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Comment: Re:Hardly Stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 385

by quercus.aeternam (#33562076) Attached to: How Good Software Makes Us Stupid

Sorry for the long answer to a fairly obvious statement, but it's written, and it's going out:

True, but to me there is a difference between memorizing (learning verbatim/rote) and just remembering something useful. I haven't memorized the size of the known universe, I just remember it. I didn't memorize the size of bears, I just remember it - and when I go to use something I haven't recalled in a while I may notice that it is a little foggy. I can place bounds on the values and possibly remember specific values after dredging it from the depths of memory, but I can definitely recognize the need for a refresh.

Anyway, the more you have to look something up, the better you will remember it. If it's something that you need to use frequently, your recollection of it it will become more and more solid with every lookup - though if it is complex enough, you will likely notice that it is hard to remember, and keep the reference extremely handy.

Comment: Re:Now this is even more applicable (Score 2, Informative) 262

by quercus.aeternam (#33430076) Attached to: No More Need To Reboot Fedora w/ Ksplice

kexec restarts the entire software stack while leaving hardware running.

From what I can tell, ksplice does not require a software restart or hardware restart. This isn't explicitly stated, but it is implied by the usage instructions: http://www.ksplice.com/uptrack/using

Comment: Re:Open Source != Free Software (Score 3, Insightful) 273

by quercus.aeternam (#33399922) Attached to: Native ZFS Is Coming To Linux Next Month

This is both Open and Free, just not quite as free as Stallman would like.

CDDL licensed code can be freely distributed and modified, so long as it is compiled with a compatible license.

This is why BSD has no issues with including ZFS. The BSD license is less restrictive than the GPL.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 309

by quercus.aeternam (#33382296) Attached to: Drunken Employee Shoots Server

Utah is a CCW state. You would think that if he didn't have a permit, they would have thrown that charge at him as well. I guess the housing market is a lot scarier than I thought.

In Utah, CFPs are only required for concealed carry. Open carry requires no permit, though it must be at least two actions away from firing (ie. two trigger pulls or slide+trigger).

Oh, and Utah is the only state with a brady score of 0, something many people consider to be a good thing.

Comment: Re:More is better (Score 1) 375

by quercus.aeternam (#33041460) Attached to: How Big Is Your Primary Display?

I hate saying this, but I've had the most success using xrandr - as a specific example, 'xrandr --output DVI-0 --auto --right-of DVI-1'.

This is in my .xinitrc file before my wm (I'm not using a graphical login), though you should be able to add it somewhere else to get it to work in a gui-only environment.

It seems that if there is anything that should be consistent, it should be the configuration system - but oss being what it is, I don't think that that will ever really happen - not for end users. Using the lower level utilities (like directly using xorg's functions) is sometimes the easiest way to configure a system - if only because you only have to learn it once.

Comment: Re:How does one form a PIrate ISP? (Score 1) 204

by quercus.aeternam (#32984952) Attached to: Digital Act Could Spur Creation of Pirate ISPs In UK

Here's a specific example: http://mapa.buenosaireslibre.org/
The site is all in spanish, but the map should help you understand the scope. Internet access is orthogonal to community wireless access.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_community_network
That article is a should be a decent jumping point. Enjoy!

Comment: Re:1 vote / 100% (Score 1) 375

I'm not sure that ctime is the best option, I used mtime.

specifically:
find -iname "*" -printf "%TY/%Tm/%Td\t%p\n" | sort | less

I actually piped it to a file so I could examine the output while waiting for the command to finish, but it's pretty much the same.

I'm still looking for the first entry that I created - (interpreting creation as having personally modified the content of, not created by copying - otherwise old dos executables and such would be my oldest files...)

Comment: Re:Beware University Wifi (Score 1) 289

by quercus.aeternam (#32736192) Attached to: Best Phone For a Wi-Fi-Only Location?

I've been using my N800 for a while as a phone substitute (I don't recommend getting one for this btw, the battery life isn't great plus it's speakerphone only (bluetooth kind of works, but the cpu has more issues keeping up with doing both, esp. with skype - regular sip is better)), and my university does have a required web login - however, I installed devicescape which works great. I did have to save the login page and send it to them, but it was fast and painless.

I'm just saying - there are solutions to that particular issue.

Comment: Re:Something I was wondering (Score 3, Interesting) 364

by quercus.aeternam (#32537356) Attached to: How To Destroy a Black Hole

It seems to me that in order for an established orbit to exist on the event horizon, the orbiting matter would have to be going at the speed of light. I would further presume that any matter orbiting within the event horizon would have to be /exceeding/ the speed of light.

To my knowledge, matter cannot travel at or beyond the speed of light.

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