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Google Drive Goes Live

IronHalik Re:The most important question (323 comments)

There's Ubuntu One too. It has Linux, Windows, Android, iOS but lacks OSX. Although syncing wise, Dropbox is much better.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

IronHalik Re:AND it's no longer relevant. (243 comments)

How come you refer to single people who like Unity, and you say 'we' when referring to those who don't? As far as I can tell, from Ubuntu IRC channels, people who are so troubled by Unity are in minority. Very loud minority.

If you don't like it, there's XFCE for you - it has been branded as the 'proper' DE by Torvalds himself.

For me, Unity allows for less clutter, faster access to files and software, more real estate. What it could do, is use Mutter instead of Compiz - it's faster and less bloated. (Gnome-shell uses it)

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Features With Linux Antecedents

IronHalik Re:Linux *Implemented* It First (642 comments)

Also, it usually gets done by Windows Update in the background - so from user standpoint there's not much difference between native support and not. It's seamless.

Just like my X-Fi sound blaster, being natively supported by linux 3.0. I need to manually reload the module every other wakeup from hibernation. That is of course, if I don't forget to take out the flash-drive from the port, because it breaks the wakeup completely, requiring me to do a hard reboot.

Since were at reboot, GRUB 2.0 is kinda nice.

more than 2 years ago
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The iPhone Is a Nightmare For Carriers

IronHalik Re:Perspective (438 comments)

Hmm, I pay $0.0053 per megabyte, $0.10 per minute and $0.06 per text. Pre-paid, no contract, 3 years until my balance expires. Of course that's in different currency, with 23% VAT included. You can multiply those values by three to get more western estimates. Brand new iPhone from iStore costs ~$850 though. With tax, without contract.

I think there's some room for improvement for US carriers.

On the other hand, average wage here oscillates somewhere near US minimal wage ;>

more than 2 years ago
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Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Achieves OpenCL Support

IronHalik Re:Burn it! (109 comments)

Sure, I got flamed for reviving a Transmission bug (torrents would not start from the watchdir, they would get added as started but no peers would connect). It was a "known bug". Known for about two years then. Must have been some really nasty thing, if nobody could fix it during two mayor versions.

And for Ubuntu, I reported message indicator not working properly with Empathy - its one of the nicest features in Unity. "It regressed". They will fix it in 12.04. Maybe. A bug has to wait half a year, because the package is frozen. I wonder if they do the same with security holes. And don't start me on the LTS version ;> Many fixes come with next Ubuntu version. This makes LTS versions pointless. (since they're as bugged as any other version)

Oh, and I shouldn't need to report bugs, Ubuntu has no bugs. Its open source, the all-knowing community squashes bugs in the planning stages.

But... To be fair, after trying 12.04, it is the best Ubuntu alpha I've ever seen. And Ubuntu+1 IRC channel activity would suggest its a smooth ride for other people too, so far. Although, they did not fix the Empathy bug, I have high hopes for it.

more than 2 years ago
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Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Achieves OpenCL Support

IronHalik Re:Burn it! (109 comments)

Because they say Ubuntu is better then Windows. Actually, its the best thing since sliced bread. And if something is wrong with the best OS ever, its always Bill Gates with his evil Steve Ballmer henchman, actively sabotaging open source efforts.

How could I, with clear conscience, use OS that was produced by such vile characters.

For the record, I'm perfectly fine with Arch Linux on my laptop.

more than 2 years ago
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Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Achieves OpenCL Support

IronHalik Re:Burn it! (109 comments)

Oh, and to be clear - its not only a rant, its a testimony to current state of video support on one of the most used, and 'year of linux desktop' distro.Thats on my video card, that is one of the most popular geforces ever created.

more than 2 years ago
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Nouveau Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Achieves OpenCL Support

IronHalik Burn it! (109 comments)

Burn it with fire! For all the countless hours spent trying to make it work on my "supported" Ubuntu box - the bootsplash, the dual displays, the login display config, user display config... You fix one thing, another jumps right back in.

And to be fair, proprietary nvidia drivers are far from flawless too - Most of the things work except one, kinda big thing - X server using one whole core, just to render the desktop. It's a "feature regression".

more than 2 years ago
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Lake Vostok Reached

IronHalik Obligatory. (156 comments)

Suddenly, deadly bacteria/frozen alien/frozen robotic alien/frozen goo-like mind control alien.

more than 2 years ago
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ACTA's EU Future In Doubt As Poland Suspends Ratification

IronHalik Re:backlash? (139 comments)

The gunpowder, treason, and plot...

more than 2 years ago
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ACTA's EU Future In Doubt As Poland Suspends Ratification

IronHalik Ah... (139 comments)

There are not many opportunities to by proud of my countrymen, but now, for once, we have shown true citizenship and democratic backbone.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

IronHalik Well, duh! (720 comments)

You wouldn't mind getting your email monitored if you didn't have anything evil to hide!

Oh, and that encrypted partition pretty much makes you a pedophile.

more than 2 years ago
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French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

IronHalik Re:This was predicted to happen two years ago (238 comments)

If a company is generating massive revenues from a dominant product (in this case web search advertising), using that revenue to fund development of a free product in another market can be viewed as an anticompetitive abuse of monopoly position.

So your saying that if I have funds to roll out a product, its unfair towards companies that don't have same amount of funds? :)

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

IronHalik Re:This is what I would choose as the thesis (1367 comments)

Generally BS - there always is economic justification in not cooking consumers that drive the economy. The same as there is economic sense in having seven children - in many parts of China, children are a form of retirement pension, well worth the fifteen years investment in food, as they will be repaying you back for the next thirty.

Short term investments in greener production can result in long term profits by not killing the planet, flooding Sahara, blowing up the sun or whatever the Greens have to say today.

Not to mention the consumerist value of the greenhouse effect - buy new, buy green! Buy a Mac that produces 15% less greenhouse gases and save the planet.

Well, that is, if the greenhouse effect is true.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing Anonymous Proxies?

IronHalik Recommended by Anonymous (211 comments)

IPpredator.se and anonine.se. Both from the freedom loving land of Sweden. You get SSL and PPTP with 2048kb or 128kb encryption (IPredator supports PPTP only IIRC).

more than 2 years ago
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Package Signing Comes To Pacman and Arch Linux

IronHalik May be a little off-topic... (103 comments)

But I couldn't decide between Fedora and Ubuntu for long time. Always torn between Fedora's features and Ubuntu's support and software-base. And then I installed Arch and I seek no more.

The ultimate Linux distro for the semi-poweruser. Its more bleeding edge then Fedora, more solid/stable then Ubuntu (not Debian level, no sir, but close enough for desktop use), with AUR - giant software repositories (stuff Fedora didn't hear of, one click away... or command) and last, but not least, best community anywhere.

But be prepared to to spend your free weekend to set it, and polish, it up as it pretty much requires you to fit everything by hand, and then trim it to your liking.

about 2 years ago
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How SOPA & PIPA Could Hurt Scientific Debate

IronHalik Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (100 comments)

'All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.'

more than 2 years ago
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How SOPA & PIPA Could Hurt Scientific Debate

IronHalik Correct me if I'm wrong... (100 comments)

...but won't SOPA/PIPA work both ways? Won't MAFIAA online distribution channels be affected as well? I could place my copyrighted work somewhere in comment/review section of their sitesand then cite PIPA to take the online store offline.

I'm assuming that according to SOPA/PIPA, site owner is still accountable for what user posts.

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft unveils new Windows logo

IronHalik IronHalik writes  |  about 2 years ago

IronHalik writes "The multicolored Windows flag is no more. Windows 8 will do away with the wavy Windows logo that Microsoft has used in one form or another for the last 20 years, and replace it with a logo that's, well, a window.

Windows 8 ushers in a new, and completely different, Windows look and feel: it brings the Metro design concept to the desktop. With Metro's emphasis on clean lines and typography, Microsoft wanted a logo that reflected these ideals, and so commissioned agency Pentagram to create the new logo."

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