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

by Chryana (#48000681) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

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

by Chryana (#47954919) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

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

by Chryana (#47953473) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

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

by Chryana (#47953307) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

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

by Chryana (#47839523) Attached to: Obama Administration Seeks $58M To Put (Partly) Toward Fighting Ebola

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

by Chryana (#47031619) Attached to: Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

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.

Comment: Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (Score 1) 300

You think Facebook will actually do something with the Oculus? You're more optimistic than I am. I think they will try to get whatever patents they can get out of it and sue whoever tries to make something similar to it, once their bank account dries up after it turns out all the property their bought for a king's ransom turns out to be worthless.

Comment: Re:Nice but pointless for me (Score 2) 377

by Chryana (#46498843) Attached to: Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With <em>Titanfall</em>

I agree with most of what you said. With that said, I am really sick and tired of having to create an account on some service I don't care or need every time I buy a game. I already paid good money for the stupid game, but the greed of game distributors is endless. They probably milk the personal data they ask for for everything it's worth, and then they want to nickel and dime their customers to get every little trivial addition to the game, such as new players skins and weapons. Honestly, if buying a movie DVD was as complicated as installing a triple-A game, the movie business wouldn't be a tenth of the size of what it is right now. It's gotten to the point I have to write down a long list of made-up personal details, such as my birth date and address, and to create a disposable email address with every new login that I store in my password database. There is a need that the laws be changed to put a stop to the personal data collection which is being performed by all the big actors in the game industry.

Comment: Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (Score 1) 317

by Chryana (#46325887) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

I do struggle somewhat with unions for public servant though. The reason being is that it's easier for them to be granted their wishes because their pensions and stuff are backed by the full faith and credit of the US or State government.

That would be a good point, except for the fact that the government can simply pass a law to force employees back to work with humongous penalties for anyone who would dare to defy it, would the union fancy using a strike as a negotiation measure. Where I live (Canada), the government even passed laws to that effect on private companies that used to be public (one railway company whose name eludes me right now and Air Canada. I can find references if you're curious).

Comment: Re:SSH and HTTPS support? (Score 1) 64

by Chryana (#46306893) Attached to: BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

I did notice that detail before posting. I checked the definition of the word first, and I thought his comment was too insulting to be defined as snark. However, English is not my mother tongue, so I am willing to recognize that I could be wrong there. In any case, I really don't think this kind of comment is welcome on any public forum, yet it was modded up. I guess some people agree we should be kicking out the users who don't read the articles linked in Slashdot stories (right...), or they don't mind receiving a good dose of verbal abuse if they're given a little insight with it.

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