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Comment One thing they may have a bit of trouble doing.... (Score 1) 308

While torrent sites might be in the gunsights of the **AA's, more and more streaming sites are popping up and popping up with domains and locations that are not particularly friendly to US copyright and IP law. The ones with .com and .org addresses are probably going to be shredded, but the ones that reside outside of US interests will probably be safe for quite a while. I haven't downloaded anything via bittorrent aside from Linux ISO's for ages. Extensions like Video Downloadhelper gives me sufficient means and quality when I download the flv or MP4 file from a streaming site, and they play superbly on my 42 inch Samsung.

Comment Re:Rats. (Score 1) 417

I was fortunate enough and honored to deliver the Texas Linux Fest Keynote two years ago. While a developing throat cancer impeded my speaking and breathing ability, it was still an honor. We talked about naming conventions at length. Sure there are some odd-named products in the Windows world but at least I can pronounce most of them. The Wink and Nod developers give to each other for their app naming schemes might be cute but it's lost on the public. it only tends to extend the belief that Linux is an operating system developed by and for other developers.

Comment Move to and copy to. (Score 1) 327

I do hope they have mimicked Dolphin with Move to and Copy to in the context menu. Currently, Nautilus only offers Desktop and Home as destinations for these. Dolphin offers all sub folders under the Home Directory and the mouse slides smoothly to present these options. Bang-click, you are done in two clicks. It was short-sighted at the least and silly to only offer two places to copy and move files. Sure there are scripts to add additional destinations but that only adds a gui to choose the file destination and takes about three extra clicks to make it happen. Scripts by the way that are notorious for breaking on an update or upgrade. By that time, I could have hit F3 and just moved or copied the files manually via split screen. Oh wait, they are removing the split screen option in Nautilus 3.6. Never mind. That makes adding the sub-folders even more important, but with Gnome's drive to remove features instead of adding them, I am not hopeful.

Comment Tor isn't mentioned specifically (Score 1) 309

I got one of those "Never do that again" warnings for torrent downloading from Time Warner a while back and they would not restore my Internet connection until I clicked the "I agree" button at the bottom of the warning. Started using Tor and downloaded the crap out of stuff to see if I got a second warning. Haven't had a problem since but then again, I've started going to to get most of my tv series and movie needs.

Submission + - Fix Android on Samsung Galaxy S3 reports SD card damaged (

An anonymous reader writes: Just minutes ago I had a pending upgrade for my Samsung Galaxy S 3 Android. After the update the device asked for a resart and then entered into some upgrading please wait status.All good, after 100% the device started and it reported the my 32 gb sd card is damaged and that i have to format it in order to be usable again.NO WAY!?Everyone has tons of things on 32 gb of dataSo after some failed attempts i fixed it. Here’s how:more at

Comment Yep, your right on here. (Score 1) 202

I haven't torrented anything in a long time. With sites such as, I can watch the TV programs I usually watch without the hassle of DVR or worrying about being home in time to catch it in real time on TV. Since I despise commercials more than anything else, Fastpasstv has given me options I never had before. As well, when traffic congestion and buffering become a problem, browser extensions like Video Downloadhelper allow me to download the file in flv format and watch it at my convenience and without the stuttering. As for music, I am an old fart and hopelessly lost in the 60's and 70's. I ahem....obtained all the music I care to listen to years ago. I haven't heard anything since the mid 90's that I would consider worthy of my consumer dollar anyway. Yep, the offshore sites like Fastpasstv are hard to shutdown as well. They've been hit and have moved twice in the past year I believe but it only takes them 72 hours to get up and running again. So maybe NZ might have seen a substantial decrease in "pirate traffic", but then again, people who lose their access to entertainment will immediately seek alternatives. I think this is probably what happened...they just switched the way they do it.

Comment Re:Drone Strikes are "Cowardly Attacks" to the Eas (Score 1) 257

"they are widely seen as a "Coward's Way of Fighting...'

And strapping a bomb onto your torso and killing dozens of innocent shoppers in a bazaar isn't? I'm not saying it's ideal or even right but I'd take my chances with the precision of a drone over that of a religious zealot any day.
Just sayin"....

Submission + - Most Ancient, 'Impossible' Alien Worlds Discovered ( 1

astroengine writes: "Two exoplanets have been discovered by scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy orbiting the star HIP 11952. But according to conventional thinking, these worlds shouldn't exist. You see, HIP 11952 is a "metal-poor" star and planetary formation is hindered around stars with low metallicity. This isn't the only thing; as metal-poor stars were the first stars to form when the Universe was very young, these two worlds also formed around the same time. They are therefore the most ancient exoplanets discovered to date having lived through 13 billion years of cosmic evolution."

Comment So how many "installs" have you done? (Score 1) 1091

I'm not being contrary, I really am curious. I have installed Linux on over 1500 machines in the span of 5 years and since the .27 kernel, wifi, sound and printers just work (TM) OOTB. At least the majority of the time. There are the occasional hiccups sure but I've had way more trouble getting some drivers to work in Windows than Linux. When you are dealing with a computing public that can't differentiate between "download" and "install", or those who cannot understand the concept of a browser, then you are never going to get them to consider another operating system. It takes me about 5 minutes of conversation to decide if I am going to introduce someone to Linux. Sadly, about 70 percent of the time, I decide as a paid tech, to keep taking their money as a Windows User. It makes my life easier and after all, I have a kid to put through college.

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