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Comment: I can't wait... (Score 1) 731

by sgage (#45994123) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

... until my Adblock Plus no longer works. Because I can not stand intrusive advertising when I'm trying to read something. So I will have to quit wasting enormous gobs of time on the Web. I quit TV 15 years ago because of abusive advertising (mostly). If adblockers get nullified, I will seriously curtail my web browsing.

Comment: It is times (and posts) like these... (Score 2, Interesting) 208

by sgage (#45664799) Attached to: Canonical Moving Away From GNOME Control Center

... that make we want to throw up my hands and just say frack it all to Linux, period. I've been working with Linux since 1998, and from the beginning, it's been whining, backbiting, complaining, dissing, bickering, moral posturing, and in general one big ball of negativity. The vast (vast) majority of it is ill-informed fanboi nonsense.

Use what you want, work on what you want to contribute to, but holy moly can we please stop tearing down everything and anything that doesn't meet our personal code of free-open-source-grooviness?

I sometimes think that demands for ideological purity is going to be the death of Free Software...

Comment: Re:This is why... (Score 1) 206

by sgage (#45459153) Attached to: Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

With all due respect, I understand what you've said. When I employed the term 'politics' I was using it in the broadest possible sense, over the many years I've been using Linux.

I don't care about any of the bickering that goes on, until it becomes public and makes an ass out of all involved. I understand how humans operate, and how the sausage is made.

But kindly don't be telling me to "get over it". FL/OSS is about a lot more than just basing one's decisions on technical merit alone. There's trying to have an understand of trends and reliability and this kind of bullshit is really not useful.

Comment: This is why... (Score 5, Insightful) 206

by sgage (#45458717) Attached to: Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

... I don't want anything more to do with Canonical, or Ubuntu, or Mint, or any of that lot. I'm sticking with Debian. I'm sure it has its problems and all, but at least the politics seem to remain mostly internal. These public pissing matches between distros just seem so counter-productive. But since I've been using Linux (1998), it seems to be a constant. Ego issues? I don't know. I don't particularly care. It's just so boring and off-putting.

Comment: Screw Commerce (Score 1) 545

by sgage (#45314169) Attached to: A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

Time is NOT arbitrary. Noon should be close to when the Sun is on the meridian. I don't have time [sic] to read the 350 comments on this article, but I hope someone made the point. We have already yielded so much up to "commerce". NOT time. Fuck commerce. The economy exists to serve human wants and needs. Humans do not exist to serve the economy. This article is absurd and disgusting.

Comment: Re:Riiiiiight... (Score 1) 116

by sgage (#45264487) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

I guess one of my points is that I don't believe there is a "we, the FOSS community". I used to think so, but now there seems to be nothing but a swarm of multiple contingents jockeying for position to further their project, and dumping on the other projects. I suppose it was ever thus, really. In any case, it guarantees that FOSS goes nowhere.

Comment: Re:Riiiiiight... (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by sgage (#45264219) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

Discouraged, yes. Though I just installed the latest Ubuntu and this stuff was opt-in, so perhaps the cries were heard. My point is that to award this distinction to Ubuntu in the face of all the crap going down on the Internet is simply absurd, extremely small potatoes, and smacks of sour grapes and/or piling on, which is the norm for the FOSS press.

What's popular isn't always "right" (who decides that?), but we really might maintain a sense of proportion. In over 15 years of observing the FOSS world, it really seems that if you start to get any traction in the wider world, the "community" (as if there were a "community") seems to want to smack it down. For all the talk of world domination and so on and so forth, the "community" seems on some visceral level to want to remain marginal, They are getting their wish.

Comment: We hate success! (Score 4, Insightful) 177

by sgage (#43547117) Attached to: Ubuntu Releases 13.04, Sticks To 6-Month Release Rhythm

Let's just face it, here in Linux Land, if any distro achieves a measure of success, we just hate it! It is as night follows day.

The majority of the hate-posts here betray a deep lack of knowledge of what's going on with Ubuntu. All they know is that it's cool to hate Ubuntu, good for your geek cred.

This is nothing new with Ubuntu - it's been true since the dawn of Linux and distros. I'm not sure why it is, but it's appears to be some basic human social-driven flaw.

Ubuntu has done a helluva lot for Linux, and people who don't understand that haven't been using Linux for very long. They claim to want Linux to "succeed", but as soon as it begins to, they pile on. Because it's not exactly what THEY want. It's pathetic, disgusting, and discouraging.

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell

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