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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

devphaeton Re:What happened to Debian? (403 comments)

I have heard they are being strong-armed by Canonical. Canonical makes donations to Debian, that puts Canonical in a position to influence Debian.

Everybody knows that Gnome3 and Systemd suck. But the leading Linux distros are forcing that unwanted crap on users in a very Microsoft sort of way.

I am not that surprised by Red Hat, or Canonical, but I am disappointed in Debian.

I had wondered this too. I felt that the rapid adoption of systemd was very un-Debianlike. Not only because I would have never expected Debian to accept systemd based on technical merits, but also the incredible speed at which it happened. We all know how lonnnng it takes for Debian to even make decisions about changing things in the stable branch. Hell, there's a series of long-running jokes about it. But for the Debian team to just suddenly jump up and say "Yep, we're going with SystemD. End of discussion." seemed incredibly fishy to me.

Getting bullied by Canonical makes loads of sense, but I don't like it one bit.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

devphaeton I thought Gnome was the default desktop already? (403 comments)

I haven't included the "desktop system" or whatever dselect offers you in a Debian install since probably the turn of the century. I usually just install the minimum base system and apt-get the stuff I want, which resulted in wmaker up till about 2002, and XFCE since. I'm not saying this to sound l33t or anything, but I remember doing it this way all along to avoid installing Gnome.

What was Debian's default desktop before now?

about a month ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

devphaeton Re:What about BSD derivatives (221 comments)

When it comes to the Big Three (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD) the complete system is precisely what this Venezia guy is describing. It is a working system with everything you'd need to run a legitimate server. Things like X, dev tools (excluding C compilers) etc are considered "3rd party add-ons". IME BSD systems are logical, intuitive, robust, light and fast. The other nice benefit is that everything is developed by the same team, and the documentation is superb.

Don't get me wrong, I love linux too. But the BSDs are sorely under-appreciated for what they are and can do.

That said, the base install of most of the original Linux distributions (or the base install plus a handful of packages) is also what sysadmins have been using for decades as a "server-oriented linux system".

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

devphaeton Why not support a current project instead? (469 comments)

All the contenders that didn't 'make the cut*' for the likes of Debian and recent converts to SystemD, namely Upstart and OpenRC... Why reinvent the wheel when the work is already half done?

Either way, I wish the project well. Though the name "Use Less D" or "Useless D" could have been better.

*I still don't see how SystemD is more ready for primetime than anything else (or sheesh, even sysvinit) but we've discussed that here already.

about a month ago
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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

devphaeton Re:Why not just use FreeBSD then? (195 comments)

Ye gods I'm so tired of this 'joke' cropping up every so often. It wasn't really that funny 12 years ago, either.

about 2 months ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

devphaeton Not entirely relevant... (962 comments)

But one of the silliest things I've ever experienced when gaming online was a (probably teenaged) female telling me that she was sodomizing my mom with a strap-on. Over and over again. Or another telling me that if I was her kid she'd have aborted me with a crowbar.

The Internet brings out the best in everyone!

about 3 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

devphaeton Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

I love that. Thanks for sharing!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

devphaeton How much money are we talking here? (185 comments)

Seriously. Instead of dicking with marketing firms and network-based rebuttal, how about jacking the rent up another $30 for each resident? $30 * 35K is over $1M dollars of guaranteed, no-bullshit, no-middleman profit. EVERY MONTH.

Whoohoo!

about 5 months ago
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Dogs' Brains Have Human-like "Voice Area"

devphaeton I sure wish they could talk, too (139 comments)

I'd love to sit down and have a beer with my adopted dogs. I'd like to hear their story, where they came from, what they've done in their lives and what they are thinking about now.

Even if their speech was on the level of a toddler or smaller child, I'd still love to hear it.

about 7 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

devphaeton Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

Google Groups has all but destroyed Usenet unfortunately.

That said, I still tolerate it when reading a few groups.

As for the grandparent poster- A bunch of musician friends and I got fed up with Harmony Central and created our own private, invite-only forum where we discuss music and gear and perpetuate our own memes.

about 9 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

devphaeton Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

I ordered from Mouser. It seems they have a default $6 shipping/handling minimum. I haven't ordered from Jameco for awhile but theirs was $8. I looked at Digikey but two of the cap types I needed were backordered and I didn't want to wait.

about 9 months ago
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GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

devphaeton Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

Not an appliance, but I just repaired my 19" Acer LCD a couple of weeks ago. It had a few bad caps so I replaced all of them, and now it's good as GNU^H^H^Hnew.

Total cost was around $5 in parts, though the bummer was $6 shipping. But what can you do? $11 is still cheaper than a new LCD.

about 9 months ago
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Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

devphaeton Ergonomic 'Split' Keyboards! :D (459 comments)

The only thing I would ever want from a laptop is a keyboard that's in the ergonomic 'split' style. Yes that would be butt-ugly and probably make the laptop itself the size of an elementary school desk, but with RSI issues I can't type on a standard keyboard for very long. Yes you can plug a standard ergo USB keyboard into a laptop, but that setup requires a desk as it is too big for my lap. Since I'm desk bound with that, I just use the desktop computer I already have.

Meanwhile, I'm noticing that decent ergo kbs are getting scarce for desktops too. Back 10 or 15 years ago there were dozens of brands and all of them cheap and good, now there are only 2 or 3 to chose from with crappy key layouts and they last about a year or so.

about 9 months ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

devphaeton Neat but evolutionary, not revolutionary (73 comments)

It is neat, I'll give it that. However, we've been building pneumatic Lego 'engines' for decades. They are all over Youtube and other places. The sheer scale of this is impressive but I don't know that "genius" is the right word here.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Microsatellite?

devphaeton Re:If only (117 comments)

With this business philosophy, one could have regional offices that collect this knowledge and store documents of it in little cannisters. When someone in one region needs to access the knowledge from a different region, they could send a request and have that cannister (with the relevant document inside) sent along a pneumatic piping system, just like at the bank teller window. One could call this business The National Tube Service, or simply The Tubes(tm).

about 2 years ago
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North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

devphaeton Here's the Apocalypse in Motion (450 comments)

On 12/12/12, the wheels were set in motion for the 12/21/12 Apocalypse.

A chain reaction of low-orbit and geostationary satellite collisions cause flaming satellite debris to rain down from the sky in a cataclysmic event. Now that Twinkies have been phased out, not even cockroaches have survived.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

devphaeton Even 15 year old stuff is hard to keep going now (338 comments)

I've had several collections of 'throwaway' computers, with my last 486 and P100 going to that big recycling heap in the sky a few years back.

Right now, I've got nothing super old, but I've been keeping an AMD K6-II alive through the ages. It was my first IBM-compatible machine (after a C= plus/4) and I still use it regularly as a development box (Debian Stable in console mode all around. vi, gcc, perl, ssh, ftp, lynx. What more do you need?).

It is fortunate to have 2(!) USB ports on an add-in interface, so I can still plug a MS Ergo 4000 keyboard and modern optical mouse. Most of the hardware is original and all works, but the three things I've had to replace periodically are the optical drives (several), cpu fan (twice) and memory (twice). Up until about 5 years ago, compatible parts were plentiful from old computers, but I haven't seen the right sized fan or any SDRAM for the picking in ages, and it's now getting harder and harder to find IDE anything, even used.

I still enjoy the hell out of my i5 (and other smatterings of computers lying about) but I'll be sad when I have to put the ol K6 down.

about 2 years ago
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The Case For Targeted Ads

devphaeton Right to exist? (290 comments)

He speaks of compromising a $300 billion industry

Just because there is some 'industry' where some arbitrarily large amount of money is exchanged, it doesn't mean it has any right to exist at all.

This is different, but about as justifiable as the "too big to fail" arguments of yore.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

devphaeton Re:iPads! Clouds! LinkedIn! (152 comments)

"The Cloud" is only good as secondary backup if you don't care that it becomes public.

Encrypt it all you want. Access to your data is the hardest hurdle and by using the could you give it away.

But.. but.. but... smartphones and virtualization and...and...and...free community wireless internet over dark fiber!!!

(Yes, I'm just being silly. Having a slow day at work and the free coffee sucks)

more than 2 years ago

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Hewlett-Packard plans to spin off PC and Printer divisions.

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  about two weeks ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "(Per Reuters (since WSJ is paywalled)): Hewlett-Packard Co plans to split into two companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The company plans to announce the move as early as Monday, the Journal said in a report on its web site that cited people familiar with the matter. The division would be made through a tax-free distribution of shares to stockholders next year, according to the report."
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Groklaw is shutting down

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  about a year ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "Groklaw's pj writes: "The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.

There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum.

What to do?

What to do? I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I've reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it's good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this."

Groklaw is a pillar of the Internet Community. It is a sad day when we lose such giants who have fought for truth and goodness in our favour."

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Buyer's remorse for iPad 3 owners, as iPad 4 released only seven months later

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  about 2 years ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "Jason Schreier writes: "Surprise! Today, October 23, Apple revealed the iPad 4. "Look how shiny it is!" Apple's executives preached to a crowd full of cheering fans and press. "New processing chip! Double the graphics power! You want one!" Nowhere did Apple mention the iPad 3, the machine that was touted oh-so-passionately just seven months ago as the next big thing. Seven months ago. It's like a Simpsons parody of how often companies release new iterations of their hardware.""
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Steve Jobs Dies

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  about 3 years ago

devphaeton (695736) writes "Steve Jobs, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56."
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Google Commemorates Mr. Les Paul

devphaeton devphaeton writes  |  more than 3 years ago

devphaeton writes "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

If there ever was a hacker amongst men, Lester Polsfuss was him. Few people associate the man with the namesake. Even fewer know that when his elbow was shattered in an automobile accident, he asked the doctor to set it at a 90-degree angle so that he could still play guitar. Mr. Les Paul brought the electric guitar to the masses, invented multitrack recording, and other musical effects such as delay, phasing, flanging and the like. On top of all this, he was an amazing musician. When it comes to modern music, we all owe a lot to Les Paul."

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