Re: Xmonad + Xterm with green text (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Security researcher controlled passenger jet via inflight entertainment system on 2015-05-20 17:54 (#9DRP)

They would interpret you as dangerous. As well they should! You are educated in something they don't understand, so that makes you scary.

Re: Starving people... (Score: 1)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-17 21:44 (#2W23)

The people who think allergies are psychological are morons though. I don't think that's what was happening here.

Re: Starving people... (Score: 1)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-15 17:36 (#2VYV)

I think what you said is kind of obvious. No one says "starving people have no food allergies" expecting that to mean that starvation magically cures allergies.

My heart's breaking for you guys (Score: 1)

by in Advertisers are outraged that 23% of video ads are viewed by robots on 2014-12-10 20:34 (#2VTP)

I have this playing in the background as I read this article:

Re: Wrong and wrong again... The Romans cement was NOT more advanced (Score: 1)

by in Geopolymer concrete like the Romans on 2014-12-04 22:31 (#2VKH)

Yup. It's still interesting to study the buildings that lasted 2000 years however, because replicating that particular mixture is probably a good idea.

A great accomplishment (Score: 1)

by in A brief history of Maxwell's equations on 2014-12-03 22:08 (#2VGW)

It's amazing that we were able to reduce all these interactions to just these 4 equations. It's a shame everyone knows Einstein but only physicists know Maxwell.

EDIT: I love that the engineers got offended. :D

I knew this a long time ago (Score: 3, Funny)

by in Plant-Based Compound May Protect Against Weight Gain on 2014-11-28 00:09 (#2VAB)

I also know of plants that protect from weight gain. They're called vegetables. :p

I love this place (Score: 4, Insightful)

by in GamerGate, two months on: a story of change in the industry on 2014-11-11 22:26 (#2V05)

Slashdot's been posting these click-baity stories on this issue for a while now. It's great to see a thorough look at the impacts of this movement.

It's really unfortunate to see David Parkman getting flak for staying neutral on this issue. He's doing his job, foks...

Oh boy... (Score: 1)

by in Halloween Friday Distro: Ubuntu Satanic Edition on 2014-10-31 15:44 (#2TTP)

The people who would seriously use this seem to me like they have never gotten over their teenage rebellion years...


Re: Keyboards & other thoughts. (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Tablets vs Chromebooks: an unexpected year on 2014-10-25 14:53 (#2TQ3)

I'm not sure about the technical feasibility of this, but someone really needs to find a way to make a laptop with a mechanical keyboard.

Once you go cherryMX, you never go back...MX.

Re: I get the impression... (Score: 1)

by in Lunduke says the LXDE Desktop is "Nothing to write home about" on 2014-10-25 14:48 (#2TQ2)

The last time I used PCMan, I found that it required a lot of tweaking to get basic functionality that you expect out of a file manager, and for not much gain. I'm using Thunar right now and it pretty much does everything one might want while still being pretty light. It also has the all important "Open this folder in terminal" option, which should really be standard in all file managers.

Re: Benefits servers and system admins the most (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Is it time to fork Debian? on 2014-10-20 17:25 (#2TH2)

I'm not sure when it started, but I feel that pipedot comments have gotten more venomous over the past weeks... And I see a lot of ACs replying in a really rude way, who still get modded up somehow.

I don't care how right you may be. You don't have to be an asshole about it.

Re: Good for them (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Is it time to fork Debian? on 2014-10-19 17:52 (#2TFT)

I'd add, though, that the complaint about preferring easily readable shell scripts is not really warranted. It is trivial, in systemd, to set up a service that just executes a bash script. In fact that's one of the first things a tutorial would show you.

Still, if they have a better alternative, they are welcome to work on it and make it available.

Good for them (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Is it time to fork Debian? on 2014-10-19 17:13 (#2TFS)

As an arch user, you know what I feel about the "evil" of systemd. :p

Still, it's good that these people are willing to put their money where their mouth is. If you don't like the way things are going, the right thing to do in the FOSS world is to just fork.

Re: The GR doesn't attempt to change the default init for Jessie (Score: 1)

by in Debian to vote on init system... again on 2014-10-19 14:47 (#2TFJ)

Sorry, the French word for developer has two p's, which is where the confusion came from. I guess I will have to work on my chair dodging skills.

I did notice "ensure" should have been used after the fact, but I can't edit it now. It's really bugging me. >_<

Re: The GR doesn't attempt to change the default init for Jessie (Score: 2)

by in Debian to vote on init system... again on 2014-10-18 13:32 (#2TF1)

When I wrote that, I meant that I saw as inevitable that systemd would eventually be the only init system with decent support from developpers. It's been adopted to be at the heart of pretty much every major distro now. In that sense, by trying to make it so the next version of Debian has to offer support for other init systems, they would be delaying the inevitable, since presumably the next version after that would get rid of this support. Although I guess you could argue the delay would help transition.

Re: Supporting projects needed (Score: 1)

by in Debian to vote on init system... again on 2014-10-18 13:29 (#2TF0)

Editorializing maybe, but there's zero trolling in there. I figured if my editiorializing wasn't accepted, the editor would just remove it.

Re: Doesn't it come with 20 more levels? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in World of Warcraft Patch 6.0 arrives Tuesday October 14 on 2014-10-13 16:38 (#2T85)

I don't engage much in games where you can grind an advantage. You'd have half of people be below average too if the most important determinant of success was skill, not time spent playing. Guild Wars 1 got you to perfect stats end game gear very quickly. After that it was your skill, build choices and teamwork that got you further.

Re: Doesn't it come with 20 more levels? (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in World of Warcraft Patch 6.0 arrives Tuesday October 14 on 2014-10-12 14:24 (#2T7R)

Truly we can see that here at Pipedot, we are all great MMO fans. :p

I don't even consider MMOs to be video games, to be honest. Where's the game part? Collecting 40 wolf pelts? "But, the end game is great! Raiding is so fun!", they say. Wel if the end game is so much greater than the beginning, why didn't the make the whole thing the end game and removed the mindnumbingly boring grinding part? Cause they need subscriptions is the obvious answer, but that doesn't make the experience more fun for the player.

The only mmo-ish game I enjoyed was Guild Wars 1. Every single story mission was basically an instanced raid. They followed my advice and it really paid off. Too bad the sequel regressed so much...

Re: Old Skool (Score: 1)

by in I'm a gamer and I enjoy (click all that apply) on 2014-10-10 01:37 (#2T6Y)

You forgot RTSand MOBAs. :p

Re: What? (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Github staff Jake Boxer disables #GamerGate operation disrespectful nod repository on 2014-10-06 19:48 (#2T51)

I find it interesting that you claimed this would have no impact on developpers, then one comes forwards to say it does affect him, and now you're just arguing and nitpicking. There's really no need to argue here. At least one developper has come forward to say it will bother him, therefore the claim that this will not affect any developper is objectively wrong.

Re: Debian is a dying project. (Score: 1)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-03 13:19 (#2T2N)

That's a nice rant you made here. There's just one little thing wrong with it: I'm not "the one who dowmods ACs". In fact I think I've -1'ed a post a handful of times at most in the entire time I've been here. The little button under that post currently reads "Normal" to me.

But definitely that was a nice rant you just made. I could really feel the emotion and the self-rigtheousness. 9/10

I'm not gonna claim you're killing pipedot, since it's ridiculous to think any one user could do it, but you're certainly not helping with your drama and finger pointing. Get that shit back to soylent news. This is a site about discussing technology, and I expect certain standards here.

Now please, let's discuss technology.

P.S.: You didn't address my points. The parent was still a rant completely disconnected from reality. And I'm not the only one to believe this, that's why someone else modded him -1. I mean, really? Debian is dying? Maybe you should tell all the volunteers. Like the guy said below: [Citation needed]. That's not a thoughtful discussion-generating post. That's an angry rant.

Re: Debian is a dying project. (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-02 13:47 (#2T28)

It would possibly be +5 on slashdot because it really appeals to the hivemind there. It is -1 here because the comment is simply wrong. It might be nice to think those companies you think have slighted you are now "dying", but they are all doing pretty well right now. The parent was just a self-righteous rant. More to the point, the companies named generally made changes with the intention of making themselves more appealing to certain users. That is not "crapping on their users" as was incorrectly claimed.

If not automatically +1'ing every thing that appeals to the internet hivemind bothers you, then this is no big loss to pipedot.

Re: Debian is a dying project. (Score: 1)

by in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-01 14:29 (#2T1G)

All the projects you are talking about are doing just fine.

A few nerds on slashdot/pipedot being angry != people moving en masse.

I mean, according to the internet, Ubuntu is dead, and yet it is still the most popular linux distro out there...

Re: Pirate talk idiocy is not amusing. (Score: 1)

by in Friday Distro: Trisquel GNU/Linux on 2014-09-20 13:17 (#2SNB)

It's cute and funny... but I did stop reading the summary as well once I realised how much of a headache it would be.

Still, no distro is better than arch anyway, so I didn't need to read the article. :p

Re: Qt, not QT (Score: 1)

by in Qt is about to be independent again on 2014-09-18 22:19 (#2SK5)

But is it pronounced cutey or cute?

The question of a lifetime.

If you call it by the right name... (Score: 2, Funny)

by in What's next for tablets running Linux? on 2014-09-16 12:54 (#2SF3)

There can be no confusion possible if you call it by the right name: GNU/Linux. :)

Re: Just do it then (Score: 1)

by in Paul Venezia asks: what if we split Linux into desktop and server versions? on 2014-09-10 21:48 (#2S8T)

I think that at this point, its pretty much a lost cause. All the major distros have accepted it. What would make them go back on their decision? Plenty of people are fine with systemd.

Just do it then (Score: 1)

by in Paul Venezia asks: what if we split Linux into desktop and server versions? on 2014-09-10 14:05 (#2S84)

"Just do it then" is pretty much the motto of open source as far as I'm concerned. What's with all these articles reacting to systemd and discussing what should or shouldn't be done with linux, as if it were a monolothic entity? If you want to build a server focused distro without systemd, just do it. I'll keep using arch.

And the "homogenizing all distros by adopting systemd" argument in the article is bull. Weren't distros previously "homogenized" by running on sysvinit?

Re: systemd is a symptom, not the cause (Score: 1)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-09 16:18 (#2S7B)

If this were meatspace this would now be an appropriate moment for a brofist or a high five. :p

I have a suspicion that the other distros don't have AUR equivalents because they don't necessarily have as high standards for their users as arch does. Anyone could put anything they want in the package they upload to the AUR, and it's up to the user to verify the PKGBUILD and ensure that he can trust the source. Or even just read the comments. Such reliance on the user's good sense of analysis is not necesarily common outside of arch. I think other distros are content to give you a way to clumsily access user repositories while making sure that you know they in no way support this endeavour. They wouldn't want to integrate user repos the way arch does and then have to deal with clueless users screwing things up and blaming them for it.

Re: systemd is a symptom, not the cause (Score: 1)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-09 16:12 (#2S7A)

Basically, anyone using archlinux can make a PKGBUILD for a piece of software and upload it into the AUR. The PKGBUILD allows you to install that software with your package manager. So the AUR is this giant repository of software available to all users, where you can find all manners of experimental browsers, patches for various hardware, community projects, etc. There is no need to mess around with PPAs, you just download the software from the AUR (something which can be done from the command line if you have the rigth wrapper), use the PKGBUILD and then install it with your package manager the way you would any piece of software. There's actually wrappers for arch's package manager (the most famous one being yaourt, I'd say) which will search the AUR as well as the offcial repositories when you make a query, allowing you to seemlessly integrate the AUR packages with the official repos. It's not really recommended though since it's important to understand how PKGBUILDs work.

It's a great concept. You can really find anything on the AUR.

Re: Nice! (Score: 1)

by in Site Update on 2014-09-08 13:49 (#2S5F)

To be fair, there were a lot of negative reactions on this side about the Soylent New thing. I was certainly part of it (although I didn't send any theats/hatemail).

Re: systemd is a symptom, not the cause (Score: 2, Informative)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-08 13:43 (#2S5E)

What would be the point of me telling you that if I were running Windows? Nah, I'm on archlinux. I did some research before buying the mouse just to make sure it was supported. I just downloaded some package on the archlinux user repository.

Re: systemd is a symptom, not the cause (Score: 1)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-07 19:05 (#2S4K)

My razer deathadder, a 5 button mouse, is working just fine. :)

Re: Super tablets won't be cheaper than PCs (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Tablet sales are down; PC sales are up. What the heck? on 2014-09-01 20:13 (#2RZ4)

PCs aren't all like that quote says. However, PCs with the windows operating system installed on them certainly are. :)

Seriously, I see people and companies make that mistake all the time. PC != Windows.

Why choose this over arch? (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Friday Distro: PC-BSD on 2014-08-29 15:36 (#2RR4)

There are plenty of inux distributions out there. If I'm already running a more "advanced" distribution like archlinux, which gives me complete freedom over my computer, should I really look into FreeBSD?

Re: How about doing us all a service... (Score: 1)

by in The experiment with feeding Soylent articles: your comments! on 2014-08-27 17:09 (#2QS4)

In slashdot's defence, while there was much outcry about the beta, you're still not forced into it. I'm rocking classic slashdot without any issues.

Re: Alright then, I'll start (Score: 4, Informative)

by in The experiment with feeding Soylent articles: your comments! on 2014-08-27 17:05 (#2QS3)

Completely agree. I took very much the same path as you (although I started reading slashdot again after I was disapointed with Soylent. They haven't imposed the beta interface on me yet so I'm cool with it). It seems like the members more interested in drama made the switch to soylent (which we should have seen coming, to be honest), and so a lot of the topics are about subjects that people can discuss with little qualification and create drama about.

I instantly noticed the significant drop in comment quality on pipedot when you flipped that switch. Please don't turn it back on.... I'd rather not see content on pipedot for a few days than to let the soylent news stuff in.

Haha... but seriously (Score: 2)

by in Pipedot Caught Plagiarizing Copyrighted Content on 2014-08-26 20:32 (#2Q9R)

Ok, this is pretty funny. It's a joke right? A post submission doesn't seem to me like proper notice. Also, on behalf of John Doe? :D

Anyway, I will say though that the automatic content scrapping of pipedot has brought soylent news comments with it. I'd rather these be kept out, honestly.

It is my experience that people interested in tech news kept reading slashdot or went to other sites, while people interested in drama went to soylent. Let's keep this place clean.. even if it means less content.

Re: Is this grade school? (Score: 0)

by in Android vs Apple: the shoot-out on 2014-08-18 13:04 (#3YV)

To be fair, I was a bit harsh on iphones. But I was feeling righteous anger. :p

Re: A fool and his money are soon parted (Score: 1)

by in 4chan post screenshot sells for $90K on 2014-08-18 04:26 (#3YH)

Also a lot of those auction winners will never actually pay.

Is this grade school? (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in Android vs Apple: the shoot-out on 2014-08-18 01:28 (#3YD)

You may be able to show that more people with lower income buy Android phones, which is obvious considering that there is a wide range of Android phones and only a few (overpriced) iphones. I also think that, for some reason, owning an iphone is viewed as a sort of status symbol by certain people (despite equivalent phones existing for Android). So yes, there are reasons which explain that you may find more people with higher income throwing money at Apple.

Coming up with this statistic is one thing, but to then go and say that Android phones are "for poor people" is ludicrous. All kinds of people use all kinds of Android phones; it's an open platform after all. The article seems to acknowledge this a few paragraphs down, but they seemed fit to include this clickbait of a title. For shame.

I also think there's something vaguely insulting about describing certain items as being for poor people, honestly.

It's fine (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Linux kernel hacker's open rant about systemd on 2014-08-14 02:36 (#3VB)

Archlinux made the switch to systemd something like two years ago. At the time, there was much complaining (and I was one of the people bitching), but I have to say now that it does the job. It hasn't caused me issues, and it's not that difficult to learn how to use it. People using other distros don't have to be worried, I think.

This rant will change nothing. Plenty of people have complained about systemd, but its advantages end up winning people over once the change has settled in. As the distros adopt it, we'll see users "revolt", then cool down after a while just like for archlinux Debian adopting systemd pretty much means that it's the way of the future.

Let's not forget also that Linux users are quick to complain about change (see: unity, kde4, gnome3). It's understandable: people don't want their workflow to be affected. I think it won't take too much playing around with systemd for most people to feel confortable with it.

Re: Just Great (Score: 1)

by in XBMC is being renamed to Kodi on 2014-08-02 03:27 (#2RR)

Microsoft's infatuation with the Kinect was an unfortunate time. By that point in the console generation, they seemed to think they had won over Sony and that the "core gamer" audience would be loyal to them no matter what. As you say, they were really chasing the Wii crowd with that thing. I'd say those kinect ads may also have been targeted at fathers who owned the system and may want something that would allow them to play with their kids.

Most of the Xbox's collection of games is composed of first and third person shooters, action games and sports games, with a significant fraction of those shooters having an M rating. Not to say their games are very mature, they have that tendency that many game companies have of thinking gory = mature, but I'd say it's fair to say most parents wouldn't want a kid under 10 to be playing too many Xbox games.

Microsoft's consoles have a reputation of being "bro" consoles, if anything. The violence is a big part of the appeal for that demographic.

I assumed you were someone speaking out of their ass about gaming being a children's hobby (as I've seen happen many times) so I apologize if I was too harsh.

Re: Just Great (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in XBMC is being renamed to Kodi on 2014-08-01 21:23 (#2RK)

I am puzzled by that comment. You do realize the average owner of an Xbox is older than 30... right? Or do you still think gaming is something kids do with their friends in the basement?

Read this:

The "little kids" part of your comment is particularly off-base. Most of their marketing is targeting young adults or people in their thirties. Not surprising considering the kind of games they offer.

Re: Companionship (Score: 1)

by in LibreOffice 4.3 gets good marks for useful improvements on 2014-08-01 14:10 (#2R8)

Alright, feature request time: it would be nice if you could tell when a post was replying to a deleted comment. The indentation makes it look like I'm raging at the above guy for no reason. :p

Re: Companionship (Score: 1)

by in LibreOffice 4.3 gets good marks for useful improvements on 2014-08-01 04:42 (#2R4)

You might want to lower the caffeine content of your coffee.

I was merely referring to the fact that initially, the LibreOffice team had reached out to the OpenOffice folks, to see if upgrades made to LibreOffice couldn't be integrated to OpenOffice. They refused and that's how LibreOffice became a fork.

I have been using LibreOffice for years as well so I can assure you that this is no FUD.

Re: Xbox is next? (Score: 1)

by in Nadella steering Microsoft back towards software for economic reasons on 2014-07-31 15:03 (#2QZ)

Sell what to Nintendo? The people? Not gonna happen. Nintendo has their own developpment culture which doesn't mesh so well with american studios. The licenses? Meh. The only IP Microsoft owns is of little interest to Nintendo, considering the market they're going after. I guess they could sell patents for the Kinect, that's the only thing Nintendo might want.

Re: Companionship (Score: 1)

by in LibreOffice 4.3 gets good marks for useful improvements on 2014-07-31 15:00 (#2QY)

As far as I know, the OpenOffice people want nothing to do with LibreOffice.

Xbox is next? (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Nadella steering Microsoft back towards software for economic reasons on 2014-07-30 15:57 (#2Q4)

I wonder what this means for the Xbox. They've never really made money on the thing and they've failed to make the Xbox One into the big multimedia entertainement device they wanted it to be. I don't think they'll can it (they have to recoup their losses after all), but this might be the last one.