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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

mattventura Re:Owning stock (203 comments)

It's probably a classic case of people not knowing the slightest thing about economics. Unless it's an IPO or something similar, when you buy stock you're just buying it from another investor who wants to sell theirs. The most damage you'll do to the company by selling your stock is lowering their stock price, and it's not clear from TFS if they actually own enough to actually make a noticeable impact (guessing not).

5 days ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

mattventura I used to want something kind of like this (101 comments)

Basically, a minimal PC that you would plug into all the I/O hardware, so that you could bring it anywhere, plug it into someone else's hardware, always have all your files and programs there.

But then that became completely unecessary with the advent of cheap phones, tablets, and netbooks.

about a week ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

mattventura Re:Why? (327 comments)

Speaking of form-over-function, when I was looking for a laptop in 2010 or so, I noticed that Mac laptops weren't available with quad-cores. I wondered why, and figured out that it was because Apple didn't want to make their laptops a little bit thicker so that there would be room for a proper socket (back then, the i7 QMs were only available in socketed form).

Apple tends to focus on things that provide the most tangible improvement to the average user. Namely huge screen resolutions and good SSDs. Apart from that, the notion that Macs have good specs is somewhat of a myth.

Speaking of hot Apple products, Time Capsules had the same problem, where the power supply would fail, probably due to overheating. So now I have mine modified to run off a 4-pin molex so I can power it externally. Not that it's an Apple-specific thing, my thinkpad has awful thermal design too (one fan with terrible intake trying to cool a quad core and a quadro).

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

mattventura Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (474 comments)

Its astonishing to me that anyone agreed to operate under such an NDA anyway. 17 hours is sufficiently long that you could aquire the game, play it for 2 hours to get a feel for it, 1 hour to record a video, edit for another 2 hours, and then post it with 10 hours left on the embargo.

But the effect of doing so might make reviews less valuable. Some games might take far more than 2 hours to really get in to, while others might get worse after 2 hours by virtue of being too repetitive. Or, in the case of this game, you might not run into bugs in 2 hours.

Not that impulse buying a game before good, in-depth reviews have been published is a good idea to start with.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

mattventura Re:It it bugs you a lot you can bypass those... (100 comments)

Ironically, I use a VPS as a VPN in the US, but for some reason google thinks I'm in Hong Kong. Every other geolocation service seems to get the location fairly close, so I have no idea where google is getting HK from.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

mattventura Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

Comcast provides a smarthost for customers to use. This is nothing new, I had to deal with this years ago. Hell, nowadays they even block outgoing port 25. Just look up what the comcast smarthost is and point your server there. If you're coming from a comcast IP, you don't even have to authenticate or anything.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Post Office Opens Mail Forwarding Warehouse In the USA

mattventura Good (142 comments)

Now if only we could end the even more idiotic practice of regional price gouging for digital goods/services too.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

mattventura Not even correct (200 comments)

You want low latency for web traffic, and most video streaming can handle some latency. It's not latency that gets in the way, it's variations in latency/jitter. You could have a constant 500ms latency and a video stream would work fine. There's almost no traffic that actually requires high bandwidth and low latency.

about three weeks ago
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The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

mattventura Re:The new progressive (441 comments)

And the only response to that should be "why did that stop you"?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

mattventura Re:It freakin' works fine (928 comments)

I couldn't care less that systemd exists. If you don't like something, don't use it. I use it on a laptop for the fast boot time, and it works fairly well there, but there's enough legitimate complaints about systemd that we need alternatives.

The problem is that other things are starting to depend on systemd. GNOME being the worst offender. Not that I use it, but who knows what DE could depend on systemd next. It's like being told that if you use bash, you must use emacs.

about a month ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

mattventura Re:I Trust Debain (555 comments)

But no amount of technical knowledge or intelligence will matter if the people in question are biased to begin with.

Besides, at this point, the discussion isn't even "should we use systemd?", it's "should we force all of our users to use systemd?" Whether or not you use systemd (disclaimer: I use it on my laptop and a desktop, but use sysvinit on servers), it's pretty hard to deny that there are plenty of perfectly legitimate complaints against systemd, to the point where forcing systemd instead of allowing people to choose their own init system is clearly not a great idea.

about a month ago
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Rumor: Lenovo In Talks To Buy BlackBerry

mattventura Re:Red mouse nub (73 comments)

No, they'll probably just find a way to ruin blackberries too.

I mean, all they had to do to get guaranteed business was just keep thinkpads the same. Instead, we get chiclet keyboards and trackpoint buttons integrated in the touchpad for whatever reason. I like the build quality (my current one has been spilled on and burnt), but I'll probably just have to buy some dell or whatever with a trackpoint.

I can live with the post-IBM drop in quality, but nowadays they've removed almost everything that makes a thinkpad a thinkpad.

about a month ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

mattventura Re:Missing option (238 comments)

Also when they post crappy Dice articles and have to figure out how to get people to click.

about a month ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

mattventura Re:yes, in the past sometimes, and no (580 comments)

What I've noticed is that the presence of payment opportunities very rarely actually improves the quality of things being made, but rather people just start charging for things that they wouldn't have before. Case in point: iPhone apps. Back in the 1.x days, before there was an app store, people made their free homebrew apps. App store comes out, and I see that several publishers pulled their free apps and put them in the app store for a price. You can still see it even from an absolute standpoint. Look at browsers. Tons of free browsers for desktops, which are actual complete browsers. On the iPhone? People want you to pay for literal Safari reskins. They didn't even write a rendering engine or much of anything, they basically just made baby's first iPhone app. And they want you to pay money for it.

Just imagine if you had to pay 99c for every package you install on a linux distribution.

As for movies/music, it becomes more of an ideals issue. I don't want to support RIAA/MPAA scumbags or anyone associated with them. I know that if I buy music from a big label, the people who actually made that music will only see somewhere between 0 and 10% of that money. Hell, for a typical album, it would be more efficient to mail the artist a dollar and pirate it than buy their album legitimately.

about a month and a half ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

mattventura Re:well thank god im at the bottom of the list. (261 comments)

I've seen way too many bus and taxi drivers being rude drivers (blocking intersections mainly). They can't even feign ignorance when they drive for a living.

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

mattventura Re:X, perhaps? (399 comments)

"Windows X"
Try pronouncing that out loud and you can probably figure out why they didn't spring for that name.

about 2 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

mattventura Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (403 comments)

Same, so I switched to XFCE. I'd much rather just have a nice minimal DE that doesn't get in the way. I'm not using a DE for the sake of using a DE, I'm using it to facilitate using actual applications.

about 2 months ago
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Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

mattventura Re:When will it work in Seamonkey and Firefox (178 comments)

The exact reasons for their loss of marketshare doesn't change the fact that trying to copy another browser and doing it rather poorly isn't going to get them anywhere soon.

about 2 months ago

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