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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

walterbyrd Re:sheesh (800 comments)

I guess you don't know anything about servers? It's a whole different world, you wouldn't understand.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

walterbyrd Re:False "new vs. old" dichotomies (800 comments)

Dumb choice. Gnome3 sucks. Gnome3 is worse, in every way, than Gnome2.

Smart choice would be to gnome. Who needs it? Not as if there are not enough alternative DEs.

3 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

walterbyrd "Paleolithic diets" now vs then (279 comments)

I doubt so-called "Paleolithic diets" are anything like people ate during that.

For example, people ate fruit then, but it was seasonal, and very different from the fruit we eat today. Same with veggies. The stuff we eat is nothing like the stuff that grew in the wild.

Also, people during that age were not especially healthy. They probably died in their 40s.

The Arctic Inuit may not have high blood pressure, but what about other diseases? Is there average life span any longer than ours?

Then there is the question of physical activity. During the stone age, getting too fat and/or being too inactive, were probably the least of your worries.

Are we really willing to give up coffee, or salt on our foods?

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

walterbyrd I am not seeing faster startup or shutdown. (800 comments)

I have two desktops: one is running centos 6.5, the other was running centos 6.5, and is now running centos 7.0.

I am not seeing any improvement in startup, or anything else, with Systemd.

OT: Centos 7.0 interface (gnome3) is *far* worse than the centos 6.5 inface (gnome2).

Just my experience.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

walterbyrd Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (159 comments)

> Do you honestly think, if Linux was superior to Windows in all the right ways, it would have achieved something better than single digits in terms of desktop usage?

Mostly it's about apps. Windows hugely wins on apps. Since windows has the huge majority of market share, everybody writes apps for windows. Nobody runs a PC just to run the OS.

> The issue of use goes further ahead than just clicking an icon. What if you try to go to a web site with a particular Flash widget you want to use, but it fails to work because it requires at least Flash 13 and the main Linux Flash plugin was abandoned at Flash 11? Yes, this is a problem at times that does occur. Maybe not for you, but it has for me and my wife.
> Or what about if you can't print in borderless mode because the people who made the printer drivers for your printer in Linux didn't add a GUI option for it?

Minor annoyance. Windows has tons of them.

> In Windows 8 the desktop is still there, the desktop conventions are still there.

Windows 8 is completely different, and it sucks. That is not just my opinion. Sales have been in the toilet, even with MS trying to force it on everybody.

> You can find Windows admins a dime a dozen, and with that selection on offer it's easy to pick the good ones as well. I don't know ANYONE who uses Linux as a primary desktop operating system, much less admins available.

Sorry about your ignorance. I used Linux desktop at my last job - a contract job at IBM. I know lots of people who use Linux desktop.

> Why must we keep explaining this? Can't you just accept Linux, on the desktop, has deficiencies?

And Windows doesn't? You MS shills just keep parroting the same crap you did ten years ago. "Linux is sooooo hard to use" etc. Ten years ago, maybe you had something of a point. Lots has changed since then. Desktop Linux has become much better, and windows has gotten much worse.

> Not all of those are of its doing, but rather Microsoft's dominance, but they do add up to make it less desirable than Windows for most people regardless. Just accept this as a fact of life and fucking MOVE ON already.

WTF are you posting about? I was asking what is hard to use about Linux. In Linux you launch your apps, and close your apps, in very much the same way as has been traditionally done in Windows, or MacOS. You MS shills constantly blather on about Linux being so difficult, as you have to be a software engineer to use Linux. But you cannot really defend your silly memes.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

walterbyrd Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (159 comments)

> I'd argue that using windows is easier for most people than it is using Linux.

Why? When I want to launch a browser, I click the browser icon. What is so difficult? When I want to print, I can clink the printer icon. And so on. I would say it is *much* easier to go from Win7 to Gnome2, than from Win7 to Win8. People keep posting about Linux being difficult to use. Why? What is so difficult about it?

> Not to mention, they would need to retrain all their personal to use linux

You mean like having to retrain people to use Win8? Win8 is radically different than previous versions of Windows. How about retraining people to that "ribbon" crap in ms-office. Why is it: if somebody does not want to learn the new MS whatever, that person is lazy and stupid. But, nobody should suffer the burden of learning Linux?

> make their own variant for security purpose

What?

> and then actually Support that version of linux. In the end, that would cost too much.

What makes you think so? What makes you think supporting Linux would cost more than supporting Windows?

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

walterbyrd Re:Once again!!! (231 comments)

Yep, and the less accountable the government is to it's citizens, the more that same government feels free to record everything the citizens do.

Okay for governments to record citizens, not okay for citizens to record government. Seems like it should be the other way around.

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

walterbyrd Re:Leave New York (231 comments)

Then why so camera shy?

Seems to me: the more government wants to spy on it's citizens, the less the government will tolerate having citizens watching the government. It is supposed to be the other way around. Our government is supposed to be accountable to us.

I wonder: Would the Ferguson incident have happened if the police knew they were on camera? What about Rodney King? Or Mark Duggan (in UK)?

Of course Micheal Brown was on camera, when police were not around. That was published everywhere. But nobody would dare photograph the police, and the police know it.

IMO: if something is happening out in the open, and you are not actually in somebody's way, then you should be able to record it.

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

walterbyrd Re:Leave New York (231 comments)

Like Sweden, Norway is well on it's way to becoming a Muslim country. If you are not comfortable with Sharia law, might want to stay away from: Norway, Sweden, and the UK.

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

walterbyrd Re:Why is the skin colour mentioned? (231 comments)

History of unfair treatment of African Americans by police.

Recently history: Ferguson, Rodney King, Mark Duggan, Trayvon Martin.

I don't really know. It may be the same things happen to other races, but there is less of a media event made from it.

about a week ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

walterbyrd Don't want another Ferguson incident (231 comments)

Police should be able to do whatever they damn well please, with no accountability. Right?

about a week ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

walterbyrd Explain what you mean? (578 comments)

> Linux, plain and simple, is not user friendly.

Ten years ago, Linux was not as user friendly as Windows. Today, it is very much the other way around.

Updates in Linux are *much* easier than Windows. No waiting to shut down the PC, now waiting to get started. It's all in the background, far more friendly.

Gnome2 is far more like classic windows than that horrifying Windows 8.x crap.

LibreOffice is more like classic ms-office than that ribbon crap that ms uses.

Linux installs go far faster, and more easily, than Windows. And you can re-install whenever you like.

Linux boots faster, and is far less susceptible to malware.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

walterbyrd Re:Surprise? (578 comments)

Are you referring to Windows 8.x?

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

walterbyrd Re:Surprise? (578 comments)

I prefer Linux as a desktop. Especially since Vista came out. XP was okay, it has been all downhill for Windows ever since. While Windows keeps getting worse, Linux keeps getting better.

Linux boots faster, is far less susceptible to malware, has a much better interface (except for Gnome3). I can re-install Linux any time I want, with no headaches about registration. I can use my old printers and scanners with a 64bit system. Linux uses less system resources than any version of Windows since XP. My Win7 laptop keeps getting bogged down, no malware, but for some reasons it gets slower after a time, that does not happen with Linux. Linux updates in the background, without affecting performance, Windows will not start, or stop, when I want it to, due to excessive updating all the time.

All JMHO, or course, but I think Linux is better desktop than Windows - by a mile.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

walterbyrd I used to just re-install windows every six months (331 comments)

I was actually easier that mucking with AV software. At least my PC ran fast for a while.

Sadly, MS has made that too difficult these days.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

walterbyrd Re:Are employment levels really that stellar? (207 comments)

  I just came across this article. I wonder if there is anything to it?

> "Inflation-adjusted median income has dropped over the last five years, more people are leaving the workforce than joining it, the bulk of new job gains are part-time and millions are woefully under-employed."

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2314525-value-versus-momentum-what-should-you-buy-for-your-etf-portfolio

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

walterbyrd Are employment levels really that stellar? (207 comments)

I am in Denver, CO. I am not seeing great improvements in employment here, or anywhere.

Microsoft, and now Cisco, are announcing huge job cuts.

Pay for IT jobs, here in Denver, is way down. Typical pay for PC techs used to be over $20 an hour, now it's usually around $16, sometimes as low as $12. Pay for CISSP certified used to over $100K a year, now it's more like $70K a year.

My wife, and I, are both unemployed, which is very unusual for us. Our friends are unemployed as well. I have one friend who used make $90K a year as a logistics manager, now he works temp jobs on assembly lines, side-by-side with people who have master's degrees in stuff like biotechnology.

Again, I am not sure where they get these stellar employment numbers, all I see is huge layoff, and declining salaries.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

walterbyrd What about age discrimination? (561 comments)

I am guessing a lot of apple employees are under 40 years of age - especially in software development.

about two weeks ago

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Feds creating database to track hate speech on Twitter

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  2 days ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project."

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Microsoft Admits Keeping $92B Offshore to Avoid Paying $29B in US Taxes

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  5 days ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Corp. is currently sitting on almost $29.6 billion it would owe in U.S. taxes if it repatriated the $92.9 billion of earnings it is keeping offshore, according to disclosures in the company’s most recent annual filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The amount of money that Microsoft is keeping offshore represents a significant spike from prior years, and the levies the company would owe amount to almost the entire two-year operating budget of the company’s home state of Washington."
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a week ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software."
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How patent trolls destroy innovation

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

"After losing to NPEs, firms significantly reduce R&D spending — both projects inside the firm and acquiring innovative R&D outside the firm," the authors write. "Our evidence suggests that it really is the NPE litigation event that causes this decrease in innovation."

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Breakthrough discovery of quantum computing methodology

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about two weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A research team led by University of Chicago scientists have discovered a new methodology to document quantum mechanical behavior of electrons contained in the flaws of diamonds. The scientists blasted a region of a diamond that contained a nitrogen atom with repeated, quick pulses of a laser beam, which enabled the team to control the quantum state of the area as well as observe the electron state of a single electron."
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"Weird Al" Yankovic - Mission Statement

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about three weeks ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "The entire song is made of corporate jargon and buzzwords. The video is one of those fast-draw whiteboard scribes.

It's getting to the point where Weird Al Yankovic accelerates his brand trajectory using management philosophy (that last part ripped from a youtube poster)."

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Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 1 month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages."
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Bachmann: Gay community wants to let adults "prey on little children sexually"

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said this week that the gay community wants to repeal age of consent laws "so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually," reports Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch."
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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "There's some pointed language in the announcement, which includes a canned quote from Mike Bracken, executive director of the Government Digital Service to the effect that “Using an open standard will mean people won’t have costs imposed on them just to view or work with information from government.”"
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A week before MS layoffs announcement, Bill Gates calls for more imported labor

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "We believe it borders on insanity to train intelligent and motivated people in our universities — often subsidizing their education — and then to deport them when they graduate. Many of these people, of course, want to return to their home country — and that’s fine. But for those who wish to stay and work in computer science or technology, fields badly in need of their services, let’s roll out the welcome mat."
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Comic's character "Archie Andrews" is going to be shot, and killed

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "And unlike a lot of comics deaths, it looks like this one is going to stick, because the comic in which it's happening will be ending its run next month, publishing just one additional issue after Archie dies. (August's final issue will pick up one year after his death to examine how his friends and loved ones have moved on in the wake of his death.)

And he won't just die. He'll die because he took a bullet to protect his good friend, gay senator Kevin Keller, as part of a storyline that examines issues of gun control."

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Linux Lands on NSA Watch List

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about a month and a half ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "According to a report first published in German on Tagesschau on July 3 and followed up by an English language report on DasErste, Linux users are an area of specific interest for surveillance. The report details rules in the XKeyscore source code that identify visitors to the Linux Journal Website, the Tor Onion Router site as well as the Tails Linux distribution site. NSA's interest in Tor has been previously documented in an October 2013 report."
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Study: Going vegetarian can cut your food carbon footprint in half

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Food production is responsible for as much as 25 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions that are heating up the planet. And meat tends to have a bigger footprint than fruits and vegetables do — partly because meat takes more overall energy to produce, but also because cows tend to burp up a lot of methane."
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Microsoft caught paying blogger to write pro-MSIE posts

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "SocialChorus, an "advocate marketing" firm working on behalf of Microsoft, has been offering to pay bloggers for promoting Internet Explorer. The campaign was exposed after popular blogger and Twitter designer Paul Stamatiou, who also contributes to TechCrunch as a guest writer, was approached by the company to write a paid piece."
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What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "“Fast lane is how the internet is built today,” says Craig Labovitz, who, as the CEO of DeepField Networks, an outfit whose sole mission is to track how companies build internet infrastructure, probably knows more about the design of the modern internet than anyone else. And many other internet experts agree with him. “The net neutrality debate has got many facets to it, and most of the points of the debate are artificial, distracting, and based on an incorrect mental model on how the internet works,” says Dave Taht, a developer of open-source networking software."
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The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Most US airlines follow the same procedure for allowing non-first-class passengers to board a plane. They let people who are sitting in the back board first, then people in the next few rows, gradually working their way toward the front.

This procedure makes absolutely no sense.

The fastest ways to board a plane are Southwest's boarding method — where people choose their own seats — or a theoretical boarding method known as the "Steffen method" that's not currently in use"

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Ask for the resignation of Tom Wheeler (Head of the FCC)

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "It is now clear that Tom Wheeler is not a representative of the people, but corporations. Previously to taking his current position Wheeler was the former head of 2 different lobbying organizations, which represented companies like Verizon, Comcast, and At&t. His actions helped turn them into the monopolies that they are today."
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Chinese gov't reveals Microsoft's secret list of Android-killer patents

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 2 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "A list of hundreds of patents that Microsoft believes entitle it to royalties over Android phones, and perhaps smartphones in general, has been published on a Chinese language website.

The patents Microsoft plans to wield against Android describe a range of technologies. They include lots of technologies developed at Microsoft, as well as patents that Microsoft acquired by participating in the Rockstar Consortium, which spent $4.5 billion on patents that were auctioned off after the Nortel bankruptcy."

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Cable companies duped community groups into fighting net neutrality

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Last week, it transpired that the big cable companies were bankrolling fake consumer groups like Broadband for America and The American Consumer Institute. These "independent consumer advocacy groups" are, in truth, nothing of the sort, and instead represent the interests of its benefactors, in the fight against net neutrality. If that wasn't bad enough, VICE is now reporting that several of the real community groups (oh, and an Ohio bed-and-breakfast) that were signed up as supporters of Broadband for America were either duped into joining, or were signed up to the cause without their consent or knowledge."
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The patent lawsuit crisis in 5 charts

walterbyrd walterbyrd writes  |  about 3 months ago

walterbyrd (182728) writes "Charts (I counted six) include:
  • 2013 was a record year for patent lawsuits
  • Almost half of all patent lawsuits were filed in East Texas or Delaware
  • The 10 firms that filed the most patent lawsuits were all trolls
  • Apple faced the most new patent lawsuits in 2013
  • The courts are invalidating more patents based on subject matter
  • How big of a problem is patent litigation?
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