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Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

craigc05 Openbox for exploration (357 comments)

Install openbox and figure out how to make it work acceptably. By the time you're happy you will have also installed several panels (tint2, pypanel, cairo-dock), as well as other things to take up space (err make life easier?). Good for satisfying an itch for exploration, though I can't find a way to replace KDE.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T/T-Mobile Merger 'Not In the Public Interest'

craigc05 Re:T-Mobile has what?!?!?! (190 comments)

I think their issue might have more to do with scumbags buying politicians and wrecking the economy, not to mention eating up all of the country's wealth and making it harder than ever to succeed. I'm surprised you reactionary douchebags have time for snide internet banter with all of those great newly-opened cotton picking jobs you howled at the government to chase migrant workers out of.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Pushing For 'Trusted Computing'

craigc05 Re:No, Thank You, Dear Government (291 comments)

It's not about your security, it's about theirs. GNU has a nice article about treacherous computing on their site, if you're the type that can stomach RMS. Posting from phone, will find link in a sec.

more than 2 years ago
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CRTC Tells Rogers To Stop Throttling Online Gamers

craigc05 Re:The real question (118 comments)

Oh, that's the competent service department!

Just key in the following sequence with your phone:

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Don't listen to the automated call system, it will just confuse you.

Wait 30 minutes to speak to some underpaid kid that simply does not give a shit, argue with him for precisely 29:59 minutes, repeat for half a day, and eventually decide that competence is a matter of perspective and so the next person must be competent enough to speak to if you go back to the nice voice that you started your day with.

When this is clearly wrong and 3 kids have been fired from their minimum wage jobs for following procedure with you, just deal with it, accept the next slightly-better-than-shit thing that comes your way and go about your day glad that it's over with and the last person that you spoke to was competent enough to get you off the phone.

more than 3 years ago
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The Copyright Nightmare of 'I Have a Dream'

craigc05 Not a cuddly corporate hero (366 comments)

This is perhaps one of the very few uses of copyright law that I actually agree with. MLK's words don't belong in burger commercials, and his ideals are already regularly trampled on by people looking to sell him as a cuddly pro-establishment public speaker that brought us a couple of changes to the wording in the law books without ever aspiring for more, or trying to organize a greater movement to benefit the nation's impoverished. Idolizing him in this way is at least as disingenuous as trying to sell Ronald Reagan as a great, popular leader that brought prosperity to all Americans. In about 15 years I suppose we'll be hearing hacked-together sound bytes from Mumia Abu Jamal on death row praising the American military industry for bringing true security to his family.

As far as not being able to find the videos, they are on youtube, they're just not necessarily legally there, meaning that you can watch them but Google can't CG a clown suit on him and use the animated gif as a mascot until people never want to see him or hear him again. If the videos do come down, they'll go back up in spite of the law because people want other people to watch it. It's important to us because we care about the man and what he stood for, and I'm sure his family is happy about that. We're going to share it as part of our culture whether it's technically legal or not, and I'm going to assume with reason and good faith that his family wants people to know what he really fought for, and that their disagreement rests more on who is profiting from crushing what remains of his legacy. There is definitely a lot to disagree with in the way he is most often presented.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

craigc05 Now what do we call the steveDevices?! (1027 comments)

Now they'll have to appoint one of his patent lawyers to the CEO position lest people go on thinking he's a one-of-a-kind douchebag. On the bright side, he and Bill Gates now have plenty of time to sit down, have a few beers, count their money, and regale eachother with grand tales of putting volunteers out of work with vicious litigation and political lobbying that has been of tremendous detriment to their customers and the people that actually care about serving them.

more than 3 years ago
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Judge Dismisses Google's Complaint Over Android Code Viewing

craigc05 Re:No standing? (87 comments)

You're thinking "free", Microsoft and Apple both have "open" licenses.

more than 3 years ago
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Interview With GNOME 3 Designer Jon McCann

craigc05 Not listening (294 comments)

While I don't care to read anything posted by this man ever again, I can see his perspective and appreciate that he genuinely cares about the project... even if his take on things seems a little silly and sometimes tramples on my idea of what free computing should mean.

I can only believe that he doesn't speak for everybody involved with GNOME 3, and that a good many of my current negative views of GNOME 3 will be put down by 3.2 which will hopefully fuss about my video drivers a bit less (working suspend doesn't mean much if the UI doesn't load). Right now it just occupies space on my session menu and I look forward to the day that I can choose between KDE, XFCE, GNOME, and Openbox when I log in depending on how I feel at the time. There's a bit of promise in GNOME 3 and I would be happy to see it fulfilled, with the caveat that I already have an Android phone and I'm not interested in downgrading to a netbook user experience any time soon.

That said, I wasn't using GNOME 2 when it was scuttled and wasn't around when KDE 4 was brand new so I don't know what it's like to have my favourite environment of many years pulled out from under me.

Off-topic: I understand that everybody and their cousin is all about the "cheap server-side storage" ... err... "cloud" thing now, but the more I see it the more I'm reminded of my 60GB/mo. limit (+$2 per gig after... the lovely world of Canadian ISPs) and horribly slow upload speeds, am I really the only one with a worthless ISP? Is computing really getting that far ahead that everyone using their own hard drives, networks, and removable storage devices needs to be left behind? Is it even going down that path at all? It still feels like some kind of gigantic industry ploy to convince the world there's been some kind of new technological revolution (was geocities a "cloud" service? photobucket? what the hell?) , and it still sickens me to see people that should know better even using the term.

more than 3 years ago
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Copycat "hiPhone 5" Surfaces In China

craigc05 Quick Action is Necessary! (227 comments)

We must move immediately to keep poor people from buying cheap knock-offs lest Apple's copy restriction privelege be slightly devalued in a market that doesn't exist for their over-priced steveDevices! Surely there are several thousand young men and women willing to go overseas, fight and die to protect this sacred monopoly.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code

craigc05 Re:MS makes money off Linux (348 comments)

Not possible, even under GPL2 without a deal like they cut with Novell. Microsoft makes protection money from Android because anything you can do with a text editor and compiler is patented by somebody and frivolous patents are distributed well enough to make sure the reigning families can get their hands into the pockets of any developer that is actually making money.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code

craigc05 Microsoft-Novell Exorcist Moment is Coming! (348 comments)

The intent is probably paving the way for some demonspawn child they want to have with Novell. Treating this like Microsoft is trying to make Linux a more attractive alternative to their competing product line is incredibly disingenuous. That said, it's free code so it doesn't really matter what the intent is. It just means we may soon have a new feature in OpenSUSE that I'm not going to use.

more than 3 years ago

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