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Comment: Re:The state here (Score 1) 158

by drinkypoo (#49146421) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

I can't imagine how that's even possible, something is seriously wrong with your setup. Don't blame Steam for that.

I can't imagine how that is even possible either, since everything else works. I can post to slashdot, stream video, or do anything else from both Windows and Linux. I even installed steam_latest.deb right before posting, including deleting my .steam directory. No good.

Possibly there is something wrong with my Ubuntu install, but I really can't fathom what that might be since everything else works fine. Until something other than Steam fails, though, I'm going to continue to blame Steam.

I'm not going to post my iptables ruleset or anything, heh heh, but:
All my firewall iptables chains are default ACCEPT, and I drop (or reject) at the end of the chain
All my firewall ebtables chains are default ACCEPT, and I have no drops or rejects
All my desktop chains are default ACCEPT with no other rules.
My only forwarding rules relate to SIP, and don't relate to the IP of this system at all
The IP remains the same when I dual boot, and is fixed.
The Windows firewall obviously knows about Steam.
I have no uPnP daemon running on my firewall.

Perhaps I have missed something obvious? But other stuff works fine.

Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146355) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

That is harmful bullshit for many reasons. One being that committing suicide is not about courage or conviction!!! Honestly who talks about suicide that way other than an internet troll? Because that is how you push someone over the edge.

When I was younger, and angry in random directions, I was the sort who thought that suicidal people should just go ahead and commit suicide and get it the fuck over with for the benefit of the rest of us, so that we don't have to deal with their shit. I think it's a natural consequence of growing up in a world that doesn't give a fuck about you, and does its best to show it every time you come around a corner. I grew up poor and poorly socialized, and let me tell you, that's a severely depressing state. I had basically no sense of self-worth whatsoever until my twenties. Before that, I was just randomly mean, perhaps most of the time. I didn't really give a crap about anyone else, because why bother? What a waste of energy.

Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, I recognize that this is the attitude that's destroying our society. What's missing, first and foremost, is caring about other people. That's why so few people for example feed the homeless, even though it would cost us so very little time and money, and it's also why towns actually arrest people for doing so. Because caring is hard, and they don't want to have to do it. You make them look bad, and you make them feel bad about themselves. They know that they aren't good human beings, and they don't want to be reminded.

Of course, I'm still mostly at the talk phase. Hopefully I'll get up to the doing phase. But at least I've advanced past the shitting on everything phase. Still a bit much negativity, working on that. Let's all try to grow the fuck up and be nicer. Yeah, irony, it's a bitch, and so have I been. But maybe I know what I'm talking about, from the inside.

Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146315) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

Fortunately, it's hard to hide depression from a trained eye (or a trained algorithm). Writing styles change significantly with one's mood, often in consistent ways (on a per-person basis). If someone tends to write shorter posts and use stronger language when their depression worsens, it becomes a useful gauge for knowing how they're doing without asking.

Unfortunately, most of the people who give a shit are the (themselves hurt, wounded) instigators who are always happy to push other people towards suicide. Show weakness, and they appear to rip you to shreds.

...whiiiich is why I stopped using Facebook to begin with. I saw a memepic floating about recently that says G+ helps me like people I don't know and FB makes me hate people I used to like, something like that anyhow, and yeah it's so true.

Comment: Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 232

by TheRaven64 (#49146301) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
150 km a day on a bike? How long does that take? According to my phone GPS, which isn't spectacularly accurate, I do about 18km/hour (though I'm far from the fastest cyclist), so even if you're twice as fast as me that sounds like it would involve a bit over 4 hours on a bike. That's a lot of time to spend commuting each day, it's adding over 50% to the normal work day!

Comment: Re:How about human dignity? (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146253) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

jeezus victim much ?

Victim of corporatism, nee capitalism.

Check out the real unemployment rate in the USA sometime. The inverse of the workforce/labor participation rate. You will shit yourself. The whole fucking world really is going down the toilet by every measure we have available. Capitalism is in the process of failing spectacularly. Will we survive? Rainforest hamburgers say no.

Comment: Re:Trolling is overly broad (Score 1) 28

by drinkypoo (#49146219) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

1) How? That's what the law says we're supposed to do now.

4) Juries should hear patent case appeals. But they should be qualified juries of peers, not J. Random Assholes.

5) You're calling for an end to capitalism. Me too! But realize that's what you're doing.

Most problems with patents could be solved by severely reducing their duration, especially software patents. The same is true of copyrights.

Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 115

Right now, at this time, people and small business (and thus the economy) are losing a lot of money because unions are closing down the docks in major ports. Why? Because they want their uneducated box-pushers who are already earning 147k a year, to make even more. Did you read that? People who did not invest in any degree, dropped out of high school and got a job at the docks earning 147k a year, and are now demanding more. Demanding more by crippling the rest of the economy. Are you kidding me?

Yes, I read it. It's $83,000 a year, not $147,000. Stop bragging about how smart you are if you can't read a simple newspaper story, realize there are two sides to the story, and do some simple arithmetic.

You say it would be fair for them to make $35/h. Well, $35/h x 40h/wk x 50 wk/yr = $70,000/yr, which is pretty close to $83,000. So they merely drove a good bargain. You have a problem with people making good money?

There are reasons why they make so much money that you resent them.

First, they know how to negotiate. That's something you might learn from them.

When they negotiate, they don't want to match the race to the bottom. They know how much their employer is making and they want a piece of the action. They want job security and they want, in effect, something like an ownership interest in the company. That's not so strange. In Germany, unions have a seat on the board of directors of a company.

Second, they made a grand bargain decades ago. There was new technology that would make their job more labor-saving and efficient. Instead of obstructing it, they agreed to be forward-thinking and go along with it. However, if the company got the benefits of improved efficiency, they wanted the benefits of improved efficiency too. That's why they're making $83,000 a year. Here's a profitable business, where the owners are making millions a year. Why should they settle for $70,000 when their boss is rich and could easily pay $83,000 a year?

My landlord was making at least $300,000 a year, probably more. He inherited the building from his father, like most landlords. He worked hard, just like a longshoreman. Do I envy him? No. That's the free market.

If you live in a rental building, do you envy your landlord if he makes $300,000 a year? Do you envy your maintenance man, who fixes your boiler? Do you envy your auto mechanic? This is a rich country. Why do you want to drag everybody down to the bottom?

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 338

by drinkypoo (#49146127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

I wouldn't trust the power adapter. I've had them blow up two drives before. Just use an old ATA power supply....

I just gone done throwing all of mine away (well, recycling them) because they don't have enough 12V to be useful for their size. The case did come loose from the power supply which came with my USB adaptor, but the power supply still works.

My PC also has an external molex female on the card reader/USB hub that I installed. So I can plug a male to male molex power cable there, and use it to power external devices which I can then connect to the front panel. That's the most convenient option, although obviously a seriously bad drive could take my system down.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 558

by drinkypoo (#49146087) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

That's not entirely true. You can have a free ISP market, for example, where the last mile infrastructure is owned by a government-sanctioned monopoly which is required to lease to any ISP which applies.

That's not granted by government, that's operated by government. Why will no one do me the courtesy of reading and replying to what I actually wrote?

I have spoken in favor of such an approach many times, but that's actually the opposite of granting a monopoly.

Comment: Re:git blame (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#49145963) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

I'm not saying users are completely blameless littel angels. But I'm so sick and tired of this reflex of blaming everything on stupid users.

Some comedian said it very nicely about another topic: When a house burns down, and the firefighters put out the flames, they don't just go home and write a report saying "fire destroyed the house". They go in and sift through the debris and try to figure out what caused the fire.

In IT we largely don't do that. We treat users as mystical black boxes and root causes and once we've found the user somewhere in the chain of causality, we stop. We don't ask ourselves why the user made this mistake or why the users don't seem to want security. We say "stupidity" the same way ancient map makers put "here be dragons" on their maps.

And that, I say, is stupid. We should go in there and figure out what actually is in that white spot. Why did the user make this mistake? Why do they fall for phishing? Why do they want speed over security? And a boilerplate "because they're stupid" is not an acceptable answer.

We're so smart (or so we think), but we can't figure out how to make security desirable, unobtrusive and a positive experience. Really?

Comment: Re:git blame (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#49145943) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

cheap excuse

People are too lazy to type in a password in order to send mail.

Then make it not necessary to type in a password. Even I don't understand why I should type a password for every mail I send.

Yes I do use GPG its the best thing we have going right now for the average person to protect his data.

No, it's not. It might be technically the best tool, but if it's unusable, then in sum total, it's not. There are many factors that go into these equations, and we techies are sometimes blind to some of them.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov