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Comment Re: browser.pocket.enabled = false (Score 3, Insightful) 199

These Windows vs Linux (vs Mac) are so ridiculously "last century".

Yes, Linux is terribly buggy and limited as a Desktop system. But it has been extremely stable and generally a pleasure to work with as a server system.
Macs are great desktop systems with the advantage of also having a real shell, and generally having Unix under the hood.
Windows is the most stable desktop system I know (as long as it is not infected by malware), and has the greatest choice of high quality software in almost all categories. But I would certainly hate it if I needed to use it as a server.

As it is, I use all 3 daily, and usually have a couple of ssh and/or VNC windows to other systems open. Just use the right tool for the job. This juvenile OS war is so passé...

Comment Good to know (Score 1) 246

That is certainly good to be reminded of. In case of weird errors, pass your code through something that checks for characters beyond ASCII.

In fact, I am often bitten by something similar on Macs: when typing the pipe character on my keyboard (Alt-7), followed by a space, I end up typing Alt-space, which ends up as a nicode non-breaking space or something. It took me a while to get used to and understand the error saying "-bash: grep: command not found".

Comment Re:SPF+DKIM (Score 1) 217

Sorry, but I have to disagree that he just claims to have done everything right while in fact he didn't. It seems to me he really did everything right, but sometimes that isn't enough with the big mail providers.

I run a couple of mail corporate mail servers, and another one for my own domains, and occasionally I have seen rejections or (much worse) mail landing into spam without any discernable reason, or simply because my sending IP was completely new (without any previous reputation) after switching the connection provider.

As others pointed out, now that it is a Mega Corporations Internet, things are getting rough for small independent old-school Internet users.

Comment The F-35 seat fears ground?? (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Does this title use a convoluted syntax, or it it just me? (English is not my first language)

I had to read the summary to finally understand what was meant by "F-35 Ejection Seat Fears Ground Lightweight Pilots". Before that, I was stuck with a seat fearing the ground, and some lightweight pilots whom I couldn't quite fit into that fearful seat.

Comment Re:YES, it has upsides. (Score 1) 229

I wonder if this the reason why my machine has so much trouble when I open a Youtube page in Firefox. Basically, youtube has become unusable recenty (in the last couple of months or so). I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 on an old Thinkpad X200. Everything else works fine. It's just youtube. (Though I haven't investigated anything and I don't really need youtube)

Comment Re:Political categorization theorem: (Score 2) 686

He said "yes we CAN". Nobody has ever said anything about DOING anything!

I was very surprised that he actually could so much.

After so many decades, he managed to set up some health care system in the last industrial country which didn't have one. It's a very right-wing system, actually inspired by Romney's system (probably in the naive hope to gain wide republican support), but it's much better than no universal health care at all.

He managed to make progress and a significant deal with Iran.

He normalized relations with Cuba.

Most of all, unlike Europe, he managed to start a recovery from the terrible economic depression that he had inherited.

I don't quite understand why everyone seems to bash on Obama so much. It's amazing what he was able to achieve in such a hostile environment.

Comment Re: Meanwhile, still no decent HTML word processin (Score 1) 236

That is exactly what I have been doing. It works fine for converting content into HTML. It is horrible for creating the content.

The important thing when writing is not pixel-precise rendering as the word processors do (on an obsolete A4/Letter format). It is to be able to just press a key for titles, subtitles, whatever, to have a visual representation of the structure. Without having to switch your thinking from content to tags, syntax and all that stuff which is totally irrelevant to what you want to concentrate on.

Anyway, I would be glad to contribute into a Kickstarter campaign for a resurrection of Amaya, or development of Kompozer, or a new project for an HTML "word processor". If only there were developers interested...

Currently, an alternative is to write in Word or *Office, and in the end export to .txt and do the HTML afterwards. It's sort of OK for the writing part, and then boring to have to do the HTML by hand.

Comment Meanwhile, still no decent HTML word processing ( (Score 2) 236

So LO has a few more features, and hopefully fixed a few bugs.

But there is still no decent writing tool for our current needs.

When I need to write something, it usually doesn't need to be printed on A4 (or Letter) paper. It is to be viewed on some digital display. And it doesn't need to be pixel-precise. Just well structured to be understandable. So the natural format would be HTML with CSS, which has become a universal format that can be displayed on anything, and can even be searched as plain text with grep and the like when needed.

But there is no word processing program that produces sane HTML/CSS. The real word processing programs which have all the features and tools to help for writing produce totally insane HTML. The HTML tools are designed for programmers or "web designers" (whatever that really is these days), not for plain writing of content. In the end, I often just send an HTML email done in Thunderbird, or I use Amaya, and mostly a plain text editor with a browser window to re-read it. But none of this is a comfortable solution. The alternative is to write in MS Word or Libre/OpenOffice, and produce a f*ing PDF.

I have been longing for a modern "Ami Pro for HTML/CSS" for the last 15 years...

Comment Can infect firmware, but still can't netboot? (Score 1) 119

So we now have an exploit over Thunderbolt, but I still cannot PXE boot the bloody things from a Linux server. Maybe I could, but I still haven't found how, if not using an OS X server. Progress is not going where I would like...

Would someone please publish a hack that lets us easily network boot Macs from Linux servers.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.