GNOME is no longer an option.

But yes, there are several active discussions on how to better achieve this. It's not that Debian has decided XFCE suits us better than GNOME.

(said with a Debian Developer hat on — No, I'm not a desktop guy, nor work in the debian-installer, but do follow the discussions)

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 2) 118

by gwolf (#47893743) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

I think I feel as uncomfortable using GNOME 3 as much as you, but for that matter, I cannot use any kind of desktop environment. So I'm neither a GNOME fan or detractor, I'm just a weird user.

However, GNOME-like environments did provide more than one concepts that were later incorporated in other environments — Including the industry mainstream.Take as an example transparency handling and live window miniaturization (adopted in Windows Vista and 7). The "wobbly windows" and "cube desktop" ideas were loved by some, but it does not matter too much that they fell out of favor: They displayed ideas (and implementations) that would later be copied elsewhere.

Yes, I know the wobbly windows are based on technology which is not so distant from NeXT's Display Postscript (and of course became part of MacOS X). But the transparency was added in Linux-land and later appeared in Windows. Going back to a tiling interface (which, yes, was Windows 1.x but largely disappeared from the mainstream for >20 years) is also a Linux contribution; I started using a tiling WM in 2006, and saw that concept start being adopted in more mainstream Linux environments some years later; it seems nowadays tiling WMs are allthe rage (as they are part of the "tablet mindset" we all love to hate).

So, yes, there have been concepts introduced (or re-introduced after a too long hiatus) both in GNOME-land and in the wider Linux-land. I won't go into more details as I'm GNOME-illiterate, but some bits are easy to find :)

Comment: On a more serious tone... (Score 1) 115

by gwolf (#47861097) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

I find seriously offensive the hero treatment "war veterans" receive in your country.

I have lived in places (and visited many more) that have been seriously damaged due to being "incorrectly aligned" politically. As insulting as my comment can be to you, I find it insulting to have a front-page article in Slashdot devoting resources to war veterans. Of course, in your society, you are free (and expected) to take care of those you think that are patriots — But you have to understand that many of us cannot relate to those patriots in any different way than we would relate to mass-murderers.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 1) 116

by gwolf (#47731477) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

I'm not a social media person, so no, it's neither somebody I follow or somebody followed by me.

I know more than a few people working on security.

And... Yes, I am outing somebody. Somebody who's well known for his activities already, as well as for his skills. And who has never hid them.

Comment: Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (Score 2) 116

by gwolf (#47729393) Attached to: NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

I happen to know a highly skilled person working as a security analist. He says his main customer for 0days is the NSA – But this friend has an independent mind and concience (he is not a NSA person, just an outside contractor). I know for a fact he also has worked voluntarily to make the world a better place (i.e. with the "good guys").
I guess my friend is not the only such analyst. If people like him can sell their work and (in full or in part) leak part of his findings to the underground, privacy-minded networks... Well, I'm sure he will do so.
And after all, people with such skillset do know how to remain under cover.

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