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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

strikethree Re:Great way to get Businesses & Gov to drop F (114 comments)

It is a shame I did not save at least one mod point. Your comment needs it.

I fought long and hard to get Firefox installed on government computers and integrating TOR at the source code level would get Firefox yanked faster than you can say FISMA. I swear to god someone in Mozilla is actively trying to destroy Firefox. There is no other reasonable explanation for what is going on.

yesterday
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

strikethree Re:Beacons? (150 comments)

So now we have to turn off our phones too if we don't want companies to follow us in their stores?

It is already too late for that. I have wifi and bluetooth disabled and yet I STILL received an SMS from a store in a mall as I walked by. I deleted it without even looking at the "special offer". I felt violated and creeped out.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

strikethree Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (633 comments)

Dev on MS is much easier to cross over platforms than it was in the past.

How can it be easier since you can only develop for ONE platform. Microsoft.

yesterday
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

strikethree Re:Catching up with Fedora (633 comments)

PowerShell beats anything *sh on consistency, terseness, expressiveness, risk management, integration, remoting, job control, interactive assistance.

Excuse you? Will that be an underscore _ or a hyphen - or nothing at all separating your multi-word commands and arguments? Consistently confusing is more like it.

Get-Help about_Signing
help set-executionpolicy

I could go on...

yesterday
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FCC To Rule On "Paid Prioritization" Deals By Internet Service Providers

strikethree Re: "commercially reasonable" (125 comments)

Living in an oligarchy sucks balls.

It does not have to... but such arrangements eventually end up like this regardless.

Godspeed to any future whistleblowers who decide to make the personal sacrifice to give us these glimpses into the lives of our not-so-benevolent overlords.

What good do these glimpses do other than confirm that we are all thoroughly owned? No. There needs to be follow-up action. If you ever wondered how such a brutal group as ISIS/ISIL/Daesh ever found so many supporters or made it so far, it is because of shit like this: What else is there to lose? Everything short of life has been lost already. Of course, Daesh is wrong and wants to implement the same thing they are supposedly fighting against, but it is easy to see how this shit gains traction.

If the rulers wants to know how to forever keep themselves in power, it is easy: Ensure that your slaves have enough to fear losing it. Take away their liberty, they have nothing left to lose. Take away their possessions, they have nothing left to lose. The math is hard (2+2 != 4) but the results are obvious. Learn from history.

2 days ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

strikethree Re:It's sad (413 comments)

So you're saying it's a case of, "Google, products so good you need to be forced to use them?"

ProTip: Never go full retard.

What is being said is that the carrier crap is so terrible that Google has to do something.

If they're so much better, manufacturers would simply choose them by default.

No. No they would not. The carrier crap allows lock-in to the carrier or manufacturer. Google's crap does not allow lock-in to the carrier or manufacturer. So really, you should re-evaluate who "better" is for. Google crap is NOT better for the carriers or manufacturers but it IS better for the user.

2 days ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

strikethree Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

So, basically, the forest service is tasked with monetizing the National Forests of the United States,

I could see it being characterized that way but seriously, I feel offended by it. Why?

I did volunteer work for the Forest Service in New Mexico in the 80s. I did not see a single logging operation. I did not see a single road being built (we traveled along paths that *might* be called roads to get deep into the forest) nor maintained. The Forest Service employees were mostly Navajo. They knew the forest well. They were there to maintain it. I helped clear some hiking trails of brush. I helped build fire brakes (breaks?) so that controlled burns could happen. I picked up garbage at camp grounds.

In short, we did a lot of work and none of it was oriented towards profits or commercial activities or "monetizing" forests. We made the forests a safer, cleaner, and nicer place for people to hike and enjoy nature.

Are there questionable activities taking place in some areas? Probably. To write the Forest Service off as some Federal monetization group is just absurd hyperbole.

(CAPTCHA is stoned. God I wish. It has been entirely too many years...)

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

strikethree Re:partly agree with him (353 comments)

I actually agree with him as the ability to seize information quickly when done right can save lives.

The statement is likely TRUE: ability to seize information quickly can save lives.

Why would you AGREE with it though? That is the cowards response. Either the police/government needs to follow the Constitution all of the time or it should be free to ignore it whenever it is convenient. They will not ignore it only when "lives are on the line".

Currently, we have them ignoring it whenever it is convenient... so where does that leave us and your agreement with it?

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

strikethree Re:The hipsters need to go! (249 comments)

Because more people are using GNOME than KDE. Here is something else, according to some folks within suse, opensuse also has more GNOME 3 users than other DEs

Where are you getting these statistics from? Are you just extrapolating from assumptions like: Will not change the default desktop?

I would be more interested in seeing what the repositories are reporting concerning updates... but even that will not be accurate because sometimes I leave stuff installed for testing purposes... and I am sure others, for their own reasons, leave stuff installed too despite using something else.

For myself, I consider Gnome to be of the same type of evil as SystemD. The developers are utterly infatuated with their own ideas and incapable of understanding that their ideas are just not that good, despite solving some very real problems.

Honestly, I am unsure why I am even commenting. As a former Gnome user, I feel glad that someone wrote some decent software that I could use but I am not forced to use Gnome... so I will do what I will do, and that is not use Gnome now. I am rather angry about SystemD though. THAT is getting foisted upon me whether I like it or not. It is entirely possible that if distros do not fight against SystemD that it may very well kill Linux. SystemD makes Linux as reliable as the toy operating system called Microsoft Windows.

about a week ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

strikethree Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (249 comments)

Minimizing in GNOME would be useless. Have you even looked at the ideas behind it?

I am sure the ideas behind it are absolutely awesome. All I can say is, "Thank you for determining my workflow for me. I had no idea at all that I was doing everything all wrong. I will immediately begin unlearning all of the habits that I have learned over the decades so that I can become slightly more efficient according to someone elses metrics. I am VERY VERY glad that there is no way to alter the workflow because then I might be tempted to stay with my old bad habits while the rest of the world moved on without me! I am sure they would all miss me... so again, thank you."

I just don't know what I would do without Microsoft, Gnome, and Apple all forcing me to change my workflow and habits to be better. God. Can you imagine that a looooong loooooong time ago we were all actually forced to use terminals? No GUI at all! I just wished they would make it impossible to use terminals at all anymore so we would never be bothered by such garbage again. I guess Gnome is not as awesome as they thought they were since it is still (technically) possible to fire up a terminal and start, EGAD!, typing. What an archaic concept.

Speaking of which, why doesn't Slashdot just make us record what we want to say and when you go through the comments, you listen to them instead of read them. Reading is so archaic. I am unsure why anyone does it anymore. It is certainly not useful to ME.

about a week ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

strikethree Kids nowadays... (167 comments)

If Dell has a reputation in the PC market, it's as the company that got low-end PCs to customers cheaply.

Sure, that may their current reputation but back in the early 90s, Dell earned a reputation as a builder of high quality and well-specced computers. I recall working in the electronics department in a large store and running tests against the Packard Bells, ASTs, and Dells and the Dells always won every single benchmark by a large margin.

In short, they were the kings of the 386/486 world. That is how they started. Perhaps they will return...

about a week ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

strikethree Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (395 comments)

Seeing as there has been no turn-around or re-examination, I am assuming they will hold course until death. It seems to me that such a choice is irrational... so why is the choice being made?

Someone (or multiple someones) clearly wants Gnome dead. Who and why?

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

strikethree Re:Not MAD. (341 comments)

Deploy even a fifth of those 1500 MIRVs against the planet by strategically targeting urban population centres in order of descending population, and the world as we know it would be gone.

Not all nukes are planet busting hydrogen bombs. It would take at least 5 mid-sized nukes to wipe out New York City. Los Angeles? Probably twice as many.

Granted, one nuke in the middle of the 1500 largest cities would be VERY devastating... but the world as we know it would not be entirely gone.

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

strikethree Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

So yeah, it's a bit bull-headed of Netflix - all the CRTC wants is to have numbers

You mean so Rogers and Shaw can have those numbers. Make no mistake, this is a war. That information is exceedingly valuable for Rogers and Shaw to know. THAT is why CRTC is requiring it.

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

strikethree Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

An aspect of this, is the government spending a LOT of money developing artists, book/movie production houses, etc. This conflict between Netflix and the CRTC is tied to that.

Um... the issue here is just as nasty as it would be in America: Entrenched interests are trying to control the market. Rogers being one of those interests.

This has nothing to do with Socialism and building a better society.

about a week ago
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Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

strikethree Re:Something seems off... (76 comments)

What the FUCK?!

...retains the corresponding master private key (referred to as master key).

So we have a Master Public Key and a Master Private Key but we refer to the Master Private Key as only Master.

What kind of hand-waving smoke and mirrors bullshit is going on here?

To obtain a corresponding private key, the party authorized to use the identity ID contacts the PKG, which uses the master private key to generate the private key for identity ID.

Contacts the PKG which uses the Master Private Key?

Really. What. The fuck. Ever. Did I miss something here? How is this in ANY way a good idea? "But if you trust..." I trust NOBODY. I barely even trust myself and only because I have to.

Meh

about a week ago
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Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

strikethree Oh my god (76 comments)

and having a private key generator do some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff to generate a secure private key out if it.

This is another one of those fucked up "articles" isn't it... Perhaps it is time I left. What the HELL is up with this crap? When I arrived here back in 99 there were very few articles that insulted me. Lately, it seems that one out of every 5 articles is insulting me. Did I miss a memo or something?

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

strikethree Re:Ageing can be seen as a treatable disease. (478 comments)

I don't think there are many dreams of futures without some form of life extension.

Absolutely NOT. People need to die. If I found the secret to eternal life, I would destroy it immediately and never tell anyone.

Nothing would ever change. We would end up with a single person on top of everyone else stamping down on their faces forever. I would rather die than allow such people to live.

Let's Godwin this now: Could you imagine if Pol Pot or Stalin were still alive and in charge?

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

strikethree Re:It really all depends (478 comments)

If you have good genes and have taken care of yourself 75 can be a no-brainer.

My body has been through the meat grinder. Starting out in poverty and having fucked up parents is not the start of a path towards a long and healthy life. Honestly, I am surprised that I am still alive. I am not entirely certain I will make it to 70. Yowsa.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

strikethree Re:The WHO (478 comments)

We'll see how he feels when he's 75.

I dunno. Once I hit 40, I felt I had lived a very interesting life and I feel like if I die now, there would be no tragedy in it. I, of course, do not WANT to die, but I have accepted that the inevitable will occur and it is not to be dreaded. What will come will come.

about a week ago

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MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet

strikethree strikethree writes  |  about 6 months ago

strikethree (811449) writes "BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers."

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Wikipedia

strikethree strikethree writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Oops. I made a statement about contributions to Wikipedia being reverted rapidly. Someone pointed out that the name that I gave, strikethree, had not made any edits.

There are two reasons for that:

One, there is no strikethree there.
Two, my username there is megaton.

I am nevertheless dismayed that I had only made one edit while logged in. All of the other edits I had made were while I was not logged in. Regardless, I still stand by my previous statement.

strike

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