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Comment: Sam Knows You (Score 2) 47

by operator_error (#37623700) Attached to: Europeans Needed To Create Broadband Performance Measure is the URL. Which is sort of a creepy sign right there I think.

Volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit which can be plugged into the existing modem/router. This is called the SamKnows Whitebox.

Will these folks be blessed with any rights of immunity, against anything that is dug up? Might be a good method for a TOR onion router perhaps.

Comment: Re:Check your radios, folks (Score 1) 257

by operator_error (#37551002) Attached to: Teach Your Router New Tricks With DD-WRT

As a happy DD-WRT user for users, with many SO-HO routers and LANs to my name, I never buy any routers unless it shows up on the DD-WRT router support database first. To do anything less is probably a waste of time.

BTW, how is this word actually pronounced? Does is sound like rowter or rooter? /troll

Comment: Re:Does this effect Flash 11 beta? (Score 2) 56

by operator_error (#37476876) Attached to: Adobe Pushes Emergency Flash Player Security Fix

Oh man, I hate replying to my own ./ post, but *that* ./ article headline and summary are completely false. If your read all the waaaay down to the bottom of TFA, on the linked-to slashdot piece, it says "Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 would be publicly available in early October, Adobe said in a statement." So no v11 Release happened at all.

Adobe specifically states "Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android.". Hope this info helps.

Comment: Re:Does this effect Flash 11 beta? (Score 1) 56

by operator_error (#37476820) Attached to: Adobe Pushes Emergency Flash Player Security Fix

Adobe released Flash 11 yesterday, so no need to use the beta anymore; and I'm assuming the security issue was addressed or the release wouldn't be happening.

TFA specifically calls out Flash 10.3 though, not v11. Also the Flash 11 beta on Linux doesn't mention the new release at all. I am using Ubuntu and using the Flash Preferences (in System > Preferences), I am not informed of any actual new release. Maybe because I am in Europe and Adobe's CDN hasn't woken up yet? (ha ha). I clicked the Advanced tab, and then Updates > Check Now. My browser opens a page at which tells me:

You have version 11,0,1,98 installed

Actually, I have Beta 2 installed from at least a week ago, not the Sept. 21 release.

Go Adobe! Go!

Comment: Re:I did the same thing. (Score 1) 835

by operator_error (#36982226) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce

May I point out there's Linux Mint for Debian XFCE for us to consider? It looks (and sounds) like a nice workstation OS, based on Debian testing. Arguably, the Linux Mint devs are competing head to head with Canonical, using Debian, while keeping a steady eye on Ubuntu releases.

FAQ # 2

2. Is Linux Mint switching to Debian?

No. Linux Mint is Linux Mint, it’s not based on anything per se. It provides different editions which include different upstream components. In regards to package bases and repositories, what’s happening today is that the Xfce edition of Linux Mint is switching two important things:

        It’s switching its package base from a frozen Ubuntu pool to the rolling Debian Testing branch.
        It’s switching its lightweight software selection to a more mainstream one.

Comment: Re:Centimetre (Score 1) 70

by operator_error (#36767272) Attached to: Sub-Centimeter Positioning Coming To Mobile Phones

At this time, only three countries - Burma, Liberia, and the US - have not adopted the International System of Units (SI, or metric system) as their official system of weights and measures. Although use of the metric system has been sanctioned by law in the US since 1866, it has been slow in displacing the American adaptation of the British Imperial System known as the US Customary System. The US is the only industrialized nation that does not mainly use the metric system in its commercial and standards activities, but there is increasing acceptance in science, medicine, government, and many sectors of industry.

Sort of off-topic I'll grant you, but ain't it an interesting factoid and source folks?

U.S. CIA World Factbook

Comment: Re:I hate flash. (Score 1) 274

by operator_error (#36765562) Attached to: Adobe Released 64-bit Flash For Linux

As a web-Dev, I must disagree. For the logos, backgrounds, textures and whatnot I am called to deal with, GIMP is perfectly adequate for the task. In fact since I work with Drupal hosted on Debian/LAMP servers, I dig on Ubuntu as the Power-Client (free!) because the OS is so similar when I work for clients (actual, paying clients).

What is not cool is having to stop work and having to ask the client paying for my time, to also fund a Photoshop purchase (even Elements which costs $/euro 100 at the local office supply store, but this takes time folks). Since Ubuntu offers GIMP along with native SSH/SFTP, (etc., etc.) I'm ready to work, and get paid.

And of course VMs run really well on a project too, and are extremely portable across hardware workstations, with excellent Developer snapshot facilities, but I digress.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz