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Comment Re:More than 2 parties (Score 1) 568

Never really understood the Murdoch "hate" exhibited by US and UK citizens. His newspapers and TV programs as such are rather benign and upmarket in Australia. What he is (or his organization at least) is an excellent judge of national character giving the people the news and the TV that they desire. Says more about viewing and reading habits in the US and the UK than most commentators would like to admit. He has got that (large) segment of the market figured out otherwise he would not be so successful.

Comment Re:Imaginary problem (Score 2, Informative) 51

    You should try to live in some of the harsh weather states, like Florida.

    When I was a kid, we'd experience up to 12 hours of power outages about once a month. If it was night time, the most chaos was to look to see if the neighbors lights were on.

    During (and after) hurricanes, it's a given that you will probably expect a prolonged power outage. People get along fine without the need of electricity. You'll find both LEOs and civilians directing traffic at busy intersections. You'll even find people helping out with anything they can. I've helped move large trees out of the road and off of houses with little more than a pickup truck, chains, a few helpful people, and a little effort.

Comment Re:don't mock the Notepad++ (Score 1) 175

I heart that program. Only thing I don't like about it is its updater. It sometimes complains taht there's a new version, and when I say, "OK, do the update", it doesn't work. I end up just icing the old one and downloading and installing the new one manually.

Comment Re:Yeah well. (Score 1) 311

From Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry: 1 slaughter
Pronunciation: \sl-tr\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sltra to slaughter; akin to Old English sleaht slaughter, slan to slay -- more at SLAY Date: 14th century
1 : the act of killing; specifically : the butchering of livestock for market

Though I suppose your "I don't think that word means what you think it means" could still be technically correct. You could think it means anything at all, like "giraffe" or "fun." But regardless of what you think, it's clear you don't know - and most importantly, refuse to accept - what it means.

It's deplorable you find slaughtering innocents "an easy choice."

Comment Re:Pulp paper should die! (Score 5, Insightful) 446

hemp paper...

Hemp paper is available, but it's more far more expensive than paper from wood pulp. ($46.50 per ream for ordinary 24 pound bond!) Kenaf is more promising. Mitsubishi makes kenaf paper for sale in Japan.

(Somehow, the hemp enthusiasts never seem to be very interested in other long-fibre plants, like kenaf, abaca, sisal, or jute. Or even bagasse and straw, which are agricultural wastes which can be recycled. Wonder why.)

Comment Re:Wonder why ... (Score 1) 192

Hence, the Indian public just does not care about these issues, because it doesn't 'concern' them :-)

exactly. people here do whatever they want to do. they drive on the wrong side of the road. they jump red lights. they cross the street when cars are approaching. they don't wear helmets/seatbelts. they steal electricity. they encroach on the street area in front of their house/shop. they pay 60% value of real estate in black money. they buy laptops without os and just get the local tech dude to install windows, office, flash, photoshop, modern warfare installed on it. they download songs on a MASSIVE scale and send it to everyone around them using bluetooth. seriously, the last time i bought a cd/dvd/vcd was in 1999, when the internet was only 56k.

Comment Re:Do we really WANT higher resoltuion displays? (Score 2, Insightful) 952

you need ~200 DPI on the display before you can get away with scaling all the UI elements without them jumping around by 1/2 pixels, etc

That's assuming brain-dead "nearest-neighbor" scaling (only whole-pixel steps). Plenty of other methods perform far better. bicubic is the first one that comes to mind.

Comment Re:Islam is dangerous. (Score 1) 1224


have you studied koran ? no it seems. if you had done, you would know. i can easily say after all the cross checking i did, nothing in any other scripture, bar only the stone carved rituals of brutal south american religions can top it in regard to medievalness.

just google quran and read.

Comment Re:None, I have given up bash scripting (Score 1) 411

That has nothing to do with bash.

Tar outputs data, xargs reads that data as-is without the shell's intervention. It will work the same whether you use bash, zsh, or anything else. The issue is only due to how that data is formatted on the output and interpreted on the input.

In this case tar appears to be missing an option that would write a \0 after each filename, which seems a bit odd for a GNU utility. Especially since it can read lists terminated in such a way.

Nothing a patch wouldn't fix though.

Comment Re:Ever done business in China? (Score 2, Interesting) 338

The Chinese approach to ethics is almost purely situational.

Asian religions in general lack the fixed rules found in western moral systems. The ancient "Art of War" text is pretty much about using manipulation and deceit to win wars without even doing battle. This kind of cunning is prized in Chinese culture. It also results in less physical conflict.

I don't necessarily think this means that westerners are more honest, it's just that cheating is frowned upon enough that it's usually caught earlier, among peers. Because it's more accepted in Chinese culture, it can pile up to the very end among larger teams.

Further, in a crowded and competitive environment, some may be pressured to take more risk, and this risk is often deceit. It's often an all-or-nothing game.

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