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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

dokc Hire Mark Russinovich (454 comments)

Hire Mark Russinovich, that is the only safe bet.

about a year and a half ago

How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

dokc Re:The real reason (933 comments)

Switched from Kubuntu to Squeeze and never missed it. Rock solid, simple to install (btw does *buntu live installer supports LVM now?) and has everything what I need and much more. (Although, for my new Desktop at work with newest Intel graphic I needed to use backports)

about a year and a half ago

US Court Sides With Gene Patents

dokc Re:Smoking Crack (255 comments)

From the story:

The spermatophores are not fully formed organisms, though they are complex, which is why they may be termed as such, according to science20.com. They are no baby squid eyes or legs or tentacles, as one might imagine.

If I understand it right, the testicle of a male squids contained the sperm bags which "exploded" in the mouth and stung "victim" in the tongue and the mouth. There was no chance of developing a new squid from it, so the women from the story could not get "pregnant" with baby squid in her mouth. It's just a sensationalistic journalism.

about a year and a half ago

US Court Sides With Gene Patents

dokc Re:Smoking Crack (255 comments)

Eating raw squid recently resulted in an Asian woman getting pregnant with baby squid in her mouth... Eeeeeewwwww!!!

That is an urban legend. It's also filmed in one episode of "Beyond Belief"

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Worth Going For a Graduate Degree In the Middle of Your Career?

dokc Re:You should never stop learning (260 comments)

Yeah you should stop learning. In the middle of your career, the return on investment is going to be weak. You only have about 40-ish years of good work in you (assuming you don't encounter issues with age-discrimination). It's one thing to learn on your own in the context of your job/career or personal time. It's another thing to invest time and money in a further formal education that is only going to provide so much return.

What are you going to do, go be a 45 or 50 year old entering a new path? Right. That'll be taken seriously.

What return on investment has to do with his question? He clearly says: "...my desire to work on something more interesting than business applications has pushed me toward looking into going back to school..."

Additionally, having PhD will actually help him against age-discrimination

about a year and a half ago

DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It

dokc Re:I don't believe it (454 comments)

As far as I know the iphone doesn't use full disk encryption. It's not that difficult to get all the data off it.

What 'law enforcement' means is that it's not convenient to steal people's data.

Why should they steal data when they just need to ask Apple to give them on a silver plate.

about a year and a half ago

Bill Would Force Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Legal Bills

dokc Re:Garunteed Backfire (167 comments)

Now instead of no-name or proxy companies holding giants hostage, the giants themselves will become the hostage takers, violating patents left and right, and daring any little guy patent holders to try, just try, to take em to court. Then when the giant outspends I mean wins the court case, the lil guy is now really fookered cause he had to the giant's lawyer bill for its high profile team of super expensive attorneys.....

Result: no lil guy will ever take on a giant that violates his patents, and when he contacts the company for any kind of settlement or sale offer, they'll just brush him off.

Ya this is a great idea.

I don't see any difference to current situation.

about a year and a half ago

Political Science Prof Asks: Is Algebra Necessary?

dokc Re:yes (1010 comments)

Indeed. Unfortunately, power hungry people who are actually not good at real world things jump into politics instead. In other words, we end up with a bunch of retarded ass holes running our nation. What a bunch of fuckers.

Nope, we end up with a bunch of retarded ass holes serving as a front-end for people ruling the World in the background.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users?

dokc Re:Give them Windows 8 first (448 comments)

... there is no denying that ME, which people say was "bad" was way better than 3.11, which people say was "good", and that similarly that Vista, also rated by most people in these threads as "bad", wasn' t a way better OS than, say, 98se, which people rate as "good"...

Quite good analysis until this sentence. Why do you compare a different product generations? Comparing Toyota Prius with Ford Model T. Both are cars and it will drive you from point A to point B, but comparing their speed, comfort and security doesn't make sense.

about a year and a half ago

USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

dokc Re:Stupid, stupid, *stupid* (247 comments)

And this in a standard that now supports 4 operating speeds - low speed, full speed, hi-speed and now 'super-speed' (which moron thought up that last name?)

What will be the 5th operating speed? Über-speed?

about a year and a half ago

Coming To a War Near You: Nuclear Powered Drones

dokc Re:I for one.... (202 comments)

Power is addictive like narcotics. After every shot they need a bigger dose too feel high. You can't explain that using "rational" arguments. They are bunch of junkies ready to kill, enslave, exploit all of us too get more power.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

dokc Re:Skype (212 comments)

Because it creashes occasionally, leaving it in a state where it looks like it's working but it is actually offline.

Well, that's what it does to me. YMMV.

My Skype crashes occationally under Windows too.

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

Sorry, around here is Portugal.

And around here is Germany :-)

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

It's hard for some geeks to grasp that concept and to think about something from someone else's perspective, but it's true.

You would be surprised to know that many "geeks" earn for living thinking about something from someone else's perspective.
If a programmer doesn't think how every single sane and insane input would be handled, software would be in much worse shape as it is today.

You might be surprised to learn that some other people use Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Quicken, TurboTax, etc. play certain popular games, etc. There are perfectly usable substitutes for many of these on Linux, but they are not the same, familiar apps. Similar != The Same.

You might be surprised to learn that some other people use Eclipse, Firefox, VLC, OpenOffice on both Windows and Linux.

Maybe it doesn't matter to you, but other people are sometimes different from you. Understand?

It's very important to me that all other people are always different from me (except if some clone of mine is not wandering around). Understand?

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

you just have to type zombo.com in your browser

Ok, just did. And?

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

Sane has pretty good scanner support... at least the last time I used it. Try it out.

That was a first thing what I did. I was insane to buy a scanner before checking on Net if it's supported by sane. But on other hand it was just 30 euro. I should just buy a new one.

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

Take a look at VueScan. Best $79.95 I ever spent on software and the only single proprietary software I use on Linux. I'm just a happy customer, I have nothing to do with the creator and/or company.

Thanks, but I think the right solution for me would be to invest those $80 in some better scanner :-)

about 2 years ago

Why Linux Can't 'Sell' On the Desktop

dokc Re:Why not (1091 comments)

Wow... That's a post...

It does NOT just work. I wanted to perform the equivalent of cloning my system partition to a newer, larger drive, then I wanted to turn that into my startup disk. On a Mac, that's a quick run of SuperDuper!, followed by setting the startup disk in System Preferences. There MAY be a similarly troublefree way to do this in Linux, but I could not find it. I did, eventually, succeed. It wasn't fun. (Answer: LVM, and then I think I used grub from the command line, because the magic-friendly UI buttons didn't seem to work.)

Clonezilla and Partimage are the first they pop on my mind. They have GUI, they can do anything what a normal person can imagine to do (and command line with dd for the rest)

Other gripe, adding a new disk (one of those big ones that lies about its block size), the tools were an abomination. Command-line tools were borked by the block size (ask for N gig, get N/8 gig, awesome), GUI tools would by default misalign the partitions, then tell me what a bad stupid person I was to not align the partitions, why don't you repeat the operation and see if you get a different result? And I know, after extensive Googling, that it doesn't matter that much for ext4 anyway. It's UI clusterfuck of misinformation, poorly chosen defaults, and irrelevant insults to the luser.

So you say that adding non-standard new disks to the Linux PCs (including opening the case, connecting cables and everything else) is a operation which an average user can do on Windows and/or Mac.

There's all sorts of fun stuff you can do in Linux, that does not matter to most people.

The same applies to all computer systems. Do you really think that Mac and Windows don't have fun stuff under the hood?

My experience with MacPorts on the Mac suggests that it is possible to have a generally-useful computer that is also 90% nerd-friendly

My windows PC is nerd-friendly, why Mac shouldn't be. It's only a question how you use your system.

so I think that the Linux problems are more developer-side cultural rather than technical; stuff that matters to nerds (or to companies sponsoring nerds to work on Linux) does not matter to "most people".

To most people only what matter is a web browser.

The "wrong stuff" is what gets optimized, the stuff that matters to people who buy Macs, does not.

That is a reason why I take Linux and not Mac. For me is the right stuff optimized.

So here's my advice:
1) The defaults should be set right for "normal" people, in the interface that "normal" people use.

Defaults are tried to be set to the be most logical and effective.

Treat that interface like it is the most important one, not an afterthought.

Why? Do you start programming the interface or the functionality? Interface is (as the name says) the intermediary between a human and a program functionality.

Consider operations at a high level, not a low level -- add a disk, remove a disk, backup a disk, (maybe) convert to RAID. NOT, "align a partition", "copy blocks", "install a bootloader" (and I have bootloader choices, and one of them is apparently VERY WRONG, WTF did you hand me that kryptonite for?)

The reasons are historical. Linux is a UNIX child, and UNIX used that names. If the "normal user" first came in touch with those terms, they would be more used. Or do you think that RAID. DISK, BACKUP are natural expressions?

2) The need to RTFM before doing anything at all is a bug. Figure out what people want to do with your tool, and give them instructions to do that, with progressive disclosure as they get more confident, adventurous, interested.

You will need to give us some examples here... I'm not sure on which tools are you hitting here. Most tools I use are self-explanatory.

3) If you're going to have desktop design battles, don't inflict them on "normal" people. I cannot even keep track of GNOME-this versus KDE-that, let alone what the alleged merits are. (Did KDE lose?)

No, KDE didn't lose. You can use it in the same way as GNOME, Unity, xfce,... It's your *choice*.

4) Learn to write instructions. "Documentation" is the wrong word, I think it gives people the idea that if you simply mention every detail, it is "documented". Don't use vague terms like "appropriate". Give examples. Ask yourself, whenever writing down unambiguous instructions (a) why is it so hard to write unambiguous instructions -- do we have gratuitous variation between different flavors of Linux? how can that be eliminated and (b) why isn't this a bash/python/whatever script, activated by a button press? If you can't explain it carefully enough for a computer to follow the instructions, are you sure you really understand how to explain it? If the result has ten knobs to be set before the button press, are the knobs really necessary? Are the ones that are necessary, explained? Is there an "undo" button?

Writing documentation is BORING! The main problem is that open source community has a lot of programmers, but not enough people who will write documentation. That is a reason why software vendors have paid people who do only that - write documentation for end users.

about 2 years ago



Nokia sells more than 450 patents

dokc dokc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dokc (1562391) writes "Patent licensing outfit Sisvel has acquired 450 patents from Nokia, 350 of which are essential for mobile telephony, but despite appearances this is no desperate attempt to borrow cash from the future.

The patents include 350 which are considered "essential", in that it is impossible to create mobile phones conforming to 2G, 3G and/or 4G telephony standards without infringing them. But as such they are also subject to Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing – hardly the sort of thing a patent troll would be interested in."

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Slashdot account settings, firefox and ssl

dokc dokc writes  |  more than 2 years ago Today I had a problem changing my slashdot user data on https://slashdot.org/prefs.pl?section=
Firefox asked me to accept SSL connection for slashdot.org but afterward everything was messy, fields on the place where they shouldn't be, no save button, overlapping text...
Google didn't help a lot...
Finally I took a look in the page source code and found out that CSS and images are taken from a.fsdn.com so what I did is adding a.fsdn.com in Tools->Options->View Certificates->Add Exception.
Hopefully this can save someone some time.

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