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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.

Comment Re:Not Totalitarian (Score 4, Informative) 75

I came here because I was surprised by the term "totalitarian" used to describe Yugoslavia. I'm glad to see that others who knew the country have already started to debunk the sensationalist (but mainly very ignorant) "journalism".

While I didn't live there, I had it's passport, and travelled there often for holidays and to visit family. While Tito did imprison some opponents, it seems to have been mainly would-be nationalist leaders. We all saw what happened when they and their ideas were left loose. (Which also shows that imprisoning people with dangerous ideas is usually not a good long-term solution).

But Yugoslavia definitely didn't feel like a totalitarian regime. Tito helped to free his country from the Nazis, and then a couple of years later freed it from the Soviet influence. Finally, he was among the founders of the Non-Aligned Countries Movement. Unlike the US, Yugoslavia didn't order or help any killing of elected leaders in other countries, nor did it support fascist military regimes in other continents.

Comment Re:Why replace it? And Can it really replace it? (Score 1) 114

I use Truecrypt for a small (10MB) file which I can mount on Linux, Mac and Windows. The mounted file is a FAT32 partition, because that is the only filesystem that is read/write on any random machine.

Could Tomb replace this setup? What would the advantage be?

(Of course, I could go read the article, but who does that on /.?)

Comment Extensions to the rescue... (Score 1) 151

Yes, it should be a standard possibility in the browser. But until then, I use Firefox-Muter.

But it's stupid to need an extension for something as basic. Or even for a (completely unrelated) 15 year old bug which still needs an extension to be corrected.

Comment Will it help cracking WiFi? (Score 1, Interesting) 44

That's all I'm really interested in. Will it make cracking the neighbor's WiFi practical again? Nobody uses WEP anymore, and almost all the routers with WPS seem to have been upgraded to prevent the very nice Reaver attack which was so cool a few years ago.

I used to get Internet access anywhere by simply cracking some nearby WiFi. Nowadays, I usually need to use my phone's data connection, which is painfully slow and not usable in other countries because of roaming charges. I keep an open WiFi at home for passersby, but nobody else seems to be doing that for me.

Comment Meanwhile, still no decent HTML word processing (Score 1) 75

It's nice that a government pushes for open standards, and if it gets widely used, maybe it will somehow help development.

But in the meantime, 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 does'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. 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 Re:trick question (Score 1) 263

Maybe in one of these weird languages where it's not the operator which determines the operation to be done. Or one of these annoying languages in which you need silly stuff like str(10)... :-)

I feel for the poor poor programmer who didn't get the chance to understand Perl.

And BTW, /. ate my binary operator in the post above. It was meant to be:

to get 327680, you would have used the binary shift operator: "10"<<"15"

Comment Re:trick question (Score 1) 263

should "10" + "15" == "1015" or should it be 25?

What a strange question. Obviously, 25 since you are using an arithmetic operator. So surely, you wanted to do arithmetic, right?
If you had wanted "1015", you would obviously have used a string operator instead ( "10" . "15" ).

Are there languages so stupid that they can't tell the difference and you have to spell it out for them in every boring detail?

PS: And if you had wanted to get 327680, you would have used the binary shift operator: "10""15"

Comment How is Pocket different from bookmarks / File-Save (Score 1) 351

I don't understand the point of this Pocket stuff (or Wallabag, which someone mentioned as similar). Would someone please explain what use it has?

For Pocket, I read "If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet or computer. You don't even need an Internet connection."

OK, but how is that different from Ctrl-S (Save page)?

For Wallabag, apparently you still need an Internet connection: "when you open your wallabag, you can comfortably read your articles. [...] you can install it on your web server or you can create a free account at Framabag.

So how is that different from just bookmarking the page?

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