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Comment Re:Torrents != Piracy (Score 1) 130

This is true, but unfortunately, as a heuristic, "textbook + torrent == infringement" is probably going to be a pretty good one. I'd guess the vast majority of textbook torrents are "piratical". At this point, Mr. Jackson represents an edge-case - a very welcome one, but an edge case nonetheless. Still, it would sure be nice if there was a quicker way to get past the algorithm to an actual human who could take a look at particular cases like this one. Then perhaps we'd start overcoming that BitTorrent stigma.

Comment Re:wtf is this article doing here? (Score 0) 105

How about this: The author of VIM, Bram Moolenar, spent a year in Kibaale between 1994-1995, and still actively solicits donations to the Kibaale Children's Centre which provides needy children in the district with education, food, and medical care. Check it out with a: :help kibaale from within VIM. Does that cover it? :)

Comment Re:3 or 4 depending (Score 1) 280

Right now on my desk, I've got an iPad (iOS), a Thinkpad Tablet (Android), a MacBook (OS X) and a Thinkpad (dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux, depending on what I'm trying to get done). And, surprisingly to me, at least, I get real work done on all the devices, pretty much every day.

Oh, and my servers all run Debian Squeeze... but I haven't ssh'ed into any of them today. :)

Comment Re:So when I squint or look at sculpture... (Score 1) 1258

Worst argument ever!

Having bad eyesight != Analytical thinking.
Appreciating art != Analytical thinking.

And yet, if you took the time to read the research, the authors are pretty much claiming that:

a) giving a questionnaire in a hard-to-read font (which I would say is a good proxy for bad eyesight) promotes analytical thinking
b) showing a picture of a great sculpture (The Thinker) promotes analytical thinking.

In fact, their whole experimental design is premised on those two points.

Comment Re:So when I squint or look at sculpture... (Score 1) 1258

Well, the irony here is that the GP is actually the first person I've read a comment from who actually seems to be trying to figure out what the authors of the paper were actually claiming, based on their methodology. They had people answer questionnaires written in hard-to-read fonts, and claimed that that was a good promoter of "analytic thinking". They showed people a picture of the "The Thinker", and presumed that that promotes analytic thinking. Then they had people (a few anyways - quite a small sample size) answer a questionnaire, and found that those who had to squint or look at the "The Thinker" answered differently. That's it.

Oh sorry, there was one other experiment. As best I can tell, they tried to write similar questions in two different ways - one set of questions using "analytical language" and the other set using "emotive language". Then they found that people answered the two sets of questions differently. Wow.

What "Corporate Drone" is pointing out is that the actual experiments conducted would lead a rational person to a rather-less-sensational-headlinish conclusion.

Comment Re:no (Score 5, Interesting) 148

Lied about import duty? One of the most interesting things about this whole process has been how upfront and transparent they've been. When they discover some new roadblock or detail that they weren't aware of (such as the status of the Pi wrt import duties, or the requirement for CE testing), they've been quick to post to their blog and tell the world about it.

As for "and market them badly"... really? How much do you suppose they've spent on marketing, exactly? Are you aware of how much publicity they're getting, worldwide, for free? Even my local newspaper, which is absolutely dreadful for tech news, has carried very positive (and nearly accurate!) stories on the Raspberry Pi. Seems to me that, if there's one thing they've done extremely well, it's creating a huge buzz around their concept, WITHOUT blowing a huge pile on marketing.

Comment Re:Actual cost? (Score 3, Informative) 148

For this model (the Model B, with Ethernet), the target price is $35. The actual price, including shipping & handling, depends a bit on where you are in the world, but it's pretty much bang on $35 plus whatever shipping charge Premier Farnell or RS has come up with for your country. They've done an amazing job at keeping this thing on track, despite delays and major changes in manufacturing plans...

Comment Re:Passwords are for philistines (Score 4, Informative) 167

Good point. My standard setup is to move SSHD to a non-standard port, and to turn off PasswordAuthentication completely in favour of RSA key-pairs.

Just checking my SSHD logs, it looks like I've had exactly one rejected attempt on a busy public-facing web server (which may in fact have been me, connecting from a machine that I hadn't set up a key for) in the past month... so in my experience, no, they're not trying too hard off of port 22.

Comment iWeb (Score 1) 225

I use an iWeb dedicated server... $99 per month, 10TB bandwidth / 100Mbit connection, on a dual core server with 320GB hard drive and 4gb ram. That would probably work great for starters.

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