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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ikhider Could just be a liability issue (572 comments)

Bog corps have a CYA (cover your ass) policy. It has nothing to do with safety. If there is a threat and only one attack is carried out, Sony could be held legally liable for not doing their due diligence. The family of the injured/deceased could sue Sony because there was a threat and Sony ignored it. USA is a nation of litigation, not the betterment of her citizens. But hey, we're in a multinational corporation-run world so the rest of the planet will have to comply. Corporations love to say "it's for your own safety" but that is really one of the biggest lies.

2 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ikhider This is not a Muslim gunman (873 comments)

This is just a gunman who happens to be Muslim. A troubled one at that.

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

ikhider Have Shane Carruth direct it, and it will be good. (296 comments)

Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner are gorgeous, meticulously put-together films. I have no idea why his later films came out so horribly, like Prometheus. About the only director at this time who can instill a sense of wonder is Shane Carruth. Throw him into the mix and it will be good. Don't make the film a special effects fiesta. Some subtle bits here and there. And please, please do not call it "Blade Runner 2". You are begging for a bad film at that point.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

ikhider Re:Doubt it (296 comments)

Watch Shane Carruth films. The guy has the tiniest budget but makes my favorite sci fi films. So far he has done Primer and Upstream Color. I love them both. He is one (sci fi) director who manages to give me that sense of wonder.

5 days ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

ikhider Paying for what? (415 comments)

Perhaps the sole reason I use Windows is to use Adobe software. I do not have a choice in the matter, work/school requires that I run that software. Now I need an operating system to run that software. I cannot afford Mac, so Windows it is. But wait, Windows is not stable. I have to get antivirus, defrag, software/driver updaters and registry correction software on top of that. It costs a lot, but still cheaper than Mac. Forget the fact that there is a l o n g list of people asking Adobe to open a port to Linux. So I have to pay a premium for what is probably the worst, most unstable operating systems out there. Mind you, Adobe is just as bad. You have Adobe taking gigs of space for their software and it crashes like a drunken, overweight sailor in a china shop. I used GNU/Linux for years before I suddenly had to get Adobe and it is night and day. You can get GNU/Linux and a tonne of software for a mere tiny fraction of hard drive space that runs secure and rock solid. Well, serves me right for making a compromise. I went the Adobe route and get shafted every which way. If Windows wants us to pay more, start making something stable, secure and operational.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

ikhider Re:Fracture the Internet (85 comments)

That's right, only America has the best internet practices and it is the standard we all must unquestioningly follow. USA! USA! USA!

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

ikhider Is it legally binding (398 comments)

If you are made to sign a document against your will? Years ago, I applied to temp agencies for work. I was made to sign a document wherein I could not negotiate employment with a client company directly. A lawyer told me that document does not hold up in court because no one can stop you from looking for work. While references are something you do need and you are at a company's mercy for, a lot of stuff they make you sign is questionable and may not hold up in court. Especially if you are made to feel you have no choice and are made to do it to ensure survival. As a temp worker, I just wanted to pay bills and would have signed pretty much anything if I had to. The lawyer told me that was another factor consider as well, which further weakens such documents under scrutiny of the courts. While the argument can be made, 'just find work elsewhere', in a bad economy our choices are increasingly limited.

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

ikhider Re:Perhaps Sony should go retro (528 comments)

Because paper and ink is much easier and that was also the defacto standard not too long ago. I am sure there is mothballed stoarge for this equipment as well...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

ikhider In some cases, paid support makes sense (118 comments)

When I first started out my business I had a shoestring budget, if that. I could not afford conventional Microsoft software like the OS and office suite, anti virus, graphics design software, accounting software and so on. GNU/Linux seemed the best route to go. However, I knew very little about GNU/Linux either. For a small fee, I paid for GNU/Linux support and had someone there to hand hold me through crucial moments when I did not have time to research problems on my own or when I got stumped by a bug. It was great to know someone was there, on retainer, whom I could call when things got rough. Now I do not need paid support, at this time, because I can sort out these issues on my own. However, if my business was to grow, I know not all employees can handle the GNU/Linux OS, so paid support is a good idea if I am too busy to explain everything. Paid GNU/Linux suport is one of the best things I ever invested in. Sure, there are some weird support staff at there, but that made for fun conversations and a lot of learning.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

ikhider From the Tao Te Ching (156 comments)

"In the land of many laws, many laws are broken."

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

ikhider Perhaps Sony should go retro (528 comments)

Maybe such a prime target like Sony ought to lay off the whole 'cloud storage' thing and go a bit luddite. Use paper instead of e-mails, tape instead of digital--older mediums of information. Heck, use typewriters again. Sure, their offices may wind up looking like something out of Brazil, but a lot harder to hack. It certainly is awful what Sony did with their DRM spyware on consumers and some may call it karma. Perhaps this can be a learning experience and a way for Sony to take a new approach. Then again, maybe Sony will watch the end of Brazil and want to go that route with consumers instead.

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

ikhider Re:Cliche (390 comments)

I thoroughly agree. What made Star Wars originally was the special effects and design concepts. This looks like a rehash of old ideas, right down to the cliche intro. They could have done a better job. They also could have brought in some really good concept designers instead of reserve stale ideas. This is sort of the McDonald's of sci-fi. Take a look at what was done to the Star Trek franchise, they turned it into children's movies. Little better than cartoon series whereas the original idea was to boldly go where noone has gone before. Instead we have the binarisms of villains and good guys instead of exploration of the new.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

ikhider Re:Libre Browsers offer DuckDuckGo (400 comments)

Abrowser comes pre-installed with Trisquel GNU/Linux 6.0 Toutatis.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

ikhider Based on these posts, you can tell (1128 comments)

Slashdot users are predominantly African American. There are a lot of insightful comments that address the grievances of African Americans and why they might have experienced displeasure with the US justice system. We learn the extent some might wish to express displeasure though various means, correct or not, with the ruling. Slashdot taught me to understand the dissent, though I may or may not agree with it. Finally, Slashdot offers hope to attain a means of peaceful conflict resolution.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

ikhider Libre Browsers offer DuckDuckGo (400 comments)

In other news, Libre browesers like icecat, Iceweasel, and Abrowser offer search engines.like DuckDuckGo and Blekko. Wolfram Alpha comes in handy on ocassion. You don't have to live in a Google/Yahoo!/Bing! world. May myriads of search engines bloom in a more diverse interweb.

about a month ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

ikhider What ever happened to the GNU/Linux tablet? (56 comments)

Wasn't the year of the GNU/Linux tablet supposed to be a few years ago? I think there was something called a 'Spark' tablet that runs KDE, but that dissapeared in the ether. It would be nice to see GNU/Linux available on mobile devices. This tablet does not look much better than other crap out there. I really hope it meets your expectations as Jolla seems like a cooler company with seemingly nice products. I have not been able to get my hands on one to see for myself.

about a month ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

ikhider Shame Groupon! (268 comments)

As I understand it, there are two seperate objectives between the conflicting parties. Groupon is a proprietary software firm that facilitates financial transactions, the other is a not-for-profit user interface designed for all. It is tremendously uncool for a corporate entity to go after a non-for-profit. Rather than taking them to court, we could just shame Groupon. What kind of monstrous people would go after a non-threatening free software project? Heck, Microsoft could have gone after KDE for the way they laid-out the GUI, but didn't. (start button at the bottom left...of course, that would also open up a can of worms for Microsoft...). Are not-for-profits not protected somehow in the US? It is disgusting that this is even a litigation issue. It is like Sony going after PBS in court because their new product hapens to be called "PBS". This is not just an American issue, countless non-Americans use gnome. So how does a US corporation suddenly decide that a free, global application must be threatened? How many poor developing nations actually need FLOSS software? (A LOT). This is low and disgusting. I am apalled. Yes, I know there are detractors for Gnome, but I am sure we can all agree that this GUI is ours and must be defended, even if it is a little deformed...Rather than the courts, why not make a big publicity/PR stink?

about a month ago
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Trisquel 7 Released

ikhider Re:Trisquel, an excellent all-around distro (39 comments)

Instead of saying "free" software, because it is misleading, some prefer to use the word "libre", which is a bit closer to the ideal trying to be expressed.

about a month and a half ago

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Ubuntu Forums Compromised by Crackers

ikhider ikhider writes  |  about a year ago

ikhider (2837593) writes "On July 20th, 2013, crackers compromised Ubuntu forum security and according to the Ubuntu forum splash page now in place, appear to have "gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database. The passwords are not stored in plain text, they are stored as salted hashes. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP. Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach." Interestingly, members of a Libre Ubuntu derivative, Trisquel, place the blame of compromised security on Ubuntu's policy of using proprietary forum software. It appears the world's most popular GNU/Linux distribution, Ubuntu, serves as an example as to what happens when you use non-free software."
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Trisquel 6.0 "Toutatis" is now available

ikhider ikhider writes  |  about 2 years ago

ikhider writes "Trisquel, a "libre" version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux is now available for download and install (or update for those who already have it). One of the easiest "libre" versions of Gnu/Linux to install and run. "Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived! This long awaited release is based on Ubuntu Precise, and as usual comes full of free software goodness. We continue to provide an easy to use classic desktop experience complete with full featured browsing, office, communications and social networking utilities. Download it while it is hot!New...""
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