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Comment: Re:are the debian support forums down? (Score 1) 271

by Jawnn (#48176417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

It's part of a paid smear campaign, intended to establish a belief that Linux is difficult and unreliable. Have you noticed how every discussion about Linux/Foss on Slashdot is centered on these weird corner-cases that almost nobody in the real world ever sees?

Well... in this case, not so much. When it comes to audio support the linux landscape is a minefield of poorly documented, often unstable crap with poor interoperability. In other words, most of it is shit. None of it works well without considerable tweaking, after spending far to much time and effort running down solutions in those support forums. Don't get me wrong. I make my living running linux boxen. I am also a semi-serious audiophile and would love to use linux in that pursuit as well. Can't do it.

Comment: Criminal, as in FRAUD (Score 1) 39

by Jawnn (#48174203) Attached to: How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location
This kind of thing is inexcusable. It is clearly unethical and it should be illegal. Think we'll get a law like that passed? No, I mean one that doesn't tie the hands of our friend, the government, whom we must entrust with secret powers to keep us safe. I just mean shady operators like Whisper..., and Google.

Comment: Re:Awesome quote (Score 1) 232

by Jawnn (#48161579) Attached to: Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area
Bullshit. A natural monopoly exists WRT the distribution media. It is not in any way reasonable to expect a free and open market when all comers are allowed to string their own copper or fiber. We can argue about who gets to own the infrastructure, but until real competition is enabled, we will always have the abuses typified by the current crop of monopoly holders.

Comment: Re:"The Cloud", LOL (Score 1) 150

by Jawnn (#48151773) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

I have a perfect, 100% effective solution to this problem: I don't, and never have used 'The Cloud' in the first place. It's a stupid concept, it's poor data security, it's a waste of money, and you're asking for trouble if you use it. Store your data some other way that you have 100% control over, don't let complete strangers do it for you.

I beg to differ. We use cloud storage to keep copies of some very important documents (compliance requirements) that are central to several business processes. One copy we store locally, and the other we store in the cloud. Both are encrypted before storage so the security question is meaningless. You could lift all those files, from either location, and have nothing without the key. What's not meaningless is the savings we gain by using the cloud for that backup copy. Duplicating that store, including the geography, using hardware we own is certainly possible, but nowhere near as cost effective.

Comment: Re:Local Backups (Score 1) 150

by Jawnn (#48151657) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

I find that local backups are better than cloud backups. I have a 1TB external hard drive that's nearly filled up.

What you have described is not a backup. It's a copy, a copy which is sitting right next to your original; subject to most of the same threats as the original. I wish you luck.

Comment: Re:I hate hardware (Score 1) 150

by Jawnn (#48151545) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

I hate hardware and for all intents and purposes it can go shove itself up its own ass. As a result I very much love the cloud, no matter how much of a buzzword it is. Let someone else worry about the tedious busywork it is to get one piece of hardware to talk to another. Oh what's that? A disk died? I don't give a damn because I don't have to drive 30 minutes each direction just to change it. Ha!

You aren't encumbered by any compliance regulations, are you. Just sayin'...

Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 403

by Jawnn (#48142355) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

People don't listen to that preflight announcement stuff because they've heard it a hundred times before. People who've flown even a couple of times before don't need to listen. People who are on their first flight, where it's all new and exciting are paying attention.

So, no - I know how to wear a seatbelt and that my seat cushion can be used as a floatation device and to check where the nearest exit row is...yadda yadda yadda. I can stick my nose into my phone and I won't miss anything important.

What's needed is either to make those instructions INTERESTING (like the Southwest Airlines people often do) - or to only give the routine instructions to people who need it. That way, when something truly important comes up, people will pay attention.

You make a good point, but I have seen way too many heads-down-and-texting fucktards walking or at the wheel to believe that there aren't a few first-time fliers in that same group on every flight. 'Cause you just know what what Suzie just tweeted is way more important than what the cabin crew has to say. Right? So things go badly, and we have to evacuate, and clueless fucktard, sitting one row in front of the over-wing exits, decides he has to get out the same way he got on. I'll not lose any sleep over that risk, but anyone who wants to smack clueless texting fucktards around for not paying attention when they should, even if its only the pre-flight safety brief, gets a thumbs up from me.

Comment: Re: If you don't want your nude photos on the inte (Score 1) 622

by Jawnn (#48132933) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

The image app gladly backed-up the new images to apple cloud. They were not or they did intend to put it on the internet. Your argument is completely invalid

Bullshit. Ignorance is not an excuse. True they didn't intend to "put it on the Internet" but that is unequivocally precisely what they did, trusting that whatever security measures the custodian of those images was adequate. It should be clear by now that placing sensitive data, of any kind, onto networks that you don't control is a bad idea.

Comment: Take nude selfies is fine... (Score 1) 622

by Jawnn (#48132843) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers
...sending them into the cloud is stupid. At some point, we have to take responsibility for protecting our own privacy and I'm sorry, but handing my private shit off to someone else, who offers only a vague promise of privacy (made via a totally opaque ToS agreement) qualifies as "stupid enough that you don't get to bitch about it" when the inevitable happens. Does that excuse the perpetrators of the crime? Not in the least, but jeezuz, let's at least give a nod towards common sense here. Why would you do with your digital images what you'd never have thought of doing with the same images printed on paper? Hmm?

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