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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

unixisc Re:XPS 13 works great (106 comments)

Why don't they do PC-BSD instead of Linux instead, in that case? With the BSDs, you don't have them disrupting past software models, so here, all Dell would need to do would be to hire developers to write drivers for things like WiFi ONCE, and they'd not have to bother about it again, but can support newer models and peripherals. With Ubuntu, there is not just the usual Linux issue, but also the issue of Unity. For PC-BSD, they have a wide range of UIs to choose from -

Awesome

Cinnamon

Fluxbox

FVWM

GNOME

i3

IceWM

KDE4

Lumina

LXDE

Mate

Openbox

Ratpoison

spectrwm

XFCE4

WindowLab

Window Maker

If Dell wishes, they can offer just a subset of these, and they'd be off to the races.

48 minutes ago
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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

unixisc Re:Always be polite. ALWAYS. (223 comments)

I agree w/ you, but how exactly do you 'fire' customers? Refusing to sell them the product/service in question?

yesterday
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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

unixisc Re:Region? (223 comments)

I wonder if anyone has looked into which region this might be happening in. Comcast has undergone some significant growing pains since, while in theory they are one big company, in reality they have a maze of poorly connected systems left over from the hundreds of smaller ISPs and cable providers they bought up over the last decade or two. Some of these systems have better controls (and auditing) on them than others, and each absorbed company has its own corporate culture and oversight.

According to the link to Comcast's apology, this happened in Spokane, WA. Does that tie in w/ your theory?

yesterday
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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

unixisc Re:What the Hell? (223 comments)

Uh, Comcast did announce - in the linked announcement in the summary - that the person in question would no longer be working for them. What else do you expect them to do, aside from apologizing?

yesterday
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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

unixisc Re:w***e ? (223 comments)

And I'm sure the names 'dummy' and 'asshole' do apply to some of the customers. And whore, for that matter, in a literal sense.

So it was you

yesterday
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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

unixisc Re:Not on the XPS 15 though (106 comments)

Dell would be stupid to put Ubuntu on touchscreens. For those, they should use Android itself. Although in that scenario, they could save more by using ARM CPUs, instead of Core or Atoms

yesterday
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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

unixisc Re:Will it void the warranty (106 comments)

Given that Dell doesn't support even Ubuntu, what difference does it make?

In fact, when I got my Inspiron 17, w/ Windows 8, due to the problems I had w/ it, I just replaced it w/ PC-BSD. Didn't bother Dell at all, as I knew it wouldn't be supported. As long as I have no hardware problems - which I don't, so far, I'm fine. It's a pity I couldn't get iwn working for PC-BSD - the Centrino internal WiFi wasn't supported.

yesterday
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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

unixisc Re:not knowing what Thunderbolt is (106 comments)

Uh, Thunderbolt is connected to the North bridge, while USB is to the South bridge. Hardly VHS vs Betamax: both interfaces were defined and developed by Intel.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re:They are not liable. (232 comments)

1. India is not a Muslim country, thankfully
2. Sharia law means a woman needs 4 witnesses to prove that she was raped. Otherwise she'd be guilty of adultery & then jailed.

What exactly are you smoking?

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re:The crime happened to an Indian in India. (232 comments)

Uber won't be forced out of business, but this is bad publicity. They will be forced to do a better job screening drivers.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re:Rapes are an unfortunate part of Indian scoeity (232 comments)

Well, Uber does operate in India, and it was a Uber employee who did this rape while on the job. BART would only be responsible if one of its employees murdered a passenger on a trip b/w Hayward and SF.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re:Only a matter of time... (232 comments)

Uh, no. For instance, if I were a Uber driver, I could be sitting at home, until I got a Uber notification on my phone. If I accepted, I'd then have to drive to where the passenger would be, pick him up at point A, and take him to point B. I wouldn't be going to point B myself if he weren't around and asking me to go there, so that way, it's no different.

Ride sharing is - I'm going to Costco, one of my neighbors asks me if I could take him as well, we both do our shopping, and return together. He tips me for gas.

The thing that's different about Uber is that you don't have to carry your wallet w/ you, or tip the driver. Let's say you were strolling in the park, wanted to visit your friend on the other side of town, but didn't have your wallet w/ you, and didn't wanna go home to pick it up. So you call Uber, a driver comes, picks you up & takes you there, and the payment is taken care of in the back end by Uber. The driver only deals w/ Uber, never w/ the passenger as far as money transactions go, and so does the passenger. Which takes out all the haggling, and makes at least the ride part of it pleasant.

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re:Only a matter of time... (232 comments)

Cool! That way, after a generation, the earth's human population would be extinct, and then nobody would be there to bother about global warming

yesterday
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Indian Woman Sues Uber In the US Over Alleged New Delhi Taxi Rape

unixisc Re: Only a matter of time... (232 comments)

It's not legal to rape one's wife - India is not an Islamic country - it's just that in India, it's way too easy for criminals to go free, and tough to get hold of their real criminal records, particularly across states.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

unixisc Re:You don't! (169 comments)

Problem is that there will be no Americans left to do such jobs, and the floodgates will have to open, and after enough years, the US would be a satrap of China & India.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

unixisc Re:Marketable? (169 comments)

Why do the skills have to be marketable? They're middle schoolers, they should be learning the fundamentals or just having fun. Once they're interested in the subject, they can learn how to make money with it later.

I quite disagree. The last thing we want them to do is grow up, choose a field where there are hardly any jobs, and then find a lot of interesting fields, like IT jobs, completely closed to them b'cos they chose to major in Advanced Gender studies. Instead, get them interested in computers in this age - chances are they're already hooked to their iPads or iPhones, and then motivate them to learn how to build things on them, gradually drilling in. So that by the time they graduate, they'd pick something like a Computer Science or a Computer Engineering major.

2 days ago

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GNU Guix 0.4 released

unixisc unixisc writes  |  about a year ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "From: Ludovic Courtès

We are pleased to celebrate GNU’s 30th anniversary with the release of
GNU Guix version 0.4, representing 300 commits by 5 people over 2
months.

This release comes with a QEMU virtual machine image that demonstrates
preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system with Guix.
The image uses the GNU Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init system.
It is console-only, and may be used primarily to try out Guix."

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NetBSD 5.1.2 announced

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1.2: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements. NetBSD 5.1.2 is dedicated to the memory of Yoshihiro Masuda, who passed away in May 2011."
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IPv6-handling flaw found in Windows 7

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "I don't see how MS can claim that exploiting the vulnerability requires local network access, when the very nature of IPv6 will give everybody a globally routeable access, which would be reachable anyway. If they have the fix, it needs to be made available, since in IPv6, every node would have to be secured with an appropriate firewall and malware."
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AT&T plans for all networks to be on IPv6 by 2

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 3 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "US NETWORK OPERATOR AT&T believes that by 2020 most networks should have completely moved onto IPv6.
AT&T, like all major network providers, has been banging on about IPv6 for many years but with the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses earlier this year the looming change over was brought into sharp focus. The plan in the short term is to run 'dual stack' networks, meaning running the current IPv4 network and the next generation IPv6 network side-by-side, however according to a report by AT&T that will only continue until 2020."

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