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Groklaw Shutters Doors Over NSA Email Spying

tetrahedrassface Re:Jones.. Pamela Jones! (3 comments)

Well, I'll just go sit in a corner then. :)

about a year ago
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The End Is Nigh For the Linux Game Tome

tetrahedrassface Sad Day. (123 comments)

I liked Happy Penguin, what's next? Will LWN close down too?? I suppose for a lot of us The LInux Game Tome was important because they listed lots of games for us, and have a pretty good interface at that. Guess I just miss the old wide open days of Linux..

*Goes out and and stands in yard with a torch and pitchfork*

about a year and a half ago
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Musings on Linux. People Are Lazy.

tetrahedrassface Re:Lazy is just another word of "efficient" (3 comments)

So you are running on the argument that one user on one set of hardware setting optimal conditions for thousands if not millions of consumers of closed and proprietary software is better than an OPEN operating system that is free for anyone and runs on a toaster if you want it to? I don't understand the logic really. By that logic vehicles should only go 60 miles per hour since that's what most speed limits are...and no one should be allowed to raise the hood and install turbo chargers... For that matter, why would anyone want to change their own oil, when they can pay someone to do it?

When you change your own oil, at least you know it's done correctly (if you aren't lazy)...

about a year and a half ago
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Video Editor OpenShot Wants To Kickstart Windows, OS X Versions

tetrahedrassface I recently used OpenShot and loved it. (55 comments)

A few weeks ago my family business was contacted by Pilgrim Studios in Los Angeles about them doing a show on us. Since I used pretty much use Linux exclusively and they wanted lots of video of our interactions, interviews, and lots of other other stuff I knew I'd be in trouble on the editing side.

Actually however it wasn't bad at all! I was using an older Handycam and would rip the mini DVD's via HandBrake then feed them into OpenShot. It did crash a few times at first, but I always backed it up as a project file and after a few days of trail and error seemed to have a processing system that worked.

I don't know if we got the gig yet, but Openshot handled what I threw at it fairly well. I can't wait to donate to them. At the least we have a 1.5 hour movie now that one day we might cherish as a piece of our history.

about a year and a half ago
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Astronomers Probe Mysterious Gas In Titan's Atmosphere

tetrahedrassface Re:Its a very convenient gas (104 comments)

Happen to agree with the original post. NASA funding will be cut 21% due to the sequester. His opinions is not a troll and while neat for an 'oh gee' bit off science.....This is not that big a deal For the guy that attacked him (ThePieces), just because you think there is plenty of $ to around does not mean there are........ you need to learn critical thinking and just why the mission wants the attention......

-1 troll disgraceful.

about a year and a half ago
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New Pope Selected

tetrahedrassface Obligatory Post. (915 comments)

For Catholics this is big deal.. So congrats to them. I'm only really commenting because of an accidental moderation up there ^. Anyway, in world that increasingly tries to tear things down, at least the Catholics know where he stands on some issues. Nothing will change, and they'll stand by their beliefs and that's okay because it's a free world..... So with that... See ya.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Kills Phone Line, 1953 Armistice; Kim Jong Un's Funds Found In China

tetrahedrassface Oh? (330 comments)

North Korea again? I've seen this movie before. It sucked the first time.

about a year and a half ago
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Discovery Increases Odds of Life On Europa

tetrahedrassface Re:Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo... (164 comments)

Right, well the Planetary Society has proposed the JEO, Jupiter Europa Orbiter. That would be a great start to actually close enough to really see what's going on. Then we don't need or even have to land a super heavy rover on Europa. If we took data from the JEO and were smart about it, we could land a few very small probes to sample the surface of the ice where the upwellings occur.

We have the capability to go there today, if we really wanted to. I guess it's just not politically expedient to go there, since Mars captures the interest of the population so well..... and that's a disappointing, because Europa or one of it's sister moons has water today.

I hope I live long enough to see a landing.

about a year and a half ago
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Discovery Increases Odds of Life On Europa

tetrahedrassface Re:Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo... (164 comments)

It's very neglected compared to what we've sent to Mars isn't it? Now we are floating *another* rover while the data for Europa continues to build up to the point that we really should go there in a two part mission. One would be a dedicated orbiter, and then a landing...

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

tetrahedrassface Re:Whatever.... (815 comments)

Classy. This machine is working perfectly under Linux. I'm sitting 12 feet (3.5 meters) away from the *two* 50 inch TV's its running out to. Sound is perfect and it's been up for five months....... So yeah.. I like Linux. I like it a lot, and rarely have to fix *anything*. In fact my wifes I-Maxi_pad requires more attention than this machine.

i'm sticking with *nix. THANKSKBYE.

about a year and a half ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

tetrahedrassface Whatever.... (815 comments)

Been running Linux for 15 years now, and it's better than it ever has been. I guess this guy just lost whatever zeal he never really had in the first place for free software.....Read his blog post and it seems like he's just bored or lazy, or both. Oh well......

about a year and a half ago
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Possible Baby Picture of a Giant Planet

tetrahedrassface Solved! (32 comments)

Looks like a picture to me. Rest easy folks.

about a year and a half ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

tetrahedrassface Not good enough... (582 comments)

The USPS sucks. To say this Congresses fault for making them *gasp* fund the posh retirement funds is laughable. If their retirement funds are that difficult to fund, perhaps they need take on the unions that saddled them with these packages. I hope the fuckers go under. :) *flame away libtards*

about a year and a half ago
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My Power Cooperative Doesn't Offer Net Metering.

tetrahedrassface One other bit.. (2 comments)

They offered to pay .02/kWh while charging us .0942 or so.. not fair!!

about 2 years ago
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My Power Cooperative Doesn't Offer Net Metering.

tetrahedrassface spellin' (2 comments)

S/fare/fair

about 2 years ago
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AMD Partners With BlueStacks To Bring Android Apps To PCs

tetrahedrassface Re:Bring it to Linux (143 comments)

Not sure why you are modded down mate. I agree with you 100%, this needs to be ported to Unixen.

more than 2 years ago
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Breaking, Entering, and Installing Linux In A Congressmans Office.

tetrahedrassface Typos.. (1 comments)

This laptop is acting odd. Sorry for the typos, notably the.. "'crime against the government'. The FBI is investigating."

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

tetrahedrassface Ehh. (1223 comments)

Linus is entitled to his opinions no matter how correct they are. However, I would go further and say that the two party system is largely staffed by fucking corrupt morons, and that if you think they are different you are batshit crazy. The two parties are just two arms of the *same machine*. Thank you.

more than 2 years ago
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Why One Person Thinks Raspberry Pi Is Unsuitable For Education

tetrahedrassface Re:Big Deal (133 comments)

Here you go. I ordered one through newegg today.

APC Like Jobs and Gates, we believe the PC is one of the most remarkable tools humans have ever created. Great tools improve with time. They don’t go away.

Many common computing tasks, such as number crunching, data storage, and communications have shifted to the Internet. As a result, a very low cost computer – with access to the Internet – can be just as valuable as a much more expensive computer.

APC was born from our love of computers and our realization that the PC needs a fundamental redesign. The redesign that we offer is a computer that is more accessible, and more valuable, because you’re not paying for functions that you don’t need and won’t be using.

more than 2 years ago

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Groklaw Shutters Doors Over NSA Email Spying

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about a year ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "Groklaw is shutting down over fears that the tactics the NSA uses for email snooping and storage could affect the way the site does law. Pamela Joins said, ""the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpont of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this," she writes..."
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Europa Discovery Increases Odds of Life On Jovian Moon.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tetrahedrassface writes "Observations of spectral emissions from the surface of Europa using state of the art ground based telescopes here on Earth have lent data that indicate the surface of the Jovian moon is not merely ice that is not dynamically linked with the vast ocean below. The observations carried out by Caltech's Mike Brown, and JPL's Kevin Hand show that water is making it from the ocean below all the way up to the surface of the moon. In their study they noticed a dip in the emission bands around lower latitudes of the moon, and quickly honed in on what they were seeing. The mineral of interest is epsomite, a magnesium sulfate compound that can only come from the ocean below. From the article: 'Magnesium should not be on the surface of Europa unless it's coming from the ocean," Brown says. "So that means ocean water gets onto the surface, and stuff on the surface presumably gets into the ocean water.

Not only does this mean the ocean and surface are dynamically interacting but it also means that there may be more energy in the ocean than previously thought. Another finding is that the ocean below the icy surface of Europa is basically very similar to an ocean on Earth, giving the neglected and premier solar body for life past Earth another compelling reason for being explored."

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Netflix Desktop Application for Gnu-Linux.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "An app for Netflix-Desktop that is much cleaner and easier to install was released today. It is built for Ubuntu, but per the comments some .RPM builds are being worked on. The app runs well, looks native, and plays Netflix video nicely. Trust me, after building WINE via git 5 times to get the manual method method of Netflix running on LInux, the app is a godsend. Hop over and check it out. Hopefully it's the start of a great thing for us Linux users."
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My Energy Company Won't Net Meter (Version 2).

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "My energy company is a public electric cooperative servicing several counties in Tennessee. For the past few years they have been participating in TVA's Green Power initiative where a person applies for a solar installation, TVA approves it, and then TVA pays .12 cents/kWh for the solar energy produced at your home. During this time, I have been busy insulating and switching over 70 bulbs to LED's and generally lowering household usage in order to install a solar system. Last week I called Volunteer Electric to inquire about the application process and to inform them that we would soon be purchasing at least a 10KW grid tie system. The lady in charge of the VEC's solar department told me they would likely not be signing back up with TVA's Green Power Switch program, and that they did not have to provide net metering. Today I called again after ordering my inverter, and she again told me that the CEO of Volunteer Energy had two major issues with solar:



The first was safety.

The second was not making money on solar power fed back into the grid. She urged my to write a letter to the CEO stating my concern and basically begging him for leniency in his soon to be rendered decision on whether to continue with TVA's program. She also said they were not required to install net metering even though the Energy Policy Act of 2005 states that:'(11) NET METERING.—Each electric utility shall make available upon request net metering service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves. For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘net metering service’ means service to an electric consumer under which electric energy generated by that electric consumer from an eligible on-site generating facility and delivered to the local distribution facilities may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.' She told me the utility was only required to pay me .02/kWh if they don't continue with the TVA program. This seems unfair. Since all grid tie inverters shut down when the POCO isn't transmitting on the line what safety issues could they be worried about, and does the Energy Policy Act of 2005 give me a fighting chance of having fair net metering even if my public utility doesn't want to do it?"

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My Power Cooperative Doesn't Offer Net Metering.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "I'm a resident of rural Tennessee and love it. However despite the loow electricity rates, I'm wanting to install a 10KW grid tie solar system. Last week I spoke with the lady in charge of VEC's solar program that's in partnership with TVA's Green Switch program. The lady said that Volunteer Energy would likely not be renewing the contract with TVA for solar energy production and they were not required to do net metering. To be fare a call to TVA was then made by me and they were quite surprised thqat VEC would not be renewing their solar initiative. Today a call to Volunteer Energy again revealed that their CEO is holding out on renewing the contract with TVA, and that my request for net metering doesn't have to be honored. According to the Energy Law of 2005 every public electric company has to comply with a written request for net metering. Is my electric company willfully skirting the law in order to not support solar? How can I best broach the topic and the Federal mandate that all public electricity providers allow for net metering?"
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Breaking, Entering, and Installing Linux In A Congressmans Office.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "A person, or persons broke windows out of Rep. Michael Grimm's New Dorp headquarters a few days ago, gaining entry to the office of the representative What they did then is a little odd, They installed Linux on his computers, but instead of a dual boot they wiped the drives. '"All of my polling data, all of the data from my IDs of voters, and a bunch of other campaign information. But fortunately we had everything backed up from literally hours before, so we don't lose anything because we have backups,' Grimm said. The representative is calling the action a 'crime against the government', FBI is investigating."
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Savage XR 1.0 is Savagely Fun.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "If you played the original cult classic, Savage: The Battle For Newerth and were proud that back in the day the development team made a Linux version available there is good news. After years of work, and many SVN revisons a new, much more dynamic and savage Savages is available. The game is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows and many features have been improved upon. Notably a improved models, a new editor, custom content and much more. It looks wonderful."
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Broken Busted and Out of Time The USPS Living in Dicey Times.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "The United States Postal Service does a pretty good job of moving mail around. They've been doing it for a couple of hundred years through good times and bad. The bad times for the postal service have gotten worse with the advent of the internet. The service made history a short time ago when it defaulted on its payment to its retirement benefits trust. It's about to happen again on September 30'th. At issue is how the service funds its retirement and health trust and a massive decrease in volume due to online communications such as e-mail, social sites, text, and sms. The employees of the USPS are good people, albeit working for an organization that can't seem to adapt out of the quandary they are in. Losing money badly the service recently agreed to buy used phones to help bolster the bottom line.
Some call this Armageddon for the postal world. According to the Inspector General the service might in fact run out of money for days or weeks in October until volume for the Holidays picks up. By next spring they forecast to be bankrupt entirely with out Congress acting, and there is the rub: Is the USPS a government service or a business and with so much connectivity these days why rely on paper? I'm sure the employees are good people, and don't want to pick on them, but perhaps their business model needs to be set free allowing them latitude in implementing needed changes. Dicey times. Dicey times indeed."

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Eunuchs Had More Fun: Castration Leads To Longer Lives.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface writes "A study out from Korea verifies what the animal world has been telling us for years. Castrated males live longer lives. The study rounds out the period of the Chosun Dynasty where servants were castrated. The unit-less men lived on average 14 to 19 years longer, could marry and lived to the ripe old age of seventy whilst their royal employers lived on average into their forties. While the science is in, before everyone runs to get the service done to their person, it seems that the younger you are when castrated, the better the benefit.
Shucks"

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Chattanooga's EPB Doubles Down On Fiber Speeds.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "The first city in the U.S. to offer a screaming fast fiber network has now announced customers will get a free 60% boost in speed. If you had the 30 MB/sec service you now will get 50. Mid-range customers get a doubling for free, while the high end consumers of fiber get an average 250% boost. The fiber network recently passed 40,000 members and judging from a test of my business, we are currently over 300 MB/sec. It's awesome!"
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A Brief Look At NASA's Nascent Renaissance.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "When the U.S. government declared the space race won and began cancelling Apollo missions in the very early 1970's the conventional wisdom was that since we had 'won', there would be no compelling reason to continue on the costly path of manned space exploration past Low Earth Orbit for a long time. Grandiose plans for human landing on Mars and bases on the Moon were shelved due to the fickleness of a Congress occupied with other things. The moon landings were old news, and the bogeyman of the U.S.S.R was beaten on the playing field of the moon.Or was it?

Through the 1970's and Eighties as we rested on our laurels content in the amazing science of the Space Shuttle, the cooperation of MIR, and later the ISS our technological base that was responsible for creating the Saturn V rocket, and all the components for landing on the moon, was withering. In hindsight, like a patient concerned with one aspect of health we focused on other bogeymen while our sheer dominating industrial and engineering base slowly atrophied. NASA, trying to continue on a path of exploration on limited budgets beset by ever changing Congressional and Presidential directives was perhaps like a bobbing capsule that had traveled great distances and achieved amazing results yet was adrift in the ocean with no clear view or steerage from a rescue ship. While the years mounted NASA continued to create amazing vessels of discovery, but focused on the mandate at hand the technological base that enabled us to do the greatest thing, was withering. Don't despair. NASA, despite budget cuts, and the continued machinations of Capital Hill is on the verge of a very real renaissance. Although our technological capability has shifted this has been a banner year for Human-Crewed-Spaceflight. Here is the rundown of some amazing things that promise to not only put us back in deeper space, but also put us on the Moon again, and later, Mars.

There are so many more examples of progress of late, but since 'space' is limited here, perhaps the comments will list more emerging technologies, and hardware developments. It may be easy to believe that a return to the Moon in the near future or ever to Mars in our lifetimes is out of the question. But judging from all the examples of a clear across the board increase in R&D and components that are already being tested we might have a little room to be confident, Phil Plait recently opined that we were in another space race except now we are competing against an emerging China. While this may be true, our greatest enemy has always been ourselves lacking the foresight to continue on a path that is difficult and not politically expedient. A little competition is always good, and perhaps now we've gained enough wisdom to not be the hare in the race that gets winded and loses interest. Time will tell, but NASA seems to be poised to pull it all together again. Perhaps that is the greatest miracle of all."

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Summer Fades, But NASA's Summer of Records Remains.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "Stennis Space Center spent a long summer testing the J2-X engine. The story hasn't received much press, but Stennis, and the J2-X had a very good summer indeed. Of note for this critical piece of equipment that will help up once again undertake manned exploration class space mission was that it smashed its endurance record not once, but twice. The first was the successful throttling up and down of the engine for 1,150 seconds. The second came on July 24'th with a test that lasted 1,350 seconds. That's great news for NASA as they try to move forward past the Shuttle Era and back into an age of beyond Low Earth Orbit manned missions."
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Unemployment Washouts Lower Rate to 8.1%

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "The official unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. This lower number is misleading. In actuality the number of people able to continue receiving unemployment benefits has decreased because they've received the maximum amount of unemployment aid, but still can't find work. According to wireupdate and a host of others reporting on this issue, not only is unemployment far worse than what the official line is is, but now millions are beyond the term for obtaining aid and are now uncounted, unemployed, and part of a growing segment of the population that isn't registered in jobs reports because it isn't politically expediant to do so."
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Magnetarded!

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "Take the sun and compact it down to the size of Manhattan. Then allow it to rupture and it blows out a flare which then blasts destruction into space. A moment in which more energy is released by a magnetar in the whole history of our sun is over in seconds. We would have no warning if this were to happen close to Earth? Should we worry?"
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Tennessee Crater Inches Toward Recognition.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface writes "Slashdot carried the story of an-as-yet unverified impact crater in Tennessee a couple of years ago. After a few weeks of fairly hardcore sample taking, digging, obtaining some good images and manipulating them, I'm proud to report the first batch of evidence in favor of it being an impact site. The primary smoking gun is the presentation of an astrobleme , obtained from High Resolution Ornithographic Images taken in 2008. Also of note, are the melted/deformed rocks, magnetic crater dust, and the fitment of the crater rim to a circle. A rented plane and a bunch of photographs today and it's pretty obvious that it's a crater folks! Cheers!"
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Iran Joins ITER

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tetrahedrassface (675645) writes "It seems that Iran has joined the seven nation consortium in building the ITER reactor that is currently under construction in France. Scheduled to be producing power in 2019, the reactor is a 'hot' fusion reactor that is theoretically capable of producing 500 megawatts from 50 megawatts of input power. The project has faced technical and monetary challenges since it's inception and the choice of France as its location. The inclusion of Iran in this international group is quite striking as sanctions against Iran have been ramped up and even talk of war as Iran maintains development of its own enrichment program ostensibly for domestic energy production. It seems a bit strange in the face of such vitriol from all sides over Iran's enrichment programs that the consortium would welcome them into the fusion fold. On the other hand it's nice to see at least some level of partnership amongst nations that in general seem to have poor relationships."
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Journals

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Musings on Linux. People Are Lazy.

tetrahedrassface tetrahedrassface writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I read Slashdot quite a lot, and after 13 years of using Linux there has really never been an issue that can't be fixed or worked around with a little work. Reading the comments here and there, there and there about Linux I keep seeing posts from folks that seem to think Linux doesn't work. It works too well really. The real issue is that people are lazy and don't want to do work involved in setting up a system that works well. The main rub to me is neither OSX or WIndows works any better, and in fact Windows is still a steaming pile of junk suitable only for idiots. At least with Linux there isn't a compelling need to purchase anti-virus software, although you can install one if you'd like. I'm just not that paranoid. A lot folks try to install Linux on a machine that has DRM chips or other nasty stuff and then they try to blame the GNU side saying we all suck, the software sucks, and we're all a bunch of zealots that can't see how inferior our software is.Just getting tired of seeing of those posts, because in all honesty it's hard to argue with a concept that delivers high quality, secure, and free (as in freedom), Operating systems whereby really all one has to do is a bit of work to get going full speed should any issues arise. I had one of those machines one time and it was a pain at times, however with the help of our friend Google, was able to work around the issue and get it stable. I guess it's just disturbing when people expect ZOMG awesome stuff for free and then also expect to not have to do any work... That's not the bargain. That's not the deal, and it never has been. I kind of hope it never becomes the deal either, because Linux is fun just like it is. :)

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