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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

geminidomino Re:Clarification regarding backports (120 comments)

Your righteous indignation might have been more inspiring were it not being bogged down by your semi-literacy and incompetence.

I am not impressed with ownCloud's heavy-handed approach to dictating what distros can provide in their repositories,

Did you read a different message than the one everyone's sharing around the internet, or do you not know the difference between a command and a request: an actual request, at that, not even one delivered at the barrel of a lawyer.

Considering the biggest part of the userbase for Owncloud is privacy- and security-minded sysadmins (running their own rather than trusting the outside providers), I'd say not wanting them to get pwned because Ubuntu's serving out stale versions is a pretty good thing. They're not the package mantainers, and it's Ubuntu who doesn't seem to give a shit here (there's no good excuse for 'we can't take the unmaintained exploitable package out of the unmaintained repository).

I'm not impressed with the attitudes on display in the ownCloud community and I am very unhappy with the way ownCloud's software wiped out all my work files when I upgraded to the "safe" version. If ownCloud was really interested in the sfety of their users and the users' data, this would have been handled much differently.

And thus, the fledgling learns the value of "backups before updates", after landing flat on his beak.

9 hours ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

geminidomino Re:Oh yeah, that guy (274 comments)

but his points seemed more logic based than your post, for example.

Not sure if you're aware, but the post you're referring to is actually a quote from an Adam Sandler movie.

Just to give you some idea of what you're trying to reason with.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

geminidomino Re:More specific (154 comments)

Wow. That IS a bummer. I use it more than "on occasion." I use it a damn lot (it's so much faster than doing even simple graphs with Dia)

2 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

geminidomino Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

Then just make sure she actually applies herself to whatever career that is.

The last thing anyone in development needs to deal with these days is someone who "converts" 12-hour to 24-hour time using 13 chained if-then statements, and wails about being "picked on for being a woman" when told to redo it in a fashion that's not mind-meltingly incompetent (and, sadly, no, that anecdote's not hyperbole).

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

geminidomino Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

Yes! Exactly. We need to FORCE women to take the jobs they don't want. Sorry, Jenny, I know you wanted to grow up to be an MD, but your lottery pull says that you're going to be a plumber. Gotta keep that 50/50 ratio in every industry!

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

geminidomino Re:1..2..3 before SJW (766 comments)

If they are a very small minority, how come so many people want to mention them at every chance they get?

I'm making efforts to remind myself that they *are* a minority (it gets tricky to remember on the net these days), and they are a very, very 'vocal' minority. Vocal, and generally full of shit.

It is interesting that this is happening in a society that every objective power metric is male dominated.

See? Lind of like this one.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

geminidomino Re:Depends on the project (154 comments)

I don't think I've EVER seen old code that's well documented. Not even stuff from my own larval "Document all the things!" phase... I think subversion feeds on comments.

Well, on comments and release engineers' tears, when it comes time to merge...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

geminidomino Re:I don't follow. (113 comments)

I'm crazy curious about WTF is in Poland that anyone in the US would even recognize enough to be worth parodying.

All I can come up with is CDProjekt, but I've never heard of them being "Heavy-handed" like TFS mentions..

about a week ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

geminidomino Re:For teh codes, stupid! (225 comments)

Thanks, Dwight.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (520 comments)

I honestly can't say. I've only been messing with it in a testing/dicking around capacity, and haven't been swimming in free time for the past month or so. Hopefully someone lucky enough to be doing it full time will post and let us know.

Still, it's a damn sight better than "make buildworld" was (yes, it's been that long)

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Hope! (520 comments)

whether we want a better functioning OS or an OS that adheres to the mindset that I think attracted many of us to Linux in the first place

There's precious little evidence that systemd makes for "a better functioning OS" and plenty that the people behind systemd don't even understand how the OS functions -- and that's on a practical level, not a "OMG UNIX Philosophy is so 1980s" level.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Sorry it's freebsd FTW (520 comments)

I used to use FreeBSD back in the day and I gotta say, pkgng is looking like it's pretty slick at solving the #1 reason I moved away from it (too much of a PITA to keep many heterogeneous servers up-to-date)

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

geminidomino Re:Some Sense Restored? (520 comments)

Unless, of course, you have a database backend for anything on your web server. If the apache daemon can access it, so can the asshat who exploited it for a shell.

about a week ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

geminidomino For teh codes, stupid! (225 comments)

"MIR" is just a simple caesar cyphering away from "NIH'.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

geminidomino Re:Leave them off your resume. (224 comments)

If you mention an open source project you've worked on would they expect to get copyrights on all your contributions? Why should a patent be any different?

With some of the contracts these fuckers try to push, that's not exactly an over-the-top concern.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

geminidomino Re:Vera (220 comments)

Nicely played. :D

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

geminidomino Re: symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

It gets hashed down to 28-64 characters and written into the database?

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

geminidomino Re: Slackware (303 comments)

I'd say it's more of "bypassing the absolute worst of each worlds." The closer I can get to "apt-get upgrade", the better. But it looks like pkgng might have that mostly covered for most of what I'd need to set up.

When crunch-time passes, I'll experiment a little more deeply into it, but I'm glad to see there's been so much improvement. I loved me some FreeBSD back in the day.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

geminidomino Re: Slackware (303 comments)

I've been playing with pkgng/pkg a bit, it does look much nicer. That's a good change, imo. Ports are nice, and I know that back in the day they were FreeBSD's "thing", but when you've got a few dozen servers to update, waiting to compile each update is kind of a dealbreaker.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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New Zealand Schools find less structure improve childrens' behavior

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  about 9 months ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "A research project involving eight schools in Dunedin and Auckland report that loosening rules on the playground may lead to fewer incidents of bullying, vandalism, and injury. One principal opines ""The kids were motivated, busy and engaged. In my experience, the time children get into trouble is when they are not busy, motivated and engaged. It's during that time they bully other kids, graffiti or wreck things around the school."

As one might expect, the article states that there was a lot of resistance to the project, and I'm kind of surprised they got as many administrators to sign on as they did. The story may be premature, as the article states that "the results of the study will be collated this year," but it may be interesting to see how the numbers shake out."
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Google Blocks Privacy Scraper "Scroogle"

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geminidomino (614729) writes "According to a message from Daniel Brandt that appears when attempting to use the scraper at http://scroogle.org/ "Scroogle has been blocked" by google. According to the message, the simplified interface that the scraper has used for several years has been replaced with a redirect to an ad for IE8 and a link to the google toolbar (seen here). Mr. Brandt goes on to say that he has contacted Google to find out if this is a policy decision or if there is another interface that may be use, and is awaiting their response, although I must admit that his tone does not sound optimistic."
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Journals

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Apple Geeks? Help me out!

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Given the flakiness that is dvdauthor, I'm playing with the idea of getting a Mac Mini for dvdauthoring.

This is strictly a hobby, so I'm really not looking to spend $500 on software on top of the cost of the compute r (though this would be a good excuse to finally get myself a Mac!)

So what I mainly want to know is: how advanced is the DVD Authoring software bundled with the Mac Mini?

Can it:
Create Detailed menus, with clips, etc? (dvdauthor can do this)
Apply subtitles to the stream during authoring, from .srt format? (dvdauthor can't do this)
Work directly with file formats other than raw mpeg2 video and ac3 audio (built in demuxer)? (dvdauthor can't)

I want more than the simple "click and drag" style level of control.

Is it doable, or am I hoping for too much?
Thanks for any help.

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Something I wrote up.

geminidomino geminidomino writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Don't really give a rats ass whether anyone likes it...

Immortal Banner

When you were born, you stood for all that was good.
Courage, Freedom, Respect, and Honor.
Always were you regarded above all others,
for this was your birthright, your place.

Legions of warriors fell in your name
And met their gods with great pride
In life your likeness graced their chests
And embraced their bodies when they died.

In the mists of two centuries gone past
The glory that is yours has faded
Yet, striving against oblivion, you march on
As the minds of your children forget you.

Your face now serves the cause of evil,
Etched in the surface of tyrannical stone
Though you still fight, you are disgraced
Through no misdeeds of your own.

Do not weep for the past
Nor lament the sins of your children
For some remember who you are
dreaming and striving for your return.

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