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Web Apps: the Future of the Internet, Or Forever a Second-Class Citizen?

thelukester Re:Not as long as we have to write them in javascr (205 comments)

JS/CSS/DOM are terrible technologies for producing heavy weight applications. JS is a slow prototyping language, CSS can't even vertically center without hacks, and DOM works fine for documents but is terribly slow for trying to make responsive interactive applications. I don't see this changing until (P)NaCl or some other tech comes along with a nice UI toolkit that's designed for applications and not documents.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

thelukester We NEED a Dead Simple PGP solution (399 comments)

Ten years ago, my company had a policy to use PGP and Symantec PGP software installed on all computers. Even the engineers had issues and failed to use it regularly. I remember having to logmein to machine in China to try to figure out why they couldn't read an email with our designs. This is why PGP never took off.

Until the tools take 5 min to setup. And encryption/decryption is as easy as clicking a checkbox in your mail client, PGP will never take off. Things like the public key directory have to handled transparently to the user.
It's too bad Mozilla dropped support for Thunderbird. Tight integration with GnuPG + cloud public keys could have made mainstream PGP a reality.
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about a year ago
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Apple Faces New China Worker Abuse Claims

thelukester Re:Are you sure it was China? (158 comments)

In the 3 years I worked in China, I have visited literally hundreds of factories. Not only that, we actually used Foxconn to produce some of our products. Of all the factories I saw, Foxconn by far had the best work conditions. From boiling lead solder to paintiing in enclosed rooms, I saw some appalling conditions pretty much at every factory EXCEPT Foxconn. If you really care about this issue apple is the last place you should look. Don't buy anything made in China.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

thelukester Re:Foxit Reader? (238 comments)

Nitro and foxit now display JavaScript. You can disable it in options. Unless you want to use old versions, your best bet is sumantraPDF.

1 year,5 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

thelukester SumatraPDF (238 comments)

Simple. In our organization, Sumatrapdf is the only allowed PDF reader. Users could request nitro or foxit but a sysadmin would disable JavaScript on install. Never once had a malicious PDF infect our organization. Little more work to not give users admin rights to their machines. But time and time again, users prove they are too incompent to safely manage their own machines.

1 year,5 days
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PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

thelukester AMD graphics drivers (457 comments)

Back in the day, all my servers ran NetBSD, but I have gradually migrated to Linux for hardware compatibility. AMD is going to have to write chipset and GRFX drivers for Sony. I hope the licensing terms will let them release them. I would love to run BSD on my AMD laptop. Considering AMD's past Linux support, this is probably just wishful thinking.

1 year,29 days
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bypass Gov't Spying On Cellphones?

thelukester It's called Airplane mode (364 comments)

"Technically it's not hard to design a phone that can switch off the GSM transmitter, and use VoIP for calls." Android and iOS have had the ability to turn on wifi in airplane mode for years. Don't want to phone use.google services, install CM without the google apps.

about a year ago
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'Master Gene' Makes Mouse Brain Look More Human

thelukester Re:Disappointed. (121 comments)

All this speculation about Intelligenct has me wondering why they didn't test mice to see if there were any noticable changes.

about a year ago
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Japanese Police Urge ISPs To Block Tor

thelukester Tor is being blocked in China and Iran (242 comments)

During the year I lived in China, I ran into several people whose only means of free and open Internet access was through Tor. While everyone I met only used it for Facebook and Youtube, if there ever is a democratic revolution in Iran or China, Tor will be there to help to make it possible.

If you want to help people in China, Iran, and possibility Japan, where Tor is being blocked, you can run a obfsproxy bridge to circumvent the block. There is currently a shortage of these bridges,
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/tor-calls-for-help-as-its-supply-of-bridges-falters/
so every little bit helps now. The quickest and easiest way is to setup your free Amazon EC2 account with the Instructions at the Tor Cloud Project page
https://cloud.torproject.org/
Or for a general Linux setup, [detailed instructions can be found at:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy-debian-instructions.html.en

NOTE: A bridge is NOT the same as an exit node. If you are just running a bridge, you are only helping people join the Tor network and are only routing a small amount of internal encrypted tor traffic, so there is no risk of getting into trouble with the authorities.

about a year ago
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KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

thelukester Re:Funny thing is that since 1998 (129 comments)

Yes, Enlightenment is one of the best Desktops for Linux. If it only had the more developer support, it would be my desktop of choice. If just one Linux DE had the polish of a OS X or Win7, I wouldn't care. Until then, I see this fork as just diluting an already over stretched pool of developers.

By consistency I meant disign consistency. I was thinking of annoyances like the app menu bars in Unity.

about a year ago
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KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

thelukester There is too much fragmentation on the Linux Disto (129 comments)

I've been using Linux since Slackware in 98 and CDE on Solaris before that. I hate to admit that for past 4 years, my primary OS has been win7 and OS X to do my much of my work on Linux servers. why? I need a Desktop Envirment with a consistent UI that's free of bugs.

A classic example of this is back in '08 I switched to a 16:9 monitor. Well thanks to a 6 year old bug in gnome #86382 this rendered gnome unusable for me.

Unfortunately this was also about the time KDE 4 was released. After giving a dozen other DEs a shot, I joined the the dark side.

To this day that 11 year old gnome bug remains unpatched. In an Apple or MS OS this kind of major usability issue would never make it out if Alpha never mind a "stable" release.

In the early days of Linux when It was for hackers by hackers this was acceptable and expected. They want to add cool features not fix bugs. Fine.

  But now there's some serious money in Linux. Between Redhat and Ubuntu How the Linux Desktop can remain in such a sorry state. And I fail to see how another fork will make this situation any better.

Sorry for any grammar errors/typos, this message was written on my phone in topically useless all hands meeting.

about a year ago
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Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

thelukester Re:You are wrong. Cocaine IS addictive. (156 comments)

So you are saying that cocaine is addictive the same way sex is addictive? You are an idiot. Stop spreading war on drug FUD.

I don't know if I would be classified as an addict, but I used blow on the every weekend and occasionally to get by at work for about 5 years. I moved cities after a nasty breakup and had to go cold turkey on both. I missed the sex more than the coke. The war on drugs is a sham.

about a year ago
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Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

thelukester Is this where the war on drugs will take us? (156 comments)

Moving from NYC to Shanghai cured my taste for blow. First month here kinda sucked but not s bad as getting my skull open and having lasers pointed at my neocortex.

Genetic engineering and laser is not how we end this problem. End the "war on Drugs," end the "war on Terror". Use the trillions saved to educate people and provide rehab. Our economy would be stronger, schools better, streets safer, and Mexico could get regain control from the vicious drug cartels.

about a year ago
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LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

thelukester Re:The most important question (311 comments)

But does it run Linux?

NO!
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/42
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/43
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/58
Mostly stemming from this 10+ year old GNOME bug
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=86382

I was an early widescreen Linux adopter and these bugs drove me nuts. Now Unity is optimized for widescreen monitors. KDE and XFCE also work fairly well w/ vertical task bars.

about a year and a half ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

thelukester Re:Full disc encryption (402 comments)

Finally,a knowledgeable post. Executives won't be bothered to use burner laptops or fresh installs, never-mind bootable CD Linux install. Any IT admin would be fired for trying such a stunt. As someone who's HD crashed while traveling in Vienam and was forced to use a bootable linux CD for a few days, it was a MISERABLE experience. Anytime you do anything in the OS, you have to wait seconds for the system to respond. No businessman traveling to Asia would put up with that.

Fully encrypted laptop and if you're really extremely concerned with security, give them a system "upgrade" after their trip. That's the only reasonable solution to this real threat.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

thelukester Re:What Is To Be Gained? (101 comments)

As someone who switched from a browser based OS, WebOS, to iPhone 3GS, and now to Android, I can tell you I will never go back to another laggy HTML based OS. If anything, I’d like to see Android move away from its VM based apps to something like Apple’s native apps. Many apps ran better on my 3GS than they do on my much more powerful S3. Mozilla is going the wrong direction on this one. Native > Java > JavaScript

The whole idea of using HTML, CCS, and JavaScript as the back end technology for a low-end smartphone is nuts. Even the best HTML rendering engines are CPU and memory hogs. CSS was never designed for and is nearly impossible to hardware accelerate, and JavaScript is notoriously difficult to optimize and even the best VMs like V8 run orders of magnitude slower then Native code, while the JS VM itself takes up a massive amount of memory relative to Java VMs.

Whether it's moving to true native Apps like iOS or just better code optimization, I too would like to see Android focus more on responsiveness and battery life than adding new features. FF Mobile based on HTML5 tech is going to be still born.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

thelukester Re:Drivers. (951 comments)

You're not alone. I'm also stuck with using the terribly slow and buggy open source ATI drivers. Linux needs a stable driver interface. I wish the kernel developers would stop trying to screw over ATI and nVidia with every new kernel update and start thinking of the end-users for a change.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

thelukester Re:Microsoft Office (951 comments)

I was the IT Admin in an office that tried to switch from MS Office 2003 to OpenOffice. OpenOffice could only open the simplest Word Documents. Excel macros were completely broken. I don't think a single PP doc converted properly.We never got embed PP videos working. I wasted hundreds of hours in training and helping users convert and reformat their docs. I opened up over a dozen support tickets outlining new issues on the OO bug tracker. To this day, most are still open. Eventually my boss threw in the towel and we bought MS Office 2007.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

thelukester Re:This is a loaded question (951 comments)

I also love Linux. All my servers run it, I'm connected to a SSH session as I write this, and have an Android phone by my side. BUT Linux is still a long ways off from being ready for a gaming. There are 3 main issues video drivers, sound subsystem , and the X WIndows Manager.

Every time a new kernel comes out, they break something in the drivers, so I need to download a new proprietary driver. Yet somehow, I can install Vista drivers from 2007 on my new Win7 machine. Then there's the issue of the Nvidia Optimus drivers. Linux needs a stable graphics drivers interface like Windows or OS X.

The Linux sound subsystem situation is complete mess. There are currently 2 low level audio stacks that apps use OSS and ALSA's.
http://insanecoding.blogspot.hk/2009/06/state-of-sound-in-linux-not-so-sorry.html
OSS offers great sound and low latency, everything else sucks. But the kernel developers have refused to add the free GPL'd OSSv4 updates into the kernel, so we are all stuck with OSSv3 legacy and ALSA's crap that's only good for watching videos and listening to music. Real time apps like music production or music games are impossible to do on Linux with the current situation. Using the PA layer only makes the latency situation worse and added another layer for things to go wrong.

The X Windows Manager issue just came up a few weeks ago. How do they expect us to take Linux seriously when you can crash/freeze your desktop, just by launching a game that tries to run Fullscreen? This issue has plagued me for years, and there was even a Slashdot article on it just last week.
http://games.slashdot.org/story/12/10/25/2339223/a-proposal-to-fix-the-full-screen-x11-window-mess

Maybe wayland will solve the X Windows issue and maybe if Linux does start to talk off, the kernel developers stop being so high and mighty and start doing something for the end users instead of trying to screw ATI and Nvidia every release.

about a year and a half ago
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Mozilla Makes Prototype of Firefox OS Available

thelukester Re:What Is To Be Gained? (101 comments)

Please be more specific. What do you desire from Firefox memory management?

How about making Firefox it feels as responsive as Chrome when you have many tabs open? How about making FF support multiple CPUs? This is 2012 already! How about making Firefox support WebP? There are many improvements that could make Firefox better for developers and end users.

Until Firefox is a better browser than Chrome, Mozilla shouldn't be wasting their resources on a stripped down version of Android that's can't run any of the 700,000 Android Apps and is limited running their FF browser.

about a year and a half ago

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