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Comment Re:Get Drunk (Score 1) 256

Here in Sweden, the tradition is to watch Dinner For One (on TV every year since 1976), get very drunk and then watch fireworks (or set them off yourself and get your fingers blown off if you're drunk enough).

I missed Dinner for One this year, and was rather happy about it. After 30+ viewings it has lost its charm.

My family tradition is otherwise TV-based. Zap around between the plentiful movies, while drinking some coffee and/or gleuhwein. Around 23.30, switch to channel 1 to watch the celebration in Stockholm. Also glance out the window, to see if some sucker has spent so much money on fireworks that they are actually worth watching. Then at midnight, make a few phone calls and go to bed.

Fireworks at New Year are rather new around here, by the way. They used to be reserved for Easter, but at some point in the 1980s or so they started selling in December too.

Comment Re:Advantages of Perl (Score 1) 263

Better syntax than Bourne shell scripts.

For the old Bourne shell I agree, but IME bash syntax can be distinctly better than Perl for certain tasks -- typically stuff that's rather heavy on glueing other stuff together. And bash is becoming universally available, too.

Comment Re:Why perl? (Score 1) 263

What can perl do that newer languages such as python and ruby can't do, and do more readably/maintainably?

Don't know Ruby, but Perl is distinctly better than Python for writing text filters with regexes and stuff -- the things you used to use sed and awk for. More readable code, faster execution.

(On the other hand, some people still stick with awk.)

Comment Re:Kilometers... (Score 1) 304

The German mile was anything between 4.1 Km and 9.9 km depending on which state you where in. Just in case you ask yourself what standards are for.

The mil in Sweden is well-standardized as 10 km though, and has been since ... 1889, according to Wikipedia. It's still widely used, and fortunately easily converted.

Comment Re:Loser (Score 2) 112

He could have felt burned. I assume it's for a $400 Radeon, not a $50 Radeon, since it's hardly worth putting much effort into the latter (just buy an Intel).

Can you buy Intel cards? All the web shops have hundreds of ATI and nVidia-based cards, and nothing else (well, possibly a weird new Matrox thing for $700). Personally I use a Matrox card from back when they were good (G450 or something) but it's an AGP card and I'm screwed if I buy a new motherboard ...

Comment Re:I don't really care (Score 2) 100

As an Admin I refuse to deal with this long shit while IPv4 works just fine. I will NAT the crap out of it if I have to just to ignore IPv6 longer.

And I hope it's *real* issue which is preventing me from using IPv6 today, and not this kind of pettiness (or job security, or whatever psychology is behind the anti-IPv6 attitudes you encounter on Slashdot).

Comment Re:The IP Class diviation was never honest anyway (Score 2) 100

There's a large cultural difference. Many guys and girls on asia use web cafes. When they later get own connection theres not usually enough ip's. You're talking about billions of people. Not everyone is going to have their own ip address from that pool.

Which brings us back on topic: IPv6 ... I have two IPv4 addresses, four computers, and 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 IPv6 addresses ... all that's missing is for the people who run servers to get their shit straight.

Comment Re:Not enough information + binary blobs (Score 1) 260

1a. You haven't specified exactly what you'll be doing: if it's just office crap, anything will do

Except for that which doesn't work reliably, e.g. locks up or has graphics bugs. Or that which needs bizarre, non-free or bleeding-edge drivers.

but if you'll be running the GIMP, games, etc, you'll need higher-end hardware (both CPU and GPU).

I don't know how you use the GIMP, but I use it for plain 2D image editing, and used that way it just needs to render bitmaps. Nothing your web browser doesn't want to do already.

Comment Re:Mailing lists (Score 4, Informative) 248

The majority of reply-alls can be replaced by using mailing lists.

+1. The lack of real (archived, opt-in) mailing lists is part of what drives useless reply-all usage. Let workers who are interested in topic Foo look at the archives for the Foo mailing list, decide if they like it, and sign up if they do.

At my workplace we're going even more retro. On Monday I'm going to sign up on the internal IRC network, and try to convince others to do the same. Our Enterprisey IM software simply doesn't support the way we work (when it works at all, that is).

Comment Re:Why so difficult? (Score 1) 224

Windows? More like C.

No. Like others have said, the only reason code breaks when it moves between architectures this similar is that the author did something obviously stupid, like casting between unrelated types.

An OS may have interfaces which encourage you to do stupid things, like the Unix ioctl() is-this-an-integer-or-pointer thing. Perhaps Windows has more of this?

Comment Re:impossible mission (Score 1) 196

well, *what*, exactly?

Plain text files with wikitext in them

OK, that *is* something I can actually understand. I've cursed the Mediawiki editor and version control stuff too, and longed for my trusty Emacs and Git (or CVS, even) setup.

There are several problems which need to be solved to accomplish that, though. Just to mention two that come to mind: you now need a local preview feature, for example. And you cannot expect every contributor to keep a local copy of e.g. Wikipedia-en so you need to partition it ...

Comment Re:impossible mission (Score 1) 196

In many teams at many companies, including the last two that I've worked at, internal wikis have replaced Word as the standard way of sharing documents. It's just so much easier than creating a Word doc, putting it up on some network share and then hoping that no one moves (or worse, copies!) the document. Everyone, regardless of whether they're using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux or their smartphone, can access it,

My company too. We have half a dozen different proprietary collaboration/knowledge database tools, but our plain Mediawiki beats them all. Easily.

But you miss the point of a workplace wiki somewhat -- it's not just to have a mixed bag of documents, but also to have the relationships between different pieces of information, and between people, and yourself. You get to reflect on the information and discuss it with your peers.

because it's all based on open standards.

Not really. Mediawiki is free software, but not an open standard.

Comment Re:impossible mission (Score 1) 196

Wikis still suck at collaborative work. The only good tool for collaborative work is a versioning system, preferably distributed. But most of the existing ones are designed for plain text in mind, not binaries or even computer-generated XML.

Good luck replacing the Mediawiki-based collaboration at my two workplaces with a Git repository containing ... well, *what*, exactly? The computer-generated XML you mentioned?

A wiki does a more than decent job of encouraging N people to update a set of shared information, but that's far from everything it does. Linking and categorizing the information, formatting it, providing search capabilities and so on is just as important.

Comment Re:BAD idea. (Score 1) 196

Or at least so I think. Let Wikipedia BE not that easy to edit: someone that wants to edit will have to go through this small extra step.

And the step really is small. My experience is, people whine about not being able to write Mediawiki syntax up until the point they actually *try*. Then it turns out they can use it after all.

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