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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

sgage A quick-thinking, comic genius (82 comments)

I loved Car Talk, still do, and it's still an integral part of my Saturday morning errands as I drive my truck around to the dump and so forth (I live in the sticks, so I do a lot of driving). After years (decades) of listening to those guys, I felt like I knew them. They made me laugh through some pretty grim times of my life.

So I am quite saddened to hear of Tommy's passing, and I feel for the families. He brought me a lot of good cheer. I had really hoped to meet him one day and have a beer or three. Oh well.

about three weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

sgage Peter Thiel is on a book tour or something... (238 comments)

This Thiel character has been all over the place these past couple of weeks - talk shows, opinion columns, etc. He is a real techno-cornucopian cheerleader, but does not seem to be a particularly deep thinker.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

sgage Re:Is it just me... (99 comments)

"Is it just me, ...or does anyone else get a slight chub hearing that M$ is not doing so hot anymore? "

It's just you. But whatever turns you on...

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

sgage Slashdot jumps the shark (789 comments)

This whole Ukraine 'crisis' is made in the USA. Most of the 'news' you hear about it is disinformation, and patent bullshit. Putin was saying, look, we don't want Kiev - if we did, we could take it, but we don't. Meanwhile the US (NATO) is making all kinds of threatening and provocative noises. So Putin was just reminding folks that look, we are not just some other shit country you can make roll over for the Empire.

Of course. this can not stand, according to the idiots that spout foreign policy in Washington. But it will.

about 3 months ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

sgage Re:Law of the Land? (212 comments)

That was only in North Carolina.

about 4 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5

sgage Re:You don't know the Linux desktop market. (87 comments)

Your citation is crap.

From the Wikipedia entry:

"This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay that states the Wikipedia editor's particular feelings about a topic, rather than the opinions of experts."

The Wikipedia editor is a KDE fanboi. That's fine - I'm liking KDE myself, but I have a really hard time believing that Gnome 3 is splitting 4% "market shaqre" with WindowMaker and Enlightenment. We need some real statistics.

about 5 months ago
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London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

sgage This is nuts (193 comments)

Insanity. Putting government business in a Googly cloud (or any other corporate cloud) is Barking mad. Hopefully it is as a previous poster has suggested - trying to extort a cheaper license deal out of MS. The notion of govenment workers on Chromebooks is insanity.

about 8 months ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

sgage Re:snark (461 comments)

Hey Coward,

Were you born an asshole, or was that something you had to work on? If so, you succeeded.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

sgage I can't wait... (731 comments)

... until my Adblock Plus no longer works. Because I can not stand intrusive advertising when I'm trying to read something. So I will have to quit wasting enormous gobs of time on the Web. I quit TV 15 years ago because of abusive advertising (mostly). If adblockers get nullified, I will seriously curtail my web browsing.

about 10 months ago
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Canonical Moving Away From GNOME Control Center

sgage It is times (and posts) like these... (208 comments)

... that make we want to throw up my hands and just say frack it all to Linux, period. I've been working with Linux since 1998, and from the beginning, it's been whining, backbiting, complaining, dissing, bickering, moral posturing, and in general one big ball of negativity. The vast (vast) majority of it is ill-informed fanboi nonsense.

Use what you want, work on what you want to contribute to, but holy moly can we please stop tearing down everything and anything that doesn't meet our personal code of free-open-source-grooviness?

I sometimes think that demands for ideological purity is going to be the death of Free Software...

about a year ago
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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

sgage Re:This is why... (206 comments)

With all due respect, I understand what you've said. When I employed the term 'politics' I was using it in the broadest possible sense, over the many years I've been using Linux.

I don't care about any of the bickering that goes on, until it becomes public and makes an ass out of all involved. I understand how humans operate, and how the sausage is made.

But kindly don't be telling me to "get over it". FL/OSS is about a lot more than just basing one's decisions on technical merit alone. There's trying to have an understand of trends and reliability and this kind of bullshit is really not useful.

1 year,5 days
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Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

sgage This is why... (206 comments)

... I don't want anything more to do with Canonical, or Ubuntu, or Mint, or any of that lot. I'm sticking with Debian. I'm sure it has its problems and all, but at least the politics seem to remain mostly internal. These public pissing matches between distros just seem so counter-productive. But since I've been using Linux (1998), it seems to be a constant. Ego issues? I don't know. I don't particularly care. It's just so boring and off-putting.

1 year,5 days
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

sgage Screw Commerce (545 comments)

Time is NOT arbitrary. Noon should be close to when the Sun is on the meridian. I don't have time [sic] to read the 350 comments on this article, but I hope someone made the point. We have already yielded so much up to "commerce". NOT time. Fuck commerce. The economy exists to serve human wants and needs. Humans do not exist to serve the economy. This article is absurd and disgusting.

1 year,21 days
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

sgage Re:Riiiiiight... (116 comments)

I guess one of my points is that I don't believe there is a "we, the FOSS community". I used to think so, but now there seems to be nothing but a swarm of multiple contingents jockeying for position to further their project, and dumping on the other projects. I suppose it was ever thus, really. In any case, it guarantees that FOSS goes nowhere.

1 year,26 days
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

sgage Re:Riiiiiight... (116 comments)

Discouraged, yes. Though I just installed the latest Ubuntu and this stuff was opt-in, so perhaps the cries were heard. My point is that to award this distinction to Ubuntu in the face of all the crap going down on the Internet is simply absurd, extremely small potatoes, and smacks of sour grapes and/or piling on, which is the norm for the FOSS press.

What's popular isn't always "right" (who decides that?), but we really might maintain a sense of proportion. In over 15 years of observing the FOSS world, it really seems that if you start to get any traction in the wider world, the "community" (as if there were a "community") seems to want to smack it down. For all the talk of world domination and so on and so forth, the "community" seems on some visceral level to want to remain marginal, They are getting their wish.

1 year,26 days
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

sgage Re:Riiiiiight... (116 comments)

You don't understand...

Ubuntu was threatening to be successful in the wider market. Therefore, it must be taken down at any cost! Once again, the FOSS "community" (gack!) eats its young.

This sort of nonsense is why Linux "market share" will never get anywhwere.

1 year,26 days
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Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

sgage Re:How big are the cups? (220 comments)

That is a good question. In the US, most coffemakers are graduated such that a cup is 6 US ounces (an official cup being 8 ounces). I drink 2 good-sized mugs of coffee every morning, which is about 4 coffeemaker cups, so about 3 official cups.

But I am over 55, so I have nothing to worry about. :-)

about a year ago
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Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

sgage Re:I'm worried! (220 comments)

Thank the godz I'm over 55!

about a year ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

sgage Savages (506 comments)

Fucking savages.

There, someone had to say it.

about a year ago
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WWDC Sells Out In 2 Minutes; Ticket On eBay 45 Minutes Later

sgage How pathetic... (162 comments)

How utterly pathetic.

about a year and a half ago

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