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Comment: Re:Don't start on the desktop (Score 4, Interesting) 450

by ogdenk (#46716533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

In fact Linux is a much more mature product as a server than Windows NT. SysV and BSD UNIX are *FAR* more mature server products that existed long before NT was even a gleam in Microsoft's eye.

Linux/UNIX is not "the alternative". Windows NT was "the alternative" to Novell Netware, OS/2 and UNIX. Most people born before the 90's already know this however.

Comment: Re:One side of the story (Score 1) 710

by ogdenk (#46507335) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

I would not hire her now for the sole reason that she seems to believe discretion and loyalty to a company becomes optional after you leave. Not so.

And you are exactly what's wrong with corporate America. Last I checked I was born free. Corporations aren't my daddy. Corporate policy is not law. When I leave I owe my former employer NOTHING. Nada. Zip. Zilch.

If I'm treated poorly, I may retaliate in a legal fashion if it's justified.

If I'm treated well I might consider consulting for them later if they need a hand.

But in the end, it's up to me. Discretion and loyalty have absolutely no place when your rights are being infringed upon by folks with a lot of economic weight to throw around. And not all of us make enough to blow money on parasitic lawyers and legal games.

Comment: Re:Already There (Score -1, Flamebait) 414

by ogdenk (#45650969) Attached to: 3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

"You already live in that world. The only question left is if every sane and law abiding citizen should also be able to get a gun to protect themselves."

Maybe you do.

We all do. Some of us just can't afford to live in gated communities and don't appreciate requiring lazy, armed, undereducated state employees to protect us when seconds count.

You are free to NOT exercise your basic rights. I'll do whatever the hell I want, thank you.

If you live in so much fear you feel the need to protect yourself with a gun you may want to consider moving to a more civilized part of the world.

Some of us don't have your bank account there guy. We have to live where we can afford to live. For me, that's out in the country where it takes the cops 45 minutes to arrive. No.... if something is a clear threat to myself or my family out where I live, I'm putting holes in it.

To many people guns are things you see on television, or occasionally carried by specially trained armed response police.

Yeah, and those people are completely dependent and unable to care for themselves should funding dry up. They are also powerless to defend themselves should the system turn on them. Out where I am, the nearest police station is quite literally a half hour drive and they have like 3 cops. And oh yeah.... to get a concealed weapons permit here you have to..... GET FIREARMS TRAINING.

Sometimes you have to grow a sack and stop depending on the system to protect you and your assets. I am not giving up my rights no matter how much you or your kind would like me to. Ever. It's not a privilege. It's a right. And it was set up that way for a reason.

Comment: Re:If the story is true (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by ogdenk (#45370713) Attached to: Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

That point was about 6 months ago. On Slashdot, where there's a pretty vocal community who thinks Bluray ISOs of the latest Hollywood releases "want to be free,"

Not really. I just won't buy BluRay releases until the MPAA get their fingers out of my hardware and remove DRM. The pirates have the better product that I can use in ways that I want to use them rather than their "our way or the highway" approach that isn't even backed by law in a lot of ways, just draconian corporate policy. So as far as I'm concerned, studios that sign up with them are complicit idiots that deserve to burn right along with them.

So yeah, as far as I'm concerned I would love to sit and watch that whole industry burn. Through illegal means if necessary. I lost any sympathy I had for them about a decade ago.

any secret data reveal is presumed to be some kind of a public service.

Any secret data that involves the government targeting Americans as if they were criminals with no due process IS ABSO-F**KING-LUTELY a public service. His personal motives don't matter to me much. He's done a good thing by helping to throw a monkey wrench (or at least a small screwdriver) in the gears driving the New World Order.

Any blow against tyranny is a good one regardless of the initial motives. If they were worried about their "national secrets" maybe they should gather these secrets legitimately according to the laws of the United States of America without attempting to redefine the English language to justify their illegal, immoral acts against the people.

Snowden long ago exposed himself as just a guy interested in finding as much as he could find about government secrets, then indiscriminately dumping that information on the press.

If this was true, either way, who gives a shit? I don't care about Snowden the man. I don't care about his personality. I don't care if he's a douche. Regardless, it was something that needed to be done.

He's not whistleblower,

Maybe not intentionally, but he certainly is. And any chaos and instability he creates I view as a positive and necessary thing. Our government needs to be reigned in and taught exactly who they hell they work for and who owns them again.

I'm not mad that both the NSA and CIA dropped the ball. I'm glad they are incompetent. I'm glad they did it. Folks that incompetent that are willing to break the law (and rarely face consequences) shouldn't be in control of the biggest spy machine on the planet if they can't keep simple checks and balances and well...... follow the law. There never should have been so much *scope* to infiltrate to begin with.

I find it hilarious that folks want to crucify Snowden for breaking the law but think the NSA just needs to get better at it and adjust some procedures (which will be ignored anyway).

These people are uncaring, brutal tyrants that care nothing about your freedom or securing your rights. They are there to subvert them and therefore have no legitimate right to exist. Period.

Comment: Actually.... (Score 1) 791

by ogdenk (#45122917) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

Non-standard mutant charging connectors, proprietary video adapters and abuse of 3rd parties attempting to make cool things for their products are the primary reasons I abandoned iOS for Android.

I shouldn't have to buy an "Apple approved" charger/data cable when chargers for any other phone for like $10 at a local convenient store.

Being able to do whatever the hell I want with my device for the most part is another benefit of Android. Not having to jailbreak for every OS update is a plus.

I love MacOS X but the iOS ecosystem sucks.

Comment: Re:It's the future (Score 1) 182

by ogdenk (#45114247) Attached to: Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops

My problem isn't the fact that they are building killer robots.... it's the fact that the other side doesn't have anything close and these will be used to hit non-military targets and/or populations of civilians in 3rd world countries full of poor dirt farmers that we've pissed off.

Slaughtering people with machines from thousands of miles away to protect your country's interests with no official declaration of war is a little sick. We'd be killing real people, they'd simply be breaking an expensive toy. Doesn't seem right. And you can bet your ass they'd use these things on us if the time came.

And if you think our government is a bunch of war-mongers now.... wait until every war is simply an economic boost for their defense contractor buddies and doesn't cost much in American lives. Then we'll use our robot army to ensure no one has the power to ever be a considerable threat to the US and bully the planet with it forever.

Comment: Re:XT was a mistake (Score 1) 665

by ogdenk (#45086595) Attached to: Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

USB.... you mean the bus inspired by Atari's SIO bus (400/800/XL/XE) for easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals from external storage to printers and modems? It worked well. Bigger connector with a few more pins but still pretty awesome. PBI was pretty advanced too.

If the PC wasn't cloned (IBM wasn't happy about this BTW) and adopted by businesses due to dBase II and a few other killer business apps ported from CP/M-land..... it would be long dead.

Comment: Re:XT was a mistake (Score 1) 665

by ogdenk (#45072131) Attached to: Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

My recollection of the whole Amiga/ST scene was that accessories tended to be expensive, had complex interfaces and tended to be only available from the original manufacturer. The PC came along with it's ISA and that was that.

The Atari ST had a cartridge port and ACSI (could be used as SCSI with an adapter). The MegaST had a DMA port as well that was used for the Atari Laser printer. The TT had VME. The Amiga had a couple different buses including ISA.

For a while an ST w/ Spectre GCR was cheaper than a mac. You could emulate a PC with an add-on box too that wasn't super expensive.

It was all foreseeable if you knew where to look. Part of the reason for the success of the Spectrum (and before it the ZX81) in the UK was its cheap and easy-to-interface-with accessory port.

Yeah, because people really spend a lot of time expanding their modern PC's. Those days are dead. It was also only necessary because the PC sucked out of the box and had to be expanded to have any respectable sound, networking or graphics capabilities... or a real HDD interface in the early days.

Spiritually, the Amiga was the successor to the C64 and the Atari ST to the Spectrum (shame that Sinclair self-imploded, really) and should have blazed into the future. I remember when all the shelves were Amiga and Atari games with maybe a few PC games hidden away in a dark corner. Locking down your hardware, ultimately, is self-destructive.

Spiritually, the Amiga has NOTHING to do with the C64. In fact, the Amiga is more like the spiritual successor to the Atari 800. In fact, it was designed by a lot of the same team. The ST is actually much more C64-like than the Amiga and was designed after Tramiel bought Atari Computer. Most machines weren't incredibly locked down.... it's just that 1,000 companies didn't get away with cloning it rampantly so the margins weren't there and as the PC dropped in price it made sense for folks to have the same machine at home and at work. And Win95 made it almost mac-like to use. SVGA helped make games suck less.

The only machines I can think of where the bus was so complex it was ridiculous were the early macs (NUBUS) or Sun SBUS-based machines. SGI was funky too.

Comment: Re:As a world traveler (Score 2) 252

by ogdenk (#44971289) Attached to: Senators Push To Preserve NSA Phone Surveillance

Trials with the domestic metadata 'lock box' could also prove legally interesting as skilled defence teams ask to see more and present more to open courts.

It's only metadata until an algorithm finds you interesting.... then it's full-on logging on all communications.

They fix the defense team problem by never admitting the NSA was involved and falsifying information basically saying a little birdie dropped the evidence off.

The rules only matter when people play by them. If our government can run around committing felonies against the whole population (which I consider willful, blatant violation of the constitution a felony) then why can't I? If I attack people's networks on our own soil without a court order, I would be doing 10-20 in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. The problem is that the courts LOVE this shit so there will be no justice. And several politicians have a stake in selling the NSA gear to make it all happen.

This is corruption to the extreme. Deep-rooted, irresolvable corruption. When the govt can do something like this and quite literally tell people they don't care it's illegal, STFU and go to work...... and nothing happens..... well in short, America is dead and has been usurped by a vile fascist state that pretends to be a constitutional republic.

We are not being represented. The people do not want this. And with every complaint comes more brand new spy tech announcements for oppressing the citizenry. This is sick people. We are officially under the boot of tyranny. Are we not constitutionally bound to defend ourselves against such evil?

Comment: Re:Metadata Equals Surveillance (Score 1) 238

by ogdenk (#44967017) Attached to: No Upper Bound On Phone Record Collection, Says NSA

They'll put you or I in prison or kill us for obtaining their data.

Yet if a few threaten to do the same to them, they use it as an excuse to completely wipe their ass with the US Constitution and get EVEN MORE funding for their illegal, unconstitutional, disgusting, fascist tactics. Did I mention immoral and creepy?

If this is what i

Comment: Re:XT was a mistake (Score 1) 665

by ogdenk (#44962479) Attached to: Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

Even when introducing the PC, IBM and others made engineering workstations. They cost 5 figures+ and were never widely adopted.

Still you are right. Perhaps if IBM had stayed out, later the Amiga might have seen wider adoption in business.

The Atari ST was no slouch either and more of a boring architecture that was more palatable to business users. I actually saw several businesses such as limo companies using them in the late 80's w/ mono hi-rez screens. They also didn't have the obnoxious flickering.

The Amiga was more like an Atari 800XL on steroids. Very cool machine but I never saw businesses buy them for mundane tasks like desktop publishing or word processing. On the other hand, Atari had a MegaST package and a laser printer that was low cost and high quality.

The ST should have been an IBM PC killer and probably could have been had they not stagnated and kept up the pace with rapid PC development.

Comment: Re:Sour grapes (Score 1) 473

by ogdenk (#44946463) Attached to: Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

Debating evolution against 2,000 yr old fairy tales that followers blindly accept as fact no matter what evidence is ever put in front of them to the contrary..... yeah, that's productive.

Those morons will spam the comments of EVERY evolution-related article that comes up as if we are heretic madmen that need to drop the pursuit of science and progress. They also seem to think people who know evolution happened have never read a bible.

They even smatter the comments with pseudo-science trying to "prove" their viewpoints. I don't blame PopSci for this at all. Reading the comments sections makes it look like we're in a new Dark Ages and ignorance is rampant.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen