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Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Compaqt Re:Nice to have the choice (255 comments)

You don't have to go to Gnome.

If you've installed Ubuntu, just install Cardapio for a drop-down menu of all programs in the familiar Accessories, Internet, Office, Games, etc. categories.

about 2 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

Compaqt Re:!HP (474 comments)

HP making PCs is what keeps their name on people's minds. Not only that, but they can offer total end to end solutions, as opposed to buying PCs from one company and servers from another.

about 3 months ago

Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA

Compaqt Re:That's a tiny number (464 comments)

>Before anyone starts explaining about how it is difficult not to give root access to sys admins etc, it is not exactly rocket science to have peer reviewed access control polices even for sys admins,

Would you care to share what those access control systems are?

about 4 months ago

Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

Compaqt Re:And google will retain that info exclusively. (195 comments)

Erm, actually it's the same storage requirements for Google, even if they rewrite the image to be contained in the email.

E.g.: 1KB email, 40 KB image. Image stored separately, 41 KB storage space required.

1KB email, 40 KB image. Image stored in email, 41 KB storage space required.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Compaqt Re:To hire specific people (465 comments)

Yeah, but look at it from the perspective of a company (say, your own):

You hire a guy who's a total generalist. You sit patiently while either you train him or he trains himself in specifics. The moment he's trained, he jumps ship for someplace else.

How do you avoid that? Since you paid for his education (training) shouldn't you get to reap the benefits?

about 5 months ago

Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA

Compaqt Re:Common Ground (343 comments)

Please tell us.

about 5 months ago

GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

Compaqt Re:unacceptable (336 comments)

What's an FBI virus? A virus released by the FBI into the wild so they can snoop on people without a warrant?

about 5 months ago

Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

Compaqt Re:"Classmate"? Re:The answer is SIMPLE (786 comments)

He went to Princeton, and then to Harvard Law School. While an undergraduate, he was the top debater in the national college debate circuit.

about 6 months ago

OCZ May Be On Its Last Legs

Compaqt Re:Tiniest violin (292 comments)

Except that I've had trouble booting CD images on thumbdrives, although "in theory" there shouldn't have been any problem.

about 6 months ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

Compaqt Re:GUI for "NFTables" (235 comments)

What I find is that when you encounter a series of iptable statements, it seems obvious that the kernel is building some sort of table of data or rules (LISP: data == program).

But instead of providing the table to the system, you have to build it up, piece by excruciating piece.

Whoever thought that was a good idea should have his packets limited.

about 5 months ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

Compaqt Re:"Deprecate"? (235 comments)

OK, I'll bite.

What do you think deprecate means?

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Compaqt Re:Liberal strategy (1144 comments)

OK, I checked out your links, and they don't seem to have the text of their proposed amendment other than this vague statement:

We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.

So, then, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People cannot spend money as they choose, because as a corporation, it doesn't have any rights, correct? And for humans, speech will be limited to using your voicebox, and not distributing pamphlets?

It would be useful to review the actual Citizens United case: a group of people organized as a corporation were selling an anti-Clinton video close to an election, for which they were prosecuted. If dissing politicians is bad, what exactly is the point of the 1st Amendment?

about 6 months ago

Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

Compaqt Re:Bullshit (668 comments)

Erm, there's no yearly budget, and the government has been operating in this mode for a while now. Ask the Senate Majority Leader why.

It's been operating on continuing resolutions, which basically means: spend as much money as you were before, but x% extra.

about 6 months ago

Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

Compaqt Re:Short answer: Yes, it makes sense (668 comments)

It seems you didn't read the article. The article said if there are sites which have been replaced by a static page, fine.

But there are other sites which are serving the full content of a page, and then also showing a "We're Closed" popup obscuring the content, thus saving no web or DB costs, power, etc., serving no purpose whatsoever other than we want to be in your face that this stuff is closed, oh, and here's a preview of what you're missing.

about 6 months ago

Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

Compaqt Bicameral system (668 comments)

Even with the parliamentary system, you have two houses. The lower house is supreme in matters of funding. If the House of Commons were to reject funding for Program X (whether that be the UK's involvement in Afghanistan or whatever), that would be the end of the matter.

There'd be nothing the House of Lords could do about it.

Here, the lower house has rejected funding for a certain program, and the upper house is refusing to recognize the lower house's power of the purse.

about 6 months ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

Compaqt Re:Umm no (194 comments)

>It's infinitely more fare

Um, you must mean more fair, less fare.

about 6 months ago

You're Invited: Take a Look At Slashdot's New Beta

Compaqt Make it work without JavaScript (69 comments)

For a site which has innumerable technical readers who are clued into exploit and privacy issues, you've got a lot of people who prefer running without JavaScript. Not to mention folks who just plain prefer the web without the gimmicks.

Slashdot has worked heretofore without JavaScript, so please make the extra effort to make sure it works without it going forward.

about 7 months ago

Goldman Suspends 4 Senior Tech Specialists After Trading Glitch

Compaqt Blame the IT guy (140 comments)

Just another example of "blame the IT guy".

If it breaks, you don't fire the trader, the lawyer, CEO, VP, whoever. If you lose a billion dollars you don't jail Jon Corzine. If you gamble people's money, you get a golden parachute.

But if you're an IT guy, everything better be perfect, otherwise you'll get fired (lucky) or sent to jail (unlucky).

about 8 months ago


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