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+ - Another "Active Shooter" kills 7 in Wisconsin Sikh temple->

Submitted by Penurious Penguin
Penurious Penguin writes: Just as the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado begins inching more comfortably into the past, another "Active Shooter" event has occurred in Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This time not in a crowded theater, but in a Sikh temple where seven people died including the shooter. How could two horrible events occur so close together? Is it even practical to ask why these things are happening?

Is there a way to avoid these situations? Without further eroding our liberties and surrendering to Big Brother, how can we? Do we put our selves empathetically in the position of those unfortunate victims involved and act accordingly — or do we accept the casualties of an experimental and complex society and move on? What can we do?

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Comment: Re:Missing the point of a DE... (Score 1) 535

by kiore (#40799661) Attached to: GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss

The good news is you aren't alone being about the way that wallpaper changing didn't transfer from dcop to dbus. https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/105319/diff/3/ is a patch someone's created for adding this functionality back into dbus. Hopefully it will make it into an official version of KDE sometime before the heat death of the universe.

Comment: Re:Missing the point of a DE... (Score 4, Informative) 535

by kiore (#40797741) Attached to: GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss
I'm a KDE user so don't directly experience this, but I went through similar pain with KDE 4. I hated it when it came out, and I still don't like it as much as I liked the earlier less ambitious versions, but I did eventually get used to most of it, especially once I found out how to replace its menu system with the classic view.

It beats me why developers of alternate desktops feel the need to repeat the worst mistakes of the market leaders.

Comment: They Probably Won't Run On 3.11 Either (Score 2) 2

by kiore (#40692987) Attached to: Microsoft Office 2013 not compatible with Windows XP, Vista
Microsoft aren't going to support obsolete versions of the OS forever, no software vendor does. Try installing recent major FLOSS programs on Yggdrasil Linux if you don't believe me.

Sure you can say they should give XP a little more time, but eventually they will need to stop supporting it and maybe, just maybe, that time is now.

There's definitely something weird happening today, this is the second time I've defended Microsoft. I might need to do a few Hail Stallmans to repent

Comment: Re:Some added insight... (Score 2) 236

by kiore (#39480023) Attached to: Japanese Court Orders Google To Turn Off Auto-Complete Function

Add to that the way that with on-line recruitment sites, when you place a job ad you get hundreds of responses from people who have training and experience only tangentially associated with the role you are recruiting and any easy way to reduce down the number of applicants you have to study in depth is welcome.

Obviously with a .jp domain name and a registered office in Japan, Japanese courts are going to have a difficult time believing that Japanese law doesn't apply.

Comment: Re:Fraud (Score 1) 212

by kiore (#37475804) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps Partner For Fake Support Call Scam
Because they are in one country and try and defraud people in a second country.

To put them in jail it would be necessary for the police in the target country to do a lot of paperwork and liaise with the police in the source country.

As each crime is only for a couple of hundred dollars each time the police probably can't be bothered with making the effort.

Comment: For me, always the first doctor (Score 1) 655

by kiore (#35606418) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?
I was 6 years old and I was so scared of the Daleks I had to watch from behind my mother's chair.

In the 70s I was a teenager & the show was still pretty juvenile and had become self referential so not only did I outgrow it but it sowed the seeds of its own demise.

The 200x-201x version is much more aimed at an adult audience. I'd suggest starting with it.

Comment: phone book for mobile #'s (Score 2) 459

by kiore (#34900368) Attached to: Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers
Strangely enough there used to be which is why to this day my mobile has a confidential, unlisted number.

Sometime around 1993 to 1995 I bought my first mobile. The telephone company had this weird idea of publishing a paper white pages directory of mobile numbers and as in their minds mobiles were only for business use back then wanted me to pay to be in this directory.

When I said I wasn't prepared to pay the nice lady at the phone company call centre discovered that the only way to drop me from this directory was to make my phone confidential & unlisted where it stays to this day.

This means caller-id doesn't work on voice calls, but does show up on text messages. I suppose one day there could be a negative to this but until then I can't be bothered spending an hour on hold to have it done.

BTW I don't have the same phone, nor exactly the same number but somehow the setting always transfers

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.