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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

davydagger Re:Themes... (448 comments)

Here is the 900 pound elephant in the room.

middle class office workers *are* incompetant. They have nice paying "intellectual labor" jobs not because they are smart, but because they fit the cultural mode that the boss wants them around the office.

When they are too stupid to figure things out they point fingers at other's shortcommings as the reason why.

"you smelly perma-virgin neckbeard fedora wearing misogynist prick".

and before homophobia fell out of tune with mainstream society, the word "faggot" and inuendo of homosexuality was common as well.

2 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

davydagger I like Gnome 3, and I am donating (665 comments)

I actually use gnome 3, and I'd hate to see it gone. I think even with its problems, its the future.

Sure they made some bad decisions.

>"The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) helps women (cis and trans) and genderqueer get involved in free and open source software." They've had around 30 interns for their most recent cycle.

I agree with the fact that someone needs to do this, but a desktop like gnome shouldn't be burdend. Why can't all the wealthy philanthropers with lots of money pay for these girls, instead of making a broke non for profit do it.

Or why can't be just start a foundation to teach minorities and women to code, funded by itself?

2 days ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

davydagger Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

I am beginning to think that what the world needs is more female hackers, so we can beat the agitators to the punch. We also need more minorities.

the intent is to keep the scene the scene without letting corporate agitators use race, sex, etc... as an excuse to divide the scene and force agendas.

Think about how everytime some alternative brand of politics is brought up, and the usual corporate tools spend weeks harping that the effort to buy minority votes the major party spent means we are not racist/sexist for following them.

We see these proffesional activists show up in the geek/hacker scene trying to make a name for themselves by cherry picking examples to blow up for fame and fortune, while meanwhile they don't contribute anything, either personality or code.

about two weeks ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

davydagger Re:All that is left (193 comments)

oh no, we know.

We call this "lock ins", because its impossible to use anything else, even if what you have is pretty shitty. Windows might suck, but its the only thing that works for your specific software.

This is the only thing keeping windows, and for that matter, microsoft going. People don't like microsoft, they have to use it.

No, there is no short term solution.

Long term, microsoft is fucked, because when it launches new products, no one gives a fuck.

about two weeks ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

davydagger Re:We are the geeks, we are not tools for non-geek (465 comments)

I'd say this again, keep these liberal arts oppertunist shitheads away from all things in the nerd world.

All this do is stir up all shits to revel in the conflict, and create problems for themselves to solve.

I think I am slowly comming about to this type of "consultant" getting what they reffer to as a "boot party".

about two weeks ago
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Ultima Online Devs Building Player-Run MMORPG

davydagger Re:well that was new... (75 comments)

I wouldn't describe them like that, but the concept is the same.

I fondly remeber playing SMAUG based muds, and had a blast, as MUDs are far more interactable, and far more flexible and versitile with game play. Even though big MMOs like WoW, have far better content(as far as gameplay is concerned), the type of interactions are far more limited. I think the problem is that level design devs.

Again with SMAUG, the sys admins took the role of immortals and gods, and the administrating of the game became part of the game. I like the concept actually.

about two weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

davydagger Re:Felony Charges? (367 comments)

I love the best you can lump all discussion of everything that goes on in the USA that is not %100 propaganda as "Anti-US flim flam", as if there is a giant conspiracy against the USA that is responsible for all critism.

about two weeks ago
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Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

davydagger Re:Space travel (357 comments)

it sounds like science fiction because it was mentioned in science fiction, specificly Count Zero(second book in the neuromancer trillogy) by WIlliam Gibson

----SPOILER ALERT-----

in the opening of the book, "the dutchman", is put in suspended animation for 3 months, and his mind is implanted in a virtual reality while they fix his body.

about two weeks ago
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eBay Japan Passwords Revealed As Username+123456

davydagger Re:wait a minute... (80 comments)

threee nines, fucking ametures.

five nines is the fucking standard.

about three weeks ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

davydagger Felony Charges? (367 comments)

> It sounds like the school was violating Facebook's Terms of Service, too.

Thats a felony under federal law now. Aaron Swartz was facing 15 years for something similar.

Oh, and the reason why we don't have a free democratic nation, and the reason why you don't see adults dissent, is because it is beaten out of us as children. We don't have a school system which produces free thinking citizens as adults.

We can pretend this is an isolated incident and not the trend of a large society.

This also demonstates the need to post either anonymously or pseudonymlsy. Its to prevent authority figures from fucking you

about three weeks ago
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Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

davydagger Re:Above the law (94 comments)

as much as I agree.

if google, twitter, or another company refused the NSA, or an American court order, especially one of those secret letters would you feel the same way?

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

davydagger Re:Want some cake? (7 comments)

>Technology may allow us to have our cake and eat it too:

technologists need to take the high road our current philosphers, pundits, and cretin newspaper men do not.

This has no place in modern technology. exacting a painful sentence for the sake of exacting a painful sentence doesn't bring anyone back from the dead, unmolest or unrape someone, it doesn't get useful answers out of people, it doesn't reform criminals, and it does provide any tangible benefit.

someone has to put their foot down and say no.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

davydagger Re:Prison is not about punishment (7 comments)

more importantly, it doesn't serve any useful purposes.

The concept of torture as a useful device in any pragmatic means is an outdated myth.

about a month ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

davydagger Lets call this what this is, torture. (7 comments)

>Roache says when she began researching this topic, she was thinking a lot about Daniel Pelka, a four-year-old boy who was starved and beaten to death

a damn emotionalist revenge driven torture scheme, nothing more. I look forward to the day when these people are not allowed anywhere near research science, or medicine.

about a month ago
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Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics

davydagger Until the NSA stops spying on America... (309 comments)

Until we stop living in a mass surviellence state, this all rings hollow.

Unlike Russia, we don't need to ban critics. We can just stalk and harrass them, until then ruin their lifes.

about a month ago
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Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

davydagger Re:This could be good news... (241 comments)

ubuntu didn't adopt wayland because they said it lacked too much functionality, so instead of contributing back, like most other companies do, they decided to do what they normally, do, make an incompatible, inhouse version only they use, and then blame everyone else for not marching around them.

I liked ubuntu early on, because when it was X11 and Gnome 2, they made using linux easy, with using the exact same technologies everyone else running a linux desktop was using. They were using the most mainstream widely supported technologies.

And thats all I want out of a newbie distro. To take wideley supported, most default software, package it together, with support, make the best sane configs. Find the best GUI config tools, and make a coherent OS family like windows and mac do, for everyone who is non-technical, so they can enjoy what we do, and I have something to recommend to non-techies.

It would also make my life easier, being I'm the one who generally fixes the computer.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

davydagger Captialism, thats why (225 comments)

We live in a culture where status, identity, and self-worth is closely tied not only to how much money you have, but to how much money you make bankers.

So basicly, programmers are basicly living by the same values as the rest of mainstream society. The same values exhibited by both politicians and celebrities, and just about all people looked up to as role models.

People don't spend $50k on college to be the next Richard Stallman, a man who's altruism is a relic of the past. They spend it to be the next Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs, people who made billions exploiting the masses.

Name one cancer researcher off the top of your head. I can't. But we sure know who bill gates and steve jobs are. The rest of society holds them in far higher regard, and they have far more leyway in personal options. And if they ever get questioned on their contributions to society, they can tote how much money they poured into charity, and how much money they spend on curing diseases.

We all know Bill and Melinda Gates spent billions on fighting malaria in africa, by donating vaccines. No one ever lionizes the name of any of the people who did any of the research, manufacture, or phyiscal distribution of said vaccines.

Now, you went to a prestigious university, which aren't cheap by the way. Which person do you want to be in life? The scientist, or the millionare?

about a month ago
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Intel Rolling Out 800Gbps Cables This Year

davydagger Re:Like these? (101 comments)

no, but it will have a ripple effect.

If 800 per cable becomes the new standard, companies are going to start dumping their existing fiber connectors, and they will get cheap, and there will be less demand. The companies that make them, will most likely keep making the same or similx GBICs, because they already did the R&D, and they are cheaper to produce because the cost of design is already paid for.

So existing connections will get cheaper. The net effect is the total cost per/ MB/s is going to go down accross the board.

And when the ISPs have more backbone bandwith, more that is available downstream.

about a month ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

davydagger So says the NY Times. (479 comments)

We glorify much worse in society.

Our top artist, Jay-Z is a man who made a career spanning over a decade rapping about being a criminal(gangsta rapper), and glorying a life soaked in drugs, loose women, and crime.

On the other hand, we have movies like zero dark thirty which glorify torture.

We glorify politicians who lie, cheat, and steal, and we encourage eachother to lie cheat and steal for them.

When a kid is bullied in school they are generally blamed for being weak, socially unfit, or making themselves a target.

Most celebrities, the people who we all mimick, do drugs, drive under the influence, sleep around, and act without a care for the rest of us. If we admit we don't like them, something is wrong with us. We re-adjust our social values around them.

We glorify the press and the news, and when they get caught lying to us, often to assassinate someones character for either social or political reasons, strut around as if their position makes them nobility, and violate each and every rule they tell us they abide by with enough regularity its safe to say they don't exist, we extoll them as the saviors of democracy.

But yes, its hackers. Hackers are making society a terrible place. If computer break ins where any other field besides computers, it would be socially accetable. If you get take advantage of financially, or make a silly mistake, well its proof the capitalists are smarter than you. If the bank takes advantage of your lack of time to fight them, its because they deserve to prey on the weak. If you break into the bank computers because the same smarty pants bankers are to daft to learn your field, your a terrorist.

Somehow hackers are glorified? Another shitty op-ed from the NY Times, a fine publication with a long history of clueless op-ed writers, and hideously snobbish double standards.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again, the NYT is a fine publication, but the opinion editorials are run by a bunch of smarmy yuppie shitheads without any real vantage point in society.

about a month ago

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iPhone users demand ethics from apple over manufacture

davydagger davydagger writes  |  more than 2 years ago

davydagger (2566757) writes "Apple iphone users demand that apple redress poor working conditions of workers who make their iPhone. Their demand is for an "ethical" iphone. Given apple's long running and long ignored ethical problems, along many lines, it'd almost be fair to suggest jumping ship. Of course this was long suggested, as there is not a single Apple product where there is no viable competition.(some would say BETTER even)."
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