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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

hduff Having the souce Code does not make it safe (170 comments)

Unless you compile from vetted source code on an un-compromised system using an un-compromised compiler, etc., you can't be certain the binary they provide is the same as what compiling the source code would provide.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

hduff The Blame? (630 comments)

So who added that little sentence to the farm bill?

5 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

hduff Easily Explianed (574 comments)

Coffin . . . meet nail.

5 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

hduff Re:"those wishing to support GNOME" HAH! (689 comments)

For those of us who wish to hasten the death of GNOME, is there anything we can do?

Yes. Contribute money so they don't change the way they do business.

Agreed; bail them out. They will not learn any lesson from their poor decisions and will perpetuate them.

This same divergence from their core mission was responsible for the downfall of Mandriva who spent their IPO money on "remote learning" technologies and abandoned their community of loyal users to "do it their own way" because they "knew better".

about a week ago
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GOG.com To Add Linux Support

hduff Re:This should rope in literally a handful of crot (55 comments)

The dosbox configs for example have no consistency in the style department, so you actually have to understand them in order to write the new one.

Rather than just complain, you could contrinute better DOSBOX configs back to the GOG community and encourage GOG to write to a higher standard by example.

about a month ago
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GOG.com To Add Linux Support

hduff PlayOnLinux (55 comments)

PlayOnLinux can already access your GOG account and install many Windows games automatically and run them using WINE.

Here's a good tip for older games that use DOS4GW.EXE: download the GPL'ed binary from http://dos32a.narechk.net/inde... and re-name it DOS4GW.EXE, then substutite it for the original. You'll find a noticable improvement in game performance, even using WINE o DOSBOX.

If your game uses CWSDPMI.EXE , download the latest version of it from http://web.archive.org/web/201...

about a month ago
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GOG.com To Add Linux Support

hduff It's A Shame (55 comments)

Not everybody uses Ubuntu or Mint.

It's a shame they decided to support a specific "distro" instead of just generic Linux. How hard can that be?

What's wrong with specifying minimum version numbers for libraries, using /usr/local/games and providing standards-compliant *.desktop files? How difficult is that?
Or better yet, ship the required libraries with the binaries (providing the source code via ftp) and using a wrapper script to load the correct libraries and run the game for a "works-every-time" experience.

To GOG's credit, their support forums contain a wealth of information about running some of these games using Linux. As well, PlayOnLinux can install supported *.exe games directly from your account at GOG, so they have been supportive of Linux for a very long time.

about a month ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

hduff So . . . (234 comments)

Has my meemaw's computer been compromised?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

hduff Mageia4 (287 comments)

All my ex-Windows family members have been happy with Mageia4. Grandma has the most locked-down instance: an LXDE desktop with a pared-down menu and locked-down configuration. Her "favorite" win32/win16 apps are handled by Codeweaver's Crossover. Never had a problem or complaint from her.

My wife, OTOH, loves to tinker and will not stop. She get Windows7 in a virtual machine with her data saved to the underlying Linux OS, so "fixing"her computer is as easy as killing the broken VM and launching a clone.

The sibs and kids seem to be happy with Mageia4/KDE4 except one who is Apple-only.

Since they are all on the same distro, I maintain a local repo of customized configs and apps, so re-installing/new computer is easy if it becomes necessary.

about a month and a half ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

hduff unintentionally transform ??? (239 comments)

There was nothing unintentional about the government's actions.

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Don't like beta? Keep protesting until they listen and change.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

hduff Re:I say the "idiot" word all the time. (384 comments)

Fact is most degree holding people are morons.

And you are the smart one who does not have credentials.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

hduff Re:Let us know... (384 comments)

I'm using the slas^H^H^H^H a website's beta and its designers have the same issue.

Near as I can tell, they don't plan on listening....

But they pretended to listen. And the OP should do the same and pretend to respect the consultant, document the shortcomings and make it clear that slas^H^H^H^H the people in charge of the project are wrong.

about 2 months ago
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

hduff Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

As our way of thanking you for your positive contributions to Slashdot, you are eligible to use Slashdot beta on a permanent basis.

about 2 months ago
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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

hduff Re:Ah, yes... but... FUCK BETA! (573 comments)

Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (Score:5, Funny)

Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
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I cannot opt out of Slas

(drops of blood on paper)

about 2 months ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

hduff Confessions Of an Ex-SLASHDOT BETA user (87 comments)

Day 1: It wouldn't stop, the redirecting. At first I thought it was malware. Had my first drink in a long time.

Day 2: Barely had the strength to carry on as the BETA REDIRECTIONS continue.. trying not to talk to hallucinations at the bar and in the bathroom which laugh at me about these redirections.

Day 3: Discovered the BETA redirections were random, and while at first they looked somewhat usable, when I looked at me and my monitor screen in the mirror, a horrible woman with flesh hanging off of her body looked back, trying to lead me into a dance as the word BETA appeared across her rancid breasts.

Day 4: These BETA corridors go on FOREVER! On the plus side, I've taken up disassembling vehicles to corner this BETA beast and sacrifice myself rather than lead others to discovering it. I ate some red snow.

Day 5: Finding it harder to concentrate. I've ate some more of the red snow. The taste is starting to grow on me.

Day 6: This typewriter is the only entertainment I have, apart from throwing things at the walls, trying to get some response from the BETA which is now taking over my mind.

Day 7: Hahahahahha! Would you believe it? I'M STILL BEING REDIRECTED TO SLASHDOT BETA PAGES! AHAHhahahaah! Type, type, ding, ding! Wooo!

Day 8: The hallucinations are actually real! Would you believe it? They have offered to help me if I agree to work for them. I'm thinking about patenting this delicious red snow, the taste is unreal!

Day 9: Having black out sessions where I cannot remember large passings of time. Found some makeup, thought I'd paint a joker smile on my face to amuse the people only I can see!

Day 10: Productive today, part of what I wrote for my new screenplay:

I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slashdot BETA!
I cannot opt out of Slas

(drops of blood on paper)

about 2 months ago
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Dried Meat "Resurrects" Lost Species of Whale

hduff Re:Fuck the beta (87 comments)

Finally tried it and goddamn.

I am remined of "sucks donkey balls", but the experience is not that good..

about 2 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

hduff I look forward . . . (437 comments)

. . . to the YouTube videos showing how to hack these features.

What I want to know is why there are no heated steering wheels? My hands get damn cold.

about 2 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

hduff How about . . . (1038 comments)

What if OS companies ran the capital punishment system?

[insert obvious geek jokes here]

about 3 months ago

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Mageia4 is Released

hduff hduff writes  |  about 2 months ago

hduff (570443) writes "Mageia has quickly established a reputation of working well both for the novice user and the power user. Installation is typically easy and hardware support is among the best of any distro. The user and administrative tools are comprehensive and easy to use. Mageia is known for excellent default fully-featured configurations of the KDE4, GNOME2, LXDE and other desktop environments as well as a broad range of available applications.Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation DVDs as well as a Live CD are available."
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User Backlash at Slashdot Beta Site

hduff hduff writes  |  about 2 months ago

hduff (570443) writes "Look at almost any current Slashdot story and see loyal, long-time members rail against the new site design, willing to burn precious karma points to post off-topic rants against the new design and it being forced on users by the Dice Overlords. Discussion has begun to create an alternate site."
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Mageia 3-beta Vs. Fedora 18; A Different Kind of Review

hduff hduff writes  |  about a year ago

hduff writes "I recently compared the installation of Mageia3-beta with Fedora 18. When installed and fully configured to taste, you have essentially the same level of usability and ease of administration with a similar choice of desktop environments and current versions of applications running on a recent kernel using SysV-style init and RPM packaging. The meaningful differences are more easily illustrated with some history, so this will not be the typical, dull, meaningless version-to-version comparison with a plethora of useless screenshots and inevitable inane jargon overload."
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Dirty Stacey Needs Registry Cleaner

hduff hduff writes  |  about 4 years ago

hduff writes "If you're pimping a Windows registry cleaner, it's probably not a good idea to send a poorly written request to a Linux blogger to review it and offer a free license for the mention. Complete with gratitude from Stacey."
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hduff hduff writes  |  more than 3 years ago

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