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Comment: Re:Situation is a Shambles (Score 3, Informative) 239

by iroll (#46711373) Attached to: Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

That sounds like a Mint thing. Seriously, Debian (the great grandparent of Mint) had the patch as fast as anybody. Heck, by the time I logged into my Mac at work, MacPorts had pushed the patch.

I wouldn't make such a sweeping statement about the "situation" when you've hitched your wagon to a project that's pulling from a project that's pulling from a project that's (etc).

Comment: Re:Sadly for Canonical... (Score 2) 155

by iroll (#46585545) Attached to: Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

Canonical also dump buckets of money into a lot of things that are either of no interest to me (Ubuntuphones) or actively putting me off Ubuntu (divergence away from mainstream Debian and linux in general because of NIH syndrome). Covering such losses with cheap tricks like feeding Amazon search (yes, I know I can turn it off) just makes them even more unappealing.

If Canonical stopped tilting at windmills for five minutes and invested their money in finding ways to sell more real services, they'd probably be better off.

Comment: Re:Not sure I see a problem (Score 1) 306

by iroll (#46420503) Attached to: Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

That's why IceCat (formerly Ice Weasel) exists.

Formerly? I use IceWeasel all the time, and I didn't know about this. Oh, wait:

The gNewSense BurningDog browser and the Debian IceWeasel browser are similarly derived from Firefox, also with the intent of being free software. Technically, however, these projects are maintained entirely independently of IceCat. (Previously, this GNU browser project was also named IceWeasel, but that proved confusing.)

Yeah, you know, that is pretty darned confusing, since I think that if you ask 100 slashdot users about IceWeasel, at least 99 would be thinking of the widely-distributed Debian software that originated the name...

Comment: Re:so what about all my old devices? (Score 1) 254

by iroll (#46096097) Attached to: Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

He was unhappy that new routers in the future might be incompatible with his old printer, necessitating him replacing his printer... but that assumes he has to replace his router. Getting mad about it now is something like shouting at clouds.

Because let's face it, it's pretty unrealistic to get bent out of shape because you can't buy daisy wheels or get 14k modem service anymore. Technology will evolve and things we use today will become obsolete, and we'll replace them when we have to or when we want to. Nobody is coming into your house and taking your 802.11b router away from you; on the other hand, there's no sane reason to believe that you'll always be able to buy compatible accessories.

Comment: Not unusual in the least. (Score 1) 230

by iroll (#46068595) Attached to: New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

I wonder if "First time accepted submitter inqrorken" comes from a warm climate; I remember that the facilities managers at a national park near where I lived would price out fuel oil, diesel, and Jet-A for oil-burning home heat in the employee housing every hear. The prices fluctuate based on a lot of factors, including refinery over-runs, gluts and shortages based on transport industries, etc., so while it was unlikely, it wasn't unheard of for Jet-A to be the cheapest option.

Comment: Re:Price per pound - Fruit on sale (Score 1) 69

by iroll (#45934895) Attached to: Orbital Becomes Second Private Firm To Send Cargo Craft To ISS

And replace them with what, MREs? Because...?

You do realize that they have to eat either way, right, and that the only difference here is that they will prioritize the fresh food for consumption first. Obviously they need preserved food but there's no reason for them to eat it exclusively, since its only advantage is that it lasts longer. This is what the world's navies have known for only about three thousand years...

FORTRAN rots the brain. -- John McQuillin