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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 a month 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 5 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?

about 8 months ago

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 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 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 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 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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half ago

Cablevision Suing Viacom Over Cable Bundling

bornagainpenguin Re:Channel Guides (138 comments)

Most set top boxes have that somewhere in the settings.

Yeah, and then once you've hidden the junk channels (seriously how many home shopping channels are there? who the hell watches\buys this crap??) 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...

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.

about a year and a half ago

Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

bornagainpenguin Re:we the people? (475 comments)

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?

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Amps Up Its Multi-Window Android Upgrade

bornagainpenguin No, not tough... (229 comments)

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?

about a year and a half ago

BioWare Launches "Gay Planet" For the Old Republic

bornagainpenguin Re:Srsly? (333 comments)

Damn you, warn people if you're going to send them to TVTropes!

about a year and a half ago

Ubuntu Focusing on Tablets and the Cloud in 2013

bornagainpenguin Re:Whats up with the Unity obsession? (202 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener

bornagainpenguin Re:Modern Shunning (354 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago

Richard Stallman: 'Apple Has Tightest Digital Handcuffs In History'

bornagainpenguin Did I miss the responding AMA? (515 comments)

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.

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 3 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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