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Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Here's a review of Koreader on Kobo Aura One.

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And what about the reverse? (Other countries' power and influence poses a major threat to the U.S.)
Americans have probably always believed that the world is out there to get them and they have to pre-empt that.
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On some earlier Manjaro KDE version, Otter did not come preinstalled, but when I installed it, it had a different icon, rather pretty and in harmony with the overall icon theme back then. You can see the icon here when logged in http://thedndsanctuary.eu/index.php?topic=681.msg31770#msg31770
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A not-so-flattering article about the King of Spain, illustrated with the ex-wife of the former president of Estonia.

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The Lounge / Re: Random Chat
Eyeballs are where I drew the line. I'll try most things once, but I just couldn't force myself when it came to eyeballs.  :eyes:
Pour ketchup over them and they should go down just fine.
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I stated the same issues in Vivaldi forums. It turns out that right-click+scroll can be enabled in hard-to-find settings. The side-effect is that scroll on tabbar becomes enabled too (undesirable for me).

And paste-and-go supposedly works without addressbar in the very latest snapshot.
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Testing browsers here again, since long time.

Looks like Vivaldi doesn't switch tabs with right-click+scroll like old Opera. Otter does. And Vivaldi doesn't have the secondary address bar.

And paste-and-go by keybind does not work when the address bar is switched off. Am I the only using browsers this way?
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I only checked what's there in Google Play store. There seem to be a couple of apps by the name Easy RSS at Play store, but I doubt they are the same thing as your suggestion.

F-Droid Feeder looks good. It's better than Aggregator in that it shows two lines of preview in the list of feed items, but Aggregator is better in that it has its own inbuilt rendering engine for the full webview. And Aggregator has a combined list for all feeds together, while Feeder does not. I still have a bias for Aggregator.
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After quickly trying some half a dozen apps, I guess this one does RSS best https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tughi.aggregator
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What do you mean by "support"? Just loading a link like this? Indeed I get a "client doesn't support feeds".
Yes, this is what I mean. Most RSS feeds give this error, some display the raw code, but up to recently Mini used to render them like old Opera did. I have a few RSS links bookmarked like this.

No good reason to use Mini either anymore. What next?
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Did Opera Mini just stop supporting RSS feeds ???
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Vivaldi joins the campaign for net neutrality https://vivaldi.com/blog/dont-let-monopolists-call-the-shots-save-the-internet/

Quote from: Tim Berners-Lee on Twitter
#NetNeutrality allowed me to invent the web without having to ask for permission. Let's keep the internet open! http://battleforthenet.com
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DnD Central / Re: Maps-Maps-Maps! ?
Incidentally, a few years ago I decided to finally look up the pronunciation of ASUS. Luckily (?) they'd provided a video on their company website of a representative explaining that it's pronounced ay-SOOS, "like in pey-gay-SOOS" (Pegasus).
So they like to be pronounced something like "Hey, Zeus"? That's Jesus in Spanish, by the way, as taught in Die Hard III.

This has become the world of prescribed mispronunciations.
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DnD Central / Re: Maps-Maps-Maps! ?
Geeks say the darndest things. Here the oldest generation of computer nerds employs following pronunciations

- Bug [pu:k]
- Cancel [kænkl]
- Cookie [ko:k(i)]
- Exit [ik'sait]
- Delete [di'lait]

And so on. GIF is [kif] and FAQ is [fak].
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Sweden wants more insight into Russian military training
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Russia has been invited to send observers to Swedish defence training Aurora in September, but Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist requests Russia in turn to invite foreign observers to the Russian training Zapad ("West") that is planned for the same time.
That's right. War is at its best as a do-it-together thing. We must cooperate.
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The Lounge / Re: A quote for the day!
Quote from: Wikipedia, On this day...
1907 - Organised by Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, among others, Bolshevik revolutionaries in Tiflis, Georgia, robbed a bank stagecoach, getting away with 341,000 rubles.
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Oh and the dream of winning big. State sanctioned criminal activity? Guess it depends who gets the money.
Of course people have the dream of winning big, but we (you and I) know that it's the house that always wins. Therefore, given that dream people have and given the sort of reality how lottery works, yes, it depends on who the house is. The state has general social responsibilities, corporations don't, so letting corporations collect the victory is socially less responsible than letting the state do it. Not that it becomes good this way, it just becomes less evil and hopefully keeps the greater evil in check, while the other way round would allow the greater evil run amok.
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The winner's can do as they please with their money. My point continued as to how that works out.
Yes, lottery winners, even big winners, are actually losers. Luckily they are very few, and that's why the point cannot be about them. The point is how the state can fund stuff responsibly and maybe have some other useful effects along the way, such as preventing a grey or black market for lotteries and casinos. Of course, when there is no willingness to recognise these issues, the issues will never get addressed. Happens a lot with miscellaneous issues here too.
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Well, six hundred years ago they put Jews to run businesses like that, because Christians must have nothing to do with usury.
Like that, like what? Jews never did charity. Usury was their specialized game.
Or it might be that fooling people into believing they are doing charity when they are really doing usury is their specialised game. Pick your favourite perspective of history.

In the Middle Ages, the Church, in a misapplication of the Biblical prohibition against charging interest, forbade interest in all instances. The Talmud, in contrast, created an economic system in which loans could be converted into investments, so interest could accrue from them, but under the Christian interpretation, no credit market was possible. The way the Church got around that was by forcing the Jews to become the bankers.

A major obstacle to the growth of banks in the Middle Ages was the Church's prohibition of usury, the charging of interest on loans. As economic activity expanded, however, the papacy became one of the first to insist that interest should be paid on investments made at a risk. Because they were forbidden to hold land or engage in more "acceptable" sources of economic enterprise, money changers in the Middle Ages were typically Jews.

The regulation of usury was to prevent the separation of money from reality. Money is not a good, it is a measure. It is fraud to pretend otherwise, and constitutes theft. Usury is making money from lending money; it is making money from nothing. This is exactly what is happening today on a colossal scale.

Several important things arose from the prohibition of usury in medieval Christendom. Firstly Jews, who had taken to wandering around Europe in the Middle Ages, began to specialize in money-lending and other practices which were forbidden to Christians. Exploited Christians, both peasants and aristocracy, found themselves being bled dry by usurers, which is why there were sporadic uprisings, imprisonments and expulsions of Jews throughout Europe. It is one reason why King Edward I expelled these perfidious people from England in 1290.

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Well, six hundred years ago they put Jews to run businesses like that, because Christians must have nothing to do with usury. Everybody used to know it, but nowadays they either don't know or don't care.
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I will never understand why the state of MS routinely ignores demands for a state lottery.

It's nothing but a poor tax. (As stated). Sure it is probably being sold as education funds, but you're one recession away from funds being reallocated. I was, and still am, against our State's lotto. Less than $0.50 paid for every $1 spent. With any real winnings being blown rather than used appropriately to pay debt, gain education or such. Handing someone with no experience or skill in dealing with money lots of it does not suddenly promote good habits.
Is this the kind of reasoning used to support the state lottery? Oh, America, the land of progressive backward thinking.

Over here nobody ever thought of arguing for state lottery by something like, "The winner gets money to pay for a college degree/debts/..." because obviously the jackpot winners are very few and everybody knows that the actual winner is the house - the one doing the lottery, not those who buy the tickets. That's so duh that even Americans should get it.

Rather, the rationale for having state lottery is that the state wins some money (in addition to ordinary taxes) that get specifically allocated to support sports and culture for kids and youth. The lottery winners are completely irrelevant to the argument. Of course, the same revenue could be gathered by ordinary tax collection ways, so there's an additional point for state lottery: Playing lottery is a vice, so it's best done strictly state controlled so that it doesn't get out of hand, hopefully. (It still won't make too much of a difference whether lotteries/casinos are state monopoly or a strictly regulated industry, but this is the way the argument goes in the countries that have state lottery and casino monopoly instituted, such as the Nordic countries.)
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Says US attorney general Jeff Sessions,
We are going to get paid [for the border wall] one way or the other [...] I know there's $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury's own inspector general several years ago, that are going to payments to people -- tax credits that they shouldn't get. Now, these are mostly Mexicans. And those kind of things add up...
Yeah, these kind of things add up. Only in America.
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@Frenzie

In your blog you write
...most Linux distros don't seem to ship with a calculator by default.
*Buntu and derivatives seem to include Galculator. If you are not speaking about them, you are not speaking about *most* Linux distros.

And doesn't Debian come with bc at least? It doesn't show currency rates, but it calculates...
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DnD Central / Re: Infrastructure
There are some green signs in the bottom right corner. They are misplaced, they should be there before the road separation, not after.

All in all, that structure is not really infra.
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Browsers & Technology / Re: E-readers
Then again, I don't go to the beach to read.
How about the pool or shower?
Speaking about a consumer need for this type of device, Kobo CCO Michael Tamblyn said "When we asked our customers what held them back from reading more ebooks, many told us they love to read in the bath, by the pool, or on the beach, but believed that devices and water didn't mix. As we dug deeper, we found that more than 60% of customers surveyed said they would love to be able read near water without worry. We designed the Kobo Aura H2O, our latest premium eReader, so that ebooks could be just as common at the beach or in the bath as they are on the bus or in bed."

Additionally, on the webpage there are inconsistencies between the Description and Specification sections. For example, Description says mp3 and text-to-speech, but Specification denies audio-out and the list of possible file formats does not mention mp3.
I see mention of a "Micro USB audio adapter."
So no direct plug-in for headphones on the device? And when you manage to connect the adapter to do intensively battery-draining stuff, there will be no charging of the battery at the same time?

And, all along, no expansion slot. My library soon surpasses 32GB. I wasn't quite ready for this to happen.