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Comment: Re:But (Score 1) 639

by creepynut (#48811519) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Hey, so there are 3 of us now! I love GNOME 3. I left Linux for Mac at home, must have been Ubuntu 8.10 or 9.04 the last release I used. Skipped over all the drama & pain of GNOME 3 & Unity.

Almost 2 years ago I decided to switch my Work PC from Windows 7 to Linux, and did not care for what Ubuntu has become. Jumped onto my pre-Ubuntu distro, Fedora, and nearly instantly loved GNOME 3. Been very happy with it since using only a few extensions. It just stays out of my way until I open the activities menu.

Comment: Re: Ubuntu 14.04 (Score 1) 210

by creepynut (#48729621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

You didn't really answer the question - what is tablet-like about it? Sure, it's got larger icons in areas but that's about all I can see.

Unity was not specifically designed for tablets, it was originally designed for netbooks which were all the rage when it was released. I recall using Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my old 7" ASUS EeePC 701 and Unity was definitely a more efficient default layout.

From Wikipedia.

Unity debuted in the netbook edition of Ubuntu 10.10. It was initially designed to make more efficient use of space given the limited screen size of netbooks, including, for example, a vertical application switcher called the launcher, and a vertical space saver multipurpose top menu bar.

I definitely prefer GNOME Shell myself, but like Unity it too gets accused of being too tablet like. I simply don't understand, I can't imagine using either on a tablet.

Comment: Re:re (Score 1) 112

by creepynut (#48703745) Attached to: Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

I'd wager a lot of it is school assignments. School courses are rarely kept up to date with the current distros. I can't blame them for not keeping up with the latest Fedoras, but at least they should be running a supported enterprise release (i.e. RHEL6, but encourage them to use CentOS).

I see a lot of the "I am trying to install Fedora 10 but it won't work". Of course it's normally because the package repositories have been archived and the default install can't find them. When asked why they are using such an old version some people come clean and say it's for school, or say it's a "requirement".

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 201

by creepynut (#48157791) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Hmm let me think of all the Nexus devices which had an SD card slot (attmpted to do from memory in chronological order).

  • Nexus One (HTC, 2010) - yep
  • Nexus S (Samsung, 2011) - no
  • Galaxy Nexus (Samsung, 2011) - no
  • Nexus 7 (Asus, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 4 (LG, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 10 (Samsung, 2012) - no
  • Nexus 7 (Asus, 2013) - no
  • Nexus 5 (LG, 2013) - no

Eight devices, only the first had an SD slot, and only the first 3 actually had a removable battery. It's always been my opinion that Google wants folks using their cloud storage. Many apps don't like storing data on the SD card, but for me I'd like to have it for media, not apps.

Comment: Re:Permissions (Score 1) 249

Apple is a lot more restrictive in permissions in general.

On Android you have to accept a laundry list of permissions when you install the app. You cannot selectively restrict what it can or can't do.

When you install an app on Apple you don't need to accept any permissions. The app by default gets no permissions but must request it when it needs it. For example "AppName is requesting access to your contacts: Allow / Don't Allow".

I'm an Android user (formerly Apple) and I think this is one area Apple has done it right.

Comment: Re:Google is no better/worse than Apple (Score 1) 323

by creepynut (#47203637) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Not all of the code on your Android device is open source. Google could easily pack whatever they want into the Google Apps on your phone, just the same as Samsung, LG, HTC, etc could if they want. The OS itself is open source, but what you buy is very unlikely completely open (maybe with the exception of the Cyaogenmod devices)

Comment: Re:Dumb reasoning? (Score 2) 566

by creepynut (#47115715) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

All the major platforms can create virtual disk images, it's just not one of them is cross platform.

Windows 7 (not sure about previous) lets you create VHD disk images in Disk Management. I assume BitLocker can be enabled on these, more cumbersome than TrueCrypt since you'd need to attach the VHD then mount the BitLocker volume. Not sure how correct this is as I have Windows 7 Home Premium which doesn't do BitLocker.

Alternatively you could GPG encrypt the VHD file, but that would require decrypting it before attaching and would require that it be stored on disk in a decrypted state. TrueCrypt is purely on-the-fly, the data never touches the disk without being encrypted.

Macs support easily creating encrypted disk images through Disk Utility and mounting+unmounting them is painless. Even more so than TrueCrypt.

Linux you can create encrypted loopback files with losetup or cryptsetup. Cryptsetup supports mounting TrueCrypt volumes so there's that.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt was the hardest thing for the NSA (Score 1) 566

by creepynut (#47115475) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Not only for Windows, but cross platform. I love Truecrypt because I can keep a volume in my Dropbox and use it on my personal Mac, my work Fedora desktop, and my secondary PC at home running Windows. There are even mobile apps to mount them. Linux has cryptsetup which can mount TC volumes, but as far as I know there aren't any comparable options outside Linux.

Sounds like Bitlocker might be a reasonable option for full disk encryption at least. All our our work laptops which leave the office currently use TC for full disk encryption, might be time to switch.

Comment: Re:Still waiting (Score 1) 254

by creepynut (#46406719) Attached to: The New PHP

PHP already has case sensitive variable names. $Foo and $foo are always different variables.

Function names, class names, keywords (class, function, extends, if, while, etc) are always case insensitive.

However, constants are sometimes case sensitive, depending on their declaration.

I do a lot of PHP development, but these days it's only sane by the fact that I've been doing it so long I understand many of it's weirdness. Also, using frameworks (Symfony 1 & 2) and finally using a template engine (Twig) helps enormously. Helps in the same way jQuery has saved me from writing vanilla JS and trying to deal with browser quirks.

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