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The Enterprise Is Wrong, Not Mozilla

McNihil Re:Think of it as 4.0.2 (599 comments)

What is simpler?

1) Fix a security hole by back porting a security fix

2) Re evaluate a completely new release

This is not a problem. And it doesn't take much to do #1... sure you have to find the right person to do it but it is far from impossible and expensive.... so no I am completely oblivious to corporations that just want to use something for free and then come a complain and whine that something isn't supported anymore... now if they had payed money for it then that's a completely different thing... doesn't RHEL6 support FF3.6 in any case? So there are options for these corporations that are utterly cheapass lazy and incompetent... however having said that... these enterprises will not survive for long so they should in no shape way or form dictate how a browser should be. If Microsoft and IE are fine with that thats their own big big problem. Stale stagnancy as with IE6 and nothing but problems and issues with that kind of an approach. Ok gotta stop before I blow a fuse.

more than 3 years ago
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The Enterprise Is Wrong, Not Mozilla

McNihil Re:Think of it as 4.0.2 (599 comments)

So why doesn't the cheapass and lazy corporations support it themselves. The code is there for them to continue to use it as they want.

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

McNihil The most genious marketing move ever... (535 comments)

NOT! I thought I had seen the worst moves in the industry first hand but this one takes the cake... in a big big way.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

McNihil Where to start... (913 comments)

I started when I was 11 and thankfully was a bit more open minded regarding courses but also lived in an education climate where we had mandatory curriculum.

My advice is that you need to learn humility and that is best done through the humanities because lets face it the computer is just a hyper mirror of your own super ego.

So how about jumping on something that is really a challenge like "Child rearing 101." Good luck and have fun you might actually learn something substantial.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Be Faster Than 2.6.39

McNihil Re:Windows 8 (179 comments)

You know its bloated when even

ls -la /usr/bin/vim
2819728 /usr/bin/vim

+5MB for the system libs.

Sure just 0.5MB when it is running...

I remember like it was yesterday that I complained vehemently that the text editor used up more than 17k.

"We are all bloated now"

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims Sony Canned Security Staff Just Before Data Breach

McNihil Re:So they sacked them too early (99 comments)

Or they sacked them because the breach was done years ago and the higher ups saw that their sec team was completely incompetent.

Regardless of why and how I firmly believe that the breach was wide open well before it got publicly known.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Releases Their Own Music Cloud

McNihil Re:Best Buy + iTunes? (187 comments)

When I first looked at iTunesDJ it contained a lot of stuff that I explicitly didn't want and had no time to investigate... remote stuff and all that. Now that I have looked deeper per your advice and turned off basically ALL functionality it works almost as the Rhythmbox queue (it doesn't continue previous playlist when DJ is finished) ... however this functionality shouldn't have been this convoluted to get to... sure I need only do this once so its not a biggie. Ok so rather than sucking donkey rocks iTunes just plain sucks donkey now. Thanks!

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Releases Their Own Music Cloud

McNihil Re:Best Buy + iTunes? (187 comments)

Having gone from Rhythmbox to iTunes earlier this year I can wholeheartedly say that iTunes sucks donkey rocks in comparison. For instance, Where the hell is a simple play queue? Nothing more severe than ad-hoc play queue... no temporary playlists please. There are more small grating and annoying things... oh yeah not being able to fully read the id3 tags and it ends up selecting the one that is botched and not the full and correct one like Rhythmbox.

Sure I am speaking from a POV where I most likely will not buy new music because I have plenty of good music to listen to already and have no time to spend finding something that is AAA across the board so that it doesn't waste my time.

BTW: iTunes does use a form of SQL'sh datastore but it is stored in XML format... there are even perl scripts for it. And really why should we care how it stores its data?

more than 3 years ago
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Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

McNihil Having played GRiD and DiRT (162 comments)

online... it wasn't that good in online mode so I am not surprised that they are ditching it. Having something that works well has a lot of maintenance and running costs and is generally a money drain on the game. Having low numbers of players will make the economics even more poignant to that fact.

And to everyone thinking that you want to run a server at home... no really you don't... seriously you do not have time for it unless you actually get payed for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Execs Purged On Eve of MS Takeover

McNihil Re:Awesme and most auspicious news (300 comments)

Well it is more symbiotic than that when it is a business deal. IMHO it is always a mutual investment-buy rather than any selling.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Execs Purged On Eve of MS Takeover

McNihil Awesme and most auspicious news (300 comments)

Now we can not say "Nobody got fired for buying Microsoft" let it spread like wildfire... let all top execs that are Microsoft Horny get laid off.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Brands WebGL a 'Harmful' Technology

McNihil WebGL is not that usefull yet for... (503 comments)

Games. No joystick and other input handling, no feedback and such. Now if the browsers would have this functionality possible as standard then I would say Microsoft would have a valid concern painting the devil on the wall that they think WebGL is. However without those crucial components its more likely not a valid concern... I argue that their own supposed IE9 3D accelerated rendered pages for 2D panes is already doing something they are now stating is inherently insecure... Microsoft is really now just saying "this shi*t is no way of doing it." In any event it is my honest opinion that Microsoft should not quip anything regarding this nor anyother security whatsoever because it really shows how out of touch they ultimately are.

more than 3 years ago
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Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?

McNihil Re:Weak Security - and COST (213 comments)

Not really. In a capitalistic environment only the ones that have enough money to have proper security will flourish. So its good with these security breaches because it will cull the cruft. I wouldn't be surprised if lulzsec already has complete ownage of everything relevant on the net. And with that I hope they'll ramp up the disclosure so the rest of us know how bad it really is. My estimate so far is that it is worse than we can imagine.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools

McNihil Re:if they ban emacs, i'm all for it (248 comments)

Why not. Even MS Office... because then they can ban it too. Libre Office and all the like as well. ...a mass of reasoning discarded... They need to ditch IPv4 so that they can impinge a total control IPv6 on the populace.

more than 3 years ago
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EG8 Publishes Report In Noninteractive, Nonquotable Format

McNihil Re:Moving away from the eG8 bashing for a moment (148 comments)

On some level I agree that it would be nicer with a wiki BUT it is nice too to have something that if official and not something that is microedited into oblivion.

Reading between the lines should still be a required skill and having those lines explicitly put in place somewhat clips the wings of future understanding of other texts.

IMHO the initial blog entry is nothing more than bloghorea to me and not worthy a front-post link-whoring post on slashdot.

And remember it could be way worse... it could have been that it actually came in hardbound book only.

more than 3 years ago
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The last time I switched my usual GUI:

McNihil Re:Yes, I'm a refugee from GNOME's demise. (249 comments)

XFCE here too. On all my machines (home and field) Gnome3 was unable to be correctly initialized and with that: one gets a desktop that is as useful as... (I have nothing good to say here so I wont.) The whole Gnome3 sidestep was for me the last straw because I wasn't overly happy with gnome since 2.18 or there abouts... (Fedora 8 I believe.) After that it felt more and more like they insisted on shooting themselves in the foot. With Fedora 14 I ditched metacity for Compiz+emerald but was never fully satisfied... and finally the gnome panel is gone too... ok ok I could have used some other panel or dock before too... *bwaaah* it was so simple back in the day with FVWM... who knows maybe going back to basics would be for the best.

more than 3 years ago
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Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

McNihil I for one welcome the bump in ver # (378 comments)

IMHO it should have been done back with 2.6.19 or no later than 2.6.25. Better late than never though.

more than 3 years ago

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