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Comment Re:Are you all FUCKING INSANE? (Score 2) 193

And you STILL want to do business with them? You STILL want to trust their OS with your personal files and/or communications?

It's pretty hard to buy a laptop without "doing business" with them. And I'm sure the NSA can get in my Linux box with little effort, too.

If MS's poorly designed, feature-poor, buggy, user-hostile OS doesn't make folks change OSes I don't think anything will. The only thing keeping Windows on this notebook is laziness, and except for the Patch Tuesday bullshit W7 is almost tolerable. But I'll have to put Linux on it pretty soon, it gets slower every Patch Tuesday.

I'm running kubuntu on the tower. When a patch notification comes in, one click and it's done. No lengthy reboots with "configuring patches, do not turn off your computer." No reopening all the apps that were open after it reboots, no hunting for where I was on that document I was working on when the patch notice comes through.

I haven't booted the tower in months, it only gets shut off when I know I won't be using it for a few days. When I turn the power on it enters the password for me (I live alone) and reopens everything that was open when I shut it down. Guys, if you haven't tried Linux you don't know what you're missing.

Comment Re:Binding, hardcover, etc. (Score 1) 126

This kind of crap is why I don't trust Vine reviews. Instead I try to find an ordinary Joe

I'm shaking my head in wonder here. I was probably a teenager when I stopped taking any review of anything seriously, especially reviews of movies, music, and fiction books. Of course, that was a long, long time ago. There was no internet back then, you had to either physically visit a store or buy via mail order. In a physical store you could sample the wares; page through books or listen to records before buying.

There's no way I'd buy a book or record from an author or band I wasn't familiar with. Sadly, physical book and music stores are almost dead. Luckily, we have the Pirate Bay. If it's good I'll buy it, if it sucks I'll delete it.

I got burned by reviews at a young age.

Submission + - Tiny Linux Device Offers Free Unlimited DropBox Alternative (linuxgizmos.com)

DeviceGuru writes: An OpenWRT Linux-based hardware adapter called Plug designed for unifying USB-connected storage met its $69,000 Kickstarter pledge goal in 12 hours. The tiny Plug device eschews cloud storage for a localized approach whereby an app or driver installed on each participating computer or mobile device intercepts filesystem accesses, and redirects data reads and writes to storage drives attached to the user’s Plug device. The Plug enjoyed one of the fastest fulfillments in Kickstarter history, meeting its goal in 12 hours, and has already soared to over $223,000 in funding.

Submission + - Obama Campaign Pledge gets Put to the Test

SinisterRainbow writes: For those of us who dislike propaganda and bad government more than party politics, I thought it was noteworthy going back through Obama's campaign pledges. I found one that is quite relevant to recent news as it may raise eyebrows:

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

Barack Obama — http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

Comment Re:In today's news... (Score 0) 365

Hi, kid, welcome to slashdot. Twelve comments, yours FP IIRC. Suspiciously trollish, too stupid to be serious. Note my answer to your stupid comment sits at 3.

Then I see a completely offtopic comment by the same username and same insanely huge UID and looked at your comments.

There's this thing here called "karma." You might want to be a bit more careful.

Comment Re:So happy (Score 1) 365

What percentage of politicians believe in God? This makes 99+% of politicians in America stupid, or at liars pretending to be stupid, or both.

3/4ths of the world's population believe God or some variation. A third is Christian and a third is Muslim.

Over half of scientists believe in God. You're saying the 2/3rds of thye world's population and over half of its scientists are stupid?

That's just stupid.

Submission + - Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic (technologyreview.com)

holy_calamity writes: When Microsoft re-engineered its online services to assist NSA surveillance programs, the company was either acting voluntarily, or under a new kind of court order, reports MIT Technology Review. Existing laws were believed to shelter companies from being forced to modify their systems to aid surveillance, but experts say the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court may now have a new interpretation. Microsoft's statement about its cooperation with NSA surveillance doesn't make it clear whether it acted under legal duress, or simply decided that to helping out voluntarily was in its best interest.

Comment You can't live on $85k?? (Score 1) 3

The median income here is $50k. You're facing the same problems as my daughter in college now. Only she's living on a third of what you earn, plus has the expense of college. It sounds like you were born into a wealthy family and are spoiled.

Sorry, fellow, but I'm not sympathetic. I'll give you the same advice I gave Patty -- take out a "payday loan" at an insanely high rate of interest. Just make sure they report to the credit bureaus.

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