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Comment: Re:Linux needs to step up (Score 1) 650

by cynicist (#46686575) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?
You think those XP users know that Linux exists? Most people don't even know what a browser is, and you think they are competent enough to seek out and install an operating system? Until you see preinstalled Linux boxes advertised heavily, mainstream adoption isn't going to happen.

Comment: Re:It's a pity (Score 1) 161

by cynicist (#46643825) Attached to: Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services
I just found Wuala as an alternative. I'm not sure what kind of integration you are looking for but the interface is quite nice. They have packages for Ubuntu among other distributions, as well as an Android client. You get 5G of free storage and my favorite part is that they do client-side encryption unlike most cloud providers.

Comment: All that needs to be said (Score 1) 220

by cynicist (#46521345) Attached to: Malware Attack Infected 25,000 Linux/UNIX Servers

“The Ebury backdoor deployed by the Windigo cybercrime operation does not exploit a vulnerability in Linux or OpenSSH,” continued Léveillé. “Instead it is manually installed by a malicious attacker. The fact that they have managed to do this on tens of thousands of different servers is chilling. While anti-virus and two factor authentication is common on the desktop, it is rarely used to protect servers, making them vulnerable to credential stealing and easy malware deployment.”

Comment: Re:Call me Crazy... (Score 1) 354

by cynicist (#36007520) Attached to: Man Unknowingly Tweets the Osama Raid
That's absurd. I haven't killed anyone, nor have I voted to have anyone killed. In fact, I try to participate in the political process as little as possible. You might feel an urge to say that I'm "a part of the problem", but do try and remember that the vote of citizens in the US isn't generally how things are decided here.

(how did we get into Iraq in the first place? Afghanistan? The only vote I remember is the one that allowed George W. Bush the power to do anything he wanted to kill all dem terrerists using whatever means necessary, and I wasn't asked for my opinion on that one)

Comment: Re:Screen shots would help .... (Score 1) 344

by cynicist (#35725818) Attached to: GNOME vs. KDE: the Latest Round
I'm a long time Gnome (and Ubuntu) user myself but with the Gnome3/Unity changes I've had the urge to look on the other side of the fence and see how KDE4 has been shaping up. I've always considered KDE apps like Clementine, K3b, Konqeuror, and Kopete to be high quality, but the environment itself never pleased me. After spending some time configuring the system it is now my favorite UI by far and I'm happy to say I will stick with it for some time to come. Here is a screenshot of my current desktop to give you an idea of the possibilities.

Comment: Re:Not really ridiculous (Score 1) 1251

by cynicist (#35539512) Attached to: Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

If you can't measure it, it isn't proven but that doesn't mean it isn't true. Radiation for example didn't suddenly blink into existence the first time it was measured.

The difference is that no one claimed radiation or x-rays existed until evidence of them was discovered.

Is it not natural for someone seeking the truth behind everything to seek out religion for areas where there will always be gaps?

No it is not. If you are looking for the truth it doesn't make sense to turn to superstition for it.

Comment: Re:EU = make things harder (Score 3, Interesting) 290

by cynicist (#35440174) Attached to: New EU Net Rules Set To Make Cookies Crumble
There is no free market in the US. There are lots of regulations and government intervention here, they just happen to be on behalf of corporations rather than individual citizens. One of the reasons you can choose multiple ISP's and we cannot is due to monopoly agreements granted to ISP's in the US. You have more favorable regulation in the EU to be sure, but don't pretend the problems in the US have anything to do with a lack of government involvement...

Comment: Re:Free software (Score 1) 778

by cynicist (#35285862) Attached to: Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?
You are trying to suggest that the force of the government is necessary for freedom, a concept that takes quite a bit of logical wrangling to come up with. Freedom is about voluntary participation, which is the antithesis of government. The reason you are using quotes around free market is precisely because you are trying to describe something as free while saying it requires control, which doesn't make much sense at all.

"Free" is more complex, more subtle, more difficult to achieve, and -- on the upside -- vastly more beneficial to long-term GDP growth.

In theory, however in reality you can see what government intervention in economics achieves simply by looking at the problems in the US economy right now.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.