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Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 374

by Phil Urich (#49746819) Attached to: Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

My advice: Follow the parent's advice and appeal to the school board. Pissing off the principal can get him to easily call in the SWAT team...

Sure, but won't appealing to the school board piss the principal off? Sounds like it's lose/lose (and extra loses for each additional option) for the kid here.

Comment: Browser stats: IE performs mostly poorly in 2015 (Score 1) 133

by Phil Urich (#49678501) Attached to: Microsoft Is Confident In Security of Edge Browser

There's a good Wikipedia page that breaks down the usage shares of web browsers, along with addressing the difficulties and complications of getting accurate data on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... is the page. From there you can see that the best IE can get is in some of the stats and only when counting purely desktop browsing. Net Applications has IE at nearly 58%. Yet, almost every other measure finds them woefully behind. For example, visits to Wikipedia in March 2015 have IE at less than 11%. StatsCounter has them at less than 20% of desktop browser share from April 2015 to now, with Chrome at nearly 53% and Firefox nipping at IE's heels at 18%.

For my own part, I look after a company website that's oriented towards industrial computer applications, and the industry in question is very Microsoft centric. And yet, looking at the last 30 days, Chrome has 58% of sessions, IE only 25%, Firefox 6% and Safari 5% (all others are

Comment: Re:Careful (Score 1) 94

I surmise that, since the HTTP protocol contains provisions for a "Not Authorized" response, and barring any clearly and previously agreed-on terms, not receiving such response can be construed as implicit authorization.

Rationality and common sense agree with you. Unfortunately, US and UK case law (amongst others) does not . . .

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 611

by Phil Urich (#49659995) Attached to: FWD.us To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo
I submit true Communism, which imagines no central government (hence why, even in their Stalinist bullshit, the regime that grew from the Bolsheviks only claimed to be Socialist; they were ostensibly working towards Communism, although we all know better than to believe that for a second).

Comment: Plasma 5 is hardly stable yet, don't expect it (Score 1) 229

by Phil Urich (#49513615) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

It's not as bad as the 4.x transition, but it's definitely true that the KDE devs have been somewhat bad at communicating that it's still at the stage where things are being reimplemented, so by no means is everything there yet. Honestly though the change from 4.x to 5.x has been far smaller than most, and apart from stuff missing because it just hasn't been gotten to yet, I can't think of much that's really regressed---at least as of the latest version of Plasma 5 that went into the Kubuntu beta last week or so, which also finally handles high-DPI without weirdness. But honestly, it's another transitionary period, if you don't want things randomly changing on you then don't follow it via a rolling release, because things WILL be broken and there WILL be wonkiness as the development goes through various systems and functionality and rewrites them for the newer frameworks.

Systemd, however, is another matter. It seems great on mobile and embedded devices, but I entirely agree with you that the layers of abstraction and automation make it really hard to figure out what the fuck is going on, especially when something is going wrong. I guess that's kindof their goal, though, at least indirectly, since the "GnomeOS" guys seem to want to emulate Apple, and that's exactly how Apple stuff is, it "just works" up until it "just fucking doesn't WTF" and it's just a black box of pain.

Comment: Re:thank God they didn't have computers.... (Score 1) 629

Doesn't every computer geek who grew up in the 90s have a story like that? As far as I'm concerned, benignly hacking your teacher is a completely normal and expect part of growing up!

If all schools start reacting to that kind of thing like the one in TFA did, they really will need H1Bs because all the Americans who otherwise would have become developers will be in prison!

Yup, I have very similar stories myself, although personally I mostly used it just to go over the print limit.

Comment: Obligatory recent XKCD (Score 1) 146

by Phil Urich (#49434735) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

I think ultimately the answer will be Hurd, Stallman and co will keep it ideologically pure and eventually it'll get bigger as more people abandon corporate Linux.

The recent http://xkcd.com/1508/ shows human civilization ending in around 2042. There's a pause afterwards with no OSes run, and then in 2059, GNU/Hurd.

One of the survivors, poking around in the ruins with the point of a spear, uncovers a singed photo of Richard Stallman. They stare in silence. "This," one of them finally says, "This is a man who BELIEVED in something."

This file will self-destruct in five minutes.