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Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:Why do conservatives believe in various myths? (1100 comments)


Now, if people read the linked articles, they would see a number of Republican lawmakers who support this kind of bunk:

  • Oklahoma Republican state Representative Mike Ritze appears to be a birther (trying to pass pro-Birth legislation), as are four Republican state Representatives--Stacey Campfield, Glen Casada, Frank S. Niceley and Eric H. Swafford--in Tennessee, as well as Fifteen Republican members of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Republican strategist Frank Luntz denied global warming, as well as Philip Cooney, who was hired by Bush to become chief of staff for the White House (Not mentioned in the Global Warning denial article but also notable is Republican senator Jim Inhofe)
  • Not discussed in the relevant Wikipedia article, but Young Earth Creationism appears to be believed by Sarah Palin: ref 1 ref 2

I can't think of a prominent Democrat who espouse this kind of nonsense, but a fairly quick and simple search found a number of Republicans spouting this stuff.

For me to respect conservatives, conservatives need to stop this nonsense. There are a number of conservative causes I believe in, such as law and order and tort reform, but I can't support a party who openly supports fringe theories.

more than 5 years ago

Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Why do conservatives believe in various myths? (1100 comments)

A question for conservatives out there:

Why is it that conservatives believe in these kinds of myths? Why is it that conservatives, even congressmen believe in myths like the Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories, Young earth creationism, Climate change denial, and what not. I can't think of a single conspiracy theory mainstream democrats subscribe to; while some fringe liberals believe in the 9/11 attacks being faked, this is a definite liberal fringe in the US (just as Holocaust denial is a fringe with the right-wing).

I mean, to me, I understand the "big tent" thinking of Republicans, but it has to be embarrassing to be associated with a party with senators and house members who acknowledge the above fringe theories as being established fact, instead of looking at facts and evidence in an objective manner.

more than 5 years ago

English Wikipedia Reaches 3 Million Articles

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Let me defend the Wikipedia here (192 comments)

Let me quickly defend the Wikipedia here: Yes, the deletionists are annoying. However, there is a reason why "non-notable" articles are deleted: To minimize the number of articles that have to be watched to make sure spammers and vandals don't damage the articles.

Every time someone makes an article, that's one more article admins have to baby-sit. Even with thousands of people looking for spam and vandalism, there's a lot of subtle vandalism that gets in under the radar.

If every single high school or every single garage band or every single webcomic had a Wikipedia article, it would strain the admins ever more.

It's amazing that admins are able to keep the vandalism under control as much as they have been able to. Wikipedia is an Alexa top 10 site (I can't say the same for Slashdot, not by a long margin), and its purpose is to provide useful information for readers. Which is does very well. Yes, the Wiki is imperfect, and, yes, it has admins who have power trips, but the system works.

more than 5 years ago

Domain Tasting "Officially Dead" Thanks To Cancellation Policy

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:The Many (Miss) Uses of Domain Tasting (102 comments)

I think the thinking is that it allows people to get refunds if they made a typo during the domain registration process.

more than 5 years ago

Danish FreeBSD Dev. Sues Lenovo Over "Microsoft Tax"

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Removing Microsoft Tax doesn't just apply to Linux (318 comments)

As someone who uses Microsoft Windows as my primary OS, the issue of removing the "Microsoft Tax" just doesn't apply to people putting Linux on their laptop. It also applies to people, like myself, who prefer Windows XP over Vista, or people who want to make a "hackintosh" laptop.

The problem the Microsoft Tax is that Microsoft and computer companies choose which OS gets on people's computers, as opposed to consumers making this choice. I know a lot of people who think Linux is a type of tableware who were unhappy they had to get a new computer with Vista, even though XP has worked well enough for them and Vista ran like a slow pig on their computer.

Indeed, I'm glad I got a Linux laptop, because, while Linux didn't work for me, I was able to choose to put XP on the computer without having to pay for a copy of Vista I would never use.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:It's worse (564 comments)

Trivia sections for movies, films, and music work better work with TVTropes, an alternate Wiki better suited for talking about popular (geek) culture.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Approaches Its Limits

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:It's their own fault (564 comments)

Tv Tropes is the most fun Wiki I've found in a while. While a little more serious than the Unencyclopedia, it looks at media (Video games, role playing games, movies, TV, comics, etc.) with a more fun and lighthearted approach than the Wikipedia.

more than 5 years ago

CentOS Administrator Reappears

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:Great way to piss off LTS userbase. (211 comments)

Calm down. Seriously. You're not going to resolve whatever is going on in your personal life that makes all of your Slashdot postings angry flames (like the flame you gave me) by posting more flames to Slashdot. Figure out what is wrong in your life and fix it.

more than 5 years ago

CentOS Administrator Reappears

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:I'm really glad to hear this! (211 comments)

[Windows XP doesn't work if] you happen to be one of the few people who use SATA


Part of developing software is learning to set up your environment. Period. If you can't do that much without someone holding your hand, you have no chance of wrapping your head around the internals of a project. You may as well switch to teaching.

Exactly. Now, why was it you aren't able to resolve something as simple as getting Windows XP to install on a computer with a SATA hard disk?

Or for that matter, before posting yet another flame, why have you have not taken five minutes to read my blog entry, which I linked to above? I investigated the situation. The result of my investigation: It would have taken me approximately a week to resolve the issue (taking a newer ALPS driver and backporting it to the older version of X used by RHEL/CentOS 5), so I decided I was better off just using Windows XP and using a VM for CentOS development.

This solved the problem for me: All of my hardware works and I'm able to develop the software in both Windows XP and CentOS.

The problem with Linux is this: It has an unstable driver model. Why is it that Windows XP, an OS that is seven years old, works just fine in my two-year-old laptop, with full hardware support, but a three-year-old version of Linux has poor driver support and missing drivers?

In the real world, there are a lot of things I have to prioritize: Spending time working (yes, I have a job); spending time with family and friends and my girlfriend; spending time relaxing; and sometimes spending time working on my open source project. At this point in my life, I don't have time to waste backporting a driver because the Linux developers are do not give me a stable driver ABI and API. If people want Linux to be on my desktop, they should spend more time giving it a stable driver API and ABI, and less time flaming me for daring to point out Linux is not perfect.

But what can I expect from someone who doesn't share his real name with us and has nothing better to do with his time than flame people who don't think Linux is God's gift to the earth. People like you are why I am happier using Windows instead of Linux today.

Again: Linux zealots (like you) piss me off.


more than 5 years ago

CentOS Administrator Reappears

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:I'm really glad to hear this! (211 comments)

You're hardly a software developer - you aren't willing to find solutions yourself

You know, I used to have this kind of attitude. Then I grew up.

Did you know Dennis Ritchie uses Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Outlook to read email and post to Usenet? Have you every thought about why?

The thing is this: everything works out of the box in Windows XP (well, except for the sound card, but the workaround is posted online and it about 15 minutes of bother to get going). I, at this point in my life, have better things to do with my time than to get things to work in Linux when they already work in Windows. Such as actually develop software.

This is the problem with the Linux community at Slashdot. It's a very immature and insecure community; when people mention they have problems and are using Windows instead because of those problems, people react with denial and attack the messenger instead of being mature and acknowledging the problems.

Excuse me, but I tried compiling various ALPS drivers in CentOS. I spent, oh, about 2 hours on it and, to make a long story short, it didn't work. If the Linux community wants to flame me instead of trying to help me (or, at least being civil), that's fine. Your message is clear: You don't want people using Linux. You want people using Windows XP. You do not want to make Linux a viable desktop operating system.

And, oh, about Ubuntu: It was very unstable for me, with constant crashes. I blogged all about it.

Thanks for playing.

Linux zealots piss me off.

more than 4 years ago

CentOS Administrator Reappears

Ex-Linux-Fanboy I'm really glad to hear this! (211 comments)

As a long-time CentOS user, I'm really glad to hear this. I've been a bit worried about CentOS (indeed, I recently muttered darkly about maybe moving to Scientific Linux), but it looks like CentOS is working on decentralizing their leadership so we don't get issues like this and the delayed 5.3 release because a key member was getting married.

If people are having problems with yum update, this should fix the issue I saw the other day: yum clean metadata

I would like to use 64-bit CentOS 5 as the primary OS on my 1997 Dell 1420 laptop, but there are a couple of hardware compatibility issues:

  • The Alps touchpad driver included with X doesn't support the particular touchpad the 1420 has. This is an issue fixed in newer versions of X, but I'm wondering if anyone has backported the newer Alps touchpad driver to work with CentOS's version of X
  • I haven't found a driver for the Intel 3945ABG wireless card I'm happy with; one driver had an issue with crashing unless I pinged the router every second, and I haven't been able to get a newer driver to work

Not a big deal; right now I'm using 32-bit Windows XP Home edition as my primary OS and 32-bit CentOS 5 is in a virtual machine for Linux open-source software development (My DNS server).

more than 5 years ago

Another New AES Attack

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:There is no such thing as ten-round AES-256 (93 comments)

To be more precise, Rijndael has two parameters:

  • Key size, which can be 128, 160, 192, 224, or 256 bits in size
  • Block size, which can also be 128, 160, 192, 224, and 256 bites in size

This means Rijndael is a set of 25 different ciphers; AES is a subset of three of these ciphers. The number of rounds is derived from the maximum of these two parameters; for a 256-bit key and 128-bit block, it is defined as 14 rounds. Fewer rounds means we're not analyzing Rijndael, but a reduced-round Rijndael variant.

Related key attacks, by and large, are only an issue with "make a hash out of a block cipher" constructions. I don't know offhand if this is an issue with Whirlpool, a hash construction using an AES variant; as I recall, some changes were made to the key schedule of Whirlpool.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon US Refunds Windows License Fee, Too

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:I bet you could sell it to someone else for mor (284 comments)

one cannot buy XP retail anymore

Note true. Not only are retail versions of XP SP2 still available, it's very trivial to find legal OEM licenses of Windows XP Pro SP3 available for purchase. I know, I recently bought two OEM licenses of Windows XP in Spanish; they were out of stock so I had to wait a couple of months until Microsoft printed up some more.

more than 5 years ago

CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Yum update doesn't work right now (492 comments)

You know, I can see the CentOS project is having a lot of problems right now; yum update doesn't work right now without some manual babysitting. There are some issues with circular Python dependencies and Bind dependencies; I was able to resolve them by removing the Bind packages by hand, and updating them with "yum install bind" "yum install bind-libs", etc. Fixing the Python issue was more tricky; I manually downloaded the updated Python packages and then used "rpm --upgrade" to update them.

I've seen a lot of Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones come and go (Tao Linux, Pie Box Enterprise Linux, Lineox, X/OS Linux, White Box Enterprise Linux); it looks like the mechanics of a volunteer project aren't best suited for this type of clone distribution.

CentOS is good because it has been around a while, but with the issues we had with the 5.3 update and the issues the project is having now with its leader, it might be better to move on to Scientific Linux. If things don't change with CentOS, I'll probably make the CentOS -> Scientific Linux switch when RHEL 6 comes out and Scientific Linux makes their RHEL 6 clone.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates Remembers 1979

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:Bill Gates wrote to me for money in 1976 (310 comments)

Bill Gates was right, you know. The majority of software that most people use is proprietary software; either pirated or legitimately purchased.

more than 5 years ago

Linux Patch Clears the Air For Use of Microsoft's FAT Filesystem

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Re:Is Microsoft engaging in their 90s behavior? (272 comments)

i don't know many people who keep substantial quantities of windows executables on their linux drives

This is a really bad idea. I tried running a Windows XP program on ext2 once. While the program would start up and run, it gave me obscure error messages whenever I tried to change its configuration. After a couple of hours of hair-pulling troubleshooting, I moved the program to my NTFS file system, and everything worked again.

more than 4 years ago

Linux Patch Clears the Air For Use of Microsoft's FAT Filesystem

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Is Microsoft engaging in their 90s behavior? (272 comments)

As a long-time user of Linux who is currently using Microsoft Windows XP, the whole vfat (FAT with Win95 long file names) patent and how Microsoft has handled this patent makes me feel that maybe Microsoft is engaging in the same kind of monopolistic behavior that they engaged in when they destroyed Netscape in the 1990s.

I'm sure people know about Microsoft's patent violation lawsuit against TomTom; if you don't the Wikipedia is your friend. What a lot of people don't know is that Microsoft made some changes to Vista so that you can no longer easily use an unpatented filesystem like ext2 (Linux's 1990s file system which nicely enough is supported in Windows with a couple of different 3rd party drivers).

For me, it seems very suspicious that Microsoft made some changes to Vista that make it very difficult to use filesystems not patented by Microsoft around the same time they used licenses for their filesystems as a revenue source.

I posted a blog about this back in March and to quote that blog entry:

it can be shown, with Vista, that Microsoft removed compatibility for non-patented filesystems, forcing people to license Microsoft's patents, not because the patents are novel, but because the patented filesystems must be used for interoperability purposes

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.5 Benchmarked, Close To Original Chrome

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Firefox 3.5 freezes loading background tabs (338 comments)

I posted a blog about this yesterday. I tried Firefox 3.5 in a Windows XP VMware Virtual machine yesterday and quickly web back to Firefox 3.0.

The problem is that FF 3.5 freezes while loading a background tab. In Firefox 3.0, I have no problem clicking on some link that looks interesting, loading the link in a new tab, and continue reading the article I'm reading or what not.

This doesn't work in 3.5. When I load a page in a background tab, the entire Firefox client freezes up when it's processing Javascript, HTML, or whatever in the background tab. I can't scroll up or down in the foreground, write a posting or email (typing in text freezes and the letters I'm typing in aren't buffered), or do anything else with Firefox as it parses the page in the other tab.

Because of this issue, I quickly moved back to Firefox 3.0. I hope the Mozilla developers address this issue in the next six months, because if this issue isn't resolved in Firefox before they EOL security updates with Firefox 3.0, I will probably have to move to another browser.

Any modern browers besides Firefox with a "always use this font for text" option? Neither Opera, Safari, nor Chrome had this option last time I tried those browsers. (Don't get me started on IE8, which forces me to use anti-aliased text)

more than 5 years ago


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For real Slashdot users only

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Ex-Linux-Fanboy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

/*Placed in the public domain by Sam Trenholme*/
#include <arpa/inet.h>
#include <string.h>
#define Z struct sockaddr
#define Y sizeof(d)
int main(int a,char **b){long int i;char q[512],p
i;struct sockaddr_in d;bzero(&d,Y);p[14]=(65280&i

Note: There is a single compile-time warning when compiled with -Wall; if this bothers you, you can place 10 bytes of bloat in the form of return 0; at the end of the program (before the final })

Since you are a Slashdot user, I am sure you can figure out exactly what the above code does without needing anything wimpy like documentation.


You know, those old Loki games no longer work

Ex-Linux-Fanboy Ex-Linux-Fanboy writes  |  more than 6 years ago Once upon a time, there was a company called Loki that ported commercial games to Linux. This company did not last very long: Their combined sales of all of their games (they released about two dozen games) was the same as a single moderately successful Windows game.

The games, horror beyond horrors, did not include source code. They were in a binary format that Loki went to great effort to make as compatible with as many Linux versions as possible. The binaries were statically linked and the installer didn't use any distribution-specific packages.

Despite this, I can't play these old Loki games on my Linux distribution. I'm using a 64-bit version of Ubuntu which has no 32-bit binary support. Even when I was using 32-bit Ubuntu, the sound was so bad in the Loki games I could not enjoy the games.

So, how to I play these old games? I play the Windows versions, which work with absolutely no problem in Windows XP, and should work just fine when and if I upgrade to Windows Vista. Everything works: Sound, networking, everything.

Why is it that Linux does not let me play these old games, but Windows does?

- Sam

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