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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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    WTF

    Nothing special there. This ignorant old biker has been running doom in dosbox in linux for ages.
    So he hacked a printer. The specs on the printer could handle it vs a dosbox computer. No?

    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...2/#post5070645

    Besides. When it comes to gitter done. My Mom still runs circles around me.

    So we aint old. Just weathered. And Creaky. And Slower. Sheesh. Just shoot me.
    Posted Today at 02:32 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
  2. Old Comment

    WTF

    And it starts going faster as you age, it seems.

    "I can't wait to be 18!"

    "Only three more years 'til 21!!"

    "Wow, 25...a quarter of a century?"

    "Dude, where did the last 10 years go?!?"

    "50?!? But I just..."

    "..."
    Posted Today at 09:33 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  3. Old Comment

    WTF

    Yep. Getting 12 months older every goddam year. Taint fair.
    Posted Today at 04:29 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  4. Old Comment

    WTF

    Yep.
    Posted Yesterday at 05:05 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
  5. Old Comment

    WTF

    We old.
    Posted Yesterday at 12:24 PM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    It's like asking whether you like a top-down approach or a bottom-up approach. Each has its advantages. Latin would be the "big picture" approach, I suppose.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 10:42 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    Thanks for the information on DuoLingo. I will look it up.

    I disagree with Mr. Franklin's assessment of Latin. I would argue that an understanding of Latin leads to a better understanding of the Romance languages as well as English. Of course I wouldn't try to to forget any languages I've already learned just so I could learn Latin first and test the theory.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 09:05 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    I've read Descartes in English, so I'm hoping it won't be too much trauma to attempt reading his work in French =)

    And DuoLingo has an interesting feature once you hit ~300 words or so that they have an "immersion" program where you can translate news articles, wikipedia articles, etc... from the app as practice. I haven't used that much yet, but I'll probably start doing that soon.

    Thanks for your advice!
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 09:17 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    Yeah, it's hard at the beginning, and starting with Descartes must be even harder. I don't know about DuoLingo since I've never used it, but something that has worked for me -- apart from my first readings of academic texts in English I mentioned before -- is reading texts I am interested in that are not necessarily too complex (for instance, news, short stories, internet fora, lyrics, etc).
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 03:34 PM by odiseo77 odiseo77 is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    That truly sounds like the best way to learn, odiseo77. The balance I'm trying to find is being able to actually read a decent chunk of a paragraph (for instance) without having to perform a dictionary look up every other word...but I agree that real-world reading is the best path to learning to read a language. So at this point I do have a reasonable grasp on French, but I don't know enough vocabulary to read a bit without looking everything up. I tried a few paragraphs of "Discours De La Methode", and found that I was looking everything up, so perhaps I'll try again soon once I've completed a bit more of DuoLingo.
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 02:37 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Apprendre le français

    Hi,

    If you have some knowledge of French (for instance, you understand its grammar and syntax and know certain number of words) you can start reading texts you find interesting to acquire more vocabulary and get even more familiar with its structure.

    That's pretty much how I learned English. I learned the basics in high school; then, when I was studying my first degree at uni, I found a job in a library where I had to read academic texts in English in order to write their abstracts for the library's database. Even though with my basic knowledge of English at the time I struggled to understand it's structure at the beginning and to learn many words I didn't know, it was an excellent way to improve my knowledge of English (written English, at least).

    Good luck with learning French!
    Posted 09-14-2014 at 05:04 AM by odiseo77 odiseo77 is offline
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    Privilege

    vmccord, there is a definite good coming out of swinging the pendulum, and in some ways it still has some swinging to do (Ferguson, anyone?). But I agree, in many ways we've gone too far, and in others not far enough. Perhaps someday we'll find a happy medium.
    Posted 09-05-2014 at 02:22 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Privilege

    You know, when I was six I told my teacher I wanted to be a police officer when I grew up. I'm not ancient, but in 1976 when I said that, most police departments had regulations forbidding women officers. I am sorry that as we, as a society, try to rectify that situation, we end up swinging the pendulum too hard in the other direction.
    Posted 09-05-2014 at 09:07 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    Privilege

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rocket357 View Comment
    Point is, you hit the nail on the head with "you can tell from their work ethic". I understand that people need assistance from time to time (been there myself a few times), but there's a world of difference between using assistance as a stepping stone or using it as a foundation. I have all the respect in the world for someone who will help themselves, even if they have to ask for assistance to get back on their feet.
    I feel the same.

    A lot of those who complain about the "privileged" are those who use "assistance" as their foundation.

    I try to ignore a lot of it these says, but it gets harder. It's a shame. Between the current culture of entitlement, as well as those described above, I don't see a bright future ahead for the USofA.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 10:30 PM by goumba goumba is offline
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    Privilege

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Randicus Draco Albus View Comment
    many believe being racist is being friendly.
    I suppose I can wrap my head partially around this concept, but even so it takes effort not to lose it and go "WTF?!?"
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 10:25 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Privilege

    I do not know the situation in the U.S., but in Canada a "privileged" white male has almost zero chance of getting onto a police force. About twenty years ago the city I lived in hired thirty-some-odd new officers. Only six were allowed to be white males.
    Quote:
    I lived in San Antonio long enough to understand what it means to be the minority.
    Try being a white person in China. Not only do most Chinese not understand that racism is offensive, but many believe being racist is being friendly. The non-Mexicans in Texas have it easy.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 05:34 PM by Randicus Draco Albus Randicus Draco Albus is offline
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    Privilege

    rokytnji, you always have the most insightful responses. I really appreciate that.

    As for languages, I've picked back up learning foreign languages. In studies of philosophy, I find that many meanings are lost in translation. Descartes, for example, "I think, therefore I am". Straightforward enough, yeah? The full meaning, as I understand it, is more appropriately "I have the capacity to doubt my existence, thereby proving that I exist." Not quite the same thing.

    I lived in San Antonio long enough to understand what it means to be the minority. It's a truly odd feeling...and I only know enough Spanish to get my ass kicked, unfortunately =\
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 03:49 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Privilege

    I am the minority in my part of the country. This part of the world is Texico.

    You notice certain things when the tables are turned.
    When the tables are turned.
    Nothing changes.
    Privileges just get turned to the current majority.
    People are funny that way.
    Being people and all.

    I try and walk outside of society norms. I provide a service that is not race/gender based.
    Race nor gender bias does not enter into my work world. You want me to fix your motorcycle?
    No problemo esse. que le costará 30 dólares por hora .

    Wait till you guys have to start learning new languages to understand if someone is getting
    ready to stab you in the back or not. Comes in handy, it does.

    Nothing like going to a party and not understanding a word being said by anyone.
    My parents came from Eastern Europe so I was raised a bit different than the local
    good old boys.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 02:29 PM by rokytnji rokytnji is online now
    Updated 09-05-2014 at 09:31 AM by rokytnji
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    Privilege

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    The link doesn't work.
    Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by goumba View Comment
    Granted, there may be some who fell on hard times, and I can sympathize with them. You can tell from their work ethic.
    There will always be those in need of help. But "need of help" doesn't know racial boundaries. In fact, my Sociology professor in college stated that "more white people are on welfare than any other race". I don't what statistics she was quoting, unfortunately.

    Point is, you hit the nail on the head with "you can tell from their work ethic". I understand that people need assistance from time to time (been there myself a few times), but there's a world of difference between using assistance as a stepping stone or using it as a foundation. I have all the respect in the world for someone who will help themselves, even if they have to ask for assistance to get back on their feet.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 01:42 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    Privilege

    The link doesn't work.

    I am in the same spot as you, and I can sympathize. I was born a white male, but family feel on hard times when I was a kid. I could not afford a college education, nor food half the time. I work in a civil service job, all I had to take was a test that comprised mostly of reading comprehension. Anyone can get in if they tried. Yet, again, I am privileged.

    I work in a job mostly comprised of minorities. I drive a beater to work, while many of them BMWs and Benzes. Yet, I always walk into a break room to hear how the white man holds them down.

    People in this country really need to get their heads out of the early-mid twentieth century.

    You work hard, you get what you want. Those who complain about the privileged I find are usually just plain lazy.

    Granted, there may be some who fell on hard times, and I can sympathize with them. You can tell from their work ethic.
    Posted 09-02-2014 at 11:33 PM by goumba goumba is offline

  



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