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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

LordLimecat Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (44 comments)

Yes, it was sarcasm. I was referencing the circular linkage on the website. Click "learn more" and you go to page 2, which links you to about (the homepage).

1 hour ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

LordLimecat Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (44 comments)

The joke is that if you click the first link, then the second link, you end up back where you started. It doesnt look like anyone got the humor though.

1 hour ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

LordLimecat Re:Procedural Rules? (113 comments)

Gideon won on appeal through SCOTUS. Thats the entire point. If anyone pulls another Gideon, the case will be immediately won on appeal by any first year law student.

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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

LordLimecat Re:All I can say to that is... (56 comments)

Exchange / server 2003 dont tend to just randomly blow up. Usually if you investigate you'll find something the user did, or some bizarre extenuating circumstance.

My favorite is when people clear out the "log files" to free up disk space, and then wonder why the information store wont mount.

1 hour ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

LordLimecat Re:All I can say to that is... (56 comments)

I think you are dismissing your relative's complaints as habit too quickly. I got my brother on LO a while back, and he gave it a serious try (would have saved $250!) for several weeks before showing me several features LO lacked, like proper callout notes in word.

I myself have written term papers in LO, and compared with MS Office some of its footnoting / endnoting / formatting conventions are nightmarish.

1 hour ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

LordLimecat Re:All I can say to that is... (56 comments)

That comparison sort of demonstrates the issue that a lot of geeks have: technical superiority is irrelevant. What matters is:
  1) Are the features included the ones that users actually want?
  2) Are the features included easily discoverable?
  3) Do those features work consistently, and fit with the user workflow?
  4) Is the interface polished and well designed?

Its worth noting that even during the ribbon change, people were preferring Office over LibreOffice. So either the ribbon wasnt that bad, or Libreoffice was that much worse.

Too many geeks will look at a product and say "but it does this!" while ignoring that its not what the user wants.

1 hour ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

LordLimecat Re:Procedural Rules? (113 comments)

Gideon makes such an outcome improbable, and if it happens will end up in an appeals court with the case being overturned due to lack of qualified representation.

What are they teaching kids in schools these days? Back in my day Gideon's Trumpet was in the curriculum and we went over all the key / formative SCOTUS rulings over the US's history.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

LordLimecat Re:All I can say to that is... (56 comments)

It might have been funny, if I hadnt gotten complaints from every single person Ive recommended oOO to over the years, and had every single one end up buying office.

And its not even like its just that theyre familiar with Office; oOO lacks serious polish and is sometimes maddening to work with.

8 hours ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

The OP claimed that you couldn't get support on very old OSS software from the vendor (though this in itself is a dubious claim).

That was me, and its not Dubious. RedHatLinux 4 is in "extended" support / the last phases of its support, and thats ~2005. Nothing older than that is supported by them. No commercial Linux distro from 2002 is currently supported; not even the kernel is actively maintained (it was EOL'd 2 years ago).

You can find a consultant to support it, Im sure, if thats any consolation.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

I am the wrong person to get into the nitty gritty of it, but I believe this is handled by Side-by-Side dependencies (SxS) in windows. I have only very rarely seen dependency problems on Windows, even going back to the days when XP was new and 2000 still roamed the earth. Linux dependency problems are less common but theyre definitely a bigger issue than Windows ones.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

Microsoft is still supporting Vista, which is ~9 years old at this point. No other major OS vendor is supporting an OS that old; as I said RedHat is the closest, with their RHEL 5 support.

I am working for a large company and we are only just finishing the transition from XP to 7.

I imagine a transition from RedHatLinux 7 (Valhalla) to RHEL 6 would be similarly nightmarish. Lets compare apples to apples, shall we?

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

It is karmawhoring because Firefox is a far bigger problem these days than IE10 / 11 / soon-to-be-12, and at the moment the single biggest security vulnerability out there is a FOSS one.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

Arguing that Microsoft is "bad" because theyre not FOSS (which is really what you are driving at) is irrelevant. Everyone knows they ship proprietary software, but that has no relevance either to this story or to the quality of their code. As we've seen, OpenSSL has a bug that has been hemorrhaging private keys and passwords for days while the closed-source Schannel has not seen such a bug.

Ideological spiels about how Windows sucks simply because its proprietary are really getting kind of old. If you dont like closed-source software, dont use it, but dont pretend that the license has an impact on code quality; there are a number of FOSS vs proprietary examples where FOSS is horribly deficient.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (564 comments)

Thats from a blogger who very clearly is attempting to paint this as negatively as possible. Generally I prefer facts, not hysterical opinion.

Microsoft's official statement was that you must install a certain update in order to get further updates. Im sure I could find examples of that in all OSes; dependencies are nothing new.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

Generally Windows bugs get patched fairly quickly. Obviously there are outliers. Making the claim that Windows or IE in particular are security nightmares is karmawhoring, becuase its generally not accurate; Internet Explorer 11 for example is generally considered more secure than firefox which is currently a bit of a problem child. How long did it take them to get TLS 1.2 implemented? And they still dont have the browser sandboxed?

Could you explain why "Microsoft has a bigger problem with having to support old platforms" than anyone else

They are the only big-name vendor who was supporting a 12-year old OS until a week ago. RHEL just a few years ago committed to supporting RHEL 5(?) for 13 years, which matches Microsoft's commitment to Windows 7 (both 2007-2020). The thing is, you can still call MS and get them to support XP if you beg with enough money. Good luck calling RedHat and getting them to support RedHat Linux 7 (not the enterprise one, the 2002 one).

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Slashdot is ridiculous (564 comments)

This whole thread is absurd, as are all the people jumping on the "bash MS" bandwagon.

  * Microsoft will continue to support 8.1, and everyone here KNOWS that.
  * Everyone knows that because Microsoft has a bigger problem with having to support old platforms than any other vendor out there. Many posters here generally know this, too, but are being obtuse so that they can harp about Microsoft ending support for a new platform (which isnt even remotely believable).
  * The author of the blog even knows that! The Microsoft technet entry says almost the opposite of what the blogger does-- that 8.1 WILL recieve updates. All he got right is that you do need to install a prereq to get them, like we've seen with countless other OSes. The venerable XP does this, too.
  * Half the people gloating over the "bugginess of Windows" are fans of an OS that is experiencing one of the biggest internet vulnerabilties in about a decade in its SSL stack, but thats OK in their eyes somehow because its not packaged with the OS and therefore theyre allowed to be buggy.
  * Some people are taking the time to smirk about the confusing version numbering of Win8-- which is doubly hillarious given how ridiculous Linux's versioning was until about a year ago.
  * And if I had to guess, the aforementioned problems could possibly be related to the aforementioned heartbleed bug, as we dont know what all was leaked and Microsoft is almost certainly not going to want to go into it.

But yea, dont let that stop the fun.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

LordLimecat Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (564 comments)

How long did it take Ubuntu 12.10 to fix their "installing this OS bricks E1000 adapters" bug?

Anyone claiming Linux doesnt have these sorts of issues is full of shit.

2 days ago

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