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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

um... Lucas laziness (312 comments)

The submitter can be bothered to capture some data and submit a link to such to slashdot for commentary, comparing apple's actions to Microsofts (but not Ubuntu's, but that's a different story), but can't be bothered to summarize the data at the very least, even better would be to actually write an article explaining what they found. I'm not going to spend hours clicking through git to find out what the submitter is complaining about, and i doubt that most anyone commenting on this article will have done so either.

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

um... Lucas Re: It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

"So ultimately OS X is the only desktop UNIX out there. If OS X runs it, then it works on Unix. If it doesn't work on Linux or BSD, then the OS X should be considered the correct behavior. Keep in mind that POSIX does not define any GUI behavior."

I'd change that around...

If it works on Unix, then it will work on OS X. But just because something works on OS X does not mean that it'll work on any other Unix... you know, Cocoa libraries, Aqua UI, etc

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

um... Lucas Re: It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

Don't quote me one it, or maybe, yes you can. But BSD is real Unix, whereas Linux is posix compliant/compatible, but not a "real" unix.

Not that it really matters, it's all just semantics at this point, I think...

https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en...

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

um... Lucas Re:It's the OS, Stupid (250 comments)

what would be cool is a combo unit... storage in the screen, along with an arm processor and its own gig of ram, along with intel processor in the body along with they keyboard. Attach the screen, and its a Macbook Air. Remove the screen, and you've got yourself a full featured iPad. And no matter which way you take the device, all your docs are stored locally, always accessible... I'd buy that, at least, so long as it was priced a bit less than the sum of a Macbook Air and iPad.

4 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

um... Lucas Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

Even with Windows, old version, not sure about the current, but you could customize interface elements to your hearts content in the control panel, but any changes too far from the standard would basically wreck the interface. It'd still function, but none of the elements would fit longer.

So i can understand apple locking down their interface somewhat, but i do agree that perhaps they took it a little too far. Changing a font from helvetica to garamond, for instance, shouldn't break anything too badly...

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

um... Lucas Re:Seriously? (250 comments)

Oh, how i wish i had mod points for you, Mr. Anonymous Coward....:)

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

um... Lucas Re: The Middle Class is the Bedrock of Society (838 comments)

By LESS CAPITALISTIC, you mean less entitlements, fewer safety nets, less government regulation and oversight, lower taxes on the most able to pay, and an expansion of the richests' ability to advertise for their own ends in elections, correct?

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

um... Lucas Re: Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

I had real problems believing the story til I read that. I was thinking "can't be tru - Rumsfeld and Cheney would have had a field day with that", on,y to read the link and go "oh.... That's why!"

about a week ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

um... Lucas legality? (65 comments)

I'm pretty sure its illegal to record a phone call without the other parties approval in the United States. I wonder if they've taken this into account? Like, when person A initiates recording, does it just record or does it ask for confirmation from person B?

about two weeks ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

um... Lucas Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

were past the stage of "don't write down your passwords". Too many sites, too many passwords... Personally, I use pwSafe (a mac and iOS version of Schneiers password safe), but i know plenty of people who keep notebooks hidden with their passwords all written down. Better that than use a single password everywhere.

about a month ago
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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

um... Lucas Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Whats the alternative, though?

about a month ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

um... Lucas Re:Taxed when you spend, not just when you sell (134 comments)

You can object to the notion all you want, but as far as your tax return goes, that's exactly how you have to treat transactions in Bitcoins, as if you sold the Bitcoins for dollars at the moment of purchase.

about a month ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

um... Lucas Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

FIFO is just the default most brokerages use. You can also (usually) choose to use LIFO, or even specific lot selection. As far as I know, you can only use "Average Cost" with Mutual Funds, though.

about a month ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

um... Lucas Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

Yes, it's taxed like any other investment asset.

The issue is that, if you go ahead and use it as a "currency", each transaction becomes a taxable event. Say you buy bitcoins when they're worth $500 each. You buy a coffee when they're down to $490, get groceries when they're at $600, buy more Bitcoins when they're worth $575 (new tax lot), then buy a Dell computer when they're at $375, each of these transactions is a separate item on your Schedule D.

For people who have them, the best 'solution' from a tax compliance stand point (not that I'm an accountant or anything, nor that many Bitcoiners seem particularly concerned about taxes), is to hold your Bitcoins and then convert them when you know you're going to be making some purchases (i.e., you know you're going to buy 3 cups of coffee and a computer that day, so you sell $450 worth of Bitcoins and make each purchase with cash). That way your Schedule D will at least be slightly more manageable (1 entry for that days activity rather than 4 distinct entries).

about a month ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

um... Lucas Re: Best Lawsuit Ever. (120 comments)

You're not factoring the effect all of the other cointerra miners would have had on the difficulty. The effect is not insignificant.

about 3 months ago
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Venture-Backed Bitcoin Miner Startup Can't Deliver On Time, Gets Sued

um... Lucas Re: Best Lawsuit Ever. (120 comments)

No, you can only look up and guess what he would have made. You also have to figure in the results of all the other delayed cointerra orders coming online a couple months earlier. Those 2 TH wouldn't generate nearly as much if 2 PH of other hashing powe came on in December, followed by 4 PH in jan and 8 in feb.

Miners face many risks. The value of bitcoin. The number of other machines coming online. And the likelihood of receiving their machine, which is often only in the planning stage when they order it.

In the real workd there is no such thing as risk free. When you buy a stock at X there's no one to sue if it goes to W instead of Y. And people investing in miners face new risks. The adage don't invest what you can't afford to lose is just as relevant. And the courts shouldn't be the refuge of people who simply bet wrong. And Thad's what it was , betting that Cointerra could produce what they said they would when they said they would with no prior experience doing so, just a guy who worked for many years in the semiconductor field.

about 3 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

um... Lucas major class action... (329 comments)

Don't i recall that these disks were advertised as having shelf lives of 100+ years? And that they were fantastic archival mechanisms... and now we're finding out that they only lasted 10% the rated time

This site says 50-100 years; http://searchstorage.techtarge...

Though the government only thought they'ed last last 2-5 years here... http://www.archives.gov/record...

about 5 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

um... Lucas Re: You mean.... (272 comments)

Oops. Accidentally posted that too soon and before logging in.

Anyways, had those people had bitcoin wallets on their computers, those assuredly would be emptied.

Third party wallet hosting services aren't an answer - while there may be some trust worthy operators out there, there's far too many people that aren't. People who would never ben entrusted to hold $10 throw up a pretty website and see $10 million transferred to their control. Even if they resist the temptation, just the knowledge of how many coins those services become huge targets for criminals.

So, no... as cool of a concept as bitcoin might be, an electronic currency that allows for irreversible transactions is not a good thing for the average user.

about 5 months ago
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Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks

um... Lucas Re: History (404 comments)

I start a company that makes widgets. I'm the only employee, so I make the widgets. I'm sure we'd agree that I'm producing something.

Next, I hire 10 people to make the widgets, and I take on a managerial role. Am I still producing something? It's not by my own hands, anymore.

Later, I hire people to do the management so I have no day to day responsibilities. It still is the conpsny I started, so if someone asked how I didn't have to work anymore, I'd say "I started company and my company makes widgets". Heck, I might take more direct ownership and say "you know all those widgets? I own the company that makes them, those are my widgets". I'd be insulted if you said I had no role in their production.

Even further along, you see how great my company is and buy it from Me. When someone asks what you do, you can say "my company makes widgets", can't you? You didn't start the company but you own it, and you can make it stop making those widgets at any time, so you can definitely take credit can't you?

So... Regardless of who created it, a 100% owner can definetly take credit for their company's production, can't they?

What about a 75% owner? 50% 49.999%

A share of stock isn't just a piece of paper, it's proportional unit of ownership of a company. If no one owns greater than 50% of the shares then there is no one with final say over what the company does - everything must be agreed upon by a consensus of the company's owners. And each person gets a vote in proportion to their ownership.

Don't like what a company does? Submit a proposal so the other owners who disagree can vote too

I remember during gulf war II, people were urging one another to divest themselves of Haliburton stock, like that would have any impact on the company at all. I suggested the other route / people who didn't like their war profiteering should band together and buy as many shares as they could. If the disaffected bunch could get 51% ownership they could actually make a change- I suggested that they could, through a simple shareholder vote and majority ownership, turn Haliburton into the worlds biggest lollipop manufacturer.

So. I do argue that owning shares of a company is equal to owning a company directly. You just need to reach consensus with the other owners. No different than me and you or a husband and wife owning a company, except there a lot more voices

about 6 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

um... Lucas Re:flame on! (221 comments)

Not only can you go to Duck Duck Go's website, they also host a hidden service on the tor network. So, if you want to search the internet without big business looking over your shoulder, they're a great choice... I like startpage.com, too.

about 6 months ago

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Is Oracle Linux acceptable?

um... Lucas um... Lucas writes  |  about 2 years ago

um... Lucas (13147) writes "I wanted to ask the slashdot community their thoughts on their choice of Redhat compatible distribution. I'm working on a project for which there's no money, but there may be in the future, so keeping initial costs down is important. The choices seem to be as follows:

RHEL — just get stick with the real McCoy and call it a day. I'm somewhat disappointed that Redhat doesn't make ISO's available anymore, but that's outside my control.

CentOS — CentOS seems to be RHEL, just free and without support. By my reading of it, CentOS is just a couple of people, who are busy repacking and compiling all the code coming from Redhat. My concerns with CentOS are A) no support option, B) if one of their key people got hit by a bus, that could introduce noticeable delays in their releases.

This brings me to the third option — Oracle Linux. I'm beginning to think that this is the ideal way to go — the distribution is freely available (unlike Redhat), yet support is available should I want the option (unlike Centos). I do wish that I could go this route with Redhat, but I can't.

I've also read a little bit about Scientific Linux, but since the maintainers are more concerned research institutions, I feel like I should side-step that one, as it would essentially leave me in the same place as CentOS would.

So the question here is, am I missing something? I'd really like to go Redhat, but can't justify the cost initially. Oracle seems to be getting a thrashing for their offering, but it really sounds like they're offering what I'm looking for.

So, fellow slashdotters, which way would you direct me? (If it matters, the installation will be the basis of blackbox hosting several virtual machines, virtually networked, with just one of them facing the rest of the internet). I'm still tossed up between KVM and Xen, but for developmental purposes, I'm going with KVM.

Thoughts are appreciated"

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um... Lucas um... Lucas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

um... Lucas writes "I've been looking for a distro with a very small footprint recently. Something with KDE (or Gnome), power management tools, TCP/IP, wifi, Firefox, Thunderbird, Acrobat and nothing else. I'd like to build a very minimalistic laptop, that can boot linux, throw everything into a RAM disk, and be able to happily browse the internet from whatever location... I know I could get any old distro and start stripping things out, but does anyone have any ideas, recommendations, as to a starting point?"

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