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Comment: Ars Technica and #Gamergate (Score 2, Insightful) 101

by Dekonega (#49153273) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

First I want to say that Twitter has done a good job improving its reporting system. So thanks for them for that.

But I'd like to point out that the articles produced by Ars Technica cannot be trusted as a source in this matter. For example this Slashdot news item links to an article full of errors about the reasons Twitter has done this. The "vast harassment campaign" they're talking about is #Gamergate which is a reaction on behalf of gamers (aka. people who play computer and video games regularly) to a corrupt games journalism and other problems in games industry such as collusion, and censorship,.. not to mention the favoritism, cronyism and nepotism related issues.

Ars Technica writer Ben Kutchera has been accused of some really unethical things by the people who support #Gamergate. Kutchera for example is known to have taken part in journalistic collusion (Google GameJournoPro mailing list). He is also known for trying to tone police writers from other news outlets to write stuff from the same perspective as their clique did. And pressuring head of Escapist Magazine to censorship conversation about certain issues and especially things they didn't like. Like for example, people who criticise Anita Sarkeesian's extremist views. Mr. Kutchera was paying money for a developer through Patreon, and presumably was expecting this developer to give him exclusive interviews and stuff like that. Resulting both getting money and fame. And the proof of him doing all this is out there. And he is not the only one doing these things.

Trying to avoid the talk about the corruption and GameJournoPro list, writers like Mr. Kuchera and the rest of the accused people from Polygon, Kotaku, Gamasutra, Ars, RPS, etc. have been opposing #Gamergate. They've actively been trying to derail the conversation by accusing pro-#GamerGate of some of the most depressing stuff I've ever read on-line. Ars Technica as a whole has either failed to understand everything related to the social phenomenon currently on-going (which they should understand, if I may add), or they know exactly what is going on and they're playing fools on purpose.

The "Chat Logs" in question were released by person who happens to be one of the people accused of cronyism and being professional victim by pro-#GamerGate people. And the evidence supporting these claims this is also out there if you Google it. Those pieces make a stronger case than the cherry-picked or out of context "Chat Logs" that support the other point of view in this matter.

It just blows my mind when person (or people this person knows), visit anonymous image boards (without understanding how they work), write bad stuff about themselves (which can be traced back to themselves), and then go to their Twitter accounts and blogs with the screenshots they just took of their own messages, and shout "Look! Here's evidence of how bad these people on this board are". And that's even more mind boggling is how journalistic outlets like Ars Technica without verifying person's story or listening to both parties in question, write articles about the person as the harassed underdog who is desperately in need of some more Patreon money or Kickstarter funding.

#GamerGate is just a hash tag like any other. Any one can go on-line and take part in it. Any one can go and do what they want with it. I'm sure that harassment has happened, release of private information has happened, and some other bad stuff has happened. And both the anti-#GamerGate, the trolls, and pro-#GamerGate have done it. And it's good that Twitter offers better tools for people to combat against this bad behaviour. And I also hope that they have a system in place against people who are abusing the report system.

However it is wrong for Ars Technica to make an article were they commit multiple logical fallacies, use unverified & untrustworthy sources to back them up, and do other stuff. But the most critical part of this Slashdot news item I want to address using a Youtube video. Ars Technica wrote that "Chat logs recently revealed how Twitter is used by small groups to create vast harassment campaigns, thanks to sock puppet account and relative anonymity". Here are the persons who are part of the so called "harassment campaign", who are the "sock puppets" and "relatively" anonymous people:

People who don't know what #GamerGate is should watch this:

Comment: Oh no... (Score 1) 148

Windows 10 is not ready by a long shot. It's dysfunctional as hell as a product. It has a schizophrenia that is only getting worse and worse. Fuelled by the fact that Joe Belfiore doesn't seem to understand what people want from a desktop Windows... So go ahead Microsoft, release the Windows 10. Make year of the Linux on desktop happen sooner.

Comment: Bullies (Score 1) 550

This is completely ridiculous. Those attacks need to stop. This bullying needs to stop. This isn't like those anti-#GamerGate people who bully people into silence and do other nasty stuff like spread lies in mainstream media about #GamerGate in order to avoid talking their corruption. I agree that Systemd is on a road to become a feature creep and I don't like that but it's still a very good init system. I personally like Systemd for several reasons. It makes use of cgroups for example. I was very happy to see Debian do, what I considered to be the right action, and switched to Systemd. I understand that there are people who would like to turn clocks back to 70s and do "The UNIX way" but that so called "UNIX way" is broken philosophy that shouldn't be blindly followed. It's a good and noble princible but it stops working when solution needs to be scaled up. It's not delivering "correct and complete" software. Instead it often results in complex and incomplete mess. If you don't like Systemd then fork it and make a better solution or contribute to the project by taking part of it. Or make your own distributions without it. Just don't attack the devs for what they believe is worth doing. Jesus. Rant over.

Comment: Fedora's Partitioning UI (Score 1) 170

by Dekonega (#47865009) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

I sincerely feel that Fedora's Partitioning UI is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. It was the biggest *huh* and *ugh* when I installed Fedora 19 and 20. It made no sense what so ever. I remember using Anaconda like in early 2000 to install Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core something and that UI worked just fine. The new UI in my opinion only confuses users and is clearly tuned towards formatting everything the HDD might already have such as Windows NT based OS.

OpenSuse has a reasonably good partitioning UI. YAST isn't the best thing out there but gets the job done. Ubuntu had the best one last time I checked. It actually told you everything you needed to know and expressed that with smart well designed visual cues. Ubuntu's partitioning UI isn't imho perfect and it could use an "advanced mode" but so far Ubiquity is the best I've seen around in Linux world. The best "advanced mode" ships with the Debian-installer as it allows some really wicked and truly flexible partitioning schemes to be made.

Comment: Re:Assets and third-party libraries are non-free (Score 1) 81

by Dekonega (#47555739) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

Id had to rewrite the Doom 3 engine to eliminate a patented "depth fail" shadow volume processing technique invented by William Bilodeau and Michael Songy of Creative Labs before its source could be released.

Those guys invented nothing. They were allowed to patent mathematics. Carmack's Reverse was independently discovered by John Carmack. He didn't know that the principles of his algorithm, the idea, had been patented. Besides he had an actual implementation of the thing. The version of z-fail in Creative's overly broadly worded patent isn't even a thing. Creative then used this as a leverage to blackmail id Software to include their EAX stuff into the game. This is a yet another good example why software patents need to die. Software patents are killing the economy and poisoning the academic circles. Copyright is sufficient protection.

Comment: TV/Movie-Widescreens fcksck! (Score 1) 304

by Dekonega (#47083635) Attached to: Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

I want 24' IPS 4:3s or 16:10s. Especially 16:10 is a beautiful widescreen aspect ratio. It's very good for working on a computer. 16:9 is only good for watching movies and perhaps some games which are in a movie aspect ratio. Try doing work with one and you'll get frustrated and annoyed. Even if you turn it 90 degrees it's still horrible. 16:10 for life! (If you absolutely need widescreen). Now excuse me, I need more beer.

Comment: Interesting (Score 2) 72

by Dekonega (#47041965) Attached to: Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

Hmm... that's pretty interesting. I hope they can find the source and I do hope that some kind of Chinese factory isn't the cause because that would make the relationship between the two countries worse. But on the otherhand the China's leaders have been pretty public about the environmental issues lately. If the cause is indeed in China (although the researchers in the article doubted this) there's a good chance that this might offer the kind of catalyst to make Japanese industries more invested in helping Chinese industry to be more environmental friendly and for example share the green technology.

Comment: Re:The Democrats killed Net Neutrality !! (Score 1) 182

by Dekonega (#47025125) Attached to: FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

Some guy who seemed to be educated in this matter wrote ( ) that the republicans wanted to stall the situation and keep it as it is where no solution can be reached which allows the ISPs to misbehave while the FCC cannot enforce the rules. Democrats voted to open the conversation for public and they're playing a bit dangerous game where they're betting that public will now go and comment and give their piece of mind at and that way prevent the proposed "fast lanes", and get the ISPs reclassified under tier-2. But if that fails then the real shitstorm begins.

With that said I didn't quite understand why they cannot do so in the first place. In 2002 when they changed the classification to tier-1 it wasn't a big deal to them. But then I saw this article at Arstechnica...

Yeah... gg USA... gg...

Comment: IMHO (Score 1) 338

by Dekonega (#46868929) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

"Is the Internet essential infrastructure? Should local governments step in to preserve equality of access?"

Absolutely. As for the second question... Presuming that government will not start using the network to their own purposes. I'd say yes. But no matter who's in charge of the internet connections, there are always going to be organizations that will want to control it. Best way would be ensure in legal ways that there are lots of service providers, and laying cables on ground is cheap. Power should be in hands of the many rather than in hands of the few and selected.

Comment: My answer to the question (Score 1) 452

by Dekonega (#46727829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

I'd suggest the Fedora 20 and Gnome 3.10 as a desktop environment. I'd normally suggest to install Debian with Gnome or KDE, but Debian Jessie is only a year away, and current stable Debian is horribly out of date with the horrible Gnome 3.4 release.

As for tip for introducing Linux to people... It's important to make a clean break from Windows instead of trying to imitate Windows using for example KDE and skin it to look like Windows. That allows the people to open their minds for the fact that they're now dealing with something new and different. It might cause attitude problems at first. But those attitude problems are less problematic than the "why this doesn't work the way it works on this new version of Windows" problems when they're talking about the Linux you've installed. (I've noticed that quite many people equal OS with Windows and anything else doesn't exist in their minds even if you explain to them that GNU/Linux is a different operating system and that there are several operating systems in the world). It's also easier to tech and explain them things around the system.

It's also important not to lie about what they're using. Renaming desktop shortcut icon to Firefox into "Internet Explorer" only serves to cause confusion in people. This is especially bad since they're expecting to see "a familiar user interface" but when they see something completely different they start thinking that "I must have done something wrong" and that's something you want to avoid at any cost.

I personally use KDE as my desktop environment but, as much as it pains me, I'd never recommend KDE to a somebody who is a new Linux user. KDE just has too many things to adjust and it's unreliable desktop to use in the hands of the beginners. KDE is a powerful collection of tools no doubt about that but it has several things that work against it. KDE doesn't have a good reliable native web browser at the moment. Closest thing to that is Rekonq but it's too unstable and young project. Konqueror is also horribly out of date and it's web-browsing functionality is subpar when compared to other browsers. Opera doesn't care about their Linux port anymore but it's the closest good Qt based browser KDE has to offer. KDE also doesn't have a easy to use capable suite of office applications. If you think that Calligra is good enough, then you're lying to yourself. Skype for Linux uses Qt and is probably the best native application on the Qt side of things. Well, there's also KINO. KDE has three to four different native text editors that ship within the KDE suite, each with different levels of functionality, an tons of duplicated functionality. KDE in general has tons of dublicated functionality. Oh and we should probably talk about the KDE Wallet someday too... KDE is a very good desktop for power users but unsuitable for beginners. KDE's graphic design is also questionable because integration of components fails to meet some of the basic standards, and the Plasma is still a piece of junk. Everyday I hope that KDE project would reintroduce, bad as it was, the Kicker, back into the package. It was just way more reliable. I like KDE because it's flexible desktop but that flexibility is a very negative thing when a beginner starts to use Linux. For beginners KDE only serves as a demonstration that you can do whatever they want to do if and when they later require more functionality.

Gnome 3 as a desktop might be shit and Gnome Shell have some questionable design choises but there are several things that work for it's benefit when it's introduced to beginners or elderly. Gnome 3 has a limited amount of things to adjust in plain sight, Gnome has several native web browsers which are very capable, secure, and up to date (Epiphany (Gnome Web), Firefox and Chrome), native fully functional easy to use office suite in form of OpenOffice and LibreOffice, and let's not forget that the best image editor at the moment on Free Software camp is GIMP and it's a native GTK application. And Gnome 3.10 provides one basic application per one task to do. There are exactly one basic text editor, one basic photo library application, one basic music library application, one basic photo editor, and so on. This makes Gnome 3 easier to explain and to teach to people. Gnome 3 also comes with excellent documentation and helper applications with clean and easy to understand tutorials for everything. Gnome 3's Keychain application also better and is more transparent to user, exactly like comparable software in the Mac OS X.

Sorry about the fact that this became a rant about desktops. It wasn't my intention.

"An organization dries up if you don't challenge it with growth." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments