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Comment: Re:8 out of 10 for cool. 1 out of 10 for interesti (Score 2) 159

by nadaou (#46750695) Attached to: Reviving a Commodore 64 Computer Using a Raspberry Pi

What would be interesting would be to bring the spirit of these old systems into the modern age rather than just replicate them wholesale. Boot into a system which allows you immediate programming (preferably with a modern OO syntax) and access to video, sound and peripherals. If there's anything that has suffered over the past three decades, it's easy access to I/O.

hmmm, if only there was something like that already under our noses.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 240

by nadaou (#46732031) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Instead of searching for that app it is perhaps a better use of your time to study the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and the energy required at common cell phone frequencies to generate ionizing radiation. And then comparing it with the power your cell phone transmits at.

[disclaimer: I can't guarantee that minor localized warming of the brain has no long term effects]

Or just buy a wired headset and leave your phone in your bag, then be happy in simply not worrying about it.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 175

by nadaou (#46673839) Attached to: Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

> (that they need v40 codes to store an entire oops, and
> few phones will read v40 codes).

few of today's phones perhaps. but the development of phones is
not exactly at a standstill, when QR-oops gets released with some
future kernel what will the phone technology support then?

to quote Doc Brown, you have to think four dimensionally.

Comment: Re:Freedom of Speech? (Score 1) 328

by nadaou (#46668237) Attached to: Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

That it was not written in a vacuum and it is shown that the authors thought a lot about the existing common law and how what they wrote would relate to it, only gives more weight to the simple and precise words they put down on, er, hemp. They knew exactly what they were saying and said it as plainly as they could.

I guess it was inevitable that not leaving any room for lawyers to weasel out of it would eventually be used as a "look how strict it is! they can't have been serious! ignore what it says!" opposite-day fantasy.

oblig. look up the ironic history of yelling "fire" in a movie theater, an idea first used in a court case trying to illegally silence political protesters in the early years of WWI.

Comment: market research (Score 1) 177

by nadaou (#46171011) Attached to: At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

does it ever occur to you that your role in life is to provide market research to some corporate holding company by describing the demographic you best fit into?

or do you take a more active role, by answering incorrectly to poison the statistics?

I mean come on, at least entertain us with a CowboyNeal option.

+ - Can I buy the Classic interface? 3

Submitted by Max Hyre
Max Hyre (1974) writes "LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone."

Comment: "Worst dressed" (Score 1) 96

by nadaou (#45834063) Attached to: The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

As this is a more or less duplicate top-10 style list to the one posted yesterday, among many other "biggest foul ups" and "worst dressed" articles, the floor is open for meta-discussion.

I get that laughing at others' misfortune and fuckups makes sad people feel better about themselves and sells lots of glossy magazines, but you've got to admit it's all a bit depressing that we can't get past the psychology of school yard bullies and instead have at least one in five of these top 10 lists be about the greatest medical, quantum physics, and space exploration breakthroughs of the previous year and what's on the horizon for the next.

Celebrate good times, come on.

Comment: Re:Mf-droidisoSMS (Score 5, Informative) 117

by nadaou (#45724309) Attached to: Massive Android Mobile Botnet Hijacking SMS Data

> No kidding. I had to look through dozens of "flashlight" apps
> to find one that didn't want my calendar, SMS, internet access,
> and GPS.

F-Droid is your friend.

As always, FOSS means you don't have to put up with the bullshit.

F-Droid build all apps they ship from source, including some sort
of grep filter on permissions to catch (and then remove) any code
which is not in the user's best interest, or at minimum flag and
explain the issue in detail to let you decide for yourself.
Otherwise-good apps with flagrant ad-ware or cripple-ware in it
simply gets patched.

Comment: Re:Nexus 5: Can it run linux? (Score 5, Insightful) 358

by nadaou (#45293863) Attached to: Android KitKat Released

As another poster pointed out, Android already is running the Linux kernel. If you want the GNU-ecosystem OS on top of the kernel all you have to do is install a chroot environment like "Lil' Debi" and you're done. (requires root)

Same goes for those very nice and very cheap long-life Chromebooks.

People give RMS lots of grief for calling "it" GNU/Linux, but he ain't no fool. Linux can be many things besides the kernel for the GNU OS, and see the Debian ports for the familiar GNU environment running on BSD, and yes, Hurd kernels instead of the Linux one.

Never trust an operating system.