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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

warren.oates Awesome (611 comments)

Awesome (Arch); then OS X

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

warren.oates The Library Still Has Books (285 comments)

I still take home books from our local small-town library (it's an original Carnegie Library) and read them in the bathtub and on the toilet and in bed and with The Simpsons on mute in our living room.

about 5 months ago

New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

warren.oates Hitching a Ride (269 comments)

I had a friend, years and years ago, would go out to an airfield and "hitch a ride" on a private 'plane going to either somewhere he wanted to go, or (sometimes) to just anywhere the pilot was going that sounded interesting. He would have been about 19 years old then, like me. I was too nervous to try it on my own, and it wasn't the sort of thing that two guys could do in a small 'plane, so I never did it.

about 5 months ago

Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

warren.oates Phrog Nonsense (506 comments)

We run a B&B in Ontario; we speak pretty good Frog, and we have a web-page in Phrog for the Phrog tourists. So I'm gonna take it down (the Phrog version) and return some error code to the bastards. 406 (not acceptable) is a good one, but also 402 (payment required) might come in handy.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

warren.oates XBMC is your only man ... (420 comments)

As far as i'm concerned, XBMC is pretty much the only way to go here. I keep my media files (Movies, TV, Music) on a terabyte drive in my first generation Mac Pro and samba share them gigabit to a Zotac id41 running Openelec. Openelec is an appliance-like Linux distribution that installs quickly and does nothing other than run XBMC (there's no "desktop" except XBMC; you can control it via ssh). I tried Serviio, and a couple of streaming servers, but they don't always understand what a file is supposed to do and choke on it. Samba just shares files and lets the remote machine figure them out. XBMC figures everything out that I've sent it so far; it has a host of plug-ins (what they call "add ons") including one for the BBC iPlayer, and for the ITV player, and for Hulu and you can even control rtorrent from one of them. For the Beeb and ITV I use Witopia's VPN service which can be invoked from Openelec's command line if you know what you're about. Plays 1080p nicely on my 50", all sorts of 5.1 audio goes through a semi-decent Pioneer amp. Openelec is not for dedicated Linux tinkerers. I set the Zotac up originally with Arch Linux because, you know, "I'm a geek, uh huh, uh huh" and it was a huge mistake because I was updating the damned thing every 20 minutes the way Arch people do, and I put a desktop on it and installed browsers and so forth thinking that I'd have a neat fully blown computer there in my living room and I could surf and check my email -- fahgeddaboudit! It's an HTPC only these days, plays music and video. Those Zotacs are powerful little machines though. I have a friend in town does the same thing with a Pi.

about 8 months ago

Canada Prepares For Crackdown On BitTorrent Movie Pirates

warren.oates What the Law Says (292 comments)

I think that all y'all should read through the actual copyright law, or at least, check out Michael Geist's blog .

The max fine is 5000 canukshekels for all infringements prior to the lawsuit, but the minimum fine is $100, and the law contains language advising the courts to consider stuff like the impact of the fine on the defendant, and so on. Mr. Geist suggests that it might not be worthwhile for the MAFIAA and so forth to go to court only to be awarded $100 in damages.

As well, the rulings of that Federal Court in Montreal ordering the ISPs to hand over the names of subscribers (there was another case about 18 months ago in the same court, I believe) have never been appealed; eventually, that will wind up in the Supreme Court.

about 2 years ago

Canadian Copyright Board To Charge For Music At Weddings, Parades

warren.oates Re:Dancing? (349 comments)

Reminds me of the old joke: Why don't Canadians fuck standing up? Because god might think they're dancing.

more than 2 years ago

Open-Source Mini Sub Can Be Made On the Cheap

warren.oates TANSTAAFL (62 comments)

Oh, it's a boat. I thought it was about a cheap sandwich.

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Introduces the Paid Security Fix

warren.oates And they wonder why there's so much piracy ... (392 comments)

Seriously. This is why people download pirated versions. Even if you have a paid version of something, the damned thing "phones home" every time you launch it, the bozos are so paranoid. You can disable this in /etc/hosts, but it's still indicative of greedy grubbing stupidity. If they charged a third of the price, they'd sell 3 times more copies. Look what Apple did with FCP -- they made it affordable (yes, I've read the complaints, but it works fine).

more than 2 years ago

New Frog Species Found In NYC

warren.oates They're from Quebec (66 comments)

They must have moved down to NYC from Montreal.

more than 2 years ago

Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America

warren.oates Which "America" are you talking about? (281 comments)

"Legal in America" Right. "America" extends from Quttinirpaaq (let's say) to Cabo de Hornos (let's say). Which bit of this "America" is affected by this ruling? Fucken Yanks.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?

warren.oates Re:Wow, does that PR stunt even work anymore? (350 comments)

To see how "independent" Sealand really is, look up the history of British pirate radio stations. Essentially, HMG made it illegal to trade with them in any way (no food, no water, no booze, no hookers and so on) and that was the end of that.

more than 2 years ago

I Name My Servers After:

warren.oates Server Names (722 comments)

I name my servers after film directors I admire. My main one is Peckinpah, my VM is Scorsese; in the past I've had Kubrick and Kurosawa, Huston and Ford. So there.

more than 3 years ago

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

warren.oates Re:Salute to Harper !!!! (364 comments)

"He's not the commander-in-chief."

No he's bloody-well not! Our government isn't set up that way. Harper's probably the worst PM ever.

The CRTC has to be seen to be an independent body, at least until they've made a ruling. Of course Harper will overturn this one -- there's an election coming up and the middle classes are the ones who vote and have the Internet connections and pay the most taxes and want their streaming video without a "surtax" from Bell Canada (which is run by French Canadians, as it happens).

more than 3 years ago

Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

warren.oates Re:Why would you _not_ recycle as much as possible (622 comments)

Are you referring to Listowel? and how all businesses have to lock their dumpsters now. and the people that use orange stickers to fake the tags. not to mention the illegal dumping.

No, not Listowell, but all smaller communities have the same problems. Restaurants etc. lock their dumpsters here. People don't want to pay dump fees, so they go out to Nowhere Lane and drop stuff off. Or they keep it in a corner of their back yards until the neighbors complain.

I haven't heard of a problem with fake bag tags here, yet, although The Idea has occurred to me: how hard could it be to have several thousand printed up in Montreal when I'm there?. The WM guys check the tags a bit -- you wouldn't get away with any old blue sticker.

about 4 years ago

Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

warren.oates Re:Why would you _not_ recycle as much as possible (622 comments)

You live in a country that actually values its citizens. Here in the US, you better have a health insurance card in your wallet, or the paramedics will just mark your ass as "coded" as opposed to bother to try to resuscitate you should something happen. You live in the safest, richest, most peaceful nation on earth, and are bitching about how home hillbillies get paid? You don't know how lucky you have it where you are not having to deal everyday with someone coming into a cafe, pulling out two high capacity pistols and mowing down everybody in the restaurant on a daily basis. Or find that a discarded joint got stuck to your tire of your car, and are now facing a life prison sentence for that.

Well, that's all true, but comparisons are meaningless, really; I only visit the US for the lobster in Maine, and I buy travel health insurance before I leave.

I also don't live in Saudi Arabia where they'd cut off my hand and stone my ol' lady if I put the glass where the plastic should go. Or Somalia, where they'll kill you for supporting a soccer team. Hmm. Now that I think about it ...

about 4 years ago

Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

warren.oates Why would you _not_ recycle as much as possible? (622 comments)

In the little town where I live, we pay $2 per bag of garbage picked up at the curb (kerb). Recycle is collected free. The more aggressively I recycle, the less I pay in "bag tags" to the slimy city council, who spend it on new pickup trucks for their greasy-haired hillbilly workers to drive around in all day just doing nothing at all ... oh, was I going on a bit? Anyway, we compost for the same reason -- it costs us less in garbage fees and also garners some nice greenie points and a pat on the back. Beer, liquor and wine containers all have refundable deposits where I live, so they don't go into the recycle anyway. If we could reduce the amount of bloody tim-horton cups littering the streets of Ontario, it would be a better place to live.

about 4 years ago

If ET Calls, Who Speaks For Humanity?

warren.oates What if ET isn't a nice guy? (371 comments)

I mean, everyone thinks that ET will be some kind of Yang science-fiction saviour, (s)he'll cure cancer and possess a quantum computer to deal with them prime numbers very quickly and then there'll be No More War and then the future will shine with a glowing white light halleluhahaha ...

But what if ET shows up and it's just a gang of uneducated thugish assholes who've stolen a spaceship that they only barely know how to operate and they've crashed it here and then the Tough family welcome them into their homes and right away call the president or the US of A?

Doesn't anyone read Flannery O'Connor anymore? Or Stephen King, for that matter.

more than 4 years ago

US Gov't. Ending Its Hands-Off-the-Internet Stance

warren.oates Re:You got the cause and effect reversed (452 comments)

I didnt't vote in your elections either, not being a yank, should I refrain from posting too?

more than 4 years ago



Firefox 3 (essentially) Crashes MacBook Pros.

warren.oates warren.oates writes  |  more than 5 years ago

warren.oates (925589) writes "Over the years I've been appalled by the arrogance of open-source programmers. The Mozilla crowd is no different, despite the beams of sunshine I've been told are pouring out of their butts. The latest Firefox, 3.0.8, contains some kind of serious bug that keeps MacBook Pros from sleeping. There are two open so-called bug reports, this one (with some input from me) and a much more detailed one (with some ideas about what the problem might be. It seems to be the sqlite thing they're using to keep track of our boomarks and history). Note that in this latter "report" we get such gems as "Lots of folks at the Mozilla campus have macbook pros and we don't have any problems," and the great weasel-out: "it seems pretty niche." It's not fucking "niche." FF3 keeps a MacBook Pro from sleeping; if it can't sleep it's battery will eventually die; if it's battery dies, it crashes. This is a serious bug, and they haven't even bothered assigning it to anyone who gives a shit. Back to Safari and bye-bye Firefox. If I sound bitter and old and pissed off, it's because I am."

Obama wants job-seekers to tell him everything ...

warren.oates warren.oates writes  |  more than 5 years ago

warren.oates (925589) writes "The New York Times has a link to a questionnaire (PDF) that those seeking jobs in the incoming administration must fill out. It asks some hard questions. I like the one about 'electronic communications' in II. (13). No one from alt.flame is ever getting a job at the West Wing. No anonymous cowards need apply."


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