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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

pointbeing Re:Crunchbang! (573 comments)

Seconded.

#! Waldorf is Debian Wheezy running openbox with training wheels installed. It comes with a working panel, compositing, wallpaper, screensaver, conky and as parent pointed out, one tool per task. I wanted to learn a lightweight WM without all the pain of first-time configuring a lightweight WM ;-)

I won't need crunchbang next time I install but am grateful to the #! team for teaching me openbox in the most painless way possible.

about a year ago
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Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far

pointbeing or terminator... (289 comments)

terminator is awfully tough to beat. You can split one fullscreen console into as many consoles as you need ;-)

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Tries KDE, Likes It So Far

pointbeing Re:"looks a bit too cartoony"...."annoys the hell" (289 comments)

more accurate to say he liked the ability to configure every little thing, but has many gripes too about overall look & feel and defaults

I'd say his post overall is why many people still go to things like xfce4, mate, cinnamon, LXDE, etc.

IIRC Linus switched *from* XFCE.

about 2 years ago
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Court To Prisoner: No Xbox 360 For You

pointbeing Re:Prison and games (337 comments)

...Meanwhile, #2 still applies - a game station is actually a very cheap distraction if it prevents a single serious incident. Figure $10k if somebody's stabbed, $100k+ for a prison riot, etc...

The reason they have cable TV in prisons is to reduce the number of guards required to manage prisoners. I don't have real numbers but I'd wager that paying a couple of prison guards for a year is considerably more expensive than a year's worth of cable TV.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

pointbeing Re:WNDR3700v2 (196 comments)

ps - I use homeplug *and* WDS at the house - mainly because there are three walls and a floor between my home router and the rack where directv/PS3/xbox lives. There is a WDS node in the kitchen one floor below the my router and another one in my bedroom feeding a directv receiver. This is a fairly new house and the spousal unit won't allow me to pull wire through her walls.

Yet. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: DD-WRT Upgrade To 802.11n?

pointbeing Re:WNDR3700v2 (196 comments)

If the homeplug nodes are on opposite sides of the breaker box your signal goes through the transformer on the pole down the street.

more than 2 years ago
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Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center

pointbeing ^^^ this. (84 comments)

First thing I do on a new KDE installation is install wicd, even on wired connections. network-manager is just awful.

more than 3 years ago
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Muon Suite To Be Kubuntu's Software Center

pointbeing having used muon for about six months already... (84 comments)

I find the product to be fairly robust and the developer has been pretty darned responsive - I had enough issues with 11.04 that I went back to Debian, but I digress ;-)

synaptic is still my go-to gooey package manager. Functionally I don't think synaptic is any better than muon and I'm not sure whether it's my own prejudices or the GUI really could use a little help, but I find muon a bit more difficult to use than synaptic. IMO GUI design is an art form anyway - and not a skill that all developers possess ;-)

I have no problem running GTK+ apps in KDE but know a few people who do - I've never been one of those "pure KDE" people.

I think muon's a great effort - and kudos to the developer, who's pretty quick to answer questions.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

pointbeing you need to have the only key... (333 comments)

I have a problem with cloud sites that advertise encryption simply because you don't have control of the key - or of who has it. There's no doubt in my mind that all of these services can decrypt your files for you if you lose your key.

I personally just encrypt my own stuff and stick it in a folder in my gmail account.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Cyber Vigilantes Be Cheered Or Feared

pointbeing the end justifies the means? (232 comments)

No, thanks.

I prefer people with a bit stronger moral compass, myself. People who believe the end justifies the means brought us among other things, the Patriot Act and waterboarding. IM frequently less than HO if you do a bad thing for a good reason you're still doing a bad thing.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Unveils SSDs With 6Gbit/Sec Throughput

pointbeing Re:that's smokin' (197 comments)

write test on the same netbook:

wizard@wizard-netbook:~$ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/output.img bs=8k count=256k && sudo rm /tmp/output.img
262144+0 records in
262144+0 records out
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 19.916 s, 108 MB/s
wizard@wizard-netbook:~$

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Unveils SSDs With 6Gbit/Sec Throughput

pointbeing Re:that's smokin' (197 comments)

...30MB/s is about the fastest I've seen from a laptop drive, and that was when it was completely new so every write was a sequential write.

Then you'll like this. This was just run off my Atom 270 netbook (HP Mini 110c) with a 500gb Samsung drive and Kubuntu 10.10 -

wizard@wizard-netbook:~$ sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda
[sudo] password for wizard: /dev/sda:
  Timing cached reads: 1228 MB in 2.00 seconds = 613.74 MB/sec
  Timing buffered disk reads: 312 MB in 3.01 seconds = 103.70 MB/sec
wizard@wizard-netbook:~$ ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released

pointbeing 32-bit went fine, 64-bit was a bit of a pain... (202 comments)

Don't know anyone else who's had this problem but on the 64-bit upgrade X started throwing errors about a missing session - then you clicked "okay" and KDE started normally.

Solution was in this thread - all I had to do was select KDE as a session once.

http://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=91936

Also, my panel lost transparency although compositing was enabled. Changing the panel theme and then changing it back solved that.

On the 32-bit netbook which has just about all unnecessary stuff turned off including akonadi KDE's memory footprint went from ~180mb to ~170mb at idle. I use compiz instead of kwin on both machines, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Launches Social Login and HTTPS

pointbeing doesn't work very well, though (273 comments)

I got hit by this yesterday. Friend of mine picked up some malware on his PC that posted to his wall and sent messages to everybody on his friends list with a link to Yet More Malware. Since I was on his friends list FB forced me to change my password and certify that I'd changed my email password and scanned my PC for viruses - I only access FB with a Linux box but scanned it anyway just for fun ;-)

All was good until I got to the facial recognition thing. They sent me pictures of a buncha people I'd never seen - since you can tag any photo with any name I got three pictures of people I'd never seen before - at least they'll let you opt out and do CAPTCHA as the facial recognition thing was an epic fail for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Putin Orders Russian Move To GNU/Linux

pointbeing this will be great... (500 comments)

Launch nuclear deterrent!

-Operation denied, are you root?

SUDO LAUNCH NUCLEAR DETERRENT!!!

-SUDO: command not found

help SUDO

-bash: help: no help topics match `SUDO'. Try `help help' or `man -k SUDO' or `info SUDO'.

help help

-help: help [-dms] [pattern ...]
        Display information about builtin commands.

        Displays brief summaries of builtin commands. If PATTERN is specified, gives detai...

Then all you see is a blinding white flash. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME

pointbeing that's one reason i don't use kwin (514 comments)

compiz works just fine under KDE4.

IME compiz is more stable, more configurable and has a smaller memory footprint than kwin plus I get to use my favorite emerald theme.

I was a diehard GNOME user for years and KDE hasn't got it completely right yet - for instance I think kate is just awful and prefer gedit for a gooey text editor. I've tried learning to like kate but so far haven't been successful.

But - I do like that KDE seems to have the integration that GNOME lacks for the most part.

more than 3 years ago
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Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

pointbeing No leverage at all (606 comments)

Buying 1,000 desktops should give you a lot of leverage.

In my experience buying 1,000 desktops gives you *no* leverage with the top three hardware vendors.

I just bought a million bucks worth of machines from Dell a few months ago. Dell's annual sales for the year ending January 2010 was 52.9 billion dollars, so my little million-dollar purchase was less than 0.00002% of their annual sales.

That's not a whole lot of leverage.

more than 3 years ago
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DoD Takes Criticism From Security Experts On Cyberwar Incident

pointbeing i work for an agency under DoD... (116 comments)

...and was actually discussing the switch from Windows to Linux with couple friends of mine from the IA shop. I'm in charge of desktop PC support for this 3,300-user agency.

I'd like to preface things by saying that I use Linux exclusively at home and have for several years. No dual boot, no wine and no running Windows in a VM. I could do my whole job from within Linux if Firefox supported reading encrypted mail in Outlook Web Access and if there was something available for Linux that'd allow me to read Visio drawings in their native format.

Software costs are inconsequential so we'll ignore that argument for the time being. The biggest expense in an IT budget isn't software or hardware, it's people - and although things would settle down after a year or two the cost of migration is the showstopper here, not the cost of sustainment.

I've heard different stories about what caused the USB ban but for me the short version is that somewhere in DoD some sysadmin should have been fired. I can't say for sure what happened but at least two Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) policies were violated - autorun wasn't disabled on the workstations and apparently workstation virus scanners weren't configured properly, so to minimize the threat DoD bans USB storage devices rather than fire the nitwit who wasn't doing his job.

Windows as a vector? Out of 3,300 users we had eight (yes, eight) security incidents in the last twelve months where a PC was infected by a hostile application - the reason I know this is I had to put that damn metric in a Powerpoint slide recently. Eight out of better than three thousand is a pretty good average, but the PCs still run like crap ;-)

They've authorized turning USB storage back on, but only for approved devices that will be encrypted and centrally managed - and USB storage will be enabled by device rather than by user. Unauthorized devices still won't work. We've decided that since folks have been working without thumb drives for two years we're gonna continue to let them work that way - we've got the infrastructure in place to authorize thumb drives by hardware signature but we don't plan to issue any to end users at this point.

DoD information security policies aren't written by Microsoft - Microsoft wouldn't hire anybody that stupid. Case in point - DISA mandates that LAN and WLAN interfaces on a machine can't be active at the same time but outside of creating separate hardware profiles for wired and wireless Windows doesn't support this configuration - and simply disabling network bridging doesn't satisfy the requirement. If you ask DISA how to implement this requirement they can't tell you. I can tell you there's a neat little application called Wireless AutoSwitch that'll do the job and it's dirt cheap, though.

But I digress.

more than 3 years ago
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Canon Unveils 120-Megapixel Camera Sensor

pointbeing Re:535mb images? (289 comments)

I stand corrected. Thanks for keeping me straight ;-)

more than 3 years ago

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university sues student for graduating early

pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 2 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "A private German economics and business university is suing one of its students for lost income after he finished his Bachelors and Masters degrees in about a quarter of the normal time.

Marcel Pohl completed 60 examinations in 20 months, gaining a grade of 2.3, and was officially ex-matriculated in August 2011. Such a course usually takes 11 semesters, but he only needed three.

Now the Essen-based School of Economics and Management (FOM) want the 22-year-old to pay his fees up the end of 2011 — an extra €3,000."

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kubuntu 11.04 reviewed by distrowatch

pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "Earlier this year, in the wake of my Ubuntu review, several people suggested I try Kubuntu. I was repeatedly assured that while Ubuntu had some rough edges, the Kubuntu team had put together a first-class KDE release. I'm a trusting sort, so I decided to take the advice and downloaded Kubuntu 11.04."
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segway owner dies in segway accident

pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway apparently drove one of the personal transport devices off a cliff and into a river. He was killed. Police say they do not suspect foul play.

Heselden, 62, was one of Britain's richest people, he purchased the Segway company last year. He was also one of the most generous, giving away some 23 million pounds to various charities."

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pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "Interesting article on the use of Photoshop in news articles here.

"Photoshop is a highly sophisticated image manipulation programme. We use only a tiny part of its potential capability to format our pictures, crop and size them and balance the tone and colour.

Materially altering a picture in Photoshop or any other image editing software will lead to dismissal.

THE RULES ARE: No additions or deletions to the subject matter of the original image. (thus changing the original content and journalistic integrity of an image)

No excessive lightening, darkening or blurring of the image. (thus misleading the viewer by disguising certain elements of an image)

No excessive colour manipulation. (thus dramatically changing the original lighting conditions of an image)
""
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pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "According to MSNBC an update to Apple Inc.'s iTunes music software still hasn't resolved some of the compatibility problems with Microsoft Corp.'s new operating system.

The iTunes program is key to synching music on computers with iPod portable players, and the latest version, iTunes 7.1, comes a month after the iPod and Macintosh computer maker warned PC users against installing Windows Vista until Apple could fix the problems.

Apple removed that outright warning from its Web site on Monday and stated instead that the updated iTunes is recommended for use with most editions of Windows Vista. But Apple also conceded that some glitches, including possible corruption of a user's iPod player upon ejection from a PC, remain. Story continues below advertisement

"Apple is actively working with Microsoft to resolve a few remaining known issues," the posting stated.

Apple representatives declined further comment and would not say how much longer users would have to wait for iTunes to be completely Vista-friendly.

According to the notice posted on Apple's Web site, the previous glitch that prevented Vista users from playing music or video purchased from the online iTunes Store is no longer an issue.

But in addition to the iPod-ejection problem, Apple warned that iTunes 7.1 may still exhibit difficulties synchronizing Windows contacts with an iPod. The text and graphics of iTunes running on a Vista machine also may not be correctly displayed, though resizing the iTunes screen should correct the issue.

Apple also reminded users that iTunes remains unsupported on 64-bit editions of either Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Microsoft has said it is working with a long list of partners, including Apple, to make sure their software is compatible with Vista. The new operating system launched Jan. 30.

Though Microsoft and Apple are partners in some cases — iTunes works with Windows PCs and Microsoft Office has a version for Macs — the two are also longtime rivals. They compete in computer systems, which Microsoft dominates, and in the digital music arena, which Apple dominates."
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pointbeing pointbeing writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pointbeing (701902) writes "From http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/ptech/02/07/nyc.ipod. reut/index.html : New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine.

New York State Sen. Carl Kruger says three pedestrians in his Brooklyn district have been killed since September upon stepping into traffic while distracted by an electronic device. In one case bystanders screamed "watch out" to no avail.

Kruger says he will introduce legislation on Wednesday to ban the use of gadgets such as Blackberry devices and video games while crossing the street.

"Government has an obligation to protect its citizenry," Kruger said in a telephone interview from Albany, the state capital.

"This electronic gadgetry is reaching the point where it's becoming not only endemic but it's creating an atmosphere where we have a major public safety crisis at hand."

Tech-consuming New Yorkers trudge to work on sidewalks and subways like an army of drones, appearing to talk to themselves on wireless devices or swaying to seemingly silent tunes.

"I'm not trying to intrude on that," Kruger said. "But what's happening is when they're tuning into their iPod or Blackberry or cell phone or video game, they're walking into speeding buses and moving automobiles. It's becoming a nationwide problem.""

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