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Comment: Re:Not as long as we have to write them in javascr (Score 1) 205

JS/CSS/DOM are terrible technologies for producing heavy weight applications. JS is a slow prototyping language, CSS can't even vertically center without hacks, and DOM works fine for documents but is terribly slow for trying to make responsive interactive applications. I don't see this changing until (P)NaCl or some other tech comes along with a nice UI toolkit that's designed for applications and not documents.

Comment: We NEED a Dead Simple PGP solution (Score 1) 399

by thelukester (#44529133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

Ten years ago, my company had a policy to use PGP and Symantec PGP software installed on all computers. Even the engineers had issues and failed to use it regularly. I remember having to logmein to machine in China to try to figure out why they couldn't read an email with our designs. This is why PGP never took off.

Until the tools take 5 min to setup. And encryption/decryption is as easy as clicking a checkbox in your mail client, PGP will never take off. Things like the public key directory have to handled transparently to the user.
It's too bad Mozilla dropped support for Thunderbird. Tight integration with GnuPG + cloud public keys could have made mainstream PGP a reality.
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Comment: Re:Are you sure it was China? (Score 1) 158

by thelukester (#44419591) Attached to: Apple Faces New China Worker Abuse Claims

In the 3 years I worked in China, I have visited literally hundreds of factories. Not only that, we actually used Foxconn to produce some of our products. Of all the factories I saw, Foxconn by far had the best work conditions. From boiling lead solder to paintiing in enclosed rooms, I saw some appalling conditions pretty much at every factory EXCEPT Foxconn. If you really care about this issue apple is the last place you should look. Don't buy anything made in China.

Comment: SumatraPDF (Score 1) 238

Simple. In our organization, Sumatrapdf is the only allowed PDF reader. Users could request nitro or foxit but a sysadmin would disable JavaScript on install. Never once had a malicious PDF infect our organization. Little more work to not give users admin rights to their machines. But time and time again, users prove they are too incompent to safely manage their own machines.

Comment: AMD graphics drivers (Score 2) 457

by thelukester (#44090381) Attached to: PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

Back in the day, all my servers ran NetBSD, but I have gradually migrated to Linux for hardware compatibility. AMD is going to have to write chipset and GRFX drivers for Sony. I hope the licensing terms will let them release them. I would love to run BSD on my AMD laptop. Considering AMD's past Linux support, this is probably just wishful thinking.

Comment: Tor is being blocked in China and Iran (Score 2) 242

by thelukester (#43514201) Attached to: Japanese Police Urge ISPs To Block Tor

During the year I lived in China, I ran into several people whose only means of free and open Internet access was through Tor. While everyone I met only used it for Facebook and Youtube, if there ever is a democratic revolution in Iran or China, Tor will be there to help to make it possible.

If you want to help people in China, Iran, and possibility Japan, where Tor is being blocked, you can run a obfsproxy bridge to circumvent the block. There is currently a shortage of these bridges,
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/tor-calls-for-help-as-its-supply-of-bridges-falters/
so every little bit helps now. The quickest and easiest way is to setup your free Amazon EC2 account with the Instructions at the Tor Cloud Project page
https://cloud.torproject.org/
Or for a general Linux setup, [detailed instructions can be found at:
https://www.torproject.org/projects/obfsproxy-debian-instructions.html.en

NOTE: A bridge is NOT the same as an exit node. If you are just running a bridge, you are only helping people join the Tor network and are only routing a small amount of internal encrypted tor traffic, so there is no risk of getting into trouble with the authorities.

Comment: Re:Funny thing is that since 1998 (Score 1) 129

by thelukester (#43439785) Attached to: KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

Yes, Enlightenment is one of the best Desktops for Linux. If it only had the more developer support, it would be my desktop of choice. If just one Linux DE had the polish of a OS X or Win7, I wouldn't care. Until then, I see this fork as just diluting an already over stretched pool of developers.

By consistency I meant disign consistency. I was thinking of annoyances like the app menu bars in Unity.

Comment: There is too much fragmentation on the Linux Disto (Score 0) 129

by thelukester (#43439055) Attached to: KLyDE: Lightweight KDE Desktop In the Making

I've been using Linux since Slackware in 98 and CDE on Solaris before that. I hate to admit that for past 4 years, my primary OS has been win7 and OS X to do my much of my work on Linux servers. why? I need a Desktop Envirment with a consistent UI that's free of bugs.

A classic example of this is back in '08 I switched to a 16:9 monitor. Well thanks to a 6 year old bug in gnome #86382 this rendered gnome unusable for me.

Unfortunately this was also about the time KDE 4 was released. After giving a dozen other DEs a shot, I joined the the dark side.

To this day that 11 year old gnome bug remains unpatched. In an Apple or MS OS this kind of major usability issue would never make it out if Alpha never mind a "stable" release.

In the early days of Linux when It was for hackers by hackers this was acceptable and expected. They want to add cool features not fix bugs. Fine.

  But now there's some serious money in Linux. Between Redhat and Ubuntu How the Linux Desktop can remain in such a sorry state. And I fail to see how another fork will make this situation any better.

Sorry for any grammar errors/typos, this message was written on my phone in topically useless all hands meeting.

Comment: Re:You are wrong. Cocaine IS addictive. (Score 1) 156

by thelukester (#43366479) Attached to: Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

So you are saying that cocaine is addictive the same way sex is addictive? You are an idiot. Stop spreading war on drug FUD.

I don't know if I would be classified as an addict, but I used blow on the every weekend and occasionally to get by at work for about 5 years. I moved cities after a nasty breakup and had to go cold turkey on both. I missed the sex more than the coke. The war on drugs is a sham.

Comment: Is this where the war on drugs will take us? (Score 1) 156

by thelukester (#43366439) Attached to: Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

Moving from NYC to Shanghai cured my taste for blow. First month here kinda sucked but not s bad as getting my skull open and having lasers pointed at my neocortex.

Genetic engineering and laser is not how we end this problem. End the "war on Drugs," end the "war on Terror". Use the trillions saved to educate people and provide rehab. Our economy would be stronger, schools better, streets safer, and Mexico could get regain control from the vicious drug cartels.

Comment: Re:The most important question (Score 1) 311

by thelukester (#42264373) Attached to: LG Introduces Monitor With 21:9 Aspect Ratio

But does it run Linux?

NO!
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/42
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/43
https://github.com/mate-desktop/mate-panel/issues/58
Mostly stemming from this 10+ year old GNOME bug
https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=86382

I was an early widescreen Linux adopter and these bugs drove me nuts. Now Unity is optimized for widescreen monitors. KDE and XFCE also work fairly well w/ vertical task bars.

Comment: Re:Full disc encryption (Score 1) 402

by thelukester (#42188707) Attached to: The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

Finally,a knowledgeable post. Executives won't be bothered to use burner laptops or fresh installs, never-mind bootable CD Linux install. Any IT admin would be fired for trying such a stunt. As someone who's HD crashed while traveling in Vienam and was forced to use a bootable linux CD for a few days, it was a MISERABLE experience. Anytime you do anything in the OS, you have to wait seconds for the system to respond. No businessman traveling to Asia would put up with that.

Fully encrypted laptop and if you're really extremely concerned with security, give them a system "upgrade" after their trip. That's the only reasonable solution to this real threat.

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