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Running Netflix On Linux

RanCossack Re:Not good enough, dammit, not good enough! (185 comments)

but the fact that the Linux market is too small to develop and support for and Netflix can't guarantee the studio-required DRM will not be circumvented.

ChromeOS has a netflix plugin. ChromeOS is basically a limited Linux distro, with a very limited X11 window manager. Netflix already *has* a working solution for the Linux market, and they added special checks so it won't run on non-ChromeOS machines.

I'm glad we have this workaround now, and I donated to the developer, but if I'm going to buy a video, I'd at least buy it from Amazon -- where they don't go out of their way to sabotage Linux and at least have a few help page entries about it.

about 2 years ago
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Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

RanCossack Re:I think something is missing here... (299 comments)

Oh, wow. I was wondering why my news feed suddenly had less spam; the guiding hand of the free market was keeping it away! Thanks, capitalis--

This seems really strange. "Yes! I am the product, so they have to pay for it."

about 2 years ago
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Apple Stops Hiding Samsung Apology On Its UK Site

RanCossack Re:Court ordered apologies are bunk (189 comments)

Then they can go home satisfied, knowing that their world view is intact. All they really did was use coercion to force somebody to lie.

You'd think so -- that forcing a bully to apologize was pointless as they never mean it -- but what other solutions are there? Public shame is very effective in the schoolyard. You may be right that it's just the teacher's worldview that shaking down the kid in glasses for lunch money is wrong, but that -- oh. Wait.

Yeah, I guess... um. Would a fine as a fraction of a company's profits work better? The way these companies try to "use coercion to force" the competition out of the market is pretty troubling.

about 2 years ago
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Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

RanCossack Re:State gone Mad (383 comments)

This is as bad as when Big Government sinisterly destroyed the hardworking Americans employed in the Asbestos industries. Damn that rascally "the State" and the institutions that strive to protect its citizens! The sooner we use these overzealous examples as an excuse to throw the whole thing out, the better we'll be.

Unless history is any indication, I suppose, but hyperbole and false indignation is all that separates us from animals.

about 2 years ago
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Physicist Explains Cthulhu's "Non-Euclidean Geometry"

RanCossack Re:Gods with pitchforks. (179 comments)

What does God need with a starship?

about 2 years ago
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EFF Wants Ubuntu To Disable Online Search By Default

RanCossack Re:Good Advice (124 comments)

I'm not sure of the exact term for it, but your example assumes the user is looking for photos of Scotland that they took and have stored on their local drive. What if they want to search for Scotland on the internet? Maybe someone else said something about Scotland, so they type in "Scotland" to look it up on Wikipedia, or to see image results for Scotland from Google. Or, more relevant to the shopping lens, maybe they typed in "kilts" because they want to buy one, not search for pictures of kilts on their local drive -- or to search for an app named "kilt", which is how the original feature worked.

I think that if Ubuntu had debuted Unity with web searches built in to the lens thing, people wouldn't be nearly as surprised and even outraged. It's the change from a purely local search (albeit one with several modules) to one that includes results from Amazon that's made it shocking. Nobody is protesting amazon being included in the search bar in Firefox, for example.

Personally, I'd prefer it if there was a toggle for internet searches in the search bar, down where the privacy notice is now, and add way more useful lenses like the wikipedia one. I'd actually use that.

about 2 years ago
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Internet Providers To Begin Warning Customers Who Pirate Content

RanCossack Re:I should not have to pay $35 (442 comments)

They don't even have to raise the fee; that's the best part of this, to them. They can just increase profit by going "Oh, let's pick accounts at random and accuse them of piracy."

35 dollars later, they say "oh, our bad", and they keep the money.

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

RanCossack Re:Can't agree more (1651 comments)

The US is absurd: you don't have to wear a helmet on a motorbike, but you need one on a pedal bike ?!?

I don't think that's the law; a least in my state, you have to wear a helmet until you turn 18, after which it is your choice.

about 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Claims PC Piracy Rate of 93-95%

RanCossack Re:DRM worked out then.. (464 comments)

The real cost is users later choosing not to buy more games they won't be able to play.

I'm not saying 'pirate!' either. It is undeniably legitimate to choose other ways of spending one's money and time.

about 2 years ago
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GNOME: Possible Recovery Strategies

RanCossack Re:Another "GNOME 3 is bad" article, ohhh boy (432 comments)

Accept that and move along.

Okay.

Hmm, but what to? XFCE, Unity, KDE, Cinnamon... well, there are a lot of choices, at least. :) Bye, gnome.

more than 2 years ago
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Ecuador Grants Asylum To Julian Assange

RanCossack Re:And now, the long wait (923 comments)

Well... that explains that. Ooops. ._.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

RanCossack Re:Better learn to dress well because..... (432 comments)

That's good advice, but what if he wants to keep getting promoted? He should dress like a CEO -- that means either jeans and a hoodie, or jeans and a black turtleneck, depending on the industry he's in.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Wins EU Ban of Smaller Samsung Tablet, Demands $2.5 Billion In Damages

RanCossack Re:Why foss patents? (377 comments)

The story links almost entirely to FOSS Patents, which is the Microsoft-paid Florian Schillers website. Did no one else report this story ?

Seriously. This is *slashdot*. We should know better.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Unity Ported To Fedora Using OpenSUSE

RanCossack Re:One summary, so many errors (128 comments)

So, would I have any reason to want to switch from Unity to Gnome 3 ?

I don't use gnome3 myself, but I did try it out for a while, and it did a few things that might meet your needs better.

Gnome3 can look pretty good, with themes. To my personal taste, the default looks terrible, though. It's also a lot easier to customize than Unity is now, though this wasn't the case earlier.

I tried it out for a while, and I actually really like how it handles notifications, though your taste may go the opposite way. And Compiz still has issues with snapping on resize, so getting away from that is nice.

Gnome3 also will dynamically manage your desktops/workspaces, adding or deleting them as you move windows to them. I personally couldn't stand that, but from what I hear it matches some people's needs perfectly.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Chrome Becomes World's No. 1 Browser

RanCossack Re:No wonder Chrome is gaining users (449 comments)

I clicked your link. I read the article you linked. It has nothing at all to do with the text you provided for it. O_o

I can't tell if you accidentally linked the wrong article, or were doing a pretty clever gamble... :o

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Tells Siri To Stop Recommending Nokia

RanCossack Re:Not just Apple (337 comments)

I am a bit in awe; you posted a link, then outright fabricated entirely different results to rant against -- and still you have several people nodding and agreeing with you... and a score of 4, while I'm writing this.

That's making being adverse to RTFM to a new level and making it work for you.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

RanCossack Re:Way too confusing (1264 comments)

Hobbyists might value their time less, but employee hour for a company costs A LOT.

I thought a lot of what you said made sense, but -- hobbyists don't value their time less; they just enjoy their hobby. It's different from a company.

more than 2 years ago

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