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Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:ill tell you how to fix it (194 comments)

THIS THIS THIS THIS

So much this.

My policy is exactly the same.

I used to hate how the web had outgrown the internet. I use the Internet a lot more than I use the web. I usually keep more SSH connections than open tabs, and my torrent traffic far exceeds any web use. Well, we're coming to an even sadder reality: Not only has the web eaten the Internet, a handful of websites are eating the internet.

about 6 months ago
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Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

GNUALMAFUERTE They should sue browsers too ... (194 comments)

The solution to this is obviously to avoid facebook/twitter and all that shit like the plague.

Regardless, how can they sue somebody for doing a fucking greasemonkey script? "This software tinkers with our webpage" seems to be their logic. Well, so does every browser on planet earth. HTML is a declarative language, you REQUIRE a user agent to interpret your webpage. Essentially, you are telling the user "well, here is this information, and we think it should be displayed sort of like this". That's it. The user can either parse the code on his own (aka just read the source), or write some code to do it, or use somebody else's code to parse it. How are the actions performed by this script any different from what any browser does?

If you publish a website, everytime it's displayed, you are acting as GUESTS in my computer, no the other way around, and you'll play by my rules.

about 6 months ago
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Maryland Indictment Says Silk Road Founder Tried To Arrange Murder of Employee

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Barrels (294 comments)

It's actually kind of funny, he could have just joined the catholic church and done that for free!

about 6 months ago
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Maryland Indictment Says Silk Road Founder Tried To Arrange Murder of Employee

GNUALMAFUERTE Barrels (294 comments)

Apparently Ulbritch kept his bitcoins in 8 barrels buried in the desert

about 6 months ago
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Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Netflix (215 comments)

Whoever pays anything for any fraction of a season, or any other TV show, when it is available on The Pirate Bay is beyond me. Don't get me started on bluray box sets.

about 7 months ago
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X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:But the NFL is Non-profit (208 comments)

At least the NFL doesn't harm anyone. Churches do, they harm society as a whole, and they are still tax-exempt, even when they break the rules and get involved in partisan politics.

about 8 months ago
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X.Org Foundation Loses 501(c)3 Non-Profit Status

GNUALMAFUERTE Of course, they go after Free Software (208 comments)

You are trying to spread free, good code around, useful to a lot of people? Trying to contribute your knowledge and work to the community? How dare you! We're going to tax you into oblivion.

If, on the other hand, you are in the business of spreading lies about nonexistant magical beings in the sky and lobbying to get even more conservative, retrograde politicians in order to prevent people from having abortions, marrying, or otherwise being happy and doing what they want with their lifes, sure! here's your friendly tax exempt status. Don't worry if you break the rules either, turns out we need a certain high ranking officer we haven't had in a while, and we we'll never hire again, so go on! keep fucking up society, that is certainly not taxed!

The world is a seriously fucked up place.

about 8 months ago
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Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Yes, but... (139 comments)

Well, both the the British and Argentinian populations can be distracted through either football or war, and both Thatcher and Galtieri had already exploited football enough, so it was war they required.

about 8 months ago
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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:The body can affect the mind (522 comments)

Are you sure? I'm fairly positive most people don't make their own cocaine. ;)

about 9 months ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Why don't you drop the car altogether? (775 comments)

Yeah, well, honestly, I'm a good pilot, and I have excellent reflexes. I drive defensively, always alert, and I can avoid most accidents. I was involved in an accident ~3 months. An idiot merged into the highway at high speed without looking or any warning, I was doing ~95km/h, I dodged him but lost control while doing so, and hit the floor at that speed.

I was lucky, I didn't hurt myself at all, and the motorcycle just had some broken plastics, I was able to just ride out of there. The asshole didn't even stop.

I understand the risks, but I'm willing to take my chances.

about 9 months ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Why don't you drop the car altogether? (775 comments)

I get your point. Sure, it doesn't apply everywhere, but it applies in 70% of the world. it hasn't snowed here since '92, but we do have chilly winters, it's -2C right now, and I just drove 12.5km to get home, through heavy crosswinds and zero visibility. I just fucking love riding on two wheels, cold or not. It's enjoyable, it relaxes me. I leave the problems at work on the road and get home happy as a clam.

Regarding groceries/passengers, etc., well, as I said, I leave 12.5km away from the city, and the stores around are closed by the time I get home, so I usually do my shopping on the city. Yesterday I brought ~5kg of meat and ~2kg of vegetables using just the storage below the seat and a small backpack. I do have additional storage (saddlebags and a top-box) that I can just attach to my ride if needed. And I'm used to riding with one on the back, not a problem. I've taken two people too many times.

about 9 months ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Why don't you drop the car altogether? (775 comments)

I have tried snowmobiles in Argentina, in Bariloche. Loads of fun. I just happen to live 30 meters from the beach, in a city where it hasn't snowed since 1992.

about 9 months ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Why don't you drop the car altogether? (775 comments)

Cars park by the curb, and if you park your motorcycle there, some asshole will move it to make room for his car. It's happened to me every time I parked that way. Fuck that.

It rains like hell all year in here, and right now it's -2C, well below freezing. And I just drove 12.5 km through heavy crosswinds in almost zero visibility to get home.

I'm a software developer, I own 50% of the company, so I can dress however the fuck I want, but I dress formally most of the time. If I need to wear a tie that day, I just change at the office.

about 9 months ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

GNUALMAFUERTE Why don't you drop the car altogether? (775 comments)

I drive a 110cc motorcycle everywhere I go. I do ~60km every day. It goes up to 95km/h, it fits anywhere, I don't have to worry about parking, I just leave it in the sidewalk right at the door wherever I go, I never get stuck in traffic since I can fit just about anywhere. If the road is truly congested, I just driver over the yellow line, nobody ever seems to use that space anyway ;)

And my fuel consumption? I go through ~1.5 liters of shell v-power every day, or around 1.6 dollars taking into account the fuel price and exchange rate where I live (Argentina).

It's a lot more fun and enjoyable than riding a car, it's cheap as fuck, and it's certainly more eco-friendly than the most advanced electric car.

If I have to travel out of town, I take a motherfucking train.

about 9 months ago
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As a geek in the world of technology, do you ever envy non-tech/non-desk jobs?

GNUALMAFUERTE Start your own business, and do A-Z by yourself! (1 comments)

My first job was when I was 17 years old at a used book store. I had been playing with *nix for 6 years already. My next job was at a small hosting company as a jr sysadmin. Then as a half senior sysadmin at a small telco. Then moved to the big city, as a sr sysadmin for another (bigger, nationwide) telco. Then for another company that provided administration services for telcos, and helped them migrate their infrastructure to Asterisk. They mistreated me, and owed me money, so I spoke to their biggest customer and offered to work for them directly, and reduce their costs in half. So I home-worked for ~2 years for them (I live in Argentina). I used that easy-to-earn, no-strings-attached job that payed in dollars (that I sold locally at a very succulent exchange rate) to start my own business. My associate and I did just about everything in the beginning. We developed a web-based DVR/NVR solution (this was back in 2007, and at the time most DVRs where ie-only and required activex. Our Firefox/Chrome/Mac/Linux/Tablet/iPhone/Android friendly alternative took off real quick). So I found myself developing, then beta-testing, then field-testing, doing sales and managing providers, building the systems, hand-crafting the aluminum cases we sold them in, laying cable, installing PTZ domes hanging from a tower 40m above ground, etc, etc, etc. I haven't had a more fulfilling job, ever. Our company grew quickly, and we now employ several guys, from coders to guys that work in the field laying cable, we branched into digital signage, e-learning, ERP software, home-automation, etc, etc. Now I don't have to do everything on my own anymore, but I get to choose when I want to get away from my desk and travel to a 5-star resort in the Iguazu Falls to deploy 200+ cameras, or travel the country for a few weeks deploying cctv for a company that manufactures agriculture equipment.

If you want to work out, see the sun, work out in the open, work with people, and essentially leave your desk to do some work in the real world, while still keeping your coding/administration day job so you don't lose your skills at the keyboard, start your own business.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Exploiting 'Engineering And ...' On a Resume?

GNUALMAFUERTE Call Microsoft (207 comments)

Tell them you have experience with BOTH decades-old software AND murdering children. That goes right down their alley.

about 10 months ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

GNUALMAFUERTE Re:Alternative OSes? (1215 comments)

The name was IBM PC DOS, but the box said IBM in HUGE white letters over a grey background. Below that it said "DOS". That was it. Later versions included the PC-DOS Brand prominently on the cover, mine (pre 5.0) didn't, so I call it IBM DOS. Sue me.

about 10 months ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

GNUALMAFUERTE Alternative OSes? (1215 comments)

I used IBM DOS, sometimes running the oh so ugly IBM DOS Shell on top, then switched briefly to MS DOS 6.22 with Win 3.0 on top, then to OS/2. Then very briefly used a mac, then got started with Slackware, and that's what I used until I moved to Ubuntu 3 years ago (I'm looking to going back to Slackware, but I simply don't have the time to mess with my system anymore, and that's a requirement to do just about anything on Slackware).

Why is it always considered than anything non-windows is "alternative"? With Android growing the way it is, OSX becoming more popular, and GNU/Linux growing more popular, specially in corporate environments, how is it exactly that anything non-ms is alternative? Sure, Windows enjoyed some almost complete market dominance, but it lasted but a decade (Windows became dominant around '95, and started its rapid decline around '05/'06).

Isn't it time we stop using the word "alternative" to describe anything other than windows?

about 10 months ago
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Java Developer Says He Built, Launched Basic Open Source Office Suite In 30 Days

GNUALMAFUERTE I don't understand the GPL fear ... (266 comments)

Truth is we've had ZERO cases of GPL violators being sued for more than just compliance. And, in any case, here's the logic I don't understand:

  - This license from the FSF says I can do whatever the hell I want with the software, except for a few restrictions, and the developers have a history of no litigation, plus they are not looking for profit. They also don't own patents in addition to their copyright, so If I need to ever replace the component, I should be able to write my own.
  - This other license from Microsoft says I can't do anything, and the few things I can do might still be restricted by microsoft at any time, and the developer has a huge history of litigating against everyone with their team of ruthless lawyers. Profit is their main interest, and if I need to ever replace their component, they can still use their patents to prevent me from doing so.

Replace Microsoft with just about any other software company. How is the GPL so bad compared to most proprietary licenses?

about a year ago

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NASA's Astrobiology department presentation.

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">GNUALMAFUERTE writes "As we mentioned before NASA's Department of Astrobiology had an important announcement to make today. It looks like Gizmodo was right. You can watch the presentation online right now at href=http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html. It looks like the bacteria in question uses Arsenic as a Phosphorus replacement in its DNA."
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Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNUALMAFUERTE writes "This brave young lady did the absolutely unusual, and in a move that would have made Paulo Freire so proud of her, gave a controversial speak about the flaws of the system.
She is also very self critical, since it is through her experience that she has realized the truths in her speech.

She is not a great speaker, but she has a lot to say. You can hear her speech or read the transcript."

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Canonical uses windows to develop Ubuntu font

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNUALMAFUERTE writes "Ubuntu has released their own font. This looks like a great effort, except that as a PR stunt, it backfires badly. They designed it ... using windows.

They released a PDF that shows the design process. It includes screenshots of a windows desktop, running a microsoft app for font design.

I am still in shock. No further comments."

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Is Ubuntu becoming unnecessarily complex?

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GNUALMAFUERTE writes "I am an Slackware guy. I used Slackware for many, many years. I switched to Ubuntu a couple of years ago. I bought a new laptop, I had started developing a system that was meant to run on Ubuntu, and to be honest, I liked the simplicity of apt-get in my laptop. I still run Slackware on all my servers, but I must admit that having most software just a command away is pretty cool. Most if it "just works", and that is certainly magic for someone used to go through 2 hours of dependency hell every time he wanted to install something.

Ubuntu 8.04 was great, but it took me some time to get used to it, and sometimes it didn't feel like Unix. It had its own way of doing things, and customizing things wasn't so simple. Anyway, it was doable, but you had to do it the debian way, and the ubuntu way. Just knowing Unix wasn't enough. Some things seemed unnecessarily complex.

9 added even more tricks, but was still ok.

I recently upgraded many of my systems to 10.04. They decided to change everything again. Ubuntu has become unnecessarily complex. With this upstart crap, they obliterated 30 years of Unix tradition. Many things are so buried behind poorly documented ubuntu-ways of doing things, that you actually have to dig for hours in order to find how something is actually being done.

Yes, it works, and it looks great, and it's a fantastic modern operating system. But it isn't Unix anymore. What used to be accomplished by a simple symlink (and undone by deleting that symlink) has now been replaced by tones of little seemingly isolated shell scripts. They keep changing the way things are done, and implementing new abstraction layers implemented mostly through shellscripting. But they sometimes maintain compat with the original positions of the files you are looking for (Through yet more scripts).

For instance, delete the symlinks to /etc/init.d/gdm from /etc/rc*.d, and gdm will start anyway. Go ahead and delete /etc/init.d/gdm, and gdm will start too. You have to edit /etc/init/gdm.conf. Just renaming it will do no good. Now, the syntax and idea behind this new system are pretty cool, but, are they truly necessary? Yes, we gain a framework to trigger events, and manage service-dependency and load order, but we loose the beautiful simplicity of Unix. Doing things from the CLI is increasingly complex. The simple act of compiling a new kernel requires way too many ubuntu-specific black magic, and you better start with a config copied from an official ubuntu kernel, because userland will just break at just about any modification.

So, I ask Slashdot, do we really need this? Is this moving-away-from-unix trend really necessary? or are we just reinventing the wheel and needlessly alienating old school sysadmins?"
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22 Million missing emails from Bush Administration

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GNUALMAFUERTE writes "Twenty-two million missing e-mails from the Bush White House have been found, according to two groups that are settling lawsuits they filed over the issue. A former Bush spokesman, though, dismissed the claim as overblown.

The announcement came from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive, both of which were settling lawsuits they filed in 2007 over the failure of the Bush White House to install an electronic record keeping system. The groups said computer technicians uncovered the missing e-mails.

Meredith Fuchs, general counsel to the National Security Archive, said "many poor choices were made during the Bush administration and there was little concern about the availability of e-mail records despite the fact that they were contending with regular subpoenas for records and had a legal obligation to preserve their records."

"We may never discover the full story of what happened here," said Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director. "It seems like they just didn't want the e-mails preserved.""

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Cold-fusion demonstration "a success"

GNUALMAFUERTE GNUALMAFUERTE writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GNUALMAFUERTE writes "Cold fusion, the act of producing a nuclear reaction at room temperature, has long been relegated to science fiction after researchers were unable to recreate the experiment that first "discovered" the phenomenon. But a Japanese scientist was supposedly able to start a cold fusion reaction earlier this week. Read the article at http://physicsworld.com/blog/2008/05/coldfusion_demonstration_a_suc_1.html"
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