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Comment Re: EditorDavid (Score 1) 145


I switched to tmux mostly just to get easy vertical splits. The RPM based distros (fedora, centos) didn't have a patched version of screen so it was just easier to deal with. Also mouse control so you can easily drag around splits. You can also check out byobu which adds some really nice features on top of tmux.

A lot of people have also ditched irssi for weechat but I just haven't invested the energy because irssi works fine for me.

Comment Re:Its not vote stuffing (Score 1) 145

Slackware is what weaned us into Linux two decades ago (Infomagic CDs).

I think that's why it holds a special place in my heart. Slackware 3.1 was the first distro I ever installed on my IBM Aptiva. Very quickly switched over to Redhat (i think 4.1 or 4.2) and never looked back. Redhat through I believe in version 9, then Fedora. This is all on the desktop. At some point I made the switch from Redhat on the server to CentOS (might have been around Redhat 8.0?).

Anyway, I digress. Slackware will always be that first Linux OS and that first exploration into feeling like I was really in control of my computer and how empowered that makes you feel, especially at such a young age. I'm forever grateful to all the developers who made that possible, it completely altered the trajectory of my life and ultimately launched my career.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go download Slackware.

Comment Re:Cyanogen Mod Folding Isn't Surprising (Score 1) 145

You seem to be under some misunderstanding that FOSS developers have some desire to cater to businesses and that they care if a business chooses proprietary software over the project they wrote for free for a personal need. It's kind of amazing you haven't figured that out in 25 years.

Do you really think someone cares if you chose to use software they released for free? If I painted a picture to hang in my house and you came by and said "man what a shitty picture you should change it or I wont look at it" what do you think my reaction would be?

Comment Re:libreoffice (Score 1) 145

The obvious future is your office suite running in a browser. I haven't used LibreOffice in years because Google Docs is just too convenient. I'm considering setting up Sandstorm with EtherCalc and Etherpad because they're pretty much at the basic level of functionality I need in a spreadsheet and word processor application. I don't use 10% of Microsoft Excel's features so the open source alternatives like Ethercalc/pad are good options for me.

Comment Re:For the people who can buy a nice laptop (Score 1) 122

In the past, claims that Apple were more expensive tended to ignore the horrible screens or limited storage on the cheaper counterparts. In this instance the Apple for a similar config is $800-$1000 more expensive.

The Apple display is better. It might not be higher resolution, which is mostly irrelevant because it's retina and you can't really resolve the higher pixel density of the System76, but the Apple display also has better contrast and color reproduction. The display just LOOKS better. That's the thing that's hard for people to compare on a spec sheet unless they really know how to read in depth reviews.

Comment Abort (Score 2) 86

Have a friend who works for a mid-sized insurance firm that provides Cyber Insurance, it's actually exclusively what he does now. So what they do is get you to agree that you'll take all these preventative measures to avoid it (ie making backups) and when you get ransomwared they find some particular provision you violated to not pay your claim. Like any insurance of course.

Comment Re:They're everywhere (Score 1) 105

I don't believe the other reply is correct, it's not "hijacked servers". Popcorn Time which used to be hugely popular (might still be) used bittorrent to distribute the files. In the past others have used file locker services (ie Mega). So you setup a filelocker service where you claim ignorance (or in the US maybe Safe Harbor protection under the DMCA) and that you don't know what's being stored. Then you setup a streaming service that stores it's files there. Seems like a pretty easy way to build a "firewall" (metaphorical, not technical) between the content and the front end player(s). Not sure if anyone is doing this, but if not they probably should.

Apparently the most popular one now is called Exodus. This was based on some other plugins, Genesis and Lambda, which used NON-torrent streaming sources.

Comment Re:Hey cogent... (Score 3, Interesting) 186

Yes, they are common carriers:

The most controversial part of the FCC's decision reclassifies fixed and mobile broadband as a telecommunications service, with providers to be regulated as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

Their bigger concern should be the exemptions provided to them under the OCILLA Act. If you argue that you're just a carrier and you can't block illegal content you're fine. But once you prove you CAN block illegal content then why aren't you blocking more of it?

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