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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Trogre Re:come on Google Fiber (311 comments)

Is there anyone here who is using Google Fiber?

I would be curious to know how well home servers (www, email, SSH) perform when on this, especially given Google Fiber's original prohibitive TOS and Google's desire for you to keep everything on their servers. I see they have updated their TOS since the EFF kicked up a stink, but would like to hear from anyone who is actually using it.

yesterday
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

Trogre Re:Facebook just changed the game (61 comments)

Complete with a screenshot of a computer and a randomly-placed red circle.

2 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Trogre Re:Dropbox use AWS (272 comments)

I use OwnCloud for that sort of thing. It's a little slower, but it's a hell of a lot more secure than Dropbox and no silly limits on storage, other than what size hard drives my company can afford :)

2 days ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Trogre Fighting for all of our stuff (272 comments)

It's nice that all these huge companies are so interested in control of everyone's data.

I think I'll stick with my OwnCloud server for syncing files across devices for the time being, thanks.

2 days ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Trogre Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Surely Social Security is just a savings scheme for the wealthy, no? What's the pension worth where you live? Still enough to live on I hope.

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Trogre Re:Nobody else seems to want it (720 comments)

Man I remember those BT878 cards. Leadtek WinFast 2000 in my case. Terrific cards that, as you say, just worked in Linux.

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Trogre Re:Infrastructure? (720 comments)

That is not discoverable.

Where's the command for "Please show me the DTP programs on this computer"?

5 days ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

Trogre Re:Details? (159 comments)

It's amazing what an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Bahamas can do for one's point of view...

5 days ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Trogre Re:Sarcastically insightful? :) (239 comments)

Also drop the " censor, censor, censor" rhetoric... You are free to publish this anywhere else. Why don't you just make a site with rejected wikipedia articles, where people can work on them till wikipedia is ready to accept them.

Using MediaWiki as a nice touch.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

Trogre Re:Or you could blame Chile's MPs (159 comments)

I guess I think of it as if you leave your front door open, how much blame must you accept when thieves come in and take your stuff?

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Trogre Re:Infrastructure? (720 comments)

Re-install/re-image, effectively the same thing in this context.

An upgrade trashing all of /etc/ is a new one on me though. I'd be keen to hear what upgrade event, if you recall, led to that result.

The newest fun here is that Windows 7, even when sysprepped, will still occasionally barf when cloned to a computer with different hardware. An operation that is trivial in nearly every Linux-based configuration.

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Trogre Re:Infrastructure? (720 comments)

You'll have to wait for the next "average Linux user" there, sonny. I have been doing system administration for two decades and have seen Linux systems, yes both rpm and deb based, badly messed up from updates. Some have required several hours work to get back running again. But, repeating myself, nothing that has required a complete reinstall. And it has been several years since I have seen an update require more than a few minutes work post-install.

about a week ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Trogre Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

It's undeniable that dams have a significant environmental impact. However these are a one-off expense, an overhead. They are not dependent on the amount of energy produced so while it gives *some* argument against building new dams, existing ones should be maintained and upgraded so they can generate as much power as possible with effectively zero environmental impact per GW. or diminishing impact per GW if you factor the overheads over time.

Funnily enough I saw an article yesterday about a fish cannon, purportedly to send fish over dams to spawning areas.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Trogre Re:Infrastructure? (720 comments)

I have never seen a Linux distribution where one botched update has resulted in the need to completely wipe and re-install the operating system from media.

I have seen this with Windows 7 and 8.

I have seen this to a lesser extent with Windows XP, but that at least still has the option to re-install system files without affecting the user/program environment. Not so with Windows 7 or 8.

Windows 8 has some nice recovery tools, but they are buggy as all buggery and just as likely to render your system even less usable.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Trogre Re:Why such paranoia ? (298 comments)

And, or course, the fact that the phone was bricked for no reason. Also, the video will be recoverable.

If video is recoverable then the bricking process is defective.

I don't think they are talking about putting a button in every police car that bricks phones.

Not yet they're not.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Trogre Way for *any hacker* to brick your phone (298 comments)

Who actually wants a kill switch? Anyone on /. at all?

This anti-feature will be used by not just government but any suffiently motivated hackers to kill your communications. The one ostensible benefit mentioned here is anti-theft, but of course that relies on the mechanism working reliably in the first place and secondly not being circumvented by a thief five minutes after they have acquired it.

Just like the idiotic remote car immobilisers that people who should know better are so quick to adopt. Just wait until some hacker gets the code to your car and holds it to ransom or worse, immobilises it on a freeway. What about when overzealous local law enforcement decides to immobilise all cars exceeding the limit by 1%.

about a week ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Trogre Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

Hi Smidge,

Do you object to such claims because you believe them to be incorrect, or just pedantic and unhelpful?

I'm with you on the second point although I do bring it up as a logical conclusion when someone tries to distinguish between generating and storing energy, since most energy generated on Earth in turn comes from the sun.

about a week ago

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Trogre Trogre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trogre (513942) writes "The recently troubled free CD database freedb has been picked up by a group called Magix. From Kaiser's blog: "Following my announcement that I would like to let freedb go, I was approached by many interested parties. ... Even if I shall no longer be actively associated with freedb, I shall continue casting a critical glance on freedb's future. The decision in favour of MAGIX has given us a new prospect of further development, offered a congenial and comfortable atmosphere during difficult negotiations, and provided the newly implemented hardware with generous capacities. " This might be good news since Grip still doesn't support MusicBrainz."

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