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A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars

Vovk Re:Looks like you are wrong already (973 comments)

So what you are saying is that Wolfram Research now owns (Under US law and political/military might) a fundamental law of the universe.

Humanity will never cease to amaze me...

about 4 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search

Vovk Re:first post (370 comments)

of course!

Microsoft is a multi-billion dollar corporation with it's fingers in almost every aspect of modern computer application development and use.

Google is a... well... Google's logo is better!

more than 4 years ago
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Second Life To Remove Free Content From Web Search

Vovk Re:Who gives a rip? (187 comments)

/running away now to bleach eyeballs

Can... Not... Un... See!!!!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

Vovk Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

It makes the assumption that every user is an admin

RMS makes the same fallacious assumption, and throws root passwords willy-nilly to the users.

That's for FREEDOM man... FREEDOM! I will thank RMS now for allowing me to have my beer and my FREEDOM too!

Anyway, I'm pretty sure RMS's beef was forcing software developers to conceal their actions from each other... I may be wrong though, and then /. will have to correct me :(

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

Vovk Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

Well, that's questionable... Unplug the machine, hook it directly to a laptop pretending to be the server but with an old signed package list and old signed packages. You have to fool it into fetching the "new" package list though but launching one of the update tray tools that give you "you have x updates waiting" should cover that without entering any password. As far as I know there's no downgrade protection of package lists so it'll happily accept any old package list and install any old version you want it to.

You have physical access... There are SO many more convenient ways of breaking into the box than what you are describing...
Still. This is a bad idea. Non-admins installing software that admins may or may not know about... yeah... whoever thought of this should be taken behind the chemical shed and shot.

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

Vovk Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

I fail to see how not being able to guess the account name of the superuser is a bad thing ^_^

even better, what if you had sudo rights split up between all of your users? O.o It's kinda silly (similar to tinfoil hat linux), but you could have one user for mounting devices, one user for starting certain apps, one user for creating and deleting files, etc...

and we could all type in our passwords by playing tetris in a certain way... that would work!

more than 4 years ago
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MPAA Asks Again For Control Of TV Analog Ports

Vovk Re:Maximizing copyright != maximizing producers (466 comments)

It's more about censorship than entertainment really...

It's also about businesses who make money by selling products and people getting to use products that they paid for (as opposed to businesses leasing "rights to use" and then charging over and over again whenever there's a change of medium)

more than 4 years ago
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Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

Vovk Re:here's where we get to hear someone spew (932 comments)

I can't count. 3 :P

Also, if your 6 year old has sudo, she could potentially do a sudo rm -rf /home/daddy (or worse heh)

just sayin'

more than 4 years ago
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Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

Vovk Re:here's where we get to hear someone spew (932 comments)

6 year old installing some stuff could cause security problems (if not properly locked down after installation)

-openssh-sever
-vnc4server
-anything (from a random site) that can be run by a gnome desktop launcher

to name 2...

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

Vovk Re:Dude (475 comments)

pfft... I just eat my apples whol*pop*

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

Vovk Re:Dude (475 comments)

virtually no downsides?

First they'll laser etch your fruit, then they'll laser etch your BABIES!

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

Vovk Re:Boon! (475 comments)

Drink Tang! I assure you that the label was made with a laser printer (not exactly etching... but burning toner)

more than 4 years ago
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New Web-Based Netbook From Litl — Based On Clutter, Uncluttered

Vovk Re:$700? (109 comments)

as opposed to a power book, a noteboook, a toughbook, and the actual digital replacements for books that are called readers...

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:indeed (1231 comments)

I watched an entire 2 seasons of a TV show on karmic running on a dell Latitude e5500. I suspend it all the time and I get more errors from my 9.04 than from my laptop (9.04 requires me to killall gnome-panel on every login as well as change the clock to daylight savings time).

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:Professionalism (1231 comments)

also, fedora is CRAZY more unstable than ubuntu is. Fedora is RHEL's playground, all the stuff that works in fedora is rolled into RHEL. Ubuntu ONLY has Ubuntu, so there's a bigger incentive to be a bit more stable (it's why they didn't just jump to things like OpenOffice 3 when it came out near their release schedule)

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:Professionalism (1231 comments)

mint is ubuntu O.o

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:Arch (1231 comments)

or Sorcerer ^_^

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:Professionalism (1231 comments)

if you sudo apt-get install wicd on an ubuntu system, it will remove the network manager and start the wicd daemon for you ^_^

I haven't personally had your issues with networkmanager, but my school requires us to use wicd for their authentication system.

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

Vovk Re:Professionalism (1231 comments)

?!

The theme is your biggest problem? wtf are you smoking?

What about the adoption of upstart? The new ubuntu software center? The fact that the repos aren't fully updated yet? Update programs without updated plugins (Exaile, VLC, etc), Programs not recognizing the newly updated kernel (ATI drivers?)

Hell... if the theme is your biggest problem, then I call that a painless upgrade :P

PS: I still love the new release ^_^ I've managed to work around all my problems and I have to admit, Karmic is pretty slick

more than 4 years ago
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New Threats Against Pirate Bay Owners

Vovk Re:Oh dear (335 comments)

I'd rather fight Nazis than a Big American Corporation any day. Nazis smell better...

more than 4 years ago

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