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Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1) 65

by r_naked (#47637541) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

I use OSX at work, and I haven't *HAD* to open a shell for anything when it comes to day to day use. There are some things I find quicker to fix / install from the shell, but that is my choice -- I am not forced to. I have found the same to be true with Linux Mint.

If you look at my post history, up until recently I was a die-hard Windows fan when it came to my desktop OS. Even OSX is missing little things that Windows 7 has when it comes to window management. For example, Aero peek on the superbar. I didn't realize just how much I used that until I was forced to use OSX at work. Also, clicking on an running app to minimize it. I could go on, but an OSX vs Windows vs Linux debate is not what this is about. I still love Windows 7, and if MS ever gets their head out of their ass and releases a decent OS again, I will be glad to use it if I have to. Again though, the point of my post was to let people know that if they hadn't tried Linux as a desktop OS -- maybe they should. I am a convert now, and unless The Linux Mint team decides to go full retard (like MS has), I'll stick with it.

Comment: Re: Finally! (Score 1) 65

by r_naked (#47637037) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

Linux Mint 17 - Cinnamon with the non-free tools. Yea, it isn't completely F/OSS, but I am not a fanatic like some people.

It is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: "Linux Mint 17 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019."

I have installed it on HP desktops, and laptops (various models), and Dell desktops and laptops (various models), and everything has worked out of the box. Multi-monitor support rivals Win7 IMHO (this was one of my big beefs a few years ago). Now I could probably have just gone with Ubuntu 14.04, but the Linux Mint team has taken the time to make Cinamon / GTK2 / GTK3 look consistent -- I am really impressed. Again, *I* could have spent the time to make any Linux distro look good, and have a consistent look and feel, but why should I have to. Working with computers isn't my hobby -- it is my job. I have too many other things that I want to do when I get home. On the flip side, if I do find something I can fix, and I have the time, I like being able to share that back with the community. But the most important part of my decision was the fact that GNU/Linux has finally reached the stage where mom / pop / insert non-technically inclined person here, can use it without me constantly being on the hook for tech support.

If you would like further details on the exact hardware I have tested so far, please let me know.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 3, Informative) 65

by r_naked (#47631765) Attached to: Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

The year of Linux on the desktop has arrived!

I know this was meant to be sarcastic, but it may be more true that you think.

I have been an avid Linux supporter for use on servers for a long time, however, I refused to use it as a desktop OS for a couple of reasons:

* There was no distro that I didn't have to open a shell for SOME reason -- to get something to work. I do systems administration for a living. I don't want to have to fucking tweak my box when I get home.
* It was butt ugly. That may seem like a poor reason to not use an OS, but it is my opinion and I am entitled to it. I refuse to use Windows 8.x primarily for this reason -- it is fucking hideous. Monochrome? Really Microsoft?

Both of those issues have now been addressed, and I am now completely MS free. I will be converting my parents, and my brother, and I will be spreading the word to my friends that aren't technically inclined.

Comment: Obfuscation (Score 4, Interesting) 109

As a developer of one of the WoW emulators, I am curious if Blizzard made a conscious decision to randomize the opcodes used by WoW (and the many other protections that were put in place). Up until the Cataclysm expansion, there was no real protection against reverse engineering the WoW client. As of Cata, blizz seems to have gone out of their way to prevent any emulation of WoW. Cata, and MoP take a lot of work, but we will still be able to provide decent emulation *eventually*. Also, why hasn't Blizzard removed GRUNT? That would completely eliminate ALL emulation of WoW as has yet to be broken.

-- Brian

Comment: Re:What are we paying them for? (Score 1) 221

by r_naked (#44750735) Attached to: Prankster Calls NSA To Restore Deleted E-mail

Is the water you drink clean?

You are delusional if you live in a big city in the US and think your water *that you drink* is clean

Is your food supply safe?

Are you out hunting and killing your own food? Even then it is debatable since you don't know where they have been drinking. But I guarantee you that anything you buy in the store is not safe.

Do the lights come on when you flip a switch?

Most times, but the power grid in the US is so unstable to the point that might not always be the case (need a citation -- LOOK IT UP FOR YOUR FUCKING SELF)

Can you travel through the air at nearly the speed of sound for a few hundred dollars?

No, I can not. I am on a blacklist because I happened to speak out against this SHIT HOLE FUCKING GOVERNMENT that is is the USA

When you turn on the radio in your car, do you hear voices/music coming out of the speakers?

I hear music, but I sure as hell don't hear "voices". I think you may need to seek some professional help.

This country (The good ol' US of A) is FUCKED. You need to get that through your thick, fucking, skull.

-- Brian (Proud member of TOCB -- Take Our County Back)


GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment: Re:Blah (Score 1) 204

by r_naked (#40610983) Attached to: Web Exploit Found That Customizes Attack For Windows, Mac, and Linux

"At the end of the day the only foolproof way to get rid of malware is to take away the user's right to control their own machine, to instead stick them in a walled garden where only approved apps get run."

That is exactly what I had to do for my parents. I created four non-admin accounts:

1 - Games (this is for my mom to play online games)
2 - Mom (This is the account my mom uses for email (whitelisted), and dumping pics, etc). This account has no access to a web browser.
3 - Dad (ditto for this account).
4 - Bank (This account has a browser that is pointed at a simple web proxy that has a whitelist of addresses. They can only get to their bank, and various other bill pay sites)

I trained them to use the "Games" account if they want to browse the web for "fun". I told them to feel free to click on anything they want. If it prompts for an admin password, not only do they not have it, but if they did, they know they should hit cancel.

This setup has worked great. I was stopping by to check their machine about once a week just to be sure, but I haven't even had to wipe the "Games" account in a LONG time, but when I do the rest of the machine is clean.

Is this overkill? Maybe, but they are 70+ years old, and it makes my life a WHOLE lot easier.

Windows 7 is an outstanding OS, it is real shame that MS is fucking it all up with Win 8.

-- Brian

Comment: Re:Wintendo for sure... (Score -1, Redundant) 484

by r_naked (#40326943) Attached to: Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

Damit, I meant to login. Re-posting so that it is clear that I do not need to hide behind AC for my thought on this piece of shit.

"This is an effing joke, right? Early April fools? Looks like 2012 will be the year of Linux on the desktop. Not because it got better, but because Windows will be the joke OS. I know I sure will laugh at anyone I see running it...

This looks like something my 5 year old came up with in MS Paint.

*sigh*, better to get started now than to wait for MS to release this hideous 8bit color OS. Not to mention that Win 8 has far more problems than just the fact that it is butt f**king ugly. In the past I wouldn't switch to Linux for my *DESKTOP* OS because it was (is) butt ugly, no other reason, it was (is) just God awful to look at. This is worse...

If you look at my post history, I have *HAVE* been an avid supporter of Windows for my desktop OS .. even Vista (never had a chance to run ME because NT kernel OS that had DirectX (win2k) was released, I jumped on it).

Are there people out there that actually _like_ the 8bit hideousness that is Win8?"

Comment: Re:CFL are no savings (Score 1) 990

by r_naked (#36736584) Attached to: Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban

In the past week, I have had two CFL bulbs "explode". I put that in quotes because I wasn't around when it happened, so I am not sure what caused them to fail or if there was an "explosion". These lights were not on at the time. One was in my garage -- I came home and found glass all over the garage floor since it was in an open socket. For the other one, it was in my bathroom. I came home and went to turn the light on and when I unscrewed the housing a second one had busted. I was concerned about the mercury that had been released, but had no clue what to do about it other than open all my windows.

Suffice it to say, that hit just a little too close to home (no pun intended), and I won't be buying CFLs anymore. I could handle a failure a year, but I bought these bulbs when I bought the house -- and that wasn't quite a year ago.


+ - New Tool Hides Data in Plain Sight on HDDs ->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "A group of researchers has developed a new application that can hide sensitive data on a hard drive without encrypting it or leaving any obvious signs that the data is present. The new steganography system relies on the old principle of hiding valuables in plain sight. Developed by a group of academic researchers in the U.S. and Pakistan, the system can be used to embed secret data in existing structures on a given HDD by taking advantage of the way that file systems are designed and implemented. The software does this by breaking a file to be hidden into a number of fragments and placing the individual pieces in clusters scattered around the hard drive."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Wrong. (Score 1) 209

by r_naked (#35031032) Attached to: Netflix Compares ISP Streaming Performance

I've got Verizon FiOS, and though I know it's not that common, but I can get steady 3.7 MB/s streams.

I'm not going to suggest that you are incorrect, but I am going to suggest that your single piece anecdotal evidence is not nearly enough to discredit the report Netflix put together.

Well here is some more for you...

I have Brighthouse cable in the Tampa, FL area, and I get ~4.8MB/sec (yes that is a big M for mega and a big B for bytes).

On a different note, I would suggest anyone that has Netflix streaming to check out VuDu. I don't know if it is available for anything other than the PS3, but they offer 9Mb (that would be a little b for bit) streams that look great. There is still the occasional pixelation on real high speed scenes, but I have to guess they are using h264.

Bottom line, there are plenty of providers out there that can stream HD (well what Netflix / VuDu call HD) in real time. AND there are some that could stream *real* HD in real time.

Comment: Re:Man. (Score 1) 565

by r_naked (#32099704) Attached to: Hundred-Ton Dome To Collect Oil Spill

Fuck you very much....

It is all about risk versus reward, and let's see, risk: major oil spill that is really going to fuck the eco system up for a long time (potentially world wide). Reward: none. Yep, ZERO reward. Oil should just go away already. As long as it sticks around, the longer we are NOT going to have alternative fuel sources taken seriously.

Now I am not some eco-nut that is against everything that could damage the environment. Hell, come build another 10 or so nuke plants in my backyard and I will be a happy camper. Risk: when using a breeder reactor -- none (well so close to zero that it might as well be zero). Reward: 100% clean energy.

Bottom line, have oil wash up on your beach and then tell me that you would be cool with them "drill baby drilling".

On the flip side, if one of our nuke plants in the state I live in went Chernobyl, I would most assuredly change my opinion of nuke plants.

Comment: Re:Another miss (Score 1) 103

by r_naked (#31319080) Attached to: LG's Windows Phone 7 Series Early Prototype

Two things:

1 - Why would I care about "global" market share when I live in the US? I only care about phones that I can buy and use here. Is that hard to comprehend? I have no idea why Nokia doesn't have more of a market presence in the US, but again, it doesn't matter to me.

2 - Nokia puts Symbian OS on ALL their phones. So while it may be a "smartphone OS", installing it on barebones basic hardware doesn't make it a "smartphone"...

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