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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

MoonFog Re:Its Killer Feature (411 comments)

These are the kind of posts that make me still visit Slashdot regularly, you just don't get this most other sites. Thank you, that was very informative and well written.

about 5 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

MoonFog Re:Everybody's missing the point... (321 comments)

How is that "missing the point"? Geeks are not exactly the vast majority here. Let's face it, we're actually a MINORITY when it comes to computing. I'm pretty sure Google will be pretty happy if they can hook the non-geek marked since that's where the money is. Getting Chromebooks for the mom/pop/younger siblings out there is exactly what Chromebooks are good at and it also happens to be a very, very large market.

about 10 months ago
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IDC: 40 Percent of Developers Are 'Hobbyists'

MoonFog Re:I find the term "hobbyist" to be offensive (148 comments)

Agree with you there, don't see the offense in being called a hobbyist. I'm in a management position now, but I still program at home every now and then so that I know more about what I'm talking about when I talk to my developers. Programming is fun and although I don't get paid to churn out code I still enjoy dabbling in it. By that I'm clearly a hobbyist and find no offense in that term whatsoever.

about 10 months ago
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BitTorrent Unveils Secure Chat To Counter 'NSA Dragnet Surveillance'

MoonFog Re:Vulnerable to Social Engineering (111 comments)

So what you're saying is that the police forces would have to use old-fashioned police work and target individuals they suspect rather than mass collect everything? Yes, clearly that proves this is a wasted effort.

about 10 months ago
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A Real-Time Map of Travelers Suffering From the Thanksgiving Storm

MoonFog Re:Only idiots even attempt it (88 comments)

For most people that's not an option though, since they leave as soon as they can after work and for many there are no alternatives to airplanes. Basically, they're idiots for moving so far away from their families they can't get to them in a short drive and idiots for not getting themselves jobs where they have a flexible schedule? Either that or you have an incredible naive way of looking at the world.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

MoonFog Re:What's DNTPlus? Is it free software? (319 comments)

Yes that's the one, it changed name a while ago. I would prefer an OS solution as well, but I prefer DNT to Ghostery due to Ghostery's shady dealings.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

MoonFog Re:Simple. (319 comments)

I agree with you 100%. The issue I've found is that people are absolutely terrible when it comes to working with big numbers. Any chance of false positive is seen as a 1 in a million shot at best. People cannot comprehend how they could end up in that kind of situation, the chances are so slim. It seems to me many have forgotten the old saying that we're supposed to let 10 guilty people go rather than jail 1 innocent person since we're (the west) supposed to be a benevolent democracy.

As I usually say: every week there is someone who wins the lottery, and that chance is really, really small.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

MoonFog Proxies and encryption (319 comments)

I think it's important to protect my privacy despite not having much they are interested in. I encrypt my harddrives, have my own domain with e-mail that I've set up with GnuPG on my workstation and laptop, I sometimes use the TOR bundle as well as a USB with Tails on it. The simplest thing is that I subscribe to https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ to get proxy/VPN access to the net. Also, setting Firefox up with HTTPS everywhere, DNTPlus, NoScript etc. is important.

It doesn't take much to make their jobs harder. I use these things also for everyday items, it's not like I fire up PIA to "go dark and do evil stuff". I've plenty of friends that don't see the point of doing what I do when what I use it for isn't illegal, but privacy means privacy from prying eyes, I decide what I share with others.

about a year ago
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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes

MoonFog Re:No. (106 comments)

Yeah, as if flying wasn't annoying enough I now have to listen to the person next to me talk on the phone for the entire flight? Roaming chargers will negate some of that I'm sure, but given that EU has also suggested that those charges should be drastically lowered as well... yeeeah, what can possibly go wrong?

about a year ago
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Microsoft, NYC Marketing Vast Surveillance System To Other Cities

MoonFog Re:What really irritates me is that (60 comments)

But that would be socialism! The government is only supposed to keep us safe!

about a year and a half ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

MoonFog Re:if you haven't paid for it (279 comments)

I didn't pay for the Debian install I have on my laptop. Wonder who they're selling me to?

about a year and a half ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

MoonFog Re:We should get paid for our data. (279 comments)

No. There's a world of difference between the stuff I might put up on a blog, Facebook, G+ and whatever else social network exists, and the data I use my computer to handle. What if you're having legal troubles? IRS are after you? You have applications for a Betty Ford-like clinique? Tax returns? These are things that you're NOT going to be putting up on Facebook or your blog, but documents you might have to have. This is data Ubuntu has no business knowing that I have on my computer.

about a year and a half ago
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Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0

MoonFog Re:Um, why? (252 comments)

This is the world of open source software, "because we can" is ALWAYS a perfectly acceptable reason :)

about a year and a half ago
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Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks

MoonFog Re:UFIA (232 comments)

To repeat what others have said; don`t confuse UEFI and secure boot. Although Microsoft is certainly pushing the secure boot bit, Intel were the masterminds behind UEFI.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks

MoonFog Certainly not just Ubuntu (232 comments)

Mine got bricked booting Fedora 18 XFCE..

about a year and a half ago
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Linux: Booting Via UEFI Can Brick Samsung Notebooks

MoonFog Re:MS says: (232 comments)

I`m expecting mine back from service the coming few days. I guess I`m looking forward to hearing whether or not this is covered by the warranty..

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Reveals First Month of Steam Linux Gains

MoonFog Re:Wine (295 comments)

This is what I find to the gold mine in Steam; the small, non-resource hungry, indie games. They are often far more interesting to play than the latest CoD++, and Steam makes them easy to find and play.

about 2 years ago
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Nokia Feeds a Patent Troll

MoonFog Re:Distinctions should be made (93 comments)

Because the entire business method of patent trolls typically include only suing others. They don't generate anything of value and will only fatten the bank accounts for themselves and their lawyer.

These aren't guys who invented something, got a patent on it and sued those trying to copy, they buy patents from others (who may not even have bothered going after the alleged infringers) and use those patents as grounds to sue. They are leeches.

more than 2 years ago
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Critics Blast Apple's Cheesy New Ad Campaign

MoonFog Re:Why is this a subject of debate? (244 comments)

There are people commenting on the stock market and on NFL games, yet seem to do no better than a coin flip. That said, you can look at these ads in the context Apple has created by its other ads and its image in general. Does it fit with that image? Not really. Well, a lot of Apple users like to identifiy with the "coolness" of Apple and these ads are not cool in any way, shape or form.

more than 2 years ago

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