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Comment: Pedantic (Score 3, Interesting) 256

by r_naked (#48209771) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?


With that said, no, it isn't going to create anymore of a divide than already exists. I have Brighthouse Cable, and I can get their 90mb plan for around $80/mo, but I am sticking with their 30mb plan that is bundled with their basic HD plan. Why? I used mrtg to monitor my usage and found that I wasn't taking advantage of the extra bandwidth. We (at least in the US) have no services that take advantage of the extra bandwidth. I can stream Netflix, Amazon, etc... in HD just fine. Granted, their idea of HD sucks, but that isn't the point. Before the MPAA found out about USENET (and I still want to find out who talked -- and beat them), I more than took advantage of the extra bandwidth, but now that USENET is gone (well, so neutered as to be useless for my purposes), I never find myself "waiting".

  Now, what we need is more UPSTREAM bandwidth. I get 5mb up, and that is usable, but having 30/30 would be REAL nice.

With all that said, this is obviously *MY* use case scenario. I would love to hear from others in the US that need more than 30mb, and what you use it for / how you use it.

Comment: Re:What do you expect? (Score 4, Insightful) 367

by r_naked (#48069097) Attached to: Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

Absolutely there is justification for this, and as has been pointed out MANY times on this thread already, THEY MAKE IT VERY CLEAR.

* Install it in a VM
* Don't visit your normal sites / "private" sites that you don't want MS (or whoever) to know about
* Create new accounts for any site that you don't care that they know you visit, but you don't want them to have your login credential.

I mean this is brain dead stupid obvious shit...

I am running it because I WANT MS to get that feedback. I don't want them to be tracking my normal usage though.

I have switched to Linux Mint after the Win8 fiasco, but I don't want to see MS fail. They keep me in business, so I want to give them as much feedback as possible.

This whole article is a non-issue if you pay attention to what you are agreeing to. *sigh*

-- Brian

Comment: Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (Score 4, Interesting) 613

by r_naked (#47812339) Attached to: You Got Your Windows In My Linux

I hate posting a "me too" post, but you nailed it. Who the FUCK thought that having to run a separate command to find out if your service started was a good idea?!?

I work in a shop that has ~2000 Red Hat servers / VMs, and my advice will be to switch to something else unless Red Hat gets their heads out of their asses, and gets rid of systemd. Unfortunately we don't really have the option of moving to FreeBSD (tooooo much code to port), but I am sure their will be a distro that fills the void. At least we have a few years to worry about it since 6.x is supported for a few more years -- hell I might fork the final 6.x release.

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?"

"Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it." -- Marvin the paranoid android