Tiddlywiki is pretty slick, a little odd, but pretty usable once you get the hang of it. Back when I was playing with it I dropped it in my Dropbox directory and that seemed to work across multiple systems (ie, you could maybe use a shared account). However, I ran in to some problem using chrome and tiddlywiki so transititioned to Evernote.
If I were you I'd look at docuwiki which looks very straightforward and has a nicely done (simple -> complex) description of the syntax at http://www.dokuwiki.org/syntax. Plus no database to muck around with.
I'd like to see the first graph with percentages adjusted to take into account the percent of actual users. Unity might be hated by more people than LXDE, but how many users use Unity compared to LXDE?
Just my point. Its pretty much a meaningless survey, which is worse than no survey. If someone doesn't like distro X, desktop Y, or language Z, ... choose another one and shut up about it. All the gassing that goes on about this kind of bs is probably right up there with burning coal as a leading cause of global warming.
Makes me think of the oft quoted phrase "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics." Figures like this are _perhaps_ entertaining, maybe even slightly illuminating, but they really don't say much (its a beauty contest not a survey). Personally, I don't know what was wrong with the old desktop paradigm, but both the gnome and ubuntu people seem to think we all wanted something shiny.
... native ssh/sftp module called paramiko . . . but it turns a single os(scp) line into something like 20 lines, so that's a little crazy.
I guess I don't see the problem. Wrap the code in a def (or an object if you want to get fancy and need the added functionality). ALl the ugly bits are then resuable, the nitty-gritty is hidden away and the bit that loops through your switches is concise.
Ini any case, I'd still stick with python. Its just 100% easier to maintain over the long term.
Python for the win!
Actually, why scp rather than rsync? You can get "pure" python versions of rsync, eg:
Obviously this is going to not going to have the performance as regular old rsync under all conditions, if you are
transferring smallish files it might actually be faster.
PS FWIW, I've never done enough bash scripting for it to look anything but line noise, ie, like Perl (ducks).
no idea what a "rapporteur" is but i found this buried in the BBC "science & technology" section. So hardly mainstream news, outside of Poland, it would seem.
A rapporteur, at least in the context of a scientific conference, essentially tries to summarize the high-points which were discussed during the meeting. Who knows what they do in that mysterious sort-of-like-a-government institution `cross the pond.
My suggestion is that if you really want Gnome 2, then just install either Debian Stable or Ubuntu 10.04 (or 10.10 if you want something newer). That isn't a permanent solution, but it will give you time to mull over your options. Over the long term, your choices are:
Learn to like either Unity or Gnome 3 Shell.
Learn to like XFCE.
Hope that LMDE eventually becomes reliable and fast, and that the Gnome 3 developers don't change the extension interface too much or too often.
Hope that the MATE project (a fork of Gnome 2) works out.
Try out some of the other desktops, and get used to their more limited functionality.
Or just use KDE. At v4.7 its mature, its configurable (some would complain its too configurable), its stable. It just works. Unless you really want to explore these other workflow paradigms (and be a guinea pig) then go with KDE (or at least try it out). [insert comment here by someone bitching that its a resource hog, though really 95% of users have resources (memory, cyces) to burn.]
My suggestion: rename the podcast the "We Hate Canonical/Ubuntu/Unity/Shuttleworth Show". I've been listening for years and it just gets worse. A couple of examples:
blah, blah, blah ...
Okay, apologies all around for the flame (and no, my mom didn't make me say that). I know Emerson said "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds ... " but while he might have been wise, he was no scientist and I can assure you that inconsistency drives them (me) stark raving bananas. If you don't like party A, well because they _are_ party A, that is fine and dandy. But if you condemn A for actions not dissimilar to those for which you praise party B, that is ... grrrrrr.
As for pretty desktops, whatever floats your boat. I guess I dont' get stirred up one way or the other. As long as the apps I need are there and they do what I need them to do, thats fine (ie, edit, compile, analyse, plot, email colleagues, ... play music). The bells and whistles of the desktop (ease of use?) rarely get in the way of my work: its more likely insufficient coffee, not enough sleep, or just waking up stupider than usual that day. Compared to having your nose thrown out of joint by where the menu bar shows up, or the size of the icons, dealing with grotty analysis code seems a bit more "trying". (Alas, most graduate students in the physical sciences these days can't code their way out of while 1: loop.)
My suggestion: rename the podcast the "We Hate Canonical/Ubuntu/Unity/Shuttleworth Show". I've been listening for years and it just gets worse. A couple of examples:
o "Search engines who do not share the income generated by our users, are removed from _____ and might get their ads blocked." If Shuttleworth said that you two would go on for the whole goddamn show about how Canonical is shit and Shuttleworth ought to be strung up, but when it appears on the Mint developers blog (http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=1851) its just a peachy way to support the project.
o This Clement Lefebvre (who has indeed done a heck of a job) says "Okay! This is the way its going to be." [to paraphrase a statement on the show] and hey, thats cool. While Shuttleworth, who has invested god knows how much of this own cash in Canonical, does the same thing and its "Oh My God! What a dictatorial tyrant [sic]!"
Look, I am not dissing Mint. Its just this most recent show seemed to be just one unceasing rant on why distro X sucks and why distro Y is the best thing since sliced bread when in fact they probably share 98% of the same applications. I am just thinking you all ought to focus a little less on the pretty desktops and more on the applications which actually are used to do actual fucking work! For me Linux is a tool, not a toy. I don't really give a rats ass whether my screw drivers have red handles or blue ones.
You can't own an idea. Simple as that. Ideas don't exist in reality, only matter does. Ideas cannot be owned, stolen, borrowed, nor are they limited in supply. This is why when I hear someone say "intellectual property" it makes me laugh as much as when I hear someone say "round triangle".
Look, I think 95% of the IP patents are bullshit. We most certainly agree there. But to dismiss the idea "intellectual property" and the right to own it, sell it, or give it away as the originator chooses is equally b.s.. Original, create, constructive ideas are for damn sure in short supply ... sure, any dipshit can come up with an idea, but good ones often take serious skull sweat. Those who develop useful, original ideas should be able to benefit from that effort. For example, If I come up with an idea which leads to a process which will desalinate water at 1/20 of the present cost then I have every right to claim I own that idea and should, if I wish to, profit from it. Now if I get outrageous about the cost of making that idea/process available to people in need then States (eg, Brazil and patented drugs) and individuals will rightfully tell me where to stick it. But to conclude that just because my work product is manifest as an idea, rather than say a big hunk of gold, that I have to give it away is the fastest way to kill innovation I can imagine.
This has nothing to do with financial incentives nor economic growth. Those are utilitarian arguments. It's like arguing in favor of slavery because it's cheap labor that can keep the costs of agriculture low, which means lower prices for the consumers. Slavery is unacceptable because it is immoral for a person or group of people to force another person or group of people to serve them against their will. Economic factors don't mean a damn thing.
Oh please, equating arguments for IP with those for slavery is so over the top that you lose the argument simply by making it. There must be some equivalent to Godwin's Law for such lines of "reasoning".
PS I am afraid most of the arguments of anarchists and hard-core libertarians don't, in my opinion, pass the smell test.
It was for the story as it pertained to Africa not about cheap 'phones for the West. How widespread are mobiles in Botswana? What do you think of the story in general?
I think that if they can get the cost of access down they'll get a reasonable level of adoption in urban areas (essentially no one in rural areas in the countries in Africa I am familiar with (in the south and east) has the money to pay even $80 for a phone). In the main city (singular) of Botswana, Gabarone, mobiles are ubiquitous ... even our housekeeper had one though she could not charge it at her home since she had no electricity (at least that was my understanding). But very few people made significant use of the voice service as it was quite expensive relative to texting which was dirt cheap (a few percent of a Pula which is about 1/5 of a $US per message). Outside of Gabs quite a few of the small towns had "a cell" tower. But its a hell of long ways between towns and you could drive the length of the trans-Kalahari toward Namibia and see nary a tower outside of a town, and there is like only 3 towns in the ~450 miles to the border.
Nice idea but pretty much crippled unless non-texting access charges (voice or data) drop way, way down. Even in Bots where living standards are pretty good only a small fraction of the phone users make voice calls. Texting there cost about 1/20 of what it does here in the States (unless you buy a big chunk of prepay). - kg
cagey wrote:nighthawk wrote:
Trible the pay of Archaeologists!
To what, about $12/hour? - kg
More $30 an hour, for the hard work that we have to do
Are you saying that archaewhositsts get $10/hour? Jeez, if that is so you should have gone in to
physics. Postdocs get roughly $50k/year or $25/hour for the nominal 2000 hour/year
US standard. However, any postdoc who worked that little would have no future in the field so
I suppose in real terms maybe they only get $20/hour. But, we all know that grad students and
postdocs are (practically) unpaid serfs. Been there, done that.
PS Good luck on that dictator thing! You need it.
I do appreciate the effort you (Fab) put in to the show but, well I have my reservations. First off lets agree the current financial system sucks and at least some of the bastards who've spent the last decade buggering the rest of us ought to be hanging from lamp posts. That said, the _banking_ system itself is extraordinarily reliable and convienent, and as anonymous as you want it to be. For example, if the neighborhood mom and pop bank I have $50k in goes tits up (no, I don't actually have $50k in the local bank) then at least here in the states I am guaranteed to get the money back if said bank is insured by the FDIC. I don't know of any bank that isn't. Second, they give me this little card (debit or credit, I don't pay any fee for either) which I can use at something approaching 99% of the locations where I might want to purchase something. IF that card gets stolen (eg, if my wallet walks off) then no problem, they eat the loss. And those little "green" slips of paper called cash, which yes the big bad government issues, are accepted nearly everywhere else _on_the_whole_fracking_planet_! Eg, if I wander in to the pool side bar at the IC hotel in Gabarone and order a couple of beers and pull a Jackson out of my pocket to pay the tab, no worries. And that exchange is entirely anonymous. I could buy hookers and blow and no one knows. However, I don't know any shop, bar, etc anywhere here in Tucson that will accept payment via Paypal. I am sure they exist (probably some head shop on 4th Avenue) but not my local ______ (fill in the blank). And nearly everyone knows what Paypal is, they just don't let you settle your bill that way. Your debit card, sure. Your charge card, you bet. But paypal, no thanks. Now take that and square it and square it again (and probably a few more times for good measure) and you get not nearly as far out as Bitcoin. My better half is one of the smarter people I know (she has been "parachuted" in to so many shitty situations to clean up other people's messes sometimes _I_ think she works for the CIA) but I wouldn't trust her to maintain an electronic wallet for my life. Its not that she can't, its that she can't be bothered. See, there are these things called banks: they provide security, universal access to what they owe us, etc, etc. Any system which doesn't painlessly provide that is a non-starter.
Now lets say our friendly Polish Bitcoin exchange decides to walk off with my bitcoins. Who is to stop them? Have they broken any law? Yea, they got a lot of people pissed at them but hell, order another Marguerita with your filthy lucre and that seems not to be such a problem. Unless someone can backstop the exchanges then people will get screwed (there will always be bad actors) and the whole system lives under a shadow. Suppose, however, that they do get some big player to guarantee the fidelity of the system. Eg, Paypal or Swiss Re or Hugo Chavez. Well now you are no longer decentralized and therefore you are subject to pressure from the market/government/financial institutions and you're back to where you started.
Bitcoin, a clever system, but so was the Betamax.
PS I really, really don't like the idea of thousands of people burning up cycles to "mine" coins. I think if you calculate the real cost of coining each coin (the one who "wins" + the N-1 who lose) you might find that they are worth less on the market than they cost to produce.
From the people who (help) bring you Scientific Linux:
Not the first effort of its kind by a long shot but a pretty big organization filled with very smart people who live and breath hardware, software or both (with a little science on the side).
a great desktop that unfortunately offers no shutdown option
it would be nice if it was in the menu by default but if you hold down alt with the menu open "suspend" will change to "shutdown".
That's just brilliant. Next the Gnome design team will decide that all the consonants on the keyboard are just too confusing and eliminate half of them. How Gnome users can call it "the DE for power users" anymore is like ... odd. - kg
whether I favor putting their heads on a pike, or beating them to death with louisville slugger and burying them in a shallow grave (we have a shitload of empty desert out here). While on the whole I don't have a problem with Anonymous, when they go after people's families:
But in recent days, “Operation Sony” morphed from a standard website attack into something a bit more personal, as some Anons formed a separate “Sony Recon” mission and began tracking down corporate executives, their wives, the schools their children attend, and the shops at which they buy their flowers. And the way they obtain that information can be ingenious—and disquieting.
they have stepped way the fuck over the line. Moreover, I am pretty appalled that anyone would support that kind of thing, even in jest.
I don't know exactly where BT's fair usage policy is at these days because it was 100GB and we used to go over that more than not but I believe they have increased it now. We have business at home for some strange reason.
Regarding dd-wrt, how hard is it to set up? Is there a chance that I could bork my router?
I'd advise you to look at Tomato http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato. Simple, straightforward and no farting around with multiple "builds". Our IT geek was all in to dd-wrt until I called him in to my office and showed him how trivial it was to install Tomato : no fuss, no muss and lots of pretty plots of b-w usage. After all, its just a router and there are better things to do than screw around with firmware (at least for most of us). dd-wrt may (in the "mega" version) have more bells-n-whistles but life is short.
PS There is ALWAYS a chance you'll bork your router but it is pretty unlikely.
If Gnome is all about "power users", why do the UI people seem hell bent for leather [LO ref] on removing the power of users to affect change (ie, modify the UI as _they_ see fit)? The "we know better than you (what you need to work effectively)" attitude is so Jobsonian as have already patented by Apple. - kg
Exit 227 on the I-5: Mt. Vernon. I lived in an old Airstream in an RV park.
Mt. Vernon! Egad, no wonder you moved to NoCal. For me, when not in sunny baja-arizona (its a long story), home is on Orcas, where the mainland is commonly referred to
as the USA (and we like it to stay there).
The police experience reminded me the time when collection agency called me. I was in train and well it was not exactly a place where I wanted to talk about such matters. Also I didn't hear very well and they mentioned some firm name that didn't even sound familiar. So I told them to call in 10 to 15 min when I was back home. And they never called. But next two weeks I was like shits in my pants. I was pretty much sure that there was no reason them to try contact me but I kept wondering that what if I had forgotten to pay something. D:
99.9% of those calls are complete bullshit scam artists. For reasons best left to my (quite intelligent but right-wing idiot brother) I got a couple of calls about _his_ two sons which went something like (in a semi-threatening voice) if you know the whereabouts of this individual then you must call such-n-such a number! Naturally they got the FU ...call me again and you'll talk to my lawyer. If you goog the number it'll surely come to pass that its for some b.s. law firm working out of a store front back (l)east.