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Comment Re:"to provide support for the cultural sector" (Score 1) 237

Neither the GP nor you lives in Quebec, so let me correct a few misunderstandings. What he complains about is that there are some members of the National Assembly in Quebec (the PQ, Parti Québecois, "Quebec Party" loosely translated) who are trying to drum up support with stupid laws like forbidding to wear religious symbols for all workers of the government, such as school teachers, doctors, etc. I guess you can compare this to how some members of the Congress in the US having a hard stance on illegal aliens, immigration, or maybe even the Front National in France (although the PQ is extremely far from that party in my opinion). The thing is, the PQ does not represent the view of the majority, they were badly defeated in the last election, with the Liberal Party winning a majority. In short, the post that wired_parrot replied to is representing the view of a minority as if it was something everyone in Quebec agreed on. Then he goes on to spout gems like this:

when their "culture" is bigotry, a ruined version of the language, and a sense of entitlement mixed in with being whiny cunts.

I'm sure Quebec has its share of racist/xenophobic people, just like everywhere else, the only person in this thread that I can positively confirm is a bigot is the person who wrote this quote.

Comment Re:"to provide support for the cultural sector" (Score 1) 237

It makes me quite sad to see this crap modded up. The second paragraph is true. The rest of your post is repulsively xenophobic garbage. I think your (anonymous, obviously) post says a whole lot more about you than about Quebec and its people in general. But keep up the good work! The Slashdot crowd loves the "French! Surrender! huhuh" jokes and its ilk.

Comment Re:Does It Matter? (Score 1) 288

I'll admit I really wish it supported Virtual PC-style undo disks

Wut? I think you got this backwards - VirtualBox supports snapshots, which is a superset of the undo capability. It also reverts changes to the VM configuration - is there something undo disks can do that can't be done with snapshots that I am not aware of?

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 647

I don't think they really plan to make a permanent fork of Debian. It looks to me more like a hard tactic to try to sway the Debian leadership towards a more conciliatory attitude towards other init systems, a bit like Go-oo and OpenOffice. If Debian announces that they make systemd optional, and remove the silly dependencies Gnome has for it, I expect this fork to fold overnight.

Comment Re:patched my servers last month (Score 1) 236

Ignoring the pointlessly offensive comment about Skyrim, I think requiring a software engineer as part of every IT infrastructure team maintaining Linux servers seems difficult to achieve. I'm not saying it's extremely rare, but I don't think it's all that frequent right now, at least not outside of Fortune 500 companies or so. Furthermore, even if you had one in your team, what makes you think he will be able make a patch for bash faster than to wait for one to be released?

Comment Re:KMail's not that bad (Score 1) 184

I'm probably wasting my time answering an anonymous coward but, oh well.
- The UI changing complaint is mostly about Firefox constant changes to match Chrome. Thunderbird moves a bit slower, because the UI really only changes on ESR versions (10,17,24,31), but they are there, and I don't think they are an improvement. The 6 months UI change may be an exaggeration for Thunderbird, but not so much on Firefox.
- Well, it appears the Thunderbird developers made their email program just for you, and you never need to configure or change anything, and that you like how they move the UI around. Good for you, but different people use the same program differently.
- In Thunderbird, go to the Tools Menu->Options->Privacy tab. The ad tracking settings are right there. Thus, it's not only a browser setting.

Comment KMail's not that bad (Score 2) 184

Disclaimer: I haven't used KMail for years, yet I use Thunderbird and Firefox every day. I just want to point out a few things that the KDE team has gotten right, as opposed to the Mozilla team.

Things that I like about KMail and its settings:
- The UI doesn't change every 6 months in an attempt to ape their closest competitor.
- If a settings can be configured, there's a button for it in the settings. I don't have to download a plugin that might get updated at any moment with spyware, or to muck about in the configuration editor. Do you remember that, in order to show http in URLs, you have to change the setting browser.urlbar.trimURLs in about:config? For some reason, I have to look it up in Google every single time I set up a Firefox. If there was a button for it, I would probably remember where it is.
- They are not so utterly reliant on ad money that they set the default tracking setting to "Do not tell sites about my tracking preferences", which is a lame cop-out. Maybe they could cut some of the compensations they are giving to their executives instead.

With all that said, it is true that the settings in KDE and KMail in particular can be confusing to new users. Maybe they could have a "show settings: simple/all" radio button in the corner of their preferences windows, like VLC?

Comment Re:But.... WHY? (Score 1) 101

Why? Why should I stop using Windows? I've used a few distributions of Linux before over a span of years as my desktop OS. I still run it in VMs, yet I still run Windows for the most part. I could tell you why, but since you're not exactly making a compelling counter-argument against it, I'm not going to waste my breath. Furthermore, the GP is right: Google has decided not to put privacy controls into Android, because it goes against their business model, so even the most trivial flashlight application is a privacy nightmare. Furthermore, I simply can't think of any Android application that I would want to use on my desktop.

Comment Re:Nice (Score 2) 105

Disclaimer: I am not a citizen of the US, but I am in favor of any actions my government will take to help fight ebola.
Maybe you should think for twenty seconds before shooting your mouth off.
- It is still early enough that it is (relatively) cheap to contain the disease. If the disease is left to run amok, it is going to be astronomically more expensive to fight. When should action be taken? When the disease crosses into the Europe? Into North America? Into the US?
- This is a valuable opportunity to learn the most effective measures to fight a major epidemic. Americans seems to be take the terrorism threat very seriously, maybe you could simply see the money spent as part of that effort. The lessons learned here could be useful in case of a biological attack. It would be drop in the ocean of US defense spending, anyways.
Honestly, I find ridiculous (and abhorrent) your reduction of Obama's effort to political pandering. I sure hope the US Congress is more open minded than you, because nothing would ever get done if every Bill was turned down when it came from the opposing party. But from reading your post, that's probably what you want.

Comment Re:hike up the fines (Score 1) 389

I like your idea, I agree it is better than mine. I'm not sure I buy the "forgotten ticket" line though. I admit my total ignorance of the public transit system in Sweden, but where I live, we are issued permanent tickets cards . My card is at all times in my wallet, and it can even be registered so that I can get back my monthly pass in case I lose my card.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.