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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

ikhider Keepnote (94 comments)

Your notes can be as detailed or as slim as you want. This is some pretty good project management software.

6 hours ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

ikhider Less food-like substances to buy (214 comments)

Please, give me even more reason to not buy food-like substances. I also appreciate another reason to not use Facebook. It's time we support sustainable economies and the slow-food movement and leave prepared crap behind. These companese use legalese because their products are not real food anyway. Eat a healthy breakfast, chomp on an apple or banana if you don't have time. Just don't support these cancers to society. I am giving GNU Social a try, bring power back to the users, to the people.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

ikhider Re:Panglossian Nonsense ---What are you on? (580 comments)

Have you heard of an old cliche that goes "learn from your mistakes". By your logic, no errors can ever be made and learned from.

4 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

ikhider Heartbleed is Good for Opensource (580 comments)

How can you be a good chess player if you do not lose the odd game? So the opensource code got a strike against it, I am sure GNU/Opensource teams are coming back at this with a vengeance, developing better protection methods. Stuff like this will rally security teams. Sure, not all bugs/vulnerabilities can be caught, but the ones that are...will have the living s--t kicked out of it. Chalk it up to valuable experience. I am sure developers are whipping themsleves into a mea culpa frenzy. A bit of humility will go a long way to making something superior.

5 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

ikhider No Wifi? The Chromebook is a brick. (101 comments)

It is far better to get a laptop with local software and storage. Laptops are mobile devices. If you are mobile, you may not always have a net connection. Therefore local program/storage is far more productive then some cloud crap. Why not a nice netbook with a light GNU/Linux flavor like Puppy? Heck, even Slackware can run on modest environs. Go L/K/Ubuntu if you have to. You will have a far more useful device with a lot more tools at your disposal. Rasberry Pi can run GNU/Linux, and it is wayyyy cheaper. Depends on what you want the kids to do, but more tools and functionality is better than something tethered not only to the cloud, but one specific company. Heck, even when I search on the 'net, I use other search engines like Wolfram Alpha, Blekko, Duckduckgo and on besides the big turd.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

ikhider Windows 3.1 on IBM Thinkpad 340CSE (641 comments)

My thinkpad I picked up for over 2K back in 1996 has about 16 megs of ram and boots into DOS, but will run Windows 3.1. Both Word and WordPerfect runs okay on it, and I have a floppy disc that runs off USB to move files around. A friend installed a bunch of text based e-novels on it. I may consider installing early versions of Slackware on it though. The battery is shot, but the thing still works. This was pretty much my computer until 2006. Then I got internet at home...

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ikhider Re:Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

So you justify backwards thinking with, "we have always done it this way, which is why we must continue to do it this way" versus the kids growing up and going and telling the companies, "What, you use Microsoft suite?, let me show you something BETTER! What, you need a certain feature? Well it turns out I am well versed in Libre software, so let me add that for you." This sounds a lot better than what you propose.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ikhider Re:Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

My dear fellow, never forget that proprietary software is in our schools, where it has no right to be. If you want proprietary, knock yourself out. But not in the public sphere. Mmmkay?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ikhider Re:Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

The four freedoms are an ideal to aspire to. The fact is, Microsoft runs the show. We have to conform to Microsoft and (for you) Apple's ideology. In the words of the old Apple ads, 'think different'. ; - )

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

ikhider Microsoft teaches you to be a bad neighbour (226 comments)

Let us see, do we have the four freedoms? 1. The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0). No, only the purposes designated by the Microsoft EULA. When you buy a laptop, even if you disagree with a EULA, the manufacturer (like HP) will not even permit you to refund the OS. 2) The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. The Micorosft EULA specifically prohibits this. 3) The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2). Once again, the Microsoft EULA specifically prohibits this. 4) The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. This again, violates the Microsoft EULA. Micorsoft is not interested in a a better world, rather it is interested in their share value and market dominance. Better to have the kids work on Libreoffice.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

ikhider Serves Blender right, for using Youtube (306 comments)

There are better alternatives, like Archive.org--especially for Libre/Opensource projects. I would not bother with Youtube, which is riddled with ads anyway. Archive.org has a mandate to serve the public, Youtube has a mandate to line the pockets of the rich. I'll take Archive.org. The Blender team should have known better.

about two weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

ikhider Re:Woe to the archeologists (440 comments)

And you have what facts to go on? Mass produced milk, wheat, meats, fruits and vegetables are routinely dumped. Putting needed food to good use is far better than wasting it. I see America now, crumbling infrastructure, mass unemployment, environmental decay, crippling debt, failed education system, vanishing industries, and I do not like it. This failure is America now, and it is sinking like the Titanic while everyone dances blissfuly along. I am not a big fan of it. Putting a stop to mass waste is a good start. You obviously sound privileged and well fed, and you could care less about waste. Start reading this guy http://michaelpollan.com/ and others who research and write about sustainable food. You see this idea of mass production which in turn begets mass waste, and is unsustainable. Changing our consumption patterns to something more sustainable is far better than your Reaganomics.

about three weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

ikhider These books are illuminating on this topic (120 comments)

'Down by the River' and 'Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields' by Charles Bowden are good starting books on the topic. Journalist, Bowden has illuminating things to say about the topic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... He researched this topic for years, interviewing both the DEA and cartels.

about three weeks ago
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Social Media Becomes the New Front In Mexico's Drug War

ikhider Re:Wise criminals stay in the shadows... (120 comments)

Haha, silly children. The Mexican army is in on it too. So is the government. Drugs bring in more money than tourism, crops, and oil combined. So is the US government and a lot of civil servants. This is business. American style.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

ikhider Re:Woe to the archeologists (440 comments)

Are you kidding me? Seriously? You have no idea that this peanut butter is only a drop in the bucket, right? THAT A LOT OF FOOD IS WASTED DAILY. Like, A LOT. Perfectly good food gets destroyed to artificially inflate prices ALL THE TIME. This really is the dark ages because we have a lot of the world's problems (if not all) perfectly solveable, but very little is done about it. So this million jars of peanut butter, it is like whisps of smoke from a RAGING FIRE. So yeah, not badge of shame, but full on branding.

about three weeks ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

ikhider Woe to the archeologists (440 comments)

Be it future generations on archeological digs or some other entity examing our time, doubtless the future will see this as one of the dark ages. The waste alone is shamefull. I understand Costco's move, if they are worried about litigation, but wasted food always makes me feel bad. I wish there was a better way to dispose of this, or perhaps avoid disposal altogether. If we had more local businesses, food producers, and farms--then perhaps mega-food production would not be needed. The place I go to for peanut butter, crushes the penuts in a machine right in front of me. About as fresh as it gets with no added salts, oils or preservatives. An independnt shop run by an old lady that sells dried foods, nuts, olives, spices, and such. No waste in this sort of place. We need more of this and less of Costco.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

ikhider Archive.org (162 comments)

I prefer to post on Archive.org. The site can support different resolutions and can even run on Libre-based operating systems. Also, you don't have to worry about regional restrictions. For example, I may send someone a Youtube link to a friend in Germany, but she cannot view it due to region restrictions. However, an Archive.org link will work. I would prefer Archive.org as the place for original, independent video content. No ads, no stress.

about three weeks ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

ikhider Women in the male-dominated workplace (710 comments)

This is a tough one. I had the privilege to work for exceptional men and women in male-dominated industries, such as finance. Yes, there is sexism. Women are propositioned, stared at, condescended to, recipients of sexist comments and so on. I have seen some women capitalize on this and turn it to their advantage. I also observe other women who obsess over the power dynamic to the point where they are always checking, verifying and asserting their power. This usually causes resentment. A leader is not effective if s/he keeps asserting 'I am in charge'. Then there are some women who 'just get on with it'. They are there to do business and get the job done effectively. Politics, stares, sexism are like water off a duck's back. They are focussed on their work and getting the job done. Now this is in an arena among the 'captains of industry' types. Imagine an arena of shy and awkward geek boys who obsess on code? No everyone has the strength to get past such environs and 'just get on with the job'. Horvath tweeting about office politics is a bad move. You cannot express much in a tweet. It is a poor way to explain situations. I feel bad for the next woman, who will probably be treated like a vial of nytroglycerine.

about a month ago
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Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

ikhider Start with Blekko, DuckDuckGo, and Wolfram Alpha (187 comments)

Use other search engines, other social media (like GNU Social), and let us take the hegemony out of the 'net.

about a month ago

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Ubuntu Forums Compromised by Crackers

ikhider ikhider writes  |  about 9 months 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 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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