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Comment Download Window Completely Removed? (Score 5, Interesting) 208

Starting somewhere around version 21 of Firefox, they turned off the "downloads" window and took the ability to turn it on/off out of the options. In order to turn something on that had been in Firefox since it was called Phoenix, you had to go into about:config and change "" to true. Now for some reason, it appears to me that Firefox v26 has completely removed the download window altogether. I cannot for the life of me get the old downloads window back. Maybe I'm just blind/dumb, but I can't imagine why Mozilla continues to make changes like this.

Comment Started with DSLinux (Score 1) 867

My main OS was Windows XP. I started messing around with Damn Small Linux on a bootable CD-R. I didn't do it for any other reason other than curiosity. It was really intriguing to me that I could boot into a functional operating system with a bunch of decent tools, without having to install anything. I think I also messed around with Puppy Linux, I can't recall. From there, my interest in Linux increased and I went on to try a full distro, Ubuntu (I think it was version 6). Again, it was all about curiosity, and I was just playing around with it instead of using it as a replacement for Windows.

Sometime in 2009 I received an old IBM Thinkpad T30 for free from a friend, and decided I would only install Linux on it, instead of any flavor of Windows. I decided to go with Xubuntu, because after shortly messing around with Gnome, KDE, and XFCE, I decided XFCE was best suited to my preferences. I used Xubuntu for a couple years, and greatly enjoyed the experience.

In 2011 I decided to try some different distros, just to see what else was out there. I shortly tried Fedora and OpenSUSE, and decided I didn't really like them. Then I tried Mint, and fell in love. Mint, on the surface at least, seems to have much better driver support than any distro I had used previously. Maybe it's because they use some "non-free" / "closed" software or whatever, but honestly, the philosophy doesn't really matter to me as a user. Everything just seems to work, and the update manager works great as well. It comes packaged with an awesome selection of software from the get go, and configuration of any type was really minimal. I still use Mint 10 on my laptop to this day. It hasn't replaced Windows 7 on my desktop, but it honestly would, if I could play all of my games.

Comment I've been using Mint for a while now... (Score 1) 685

Mint, for me, was the first Linux distro that had support for all of my hardware on all my PC's right at the start. No need to go searching through repositories or finding some weird hacks online. Wireless, printers, etc, it all just works, whereas it never did without jumping through hoops on the other distros I've tried. It also has a great selection of pre-installed software, in my opinion. The level of usability for a Linux newbie like myself was far higher than that of even Ubuntu. It also required much less setup and tweaking than any other distro I had used before.

My only issue so far is that I've been unable to figure out how to switch to a different window manager. It's not that big of a deal because I like Gnome, but on some of my older PC's I'd like to use a more lightweight wm like Fluxbox or something.

Comment This doesn't make any sense (Score 1) 307

I don't understand why they would do this. It's not like Xbox LIVE was free for those original Xbox games; you still have to pay for it. Not only that, but they've been selling downloadable original Xbox games on the XBL Market Place... and now you wont be able to play them online? How is this logical in any way? I have an Xbox 360 and still play a few original Xbox titles on it, but only multiplayer on LIVE. I guess that will no longer be possible, and that secures me never buying an original Xbox title on their LIVE marketplace.

New Legislation Could Eventually Lead to ISP Throttling Ban 191

An anonymous reader writes "Comcast's response to the FCC may have triggered a new avenue of discussion on the subject of Net Neutrality. Rep. Ed Markey (D — Mass.), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, introduced a bill yesterday whose end result could be the penalization of bandwidth throttling to paying customers. 'The bill, tentatively entitled the Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2008, would not actually declare throttling illegal specifically. Instead, it would call upon the Federal Communications Commission to hold a hearing to determine whether or not throttling is a bad thing, and whether it has the right to take action to stop it.'"

How Spam Was Done 70 Years Ago 79

bitrex writes "Modern Mechanix recently ran a reprint of a 1934 article describing the problem of offshore pirate radio stations broadcasting advertisements and drowning out local, licensed radio programs. 'The primary purpose of the unlicensed broadcast station was to advertise the gambling, liquor, and other dubious pleasure activities of the ship upon which it was built ... they found other sundry rackets, such as a fortune telling program ... After numerous unsuccessful attempts of a local nature, the floating broadcasting establishment was silenced, but only after the state department at Washington, D. C, had made diplomatic representations which forced a Central American country to cancel the ship's registry.' The article also has a great artist's conception of what might be called a machine age 'data haven' bobbing in international waters in the Gulf of Mexico."

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