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Comment: This is really about controling the internet (Score 5, Informative) 571

by argoff (#48211713) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

This isn't about sexual harassment, but controlling the internet, and implicitly people in general. A lot of the powers that be have decided that, like other forms of media, they need to sanitize it in the name of control. (even with games, google gamergate) They want a name and an ID behind every post, they want to create "accountability". They gleefully ignore the fact that any woman, gay person, person of color, persecuted minority can take on an anon alias and argue their beliefs, do their work on merit alone. Seriously, how do we even know that Satoshi, the bitcoin creator, isn't a black lesbian? The internet frees productive people from race and gender in a way that before was never even remotely possible.

So maybe, just maybe, the people who want to make it an issue now, are the doing it not because of some high morality, but because they are discovering they can't compete on merit. But the issue is way deeper that that. In today's world, a lot of media and games are controlled via copyright, but copyrights by their very nature require centralized control by those who control them to work. Yet the internet is doing just the opposite, it is moving into the direction of decentralized control, threatening a lot of people, who happen to have a lot of money.

Comment: taxes are theft (Score 1) 259

by argoff (#48156637) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

After reading the comments here, it's surprising how few people seem to understand that taxes are just theft. Yeah yeah yeah, I know the government provides public "services", but that's all just a pretext to justify stealing from people. It's pathetic when people think these programs are about helping them.

If the mafia went from business to business extorting money from people, and one of the business people found a way out of it via a technicality. That is not a bad thing. And neither is it getting out from under the thumb of government criminals either. It amazes me how easy it is to see all the evil and crap done by the government, yet people still want to give them money. It's like there is some kind of disconnect.

If a slave escaped from the plantation, would people go off and say that is evil because the master will just make the other slaves work harder ... yet this is the exact kind of logic people use when they see others escape taxes. The gov will take more from us! Less money for our programs! The Mexican mafia has charity programs too, do you think they're doing it just because they are nice guys?

The state is already taking the max they can, and giving back the least they can get away with to justify themselves. People escaping them will not make things worse for us, but instead create more opportunity out there for us to escape too as well.

Comment: Re:Backwardness of KDE continues (Score 5, Informative) 51

by stilborne (#45899881) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5 Tech Preview

"True innovation would be to provide a script-based approach to most of the GUI stuff, e.g. nodejs/browser API .. and then provide native code layer"

We started working on exactly that ~5 years ago and the result is QML2 and Plasma (two separate things, but they work wonderfully together). As the node.js project founder said when he saw QML for the first time: "Wow, it's HTML5 done right."

So KDE is truly innovative, you're just too uninformed to have known and ~5 years too late to the suggestion table. (I'm not entirely sure how the /. smarminess works, but I gave it my best try with that last sentence .. did I succeed? ;)

Comment: Re:"schematics available soon" (Score 2) 98

by stilborne (#45524145) Attached to: Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

No, translation "we've been working very hard on this device, and will be releasing them at shipping time". We've put the Open Hardware Logo on the feature board and everyone who has participated in this project has licensed their contributions under the GPL. We're not about to start our first product by violating each other's licenses. Please, give us a bit more credit than that. Most of the people involved have been releasing things far more valuable and work intensive than this as Free software/hardware over the years, after all.

Comment: Re:VGA port? (Score 3, Interesting) 98

by stilborne (#45524135) Attached to: Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

" Of course if you believe this thing will appear on time, work and ever see another module which is compatible with it I have a nice bridge here to sell you"

So, it works. How do we know? We already have finished pieces in hand and use them.

Other modules: are alread add-ons such as VGA connectors and keyboard kits in prototyping; I've already seen two more feature boards; as for other CPU cards, those are further away but on the roadmap.

Who peed in your cereal?

I know it's easier to be cynical than to be helpful, but if you support projects like this they actually do go further.

Comment: Re:Extremely capable? (Score 4, Informative) 98

by stilborne (#45523163) Attached to: Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

This is an engineering board, not a smartphone. If you look around what is available for prototyping and developing projects, you'll find that single core ARM is actually the common case. This is a significant amount of hardware for the market category. This is also considerably more powerful than what smartphones were shipping with 3 years ago, though today's high end phones do come with more cores.

Comment: Re:How is it compared to Rasp Pi ? (Score 4, Insightful) 98

by stilborne (#45523125) Attached to: Dual-Core Allwinner A20 Powered EOMA-68 Engineering Card Available

> How is this thing compared (hardware wise) to Raspberry Pi ?

RPi is a single core 7o0 MHz ARM11 with 512 MB RAM and no on-board storage; Improv is a dual core 1Ghz Cortex-A7 with 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND flash and a more powerful GPU. Improv is also modular so you can swap out the CPU card as well get feature boards with additional features in future. So Improv is several times more powerful and quite a bit more flexible. You also get things like SATA with the Improv.

As for software, anything that runs on the RPi run on Improv, while the reverse is not true. Some ARM Linux OSes require hard float, such as Ubuntu, which RPi does not provide but Improv does

Comment: Fuck dam stupidity ... (Score 1) 1216

by argoff (#45502109) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

The wage gap is a symptom, not the problem. The problem is self entitled democracies, and the fiat money banks created to accommodate populist demands. It'd be like trying to cover up herion convulsions, with seizure medication. It reminds me of the old south. When the plantation masters beat the fuck out of their slaves, they wanted to micro-regulate the treatment of slaves, instead of getting rid of slavery. In retrospect, the people advocated those regulations, were just prolonging the problem, and head so far up their fucking ass, they were beyond stupid.

Today, our fiat/populist systems create all these credit bubbles, housing bubbles, stock bubbles, excessive government debt, high prices, inflated executive pay. And these retards want to go around regulating everything, instead of attacking the problem at the source. Fuck them, just fuck them. Irrelevant worthless idiots who will accomplish nothing anyhow.

Comment: Impartial journalism is a farce (Score 1) 143

by argoff (#45152841) Attached to: Online Journalism Is Becoming a Billionaires' Plaything (Again)

For chrissake, there has never been a day since the birth of humankind where journalism has been impartial. Right now, the powers that be seem to be changing hands, and so all the old partialities are falling to the new ones. Maybe the old minions are whining about impartiality, but in practice they are really just whineing that their partiality is being subbed out for somebody elses.

Comment: Re:The enigma (Score 1) 68

by stilborne (#44953529) Attached to: Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

> hiding the cursor when it's over a text field that's being typed in

This works perfectly here.

> allowing for pure alphabetical sorting in file dialogs (not by-inode-type, then alphabetical)

Click on the configure menu (wrench icon), go to sorting, deselect "Fodlers First".

And if someone thinks of complaining that that should be the default: it's what people are used to. At least it is configurable to your liking.

You're welcome :)

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh

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