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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

ikhider Libre Browsers offer DuckDuckGo (375 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.

2 days ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

ikhider What ever happened to the GNU/Linux tablet? (54 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.

2 days 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 two weeks 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 two weeks ago
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Trisquel 7 Released

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

Trisquel is not only the best Libre GNU/Linux distros, but one of the finest all-around. Libre distros generally require sophisticated knowledge to get the things to work, but Trisquel is by light years the easiest to install and actually use. I have used pretty much all the major distros including Arch, Slackware, Suse, Puppy, Fedora, Gentoo, and Debian, as well as all the 'buntus to name a few. They are great, but am very happy with Trisquel. Trisquel is based off of Ubuntu, but it is far more stable. Ubuntu tends to have update diarrhea, while Trisquel, has far less while remaining secure and relevant. While lots of things break under Ubuntu, not so with Trisquel. As a Libre enthusiast, I am thrilled to get a Libre distro that filters out proprietary crap, YET STILL WORKS. If I want proprietary, I can run my Mac and Windows machines. Kudos to the Trisquel team to somehow make the OS/software more stable than Ubuntu. Yes, for my laptop I did have to buy a wifi usb from ThinkPenguin (a person pointed out the wifi issue), but now it works! I like that the OS exclusively runs Libre software so I can compare and contrast my other GNU/Linux software experience and understand just how much proprietary pervades the user experience while great Libre alternatives exist. While Trisquel does have Gnome as default, I did type in the terminal 'sudo apt-get install kde-standard' and got my KDE environs (yeah, I know--but I like it). No way I am knocking the other distros, but if you want a Libre distro that works well (better than the 'buntus), then Trisquel is satisfying.

about two weeks ago
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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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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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