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Comment: You first! (Score 1) 437

by bornagainpenguin (#48728643) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

I'd dare say that the amount of material that is supposed to be public domain by now because of copyright expiry, had it not been extended to the admittedly absurd lengths that it is does not comprise a majority of pirated works.

So? They moved the goal posts first. Why should we be the ones obligated to abide by agreements the other parties have abrogated their part of?

I'll be quite happy to show respect to copyright when Big Media starts showing respect for it--until I'll fly the jolly roger for as long as I can as often as I can.

The MAFIAA can go suck it for all I care.

Comment: Re:That is not doxing (Score 1) 171

by bornagainpenguin (#48727185) Attached to: Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

Calling someone's mom and telling them their son has been making rape threats and harassing women on the internet is not doxxing.

Only if it's demonstrably true. Something...something....cried...wolf... Sorry if I find the current crop of doxxers lacking in veracity. Something..ethics..journalism.. comes to mind but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Putting someone's phone number on the internet to invite[..] rape threats and harassment is doxxing.

Agreed. Which is why no one should be posting someone else's information and using harassment as a silencing tactic.

Comment: LOL Surface... (Score 1) 328

by bornagainpenguin (#48708901) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

The Surface will never be a useful device so long as Microsoft insists on blocking installs of other systems via Secure Boot. If I buy the product I should have the right to install anything I want on it; if I'm merely renting I demand much better terms for the lease. They don't get to have it both ways.

Otherwise I was very much intrigued by the Surface as I've been impressed with Microsoft's hardware in the past but not at the expense of having to run their operating system to use the device.

Comment: ..but ossified spending habits... (Score 1) 206

by bornagainpenguin (#48340857) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

If I'm Facebook, trying to put ads in front of buyers, college kids are a waste of my time. I want baby boomers.

 
Yes, and once those Baby Boomers with their cemented and ossified spending habits and preferences die off and the young college kids are making more money but have already had their buying habits shaped and controlled by the competition who spent their dollars planning for the long term, what then?
 
Not saying that this is right or that you're wrong but there's a little more involved than straight dollars to dollars here...

+ - XBMC4Xbox 3.5 is released for the original Xbox-> 1

Submitted by ExoBuZz
ExoBuZz writes: After more than a year’s work since v3.3, XBMC4Xbox version v3.5 has been released. A large number of new features and improvements have been made since v3.3, including the integration of Python 2.7, improved video playback, updates to the skinning engine, scraper fixes, and plenty of bug fixes.

Time to dust off your old Xbox? :)

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Popcorn (Score 1) 688

by bornagainpenguin (#46875311) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
First, since you seem to be the big apologist for the travesty that Gnome has become, allow me to say 'Fuck you.'

Secondly...

Everbody bitches about what's gone, but not what we've added or improved.

Maybe this is because what's been added isn't an improvement? Maybe what was there before needed not to be removed or rewritten, but to have the bugs fixed? Oh that's right I forgot, you guys think chasing the new shiney is more important than fixing bugs or servicing an existing userbase. I guess that brings me back to point one....

Comment: Bandwidth? (Score 1) 188

It's been an open secret for years now that the branches of the federal government tend to "bury" their budget inside of other allocations to hide them from outsiders, supposedly explaining the existence of $500 hammers and $1,000 toilets. Is the NSA also doing this, but with bandwidth rather than dollars? It might explain how suddenly the various ISPs are up in arms about bandwidth hogs and how a small percent are using up the majority of the bandwidth available on the network....

Comment: Re:Baah not this crap again (Score 1) 88

by bornagainpenguin (#45030629) Attached to: Ex-Red Hat Employee Matthew Garrett Comments On the State of XMir

Because none of that other UI desktop stuff exists on the Ubuntu repos. Nope, not at all. You're not allowed to install them even if they do.

You mean like Gnome 2.xx? Go ahead and try, see how far you get. Even trying to install the MATE fork results in a multitude of breakage all over the system, because of dependencies related to the increasingly ironic "Unity" desktop.

I've been looking for a replacement to Ubuntu for a while now and have begun moving on to Debian as a result with frequent stops here and there to try out other distros to see if any come close to working as well for me as earlier versions of Ubuntu did. So far the only one which does is Debian and even then there's all sorts of stuff that I have to relearn while missing the way Ubuntu used to handle it...

So yeah, 'forced' is an apt description. I (and many others) have been forced to make a decision between keeping our Gnome 2.xx desktop and Ubuntu. Sadly unlike those who still cling to Windows XP those of us who use Linux are unable to simply use the older versions because of how quickly bitrot sets in and how difficult it becomes to install applications.

Comment: Legacy support exists via emulation. (Score 1) 607

by bornagainpenguin (#43968071) Attached to: Apple Shows Off New iOS 7, Mac OS X At WWDC

Apple should offer legacy support back to Classic, at least, with full 68K/PPC support - there's a tremendous amount of excellent software that was never brought to OSX

Basilisk II does a really great job of supporting Classic MacOS 68k from MacOS 0.x to MacOS 8.1 and Sheepshaver is capable of supporting PPC MacOS 7.5.2 thru 9.0.4. If you want, there's even the vMac project and its more portable and actively developed spin off Mini vMac which allow you to emulate the old Apple Macintosh Plus...

What exactly is it you think is missing?

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