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Hackers Leak Xbox One SDK Claiming Advancement In Openness and Homebrew

bornagainpenguin XBMC is dead. (86 comments)

I know a lot of people that would buy an Xbone right away if they could install that.

XBMC is dead, there is now only Kodi.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

bornagainpenguin You first! (437 comments)

I'd dare say that the amount of material that is supposed to be public domain by now because of copyright expiry, had it not been extended to the admittedly absurd lengths that it is does not comprise a majority of pirated works.

So? They moved the goal posts first. Why should we be the ones obligated to abide by agreements the other parties have abrogated their part of?

I'll be quite happy to show respect to copyright when Big Media starts showing respect for it--until I'll fly the jolly roger for as long as I can as often as I can.

The MAFIAA can go suck it for all I care.

about three weeks ago

Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

bornagainpenguin Re:That is not doxing (171 comments)

Calling someone's mom and telling them their son has been making rape threats and harassing women on the internet is not doxxing.

Only if it's demonstrably true. Something...something....cried...wolf... Sorry if I find the current crop of doxxers lacking in veracity. Something..ethics..journalism.. comes to mind but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Putting someone's phone number on the internet to invite[..] rape threats and harassment is doxxing.

Agreed. Which is why no one should be posting someone else's information and using harassment as a silencing tactic.

about three weeks ago

Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

bornagainpenguin LOL Surface... (328 comments)

The Surface will never be a useful device so long as Microsoft insists on blocking installs of other systems via Secure Boot. If I buy the product I should have the right to install anything I want on it; if I'm merely renting I demand much better terms for the lease. They don't get to have it both ways.

Otherwise I was very much intrigued by the Surface as I've been impressed with Microsoft's hardware in the past but not at the expense of having to run their operating system to use the device.

about a month ago

"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

bornagainpenguin Gizmondo? (561 comments)

Don't you mean Gawker Media? Why are we giving these scum any attention whatsoever?

about 2 months ago

Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

bornagainpenguin ..but ossified spending habits... (206 comments)

If I'm Facebook, trying to put ads in front of buyers, college kids are a waste of my time. I want baby boomers.

Yes, and once those Baby Boomers with their cemented and ossified spending habits and preferences die off and the young college kids are making more money but have already had their buying habits shaped and controlled by the competition who spent their dollars planning for the long term, what then?
Not saying that this is right or that you're wrong but there's a little more involved than straight dollars to dollars here...

about 3 months ago

Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

bornagainpenguin Re:Misleading summary (219 comments)

There is a public debate. Every citizen of the Campaign-funding Corporations of America has the ability to vote, through their elected Lobbyists.

Don't laugh. The Global Corporate Congress is exactly who is getting to vote here.

sigh I miss America...

about 3 months ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

bornagainpenguin Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

  • a. He's a he.
  • b. He's a teenager.
  • c. He goes to a school.
  • d. He wrote the word "gun" in a "fantasy" story.

He's white.
Anyone think we're going to see Obama weighing in on this one?

about 5 months ago

Firefox 29: Redesign

bornagainpenguin Re:Popcorn (688 comments)

First, since you seem to be the big apologist for the travesty that Gnome has become, allow me to say 'Fuck you.'


Everbody bitches about what's gone, but not what we've added or improved.

Maybe this is because what's been added isn't an improvement? Maybe what was there before needed not to be removed or rewritten, but to have the bugs fixed? Oh that's right I forgot, you guys think chasing the new shiney is more important than fixing bugs or servicing an existing userbase. I guess that brings me back to point one....

about 9 months ago

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

bornagainpenguin Re:this was the best: (692 comments)

My roommate back in the early 90s went on a job interview in the late 80s.

Your roomate has a time machine? Why was\is s\he looking for work? Does s\he simply lack imagination?

1 year,6 days

NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic

bornagainpenguin Bandwidth? (188 comments)

It's been an open secret for years now that the branches of the federal government tend to "bury" their budget inside of other allocations to hide them from outsiders, supposedly explaining the existence of $500 hammers and $1,000 toilets. Is the NSA also doing this, but with bandwidth rather than dollars? It might explain how suddenly the various ISPs are up in arms about bandwidth hogs and how a small percent are using up the majority of the bandwidth available on the network....

about a year ago

Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

bornagainpenguin Re:Baah not this crap again (88 comments)

Because none of that other UI desktop stuff exists on the Ubuntu repos. Nope, not at all. You're not allowed to install them even if they do.

You mean like Gnome 2.xx? Go ahead and try, see how far you get. Even trying to install the MATE fork results in a multitude of breakage all over the system, because of dependencies related to the increasingly ironic "Unity" desktop.

I've been looking for a replacement to Ubuntu for a while now and have begun moving on to Debian as a result with frequent stops here and there to try out other distros to see if any come close to working as well for me as earlier versions of Ubuntu did. So far the only one which does is Debian and even then there's all sorts of stuff that I have to relearn while missing the way Ubuntu used to handle it...

So yeah, 'forced' is an apt description. I (and many others) have been forced to make a decision between keeping our Gnome 2.xx desktop and Ubuntu. Sadly unlike those who still cling to Windows XP those of us who use Linux are unable to simply use the older versions because of how quickly bitrot sets in and how difficult it becomes to install applications.

about a year ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator

bornagainpenguin Re:Forget Terminator (245 comments)

Sort of the "I-won't-ever-retire" cop that's only a shadow of his former glory.

You mean, The Last Action Hero?

/me ducks

about a year and a half ago

Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

bornagainpenguin Legacy support exists via emulation. (607 comments)

Apple should offer legacy support back to Classic, at least, with full 68K/PPC support - there's a tremendous amount of excellent software that was never brought to OSX

Basilisk II does a really great job of supporting Classic MacOS 68k from MacOS 0.x to MacOS 8.1 and Sheepshaver is capable of supporting PPC MacOS 7.5.2 thru 9.0.4. If you want, there's even the vMac project and its more portable and actively developed spin off Mini vMac which allow you to emulate the old Apple Macintosh Plus...

What exactly is it you think is missing?

about a year and a half ago

Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out

bornagainpenguin You're damn right.... (185 comments)

MATE has been upgrade to 1.6, which saw many old and deprecated packages replaced with newer technologies

oh no! things were removed! Better fork MATE so I can have it be exactly the same as a previous version!

I know you're just being snarky, but really why is it so hard to keep my desktop the same while still getting security updates for the over all system and new versions of my apps when they upgrade? Why?

I hate to give Microsoft credit for anything, but at least they had enough insight to keep the option to switch back to the previous version of the desktop available for many many releases afterwards. Up until fairly recently it was pretty easy to go back to your preferred work space in Windows. From Win95--Windows 2000 you could still get Progman.exe to run. You could still revert the taskbar and themes from Fisherprice to the 'standard' look that carried over from Win95 all the way through Windows XP to Windows 7.

Why is it so unreasonable to expect the same in Linux?

Oh and I'm one of those people who prefer MATE over the mess that Gnome 3.0 has become with its intentional breaking of the system to prevent people from keeping what they had before, but if these changes actually ruin the desktop you can be sure that people will indeed fork MATE.

about a year and a half ago

Inside the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

bornagainpenguin Re:Shills (54 comments)

Looks like the anti-MS shills are spamming Slashdot's comment section again.

Who needs shills when your competition has been diligently chumming the water in which they live for a decade or two? Microsoft has earned its hatred in this industry, one pissed off user at a time. To pretend this entirely predictable reaction is the work of shills only betrays your own allegiance and paid for status...

about a year and a half ago

Ender's Game Trailer Released

bornagainpenguin Re:every time i see "Ender's Game" (470 comments)

With Orson Scott Card's emphatically homophobic world view, I refuse to help finance any of his works.

Awesome. It's certainly your right to choose to not read any of the man's books or watch any media based on them. You're absolutely free to do without the enjoyment that comes from reading one of his books or watching this movie which from the trailer looks to be quite fun.

What you're not free to do is get in the faces of those of us who are planning to continue enjoying his work and seek to ruin it for us.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets

bornagainpenguin Suddenly OUYA is starting to look pretty good... (236 comments)

You all remember OUYA, don't you? The 'Android console' destined to be a failure because Microsoft and SONY were going to crush them completely...remember?
Only now SONY and Microsoft have begun having a contest to see which one of them can completely tank their console sales the best and Microsoft just took a major lead in the competition... Not that I can really blame SONY as they're still smarting over how badly they got spanked when they removed OtherOS from the PS3.
Meanwhile with this latest salvo, Microsoft announcing a requirement for always on internet connectivity just to play the game, it looks like those triple A titles the fanboys were moaning about not being available on OUYA is a good thing. Instead of Planned Obsolesce games, the OUYA will offer games that will work darn near forever--and emulators will be available so you can still play all those old games you fell in love with gaming for in the first place!
Makes a nice HTPC with XBMC too I hear....what's not to love?

about 2 years ago

Criticism Of Copyright Alert System Mounts

bornagainpenguin Fuck your copyright bullshit! (172 comments)

The difference between your Martin Niemoller reference and what I am saying is that what they are going after, is that in Niemoller's case, the people "they came for" may have, at worst, been considered the fringes of society, but they weren't necessarily doing anything that was previously against the law. Copyright infringement actually *IS* illegal, and has been for quite a long time.

I'll take copyright infringement seriously the day that Big Media starts taking the public domain seriously, and not one second before. They thought they could play this game of indefinitely extending the length of copyright terms, effectively stealing from the public domain and all of humanity without there being unforeseen consequences? Guess what? People now take copyrights about as seriously as Big Media does, i.e. not at all.

Fuck your copyrights.

about 2 years ago



Google's Android Market Policy: Screw You, I Got Mine!

bornagainpenguin bornagainpenguin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bornagainpenguin (1209106) writes "Does Google have an obligation past its 15min refund policy to ensure app developers aren't playing fast and loose in its Play store? Googlegotmine sure seems to think so as he recounts a recent altercation over a developer who removed an application from the store and renamed it, effectively making customers purchase it twice if they want to use it. Is it really Google's policy not to care what happens after an app has been purchased in their store? If so, why should anyone buy anything from them ever again? Why not pirate?"
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Ask Slashdot: Independently Produced TV Shows?

bornagainpenguin bornagainpenguin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bornagainpenguin (1209106) writes "Slashdot recently reported that Stargate Universe was canceled, taking with it yet another of the vanishingly smaller network Sci-Fi shows to watch on TV. In the comments of that story someone mentioned Pioneer One as an alternative to traditional network series. I'm downloading it now and looking forward to seeing it, but I'm wondering what else is available that is independently produced and has a greater emphasis on plot and actually finishing the story?

I'm already a fan of efforts like Batman: City of Scars, Starwreck: In the Pirkinning, and Star Trek: Phase II so I know that great things are possible, I just don't know where to find them!

Can Slashdot help by making some recommendations?"


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