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Comment no way out (Score 1) 1307

The current Euro treaties do not allow a member to leave the Euro zone. Nor do they foresee a mechanism to kick out any member.

Of course, the member states could come together and sign a new treaty. Needless to say, it would take a while. And, oh, it would take previous agreement.

Comment Cuz Minix was 50 bucks (Score 1) 469

At that time downloading a couple of MB was quite difficult and the more so if you needed to store them on floppies.

Yes, Prentice-Hall released MINIX source code and binaries on floppy disk with a reference manual but it was priced at 50 bucks (A.D. 1992). I remember Tannebaun proclaiming that the price was right and students should pay up.

Comment Groklaw updated! (Score 1) 170

A mystery man or woman updated the SCO timeline on Groklaw:


Unfortunately, no update of the legendary PJ comments. But the timeline shows that the judge granted partially and dismissed partially an IBM request for summary judgement in Dec. 2014.

Appeal to jurists with Pacer access: please report on SCO-IBM fight of the last two years. The case was revived (with IBM's consent) the same day Groklaw shut down.

Comment Leave Opera 12.x alone! (Score 1) 167

I have tried out Vivaldi and I'm disappointed. And not because of the bugs.

I'm disappointed because of the false claims that Vivaldi would be a follow-up to Opera 12.x.

It is not. It does not give me the features, the power, the freedom to counter the formatting and decoration and publicity shit of so many web pages - starting with the big ones. Starting with Slashdot, for example. I need a weapon against the styling idiots. Opera 12.x is such a weapon, Vivaldi is not, it is simply conformistic.

Comment let's call it Liberty (Score 1) 148

I'm fully with you. RSM doesn't sleep because the adjective 'free' in English does not say what he wants to say. Get over it, Richard, you can't change it. Instead, find new names. LO would profit immensely without an akward combination of Spanish and English. Slashdot should start a contest for a good alternative among its readers. My entry is Liberty.

Comment best anti-virus ever (Score 1) 467

The last virus I fell victim to was a virus spreading around on diskettes with infected boot sector. That was 1991.

Since then the only viruses and malware running on my PC would be there by invitation. I let them in intentionally, had a look and kicked them out - fully in control.

Last week I just fancied getting a virus check of my storage devices and installed Bitfender. It modified my Windows BCD boot without asking and took over. It would not let me launch it on demand, no, it deemed itself so indispensable that it had always to be there in imperial role. It didn't like being offline. Kicked out in no time.

And what anti-virus was I using? Ah, an easy one. I browse around as lowly user without javascript, session cookies only. Sure, I must use javascript with some banks and travel agencies and Google Maps but I know them and wipe out all their settings afterwards. Otherwise I do not allow web sites to take over my machine. No, bastards, keep your dirty fingers off my files.

Comment the real issue (Score 2) 139

The scientists did not stand accused of failing to warn against an earthquake. Not at all. Legend.

They were accused to have encouraged the town of Aquila to disregard threatening tremors and stay safely at home.

The town followed 'their' recommendation against the century old habits in an earthquake-prone region to run out and wait in the open air. Result was more then 300 deads.

The appeal court has decided that the fatal recommendations did not come from the scientists but from the inept, corrupt, opportunistic bureaucracy. Doubts about this version linger on.

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