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Comment My ideal TV would be a big dump screen, that's it (Score 4, Interesting) 232

I do not have a television but I do have a computer with a 3 monitor PC setup (24" 27" 24") and a good surround setup. I would by a "TV" if I could get a big basic screen with a decent resolution - but they simply don't sell those. 40" with supposed "HD" which is really 720p half-HD? This the dark ages? Am I to be impressed with a resolution lower than the average cellphone?

I also do NOT want a "smart" screen ("TV") with some ultra lame SOC which will be outdated in a month running some garbage OS with a lot of bugs and no chance of future updates. These "Android on a stick" type things are likely selling because you can simply replace them with newer models when you feel like it without buying a brand new screen.

I also do NOT want to pay for a garbage tin-can sounding "stereo" when I buy a SCREEN ("TV"). That joke of an amplifier combined with poor quality stereo speakers they include in TVs have no place anywhere near my living-room.

I personally don't even want that "TV decoder" part of a TV, it's not like any of the channels offered are worth wasting time on anyway. The supposed "news" the "mainstream media" offer is nothing but fascist propaganda mixed with entertainment and watching TV shows with commercial breaks it out of the question.

In short: I personally HOPE that the answer to "What is the future of Television" is nothing, I hope it dies and like the telegraph. If someone were to offer a big screen with an acceptable resolution with nothing but inputs and outputs on the back then I would probably buy that. As it stands right now I don't have a television and I do not want one and I would not accept one if I got one for free.

Comment Pre-installed Malware on Chinese phones & tabl (Score 4, Interesting) 84

Bought a Q8H tablet from China & discovered that it came delivered with two types of very malicious malware (Trojan.coudw.a and another) built right into the factor ROM. If you remove it and do a factory reset then you get it back because it's right there in the NAND recovery image. Perhaps the Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission could look into that since it appears to be a rather common problem.

Comment Windows Tax will still apply, and nobody wants it (Score 1) 277

Just two quick points: 1) I do not use Windows and I never wanted a copy of Windows but I have paid for a Windows license numerous times when buying hardware. Even now in 2015 it is as good as impossible to buy a laptop that is not Windows-infected and taxed. It really is sad that it is still not possible to buy a OS-free laptop. I suspect this is partly because hardware companies are paid to bundle garbage with their Windows-installations but who knows. 2) A lot of us do not want Windows regardless of the price and will not pay for it and will not run it even if we actually paid for it (through buying hardware with a Windows tax). Microsoft giving this garbage away sound like a great idea for them since it may convince some of those who will not pay for it to use it. ..but then there's people like me who won't touch it even if they force me to buy a Windows license when buying hardware or throw free copies of it at me..

Comment Do you really trust the OpenSSL Corporation? (Score -1, Troll) 97

The OpenSSL Software "Foundation" is actually a corporation which happens to be located in Maryland, US - not too far from the NSA corporation (A US Department of Defense subsidiary). Are they trustworthy? Take a good hard look at the heartbleed "bug" and make your own educated opinion. It is interesting to note that according to information presented by Jacob Appelbaum at 31c1 the NSA corporation are able to snoop SSL traffic.

Comment Just keep it away from Gentoo and I'm good (Score 2, Insightful) 551

System is broken by design and totally violates the UNIX philosophy so it doesn't really matter if Poettering claims to "listen to users" (which he doesn't anyway) or not. What I see as most important moving forward is to encourage free software developers to make support for it optional and not mandatory. We get real problems when important software starts making it a requirement (like GNOME, though they like to pretend it's not but good luck trying to actually compile it). Even Tor git had systemd as a requirement for a few days last week.

Comment Re:help them (Score 5, Insightful) 89

GTK+ used to be a general purpose toolkit and it was originally named the GIMP Toolkit. The gtk+ homepage still refers to it as such. It is, in theory, not only for GNOME. The sad reality, though, is that these days the GNOME developers are busy removing features from GTK+ which breaks existing applications, cripples them and removes features from them so in practice it's basically a GNOME toolkit as of right now. That does not mean you can't submit patches to it in order to make it more general-purpose. If this is worth your time is, as you indicate, an open question, though. Like .. what is the point of submitting a patch like "This patch reverts your removal of icons from menu items and puts the icons back in the menus"? I could go on but you get the idea. Many of us have simply decided to stop using GTK+ for development because of their various unacceptable choices and see no point in contributing to this project which has sadly left only GNOME developers to work on it.

Comment Re:If this were ten years ago, I would have (Score 2) 268

This: and similar behavior is why I will not contribute a satoshi to GNOME regardless of what I think about this specific issue. If they want to shoot themselves in the foot and cripple their now joke of a desktop then fine, that is up to them. Going around asking other projects to remove features to make them "fit in" with their garbage .. that's just taking it too far. Removing features from GTK and making it clear that all those hours writing software based on it was a huge waste of time also makes it very hard to support GNOME a very hard sell.

Comment Re: Yes, what are YOU going to do? (Score 1, Flamebait) 95

There are actually several things you can do if you do not like the massive government spy-programs. The first thing you should do is to look into how you can pay nothing or as little as you can in taxes. Most countries have laws against not paying taxes but you are screwed anyway: Most "free" western countries have passed laws against financing terrorist organizations and criminal networks the last decade which means that it is illegal to pay taxes - so you are screwed anyway.

The second thing you can do is to make it as hard as possible for them to gather information. Use Tor, do not use Facebook or other In-q-tel/CIA products, use ixquick/duckducktogo/etc instead of Google and so on. Do not make it easy for them.

The third and probably most important thing is to talk to your friends and family about privacy and why it matters. Try to make them care. I know this is hard to do if the people in question watch television but do try. Western governments are out of control because a whole lot of people (almost all people above 50) love automatism and fascism and think people who think that they should not be forced to have a camera in their living-room by law are nuts.

Comment Re: I believe you missed who the adversary is (Score 2) 109

Grandparent got downvoted to -1 for stating the plain obvious: "Don't be naive. It's so easy to do it without warning. " (..) Remember, it's not just a single hacker, but government that controls whole traffic, that can impersonate not only any domain but any ip they want, they control BGP."

This is ./ so it is to be expected that such true and damning information was swiftly downvoted. I see the reply to that also got downvoted even though it calls the simple truth "shit": "Sorry but you are full of shit, no mystical routing, ip rules or firewalls can remove the warning. The only way to get rid of the warnings are to either get ahold of trusted certificates or to have pwned the client box so you can control the client/MITM connections"

Did you still miss that it is the GOVERNMENT of a major country we are talking about here? Now go take a good hard look at that default list of "trusted" root certificates shipped with all major browsers. And no, using Firefox or Chrome will not help you here.

https is and always was broken by design. It is, and never was, safe against a government adversary and it never will be. You can stick your head in the sand and think "my government lovs me" (that must be why false-flag terrorism is common, why the US has flouride in the water and so on) but that won't change the simple fact that any government agency can simply make a phonecall and get a valid certificate for any damn domain they want and you're none the wiser if you are a target.

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