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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

ron_ivi Re:Simple solution (323 comments)

why get excited for having a button for ctrl-v? do you also have a button for ctrl-c and ctrl-x? you make no sense.

At least here, "copy" (I assume that's what you mean by ctrl-c) happens automatically when you select a region of text by clicking and dragging the mouse. In that sense, the left button *is* the button you're looking for.

And "delete whatever is selected" (is that what you mean by ctrl-x) can be done by pressing 'delete' -- or if you're goint to replace it with something else, just typing that something else -- so it doesn't need a button or keyboard shortcut.

12 hours ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

ron_ivi Re:libressl-2.1.3 (69 comments)

NOT portable .... Forget about building on Windows using Microsoft's C compiler.

Just because one compiler for one platform fails to support a popular C extension doesn't mean the library isn't portable.

You can always choose to complie on that platform using one of the compliers that *does* support the extension.

12 hours ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

ron_ivi If Microsoft would unlock the boot loader now... (155 comments)

If Microsoft would unlock the boot loader now, heck, even I (who dislike most microsoft products except their keyboards and mice) would probably be happy to buy a Surface RT.

Seriously - I like the form-factor of the device - and the price. The only thing that stopped me from buying one when they came out was the OS.

Request for Microsoft --- now that you're abandoning it --- please unlock the boot loader.

2 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

ron_ivi Re:certainly I expect the blowback (371 comments)

that is prohibited by law

s/is/was/

This proposed law changes that.

4 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

ron_ivi Re:Bad idea (371 comments)

Most VPNs are corporate.

I imagine corporations will fight back legally if/when their employees start getting hacked by the FBI.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

ron_ivi Re:Encryption = same as an envelope for real mail. (35 comments)

It's not a billion dollar opportunity so long as people think email privacy is secured adequately by policies and legislation.

I think the best thing in the world for internet privacy/security would be if the laws were changed to state: "You have no expectation of privacy in any plain text email (other other communication) on the internet. Any such content can be freely used by your ISP, email hosting service, governments, ad-agencies, spammers, etc. If you want your email private, encrypt it.".

With such laws, it would be a billion dollar opportunity overnight, and the internet would be much safer for it.

But instead, corporations trust policies and laws to keep email private - even though those policies can and do change on a whim (or a Patriot act).

5 days ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

ron_ivi Encryption = same as an envelope for real mail. (35 comments)

Totally agree encryption (PGP/GPG, S/MIME) is the right answer here.

Instead of relying on policies/laws to keep email confidential, I wonder if the internet would be a much safer place if the laws said that any unencrypted email has no expectation of privacy.

Unencrypted email should be thought of as more like a post-card -- where governments routinely scan them all for law enforcement.

If you want anything private in email, encrypt it.

And if it were widely thought of that way, corporations would insist on encrypted emails, so the email client vendors would make encryption easy instead of the pain in the neck it is today.

5 days ago
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NSA Prepares For Future Techno-Battles By Plotting Network Takedowns

ron_ivi Re:If NSA thinks they are so great ... (81 comments)

Because that would mostly hurt poor innocent people, and make more people hate the US.

If instead they could provide those people with reliable water, food, etc, it would become harder to radicalize them.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

ron_ivi Re:The average human being (291 comments)

Is a gullible idiot

So wonder how many of the GuantÃnamo confessions worked this way.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

ron_ivi Re:Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (358 comments)

Often I wish the E stood for English, usually that thought occurs when I am reading status reports and documentation from Engineers.

If you're having difficulty communicating with Engineers and part of your job is reading their status reports and documentation, I'd argue that the problem is on your side.

Their job is to do engineering well. Your job sounds like translating between their attempt to translate technical nuances into stuff that upper management can understand. Perhaps you need to spend more time learning more about what they do.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

ron_ivi Re:No, Microsoft sucks, but Red Hat may be worse. (358 comments)

I half agree....

Agree that systemd's pretty much going to make Linux into more of a small niche product than it ever way.

But this seems to go far beyond RedHat --- with systemd advocates pressuring to Extend/Embrace/you-know-the-rest Linux from many sides.

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

ron_ivi Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

None of that speaks to why systemd needs to suck in everything under the sun that has a server mode (like the gimp and open office examples above).

And just because something's launched often doesn't mean it has to be sucked into systemd. Angry Birds is launched on Linux more often than most stuff the systemd guys play with -- but that doesn't mean all games need insane dependancies on an init system.

Your container example seems to be taking the wrong approach too.

Lightweight containers like Docker seem to suggest it's best to run a single service within a container --- so the last thing such a system needs an init system -- let alone the most bloated init system in the world. A it turns out, it's quite a pain in the neck to run systemd in a docker container.

about a week ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

ron_ivi Re:I agree with Lennart (551 comments)

Why would LibreOffice

You do realize OpenOffice does run in a server-mode.

It's useful for doing thtings like batch-processing word documents.

Same for Gimp: " This command will start a server, which reads and executes Script-Fu (Scheme) statements you send him via a specified port. ".

...ever be dependent on systemd?

I don't understand why 90% of the crap systemd's trying to suck in (like networking). Yet the systemd guys continue to glom everything in there.

about a week ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

ron_ivi And that's just one agency! (129 comments)

Assuming most countries have many law enforcement agences; and there are many countries --- it makes me wonder if most of the traffic on Silk Road was just a bunch of undercover operations trolling each other.

For example, in the US, I could imagine there were buyers from DEA, FBI, some DHS agencies, some DoD agencies, maybe even NYPD (heck, NYPD even has a branch in London, Israel, and Hamburg ) -- and that's just one country. Multiply by a couple hundred countries, and that really might have been a significant fraction of the market.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

ron_ivi Re: Fuck Me (552 comments)

you would still need a decent text editor.

Are you forgetting that emacs has a pretty nice vi-mode?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Access To NSA Surveillance Data Expands In Recent Years

ron_ivi A few years ago it seems they wanted thir own. (52 comments)

http://www.cnet.com/news/fbi-w...

Director says he wants laws to give FBI power to monitor private-sector networks, going beyond existing system that conducts surveillance of .gov networks
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Mueller seemed to suggest that the bureau should have a broad "omnibus" authority to conduct monitoring and surveillance of private-sector networks as well.
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The surveillance should include all Internet traffic, Mueller said, "whether it be .mil, .gov, .com--whichever network you're talking about." (See the transcript of the hearing.)

Guess the NSA beat them for funding that project?

about two weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

ron_ivi Re:Cygwin works fine. (203 comments)

Sure --- but this guy's use-case was using SSH to log in to a Windows box and do something to Windows --- which the VM mostly prevents. And if is wasn't a requirement to mess with Windows, I'd rather skip the VM and just run Linux directly.

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

ron_ivi Re:Cygwin works fine. (203 comments)

Some might argue that's the fault of AD, not cygwin or ssh.

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

ron_ivi Cygwin works fine. (203 comments)

I know back in 1995 when Cygwin came out it got a reputation of being pretty flakey.

But it's come a long way in the last 2 decades.

These days, pretty much any time you think you have a "hmm, Linux can do this but I don't know how to do it on Windows", Cygwin is probably a very good possibility.

about three weeks ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

ron_ivi Anyone have a torrent? (416 comments)

Apparently they're good lectures.

about a month and a half ago

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ron_ivi ron_ivi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ron_ivi writes "I see that Wine (who just had their 0.9.37"> release last week) and related products like CodeWeavers CrossOver and Transgaming Cedega (who also each had releases in the past month) keep improving. Meanwhile, more and more reports are coming out about Vista compatibility issues with both software and hardware.

Is Wine or Vista more Windows-XP/2000 compatible?

At first glance it seems that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with Win2K-era hardware which is unlikely to have Vista drivers. And also that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with WinXP-era hardware which surprisingly is also unlikely to have Vista compatibility. Software compatibility seems more mixed — with Wine probably supporting more Win2K-era software and Vista supporting more WinXP-era software? Of course in many cases (like Oracle) we'd obviously just get a native Linux or Vista port from the Vendor.

So, AskSlashdot, we're looking to upgrade legacy Windows 2000 and XP systems — does Wine or Vista look more promising."

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