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  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Air wipes the floor with rail at over FOUR hours, actually. Don't agree, depends on circumstances. From where I live (Ulm, Germany), I can go to Paris by TGV (no changeovers) in 4:50. Still much better than flying to Paris....
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    well "here" (i.e. Germany/Austria) the Card terminals in Shops _used_ to run on dedicated S0 connections (2-wire, i.e. ISDN, basically). Nowadays, a lot of shops and bars have small card terminals that are completely standalone and talk to their bank-side...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I do think John Rogers does something similar to version (b) in his "Arcanum" comic at http://thrillbent.com/comics/arcanum/arcanum-season-1-chapter-1/#1...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    on the cultural front, i've been told the hipsters are moving to hamburg, again... well, The Congress has moved as well .....
  • Commented on Commercial announcement
    and replaced the originals. well I'm certainly not going to do that as my originals are signed, but still. Got the British new ones already. Very much looking forward to the sequels!...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Slept in depends on how continuous the existence of said building has to have been since its inception. I've slept for two weeks in a castle that supposedly dates back to 1138 (in the sense of "first mention in a...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    for me: getting work done. Which is why I use Linux on a ThinkPad. But, you know, that all really depends on what "work" you need to get done....
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    Greg, the point is that there _is_ no such thing as a "general user". For a Windowsy Look&Feel, maybe try LXDE. You get that directly if you install the "Lubuntu" variant of Ubuntu (Ubuntu = uses Unity, Xubuntu = uses...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    My wife is using a small-ish laptop (screen-wise) and for her usage profile, Unity is actually OK so that's what we installed (with Ubuntu). I myself am more the want-everything-the-way-I-want-it type so I run ARCH and am still using WindowMaker...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    a) The point about latex-files is that they're in a plain-text readable format. So even _if_ you can't just create the dvi/pdf like you could 10-15 years ago (because you've for some reason decided not to have the latex toolchain...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    The Cold Comfort Farm references passed me by; the book doesn't seem to have caught on over on this side of the Atlantic. Obviously also not readily apparent as a reference to this Austro-German. But I'm used to not getting...
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    in German, we call the whole thing "the Black Scene"....
  • Commented on Commercial interlude
    guess I have to lay down on the Club Mate somewhat wait ... what? NO, NEVER! (well I sometimes substitute with Fritz-Cola, but ...)...
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    so uh .. we'll be told how and where to pre-order that hardcover as soon as it is possible, right? Because 500 aren't that many ... *panics*...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    well, as a data-point, to me it is one of the least-liked of OGHs novels. For the simple reason that I don't understand it. And even after reading the crib-sheet above, I don't understand it. I mean I understand the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Jennifer Morgue
    Those Golden Gryphon versions are beautiful to look at, yeah. Though I understand the busi ness reasons behind why the later ones are from a different publisher, I am still sad about it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Merchant Princes
    and I'm still trying to decide whether I should get the new versions or not .. I mean I do own all the American hardcovers (and I won't give them away since they're signed), but still .. This is, after...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Accelerando
    otoh, what really gets me sometimes, in quite a lot of ways those Psions were _better_ than what is on offer today. Palms, too. And while using orders of magnitude less processing power .. meh. Sometimes the modern world is...
  • Commented on "We're going to need book covers. Lots of book covers!"
    I do have to say I still prefer the Golden Gryphon versions of the Laundry books .. But interesting to see the contrast....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    currently, the only hardware keyboard options (at least in Android-land) for Europeans seem to be the Sony/Ericsson Xperia Pro and Mini Pro. Both quite weak in the memory/CPU arena but at least they have nice keyboards. Only other option is...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    But but but .. VIM is _the_ editor. There are no other editors!...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    note that _if_ someone feels like they want to use Tiny Tiny RSS but don't want to host it themselves and instead want to pay somebody (a quite small amount) for it ... give a shout....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    nope, because see above at http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/03/how-i-feel-this-morning.html#comment-1190210...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    (replying to myself) (add to that that even if mobile apps already exist, you'd still want an open API)...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    note that any local RSS reader (desktop client or integrated into the browser) can, per definition, not fulfill the role that a reader living "in the cloud" can, namely present you with a synched state on each client you use...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    btw, as per some random person on Twitter, Google is apparently also closing down access to calendar via caldav .. one more reason to use other backends for the synching needs of a smartphone .....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    I've long ago passed the point where remembering to click on all the sites I'm interested in is in any way useful. Most of all for sites that update irregularly with sometimes lengthy hiatuses in between. I'd totally forget about...
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    To me, the perfect replacement is the one that I've been using for years anyway because I didn't like having everything at Google .. Tiny Tiny RSS Reader is the thing to use if you want to host things yourself...
  • Commented on Press release
    This is me dancing a happy dance ... Also, many thanks for the further in-depth view into the life of a working writer (dispelling of myths and so forth)...
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    well the main thing to know there is there is not "the EU" in terms of mobile/landline phone culture. Very different from country to country as I found out when moving from Austria (cell phone costs are essentially zero, market...
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