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Comment: Interesting idea. (Score 2) 417

by rainer_d (#47680627) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone
It's just that the humanitarian situation in Palestine is actually very bad - much worse than the daily 30s news-clip can transport, if I can trust a recent eye-witness report I read in a local paper.

So, it may be a bit too much for the kids, actually (as someone already suggested).
But still, it's a good idea. In these war-zones, "Game Over" really is more than two words.

Comment: Re:Better a Nazi than a Commi (Score 1) 165

by rainer_d (#47584341) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

Gehlen took over Foreign Armies East (German Army intelligence) and the Germans started getting better information. His predecessor was woefully incompetent.

Gehlen then spent years downplaying Soviet capabilities, so the Germans were constantly being surprised by the Soviets doing something Gehlen had said they didn't have the strength to do.

Still, it was more or less in line to what the top guy wanted to hear :-)

With that mind-set, he would probably also have succeeded in the GWB administration...

Comment: Better a Nazi than a Commi (Score 4, Informative) 165

by rainer_d (#47579959) Attached to: Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So
That was really the line of thinking in large parts of the US-government for a while.
Best expressed by no one else than Harry S Truman, who, when a member of the congress complained about the huge amounts of former Nazis in the new intelligence agency the US was building up in post-war Germany (nowadays known as BND), simply replied: "I don't care if this Gehlen guy [first head of the agency, a former Nazi-general] is fucking goats - as long as he's helping us, we'll use him".

During the 2nd world-war, if you played your cards well in Germany, you could achieve a lot. Some people early on realized this and built a career on it that often continued after the war. If you had the support of "the system", you had almost unlimited resources at your disposal.
Von Braun used these resources because he had a vision, a dream - and he was crazy and ruthless enough to sacrifice anything to make his dream come true.
Like the above mentioned Gehlen, he was also bold enough to change sides when the right time had come - knowing that the work he had done and the ideas in his head were more interesting to the Allies than the rest of what had happened during the war.

People from the UK (where V2 rockets hit mostly) are usually furious when you mention the name - they'd have probably wanted to put him up for trial in Nuremberg and seen him hanging - but his work, his men and he himself were already too important by the time the court was setup - and the cold-war had already started.

Comment: I mainly use FreeBSD (Score 1) 85

so I can use
I have subscriptions for the stuff that I use, build, or that I'm generally interested in (I run my on own build-server and build about 1200 packages these days) and I get an email every evening (local time) that lists all the updates to these projects.
It will sometimes take a longer time for a port to be updated (for various reasons) - but it works well enough.
In these cases, other news-portals often carry the news of a new release (like it's the case for PHP).
In contrast to freshmeat, freshport's mail-summaries contain much more and better information.

Comment: Re:Sweet (Score 1) 126

So you gave the devices in an incomplete setup-state to your users and later complain that they locked you out?

In any case, you just keep a share of the last salary until they return all your property. Problem solved (unless you pay them peanuts and the iDevice is worth more than a month's salary).

Comment: Go elsewhere (Score 1) 148

Host it e.g. in Switzerland.
I work at a Swiss hosting company - few corporate entities from the US go as far as getting a court-order from a Swiss judge (which we require before we do anything).
We get tons of bogus "Hi, I work for .... , we represent this-and-that large company and so-and-so infringes on our client's copyright etc." emails.
We all tell them to come back when they've got a court-order signed by a Swiss judge. Registered mail.
But of course, unless you also live in Switzerland, the lawyers will eventually just target you directly.
It helps to filter out all the "noise", though - I admit.

Additionally, you've got to choose a hosting-provider that has no US ties - else they just go via the US HQ and then you're back at square one...

Comment: Re:Less hands-on (Score 1) 209

by rainer_d (#47242673) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes
Maybe you and some of your friends would roll back.
But that doesn't mean that half of the people who got upgraded to 7 would downgrade to 6 in an instant. That assumption is totally unfounded.
Do you think that the customer satisfaction statistics that show 90%+ results of ipad/iphone would look as good if people hated iOS7 en masse?

Comment: It was a tongue-in-cheek comment (Score 1) 711

by rainer_d (#47158061) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
For me, having watched the keynote, it was quite clear that it was meant as a light-hearted joke - why anybody would get riled-up about it is beyond me.
Also, I doubt that Apple would be able to achieve and exceed their sales and profit growth targets with only fanbois buying - the number of those is pretty limited and can be counted by counting the number of people who line-up when a new i-device is on sale for the first day.
So, there must be a quite significant number of switchers. And for some, it was indeed a "mistake" to buy an Android phone in the first place.

Please go away.