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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Tubal-Cain Re:Debian (573 comments)

I came here to say this. Debian is a good OS and is as mainstream as you can get without lots of fluff and it Just Works. I like that its not a "flavor of the week" distro, its what "flavor of the week" is *based on*.

Heh. Back in 2008 a classmate of mine was flabbergasted that I was running Debian. He didn't consider it to be a proper distro. Like it was some mythical proto-distro framework for others (Ubuntu et al.) to build on, rather than something to be used by mere mortals.

about 2 years ago

Electronics Arts CEO Ousted In Wake of SimCity Launch Disaster

Tubal-Cain Re:Finally! (427 comments)

At the rate they spend it? I wouldn't be surprised.

about 2 years ago

Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

Tubal-Cain Re:Chrome sync is dangerous. (232 comments)

It brought all my bookmarks on to his machine!. So I deleted them in his machine, then they were also gone from my account in my Chromebook. Not only that all HIS bookmarks were on my machine. I deleted them. Then I found all my saved web passwords were on his machine! This screw up after bragging about two factor authentication.

You didn't disable Sync on his machine before deleting?

about 2 years ago

Tesla Motors To Pay Off Government Loan 5 Years Early

Tubal-Cain Re:Jackpot? (243 comments)

Ignoring all the ridiculous things in that list, your house doesn't have sufficient service to quick charge a car for 160 miles of range in 20 minutes.

I've seen suggestions before of having a home charging station; basically a battery pack that is always slow-charging, ready to dump it all into the EV when you need it.

about 2 years ago

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

Tubal-Cain Re:It's been decades. (815 comments)

But vendor lock-in is objectionable because it does, to whatever extent it succeeds, make you a slave.

That's not slavery. It's more like a protection racket.
You could refuse to buy an upgrade, but as time goes on compatibility with your customers and contractors will become more and more troublesome. You could completely drop our software, but the transition could be expensive and you'll be even less compatible with your customers and contractors. Or you can just pay up.

about 2 years ago

Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Tubal-Cain Re:Quite actual - Not! (100 comments)

Do you know what happens when there's a freeze of the next stable? Well, it's easy, we don't upload to SID. But we upload to Experimental instead.

You brought up the amount of Sid in Ubuntu. My point was that only a small portion of Ubuntu "needs" to be bleeding edge, and that Sid is "good enough" for the rest of it. Now you're arguing that... Sid isn't bleeding edge because development happens in experimental? Yeah, I know. That's fine. I'm not worried about it.

The kernel 3.8 has been released 6 days ago. Do you think that's reasonable to expect that it reaches Debian in less than a week? I don't. Debian experimental has Firefox 19, and Libreoffice 4 and XFCE 4.10.

Not reasonable, no, but I wasn't about to claim 3.7 as the current version.
It doesn't matter what versions are in experimental, because - like you pointed out at the start of the thread - Ubuntu imports from Sid.

about 2 years ago

Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Tubal-Cain Re:Quite actual - Not! (100 comments)

Well, have a better look before spreading lies. For kernel, web browser and libreoffice

Stable - 2.6
Testing - 3.2
Unstable - 3.2 (released July, 2012)
Current version - 3.8
Those 3.6/3.7 files seen in your link? Experimental. Yeah you could make it work, but then you aren't running Sid anymore. Not entirely. And if you run too much experimental for too long, something is going to end up horribly broken.

Stable - 3.5
Testing - 10esr
Unstable - 10esr (released March 2012)
Current Version - 19.0

Stable - 3.5
Testing - 3.5
Unstable - 3.5 (released February 2012)
Current version - 4.0

YOU DO have very recent packages available, even right now, during the freeze of testing. I haven't checked DE and X, since I don't know what you run (eg: which graphic card, and which environment you like).

I run XFCE on testing, not that it matters.

Stable - 4.6
Testing - 4.8
Unstable - 4.8 (released Jan 2011)
Current Version - 4.10 (released April 2012)

Like I said, Sid isn't bleeding edge. Of the packages here, the newest in Sid is the kernel: 7 months old.

It's also worth noting that drivers receive unblock from the release team so that they can enter stable.

Well that's great (and I genuinely mean that), but a bleeding-edge enthusiast would only see that 3.2 != 3.8.

about 2 years ago

Debian Project Releases 7.0 "Wheezy" Installer Candidate

Tubal-Cain Re:Quite actual - Not! (100 comments)

How could this be, when 80% of the packages of Ubuntu comes from Debian SID?

Bleeding edge only matters in software you directly interact with for casual use: That 20% should easily cover the kernel, X, the DEs, the web browsers, Libreoffice, Wine, and any GUI programs large enough to have a Windows port. Sid may not be bleeding edge, but for the other 80% it isn't obsolete enough to truly bother anyone that notices.

about 2 years ago

French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

Tubal-Cain Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

It's the brothers that have the dilemma. Let's say both of them were committing these crimes:
If both stay silent, maybe end up with time served 'cause they can't be sure it which of you it was.
If one brother rats the other out (with convincing proof), he goes free while the other gets sentenced for all the crimes.
If both rat the other out, each gets sentenced for his actual share of the crimes.

about 2 years ago

RHEL 6 No Longer Supported By Google Chrome

Tubal-Cain Re:Go where? (231 comments)

RHEL is used for hardened unix workstations, too. RHEL5 is the only enterprise linux distro I know of worth using with FIPS 140-2 and DoD APL certification, meaning that it's the only option for military workstations other than Windows.

And you're allowed to install third-party software in that situation?

about 2 years ago

GNU Hurd To Develop SATA, USB, Audio Support

Tubal-Cain Re:Wheezy? (274 comments)

The upcoming release of Debian has been known as Wheezy for...what, two years now?

about 2 years ago

AMD Publishes Open-Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver

Tubal-Cain Re:gearing up for steam on linux? (117 comments)

Performance if iffy for both, though I've never installed either on Windows so I can't say how much of that is my mediocre hardware.

about 2 years ago

64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

Tubal-Cain Re:Use Notepad (588 comments)

So is html, for that matter.

about 2 years ago

Office 2013: Microsoft Cloud Era Begins In Earnest

Tubal-Cain Re:Best Yet (241 comments)

He's probably overestimating OS X's share.

about 2 years ago

Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

Tubal-Cain Re:"oh come on dad" (187 comments)

I would hope that Schmit's kid would know about Ctrl-C Ctrl-V.

about 2 years ago

Replicating Hardest Known Biomaterial Could Improve Solar Cells and Batteries

Tubal-Cain Re:Polyp-based spacecraft creation (28 comments)

This sounds more like figuring out how to make an artificial pearl by studying how an oyster forms the natural ones.

Or, to continue the spaceship analogy, finding an animal that creates macro-scale molecules and extending the principles involved to manufacture Niven's General Products hull.

about 2 years ago

French Telecom Claims To Have Forced Google To Pay For Traffic

Tubal-Cain Re:Makes no sense. (207 comments)

Now ISPs want usage paid for by the user AND the content provider? Nice business model.

And I was under the impression that content providers were already being charged by ISPs.
Specifically: ISPs that provide bulk rates to datacenters.

about 2 years ago

On Second Thought, Polaris Really Does Seem 434 Light Years Away

Tubal-Cain Re:The most important question... (75 comments)

As far as I know Polaris doesn't have any planets, so probably not.

about 2 years ago



Debian 6.0 Released

Tubal-Cain Tubal-Cain writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tubal-Cain (1289912) writes "The Debian Project has announced the release of version 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") of their popular operating system. This version, the first first since they adopted a release schedule a year and a half ago, features KDE 4.4.5, Gnome 2.30, X.org 2.7, and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. They are also introducing a port to a FreeBSD kernel on x86 and x86_64 platforms. Accompanying this new version is an updated layout for their websites, bringing a bit of consitency between their home page, wiki, package search, etc."
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Correspondence w/ Congresscritter RE: PRO-IP Act

Tubal-Cain Tubal-Cain writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tubal-Cain (1289912) writes "I recently (for extremely large values of recent) emailed my personal congress-critter Devin Nunes (R-CA) in regards to the PRO-IP Act, and I have just recieved a response from him. While I could reply with a goatse, I might get better results by crafting a coherent response. I might be able to to a better job if Slashdot would help me with this. Here is the letter:

Dear Tubal-Cain,

Thank you for taking the time to email me to express your concerns with S. 3325, the Prioritising Resources and Organisation for Intellectual Property Act. I welcome the opportunity to provide clarity.

I believe intellectual property (copyrights, patents, and trademark) is critical to out fiscal health and to American strength in the world economy. Unfortunately, this valuable property is also vulnerable and subject to numerous types of theft and misappropriation. In fact, American businesses lose $250 billion a year to intellectual property theft; the motion picture industry alone estimates that it loses more than $3.5 billion because of piracy annually.

With this concern in mind, Senator Leahy (D-VT) introduced S. 3325 to strengthen both civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy. Specifically, this legislation increases statutory damage awards in civil counterfieting cases, strengthens remedies availiable in the procecution of criminal cases involving counterfeiting and piracy, and enhances resouces (personnel, training, and equipment) for Department of Justice program that combat IP theft.

With that said, it is important to stress that counterfeiting costs America hundreds of billions of dollers a year and has harmful effects throughout the economy. Moreover, fake products can expose consumers to serious health and safety risks while the government loses out on tax revenues and is forced to divert law enforcement resources. While this legislation does not hinder innovation, it does provide law enforcement resources and tools to combat piracy and counterfeiting.

You should know that this legislation passed the Congress with large support and has since been signed into law by the President.

In closing, I would like to address your concern about my website and encryption. I have been in touch with our website provider and forwarded your concerns. Currently House Systems does not require encryption on Member's websites. For this reason, I encourage folks never to email me sensitive information, such as social security numbers of health records. However, I will continue to monitor this situation.

Again, thanks for taking the time to email me. If you should have any outstanding questions, please feel free to contact me. Please also take a moment and visit my website at [spam URL stripped] for an update of my work in Congress

Sincerely, Devin Nunes
Member of Congress

While some things to mention are obvious (the use of the $250 billion figure, the fact that copyright infringement is a civil issue rather than a criminal one, the RIAA's extortionist tactics, etc.), there probably are subtler issues I haven't noticed (and those that I did notice I might have a hard time expressing effectively)."


How does Slashdot get unbiased political news?

Tubal-Cain Tubal-Cain writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tubal-Cain (1289912) writes "Political candidates make many statements, often contradictory to their opponents'. Government websites are such a pain to navigate for checking on someone's voting record or what the text of a bill is. As far as I know, there are no wiki-like transcripts of politicians' speeches (with citations). So what unbiased sources does Slashdot use to check the truthfulness of a politician's claims?"



FOSS Release monitoring

Tubal-Cain Tubal-Cain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

For a while now I have been maintaining a Google Calendar that keeps track of various FOSS release schedules. The currently monitored projects are:

Other projects that I don't follow as closely or don't have well-defined dates (End of November isn't specific enough, OpenOffice) may occasionally be added if I check (KOffice & OpenOffice have a few entries ATM). I update the calendar on the first Saturday of the month.

If there are other projects with a good schedule page that you would like to see tracked on this calendar, let me know.

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