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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Assmasher First day of *nix training... (329 comments)

Okay children, I'm going to teach you this command explicitly so that you know what you never, ever, EVER - wake up little Johnny - what was I saying? Oh yeah, ever, ever use it.

Seriously. Don't use it.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Assmasher Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

No he doesn't. He addresses a specific negative attribution about systemd in that it is anti-UNIX because it keeps everything in one repository. He doesn't claim that this is the only reason anyone states it is anti-UNIX.

He's certainly being selective in what he is addressing, but surely he can't be expected to discuss everything anyone ever complained about involving systemd in this interview...?

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Assmasher Re:Fork it all (551 comments)

Your 'logic' implies that any distribution that uses systemd has rewritten the entire operating system.

Do you still think that's true? LOL.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Assmasher Re:Fork it all (551 comments)

+1

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Assmasher Re:Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (551 comments)

Your apparent definition of

the UNIX philosophy

would seem to suggest that the Linux kernel violates it as well because it's monolithic... Yes, that's absurd, but so - it appears - is your claim.

Why do you think it TOTALLY violates the UNIX philosophy?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

Assmasher Re:you need to kill the botnets (312 comments)

Gods no, I like *nix the way it is. Windows IS the honeypot.

about a month ago
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Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

Assmasher Re: Well That About Wraps It Up For God (755 comments)

Indeed.

A zealot in any shape or form is narrow minded.

"A zealot is someone who won't change their mind, or change the subject..."

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Assmasher Re: This is why we need a war (279 comments)

Sorry, the radar was in operational service, and was also fitted to the F-15 which was flying, but not deployed to combat units yet.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Assmasher Re: This is why we need a war (279 comments)

I think you mean at least *2 years AFTER NATO fighters*, lol.

In 1973 F-15s had it in operational use.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Assmasher Re:Huh (279 comments)

The Air Superiority mission will retain a pilot for a long time. Recon/Air-to-Ground/Resupply - these will all be primarily remote operated (they're often automated now.)

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Assmasher Re:Huh (279 comments)

Why aren't weapon systems modular allowing for easy upgrade? No money in that?

They are modular, and explicitly intended for upgrades. Easy? That depends upon your definition of 'easy' - if you don't mind spending money, it's easy.

And why use human pilots for combat craft, a drone could accelerate and turn under massive G forces and still function where a human would black out.

Response time, situational awareness, the difficulty is maintaining a connection during electronic warfare, et cetera, ad nauseum. I think that there are quite a few mission profiles that would suite remote operation, but air superiority isn't one of them (not yet.)

1st: make a fast, sturdy air frame with a reliable engine, 2nd make all electronics and weapons modular easy to replace and upgrade, 3rd get rid of the human.

Like the WOPR? ;)

about a month ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re: Fuck You (1051 comments)

Word

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re: Fuck You (1051 comments)

It would make it simpler to realize if they're just taking the piss or really are as stupid as what they write... (Although I've seen some quality AC posts as well.)

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

Who said they could assume they could?

I said there's very little reason to think they would not be able to.

That's a very important distinction logically.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

Why would there be little reason to think that? Aside from all the expenses of homeschooling itself (books, materials, etc - both for parents and students), there's also the loss of income from at least one parent (when there even are two) not working. That can easily be half the household income gone, plus the expenses, and they still have to pay the taxes. And in a single parent household, what's the option? Live 100% on public assistance all the time?

You appear to be confusing "not be able" with "would not be a hardship."

That right there is the problem. If they had a choice, this would all be moot. Dumbasses who refuse to vaccinate their kids couple simply send them elsewhere with little or no cost. As it stands, if you're stupid enough to honestly believe vaccines will damage your child, your options come down to bending to the will of the state that you inject poison into your child or lose half/all of your household income and try to educate them yourself.

Again, you are advocating that it should be a reasonable option for parents to be unreasonable.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re: Fuck You (1051 comments)

Look at all the anonymous cowards...

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

Was that what you said when you found that smoking was banned in elementary schools?

Doing something that you believe to be right that puts other human beings in serious risk is a burden that YOU must bear.

Do you think driving a school bus full of children while drunk is a freedom you need?

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

Assmasher Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1051 comments)

So, basically, there's very little reason to think that a parent refusing to vaccinate their child would not be able to home school them
Not much reason to allow unvaccinated (by choice) children into public schools then.

about a month and a half ago

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U.S. Rollout of the flagship HTC One delayed until end of April

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  about 2 years ago

Assmasher (456699) writes "The widely praised and anticipated arrival of HTC's flagship Android smartphone, the HTC One, has apparently been delayed until the end of April.

From the manufacturer: "We are currently manufacturing the new HTC One and arranging delivery dates with our US carrier and retail partners. When we originally announced the new THC One, we communicated a March availability date but we unfortunately will not meet this date in the US. We now expect to roll out the new HTC One in North America before the end of April."

How this bodes for HTC's troubled and declining smartphone marketshare remains to be seen, but rest assured that Samsung will do everything in its considerable power to get the Galaxy S4 on shelves in time to make the HTC One's debut as damp a squib as possible."

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R/C F16 Jet with realtime pilot view

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Assmasher (456699) writes "Toys are infinitely cooler these days than they were when we were kids. While we had to subside on crappy Lego houses and weak Nerf guns, youngsters now get to craft accurate models of the Millennium Falcon and play with a foam arsenal that would make the CIA blush with envy.

The same goes for remote-controlled vehicles. We've already seen exactly how much fun can be had with a point-of-view camera, an RC Jeep and a little time. Now another crafty RC aficionado has applied the same camera tech to a remote-controlled F16 fighter jet.
There aren't words to describe how awesome this is."

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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Ballistic Missile

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Assmasher (456699) writes "Boeing's Airborne Laser successfully destroyed a sub launched ballistic missile on Thursday, February 11th, 2010. "This was the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform" reported the Missile Defense Agency Reuters. It should be noted that destroying a liquid fueled ballistic missile is generally considered easier than killing a solid fueled equivalent due to the relative fragility of the fueling and other systems."
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Ethics of hidden installations?

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Assmasher (456699) writes "The latest Java update from SUN showed up on my desktop this morning and in the process of installing it I did what I usually do and selected the 'advanced install' checkbox on the Java Setup UI. I do this for the same reason that most of you do — to ensure that I'm only installing what I expect to install (although this can be a false sense of security.) In the past Google has often 'hidden' the installation of their toolbar in other applications' update/install packages, and recently Apple did the same with iTunes and Safari. I find these types of things distasteful because they're 'sneaky.' Unless you choose to view the installation options or choose some 'advanced' option you are possibly unaware or only marginally aware of what's being put on your machine. Lo and behold, the SUN update I just installed tried to install OpenOffice under the guise of updating my Java runtime! Now, I don't have anything against OpenOffice, in fact, I have two machines I use it on, but I don't want it on this one. Out of curiosity, how do people feel about this type of thing?"

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Linux's biggest problem need no longer be a problem

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have to say that everytime I log into my Slackware or MDK 9.2 systems, I can't help but feel cleaner, more streamlined. Almost as if the sedentary developer's tire I've been growing for the past 5 years seems to disappear (somewhat.)

I've been working with Win32 and various *nix flavors since the early nineties (yeah, back in the Win32 'S' days, and early NT, lol) and I've always felt that way when using a *nix machine.

Cleaner, somehow healthier, as if I know that there is NO extraneous crap going on in the background, I can control everything if I wish and nothing gets installed that I don't wish to be installed.

I'm beating around the bush of the subject I really wish to diarize, but I just want to convey the actual 'feeling' of using Linux for me. Now, unlike many Slashdotters, I don't get hives when I run Win2K or XPPro; however, it just isn't the same. I feel like I'm always watching out for things when I get mail, or visit sites, or pulling things off the web to view offline. I just seem to always be looking over my shoulder and checking my system for spyware, trojans, making sure my AV software is up to date (even though it is set to 'automatic updating' I still feel I have to watch it.)

Basically this means I, later than many others, feel that Linux is TRULY ready to make the foray into desktop dominance. Server side? Not an issue, it is already there. The only reason M$ has ANY server installations is because companies haven't abandoned the M$ desktop yet. Believe me, there'll never be an IT department where the desktop machines run Linux and the IT servers run M$ OSes! LOL.

This brings me to the sticking point. What is it that keeps Linux from absolutely demolishing Windows XP (et al) right now?

Interfaces? No way. They're all pretty close to the same now.

Development tools? Not anymore. While we don't have an exact counterpart to VB (well, we sort of do), C/C++ development is trivial on Linux now.

Multimedia support? No way.

Stability? LOL! No way.

Security? While we're not as secure as we all like to pretend we are, we're still parsecs ahead of M$.

Ease of use? Not any more, with the exception of 'latest and greatest' hardware which is not a reflection on Linux but the marketplace. By this I mean that if we resolve the issues I do think we still have, this problem goes away.

Available quality software? Somewhat, many of the most important areas are covered by Linux, but there is still a gap between what kind of quality you can get on XP as opposed to Linux.

Now we get to the three things I believe are holding Linux back from replacing Microsoft's dominance of the desktop.

(1)Dependencies
(2)Games
(3)Closed Source Stigma

Number 1, our dependency issues. I'm sure everyone has run into this one. "I can't have both programs installed and usable at the same time because their dependencies conflict." It is wonderful that there are a myriad of distributions, and it is wonderful that most of them include a default installation of development tools (unless you specify not to); however, we cannot in all seriousness consider our dependency problems to be a non-issue because users can just 'build the software' themselves. This causes havoc for numerous reasons. (A)People cannot simply rely on downloading and installing software (although this is often successful) through urpmi or other package management systems because there often need to be different packages for different distributions and also it is shockingly common to find to applications which cannot run at the same time because they require different versions of (for example) glibc. (B)Relying on our current model for dependency resolution (building it yourself) keeps commercial closed source products (such as games) from seeing linux as an attractive deployment environment. They sure as hell don't want to expose the source code for 5 million dollars (a normal dev cost for a modern game) worth of software to the world for free...

(2)Games, games, and games. Games are CRITICAL to wide acceptance of Linux. Most kids through their teenage years, that's all they care about (plus Instant Messaging.) Dependencies are a concern for games, but shouldn't be a serious one as most games can solve this through static linking; however, meeting driver requirements (such as simply having hardware acceleration of OpenGL) is still a potentially tricky issue for the vast majority of linux users. This is an issue mostly (imho) on the side of the video card companies (i.e. the install process for ATI's drivers to allow for DRI support) and somewhat on the kernel/driver side (as in 'perhaps there are some changes to facilitate making this more idiot proof for companies like ATI/nVidia.)

(3)The stigma automatically assigned to closed source products on Linux. Now Linux and OSS go hand in hand; however, the 'religious' nature of the many open source zealots actively discourages smaller companies, who don't know if they do or do not wish to support linux, from feeling a level of comfort and community acceptance. MAKE ANY SOFTWARE COMPANY WELCOME IN THE LINUX COMMUNITY, even (don't laugh [too hard]) Microsoft. We may wish for Utopia; however, many companies who don't have the deep pockets (nor political motivations) of IBM are not willing to give away software that they've paid their developers to produce. Don't shun them for this. Don't disparage them for this. THANK THEM for making software for us.

I really think that with the egregiously cheap costs of massive amounts of memory and HDD space available nowadays, static linking as much as possible would remove many of the problems associated with dependencies which plague our fine operating system.

Yes that makes upgrading more of a chore in the sense that each application would need to be upgraded/patched; however, we (now) tend to break more applications through upgrading an *.so than we fix.

Let's do what we can to make Linux distributions a level gaming platform. In other words, (not that I've got the cojones to do this) we should have our own 'DirectX' of sorts. While we have systems that handle parts of these, I would argue that these should be Linux ONLY tools for the same reason that DirectX is M$ ONLY. It is a key component in the war to bring games to an OS.

Lastly, let's cut back on the rhetoric about 'evil empires', 'Windoze people are stupid', 'M$ is evil', 'Open Source is the only way', and simply take the high road in all instances. Why? Because we KNOW Linux is better. It doesn't matter if some WinTroll comes and says "Linux is sh*t" and then we retort with an educated yet vitriolic assasination of everything and everyone windows because we've likely scared some people off about ourselves in doing so. Let's do some "turn the other cheek" reasoning. I've lost count of the times I've talked to another techie who was looking into deploying Linux and told me that they found the ngs and people disturbing and disparaging, even rude.

My $0.000002 for today

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Slashdot, no longer a free thinking demographic...

Assmasher Assmasher writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sadly, a once great bastion of unfettered thinking for the IT world (and occasionally beyond) has become the stronghold for anti-Windows/anti-MS zealotry. How many posts in the past two years have been anti-MS? How many have been subjectively derogatory of Windows (and other MS products)?

Now, because Slashdot is (or at least used to be) for the nerd in all of us, of course there will be MS bashing and Windoze castigation; however, the level and the obvious subjectivity of those dogging anything MS related is beyond the bounds of reason.

Then, again, most of these subjective posts come from people very closely associated with Slashdot (for example, roblimo) ergo Slashdot appears to have become less of an editorial synopsis of cool world news and more of a welcome home to Linux zealots who can't seem to install Mozilla on Windows.

Now, I am a Linux, Solaris, Irix, and Win2k/XP Pro professional developer, so I am indeed disheartened by seeing my absolute favorite website in all the world (slightly ahead of consumption junction ;)) become a Linux school yard bully.

Just look at the invective and stupidity in people's posts when someone posts something that can even be remotely construed as not anti-Microsoft. LOL, not even pro-Microsoft. Apparently the absence of a deep and abiding hatred of the Redmond giant makes you a traitor to everything *nix on Slashdot.

Worst of all, the moderator scoring, lol. I read a very logical, objective post by someone in a thread about stability which was pro-NT/2K and the zealots punished the poster with such ridiculous penalties as 'off topic', lol. Maybe there should be an age requirement for posters? Most of the zealots appear to be 13 years old.

Sh*t, more to say on this later, build done...

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