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Comment: Re: Packages can't be removed? (Score 3, Informative) 73

by Gaygirlie (#48227539) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

No, they're responsible for maintaining their packages in every repository they wish to add their package to, though. If they want to be part of the Ubuntu repo, rather than hosting their own repository, they play by Ubuntu's rules. Don't like it? Run your own repository.

They do:

They're not the ones maintaining the packages in Ubuntu's repos, that's Ubuntu-folks' own doing.

Comment: Re:Why not allow the update into the repos? (Score 1) 73

by Gaygirlie (#48227479) Attached to: OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

They *DO* provide repos for multiple distros:

Providing repos, however, does not fix this. If Ubuntu decides to carry packages for ownCloud on their on repos then keeping those packages up-to-date and secure is their responsibility.

Comment: Re:Is this legal? (Score 5, Insightful) 687

by Gaygirlie (#48205841) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Deliberately destroying equipment because it uses a fake component goes to a whole new level of nastiness.

I came here to also say that deliberately destroying property that doesn't belong to you is, as far as I know, illegal. If it was a private person doing that they'd probably land jailtime real fast, but companies tend to get mere slaps on their wrists, so we'll see..

Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 4, Insightful) 72

Anyone who contributes money to a Kickstarter project deserves what they get.

I didn't use Kickstarter, but I backed a game while the devs were still asking for funding on both Kickstarter and a few other places. I got a great, worthy game and didn't feel even the tiniest amount cheated out of my money: the game was Shadowrun Returns. Does that mean I deserve great, enjoyable games?

Comment: I posted a question (Score 2) 72

I referenced the following part: The anonabox has been developed and refined for the sole purpose of running the open source software Tor, considered the best and most secure way to access the Internet anonymously. All traffic coming out of or going into your computer or network is encrypted this way. The result is strong, secure anonymity.

Relating to the above, I asked exactly how can they make such claims when proper anonymity requires the users to also understand the concept and to actively avoid doing things that would compromise that anonymity, like e.g. logging to Facebook or checking e-mails. I did say that they are very specifically making it sound like the box can just magically make you anonymous even when you do your usual stuff over Tor and they should either rephrase their sales pitch or I'll assume they don't even want people to really understand the concept. My question has gone unanswered, so take what you will!

Comment: Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (Score 1) 60

by Gaygirlie (#48154907) Attached to: KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

If you prefer Gnome to KDE, why?

Well, I just dropped KDE today after trying it briefly. I noticed my system slowing down to a crawl after a while and after digging into it I noticed kded4 eating nearly 14GB RAM due to some memory-leak. Googling for the issue it seems to be an issue that's been around since 2010 or something. The suggested workaround -- disable power-saving service called "Powerdevil" -- didn't work, and no one on KDE's IRC-channel even tried to assist with the issue, so yeah, I dropped it.

Comment: Help for women with no sex drive? (Score 4, Interesting) 216

by Gaygirlie (#48127369) Attached to: Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior In Female Mice

There are a lot of women out there who have very low or no sex drive and nothing seems to work, so I can't help but wonder if oxytocin would be useful in this area. Especially in a relationship the woman wouldn't be the only one reaping the rewards as the partner would likely also be quite happy with increased sexual activity around the house.

Disclaimer: I admit to being totally ignorant of what oxytocin really is or what it does and I have no idea if it would work the same in humans.

Comment: Re:half-true, half-not-true (Score 1) 101

by Gaygirlie (#48124425) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

In your rush to complain about Android you made a few mistakes, there. For one, it's an alternative client on Android to the official one, so how would you actually use it without network-permissions? Secondly, they also offered a web-client useable on browsers, useable on desktops and laptops and whatnot, so again, how's Android at the fault for stuff that isn't even running on Android?

Comment: Re:half-true, half-not-true (Score 1) 101

by Gaygirlie (#48122131) Attached to: More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

But what seems to have happened here is that users installed an app which, unbeknownst to them, sent copies of the images to a third-party server.

No, it was the recipients who used Snapsaved. If you can receive the image, you can save it somewhere, too.

That threat model is possible to guard against, although it's arguably more an issue with Android than Snapchat that something like that easily happens without users noticing, because Android's app-permission model leaks like a sieve.

Don't try to blame Android for this. There is nothing Android can do to stop people from hooking to other peoples' APIs, especially when the server isn't even running on Android at all.

Comment: Re:My Car integration is simple (Score 1) 208

by Gaygirlie (#48082933) Attached to: Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

I've been trying to tell the same thing: physical knobs and buttons don't randomly change place and they can be felt with your fingers even when your eyes are elsewhere. Not so with touchscreens. Of course, there are various kinds of attempts at providing haptic feedback, but that really only means that you'll know that your touch was registered, not where it was registered nor does it help you place your finger at the right spot in any way. It's just kind of braindead to push touchscreens where they don't belong, but people generally seem to like flashy stuff, regardless of how useful it actually ends up being, and companies are all too eager to give people exactly that. Urgh.

Comment: Re:On Distractions (Score 1) 208

by Gaygirlie (#48082883) Attached to: Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

Isn't speaking to passengers a distraction too? If a conversation with a passenger starts to get too heated, there's no way to hang up on them.

Around here driving-schools and the books and whatnot teach you to simply tell any passengers to let you focus on driving if it feels distracting to you. You can always argue or chat or whatever when the car isn't moving anymore. Of course, just telling them to quiet down may not always work, but at least it's acknowledged that it can be a serious distraction.

Comment: Re:Spyware status (Score 1) 132

by Gaygirlie (#48013685) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

preferably one of the GNU/Linux distros recommended by the GNU project

"This means these distros will include, and propose, exclusively free software. They will reject nonfree applications, nonfree programming platforms, nonfree drivers, nonfree firmware “blobs”, nonfree games, and any other nonfree software, as well as nonfree manuals or documentation." -- Translation: will be hated by most average users and would be totally the wrong thing to recommend for anyone except the most die-hard enthusiasts.

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