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Comment Re:yes but... (Score 3, Insightful) 385

Right, Linux audio works nowadays. Almost. Except when PulseAudio starts corrupting audio. Or stops outputting audio. Or hangs. Or forcibly mutes my headphones, requiring me to call amixer after PulseAudio has started. Or requires me to re-learn something that I learnt to do with ALSA, and now I need to start over. And except when GUI tools decide to hide ALSA devices when PulseAudio is running, ruining my ability to unmute my inputs or fine tune my volume control in many other ways.

And I can't "stop using PulseAudio", because:
1. When somebody asks me for help with their audio, I can't simply go and uninstall it every time.
2. Certain distributions, such as Ubuntu, make it extremely difficult to remove PulseAudio.
3. Even distributions like Debian do install it automatically, so you need to ban it in /etc/apt/preferences.d. I learnt how to use APT pinning solely for getting rid of PulseAudio. That should speak volumes for how broken it is.

Funny enough, I was using PulseAudio long before it became popular, because it was arguably the best network audio server for casual use. I had to stop doing that because it started breaking the sound in many applications, playing with my volume, etc. It was also funny when the authors decided that the mode in which I was using PulseAudio (as a system-wide daemon) was "unsupported", and asked distros to get rid of their init scripts, thereby breaking my dedicated sound server. Not that it isn't trivial to fix, but why would anyone remove a feature in that manner? It was probably the distros fault, since Debian are still keeping the init script, but I wasn't using Debian at the time. One day I had my sound server working, and the other day I was greeted with a message telling me what I was doing is a bad idea and I should stop doing it ASAP.

Comment Re:Trial and extradition were never the goal (Score 2) 345

That should read “vote Gary Johnson”.

Ron Paul doesn't believe in evolution.
Ron Paul doesn't believe in a government-funded space program.
Ron Paul doesn't believe in the right of a woman to control her own body.
Ron Paul says he stands for civil liberties, but all that he wants to do is transfer the takeover of civil liberties to the states government.
Ron Paul is ready to go against the status quo by applying unusual ideas, but he's not willing to adapt those ideas to the real world. Some people would argue that this can be nearly destructive.

Gary Johnson carries a similar message, but he's more reasonable, has proven himself as a governor, and has far less gotchas in his policies. He also has a chance of making a difference - while he could not win, he can get his party noticed, and could have an effect on the policy of whoever gets elected. Ron Paul is now only seen as a clown of the Republican party.

Of course, Gary Johnson has a few problems of his own - like his stance on Net Neutrality, but the rest of his stances make up for that, and make up for it by much.

Comment Re:Mass production (Score 0) 195

Not really. Although completely frozen, the mammoth flesh was terribly rotten. And even the Russians who sometimes enjoy a piece of slightly rotting meat found it totally unpalatable. It was so rotten it was utterly uneatable. I believe it's an exaggeration to say anyone ate a part of it. It was so disgusting that they could not go that far. And even if they did, fresh mammoth meat's taste would be completely different.

Comment Re:Python's problem (Score 1) 510

The problem with the GIL has the same solution as the problem with speed: C extensions can turn off the GIL and run multithreaded.

Granted, that's not a great solution if your CPU-heavy code is a lot code using Python dictionaries for example, but you still have the option of doing what Guido suggested.

And for those who say that this is just a hack - the heavy loop and/or the part with the GIL switched off can be written in a language like Cython. It has Python-like syntax, it supports a subset of real Python and can have subsections that translate into pure C. So the end result will still be consise, won't look like a hack. You also have the option to implement your whole module in Cython in many cases, with optimisation directives only for the respective part.

Comment Re:Sadly the Debian bins are still at rc3 (Score 4, Informative) 168

Debian hasn't packaged 1.2 yet, these are third-party packages.

Apparently one of the issues why the newer versions can't be packaged is that the maintainer wants to package and upload all versions between the last one and 1.4 in order. Since nobody has the time to do so, there isn't any progress towards packaging the newer ones.

Comment Re:SSDD (Score 1) 494

I've passed with a 500ml bottle of liquid through the security. They detected it, warned me about it, and told me "If you want to drink it before you board, I might let you in with that, but you can't bring it with you on the plane".

So if the security person is in the mood, you might bring your dangerous liquids with less iterations.

Comment Re:Don't go to these countries. (Score 2) 244

That's not a solution.

What about the people who live there? Should they simply leave? Unlike you, the mere visitor, they are living constantly there under the treat of the regime. Even if they are hostile towards visitors, there's less risk for you because your visit will be temporary, while an inhabitant is permanently there. A visitor to Iran, especially if they do their research before visiting, ought to be safer than a random member of their society right now. Many of them might choose to leave, but for most that's not an option. Neither the people who left, nor the people who decided not to visit, decrease the number of victims of the regime. It changes nothing.

And as for you, personally? You're unlikely to be the target. No need to be paranoid when you're safer than the people who live there. It's not worth to completely ignore a country because you are too afraid to go there. And, you know, the presence of visitors might somehow help.

Comment Re:12 Years (Score 1) 214

Because it is a free operating system, and the only one free operating system that has any chance of being on the desktop these days. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, you'd still have to admit that a capable free operating system on the desktop is a good and quite possibly an important thing. For starters, it would promote more open standards and less vendor lock-in.

Comment Re:Large Deployments (Score 1) 180

Unfortunately, the Windows version of LibreOffice also tends to warn you several times about the lack of Java while its loading, and halts loading when it's waiting for you to click OK. Which means that "runs fine without Java" is misleading. It runs, if you have the nerve to give it your attention for a minute each time it loads. It's also not clear which Java versions are supported, so you'd end up installing at least a couple until it accepts one. I've had to install four until it stopped complaining.

Comment Re:They aren't wrong (Score 2) 720

Not completely. The main difference is that probably there is some correlation between using anonymity and terrorism. And the biggest problem is that even then, such tests don't make sense.

The reason that the correlation doesn't matter is because it's a useless for any classificiation due to the extremely small number of terrists and the extremely large number of people doing these things without being terrorists. Even if the test can tell terrorists well, it is practically useless. The classical example given in statistical textbooks is a cancer test with a small false negative and false positive rate (a few percent) - it still leads to way more false detections than true detections, several orders of magnitude in fact. For terrorists even an excellent test is completely useless. If there are a million people ready to blow something up in a terrorist act, and the test has 1% false positives and false negatives, this would still lead to 9 out of 10 wrong terrorist detections.

It's exactly like racism - maybe a certain race statistically carries certain negative traits, whether it's due to their culture, past segragation or genetical differences, but applying that to individuals is extremely offensive, stupid and produces no real results besides making it difficult for people of the given race.

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