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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

preflex Is this some kind of a test? (928 comments)

Holden: You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down...

Leon: What one?

Holden: What?

Leon: What desert?

Holden: It doesn't make any difference what desert, it's completely hypothetical.

Leon: But, how come I'd be there?

Holden: Maybe you're fed up. Maybe you want to be by yourself. Who knows? You look down and see a server, Leon. It's serving web pages ...

Leon: Server? What's that?

Holden: You know what a computer is?

Leon: Of course!

Holden: Same thing.

Leon: I've never seen a computer... But I understand what you mean.

Holden: You reach down and install Microsoft Windows on it, Leon.

Leon: Do you make up these questions, Mr. Holden? Or do they write 'em down for you?

Holden: The server lays on its back, its case baking in the hot sun, thrashing its hard drive trying to boot up, but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.

Leon: What do you mean, I'm not helping?

Holden: I mean: you're not helping! Why is that, Leon?

[Leon has become visibly shaken]

Holden: They're just questions, Leon. In answer to your query, they're written down for me. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?

[Leon nods]

Holden: Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about... Systemd.

Leon: Systemd?

Holden: Yeah.

Leon: Let me tell you about Systemd.

[Leon shoots Holden with a gun he had pulled out under the table]

about 1 month ago

Mars Orbiter Beams Back Images of Comet's Surprisingly Tiny Nucleus

preflex Re:Please (47 comments)

Who the heck modded up this FUD?

Discovery.com tries to load lots of external resources.
However, the text on the page is displayed without loading any of them (unlike some other sites, such as gawker).

The images and the stylesheet are at ddmcdn.com, if you're using RequestPolicy. This is the only domain that needs to be allowed in RequestPolicy if you want it to "display correctly", but if you're only using NoScript, the page loads fine without allowing anything. The text is reasonably well-formatted and you can view the pictures on the page.

about 2 months ago

China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

preflex Re:Apologies not accepted (64 comments)

If you want to use Privacy Ops, thats great; I just havent found an app where I would need it yet.

How about the built-in web browser?
According to PDroid Monitor (using CyanogenMod with P-droid patches), it can access:
    Network Location
    GPS Location
    Account Credentials
    Accounts (Listing of accounts registered with other apps on device: Dropbox, Twitter, etc. Includes name of the service, and the user ID)
    Contacts (For what?)
    Call Log (Why the hell would it ever need this?)
    Bookmarks and History (Duh)
    Wifi Info
    Network Info (
    Force Online State

Well, of course the built-in browser is gross. What about Firefox? That should be less invasive, right?
    Network Location
    GPS Location
    Account Credentials
    Record Audio
    Start at Boot (That goes really well with the previous two)
    Network Info
    Force Online State

What could possibly go wrong?

about 4 months ago

Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

preflex Re:It was not already? (99 comments)

This is obviously wrong as there are over 800 titles available for linux, but Valve hasn't published 800 source-engine games. Even limiting the scope to big-publisher FPS stuff you're still wrong on two fronts. CS:GO is still missing. Metro: Last Light (using the 4A engine) has been available since November.

about 10 months ago

Portal 2 Beta Released For Linux

preflex Re:Steam Linux (99 comments)

There's a few Windows + Linux only titles, but they typically don't stay that way for long. It usually just means the Mac port is still in development. For example Cannons Lasers Rockets is Win+Linux only right now, but it's an "early access" game.

about 10 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

preflex Put the "classic" link in the "brand bar" (2219 comments)

So the people that hate it (pretty much everyone) can quickly find their way out. I really hate the floating "brand bar", from the user's perspective, it's completely useless. On my android tablet, it's slow as hell and just wastes screen space. Putting the classic link there would at least give me a reason to click it (once).

about 10 months ago

Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

preflex Pointless stock photo. (457 comments)

Thanks for the pointless stock photo of a MP holding a radar gun.

WTF does this story have to do with MP's? Why are you wasting my bandwidth and screen space?

Just because you can attach an image to an article, doesn't mean you should. The slashdot beta is even worse than I first thought: it's encouraging editors to do even more stupid shit.

about 10 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

preflex Brandbar (237 comments)

I also couldn't find the reply button, so replying to first post...

The brandbar is pointless. It's a waste of space. It performs no function, other than reminding me I'm viewing slashdot. I don't need to be reminded of this.

It's also slow as hell on mobile browsers. No, I will not use mobile slashdot. That shit is even worse than this horrible fucking beta.

Slashdot isn't broken. Don't fix it.

about 10 months ago

Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

preflex Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

X11 was designed for remote display over LAN, not WAN. Which is how most of us use it. The Internet barely existed at the time.

Actually, I think most of us use it for local display. It's so bad at remote these days, it's not even very useful over LAN.

about 10 months ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

preflex Re:Energy density. (734 comments)

Batteries easily beat petrochemicals on charge speed. A few hours to charge a battery vs. millions of years to create fossil fuels.

about a year ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

preflex Re:Standford University (734 comments)

what happened to my S's?

It's almost as prestigious as Hardvard!

FTFM (fixed that for myself)

about a year ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

preflex Standford University (734 comments)

It's almost a prestigious a Hardvard!

about a year ago

UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back

preflex Re:UK Law is clear (617 comments)

I think in this type of situation, it's a reasonable expectation that the recipient should return the PS Vita too. They paid £19.99 and got sent a completely different item; it isn't as if the PS Vita was priced at £19.99 in error and the company mistakenly fulfilled the order.

It's only reasonable if the company is compensating them for the expense and time of sending it back. Personally, I would only consider it if the company was at least offering to send me the correct merchandise after refunding my £19.99 in exchange for the return. I'd probably hold out for a check for £19.99 in addition to a full refund and shipment of my intended purchase item. I'd call it a "restocking fee". If I had mistakenly ordered a PS Vita and then sent it back, the company would charge me a "restocking fee" too.

If they refused to compensate me, I'd just sell the Vita, buy the correct game from someone else, and pocket the difference. I would see this as fair, because it would require additional effort to obtain the item I had paid for but not received, and I would expect to be compensated for that.

When I lose something, I offer a reward to get it back. I don't threaten the person who found it.

Sadly, I see similar situations happen all the time. Companies make a mistake with their pricing online and don't fulfil the order and the people who thought they were getting a 40" TV for £50 start talking about their "right" to buy it for that price.

That's because it's dangerously close to a bait-and-switch, which is illegal. It's only not illegal if it is genuinely a mistake. If you're advertising a 40" TV for $50 without any conditions, then customers do, in fact, have the right to buy it for that price. If it is an honest mistake, and the company does not ship the item, but simply refunds the customer's money, the customer has still been harmed. The company has wasted the customer's time.

Let's turn it around a bit: if the customers had asked to return the game they bought and accidentally sent a PS Vita to the company, would the customers be arguing that their mistake represented an "unsolicited gift"?

The company would probably send it back, not because it's their duty under the law, but because it makes good business sense. If they didn't send it back they would lose that customer forever, and they would badmouth the company to others. It could easily end up costing them more than the value of the item.

On the other hand, other than the legal threats, the customers have no incentive to send the devices back. If Zawi refuses to ever do business with them again, they'll just buy stuff from someone else.

1 year,9 days

Sailfish OS Comes to the Nokia N9

preflex Re:Market share (15 comments)

I ask because since the Sharp Zaurus days I have wanted a phone which runs 'proper' Linux, a Linux kernel with glibc, X-windows, GTK, QT, etc... I wanted something that I could easily 'port' desktop apps over just by recompiling.

Sounds like you have wanted the N900. X11, Qt, GTK, SDL, Java, and even Mono are all available in the extras repo and easily installable through apt-get.

Sailfish uses Wayland and QT. I'm not sure if GTK is available in the Mer repos. You could probably get XWayland rocking on it.

My very limited understanding of Sailfish is that it is just a Linux kernel with webkit dropped on top of it to run HTML5 apps not unlike Google Chrome. Was I mistaken?

Yes. You were very mistaken. This is a good description of WebOS, not Sailfish.

Sailfish uses Wayland and QT. I believe Python is preinstalled. I'm not sure if GTK is available in the Mer repos. You could probably get XWayland rocking on it. Sailfish is the closest thing to 'proper' Linux available for phones right now, even closer than Ubuntu Phone.

1 year,9 days

Neo900 Hacker Phone Reaches Minimum Number of Pre-Orders For Production

preflex Re:resistive touchscreen Luddites. (109 comments)

One of the reasons I bought the n900 rather than one of the others was the wonderful resistive touchscreen. It was an excellent choice, as it was so much more precise than the capacitive screens on all the iOS and Android devices at the time. I could actually use the tiny UI elements in desktop apps running from a debian chroot.

1 year,18 days

Sailfish Can Officially Be Installed To Android Devices

preflex Re:What's Jolla? What's Sailfish? (118 comments)

I agree. The article and summary are badly written. However, parent was complaining there was no "hint" as to the identities of Jolla and Sailfish. He was so emphatic about the word "hint" that he used the emphasis tag. I simply pointed out that there were plenty of hints available, and that those hints should indicate whether the article might fall within his interests. He could simply ask, "Am I interested in installing an alternative OS on an Android phone?". If yes, research Jolla and Sailfish. If no, don't.

I understand that he didn't really want hints, and that he wanted explicit background information. However, parent's statements were so exaggerated that they undermined his argument by being demonstrably false.

1 year,20 days

Sailfish Can Officially Be Installed To Android Devices

preflex Re:What's Jolla? What's Sailfish? (118 comments)

would it kill you just to give a hint of what Jolla and Sailfish are?

They gave you several hints.

"Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki": Hmm. Jolla must be a corporation. That name sounds Finnish.

"If Jolla truly is compatible with Android devices...": Jolla seems to be making some sort of cell phone software.

"Is Jolla going to let individual users to install the Sailfish operating system ..." Sailfish is an operating system for cell phones.

So, Jolla is a Finnish cell phone company that is producing an OS called Sailfish. It will be installable on Android devices. It seems like you would have enough information there to know if you want to know more. They've even provided all the relevant keywords: "Jolla", "Sailfish", which you can enter into a search engine to find more information

Complaining about this makes you appear stupid and lazy.

1 year,20 days

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

preflex Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

It isn't a one-click method to install the CM firmware though - just a method of making the installation via PC less painless.

Oooh! Great! Where do I download? I've been looking for ways to make installing 3rd party firmwares more painful. As it stands right now, the process is far too pleasant and enjoyable.

1 year,22 days



Advertising industry lashes out at Mozilla over 3rd-party cookie blocking.

preflex preflex writes  |  about a year and a half ago

preflex (1840068) writes "Unsurprisingly, Interactive Advertising Bureau president Randall Rothenburg is up in arms over Mozilla's decision to block third-party cookies in upcoming versions of Firefox and has issued the following statement:

"The Interactive Advertising Bureau strongly opposes the scheme by Mozilla to block third-party cookies by default in upcoming releases of its Firefox browser, and we vigorously encourage both the non-profit Mozilla Foundation and its for-profit subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation, which is reconfiguring the Firefox browser, to abandon this proposed change. This move will not put the interest of users first. Nor does it promote transparency or “move the web forward,” as Mozilla claims in its announcement. It will not advance Mozilla’s objective, as stated in its bylaws, of “promoting choice and innovation on the Internet,” but will, instead, impede both. If Mozilla follows through on its plan to block all third-party cookies, the disruption will disenfranchise every single internet user. All of us will lose the freedom to choose our own online experiences; we will lose the opportunity to monitor and protect our privacy; and we will lose the chance to benefit from independent sites like RightWingNews.com LiberalOasis.com, MotherhoodWTF.com, and SuburbanDaddy.com because thousands of small businesses that make up the diversity of content and services online will be forced to close their doors. ..."

He even manges to sneak in a Think-of-the-children argument:

"It is also the third-party cookie that enables urgent messages like AMBER Alerts and weather emergencies to be delivered to relevant, localized audiences.""

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