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Re: Management will not listen while everyone suffers (Score: 2, Informative)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Open floor plans in office space: more loss than gain on 2014-12-04 15:15 (#2VK1)

I can top that. In one company one of the 'nicer' colleagues really thought it ok to smoke in an open office. The boss did not care, he was a very heavy smoker himself. It was the only time when I left a project before its time.

Wrong and wrong again... The Romans cement was NOT more advanced (Score: 2, Insightful)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Geopolymer concrete like the Romans on 2014-12-04 11:36 (#2VJT)

For all the things Romans got wrong (lead pipes anyone?) did you know we’re still using a less advanced concrete than they did? Consider some of the massive structures in Rome that have passed the test of time, lasting for more than 2000 years. The typical concrete that we use in construction starts to degrade after only 50 years.
People, who make and repeat this claim, fall for some kind of selection bias. Actually there was no 'the Roman cement'. Mixing cement was no hard science back then. I doubt that even two batches were identical. So yes... some structures last more than 2000 years. But how many structures are gone because they did not even last 50 years? Erm... no one knows... because they are not there anymore. What we are seeing now are structures where the mixture was more or less coincidentally right and environmental factors were favourable so the structures survived.

Re: One Problem (Score: 2, Funny)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-30 15:39 (#2VDY)

Awright, no smileys here then.
Too bad :-(

:-P
;-)

Re: No Gnome 3, right? (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 16:24 (#2VCF)

Thanks for the info. Did not know this since I do not use Gnome. But yes, this is what I fear: Too strong dependencies between different unrelated packages. Ok, Debian is not Gentoo. Most distributions have to choose one configuration, which supposedly meets the requirements of most of its users. But I must say, sometimes Debian feels like a bowl of spaghetti... you want to install one package, and it pulls in half of the world. Often with no discernible relation to the desired package. I don't care much about systemd. Some say it is badly codes... so what, it will improve over the years. But it looks like it is poisonous in so far that it reduces choice. And that would be a sad thing. I certainly will watch Devuan.

Re: One secret tip (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Plant-Based Compound May Protect Against Weight Gain on 2014-11-29 12:43 (#2VC8)

I never click an ad. But I am very interested in "fat research"... No, I am not fat. But this being not fat is not my accomplishment. I eat like crazy. My wife has to struggle with her weight and if I ate what she eats, I'd probably have starved years ago.

I think the results in this article may be flawed, but also interesting. The interesting part (for me) is that they give an actual
mechanism. Not just 'this compound burns your fat', but 'this compound turns white fat into brown fat' and brown fat
is burned when it is cold. <--- simplified and ignored that this result was only received with mice. I'd be even more happy,
when there was some hint how or why berberine is doing what it seems to do in mice.

However, with what we know today, such a singular result can never be satisfying. We know by far not enough about the reasons of obesity. Come on... only ignorant people still believe in the simple formula: The fatties are too lazy and eat too much.

Other results hinted that in some people a virus infection may play a role in body weight. Gut bacteria may play a role. Some experiments were able to show weight reduction by a gut bacteria transplant (*yuck*).

But for me the best hint that there are still unknown mechanisms is the weight increase of lab animals.

Re: No Gnome 3, right? (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 12:26 (#2VC3)

Why not Gnome3? The problem is not Gnome3, pulseaudio, systemd, the problem is to make choice hard. It was easy for me not to use Gnome. To not to use pulseaudio I just had to kill the process. However, when suddenly more and more services are written, so they won't work without systemd anymore.... it makes me nervous. Regardless of the systemd quality.

Re: One Problem (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-28 21:09 (#2VAZ)

The amount of fanfare given for this announcement is much more than is warranted,
Agreed. Too early for that.
If you have to explain how to pronounce it, you lose interest of potential users.
Ummm... don't think so. How do you pronounce 'Qt'? I rarely speak names, since I mostly communicate with colleagues via mail or forums. And Devuan is very good for googling.

Re: I knew this a long time ago (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Plant-Based Compound May Protect Against Weight Gain on 2014-11-28 00:30 (#2VAD)

I eat plenty of veggies... But if I would only eat vegetables, I'd probably starve while eating.

Really great.... in another thread I said... (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-26 18:44 (#2V9X)

...that a certain amount of trolls is necessary to keep a thread or even a whole forum alive.
I only wish, it wasn't that kind of troll here, which created a honey pot for A.C.s and soon
more than 100 posts, which proves me right. :-/

Re: FreeBSD is buggy, sadly (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in FreeBSD 10.1 Released! on 2014-11-25 16:45 (#2V9C)

All of the "problems" that you listed, I think are actually quite good developments
I am not 100% sure of that. It could introduce "bottlenecks" into Linux. At the moment if I don't like Gnome3 or pulseaudio I just don't use them. I don't know if the current development leads in a direction, which might limit this choice in the future.

I protest.... (Score: 4, Funny)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-25 15:35 (#2V99)

...against the use of 'Other' in polls.

It interferes with 'You insensitive clod' jokes.

;-)

Re: Thieves (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Climb der Waals with gecko-inspired grippers on 2014-11-25 12:19 (#2V91)

And you must build your houses that they can safely use those devices.
God forbid you did not clean your windows properly, the grippers lose their
grip and the wannabe thief falls.

Not that you get sued....
http://overlawyered.com/2006/09/the-burglar-and-the-skylight-another-debunking-that-isnt/

I decided not to vote on A.C. submissions anymore.... (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Debian excludes game due to author's views on women. on 2014-11-25 06:27 (#2V8P)

....but I change this decision now. Negative votes are still possible.

Re: Always wondered (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Scientists Determined to Clone Woolly Mammoths on 2014-11-24 15:03 (#2V7Z)

Bad? Depends on whom you ask.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/8972949/Dutch-cannibal-TV-presenters-insist-they-did-eat-each-others-flesh.html
http://www.odditycentral.com/funny/dutch-television-hosts-to-eat-each-others-flesh-on-live-tv.html

Some just call it 'crazy'. Above reality....
... below fiction:
The idea of lab grown human flesh for consumption isn't new:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiviral_%28film%29

I must say, I am curious, but definitely not that curious. Pass.

Re: But what about his code? (Score: 2, Informative)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-24 10:06 (#2V7R)

If this is your only complaint. It is called the Hungarian notation. Though often misunderstood and misused, it is still widely used in many projects and hardly a sign for coding skills or the lack of them.

Re: FreeBSD is buggy, sadly (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in FreeBSD 10.1 Released! on 2014-11-23 21:40 (#2V73)

Actually I am mildly interested. Mildly = not enough to get my lazy *** up and actually install it, but follow with interest BSD articles.

Re: Notice (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-23 14:09 (#2V6Y)

Even more correct: Not every women is a feminist and not every feminist is a women.

And as the other A.C. noted:
I believe the judicious comparison would be that you can hate islamists and not be a racist.
I agree. Feminism, islamism, nazism are all radical inhuman "superiority" cults. There are only two differences: One difference is who is deemed superior and who is deemed the subhuman. The other is that some already had their killing spree, while others are still dreaming about it. IMHO they all should be shunned exactly the same.

Re: Notice (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-23 11:40 (#2V6T)

I just don't respect it here. If one checks out 'Tanuki64' on Slushdot, one can easily see, that very often I say exactly the same things. So there really is no way to confuse me with a geek, feminist SJW. The difference is, I don't pour the hate slurry everywhere I go, but where it belongs: As response of misandric feminazi propaganda, which nowadays is far too often given a platform on Slushdot. I was happy, that |. was free of this sickness. Though I expected and expect SJW subversion attempts as soon as |. gets more popular, I am surprised and disgusted by this totally unprovoked trolling spree from 'the other side'. And yes... guilty of voting 'Troll' for most of his posts.

Initially I voted to have this article here and apologize for it. I had no idea what was behind it. From the initial wording of the article it wasn't obvious that it was no |. material and as Debian user it looked interesting enough to me.

For me this topic is done now. With one small disclaimer, which I cannot and never want to hold back in this context:
Hating feminists is not hating women or misogyny. Just as hating nazis isn't racism. The distinction between feminists and women should be always made.

Re: FPS and RPG (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-23 00:04 (#2V61)

I am not against fighting, upping skills, collecting armours... would be stupid if I were and still say I like RPGs. But I want logical fights. When I enter a cave, I expect to meet something like a cave bear. But in the video above it looks like the forest was more densely populated with enemies than there are fleas on a mangy street dog.

Another RPG I really loved: Bioshock Infinite. I know, not a typical RPG, but clearly a FPS. However, you collect stuff, you decide to play good or evil, you up skills, sometimes you work together with NPCs... all criteria of a RPG. A really dense story, which never got drowned in excessive fighting. IMHO a perfect mixture of RPG and FPS.

Re: FPS and RPG (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-22 16:20 (#2V5V)

Bad. Very bad. I liked Baldur's Gate at the time, which seems to be similar. Now I watched this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPBLccW7vpQ

At min 0:40 first fight. Ok, the description says 'speed run', but I stopped after 4:00. In all this time behind almost every bush or tree a new enemy appeared. Most likely it is a 5 minute story game, which is inflated to hrs by senseless fights. I just get bored when I get attacked every three steps. I also don't like it to be send back and forth the same ways... get this, do that...walking for no other reason but to get told: This game is worth x0 hrs playing fun. Witcher was that way.

But I must say.... after Dishonored I am spoiled.... Very hard to satisfy me now.... Damn Arkane Studios :-D

To the very 'loud' A.C.... (Score: 2, Informative)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-22 10:00 (#2V5G)

...could you take your ranting to where it belongs? It would fit just perfectly in certain /. articles, where I would love to help you to burn karma as much as I can. Here? Not so much. At least not for now. And certainly not in a mailing list for bugs. Thank you.

Something missing? Something changed? (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-11-21 21:41 (#2V5A)

I cannot find any
Is professing progressive politics now a hard requirement for being allowed to contribute to opensource?
in the given link. Only the answer;
This is code by someone who routinely trolls Debian.....
So from what I see, we a missing huge parts of the story. Anyone able to fill in?

Re: Always wondered (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Scientists Determined to Clone Woolly Mammoths on 2014-11-21 16:03 (#2V53)

Erm... I must lie to say that this didn't cross my mind. But only for a second. ;-)

Re: FPS and RPG (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-21 16:02 (#2V52)

Can't really tell. As I said, I knew nothing about the FF games and checked some Youtube gameplays after your post. I really like anime, but for some reasons playing one has absolutely no appeal to me. I like a dense RPG story, which is worth good fantasy book. FF surely has a dense background story, I once saw a FF film in a cinema, but as Game? I just rechecked FFX... Not my thing.

Re: Always wondered (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Scientists Determined to Clone Woolly Mammoths on 2014-11-20 17:53 (#2V4R)

Yes, of course. But does it matter? You will never have huge mammoth herds. At best a few zoos get one. If the offspring shows defects, it just isn't used for breeding.

Population bottlenecks happen and happened naturally:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_bottleneck
Species still survived. Some without human intervention.

Re: FPS and RPG (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-18 17:09 (#2V47)

Interesting. I would Final Fantasy not even count as RPG. I just looked at a few Youtube gameplays. For me it is a primitive combat game with excessively long cut scenes and admittedly great graphics. Would not touch it with a ten foot pole. Buuuuut..... there is no accounting for taste. :-D

Re: FPS and RPG (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-18 10:36 (#2V3Z)

Dishonored for the win. :-)

Re: My killer app (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith on 2014-11-17 22:04 (#2V3V)

Not every vehicle has such a display. Different vehicles might have different displays, which might distract from the traffic until one is used to the new layout. Harder to upgrade when integrated in a vehicle.

Re: Google Apps for Business (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Ask Pipedot: small office collaboration/messaging on 2014-11-17 21:10 (#2V3P)

I don't really care when on /. the members troll. It is troll articles where I draw the line. And /. has far too many of those for quite some time. I lost every bit of respect I once had for /. as platform itself.

Re: Google Apps for Business (Score: 1, Insightful)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Ask Pipedot: small office collaboration/messaging on 2014-11-17 20:06 (#2V3K)

I'm going to keep playing the devil's advocate here, not because I disagree but simply because it leads to more discovery.
Offtopic response. But this coincides with my sayings that every forum needs a certain amount of trolls. I have seen more forums die because of a lack of trolls than because of too many trolls. Trolls might individually be disgusting, but can keep threads and discussions alive. And often this leads to new discoveries. We'll see if a devil's advocate is a sufficient troll replacement. :-D

Re: My killer app (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith on 2014-11-17 17:02 (#2V3E)

Maybe you could even market a "professional" version at a higher price point for truck drivers that includes additional features that would be useful for that application (not sure what those are, but I'm sure there are some -- connection to the CB radio or dispatch office, maybe).
Visual warnings for too low bridges.

Re: My killer app (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith on 2014-11-17 17:00 (#2V3D)

maybe software-assisted highlighting of lane markers and roadsigns.
This would make much more sense then:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/glow-in-the-dark-road-lights-the-way-to-energy-savings-in-the-netherlands/

Re: My killer app (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Google Glass future clouded as some early believers lose faith on 2014-11-17 16:51 (#2V3C)

Would be nice, but most likely regulated immediately: #pervertswithinfraredeyes. Not being able to see heat silhouette would be by far more important than preventing accidents.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 2, Informative)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-17 08:25 (#2V2W)

Ugly? More interesting. Taking down domains is a double bladed sword. Domain names are convenient, but not really necessary. Squeeze too hard, use the take down tool too often and people look for alternatives. Actually this already happens:
http://namecoin.info/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namecoin
So maybe this is also a bit about ICANN or internet control, but IMHO only in a very peripheral way. I am much more concerned about local legislative stupidity, which can hit me hard, than about global internet control, which at worst can be an annoyance.

Btw... I often bring German examples. This is just because I know their laws and regulations best. From what I gather from the news, the UK and Australia are in no way better. More and more it becomes obvious that free speech or other civil rights are no absolute rights, but only opportunity rights.... you only have them, when it is opportune.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-17 00:08 (#2V2R)

This has nothing to do with ICANN or the US. And nothing to do with control over the internet. If the servers stand in Germany or even if your website targets mainly Germans, a site in German might be enough for the courts to assume this, German laws can be applied to you. Sure, this does not mean that people outside Germany have to care, the US Americans would laugh their asses off, when a German court requests an extradition because an American provider refused to remove an insult against a German politician. For a provider within the reach of the German law this is everything, but funny. One can almost say everyone, who hosts a public forum in Germany, which allows users to post uncensored, is an idiot. At least as a hobby project without a huge legal department in the backhand. Hosting a site like pipedot where nothing is really removed, but just down voted, would be legal suicide in Germany.

But apart from that, not only in Germany there are limits to free speech. I really doubt, one would be protected by free speech, and you probably would not want one to be protected, if one for instance publicly makes up claims in forums that you have an unhealthy interest in little children.

So I suppose what it comes to this, the laws in most countries are not that different, there are only gradual differences of what has to be tolerated in the name of free speech. Personally I lean more to the US American interpretation. Especially since with few exceptions only idiots and people, who don't know the Streisand effect, try to take legal actions against unwanted stuff in the internet lightly.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 2, Interesting)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-15 11:14 (#2V2K)

Germany, for instance. If one member insults another member, the insulted one reports it, but forums owner does nothing, it is possible that he get sued as if he himself did the insult. Does not happen often, but it is possible.

And yes, free speech. I am all for free speech, but there is a line between free speech and senseless insults or even slander.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-14 10:34 (#2V2A)

In some countries you are required to delete personal insults anyways. Sure, it is not always an easy decision, but usually one can see, if the moderators have problems to keep up with the insults, or if they participate in the discussion with the ban/delete button.

Re: Beagleboard before Raspberry Pi, really? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in New BeagleBoard-X15 announced on 2014-11-13 14:39 (#2V1V)

Shows again how important a good marketing is. One can only speculate, but the BB would most likely be still widely unknown without the RasPi,

Re: Editor note! (Score: 2, Informative)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-13 01:29 (#2V1A)

The Amazing Atheist, Thunderf00t, MundaneMatt, InternetAristocrat, The Justicar, American Enterprise Institute, Sargon of Akkad,

Re: Editor note! (Score: 2, Insightful)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-13 00:09 (#2V18)

No fecesbook either. ;-)

But I think I am quite well informed. More than enough very good blogger on YouTube.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-13 00:04 (#2V16)

Ok, this is easy. I interpreted this 'collect data' as in 'collect data and identify the poster', which would be a tremendous feat.

I always wondered if one can sue twitter or other internet services if they delete some insults, but not others. If they delete nothing, one can say they just provide the platform. If they delete all insults, they are a neutral party. But if they delete some insults and harassment tweets and let other stand, one can argue, that they agree with the latter and adopt them as their own. So they should be treated as if the insults or harassments come from twitter (or other services) itself.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-12 23:01 (#2V12)

This explains much. The anti side might be very loud, but I have yet to see signs of a particular competence in coding. Nevertheless, I never had a twitter account and it does not look like I will ever have one.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-12 20:30 (#2V0V)

This would be great. I once thought of writing a tool, which spiders a forum and does statistical analysis on texts. My idea was that this could help to detect double accounts and sock puppets. But... this is a bit beyond my usual work and this for me tremendous effort would be by far not rewarding enough, so I dropped this idea.

Re: Editor note! (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-12 20:06 (#2V0S)

but it's also being used to collect data on "offenders".
This part is interesting. Any idea how this tool collects the data?

No, you are not ;-) (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Microsoft vulnerability allows remote code execution via a malformed SSL packet on 2014-11-12 16:34 (#2V0K)

But still really important to know, I think. Thanks.

Do we have to worry about more space junk? (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Elon Musk looking to blanket the planet with 700 microsatellites on 2014-11-12 16:32 (#2V0J)

700 microsatellites sounds scary. Even now space junk is dangerous for manned space flight. And if other countries start to deploy their satellite cloud...

Re: Yes but... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in ISPs caught stripping STARTTLS from email on 2014-11-12 14:59 (#2V0G)

And even if there is... is it valid? I don't know much about US laws, but e.g. in Germany there is a high probability that such an unexpected condition would be invalid. High probability =In court and on the high seas, a man's fate lies in god's hands.

That's a bold move in this political environment! (Score: 2, Insightful)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Obama speaks out on Network Neutrality on 2014-11-11 20:28 (#2TZS)

Really? As non-American I follow American internal politics only superficially, so I might miss something, but does he still has something to lose? IMHO one can only be bold, if there is something to lose.

Perfect articel to burn karma (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in Women, Action, and Media (WAM) reporting tool and #GamerGate update on 2014-11-11 18:56 (#2TZP)

But I did my fare share of trolling on /. today. Generally necessary to report something like that. Only thing I would change: I just would leave out the very last sentence.

Re: Mr Hannigan is an extremist (Score: 1)

by tanuki64@pipedot.org in GCHQ head says privacy is not an absolute right on 2014-11-06 21:10 (#2TY4)

Reasonable people know that there is a hierarchy of rights. With civil rights and liberties on top. And one civil liberty is the right to privacy. So, if you can enforce copyright without violating the privacy of the whole population just because they could illegally download a movie... more power to you. If not... tough luck. The internet changes things just like the printing press did. Some benefit, other go the way of the Dodo.

And your
"No don't protect people's lives, I want free stuff".
is an evil strawman argument, since I previously said, that if a general internet surveillance really prevents terrorism and loss of life, it would be the sensible thing to do.
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