Broadly agreed, but t'Internet is a woeful mess of script upon script upon script. I use NoScript, Ghostery, AdBlock Plus and HTTPS Everywhere...but sometimes find well-known sites that still b0rk until I reconfigure an addon.
Get a Nexus. However, nothing is secure once someone has their hands on it (insert obligatory XKCD encryption link.) At least F-Secure Mobile Security reduces the attack surface before it's stolen and allows you to remote-wipe after it has been stolen. I don't work for F-Secure BTW!
For as long as idiots run commercial websites without backups, one can only hope they're found out...exploited and then relegated to an evolutionary dead-end. It's not as if offsite backups are particularly hard to figure out.
Having cut my teeth on Red Hat and Mandrake over a decade ago, I'm not a Linux newbie. That said, I don't tend to compile kernels or, these days, build much software from source. Earlier Ubuntus, with their Gnome 2, became my workstation operating system of choice. I stopped tinkering with the OS internals because productivity was more important and *things* *just* *worked* - until Unity.
I still liked Ubuntu's lack of hassle and the Debian roots, but was disappointed with Unity (it might be OK for craptops and netbooks, but it's awful on dual monitor rigs...assuming it bothers to detect the second monitor.) The Unity workflow is broken and I felt that it was less of a work platform (i.e. somewhere where I could run the handful of apps I require.)
I installed Mint on my laptop and liked it. Then I read about LMDE and live-booted it on my workstation. I installed it right away - hassle free, runs my apps and disappears into the background (as all good operating systems should.) I update it when I need to and it has the reassuring Debian feel (but it's suitably different from Debian.) I don't know why I like the fact it's different from Debian, but I do.
Anyhow, dear readers, LMDE - I heartily recommend it to you. It's beautifully uncomplicated and a joy to use.
Nope, it's most certainly up.
Bribing is such a dirty word. It sounds low, base and frankly illegal. We can't have that. Instead, you lobby the lawmakers until you have legislation that leaves the judiciary with no option but to find in the studio's favour. The alternative is unconscionable - e.g. Disney DVDs & BDs drop in price, consumers have increased choice, customer service improves and margins fall. Think of the children for Dawkin's sake!
C'mon, surely this can't be true? Stuff like this *never* happens. This demonstrates a clear failure of the studio's lawyering and lobbying. They need to find more lawyers immediately and seriously up their game. If this sort of common sense is allowed to take hold, who knows what may happen.
...but bitter experience teaches me that copyright thugs have deep pockets, they don't *get* *it* and they're willing to play the long game. For every SOPA, PIPA and ACTA, there are a bazillion legislators that are willing to take Big Media's dime.
It seems that IT news is dominated by A litigating against B (lawyers get rich.) C takes on D in a bunch of jurisdictions and has products pulled from shelves (lawyers get rich and consumer choice suffers a hiccup.) Much of the litigation is driven by US tech firms. As a European, I realise our legal systems are less than perfect, but I'd like to understand more about the motivation (beyond $$ alone,) for such active lawyering. Maybe it's all about $$...but isn't everyone getting bored with this?
Next up, 999 call-handling relocates to Bangalore. "Welcome to 999, your call is important to us...please hold." The perfect accompaniment to privatised policing.
Would it not be easier to bring back National Service? Now, get off my lawn!
Installing software that allows a third party to orchestrate DDoS? Sounds legit...
...the latest recipient of their "Clicky here purleese," email with the recruitment.xls attachment.