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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

TheReaperD Re:its all about choice. (575 comments)

I haven't used some of the distros you listed but, I know distros such as gentoo are a build your own linux kit wheres Redhat and Ubuntu are intended to "work out of the box" with Debian somewhere in the middle. That makes a major difference in how the maintainers set things up and what level of alternatives they wish to supply. Each method has their advantages which is why each type exists. Most 3rd party products for linux prefer the Redhat and Ubuntu approach because they have a much better idea of what kind of environment they are coding for. But, if you really want to learn everything there is to know about linux or you want to be able to decide exactly how you want your system, gentoo all the way. It's ideal for the community that all these options continue to exist though many software companies would strongly disagree.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

TheReaperD This is the same community (575 comments)

This is the same community that you can still start a street fight, or at least a troll war, by asking "Which is better: emacs or vi?" I'm not sure they're ever going to get over this. But, like the above question, the world will move on and leave them behind.

about a week ago
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Chrome 39 Launches With 64-bit Version For Mac OS X and New Developer Features

TheReaperD Re:So the only people that are hurt (66 comments)

Then you're yelling at the kids "GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

TheReaperD Re:Nonsense (219 comments)

Having worked for a school district, I can tell you that licensing was a major issue but, not for the reasons that most people think. It has nothing to do with cost even though the licenses were pricy. The problem was the technical solutions that Microsoft instituted to try and enforce their licensing that was the issue. We either had to do limited activation licences that were use and loose which is a major problem when you're doing network imaging as you burn through the licences like they're tissue paper or you had to run clunky and unreliable "activation servers" with severe technical limitations and were even more problematic with people with laptops. In the end, we had to do a hybrid solution on both methods to try and keep our copies of Windows and Office activated and even then it wasn't 100% effective. We were looking for ANY alternative to this nightmare that we could make work; even if it wasn't ideal.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

TheReaperD Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (168 comments)

I certainly don't disagree with you. It's just hard as a school to find software or services that meet your needs that don't come with a Faustian price tag.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

TheReaperD Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (168 comments)

Public schools hand over student data to corporations and have for a long time. I've worked in multiple school districts since 1994 and I have not encountered an exception. Though it has been steadily increasing since software as a service has been hitting education channels. If you want to start your own privacy-oriented charter school, more power to you; good luck trying to get any IT, truancy or grade services/software though.

about three weeks ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

TheReaperD Re:Not a win (228 comments)

From what I understand about Osama Bin Laden, he knew this is exactly what would happen. He knew all of the players involved and what they desired (he was trained and worked for them for years, after all) and all he had to do was give a catalyst to scare all of us to allow our own wolves to devour us. He may have been a monster but, he was a very intelligent man.

As far as what another post said, yes, we were already heading this way but, this sped up the clock by a few decades to bring this all here now. In some twisted way, Osama may have done us a favor by making this happen so fast that we are aware of it instead of it feeling like a natural progression. (Note: Do not take this statement as me condoning his actions; I don't.)

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

TheReaperD Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

The problem with this is that most of us have no alternatives and those few that do tend to have one (1) alternative and it's often another name on the list. The problem is that these companies know this; hell, they've payed good money to make sure it is like this and they're spending even more money to make sure it stays this way. The only way to fix this at this stage is to let your congresspeople know that you'll fire them if they don't fix this.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

TheReaperD Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

I especially enjoyed the fact that oilfield waste pits kill more birds than wind turbines. That takes the issue out of play in this argument right there. You don't even have to argue maters of scale.

If I had mod points at the moment, I'd mark you informative and this would be anonymous.

about a month and a half ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

TheReaperD Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Why do "conservative" losers who make fun of others interest in wildlife conservation suddenly pretend to get worried about a trivial number of birds running into a couple of thousand windmills spread over a vast continent?

Some because they feel it's "payback" for all the arguments they loose and many others because they get paid to do so by the coal, oil and other environmentally hazardous industries.

about a month and a half ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

TheReaperD Re: Who cares? (399 comments)

You and I know this but, the base problem is that the average consumer just doesn't care. All they do is buy a "magic box" that the salesman recommends and after that all they care about is "does it work?." This is where Microsoft crushes *nix. The odds of everything working right out of the box is 99% better than any linux distro, especially when it comes to games where Microsoft has been able to corner the market (and the only reason I use Windows).

about 2 months ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

TheReaperD Re:Anti-Trust (152 comments)

No, it doesn't. But, being an anonymous poster bashing Google five minutes after a post with their name on it and then replying to a comment against you 8 minutes later certainly does not help your credibility.

about 3 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

TheReaperD Re:But hey... (789 comments)

Romney didn't lose because his foreign policy was bad. He lost because he essentially called 47% of all Americans worthless moochers and disregarded all women and minorities. It's really hard to win any election when the only people you appeal to are rich white men.

about 3 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Though I can see your point, there are becoming more incidences either in fact or just in reporting of police officers behaving badly and lying to cover it up. I'm referring in general, not any specific case at the moment. One police department that has the mandatory cameras for officers and the police chief actually enforces it had a huge drop (88%) in citizen complaints and incidents where violence was used (60%). This makes a iron clad case for police cameras.

Plus sadly, this is where Google is correct. Privacy is dead. Any illusion of privacy we still have is just that, and illusion.

about 2 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

One of the simple ways to deal with this is have backup cameras and let the officers know that if their camera is off they are not on duty (and not getting paid!) and do not have the authority of a police officer. Exemptions need to be made for events where the officer was engaged in a struggle, vehicle accident, etc. where failure of the camera is expected, of course.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

TheReaperD Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

No kidding, they would have locked up my writing partner and me in high school and thrown away the key! Our english teacher lovingly referred to us as the Jeffery Dahmer society. ...and our papers were no longer read aloud in the class. But, we still got high grades on them for creativity so I had to give the teacher a lot of respect. Plus, he didn't do anything stupid like this idiot teacher did.

about 3 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

TheReaperD Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

What's ironic about this is Stalinist "communism" and modern American "capitalism" are identical in this respect (only). The common people are allowed to vote but, they are only allowed to vote on options that do not challenge the currently accepted system. It's wrong no matter what label you put on it. If people are not allowed to vote at the polls for real change then eventually they'll vote for change with their weapons of choice.

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TheReaperD Just until the news cycle moves on... (274 comments)

This is just until the news cycle finds its next shinny bloodbath and moves on. Once that happens, then Verizon will slap the bandwidth cap on all the time in every place. They're just trying to find a way to annoy these people into changing plans or switching to another provider without it making front page news.

about 4 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

TheReaperD Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (377 comments)

You say that now but, when that well runs dry, you'll be screaming "why didn't the government do something about this!"

about 4 months ago

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HP Settlement for Ink Messages & Usage in prin

TheReaperD TheReaperD writes  |  about 4 years ago

TheReaperD writes "HP is settling class-action lawsuits involving their InkJet, OfficeJet and Photosmart printers. The first claim is that HP inkjet printers used "low on ink" messages when the cartridges were not out of ink. Second, that their printers used color ink when printing in black & white without notification or any way to disable this function. And lastly, that their cartridges would "shut down" on an undisclosed expiration date and not allow you to use any ink remaining in them. Of course, HP denies all of these claims. In summery, what HP has agreed to do for these claims is to document these issues better and not have the low on ink pop ups anymore as well as a financial settlement. However, they will not be discontinuing the use of color ink while printing in black & white or discontinue the use of expiration dates on their cartridges. For full details, go to the settlement website at: https://www.hpinkjetprintersettlement.com."
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