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Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

manifoldronin Re:Totally! Journalists should... (778 comments)

Ulterior motives are bad? Do you work to make a living? Do you put some money in the bank and hope to ear some interest? You would be doing bad things everyday if ulterior motives were bad. And following your own logic, since you obviously want us to believe that "ulterior motives are bad," are we to deduce that you had little incentive to address good arguments against your position? Hence your argument above was incomplete and imbalanced?

more than 3 years ago

PA Appeals Court Weighs Punishment For Students' Online Parodies

manifoldronin Re:Accusations of pedophilia?!?! (319 comments)

I love how you ended your comment. Anybody who mods it down immediately becomes a "Randroid fanboy". A nice stroke on a piece already self-righteous enough.

more than 4 years ago

North Korea's Own OS, Red Star

manifoldronin Re:Glorious Leader has truly given us a blessing (316 comments)

The people of N. Korea are so fucked. I feel sorry for them. One day reality will come crashing down on them like Thor's hammer and either cause mass suicide, violence, or both.

Violence definitely. Not sure about mass suicide. From what I read about, most of them actually know what's going on. They just don't have the means to revolt.

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:A corporation challenges an entire country? (515 comments)

Hold on there Slappy, China hasn't responded yet. They could easily just say "we don't know what you're talking about, don't let the door hit you on the way out". I think we may be overrating how much impact this will have on the Chinese government.

Now, if Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter all followed Google's lead, then we've got something to talk about.

There isn't much probably for youtube, facebook, and twitter to follow - they are already blocked.

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:Non-aggregated data = Backdoor (515 comments)

This is a backdoor because the obvious way to store search data is to aggregate it immediately and delete the source. Which is what any sane engineer would do.

Never click on Cached, I take it?

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:Seriously, FUCK China (515 comments)

the idea that the US is more democratic or "free" than other countries is total bullshit. take for example, the fact that until some 40 years ago, you had second class citizens based on the color of their skin, not to mention the fact that you had the largest and most recent slavery based economy in the world.

How does the fact that you used to have to wear a diaper reflect on your current intellectual level?

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:Google may lose China... (515 comments)

This was not an altruistic act, and google is a corporation just like any other. They do evil. They did evil in China for as long as it was profitable.

What happened that suddenly made it unprofitable?

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:Whoa. (515 comments)

Try and pass for Tina Fey?

more than 4 years ago
top Attack Part of a Broad Spying Effort

manifoldronin Re:more reasons for a US-China split (515 comments)

I doubt it. A weaker dollar, before having any stimulating effect on the US export, would immediately translate to more expensive commodities (oil to begin with). And rising living costs aren't gonna help anyone, upside down or not.

more than 4 years ago

Shuttleworth To Step Down As Canonical CEO In 2010

manifoldronin Re:Thanks Mark (163 comments)

I wouldn't be so fast to cry "elitism". Those of us who already know our way around *nix and have tried Ubuntu (or openSuse, PCBSD, etc) have been struck by how crappy our fave OS is once it gets dumbed down with automatic everything. Perhaps it's unavoidable.

I think you are mixing up two different kinds of "dumbing it down". Compared to how some other OS chooses to dumb it down _and_ completely deny the user any access to the "inner mechanics", the way ubuntu (and most other distros to be fair) does it in most cases preserves the choice for manual tweaking. E.g., I never liked the Network Manager, so I simply got rid of it and went back to /etc/network, while still enjoying whatever other features that ubuntu did get right.

more than 4 years ago

All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

manifoldronin Re:Why doesn't Miguel just go to work for Microsof (443 comments)

It appearsAlexBirch's point missed you: SharePoint Server replaces several uses of HTTP servers such as IIS, Lighttpd, and Apache. The idea is to switch the intranet from web apps to SharePoint and reserve the web servers for customer-facing sites.

So does wiki, but then I don't see anybody claim wiki being "the silent Apache HTTPD killer."

more than 4 years ago

2009 Ig Nobels Awarded, For Gas-Mask Bras and More

manifoldronin Re:bra that converts gas masks could be useful (123 comments)

(looks left and sees a woman with D-sized chest) (looks right and sees a woman with B-sized chest) (turn back to the left) - Pardon madam, may I borrow one of your cups as a mask. Thank you. Cup size matters.

(On the other hand...) yeah, sorry madam, I appreciate you trying to help, but I've got a C-cup face.

more than 4 years ago

Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly

manifoldronin Re:From the license... (419 comments)

why would it not be a commericially viable product?

also if they just stuck it out there for anyone to fork off and do what they want with it - then they can quickly remove any chance of it being commericially viable.

It's impressive work - let them share it how they want.

I have a feeling that the Year of the MenuetOS on Desktop is coming soon.

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

manifoldronin Re:Linus (909 comments)

Consider this: if you're of perfectly median intelligence then half the world is more stupid than you.

If you're in the top 1% of programming prowess, then, by definition, pretty much everybody else is stupid.


That better?

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

manifoldronin Re:Push-out doors bad for snow and other egress (909 comments)

(Yeah, I know. I keep a bottle of alcohol in my drawer to wipe my keyboard and mouse whenever someone else has worked on my computer. And I avoid shaking hands.)

I keep a bottle of alcohol in my drawer too!

more than 5 years ago

What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

manifoldronin Re:If the Apollo Program would have continued . . (389 comments)

"Soviet Russia?" Not nearly. It was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Lativia, Lithuania, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Chechnya, Georgia, and other VERY different national entities made up the USSR, in addition to Russia and others.

Don't mean to nitpick - but Mongolia was never part of the USSR (Maybe a USSR "satellite" or "protectorate", however you like to put it).

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 As a Viable Alternative To Flash?

manifoldronin Re:My Kingdom for a Datagrid Element! (541 comments)

HTML 5, I await you with open arms, hope and understanding. Improve the table element (if possible) and create a solid datagrid element. Deliver me from Flash.

That all looks good on paper. My concern however is that any element that's sufficiently complex and insufficiently spec'ed will have subtle differences between render engines.

That, and a certain market dominant browser vendor's track record of arbitrarily interpreting w3c standards.

more than 4 years ago

US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

manifoldronin Re:Is this flu really "special"? (695 comments)

I'm sorry, did I miss the change in tagline?

"Slashdot: News for racists. Life for whites who matter"?

Just when the fuck did this become acceptable as long as it's -1 troll?

Sorry, I've been away a while, it's a bit of a shock.

Ironically while OP has been buried by -1 Troll, people can still see the offending words you quoted in your +2 Informative reply.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

manifoldronin Re:In a word... (1385 comments)

All that is true, except that when the oil price gets high enough, all the conveniences will become too expensive for most of us. And the oil price _will_ get high enough, and soon enough. So we might as well start getting prepared by investing in alternate, less oil-dependent means of transportation now.

more than 5 years ago

Vista Post-SP2 Is the Safest OS On the Planet

manifoldronin Re:The winner of Pwn2Own seems to agree (1010 comments)

If it's already _that_ secure with SP1, how come SP2 is claimed the most secure?

What did SP1 miss?

more than 5 years ago


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