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Comment: Re:Linux soon? (Score 1) 202

by dead_cthulhu (#47168489) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Hmm. click on the "one click install" option, and use a UI switcher on Chrome. All of about 30 seconds of actual work, including the time to google pipelight and search for the extension.

  Now how Netflix decides to tell me that I'm using the platform every time I try to reload because of a playback timeout, I have to go back to the main menu because I get an error message that I'm on the wrong platform. Obviously, Netflix doesn't care what platform, since another request from my account that's now magically on a different OS/browser within 1s is obviously a sign that someone is bypassing the studio-mandated nonsense, and they want to keep paying customers. I don't think their tech folk care about externally-mandated blockages.

Comment: Re:Let me know when you win that war on drugs? (Score 1) 319

by dead_cthulhu (#47055997) Attached to: FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

My personal anecdotal evidence is that I can't even go to a rock concert without having to taking clonazepam beforehand and immediately heading to the bar for booze, just to prevent the serious crazy that happens if I even get a whiff of second-hand weed smoking. That's right, even a contact high fucks me horribly. However, on the other hand, I know scores of people who smoke the stuff regularly, either for recreational reasons or medicine, and either benefit or have neutral effects. It's a drug, and like other drugs, it causes varying reactions amongst various people.

I think it should be legal, but I don't know whether it's better to regulate it like medicine, or like other recreational drugs like alcohol or tobacco, both of which are more harmful.

Comment: Re:Rewarding the bullies... (Score 1) 798

Victim blaming in rape cases happens *all* the time in the US as well. Look at that case in Ohio, where the rapists were given a slap on the wrist sentence only *after* Anon got involved, and the media kept going on about how "these poor boys' lives are ruined". Nothing for the victim. No federal charges for filming kiddie pr0n on the rapists who filmed it. But they were "promising football players".

Comment: Re:great news. (Score 1) 170

by dead_cthulhu (#46488215) Attached to: VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

He's saying the interface is crap, not the OS. And I'm inclined to agree. I didn't even have time to test all the improvements under the hood that many people here have mentioned when I installed Win8 in a VM, because I wiped that image within 15 min after dealing with that shit interface. Hell, Unity is better than the Win 8 UI.

Comment: Re:Same as last time (Score 1) 559

by dead_cthulhu (#43879983) Attached to: No, the Tesla Model S Doesn't Pollute More Than an SUV

The only mistake the GP made was writing "slightly more powerful" than "slightly less powerful". The first Corvettes were (assume Wikipdia wasn't totally shitting me) rated for 150 horsepower. The modern ones are obviously far more powerful, but the GP knows far about automotive history than you (or I, since I had to look it up).

Comment: Re:I Don't Get It (Score 1) 326

by dead_cthulhu (#43025789) Attached to: DoJ Admits Aaron Swartz's Prosecution Was Political

Plucky songs may not be useful for "wishing it away", but sometime the right music, the right words, really small things, can make getting through one day possible. Having serious mood and anxiety disorders myself, I must say that on the really bad days feel like serious adversity. And that's just what my fucked-up brain chemistry is doing. I shudder to think about how Swartz must have felt towards the end there, if even the functionality for daily living can be a struggle.

Comment: Re:Just what they want Linux to become ? (Score 1) 1134

by dead_cthulhu (#40516847) Attached to: Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

Um... It really isn't that hard these days. Hasn't been for a few years. I don't use the CLI on my Linux systems (all using whatever is the current version of KDE) any more than I do on my Windows installs or my old Macs. Basically, I only use it when it's faster/more convenient. The *only* reason it (Linux) doesn't work for most average folks is because a metric shit-ton of apps that your average Joe needs to use every day aren't ported. And I really can't blame someone for not wanting to spend hours googling how to get something working under WINE. I tend to fire up Windows rather than fuck with that, myself. As much as I hate Gnome 3 and Unity, they're still fine enough environments (well, now that the bugs are worked out). Just like how OS X and Win7 have great desktops.

Comment: Re:Is it a good alternative to Ubuntu for a novice (Score 1) 216

by dead_cthulhu (#40095387) Attached to: Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Has Arrived

I have never used Mint for any long period of time, so I may not be as experienced as many others here.. The most I've done with it is run it under VMWare just to play around. I quite liked it, and didn't experience a single problem. Whereas it seems as though Canonical has lost the plot, I think that the Mint folk really care about user experience. Out of any Linux distro I have tried, Mint could do the most "out of the box," and with the fewest hiccups. I don't want to use it myself, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the product, merely personal preference.

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