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Comment: Re:No, but schools will take a second look (Score 1) 232

by rainer_d (#48295579) Attached to: Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

> Students can write their reports and essays using LaTex

Good luck getting anyone outside CS to do that. Even if the student learns LaTeX, he/she won't likely be able to collaborate with other students/advisers easily.

Even for my CS thesis, the professor wanted word files (annotate feature).
But I used lyx/klyx to write it and so he got PDFs, which he printed.

Lyx was wonderful, allowing me to concentrate almost exclusively on the text itself and not worrying about formatting. p I wish they would teach actual typesetting skills in school (because producing a document is a bit more than just filling a page with letters and spaces and a few pictures)!

Comment: Seen that before (Score 1) 349

by rainer_d (#48061883) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility
When FreeBSD started having "10" in the version number, a lot of 3rd party (open source) software thought it must be version "1.0" (based on checks by GNU configure) which usually resulted in a failure to even go through the configure-phase....
Same reason why Solaris 11 is actually 2.11...

Comment: Re:Is this real? (Score 1) 504

by rainer_d (#47939281) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
That wouldn't even fly with "friends" of the US and NATO-partners.
Thank god, US tech companies need to export their stuff, too.
I'm pretty sure that Apple have it clear to the various representatives in political offices what kind of policy they are going to support (i.e.: donate money) in the future and what they will not support. After all, Cook hired this new lobbyist:

US is a corporatocracy - and Apple has very deep pockets and very loyal customers (who often also have deep pockets) with long memories - nobody in D.C. wants that combination against them.

Comment: Just run your own blog (Score 1) 254

by rainer_d (#47796803) Attached to: Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots
Either host yourself or use or whatever blog-site there is.
Seriously, who cares about Facebook postings anyway? Are these people a bunch of 12 year olds?
I don't need a FB account to know that I probably can't differentiate between official propaganda, astroturfers, shills and real eye-witness reports - on both sides.

Maybe Ukraine should buy more ads on FB - that usually helps...

Comment: Interesting idea. (Score 2) 419

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.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.