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Comment Re:no (Score 1) 108

users, the owners of their private information, should decide what happens.

Sorry U, you're still being vague.

"Should decide what happens" .. to what? How do you "own" information?

People around you be trippin because it sounds like you are saying putting PII into facebook's database entitles users to make facebook do certain things. Please clarify? :P

Comment So repo holds all software we'll evar need? (Score 1) 317

They now know that software comes from the repositories, not via email or random websites so anything asking them to download and run an arbitrary program throws up warning flags.

So if they are asked to install a .deb file for a package that does not match the nit-picky philosophies of their distro, such as FFMPEG vs Debian, or else asked to modify their repo list to include these third parties, do the newbies A> research and make the right decision using their keen powers of observation, or B> rely on you to guide them each time?

That might not be a terribly common problem today, but as Linux Desktop acceptance rises both the sheer number of software projects to add to the repo and the number which fail to meet a distro's philosophy will rise as well.

FBOW, there are magnitudes more applications available for Windows than there are for *nix at present, from ameture to polished, from open source to boxed, and that number grows daily. This is possible partly because the distribution of Windows software is not presently bottlenecked in any centralized repository.

It stands to reason that the ecosystem of any distribution would have to scale hugely to be able to support a comparable number of apps. Does the current Repository model scale to certifying thousands of millions of applications as being free of malware?

If not, users will still be asked to install "uncertified" software from websites or boxes to fill the gap. Of course they should avoid anything coming through Email, but some users have a hell of a time distinguishing websites from email.

Comment Re:Simple option? (Score 1) 360

For example, my parents ended up getting one because it's essentially free with their internet and their house is a cell dead zone.

Hunh. "Free with their internet" would normally indicate VOIP on cable or channelized DSL where I live. So those guys get listed in the white pages then?

Man, I can't even keep track. :D Next question: Who actually wants to be listed in the white pages? :P

Comment "lamb" is actually not commonly consumed here (Score 1) 155

How about you just stop pretending you know anything about meat and we'll go on not caring what you do or don't eat?

Well, we could start by admitting you know nothing about me. I'm not a vegetarian, and I don't see anyone else this far down the thread who says that they are either. Why don't you look at some meat and calm down. :P

I eat meat in some form in pretty much every meal, and have my whole life, though the meat selection is largely beef, some chicken and a little pork from time to time. However I live in a small town, on the West Coast, and I'm not certain what a butcher's shop even looks like. I eat fast food, take-away, frozen food, and I have yet to even see "lamb" on a menu anywhere. I imagine it's a fairly unusual thing to eat in my region. Might just be more popular in the mid-west.

By "our point", I also don't mean "vegetarians", I mean people who don't feel we need to see a doctor just for panning the differences of timbre and undertone between farm animals. If you enjoy the tableau, more power to you, just lose the snobbery.

Comment Re:Newspeak (Score 1) 226

"Get our basic package to access the internet very slowly at low priority, only £9.99/month. Want to be able to use the iPlayer during waking hours? Get our BBC pack for only £4.99/month extra. Sorry, but due to a dispute with Google over pricing, we're unable to offer our Search Engine pack this month, so you won't be able to find anything on the internet".

Absolutely correct, this is how Big Media wants all information to be made available. Only when you pay the appropriate ultra-specific, overinflated toll, and even then only at their discretion and convenience.

Try watching Crackle/C-spot videos (bankrolled by Sony) on Youtube outside of the US. Oops! Not available in your country. :3 Nor available for purchase. Just, not, legally available at all.

I'm sure glad Copyright Law encourages artists to create more works to fill the gap left by Copyright Law empowering rights holders to censor any content they had a hand or a pinky in creating. And it's refreshing to see the same creative spirit funding important content creation via triple-dipped internet pricing, which may or may not allow you access to the services we all enjoy today.

Comment Re:I recognize the mathematician's answer (Score 1) 317

Linux typically comes with a whole bundle of useful software and a trivial way to get more, is far less susceptible to being broken or infested with malware and rarely needs reinstalling.

Meh, we've got different definitions of the word "broken".

I work for a small ISP that does consulting. We favor Windows over linux. We get folk who know little to nothing about computers, to have us install a fresh OS, and given the current balance we're not about to give them linux, because we actually don't want them to come back in. We want them to pay for internet and recommend their friends; broken computers translate in their mind to broken internet service.

We never get anyone coming to us to get new software, nor would I think a newbie know how a "repository" works or what current FOSS software gets named (aka, "I want to edit pictures" --> "Gimp" or "I want to make a flier" -> "inkscape or scribus or XYZoffice").

Repelling Malware would be a definite argument for pushing Linux, however Linux isn't any better than Win7 at protecting the naive from actively running what they should not, which leads to a lion's share of the problems that we see in the field.

Finally, the major definition of "broken" we have to live by is "does it follow de facto conventions". Literally, "does it work like it did yesterday" or "does it work like my neighbor" or "does it work like my computer at the office". Anything that foil's the end-user's expectation is "broken" by their definition.

By any metric, Global Ease of Use (not just "hey we made this part of the installer easier to use, job finished") is the gap Linux/BSD must cross in order to compete with Windows and Mac on the desktop. I mean, just look at Android. It's Linux based and it's bullying everyone else on the Mobile platform ... because Google invested enough into the distribution to give it Global Ease of Use. It has consistent and familiar conventions. 99% of people will never have to touch a text file or compile a module to use it or even do most common customizations to it.

It's presentation is end-user centric instead of ameture-project centric.

Now mind you there's nothing wrong with ameture projects per se; the bazaar development strategy is what drives the power of Linux as an OS. It's just that when combining that many odd shaped bricks you absolutely NEED heaps and heaps of mortar to fill the seams or I guarantee everyone who cares one iota about comfort will complain or move out from the bitter draft.

Comment Re:Not like cowardly Westerners (Score 1) 496

If Palestinians want to govern themselves, they have to prove to Israel that they can guarantee Israel's security against the newly formed Palestinian government and it's citizenry.

I'm not GP, but clarified his statement a bit. Palestine can't keep Isreal from getting invaded by, let's say, France.. but show me where Israel is morally obligated to help form a government that can't keep it's people from attacking Israel.

And you, Smiths:

Here is article about kindly Israeli/Harvard professor calling for the restriction of pre-natel subsidizes (food) to prevent Palestenians from breeding too much.

Alright then, citation needed that any policies similar to this are actually being carried out. Your linked article doesn't say this is happening, just that an outrageous professor thinks it's worth trying. Fail troll is.

Comment Re:ironically (Score 1) 155

Yup, sorry, that proves it unity100. There is definitely something wrong with you if all of that tastes the same to you.

Really, I'm not trying to be an ass here, I would ask a doctor if there is something that can be done.

I don't care if you ever like meat or not but think about all the rest of the flavors you are missing if you cannot distinguish such huge differences in flavors.

Seeing a doctor is probably a bit extreme unless you are wealthy. I probably can't discriminate a whole lot better than Unity can. I can differentiate between well prepared (steak vs pork vs chicken vs fish), but not (chicken vs turkey) or (ham vs bacon) or (salmon vs cod), let alone different sides of the same porterhouse.

Also, those distinctions are minuscule compared to (steak vs ground beef), (chicken vs scrambled eggs), or (tuna vs bubble gum). Just to provide some perspective, meat differentiation isn't like telling blue from purple it's like telling prussian from navy.

Didn't we have a slashdot article recently about coffee taste being impossible to synthesize, but if you label hot brown liquid "coffee" and make the room smell like coffee, people will generally think it is coffee?

Comment Re:Worried? (Score 1) 316

Economics is simply the discipline of more optimally distributing scarce resources.

A replicator would be a wonderful device, but depending on it's parameters there are guaranteed to be things it cannot replicate. Either scarce, unreplicatable materials (Star Trek "Latinum") or slight benefits of unreplicated products (unreplicated metals might be harder than replicated, or have certain nanoscale properties that cannot be reliably/inexpensively replicated, etc) or time or space or compassion or creativity or sunshine. Whatever cannot be replicated, our economy will then just need to shift to distribute that now relatively scarce commodity to wherever it is needed.

There will still be work to be done, and the application of Capitalism will still reward those who do the work with the greatest shares of the scarce resources. Should folk choose not to participate, they get the least of whatever is scarce. If they can live that way forever, then I tip my hat to them. :3

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