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Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

Stachybotris Re:Damned patent troll (347 comments)

Also, to clarify, this seems to not be over SSL itself, but rather over "using a shared seed value to generate pseudo-random key values at a transmitter and a receiver." RTFA on CipherLaw Blog.

about 2 years ago
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Meet the Lawyer Suing Anyone Who Uses SSL

Stachybotris Damned patent troll (347 comments)

All it would take is Google or one other company with adequately deep pockets to actually take this guy to court and that would be the last we'd hear of Mr. Spangenberg or his trollish little company.

about 2 years ago
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Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

Stachybotris Re:no more donuts for Gabe... (768 comments)

It's a misunderstanding/intentional mis-reading of the actual announcement. What he means to say is that the only way to install Metro apps will be through the app store; you can't just get them from websites and install them. Microsoft themselves announced this over a year ago, as referenced here http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/windows-8-app-store-will-be-the-only-source-of-metro-apps/14873.

As far as I can tell, non-metro apps (that is, regular old programs) will still be available by whatever means you prefer.

about 2 years ago
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Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

Stachybotris Re:no more donuts for Gabe... (768 comments)

What, exactly, do you have problems with? "I just can't accomplish anything, ever." isn't a very helpful phrase. Is it getting on-line that gives you problems? Using any of the office suites or e-mail clients? Is it that you can't make Windows-native program X work under Wine? Or is there something more fundamental that's causing the problems (say, it won't actually fully load the OS and/or GUI)? Some of us would genuinely like to help, but when you start with such a vague description of your difficulties, it makes it incredibly hard for us to figure out how to help you.

about 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE 12.2 Is Out

Stachybotris Re:Great news! (96 comments)

I wish I was joking, but I have clients who insist on running OpenSuSE. I think their justification had something to do with mono... Fortunately I don't manage their servers, so it never comes up except when they lock themselves out.

about 2 years ago
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With 'Access Codes,' Textbook Pricing More Complicated Than Ever

Stachybotris Better or worse? (400 comments)

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I'm fairly confident it's better than when the professor writes the book you use for class.

Seriously though, what programs require crap like this? I never had textbooks with such insane restrictions in any of the science courses. The closest it came was a CD-ROM filled with microphotographs and a few animations that came with my sophomore-year microbiology textbook.

about 2 years ago
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Amarok 2.6 Music Player Released

Stachybotris Re:AIMP3 (100 comments)

For what reason, other than personal preference/nostalgia, would you boot into Linux and then run a media player in WINE? Is there some must-have function for you that Amarok, Exaile, XMMS, RhythmBox, or any of the other Linux-native players are missing? I just don't see the point...

about 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE Team Reworking Dev Model, Delays 12.2 Release

Stachybotris Re:Distros :: an annual or even unscheduled releas (38 comments)

Really? I found 14 to be fairly good. I skipped 15, went to 16 and found so many problems that I'm glad 17 came out a scant 10 days after my upgrade. On 17 I haven't had any issues yet aside from some KMail-specific ones related to opening external HTML in messages causing a segfault. But as far as SuSE goes, yes, I have to agree. I have too many customers who insist on using it, won't upgrade, and so lose all ability to patch one year after release. I feel for them since they can't be easily brought up to the latest security fixes, but I don't feel for them because they won't provide an outage window to do a full reinstall & upgrade.

more than 2 years ago
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California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

Stachybotris Re:It's not a tax, it's an improvement (842 comments)

I just want to know how this congresscritter somehow turned the biology of "excess energy (sugar) gets converted into a convenient, high-energy-density molecule (fat) and stored for later use" into "It's actually a poison for you, because your liver can't handle that huge amount of fructose.". An excess of a non-poison does not make it a poison.

more than 2 years ago
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MD5crypt Password Scrambler Is No Longer Considered Safe

Stachybotris Re:What about Debian? (212 comments)

The default as of RHEL/CentOS6 is sha512 as well. RHEL5 systems still use md5 by default though...

more than 2 years ago
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Americans More Worried About Cybersecurity Than Terrorism

Stachybotris Re:fearmongering (266 comments)

You, sir, have just made my day. If only I had some mod points...

more than 2 years ago
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KDE 4.8 Released

Stachybotris Re:New in konsole (165 comments)

Hmmm... I like not showing the 'default' tab when there is only one session type. It always whigged me out that it wanted me to select the only option that I have configured.

more than 2 years ago
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Vaccine Developed Against Ebola

Stachybotris Re:Tiny battle against the war. (100 comments)

I would suspect that the vaccine, once as reasonably perfected as possible, would be intended for healthcare workers, researchers, and other individuals who are likely to be exposed to the virus as an occupational hazard, rather than something for mass consumption. Alternatively, if we hear of an outbreak we can ship in a crate of the vaccine and use it as an immediate prophylaxis for the residents of the area to even further limit the number of deaths.

Besides, filoviruses have a rather fascinatingly unique structure. If we can make an effective vaccine against one of those, the techniques developed in the process make it easier to create vaccines against other nasty viruses with similar traits.

more than 2 years ago
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Vaccine Developed Against Ebola

Stachybotris Re:Followed by weaponization? (100 comments)

Ebola in Florida? A (very) quick google doesn't show any results other than doctors' offices that claim to screen for it or provide summary information about it. Can you provide some articles / references? I mean, sure, there was the Reston, VA case, but that's the only state-side incident I've ever heard of. Not that I've heard of everything, mind you, but a virus like Ebola tends to make pretty loud news when it rears its head...

more than 2 years ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

Stachybotris Re:I've noticed this too (601 comments)

I can see where he's coming from, as a large number of my daily e-mails are things that I'll never read or have only minimal need for (HR's health reminders, vendor spam, several conversations where people hit 'reply to all', several more conversations where someone doesn't know who to ask and so asks everyone, etc...). At the same time, however, your points are all valid. Technical requests really should be in writing for reasons of both CYA and for specificity. On the gripping hand, our engineering staff only ever uses e-mail to disseminate notes and how-tos. The primary means of communication there, especially when troubleshooting problems, is IM (Lync, unfortunately). Both have a time and place, and the trick is knowing when to use each.

Having said that, e-mail is probably the one piece of tech that I'd love to kill off entirely if I could; even sooner than I'd kill Flash or Java.

more than 2 years ago
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VMware, a Falling Giant?

Stachybotris Re:I ca see why (417 comments)

Actually, I've found that it depends on the time of day. My calls to VMware between 3:00 PM and 3:00 AM (EST) get routed to India, which is where the worthless people are. From 3:00 AM until around noon EST the calls go to Ireland. My experience has always been that the staff at the Ireland facility are exceptionally good at what they do. Whereas the India drone prompted me to repeat the same ten steps I'd already done (twice, I might add), the people in Ireland looked at the log output, asked what I'd tried, and then, after a couple minutes of thought, said 'Do X'. X fixed the problem right away.

YMMV.

more than 2 years ago
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KDE 3.5 Fork Trinity Releases First Major Update

Stachybotris Re:Great! (161 comments)

You know, if I still had my old laptop I'd give this a try. I always found KDE3.5 to be a *Very* friendly way to introduce people to Linux. It was Window-like enough that they could intuit their way around the menus. Then again, the wife's laptop doesn't quite have enough power for the KDE4 environment... Might be worth checking out. If only the site weren't already slashdotted...

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Stachybotris Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (1521 comments)

The first question my boss asked me after the technical portion of my interview concluded was 'Do you read Slashdot?'. To this day, I advise all of our new hires to keep up with it if they really want to have a clue about where the industry is headed.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Aims For 200 Million Users In Four Years

Stachybotris Re:One right here! (441 comments)

I didn't realize that Ubuntu was using Pulse by default - I thought that was more of a KDE thing. But it's not like it's hard to remove Pulse itself (just don't touch libpulseaudio) and revert to ALSA.

more than 3 years ago

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KDE 4.9 released

Stachybotris Stachybotris writes  |  about 2 years ago

Stachybotris (936861) writes "KDE announces its latest set of releases, providing major updates to KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform. Among the improvements are enhanced security in Dolphin, annotation in Okular, the ability to migrate data among Kontact, Thunderbird, and Evolution, and support for the MPRIS2 media player API.

The developers also noted that the next generation of KDE will be built upon Qt 5 in an effort to simplify the dependency stack and make the individual libraries more granular."

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