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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

ikhider Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

Think a little harder. Let me give you a hint, treat others as you would like to be treated. If it is not good enough for you and your family, then it is not good enough for others. Even if they're poor and ethnic.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

ikhider Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

Here is one informative piece on what working for Amazon is like: http://www.theguardian.com/tec... and one on Apple http://www.aljazeera.com/progr... Essentially, these companies make massive profit and can easily afford to pay a decent wage without hindering their bottom line. What is appalling is that these companies do not do so. A lot of these jobs are dead-end without the opportunity for advancement. Getting decent pay for labour is a constant struggle as are decent working conditions. Historically, companies try to exploit labour and need to be called out. Also, we have cases like Intel where manufacturing is built on stolen land and in violation of UN treaties such as their factories on occupied Palestine. Only when consumers put pressure on these companies and workers organize will companies concede proper working conditions. You or your children could wind up working in these places, perhaps even a summer. They need a safe work place with decent pay, especially when the company is flush. I am an entrepreneur myself and have clients all over the world who buy my products. I know that an adequately paid work force will be able to afford what I sell. I also manufacture locally (Canada) which costs more than off shore, but is worth it for the higher end products I put out. And since we are talking about Amazon, I detest the fact that their (Amazon Canada) shipping rates are subsidized and the rest of us entrepreneurs in Canada have to pay full price. Why should they get special treatment? Us small business owners pay way more taxes than Amazon. You bet my elected representative is put on notice for this.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

ikhider Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

For you it seems that as long as your ass is covered, everyone else can be oppressed. If a company exploits workers, they must not be supported. A business model that incorporates sustainability is what we need to aim for. There is a long list of companies that exploit workers, the environment, people's freedoms, human rights and they should be avoided. Just because you or your family is guarded in a gated community and privileged does not make exploitation acceptable. Amazon, on so many levels, offers a damaging economic model that harms society. If you have a heart, don't support them. Perhaps someone like you has no qualms with dealing with the likes of Amazon, Apple, or probably even 1930's-era IBM. Your way of thinking is unsustainable and alrady the cause of much of the world's problems. Stop hurting our society and put some accountability in your life to those around you.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Launch Machine Learning Service

ikhider Leave Windows OS as first step forward (56 comments)

Machines realizes nothing gets done with the Windows OS; too much bloatware, too many backdoors and defrag/antivirus required to run the OS--immediately switches to free, libre software and never looks back.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

ikhider Re:Stallman on boycotting Amazon.com (210 comments)

Clearly, you did not read this entry carefully. Many Slashdotters have issues with reading. I do not know why. Too much 'quick-scanning' and not enough comprehension. As if you are looking for a bug in a piece of text instead of trying to figure out the meaning of things. Here is a link Stallman prioritizes: http://www.theguardian.com/tec... Do me a favor and please try to cogitate.

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

ikhider Lego, just another business (208 comments)

Lego had a factory in Conneticut, USA that employed hundreds of workers, then they shuttered it in the 2000's and relocated to Mexico. Funny thing is, they also jacked up the price of their toys A LOT. A mid-size Lego box is in the hundreds of dollars. They seem to be doing okay with a Lego movie and all those superhero Lego's. So Lego has more profit and all those American workers can go jump in the lake as far as Lego is concerned. Just think about what you are supporting. Just another business that could have afforded to stay in the USA. Now, if Lego were to give the Mexicans fair, living wages maybe I would support them. But really, Lego is just like any other business that manfactured/es there. I can pick up another toy, thank you.

about 3 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

ikhider Less stress to eject the person (255 comments)

If you designate someone the 'team idiot', that does not make for a climate pf productivity. The receiving end becomes bitter and the team members wind-up with a scapegoat for his/her own shortcomings. Rookies might start off as the idiot, but they can surpass established members. You have to think, what is the mentality behind 'team idiot'? Is the 'idiot' getting all the resources they need? Are they kept up to speed on the project? Are they part of meetings and social outings? Sometimes business is discussed during these outings and this is how ideas gel. Do we have a culture of exclusivity or inclusivity? If you call someone the idiot, get rid of him/her and do it yourself. If you cannot function without 'the idiot', perhaps you have underestimated her/his abilitiies.

about 4 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

ikhider Very Sad (164 comments)

That America does not have funding for education and that there are schools in need. It is tremendously sad that 1 in 4 children in the USA grow up illitertate (as per the Kickstarter website). I wish the USA public infrastructure had funding to serve and educate their citizenry. Too bad they have to rely on private donors for this sort of thing. I guess the USA is really a poor country.

about 4 months ago
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Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

ikhider Psss...Iran...don't use Facebook then (304 comments)

I mean really, who is twisting their arm to use the stupid program? Sheep thinkers use it. Make your own app, make it transparent that respects the users' freedom. Use GNU Social. Zuckerberg made suckers of the American people among other users, selling their habits for data-mining to the highest bidder. Facebook is a big help to Prism. But no one is focing Iranians to use Facebook. Educate people and offer free (as in freedom) alternatives. Arabs and Persians used to be foremost in maths and sciences in the civilized world, they have long lost that distinction. Maybe it is time to get it back. Make a better alternative. Creat something even Amercians would want. That would be a breakthrough.

about 4 months ago
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China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

ikhider Deja Vu (222 comments)

I thought this was a Slashdot story from years ago when China was supposed to ditch Windows...so here we are again and China still has no viable homegrown distro. I thought years ago they phased out Windows and used GNU/Linux. Not so. I know a Chinese insider who tells me that the Government handed out bales of cash to develop a GNU/Linux distro of their own and all Red Flag Linux is, is Fedora with a some Catonese/Mandarin. It was a scam of public funds. They really did not develop their own GNU/Linux distro properly. was interested because, in a racist way, I thought--wow, Asians doing GNU/Linux, it must be AWESOME and kick the other distro's ass. Asians are hard working and fastidious and the distro will intall without a hitch and it will be great. Not really. One of the issues with investing in China when it comes to business are corrupt officials and lack of accountability. In China, you pay off the right people, you do what you want--until you get caught and are made an example of for the press. Linus Torvalds mentioned something about how GNU/Linux could not really come out of places like India and China as the peole are far too concerned about trying to survive, and Linux is something that came about 'just for fun'.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

ikhider Adobe "Creative Cloud" (253 comments)

Adobe is filled with issues, among them when I am compelled to sign in to verify I am an authentic user each time I use the software. This does not bode well when I am in transit and have no access to wifi. I used the forums and asked about this issue but receive a robotic response that you do not need to sign in each time you use the product. My experience proved the contrary. I call Adobe tech support, who asks to log onto my computer, and over several days it feels like half of India is lgging onto my computer to try to repair this issue. I figure a reinstall would do the trick, several reinstalls later, no change. India still needs to get on my machine to try to figure out what the hell is going on and the engineers over at Adobe are laughing because they tell their outsourced labour nothing. You get the forums and get little help or call in and get no help either. Adobe has the largest market share in their industry, so they do not care. Only when an upstart gives them a run for their money will you see Adobe shake a leg.

about 4 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

ikhider Re:DRM for a flaming bag of dogshit? (406 comments)

oh, pfff, excuse me. I forgot how tiny Netflix is. Just one puny little streaming company with barely any marketshare.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

ikhider Geneva Conventions, whassat? (433 comments)

As long as the drone targets are persons of color and poor ones at that, it does not matter about so-called "collateral damage". The US of A is militarily superior and therefore in their legal rights to do as they wish, without concern of consequences. We are on a mission to bring freedom and democracy to these people, and if it takes a lot of drones and a lot of collateral damage, than so be it. Here is an important link on the topic: http://drones.pitchinteractive...? These people in Pakistan/Afghanistan need to be educated about freedom, the hard way. http://www.clowncrack.com/wp-c... America is doing all it can to correct these people and those who contest her policies are a bunch of unpatriotic cowards.

about 4 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

ikhider DRM for a flaming bag of dogshit? (406 comments)

Have you actually seen what is on Netflix? I used a free trial this month for a Bluray player I got about a year ago. There is nothing to watch on Netflix. Really. It is the lowest form of film/tv show programming. I scour the directory for ages to look for something to watch. For THIS we need DRM? Man, you're giving away a wealth of freedom for a flaming bag of dogshit? I figure, 'okay, maybe there are some ground breaking programs that are worth this sacrifice.' But there is nothing. NOTHING.

about 4 months 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 a year and a half 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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