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Comment Re: Vi (Score 1) 227

That is *awesome*. I've been doing vim with yyyymmdd in the filenames for years. I seem to be the only person in the company who can find back his notes, ever, thanks to (ack-)grep, find and xargs. But sharing my notes with others has always been a problem. I've got monospace text recognition hardwired in my brain, but the majority of you puny humans seem to think that that's hard to read. I'm switching to markdown as of tomorrow. Thank you, and thanks to the OP for this Ask Slashdot.

Comment Re:Protests were Illegal. (Score 1) 142

Belgium, the state, has three official languages. See what you're presented with on the federal government's official portal:

The Brussels region, and its Flemish suburbs, hosts a lot of belligerently anti-Flemish French speakers. You have to go through a lot of hassle, and can be submitted to a lot of abuse, if you want to be addressed in anything else than French. This is, though, a flagrant violation of language laws.

Comment Re:Protests were Illegal. (Score 2) 142

Wow, you guys could have googled that.

The Flemish, who make up 60% of the population (not 50% as grandparent claims), speak Dutch. The existence of local variants in the language are no basis for a claim that there a multiple languages. Otherwise you'd have very few English speakers in the world.

Belgium is a trilingual country; there is a small population of German speakers.

Brussels is a bilingual region. It is geographically located in the Dutch-speaking Flanders, historically Flemish and Dutch speaking, but currently more an international city.

Comment Re:Ping times are long, but too optimistic. (Score 2) 245

The math bit is about right, the rest is bullshit. I implemented a 2-way satellite modem, with VoIP, a few years back, and 600ms RTT is what I got typically. Upstream bandwidth contention is handled with QoS on the link layer and some form of traffic shaping. After that, from the ground station, it's just a fast link to the Internet like from any ISP, which means roughly 150ms to get across the Atlantic, for example. So real-life ping times are well under 1000ms.

The Slashdot crowd seriously underestimates how much engineering goes into modems to ensure that the end user experience is optimal.

Comment Re:Yeah, we knew that already. (Score 1) 109

They use mice and rats because testing things on people is unethical and testing things on animals a lot more like us (primates, pigs, etc) is either unethical or expensive.

Testing things on animals unlike humans is unethical too. It's just more convenient to ignore the ethical implications if they don't look at you in a manner that a human animal socially responds to.

Comment Re:I am windows free and proud (Score 1) 417

My wife runs Ubuntu on her work laptop. My kids run Debian on their netbooks. My phone runs Linux (N900). My TV runs Linux (LG). My NAS/IPv6 gateway runs Linux (Debian install over the bundled Linux D-Link firmware). I'm pretty sure my TV set-top box runs Linux. My car runs VxWorks, but the next generation of their platform runs Linux (BMW). It's not 1997 any more. Real people with real lives use Linux.

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