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Shuttleworth Answers Ubuntu Linux's Critics

complacence Re:Proper link (382 comments)

then what good is it?

It's obviously still the best product in the world. Usually that's good enough for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Complaints Help Russian Gov't Pursue Political Opposition Groups

complacence Re:Troll story? (249 comments)

Occam's Razor: "Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity."

Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Karl Menger's Law Against Miserliness (anti-razor): "Entities must not be reduced to the point of inadequacy."
A simpler but less correct theory should not be preferred over a more complex but more correct one.

Hanlon's Bane: "To make full use of people who have submitted to Hanlon's Razor, never admit to malice which can be explained as stupidity."

more than 3 years ago
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Newspapers Cut Wikileaks Out of Shield Law

complacence Re:LOLWUT? (602 comments)

But it should mean not choosing a gun as first resort.

about 4 years ago
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Full-Body Scanners Deployed In Street-Roving Vans

complacence Re:If it violates an amendment (312 comments)

Are you saying that because it's possible that someone's flawless record of integrity could be corrupted, we should just keep on voting for the already corrupt?

about 4 years ago
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"Choose Your Own Adventure" On Your iPhone

complacence Re:"Her" own course? (135 comments)

And all this assuming is why using either "he" or "she" is a bad idea. Singular they or neutral pronouns are the only available unambiguous options.

about 4 years ago
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Six Reasons Why Flash Isn't Going Away

complacence Cheap (483 comments)

one falsehood in your post is enough to make the entire thing hogwash

Though I see this tried often, it just isn't true. Regardless of the merit of the specific post in question, you can't invalidate a post of any scope by invalidating a marginal point.

about 4 years ago
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HP Board Sued Over Hurd Departure

complacence Re:boards and ceos scratch each other's back (136 comments)

That's why it's good that people from "outside" (well, a shareholding company) sued. If only it wasn't such an idiotic case. I'm not saying Hurd was doing everything right, but there are far more people out there who did really, really bad things, and no one sued then.

Why doesn't this whole suing people who fucked over the shareholders, fucked over the company itself, fucked over customers, government, environment, basically fucked over everyone except their close circle of "friends", and then the company and shareholders again via severance package-- why doesn't it happen much more often, as in every single time it's clear they did something against the law and morality, and still walk away with remuneration and the next executive job already in their pocket?

about 4 years ago
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Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations

complacence Re:Phone home? (548 comments)

I would consider it a courtesy if Canonical actually asked me.

I beg your pardon? Software that phones home without telling you, even if it's free, has been the source of all kinds of deserved geek rage over the decades. How is this suddenly different?

about 4 years ago
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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

complacence Re:You are NOT fscking serious, right? (545 comments)

I appreciate exactitude. I was sloppy and own up to it. Please let's get back to things less related to a language I don't speak natively and more related to the content we ought to be discussing.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

complacence Re:You are NOT fscking serious, right? (545 comments)

Why don't you take the conditional to be a form of emphasis as I intended it ("even if he was stupid and careless" in the sense of "it doesn't matter that he was stupid and careless")?

If you did that, maybe you'd realize this isn't "much ado about nothing" as whether he changed his password is totally irrelevant to those questions and besides the point.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon Changing Users Router Passwords

complacence Re:uhhh (545 comments)

What are you all on about? He said he disabled administrative access from outside. No matter the password, there's intrusion going on here, so there is something to talk about.

If a password was all there is to protect your router from outside, all hell would break loose for simple brute forcing. You also can't expect Aunt Irma to change her password first thing when she gets net access.

Finally, even disregarding all that, even if he was stupid and careless, they can't just access the router if he didn't explicitly give them the right in a contract somewhere. I get you're all supercomputerexperts, but maybe we could talk about what he's asking?

Why is there an open forced access port/back door?
Is that ok without telling the owner?
What security is in place that entities besides Verizon can't access it?

more than 4 years ago
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First GNOME Census Results

complacence Re:doesn't seem that scandalous (175 comments)

You know, this isn't D&D. You can't just say you make an excellent point, you have to actually make one.

Oh, wait. Were you just being redundant?

In any case: "Useless reply."

more than 4 years ago
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First GNOME Census Results

complacence Re:doesn't seem that scandalous (175 comments)

Commercially Canonical is proving that "Linux on the Desktop" is a failure.

It can't prove any such thing, as it isn't trying to be, yet. All it proves is that if you put enough marketing behind Linux and give your product away for free (to increase its adoption instead of your account balance), adoption does increase and your account balance doesn't.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Has No Plans To Patch New Flaw

complacence Re:Source? (217 comments)

Yeah, I think it's censored, though. Sorry.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Has No Plans To Patch New Flaw

complacence Re:Source? (217 comments)

Here's a picture of a pony:
http://babybird.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/pony.jpg

What are you trying to do here? There still is no outright refusal to fix this.

Instead it says:

We will continue to investigate the vulnerability and, upon completion of that investigation, we will take appropriate action to protect our customers.

more than 4 years ago

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