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The Rails Girls Are Coming to a City Near You (Video)

Trilkin Re:Slashdot just jumped the shark (162 comments)

My favorite part about this post was how you derisively call people hipsters then immediately drop this gem:

...and have installed linux on their old dilapidated computer (and, quickly finding they couldn't do anything with it without RTFM, gave up...

That's some crazy cognitive dissonance there. Yeah, how dare people try to use/learn something different in a safe environment rather than subject their main box to the possibility of data loss over something they may well not find any practical use for. How dare they give up when they find almost every resource available on the internet is about as 'friendly' as you are! That attitude is EXACTLY why Linux on the Desktop will never truly go anywhere meaningful as people will perceive all Linux users as unnecessarily hostile dorks who are more interested in perpetuating their circlejerk than actually helping people learn. This comment in general is worse yet, because you're actually giving people shit for trying to teach THEMSELVES something. Then, when they run into a manpage that may as well be written in another language, they ask for help and they get a snide response. You are what's wrong with Slashdot. The fact you actually care about your fucking nerd-point count (karma) is telling enough as to what you're really here for.

about a year ago
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Hockey Sticks Among Carry-On Items TSA Has Cleared For Planes

Trilkin Re:about time (276 comments)

It didn't really work in Die Hard 3 either. It was pancake syrup.

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

Trilkin Re:bad idea ? (371 comments)

A +1 Funny mod if I had the points, for one thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is there honestly a reason to use Ubuntu anymore?

Trilkin Re:Debian (6 comments)

This is the type of answer I was looking for. Thank you. That's a SERIOUS thing to consider and I actually forgot all about that little 'issue.'

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is there honestly a reason to use Ubuntu anymore?

Trilkin Re:Debian (6 comments)

Submitter here. Remember that this is a question about an environment for a non-technically inclined person. Maybe as a qualifier, I should've said I have limited time to set this up for her, but I did say that I was comparing them based on the out-of-the-box experience.

So, to answer your question, Mint (and any out-of-the-box-ready desktop distribution) buys you the convenience of your computer 'just working' after OS installation. No drivers to install, no kernel rebuilding, no extra software to worry about (both Mint and its parent, Ubuntu, come with an office suite and almost every common utility a casual web user would ever need) - nothing. Install and go.

"Debian is a real PIA about binary kernel ethernet drivers." is an immediate deal killer there for just straight Debian. That's more work than I should have to put in for a machine that's more or less just going to be used as an appliance rather than a workstation.

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Trilkin Re:No no no... (436 comments)

Anarchism is so 1960s.

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

Trilkin Re:"One time"? (232 comments)

Century doesn't have any extant meanings other than 'one hundred consecutive years' and 'the name of a font type.' Anything else long fell out of use.

about 2 years ago
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Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu

Trilkin Re:Ubuntu, really? (380 comments)

If you weren't anon, I'd mod this comment up so hard you'd get an orgasm that could be felt from across the world.

about 2 years ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

Trilkin Re:So, correct me if I'm wrong... (211 comments)

Your encrypted data, you mean? I don't mind them selling my encrypted data, honestly. Would take more time to unencrypt it than it's really worth and they'd just lose money. Renting out those botnets DOES cost something and it'll take them a while to break AES128.

about 2 years ago
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Africa's Coming Cyber-Crime Epidemic

Trilkin Re:No Laws, No Service (142 comments)

And the ones that aren't lesbians are fucking crazy. That's animu for you.

about 2 years ago
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A Firecracker-Launching Slingshot: Start the New Year With a Bang

Trilkin Re:All he needs now.. (65 comments)

...which would only be better if it had tits and were on fire.

about 2 years ago
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Patent Troll Targeting Users of Scanners; Wants $1000/Employee

Trilkin Re:Huh?? (227 comments)

Are you a wizard from the past?!

about 2 years ago
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Pirated iOS App Store Site Shuts Down

Trilkin Installous isn't the real story. (432 comments)

Apptrackr is. Apptrackr shut down which made Installous pointless since that was the repository that Installous pulled from. As far as I understand they are/were owned by different people, but in either case, it's a case of Apptrackr being gone and the frontend made for it being useless.

about 2 years ago
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New IE Vulnerability Used In Targeted Attacks; IE9, IE10 Users Safe

Trilkin Re:I do feel sorry for XP users (169 comments)

Funny how this comes from a community that complains about walled gardens and vendor lock-in.

about 2 years ago
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Going Off the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean Missing the Next Hurricane Sandy

Trilkin Re:Multiple instruments (296 comments)

The NOAA uses birds? Great. Now PETA is going to lobby even harder.

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Is there honestly a reason to use Ubuntu anymore?

Trilkin Trilkin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Trilkin (2042026) writes "I recently installed Linux Mint on my (non-technically savvy) grandmother's netbook and she's responded very well to it. I'm considering doing the same for her desktop, but my question is this: being that Mint is a fork of Ubuntu, is there any real compelling reason to actually use Ubuntu anymore? It seems so much more bloated. I'm aware that, under the surface, it's basically just a fork of Debian and Linux overall is a OS that can be tinkered with to be the exact environment you need. As an out-of-the-box desktop distribution, though, from my own testing, Ubuntu seems to be the weaker of the two thanks to its continuously growing amount of bloat in order to push its paid-for services. Is there really any real reason to use it over Mint? Outside of the paid-for services, is there anything it offers out of the box that Mint simply doesn't?"

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