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by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

The Vivaldi is a $200 tablet because it's a $200 tablet. It's not an equivalent to the iPad in any sense, and I doubt it'll be a functional equivalent to the Kindle Fire or the Google / Asus Nexus 7. Asus being the folks also selling the Transformer at the iPad's price bracket, because more glass c...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20657

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

And empty sheet has positive points because they dock points for wrong answers but not for blank answers. So I believe 200 is what you'd get for a blank sheet, and since they take .25 (raw) points per incorrect answer, getting all the questions wrong would be 0. (of course, there's about a 5e-16 ch...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

And yum whatever doesn't? yum repolist is certainly easier and more intuitive than knowing where my config files are. Because if I want to install 10 packages, I don't want to enter one command, wait 30 seconds, enter another command, wait 30 seconds, etc. and would rather select all 10 packages at...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Steax wrote:Also, anecdotes are arguments! Yeah!


Err, you're talking about me hearing about people being shocked by ionised air? Because that's lightning. :P
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:18 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20657

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

Depends if 'everyone who took the SAT' means 'just this session' or actually everyone who took the SAT.
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

Well, without patent protection, how would one stop someone from reverse-engineering one's complex algorithm (developed at great expense), making his own version, and selling it? No one likes draconian DRM schemes. DRM prevents copying, not reverse-engineering. Any significant algorithms will proba...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

... I don't quite get it. A second monitor is amazing. What exactly are you trying to imply is wrong with this situation? I second this. Getting a second monitor was probably my single best investment, far exceeding any software or other hardware purchase. Eh, it's extra money and I'm cheap. Not th...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

You can buy a 3 GB drive for that price -- and that's the upgrade ! I mean, that sort of pricing is absurd! Yeah, $150 for a 3 GB hard drive would be absurd, considering my micro SD card costs a fifth of that and holds ten times more. :P Actually it's sometimes surprising how many things do have th...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:17 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20657

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

I believe the SAT is adjusted based on raw score distribution, though (how well other people score). Miss one question on reading and you can still get 800, but miss one on maths you might get 770.
by Arariel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

Again, it's probably different here, but what limited support exists in Canada for software patents requires the claims to be specifically directed towards a recording medium on which the software is physically embodied. It's kinda weird. It's the same in the States; the way it is phrased, the pate...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

I still haven't found a good program for simple text editing that doesn't suck Simple text editing? Er... vim? Emacs? Gedit? (OpenOffice is very clumsy). I'm pretty sure everyone uses LibreOffice now instead of OpenOffice.org. And neither is used for "simple text edit[ing]". Also, Texmake...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 129348

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Second: Windows has recently been keeping up with Linux as far as patches are concerned. Its really Apple that has been slacking recently (with the recent Flashback Virus that took several months for Apple to fix. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_BackDoor.Flashback) Note that all three systems, ...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

http://www.overclock.net/t/828495/edb-linux-zero-day-found Because Linux isn't vulnerable to Zero-Days that have been in the source code for TWO YEARS am i rite? Many eyes my ass. How many of those "many eyes" knew about the two-year old Zero Day before it was discovered by a white-hat? T...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Indeed. People care about "face time" support. One thing the free linux distros don't do very well (for obvious reasons) is offer support. You are free to email the mailing list for support... but there isn't a phone number you can call when things go wrong... nor is there a store where y...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

1.) Can genetic sequences be expressed as a string of letters? Nope. A genetic sequence can be represented by a string of letters; that's not to say it can be expressed as one. Homer's Odyssey can be expressed in English; it cannot be expressed by its Wikipedia page. Similarly, a string of letters ...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

You keep saying that, and I'm still not sure I agree. I don't think being reducible to lambda calculus necessarily means software is just "math" and can't be patented. All right. There are three questions to consider, here: 1.) Can software algorithms be expressed in lamda calculus? 2.) I...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

I'm not sure whether I think software patents are valid. The one thing I can say is that I think your original argument regarding mathematics is a bit asinine and silly. For one, you are brandishing the term "abstract" somewhat indiscriminately. As an example, I consider the field of matr...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

By definition every patent is a document of words, formatting, and perhaps images. We all know that this can be converted into binary and eventually become oe very long strand of 1s and 0s which could actually be boiled down to a single number. Right? You can't patent a number, so all patents shoul...
by Arariel
Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

(As a software engineer) Some software patents are legitimate. Particularly those describing complex but useful uses of mathematical processes, such as compression algorithms. These are not simply 'mathematics' but complex non-obvious applications of mathematical processes to create a useful result...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents and Exclusivity
Replies: 53
Views: 9903

Re: Patents and Exclusivity

Of course, software patents are ridiculous just for being able to apply patent law to mathematics and abstract ideas.
by Arariel
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Chromebooks are GNU/Linux, and are sold in retail, and IIRC, Best Buy sells Ubuntu computers. Although that's just what I heard, I haven't been in a Best Buy for years...
by Arariel
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

And with the notion of "ripping off free software" as taking BSD-licensed software and developing something out of it, I'm just going to assume you're insane. Also, as someone from the web development community, you're talking shit . How so? It's certainly possible to rip ...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Oh come now, you're not even trying with your Apple hate anymore. Worst software in the world? Clearly your world is tiny. At the very least, we know they haven't encountered half of the products Adobe makes. Adobe, while it has terrible products, isn't consistently terrible, and when it does make ...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

And I'm saying your hyperbole is shit. Particularly since you care little about the actual software and more about the license it's under. Also I'm pretty sure the whole joke was that her poetry was the literal worst in the universe. Obviously I care about quality of software; otherwise I'd be usin...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure
Replies: 56
Views: 9994

Re: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure

Quite possibly, if nuclear war or some other catastrophe wiped out all of the computing manufacturing infrastructure, yet we still possessed the old ideas, the situation afterwards would be more conducive for usage of free software on a large scale (especially OSs). I'm sure Stallman would agree. Ac...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

You're answering the wrong question. How is copyright law in any way similar to democracy, given that copyright law is an inherent restriction upon the vast majority of the population's freedom, while democracy is the freest system of government? Actually, that would be anarchy, not democracy. :P A...
by Arariel
Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Let's say you sell software to an end user that is 50% your work and 50% my work; Why isn't it equitable that you get half the income and I get half the income? Without copyright law, I could sell you some software, and you could sell it on unchanged just with a mass advertising campaign - ...
by Arariel
Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Very well. Regarding the case, Samsung has appealed the injunction/whatever it is, but Justice Koh has rejected it.
by Arariel
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

On a different tangent, what I find alarming about this whole issue is how people on the #BoycottApple bandwagon are starting to personally insult and berate Apple device users. I know this happens with all movements, but it's interesting how people tolerate this behavior more when they're in the s...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Apple add a huge amount of value. If they didn't, people wouldn't buy their products in such numbers. Yes, the technology is heavily locked down but, guess what, that simplicity and ease-of-use - the lack of confusing configuration options - the fact everything just works straight out of the box, a...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

I am all for charging people for work. That doesn't mean others should be able to charge me again for sending that work to someone else; they haven't really done any work on what I've bought between the time I bought it and sent it to someone, have they? I take it you don't buy things in stores or ...
by Arariel
Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Read the third bloody post. It is awfully inadequate for what I'm looking for. Outside of the "crapple" thingy you're still doing there, it doesn't have the specific court case linking to all of the patents Apple is claiming that Samsung is violating. What you have at best is a single lin...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

No longer juvenile. Still quite juvenile, actually. Perhaps. I do have quite a hatred of that shamelessly hypocritical company, and I like to make that clear. Quite frankly, when the rules of the game are this screwy, the best you can do given that you obviously still want to turn the largest profi...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Crapple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Crapple If this is the level of discourse that you insist on limiting yourself to, then I have no interest in trying to discuss it with you. Rather that being a limit, I don't see why I should provide any level of respect to a company (and by extension, that well-admired Steve Jobs, may he have die...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Very well, then. In that case, every time I wish to discuss Apple, producer of the lowest-quality software in the world, I will follow the polite requests and instead of using juvenile portmanteaus, follow every mention of Apple, producer of the lowest-quality software in the world, with, "prod...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Crapple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Crapple If this is the level of discourse that you insist on limiting yourself to, then I have no interest in trying to discuss it with you. Rather that being a limit, I don't see why I should provide any level of respect to a company (and by extension, that well-admired Steve Jobs, may he have die...
by Arariel
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Crapple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Its hard to blame Apple when our laws are this screwy. Hate the game, not the player. Why should Apple, or any other company, not vigorously pursue all options to make a profit that are pursuant to the law? In fact, given the nature of patent law right now, a company that doesn't aggressively sue a...
by Arariel
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Re: Crapple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Can we not have such a juvenile topic title? I really dislike Apple, but calling them "Crapple" is really poor form and not fit for the level of discussion that we attempt to have here, just as using "M$" is. It's like a poison pill for the discussion. If a mod deems it necessar...
by Arariel
Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Replies: 132
Views: 32555

Apple gets a ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

A judge in California has blocked US sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphones while the court decides on the firm's patent dispute with Apple. US District Judge Lucy Koh said Apple "has shown a likelihood of establishing both infringement and validity". Earlier this week, she barred sa...
by Arariel
Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Leap Motion brings Minority Report closer to reality
Replies: 18
Views: 3744

Re: Leap Motion brings Minority Report closer to reality

Autodesk Catch is already fairly good at capturing 3d objects, after a bit of practice. It's free, try it for fun. Free as in gratis, as it's still proprietary software, and Windows only. I highly doubt the firmware for Leap Motion will be free, but it clearly supports Mac, it supports Windows, and...

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