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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Kludge Why almost anything is preferable to systemd (761 comments)

The advantage of older init systems, whether Sys V or BSD, was that I could figure them out. I did not know those systems well, I was not an expert in them. If all the scripts in them changed overnight I would be fine with that. But the advantage was that I could easily figure out how to search or hack or change them just by using programs that display or process text.
Systemd changes that. Now not even the log files are text. Systemd cannot be figured out or easily hacked. You can only do with it what others want you to do with it, unless you are willing to dive into source code, recompile and reinstall.

2 days ago

Plan Would Give Government Virtual Veto Over Internet Governance

Kludge Re:Does it matter? (63 comments)

after all, we can't just have random people running the internet

I will differ with you here. Random people can and do "run the internet" all the time. Individual network service providers choose to whom they are going to connect. They choose how to route their traffic. Anybody can choose to use alternative DNS roots. The internet can be run by random people just fine.

about a week ago

Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

Kludge We are surprised because... (58 comments)

We are surprised because these are our governments spending our tax payer dollars to find exploits in computers in foreign countries that have done us no wrong. While you may have no scruples about this sort of thing, most of the rest of us are offended when something is done in our names that we would never stand having done to us.

about two weeks ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Kludge if you're just posting the good parts... (226 comments)

They may have a point.
Other than the goals and near-goals, soccer is pretty boring. If you post those, then there is no point in actually watching the game and consuming the advertising.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

Kludge I use OPIE (113 comments)

I print out a list of 100 passwords, fold it up, and keep it in my wallet. Each time I use one, I cross it out. It is small, flat, easy to carry, and always with me.
Just don't let your users write the name of the server and their username on it. :)

about a month ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Kludge So you are saying that Verizon is too stupid? (398 comments)

So you are saying that Verizon is too stupid to balance connections and packets over multiple routes? You can even buy multi-WAN routers for your home that do this for you. Verizon can't figure it out?

about 1 month ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Kludge Isreal? (454 comments)

Why should anyone believe a person with a clear agenda

Are you talking about Isreal and its military complex?

about a month ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Kludge Yeah! Especially on the iPhone (636 comments)

You can still use all the same languages you did before.

Yeah! We can program in standard C++ on the iPhone like we've always been able to do!

about 3 months ago

A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

Kludge Keyboard? (105 comments)

Does it have a physical keyboard?

about 3 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Kludge Nope, still fvwm1 (611 comments)

When fvwm2 came out I thought it was too bloated, so I stuck with fvwm-1.24. It starts in less than a second, never swaps to disk, never slows or freezes up, and gives me superpowers that more modern desktops don't have because they would scare off the morons. I install an rpm that was built on in 1998, and it still just works.

about 3 months ago

After a Long wait, GNU Screen Gets Refreshed

Kludge Totally newsworthy! (77 comments)

Look at who posts on this article and you will see who the real nerds are.
Screen was the first piece of software that I ever downloaded and compiled. That was almost 23 years ago. It was awesome. It gave me lots of virtual terminals on my shiny VT100. I still use it when I have to get stuff done on a slow remote connection. Long live screen!

about 4 months ago

David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

Kludge Another reason not to use nonstandard software (86 comments)

People need to learn not to use non-standard software controlled by corporations for their communications. For me, no Skype, no Facebook, no stupid crap.

about 4 months ago

App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

Kludge Mod parent up! (161 comments)

Taking advice from an MBA is a bad idea.
The reality is that if you blow a couple years of your life learning how to code and build apps, that is a great two years of your life spent, whether your app is "successful" or not. You will have learned a lot and people with good technical skills will always be in demand.

about 5 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge Re:How strong is the plastic used? (251 comments)

Of course the answer is... it depends.

The objects that you make will not be as strong as a solid mold-made part. Printed objects are susceptible to shearing across the printed layers.

That said, you can make parts that are really quite strong. By increasing the print density, by orienting your model in the right direction, by reducing printing speeds, you can make a pretty sturdy piece of plastic.

about 5 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge Not a nerd (251 comments)

It's not. Not in the farthest reaches of the imagination is it even close to cool.

Dude, this is news for nerds. If you don't think this is cool, you are on the wrong site.

I did Metal CNC at home before 3D printing was ever imagined.

Did you build that Metal CNC machine yourself?

and Blender (real 3D CAD it is not)

So you are saying that I should buy my son a several thousand dollar copy of AutoCAD before I know if he is really interested in making models?

I will admit it introduces you to a world of manufacturing, where the same principals apply,

Which was the entire point of my post...

about 5 months ago

3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

Kludge 3D printing rocks! (251 comments)

Apparently there is quite a bit of ignorance about 3D printing here. Also slashdot has become populated with too many Apple and M$ users who have "it's not ready for the consumer" mentalities.

I bought a Printrbot Simple ($300) for my son for Christmas. He and I put it together, tweaked it, and now we use it to print cool plastic stuff. He printed a rose for his girlfriend for Valentines day which she like very much. How f*^%ing cool is that? Taking a bunch of parts, putting them together to make a machine that can make stuff. It is totally fun and cool. I'm so glad I got this thing. It has given me the opportunity to give to my son what I had when I was his age with computers: the ability to tinker with tech and make something cool.

As far as 3D printing not being "standard" nothing could be further from the truth. When you order the Printrbot Simple unassembled, you get a box full of parts in the mail and nothing else. No instructions, no software, nothing. You don't need any non-standard crap. The connector is a standard micro-USB cable. The instructions are online as web pages and help is available on the forums. The software I need to run the printer and make models is already in my Linux distribution.
"sudo yum -y install RepetierHost blender" and off we go!

If you want to do some hobbyist tinkering or if you want to give that joy to someone whom you love, get a 3D printer.

about 5 months ago

Level 3 Wants To Make Peering a Net Neutrality Issue

Kludge Go on the offensive (182 comments)

Netflix and Google need to go on the offensive. When Comcast asks for extortion money, shut them off and pay for advertisements for its competitors like Verizon or RCN.

about 5 months ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Kludge No, AT&T's monopoly was on long distance (260 comments)

In many places local phone service was provided by small providers, and AT&T primarily linked them together. All these small providers used the same protocols and standards so anyone could make a phone call to anyone else.

about 5 months ago

Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Kludge Verizon screws up Skype too (298 comments)

Verizon screws with Skype too. I was trying to run Skype at a friend's place. The latency was terrible, making the program unusable. So I fired up a connection to my VPN service, which in theory should increase the latency, because it is an extra hop. Running through the VPN fixed the problem, and I could use Skype.

about 7 months ago



Ask ./: Where are the complete hosting providers?

Kludge Kludge writes  |  about 10 months ago

Kludge (13653) writes "In 2000 there were thousands of email/web hosting businesses. In 2013 not much has changed.
To get my email/web/webmail/domain/VOIP/public-key/XMPP/VPN hosting I have to deal with five different service providers. Where are the complete hosting providers? The absence of competition in this area drives many to Google, making data siphoning easy for the NSA.
Why has hosting not advanced in the last 10 years? Where are the hosting providers that make end-to-end encrypted email/web/VOIP/XMPP easy and automatic for all my clients?"

CIA's renews funding for ""

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "The Onion is reporting that the CIA has renewed funding for its successful '' program. Apparently the Agency's program has saved the agency millions of dollars. Perhaps I should get myself one of those nifty "Facebook" web pages."
Link to Original Source

DOJ moves to block AT&T T-Mobile merger

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "Apparently the US government has been not completely bought out yet. The Washington Post notes that 'The U.S. Department of Justice has filed papers in federal court in Washington to block AT&T's $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile ... The U.S. is asking the court to declare the deal in violation of U.S. antitrust law.' I think I may have a T-mobile party."
Link to Original Source

Kludge Kludge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Kludge (13653) writes "If I have to view another pump-and-dump spam I'm going to scream! As a user, I want to know why the tech world has been unable to give me control over my electronic mail system. Why can't I just have an email system that allows emails with senders and subjects that I choose, and everyone else has to put 10 cents in my account to give me an email? Is that so hard? Is this just an inability to agree on a standard?"


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