top Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview
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?
about a month and a half ago
top NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic
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....
top Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir
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.
top Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back As the Terminator
Sort of the "I-won't-ever-retire" cop that's only a shadow of his former glory.
The Last Action Hero? /me ducks
top Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC
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?
top Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Is Out
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.
top Inside the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
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...
Ender's Game Trailer Released
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 planning to continue enjoying his work and seek to ruin it for us. are
top Microsoft Apologizes For Cavalier 'Always-Online' DRM Tweets
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?
top Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican
It is estimated that 5-10% of the population is gay.
Errr...actually it's less. A
lot less. As a matter of fact would you believe the real number stands at slightly less than 2%? Don't worry, almost no one in America gets this one right...
top Criticism Of Copyright Alert System Mounts
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.
top Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling
Most set top boxes have that somewhere in the settings.
Yeah, and then once you've hidden the junk channels (seriously
how ) the company takes great pleasure in moving the channels around, making you have to head back into the settings and figure out which numbers now need to be unblocked... many home shopping channels are there? who the hell watches\buys this crap?? Gets especially painful at my Dad's house because he expects me to fix it for him and doesn't seem to understand why channels disappear from one set top box to the other, despite me explaining to him repeatedly that he has the HD package, but the set top box in his bedroom is still his old non-HD receiver, so different channels are available on different numbers depending on whether or not the channel is broadcast in HD. At the time he had an old SDTV in the bedroom, so I understand not wanting to pay more for definition he couldn't see, but he has a new HDTV in there now and still doesn't get that he's still using the SD receiver. So yeah, while technically it's possible to just hide unused channels in practice it turns into a game of catch the wandering channel.
top Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow
Although recently we've seen a few of those used for stupid things (death star) as well as being flat out trampled on a few times with responses that basically said "we don't feel like telling you that", it would still be nice to see it out there.
You're confusing cause and effect here. The reason there has been so much success in getting stupid things voted up to the top of the list on the 'We the People' site is
because of the lack of real responses and the sheer mindfuckery that is having the head of the organization the petition requests disband reply to said petition. If the government doesn't seem to take the site any more seriously than an 'American Idol' poll or even a poll to name a new soft drink flavor, why should the rest of us?
top Samsung Amps Up Its Multi-Window Android Upgrade
They're free to fork it if they want. If google doesn't like it then tough.
Actually, if Google doesn't like it, Samsung will be forbidden to call it Android.
This already happened once with Acer. What makes you think Google won't spank Samsung too if necessary?
top BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic
warn people if you're going to send them to TVTropes!
top Ubuntu Focusing on Tablets and the Cloud in 2013
Or could it be that the people complaining about Unity doesn't know how to change to to Xubuntu, Kubuntu and so on? A lot of the comments are "Unity is crap" bla bla. I just don't get it, If you don't like Unity, just use Xubuntu or whatever.
The complaints are usually being made by people who don't have anywhere to go. For someone who has used and has learned to love the Gnome 2.xx desktop moving to XFCE or KDE is simply not an option, and Gnome 3.0 is not a way forward. Where do those people go?
This is why you see so much hate for Unity. Not just because it represents a decision by Canonical to double down on pushing their renamed "Netbook Remix" on people under the guise of offering an alternative desktop to Gnome 3, but because these people feel they have no place to go.
MATE may be an answer some day, as long as its project continues to be worked on but for now all that exists is a few distros still shipping with Gnome 2.xx and of those most of them are rapidly approaching an end to their supported by dates and no longer seeing any application updates.
For all that it is a feature of Linux distros to have all their applications available from one repository, it is also a huge flaw because it requires that the user always upgrade if they wish to continue using applications. That is why there are so many people angry. They have less choice now than they've ever had with their computers and seemingly no where left to go with a future.
top Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener
It'd be like if everybody believes politics to be a dishonest mud trough, we'd just end up with a bunch of greedy pigs who like to wallow in it
Remind me, if you could how exactly is this different than the current state of affairs? At least if there's pushback it could result in people trying to change things in stead of the 'business as usual' we have now.
top Richard Stallman: 'Apple Has Tightest Digital Handcuffs In History'
I was wondering about that myself when I saw the man's name in the headline and was disappointed to see this wasn't it.
top Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?
As a fan of Gnome 2.xx I find myself wondering if the problem raised is still an issue with that version or if they are regressions due to Gnome Shell?
Fans of Gnome Shell, please don't mod me down without at least first answering the question for me as I genuinely want to know the answer.
top Ask Richard Stallman Anything
Serious question here. You've been warning people about the need to protect and preserve essential freedoms from being lost for literally decades now to very little avail. Your stories intended to be glimpses into a bad future where we no longer have the four freedoms are becoming more and more prophetic seeming by the day. And yet, there is very little change to prevent the dystopia you warned of from coming to pass.
How do you handle the frustration, anger, disappointment and personal attacks? Also, thank you for seeing the need and establishing the GPL and GNU to fight for our future freedoms!
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