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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Vorpix steam (933 comments)

this is silly. the linux desktop is far from dead and is only going to improve when A) people become disenfranchised with the direction Windows 8 is going, and B) people can buy and play all their games (and one day, other commercial applications) through Steam. I think Valve is providing the engine that will drive Linux desktop adoption.

about 2 years ago

Universal Android Laptop Dock: Microsoft Nightmare, Or Toy?

Vorpix good idea (262 comments)

this has a lot of potential... it gives the "laptop" experience the same flexibility that the "desktop" experience has in terms of reusing the keyboard/mouse/monitor. You buy the clamcase dock once, and may be able to use it for several phones as long as they all use a similar connector to dock with it, and you'd only need to replace that portion of it when it breaks, rather than pretty much every time you upgrade as you would on a laptop.

more than 2 years ago

An Operating System For Cities

Vorpix Halo (216 comments)

This sounds like the Superintendent in Halo ODST.

more than 2 years ago

Intel's RISC-y Business

Vorpix hackers called it in 1995 (225 comments)

KATE: RISC architecture is gonna change everything.

DADE: Yeah. RISC is good.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Hires Steve 'Cyanogen' Kondik

Vorpix Re:Ack! (177 comments)

the concern I have is that CyanogenMod is so good because it lacks the crap that handset manufacturers force onto users. I doubt that a phone running a Samsung branded CyanogenMod will be able to escape having (for example) unremoveable Verizon junk forced into it.

more than 3 years ago

Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

Vorpix Re:"May cost"?? (591 comments)

why are people modding this up? i bet this guy had the same short-sighted view about the mobile market before Android came out and now is the market leader. as more and more applications are moving away from desktop apps to online based applications, it's certainly plausible that at some point in the future people will start asking why they are still paying for the privilege of an OS like Windows when everything they need to do on their computer takes place in their browser. and as the differences between "computers" and "phones" is continually blurred, how can you be so sure that at some point in the near future ChromeOS/Android won't become a dominant player on the "desktop"? that too is certainly plausible.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

Vorpix Re:Somewhat at PSU. (432 comments)

i think PSLUG needs to come back. i remember the old install-fests and linux demo day where they had all these (now bankrupt) Linux companies come demo their products.

more than 3 years ago

Boot Linux In Your Browser

Vorpix tools (393 comments)

now where is network support, ssh, nmap and other tools that could make this actually useful to the roaming sysadmin?

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider

Vorpix Re:Absurd (729 comments)

on the login screen you type in your username then at the bottom select "Ubuntu Classic" from the list of options. It's not "hidden deep in the operating system", in fact it's the first screen you see.

more than 3 years ago

Jeff & Rob Visit Lucasfilm

Vorpix the /. staff (198 comments)

I kinda like this sorta post. I used to feel a closer connection with the /. mods back in the day than recently. It didn't always feel like one Apple/Google press release after another like it does nowadays. It seemed like there was more editorial content. (Not that I'm asking for JonKatz to return...)

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

Vorpix time (500 comments)

this all comes down to time. i can reapply the data to a fresh VM image in a matter of hours and have it back up and running, pretty much without variation. hunting down a deep, dark problem can take 30 minutes or it might take days, and depending on the problem, that may simply be unacceptable.

the real skill is knowing when to pull the trigger on a rebuild vs knowing when it's something you can find and fix. hunting down problems and fixing them is something many sysadmins crave. at least VM's give us the ability to investigate the broken machine at our leisure, while a working VM can jump into production.

unless management wants to rely solely on rebuilds and the time investment it takes to do them every time, there will always be a need for sysadmins to analyze problems and figure out the "whys" and "hows" that caused them.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Patents Location Social Networking

Vorpix Re:Not a chance. (120 comments)

Google bought Dodgeball (which did this sort of location tracking via sms) in 2005. Dodgeball's founder (Dennis Crowley) then created Foursquare. If anybody should be patenting this it should be Crowley or Google.

more than 3 years ago

Homebrew Cray-1

Vorpix wow (140 comments)

imagine a beowulf cluster of these! ;)

about 4 years ago

The Misleading World of Atari 2600 Box Art

Vorpix slashdotted (267 comments)

i kinda wish worked for slashdot. :-\ i mean, we INVENTED slashdotting.

about 4 years ago

Facebook Takes On FourSquare

Vorpix Foursquare (220 comments)

i have been using foursquare for a long time and i absolutely love it. playing the meta-game of acquiring badges has motivated me to travel to all new places and discover things I may never have come across on my own. it's fun, and my buddies and i have gone on some road trips to see places we've found through foursquare to great success. if you have an actual social life, it can be great fun to find which bar or club your friends are at on any given night without having to contact everybody directly. it's nice the way it is. i wouldn't want facebook getting their grubby hands on it.

more than 4 years ago

The Second Age of Airships

Vorpix Re:Forever. (363 comments)

why not FFIV? you start the game on the Red Wings as Cecil!

more than 4 years ago

WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo

Vorpix srsly govt? (837 comments)

haven't you seen star wars? if you strike him down, he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

it's not such a bad thing for the government to *gasp* be held accountable.

more than 4 years ago

The Puzzle of Japanese Web Design

Vorpix kanji (242 comments)

i sorta think the author of TFA is looking at a page full of kanji and is equating that to being a busy mess of a design. I wonder if the same exact page, translated to English, would evoke the same feelings.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Discussions Now Include Roulette Video Chat

Vorpix Re:Boobs (192 comments)

this is one thing we DO NOT WANT from slashdot's readerbase.

more than 4 years ago

Malware Delivered By Yahoo, Fox, Google Ads

Vorpix ad servers really shot themselves in the foot here (319 comments)

the biggest change this has for me is that it has moved installing adblocking software from just 'something i do for my personal computers' to 'something i do on any computer i touch, even professionally'.

it was the ad server's responsibility to regulate what they distribute. instead, they have just become an avenue for zero-day attacks that can spread across the web in no time at all. since they did NOT act responsibly in preventing this type of attack (really, is there NO review process at all on what they serve out to millions of people?), it falls on us, the users, to protect ourselves. when companies complain about lost revenue due to adblocking software, this is your justification.

more than 4 years ago


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