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Strange Places To Find Open Source

inkscapee So much information, so little comprehension (118 comments)

I know that expecting more than a token number of intelligent, informed comments on /. is a faulty expectation. But this thread exceeds my lowest expectations. The GVCS isn't about building modern society from scratch. Thank you to the few commenters who wrote informed, useful comments-- I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates them.

about 3 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

inkscapee Re:Unacceptably thin concession (548 comments)

I'd rather be a paid shill than a crackpot!

You're doing fine being both.

about 3 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

inkscapee Re:Happy November from the Golden Girls! (548 comments)

So sorry, I understand your sensitivity to being a third-grade dropout. We'll dumb down so you can feel better about yourself.

about 3 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

inkscapee Re:No *Plot* to Lock Out Linux (548 comments)

... but if it turns out that way, oops, our bad. (Not really) Sorry about that.

Just the new modern version of the old mafia line...

"That's a really nice libre operating system you've got there. Be a shame if you couldn't install it on any new PCs you buy. A real shame."

Heh, exactly right. It's a farce anyway, because if they were serious about security they wouldn't boot Windows at all.

about 3 years ago
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No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

inkscapee Re:Unacceptably thin concession (548 comments)

This just isn't a concern for me. Installing and configuring Linux is difficult. Some slashdot readers will disagree with me, but as CS degree-holder and Linux user who has spent hundreds of hours troubleshooting fresh Linux installations on my own machines (and in several cases reverting back to windows because of some deal-breaker hardware incompatibility issue), I can confidently say that I would NEVER recommend to any of my family members that they attempt to install Linux on their own. In other words, I view the ability to google for solutions when a strange error message pops up (i.e. when the SecureBoot check fails) as a prerequisite to installing Linux (or any operating system, really) on a system. For the majority of PC buyers, I think that the added security of SecureBoot far outweighs the potential risk that they might get flustered when attempting to install Linux. Sure - for developers working on Live CDs, I can see how this would be a pain in the ass. But try to think of the bigger picture.

Hey that's great, if you're not getting paid to spout baloney you should be! It's very sincere and hardly sounds like a paid shill. Not to mention your total arrogance in believing it is OK to restrict other people's choices because of something you think you have no use for. Anyway protecting the boot sector adds maybe 0.0000000002% additional security to Windows, the guaranteed speed portal to the World Wide Botnet. Computer users who take security seriously don't use Windows. Period.

about 3 years ago
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TSA Doing Random Truck Searches On Tennessee Highway

inkscapee Re:Their mission (578 comments)

How about this mission statement:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

You must be a commie. Or a socialist. Or a terrorist hippie. We don't tolerate that crazy talk in America.

more than 3 years ago
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US Copyright Czar Cozied Up To Content Industry

inkscapee Re:Sooooo (162 comments)

Only 63% of House Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 while 80% of House Republicans voted for it. In the Senate things werent much better for the Democrats, as only 69% voted for the Civil Rights Act while 82% of Republicans voted for it. Did your liberal brainwashing in school forget to tell you that it was the Democrats that tied up the floors for 83 days in a record-setting filibuster attempting to stop the Civil Rights Act? You think that todays liberals might try to stop the civil rights act? Fuck dude.. it was yesterdays liberals that did try to stop it.

You're wrong, and obviously a Glenn Beck "make shit up" acolyte. Those Democrats who tried to block the Civil Rights Act were the Dixiecrats, the same Southern traders in bigotry and ignorance that pollute politics to this day. They became Republicans after the CRA fight. Yes, children, that was when Strom Thurmond was a Democrat. No really. The final tally shows strong Democratic party support: Senate vote: Democrats: 46-21 (69%–31%) Republicans: 27-6 (82%–18%) House vote: Democratics: 153-91 (63%–37%) Republicans: 136-35 (80%–20%)

more than 3 years ago
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Global Mall Operator Starts Reading License Plates

inkscapee Re:Slippery slope? (301 comments)

Actually, this isn't a public place. You're parking on their property. Don't like it, don't go there. It's that simple.

Just walk away has always been stupid advice. It doesn't change anything. Why are there always a bunch of dummies who preach this? We should always speak up and protest abusive practices. Following your 'don't go there' advice doesn't improve anything, it just narrows our options and encourages this sort of crap.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Kevin Mitnick

inkscapee Re:Hi, Kevin. I'm one of your victims. (285 comments)

No, I'm blaming the people who've come up and promoted the system.

I specifically said "they're responsible for all." The victim couldn't be responsible for all, now could it? At most (s)he would be responsible for one.

Yep, you're a dumbass.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Kevin Mitnick

inkscapee You tried to sell US secrets to Russia (285 comments)

How does it feel to be a big hero now with thousands of semi-literate amoral /. readers who think it's OK to get away with whatever you can? Who have the moral compass of a Goldman Sachs executive? Who excuse your thefts and conning good-hearted people who were not trained in security? You tried to steal US secrets and sell them to Russia, and got caught because you and your cohorts were too stupid to fool trained agents. Ever think of just shutting your big mouth?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Kevin Mitnick

inkscapee Re:Hi, Kevin. I'm one of your victims. (285 comments)

The people who shouldn't sleep well at night is whoever thought credit cards where a good idea.

Good, blame the victim. Mitnick was a thief and con man. I suppose you believe that people should only do the right things when they're forced to.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs On CEO Tim Cook

inkscapee Re:not like it's real money (170 comments)

Yeah, I hear being badly photoshopped is damaging to your health.

Thank you. It is obviously faked, and now I know the T in TMZ stands for "toilet."

more than 3 years ago
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RealNetworks Sues Dutch Webmaster Over Hyperlink To Freeware

inkscapee Re:looses (297 comments)

Non-natives don't make that mistake. They learn English in school where this sort of difference is drilled until people are sick of it. I bet you 20 yuan that the Anonymous poster was the flag-waving, gun-toting kind of inbred (not "inbreed"), and not the foreign kind.

When you have guns and flags you don't need no sissy spelling.

more than 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

inkscapee what about Jon Katz? (1521 comments)

No nostalgia for Jon Katz? Goodbye Cmdr Taco, I will miss your staunch defense of typos and bad grammar. You done good with Slashdot, long may it reign!

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook: We Have Proof Ceglia's Contract Is Fake

inkscapee I'm in Howard Hughes' Will (178 comments)

And I just now found my copy. He left me everything.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Losing Contributors, Says Wales

inkscapee Re:Not surpricing (533 comments)

As so many commenters have said already, it's the extreme dickish atmosphere that drives good people away. When everything you do is nitpicked to death, when your contributions are deleted or changed for the worse, when there are endless debates over who is notable enough to have a bio in Wikipedia, it becomes a pointless waste of time. If you want good people investing their time and expertise for free then you shouldn't let angry nutters stomp all over their work. This is such a big duh it suggests that mr "I am beautiful" Wales is awfully dense to not know it already.

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

inkscapee Re:The only thing taller.. (407 comments)

But imagine the difference in NIMBY factor! They don't like a bunch of effeminate wind turbines waving their girly arms wildly in the wind. But this is a TOWERING METAL DICK that any man can be proud of and any woman can subconsciously be aroused by or turn into a feminist talking point. Plus it will be even harder for people to feel bad about birds that fly into it, because this thing doesn't move at all.

Bravo! This my favorite funniest and truest /. comment of all time.

more than 3 years ago
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How America Can Get Its Tech Mojo Back

inkscapee not optimistic (1 comments)

The conclusion feels rather like forced optimism. I agree that any progress is going to come from individuals and not from governments, but it's going to be wiles and luck for individuals to get ahead, and not any particular elevation of the US as a whole. In other words, it's every USian for him or herself, because we are pwned by big stupid sociopathic greed and there is no way out.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

inkscapee but a school should discriminate (1251 comments)

...against morons on the faculty. With students there is still hope.

more than 3 years ago

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ownCloud replaces MS Exchange and Dropbox

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "I know, we're all sick of hearing cloud this and cloud that. As the story says, ownCloud is already exceptionally easy to use and puts control of your data firmly in your own hands. This article is a collection of tips on setting up shared calendaring and contacts (good-bye to the awful Windows/Exchange/Outlook triumverate), file sharing, accessing your music collection from anywhere, desktop sync clients, and other useful stuff."
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Linux Should Lead Accessibility Technologies

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Assistive technologies for computer users with hearing, vision, and other impairments are still stuck in the dark ages. Proprietary software and hardware cost a mint and haven't advanced in years, while Linux and free / open source software barely seem to be trying, with excessive energy being devoted to keeping Gnome and KDE in perpetual states of disarray. And accessibility support always comes last; Gnome 2 is the best Linux desktop for accessibility, and has done wonderful work with minimal funding and support, but Gnome 3 threw it all away. Still, there is tremendous potential for Linux and FOSS to change people's lives, if they could stop running in circles like gerbils on crack."
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Beating Paul Allen with bird poop and a silo

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  about 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "I've experienced startup mania first-hand, where the founders chase venture capital like it's the secret of life itself. Their business plan is to go as quickly to an IPO as possible and then cash out. Or get bought out by Microsoft or Google or somebody. Building for the long-term is not part of the plan, so they justify huge losses in the name of chasing market share. Revenues? Profits? Don't be silly. So this article struck a chord with me, because the old-fashioned way of starting small and growing from revenues is still the best way. The first story is the best, how a small rural ISP beat Paul Allen with a tiny amount of money."
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Linux Desktop "On Par" With Mac and Windows? No!

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Linux would have to go backwards to be the same quality as Mac and Windows, says opinionated Carla Schroder. But this isn't just another fanboi rant, as Schroder lists 31 features in Linux absent from its proprietary competitors, and says "The better approach is not to throw all this great stuff away in the name of simplicity, of dumbing it down drastically to appeal to "the masses."" I agree."
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Natty Narwhal ultimate netadmin netbook

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Let the movie-watching entertainment-consuming one-finger-poking crowd have their tablets and smartphones; real network administrators need real computers. A netbook makes a great portable network administration kit (and system administration too) when it's loaded with Linux and a batch of excellent Linux/FOSS networking tools. Diagnose, probe, troubleshoot, fix, manage-- yes young penguin, you have it all."
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Massive solar tower planned for Arizona

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "It's simple, clean, low-maintenance, and cost-effective: using hot air on a large scale to generate electricity. No, this not a plan to use Congress to generate power, though that is certainly an endless supply-- EnviroMission will use air rising up a tall tower to generate 200-megawatts of electricity. The concept is simple: a giant greenhouse at the base of the tower warms the air. The warmed air rises through the tower and turns turbines, which generate electricity.

The taller the tower the faster the air moves, which increases power output. This beast is a monster, over 2600 feet tall. It works in all weather, and if there is a feasible water source food could be grown in the greenhouse."

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PostgreSQL vs. MySQL: Which Is the Best?

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Yes, here is yet another PostgreSQL vs. MySQL duel, but with a difference. It doesn't get bogged down in obscure technicalities that only database nerds care about, but rather reviews meaningful differences in architecture, standards, and "vendor follies." It makes the wise observation that familiarity and skill triumph over feature sets, addresses the "Just what is MySQL, anyway?" question, and concludes with Drizzle. A useful, practical review."
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Are Usability Studies Hurting the Free Desktop?

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes ""Are the developers of free desktops obsessed with design principles at the expense of what users actually want?" Yes, they are. Because understanding good design takes a lot more education than scanning Sun's ancient design study and cherry-picking the bits that sound good. As usual, listening to actual users is at the bottom of the list. "Just as a paragraph can be grammatically correct while its meaning is nonsensical or wrong, so a computer interface can be based on the collected works of Edward Tufte and still contain structures that are awkward and inconvenient.""
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The Portable Linux Boot Manager You Never Heard Of

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "I like live USB Linux distros better than live CDs because they are faster and easier to carry. Carrying a full bootable Debian distro with all the bells and whistles on a USB key is more fun and more useful than a barrel of monkeys. But booting to a USB stick is sometimes a problem even on modern PCs, and impossible on old machines. The Plop Boot Manager solves this problem; carry it on a 3.5" diskette or CD and you can run your bootable USB Linux even on old PCs."
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Are Google and Apple the New Bad Guys?

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "A thoughtful piece on how big is too big, and the inevitable dilution of responsibility and lack of consequences for unethical decisions and practices as a business succeeds and grows. How mass privacy-invasions and reaching into your pocket to control your devices that you own is justifiable:

"The sheer size of an outfit, the raw scope of its ambitions, and the very nature of what they do make a path from Good Guy to Bad Guy seem all but inevitable. When you're that successful, it's all too easy to eventually become too smart, or powerful, or just plain too big for your own good.

"It sounds like a handy explanation, doesn't it? But the problem is, it explains little. For one, it's too deterministic: it implies that anyone who shoots for the stars is going to land in the gutter at least once. It absolves Google and Apple — and anyone else who might be named in the same breath — of any real responsibility for what they do."
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Senate Passes Landmark Patent Reform Bill

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "The US Senate is congratulating itself for passing a 'landmark' piece of patent reform legislation. Some key elements are 'first to file' instead of first to invent, and ending fee diversion, which means fees paid to the Patent Office will actually fund the Patent Office. Curiously, this practice has resulted in a backlog of 700,000 patent applications. The House is reportedly working on a similar bill, and soon harmony and rationality will triumph."
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Android Devices Are Hives of License Violations

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Android developers are paying little attention to Free/Open Source software licenses and have a 71% violation rate. Come on folks, FOSS licenses are easy to comply with, certainly easier than proprietary software licenses, and less punitive. But it seems even the tiny hoops that FOSS requires are too much for devs eager to cash in."
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Debian is the most important Linux

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Without Debian we are nothing. Debian is the most influential and important Linux, and is unique for being the largest, oldest, 100% non-commercial community-driven distro. "...just under 63% of all distributions now being developed come ultimately from Debian. By comparison, 50 (15%) are based on Fedora or Red Hat, 28 (9%) on Slackware, and 12 (4%) on Gentoo.""
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10 Reasons Why SSDs Are Better Than Mechanical Dis

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Throw away your old-fashioned hard disks because SSDs are here and they're better in every way! Smaller, cooler, more reliable, better shock resistance (your rack could tip over and you wouldn't notice for a long time), built-in power failure protection, and much more. (Yes, that's an exaggeration-- still some interesting reasons to prefer SSDs even with their higher cost.)"
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Jono Bacon Defends Ubuntu's Honor

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Jono Bacon takes exception to Bruce Byfield's Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?, and in classic Jono fashion using hundreds of words where a few would suffice, asserts that Canonical has good relations with important upstreams such as Debian and Gnome, that any perceived frictions are exaggerated by the tech press, and that Canonical "operating in an environment that is rarely driven by corporate requirements. The vast majority of decisions about what goes into a new Ubuntu release is driven by the community...""
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Good Series on Hacking Linux Plug Computers

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 2 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "Over at old Linux Planet they've been quietly running a good series of howtos on hacking little Linux wall-wart computers. Part 3 is Building Custom Kernels for Linux Plug Computers, in which the author recommends cross-compiling on your Linux PC rather than directly on a plug computer. Cross-compiling is a bit adventurous to set up, but the article tells how. (Part 1 here, part 2 here.)"
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Hacking Our Way Back to Liberty

inkscapee inkscapee writes  |  more than 3 years ago

inkscapee (1994086) writes "When big business and goverment are in bed together we're on our own. Hackers unite! We may be the last hope for anything resembling liberty, fairness, and social justice. 'Cause we sure as heck aren't getting these from our fine "elected" leaders. As TFA says: When the law fails, when government fails, when greed and corruption triumph that is when we need hackers the most-- hackers of technology, law, journalism, community service, of every essential job and workaround that needs doing. Hackers of liberty. "
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