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Comment: Stop bashing Ubuntu (Score 0, Offtopic) 234

by lucm (#48183081) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Ubuntu is the only mainstream Linux distribution that I was able to get up & running quickly on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro. I know that with some tinkering anything can work on anything but I don't find that entertaining anymore.

I tried (in that order, based on past experience):

Each of those proved difficult to install on that laptop. Some even required specific bios settings just to start the setup wizard (such as UEFI or AHCI options).

I'm not a big fan of Debian (or sudo) so the Ubuntus were at the very end of my list. I tried Linux Mint (Cinnamon). It worked immediately, but got all messed up as soon as the automatic update ran. Also I could not enable themes and many options did not work as documented.

So I ended up installing Ubuntu. It worked immediately with three exceptions (that were also present with all other distros):
-an incredibly lousy framebuffer performance (screen is Lenovo HiDPI, 3800x1200)
-a tweak to unblock the wifi
-a tweak to enable the trackpad, it gets disabled for some reason once in a while

Overall I am impressed. All components work, power management works, etc. The Software Center applet is fantastic; some stuff in the default repos is out of date (like Netbeans 7) but overall this is an incredibly smooth way to install applications. Now that LVM encryption is available in the setup wizard that's definitely my #1 distro for future desktop installations.

Comment: People. (Score 1) 574

by lucm (#48121747) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

A former coworker of mine sells pirated movies at the office ($5 per DVD). She says it's legal because she downloads the movies using her paid Giganews subscription, so the movies are "hers".

True story: her husband (who works in the same office) went to court to challenge a speeding ticket. He got caught driving 94mph in a 60mph zone, which puts him in the reckless driving category (max + 20mph). But he claimed that since other drivers were on average driving 75mph (says he), he would gracefully accept a fine for driving 19mph over the limit, not the higher fine for reckless driving. The "rising tide" defense...

Comment: Re: Fewer candidates to draw from... (Score 1) 574

by lucm (#48121679) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Usenet is becoming very difficult to use because indexing sites like Newzbin keep being shutdown. They are either sued or have a hard time finding a payment provider.

Without a good indexer, downloading from Usenet is beyond retarded. There is a limit on message size so movies or tv episodes are split in multiple messages, and the protocol is unreliable so the messages are often corrupts, which requires posters to submit par files to let downloaders repair the files.

Also most ISPs don't keep binary groups so one has to subscribe to a paid provider like Easynews. And even with the best providers there's a limit to how much retention they can do, so Usenet content is a lot more volatile than P2P. Ex: if you are looking for the 6th episode of the 3rd season of Falcon Crest you are more likely to find it on P2P. Furthermore, Usenet providers comply with takedown notices, making the download of some stuff pretty difficult.

Another annoying thing with Usenet is that for some reason idiots from The Netherlands keep posting US movies and tv series with hard-coded NL subtitles. I don't know why, but it's been like that forever, it's the only country that does that with such magnitude. If you don't have a good indexer or an advanced provider like Easynews (who posts frameshots for movies) it's hugely annoying.

Comment: Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (Score 2) 574

by lucm (#48116721) Attached to: FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

The only problem is that there is no federal law against downloading. There is about copying and distributing which whoever offers it for download would definitely be doing but no law against you downloading it.

If you use bittorrent, you are distributing while you download.

Comment: Re:In the Market (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by lucm (#48025715) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Amazon CloudFront is a lot better than CloudFlare and has supported SSL for years. Plus it's possible to store a website in a S3 bucket, there is no need for a web server. For pennies a month you get an insanely fast website, there is nothing close to it performance-wise. Pricing is around $0.12 per GB of transfer. S3 is about $0.03 per GB of storage per month.

The only complicated thing with a CDN is that since it puts the website in cache, it's more tricky to push updates. Either you wait until the cache expires or pay a small fee to "invalidate" content.

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