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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

bjoswald That's nice, but ... (376 comments)

I'm sticking with Windows 7.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

bjoswald My suggestions for Windows (467 comments)

HOSTS file
Adblock, NoScript, Disconnect (Ghostery was sold to an ad company)

Job's done!

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

bjoswald Just my 2 bytes... (928 comments)

I am nowhere near an expert, but as someone who uses Linux everyday (Ubuntu. So what?), I have to say Pulse doesn't give me much trouble. It's annoying that I have to edit a conf file to set up my 5.1 audio channel map, LFE remixing, and resampling rate, but after that, all I have to do is adjust my volume in alsamixer and call it a day. Hardly a catastrophe. Systemd, on the other hand, I agree with in theory: I agree the boot process should be handled by daemons that dynamically load and unload what is needed. It should have been that way from the beginning. A simple script, I suppose, could do the job too, but it's 'dirtier', and seems rather ... hacky. However, systemd's tentacles have now begun to dig themselves into other parts of the system and that, to me, is wrong. It should handle booting and dynamically unloaded/loading modules that are needed. That's it. Why does it need a console? Debugging purposes? That can be done with the Terminal we already have. TL;DR: Systemd's roots are growing too big for the pot.

about 3 months ago

Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

bjoswald Looking good! (132 comments)

I have it running on my Nexus 5, and it has come a long way. Just two or three builds ago (241 I think?), scrolling was slow and choppy, swiping between screens was laggy, and touch sensitivity was way too low. Text was hard for me to read (due to font hinting) and "apps" felt like they took forever to open. But the RTM release turned all of that around. It's actually a pleasure to use, and not only do I use it as my DD, I actually removed my CM backup. I'm not saying it's the best OS ever (there's still plenty of bugs to work out), but it works FOR ME and I like it.

about 4 months ago

OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

bjoswald WNDR3400v3 support? (71 comments)

Someone? Anyone? Bueller?

about 6 months ago

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

bjoswald Your tax dollars at work. (322 comments)

You would think that, by now, we would have some compnay like Red Hat or Google contracting out Linux-based systems and support for critical infrastructure. Since *nix/*BSD is the backbone of the Internet, why do they depend on Windows?

about 10 months ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

bjoswald Obvious hack is obvious? (151 comments)

Well yeah, considering the severity and size of attack vector. I'm sure the NSA are having a field day over at HQ, too (Hi, BTW).

about 10 months ago

The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

bjoswald This makes me sad. (693 comments)

Regardless of how we feel about GNOME 3, we should donate out of principle (in my opinion, of course). I use and depend on GNOME - in one form or another - everyday, so I will be donating ASAP. It won't be much, but it's more than they have now.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

bjoswald Lubuntu (452 comments)

Lubuntu with a Windows XP theme. It looks nearly identical, in the familiar Start Menu-esque heirarchy. You could also change the name of apps to something more familiar (LibreOffice > Office, Tomboy > Notes, Totem > Movie Player, etc). Low system requirements too.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

bjoswald It's not so bad... (631 comments)

I hated Unity at first too. I even skipped 11.04 and 11.10 because I couldn't adjust. But when the LTS came out, I read how things have improved and decided to give it another chance. Now, I'm glad I did. Ubuntu 12.04 is my favorite release of Ubuntu. It works, it's fast, and I can get it configured the way I want in an hour or so. Sure, there's the occasional Compiz crash at first, but after updating and installing proprietary drivers, I haven't had any problems. I don't care if you use Debian, Arch, Mint, or whatever. As long as I can keep using what makes me happy, without making sacrifices to get things done, we can co-exist harmoniously, right?

about a year ago

The Dash Is Now Anonymized In Ubuntu 13.10

bjoswald More Dash controversy?! (183 comments)

Well, it's not the ideal solution to the privacy problem, but it's a (small) step in the right direction. I'm going to stick with 12.04 until the next LTS and see where Canonical will go from there. If it doesn't pan out, well, there's always good ol' Debian.

about a year ago

The Linux Foundation Releases Annual Linux Development Report

bjoswald Re:Nobody from Ubuntu (101 comments)

Well yeah, and there's the fact that most people couldn't care less about the politics. I can't speak for anyone's grandparents, but I've been using Ubuntu for years - by choice - because it works, it's fast, and I like the way it looks. Why people can't accept that, I'll never know. For one reason or another, in the Linux community, if you proclaim to like a popular distro, other people take it as a personal attack or something.

about a year ago

SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

bjoswald The name's school, old school. (512 comments)

I don't know if mechanical HD's are considered "Amish technology" in the PC world yet, but I've been using computers since the 80s and have yet to have an HD disaster. Could be luck, could be karma, but I have no desire to switch yet. Even the typical sales pitch of "bigger, faster!" doesn't sell me like it does with GPUs.

about a year ago

Misinterpretation of Standard Causing USB Disconnects On Resume In Linux

bjoswald High-fives and a Cherry Coke (280 comments)

Although this stuff is way over my head, I admire Sarah for all of her hard work in such a cut-throat industry. Being a woman, I can't imagine the extra pressure she has to put up with.

about a year and a half ago

Search For Evi Nemeth Continues

bjoswald Distressed ships should come with Google Maps (67 comments)

I really, really hope they find them, dead or alive. At least there would be some closure. Just going missing all this time is like a splinter that won't heal, you know?

about a year and a half ago

Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

bjoswald Oh, come on (303 comments)

Now this is just ridiculous. Why do they have to use such crappy plugins like Silverlight (which MS themselves are abandoning)? Why do they care how we browse their service and watch their videos, so long as we do so legally? Just make it HTML5 or some other open standard and let everyone watch without jumping through insane hoops or downloading obsolete (and potentially vulnerable) plugins.

about a year and a half ago

IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

bjoswald Re:Excellent (499 comments)

Agreed. The advertising industry has become a cancer; from benign to malignant.

about a year and a half ago


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