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    Bloated

    Looks like he'd go POP! if you pricked him with a pin. Grotesque.
    Posted 09-15-2014 at 06:23 AM by brianL brianL 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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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    I think I have solved my problem of dead-slow desktop response with Ubuntu 14.04 and Unity on my old 2003 machine. To reiterate, this machine has an nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 AGP 8X graphics card and uses the nvidia-96 driver under Ubuntu 12.04. Apparently, Canonical dropped support for this driver under 14.04; but the default driver they provided was not only slow but rendered incorrectly. To fix both problems, I did two things:

    (1) I installed the bumblebee-nvidia driver using the Software Center. This eliminated the rendering errors, but was so slow under Unity that the machine was almost unusable. Aside from being slow, though, all of the applications seemed to work OK.

    (2) I installed Gnome Flashback Services using the Software Center. This installed what I think people consider the classic Gnome desktop. Subjectively speaking, this desktop responds perhaps 100 times faster than Unity. Unity is actually a very nice working environment, but the cosmetics are very CP-intensive. Unity remains available on the machine, but Gnome Flashback Services installed two additional desktop choices (selectable at log on) called "Gnome Flashback (Metacity)" and "Gnome Flashback (Compiz)". The Metacity version is what I am now using. I'm not sure what the other one is yet.
    Posted 09-12-2014 at 04:53 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    As part of deciding what to do with the machine that is nearly non-functional with Ubuntu 14.04, I decided to try Puppy-Wary Linux, which is said to be good for old hardware. Puppy can be run entirely from a bootable CD without altering the existing OS installation. On my old machine, Puppy did indeed run acceptably in terms of display and speed. It nicely auto-setup the internet connection. I didn't try the email. I did not recognize many of the installed applications, but perhaps they were chosen for their small memory footprint (Puppy runs entirely from memory). Toward the end of my last session, I suddenly lost mouse control and had to do a ctl-alt-F1 to shut down. I don't know if this was Puppy's fault -- I use a KVM switch and lost mouse control on my other machine that was up at the time, too.
    Posted 09-08-2014 at 03:58 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade fails on 11-yr-old computer

    I solved some of the display problems with the Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade. After some adverse experimentation with other display drivers shown by the Software Center, which disabled the graphical display altogether, I used apt to remove the bad drivers and install the bumblebee-nvidia/trusty driver. Suddenly, workspaces started working and the display of some of the applications, such as the Software Center, started working as expected (had been very quirky). However, the display is still unacceptably slow.
    Posted 09-06-2014 at 11:20 PM by flshope flshope is offline
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    Chromebook Acer C710-2457

    Bookmark of my unbricking mine in case I run ito this again.
    These things are a tough nut to crack when bricked.

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/cof...tits-bull.html
    Posted 09-06-2014 at 08:07 PM by rokytnji rokytnji 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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    Corrected Broken Links

    ...and likewise thank you for your blog. It's a pleasure to read.
    Posted 09-04-2014 at 04:39 PM by unSpawn unSpawn 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 online now
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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 offline
    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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    Chromium 36 upgrade with SSE2 instructions will not execute on Athlon XP 2400+

    The Ubuntu Update Manager has posted Chromium 37, which is supposed to fix the SSE2 problem. I installed it, but Chromium still won't start on my Athlon XP 2400+ machine. I did get more descriptive error messages:

    "
    #
    # Fatal error in ../../v8/src/ia32/assembler-ia32.cc, line 53
    # CHECK(cpu.has_sse2()) failed
    #
    . . .
    Illegal instruction (core dumped)
    "

    and posted the complete message at Launchpad:

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...r/+bug/1353185

    I still don't see a core dump file that is obviously assocated with Chromium.
    Posted 09-03-2014 at 08:23 AM by flshope flshope 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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