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Debian Changes Default Desktop From GNOME To XFCE

ZPWeeks Of all the priorities... (328 comments)

Why is a CD's capacity the deciding factor for a component with such broad repercussions throughout the OS? It's 2012, folks. How many new installations are really made or broken on what works from a 700MB CD when a 4.7GB DVD is an incredibly common substitute?

I'm not ridiculing this decision, despite my surprised tone. I'm actually interested in learning more about the reasoning behind it, if anyone has some more background.

more than 2 years ago

VLC Player For Android Is Almost a Reality

ZPWeeks Re:IOS + Handbrake (144 comments)

Not quite that GPL and Apple TOS are incompatible- otherwise Apple wouldn't permit other popular GPL-developed apps like the iOS WordPress client. VLC doesn't hold the copyright to contributed code, and one of the VLC contributors (who holds copyright to part of VLC) decided to make a stink about it for everyone. That person may have thought the GPL to be at odds with Apple TOS, but he's not the one calling the shots. As far as Apple was concerned, the complaint was that the developer publishing an iOS VLC port didn't have the rights to do so.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

ZPWeeks Re:Just a little while (217 comments)

Someone's sarcasm detector broke...

more than 3 years ago

RMS: 'Is Android Really Free Software?'

ZPWeeks Yawn. (433 comments)

Idealist pissed that not everyone subscribes completely to each tenet of his philosophy. News at 11.

more than 3 years ago

USB Foot Controls

ZPWeeks Re:Why only for mac and windows? (123 comments)

Because the other 2% of the market will have no problem creating its own support for a pretty straightforward USB I/O device?

more than 3 years ago

Are Third-Party Android Vendors Violating the GPL?

ZPWeeks Re:IOW (132 comments)

I guess this post should have been from the checking-it-thrice dept.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Sells "Trending Topics" To Advertisers

ZPWeeks Currently trending (67 comments)

  • #thingsblackpeopledontdo
  • Mini Lady Gaga
  • #worldcup
  • Oil Spill
  • A-Team

...and nothing of value was lost.

more than 4 years ago

I mailed / filed my tax return form ...

ZPWeeks Re:British tax returns are due in in January (432 comments)

so could you Americans learn to realise that you speak ENGLISH and remember that you are a minority of the English speaking world, especially of the English speaking GEEK world :)

Yes. This is why England is the source of all the technology innovation happening these days. Take the imperial stick out of your arse and realize that dialects evolve regionally, and you have no right to be offended by our cultures and dialects not being subject to your imposition.

more than 4 years ago

PayPal Freezes the Assets of

ZPWeeks Re:More info, please (403 comments)

I've gotten a non-profit I volunteer for verified with PayPal. It's not "click a button on a webpage" easy, but it's "send a fax and talk with a human being at PayPal" easy. For the smalltime org I did this for, I'd be surprised if Wikileaks hadn't done this as due diligence.

more than 4 years ago

Why Firefox's Future Lies In Google's Hands

ZPWeeks Are FF and Chrome really "competing?" (346 comments)

Perhaps I don't understand this fully, but I don't see how this works out to be competition from a "dollars and cents" perspective. Google keeps talking about Chrome being a way to "improve the web," and I see them doing that by promoting a browser that's leaps and bounds above the status quo (being IE). Having an officially "Google" product, instead of just a Google-sponsored one like Firefox, allows them to leverage their reputation in a way that hopefully gets people using modern browsers. There are good technical reasons to use both, and aren't crowding the market.

Until Google starts tightly coupling their web services with Chrome-exclusive features (and I don't mean just bookmark sync), Firefox and Chrome will both benefit Google economically by giving them a broader base of browsers capable of running their monetized products - rich web applications.

Firefox will not be an economic competitor to Google until (1) Firefox changes its search defaults or (2) Google elects to make Chrome-exclusive products or features.

more than 4 years ago

Spider-Man 4 Scrapped, Franchise Reboot Planned

ZPWeeks In other news (536 comments)

Red hair dye companies' stock shares plummeted yesterday due to loss of demand from the Kirsten Dunst market.

more than 4 years ago

Managing Young Sys Admins At Oregon State Open Source Lab

ZPWeeks Personal experience in all-student department (141 comments)

I'm in my fourth year working and studying at the Colorado State University College of Business. Student-facing systems are pretty much 100% run by students, who report to student managers, who report to the IT Director and a student committee representing students who pay the tech fees. It's worked remarkably well, and I've been in several roles throughout my tenure- Lab Technician, network engineer, sysadmin, security team lead, web developer.

In terms of the department's effectiveness, I would say that students receive a great value and enthusiastic service from their colleagues. The risk of system failure is pretty low since we have decent turnover and a hierarchy of newbie and more experienced staff. (It also helps having a good balance of student employees in the technical disciplines and the business administration major.) Everybody starts out with very little experience, and gets direct access to systems they wouldn't otherwise be trusted with. We put heavy emphasis on documentation and formal training requirements, but a lot of stuff is "throwing us in the lake and learning how to swim." I was 18 when I got the security team lead position, and later that week a horrible false positive in $vendor's antivirus definitions rendered every workstation in the college useless. The real-world experience of emergency response and dealing with managing a team and staying accountable to others taught me so much.

I value this kind of opportunity as something much more valuable than an internship, some entry-level jobs, or even my degree program. The job's flexibility with my school schedule and direct pertinence to my studies added several dollars worth of value to the decent student hourly rate.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

ZPWeeks Re:Age and quality. (443 comments)

I think Slashdot has done much better than other social news sites in this regard. At least some of the mods and meta-mods can recognize that upmodding shouldn't correlate to agreement with a statement. Try posting unpopular opinions on Digg or Reddit and you'll see how much harder it is to be heard because everyone has downvoting power. Honestly, I'd be overjoyed to see a flurry of insightful or informative comments, even when they're not what I agree with. I want to be forced to think and be confronted by conflicting opinions - that way I can form more educated opinions of my own and be less influenced by groupthink circle jerks.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Stock Going Public?

ZPWeeks Re:hmm (118 comments)

They already have that, but it's not for third-party apps. They started out just charging $1 for "gifts", then later changed it from dollar amounts to credits. Now on someone's birthday, the normal wall post screen displays other options to give "real gifts" and services.

more than 4 years ago

The Kindle Killer Arrives

ZPWeeks Re:i'm not paying $250 to buy books (542 comments)

Yes, I read Cryptonomicon cover to cover (well, save for the fact that eBooks don't *have* covers) on my iPhone's Kindle app. My paper copy of the book is 1100 pages and I couldn't get too far in because I never lug books around with me. Having it on a device that is already in my pocket - and can be read in the dark - is a huge plus for me. I'm considering a Kindle but I'm not yet sure I'd even carry that around. My eyes don't like the regular display a ton, but it certainly was fine for a couple of hours at a time, especially when I weigh the convenience of having access to a book at all times.

about 5 years ago

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists

ZPWeeks Re:Uh, why just TI? (405 comments)

I 3 the EFF.

Obviously your devotion is higher than mine, I just less than three them.

about 5 years ago

Advice On Creating an Open Source Textbook?

ZPWeeks Freeload Press (178 comments)

Thanks to some very sane authors in my Finance department, I took a class using a free text from Freeload Press. They manage to turn revenue by putting ads in the DRM-free PDF files. Other good benefits are very quick error corrections, and students have the option to order an ad-free printed copy for a very sane price (around $30-40). My guess is that authors still get paid. (Normally I'm vehemently anti-advertising but as a college student, I'd *much* rather support an advertising business model than the current textbook industry. Yuck!)

more than 5 years ago

How To Send Email When You're Dead

ZPWeeks Nigerian Executor of Estate (165 comments)

Once I die, I don't want my offspring to pay the death tax, so I have contracted with a Nigerian attorney to arrange for QUICK INVESTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL FUNDS over the internet. Whomever he works with is authorized to take 30% of the money transferred, while 5% will handle various transfer costs. All the investor will have to do is provide my attorney with their account information by sending a small deposit to his international account.

more than 5 years ago



ZPWeeks ZPWeeks writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ZPWeeks (990417) writes "After an overwhelming user revolt on Digg after the site deleted submissions linking to the recently leaked HD-DVD decryption key, Digg CEO has responded on Digg's blog: "...after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you've made it clear. You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won't delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be. If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.""

ZPWeeks ZPWeeks writes  |  more than 8 years ago

ZPWeeks writes "'A little birdie who wishes to remain anonymous' supposedly leaked Apple's agenda for tomorrow's 'Showtime' event to TUAW. What's in store, according to this avian informant? iTunes 7, a barely-upgraded iPod nano, the long-rumored widescreed iPod with on-screen click wheel, iTunes Movie Store, and 'TubePort', a $99 device that purportedly will link a Mac to your TV (yes, even HDTV) to play all of those Disney and Pixar hits. Is it true? Well, 12 hours isn't too long to wait, so don't waste too much breath..."


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