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Comment: Re: Annoying Troll Makes Valid Point (Score 1) 248

by koterica (#33838112) Attached to: Ubuntu Won't Moan To EU About Microsoft
Parent is marked as troll, but, despite his bad attitude, he makes something of a valid point: In order to attract more linux users, we need more 'only on linux' features. The one I always tell people about is package management. Once I show people (especially non geeks), how easy it is to find and install new programs and games (Just like their iPhone!), they really see the appeal. UbuntuStudio is another great example- look: you can have an entire graphics suite! However, its not quite enough. Linux needs to find/create things that it can do and others cannot- and then advertise those things.

Comment: In response to a probably screwy summery (Score 3, Insightful) 325

by koterica (#33806984) Attached to: Chrome OS Arrives On the iPad — No, Seriously!
Didn't read TFA- but the summery is worth responding to in its own right.

Nevertheless, it's worth considering what it might mean to have a robust OS like Apple's on the same tablet as one that runs a cutting-edge operating system like Chrome OS. Why wouldn't users love that?

Apple isn't going for cutting edge as much as they are going for reliable. iPad users don't want to spend time configuring their product, they want it to work, quickly and beautifully, out of the box.
In short, iPad Market != Slashdot.

Comment: Maybe its because they don't want to hire geeks? (Score 5, Insightful) 156

by koterica (#33745666) Attached to: Cyber Command Will Miss Friday's Operational Deadline

"It was supposed to be a war fighter unit, not a geek unit," said task force veteran Jason Healey, who had served as an Air Force signals intelligence officer.
A fighter would understand, for instance, if an enemy had penetrated the networks and changed coordinates or target times, said Dusty Rhoads, a retired Air Force colonel and former F-117 pilot who recruited the original task force members. "A techie wouldn't have a clue," he said. --Washington Post

With their attitude towards cyber security experts (who are probably also geeks!), I am not particularly surprised they have had trouble with staffing.

+ - Obama Admin Wants Wiretapping Compliance->

Submitted by koterica
koterica (981373) writes "

[T]he White House plans to submit a bill next year that would require all online services that enable communications to be technically equipped to comply with a wiretap order. That would include providers of encrypted e-mail, such as BlackBerry, networking sites like Facebook and direct communication services like Skype.

The Times said the Obama proposal would likely include several requires: Story continues below Advertisement -Any service that provides encrypted messages must be capable of unscrambling them. -Any foreign communications providers that do business in the U.S. would have to have an office in the United States that's capable of providing intercepts. -Software developers of peer-to-peer communications services would be required to redesign their products to allow interception.

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The Military

+ - Warriors, not Geeks, run Cyber Command->

Submitted by koterica
koterica (981373) writes "The Washington Post is explains why the military prefers to have combat veterans rather than geeks running network security.

"It was supposed to be a war fighter unit, not a geek unit," said task force veteran Jason Healey, who had served as an Air Force signals intelligence officer. A fighter would understand, for instance, if an enemy had penetrated the networks and changed coordinates or target times, said Dusty Rhoads, a retired Air Force colonel and former F-117 pilot who recruited the original task force members. "A techie wouldn't have a clue," he said.

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Comment: Re:Techie price greater than luser price (Score 1) 321

by koterica (#33679066) Attached to: Is the Web Heading Toward Redirect Hell?
As with so many other things, the situation is worse because most people don't know / don't care /are willing to put up with it. I am guilty myself. The problem is that the people making design decisions are not the people most effected by the decisions and the people effected don't understand the decisions being made.

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