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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

Russellkhan Re:what? (778 comments)

Mine switched to the other side when I picked a different theme. Not that I cared much about which side the buttons were on. I just tested it now, still works - go to the default theme, buttons on the left, pick "Clearlooks" (or something like that) and they're on the right.

I'm running 10.4, BTW.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

Russellkhan Re:iAds (1184 comments)

Ads are only annoying when they're disruptive.

Says you. I say ads are always annoying.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

Russellkhan Re:iAds (1184 comments)

If it's clearly labeled as adware I never download it. If it is adware and is not clearly labeled that way, I delete it and rate it one star.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

Russellkhan Re:iAds (1184 comments)

Thank you! I'm very glad to hear not only that you as a developer won't be doing this, but also that I'm not the only one left who hates adware. I've lately feeling like I'm the only one around who learned anything from the days of Aureate/Radiate, Gator, and similar slimy companies. And now Apple wants to be the new Aureate!

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

Russellkhan Re:iAds (1184 comments)

That may be true, but I've never heard of anyone's Android device getting bricked after changing that option and then installing an official update.

more than 4 years ago
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Qualcomm Ships Dual-Core Snapdragon Chipsets

Russellkhan Re:Give me an x86 phone...BAD MOVE (168 comments)

Can you link some evidence of this? I've looked around and haven't found anything other than Apple (I think it was Steve Jobs, but can't remember clearly enough to say for sure) claiming it's OS X.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Warns of Flash, PDF Zero-Day Attacks

Russellkhan Re:Flash for the iPhone WHEN??? (216 comments)

(Of course, it is usually blocked by noscript and flashblock.) A few years ago that might have been difficult to get running, but now it is just ports

I've never understood why anyone would use both Noscript and Flashblock. I stopped using Flashblock years ago when Noscript added support for blacking Flash content. Is there some advantage to running them together, or is it just a belt & suspenders thing?

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Warns of Flash, PDF Zero-Day Attacks

Russellkhan Re:Flash for the iPhone WHEN??? (216 comments)

This appears to be a SWF file being run by Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Browser based plugins aren't going to help when it's opened by a desktop application.

Which bring us to the question I've been unable to find the answer to: Are you still vulnerable if you don't use Reader or Acrobat? Very few Mac or Linux users use either of those.

Also, what is the OS X/Linux equivalent of authplay.dll? I couldn't find anything called authplay on my Linux box.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe Warns of Flash, PDF Zero-Day Attacks

Russellkhan Re:Call me dumb, but... (216 comments)

I've searched for anything called authplay on my linux box and found nothing. I do have Flash installed, but not Acrobat or Reader. Keeping Flash use to a minimum via Noscript anyway until further notice.

more than 4 years ago
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Google WebM Calls "Open Source" Into Question

Russellkhan Re:This frustrates me to no end (185 comments)

Got a friend who might take credit for something if you ghost wrote it for him/her? (or better yet, collaborate on it and let them take the credit, if you've got someone with similar enough views who is separate enough to safely take the credit) Just an idea - I'm sure there are other possibilities.

more than 4 years ago
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Google WebM Calls "Open Source" Into Question

Russellkhan Re:This strikes me as misleading (185 comments)

There's nothing wrong about "embrace & extend". It's the "extinguish" part, when it happens, that is undesirable.

Actually, there is. What "embrace & extend" generally refers to is (usually Microsoft) pretending to follow a standard, but extending it in order to create incompatibilities with software made to work with the standard (e.g. Frontpage made web pages that only worked properly in IE).

In this case, though, I don't see how it applies.

Neither do I.

more than 3 years ago
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Google WebM Calls "Open Source" Into Question

Russellkhan Re:This frustrates me to no end (185 comments)

Very insightful and well articulated.

But why are you posting this as an AC in the comments to some other article? If you were to clean this rant up a bit and write it up a bit more thoroughly, you could submit it to any of a dozen techie and/or FOSS oriented websites/blogs and probably get it published. You might even get paid for it, but that's beside the point. Even if you didn't find a blog willing to print your article, you could put it on your own site. Next, submit a link to it as a story here on Slashdot, which would get your ideas a lot more attention than your AC comment is likely to (I just checked and the poll you linked is still at 15 votes). It is entirely possible to get Slashdotters to make a difference, but it takes a bit more work than just ranting in the comments of random articles.

Don't just complain about lack of mobilization, make it happen!

more than 3 years ago
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What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE

Russellkhan Re:Eve a very deep game. (270 comments)

You've never been a role player, have you? I don't play Eve (never tried it), but taking on a different character is a major factor in any real role playing game. And not always some idealized "better person that I wish I could be", though that is occasionally an option that some may choose to play.

Much of the fun in these games comes from exploring the way this character that isn't you would behave in a given situation. It does not reflect upon the character of the player if the player is actually a roleplayer. Once, when playing GURPS many years ago I was stabbed in the back by a character that was played by someone whom I would entrust my life to. Betrayed and killed. It royally pissed me off, but didn't change the fact that the player was and is an extremely honorable person. It just happens that he's also imaginative enough to play a very tricky bastard in a game setting.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

Russellkhan Re:Watch the messenger (457 comments)

No, Netbooks sales have continued to grow. They're just growing at a slower rate than they did before. There's a large difference.

See here for a more thorough explanation.

more than 4 years ago
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Yelp Founder Says "No Extortion — Just a Misunderstood Algorithm"

Russellkhan Re:He's not lying (120 comments)

Hi, I've worked in two restaurants that have been extorted by yelp salespeople. Also, I'm friends with managers of other restaurants and bars that have had similar experience. Your salespeople consistently claim to be able to get rid of unwanted reviews. They tend to call with a pitch that starts with something like "So I see you got a 2 star review on your page, wouldn't you rather that wasn't the first thing your potential customers saw when they research your business?"

more than 4 years ago
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The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work

Russellkhan Re:Sweet spot (1027 comments)

Well when talking about DRM the user is not the person playing the game. The user in this case is the person who wants the most money they can squeeze out of product X.

I don't believe that DRM has ever increased the revenue of a product. Do you know of any examples where it has been shown to do this?

more than 4 years ago
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In-Game Advertising Makes Games Better?

Russellkhan Re:GTA did it best... (352 comments)

Well said! Why do I never find posts like this when I have mod points?

more than 4 years ago
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a return which is long overdue (plus achievements!)

Russellkhan Welcome back (17 comments)

I've become mostly a lurker lately too, especially since I switched most of my /. reading to google reader. Anyways, I've always enjoyed your comments and it's good to see you back.

more than 4 years ago
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The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

Russellkhan Re:When will this end? (226 comments)

The greedy corporations don't sound forgotten to me. Are you somehow excluding them from the group of liars, cheats and grifters?

more than 5 years ago

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