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Comment Wow. (Score 0) 317

I slipped out of the old folks home, thought I would come back. Some things are the same - stories that are half-stories, the constant pandering to marginal political theories (on "both sides"), the public sniping... Big Oil (and the strange bedfellows it brings) may be an issue, but it continues to amaze me that the entire crowd here always thinks that the giant Sequoia in front of them is the entire forest. In 10 years we will have bigger problems, problems that are already manifested and clearly visible on the horizon. And the real irony? Everyone here in the tech industry is directly dependent on its very existence. Yet we continue to pander around to (whatever strikes the tech industry's fancy) instead of tackling the issues directly. Tech is no longer tech, it's a fashion show put on by a bunch of con artists hoping for a payday. I guess I'll be returning to my old folks home now...

Comment Can someone explain this (Score 1) 148

<rant on>

Why the hell is everyone whining about the Catalyst drivers, when the existing Xorg ports work, are stable, and really should be the center of our attention with regard to effort/coding/bug-reporting.

It irritates me to no end to see STOO-PID-ass reports of "AMD/ATI is suxxor because of Catalyst, use proprietary NoVideo bullshit-bullshit"...when I know better to begin with.

Stop loading crappy-ass binary drivers, start feeding back bug reports to the Xorg devs, and maybe you'll get something that's better than "I clicky-clicked the proprietary driver in Urbunghole Maya Calendar 2012.9997 Edition, and it loaded but now suxxors my system".

</rant off>

Seriously, I want to hear a list of why the Catalyst drivers are even needed. Give me good reasons why I absolutely positively MUST install Catalyst & Co. when the existing efforts are working.

Bonus points if you can tell me why I can decode AND PLAY 1920x1080 HD just fine with Xorg drivers, but shouldn't be able to.

Comment Re:There is no Microsoft Tax (Score 2, Informative) 475

Do you know if they still doing this?

A) The use of the word was should be a hint that it may or may not be the case.

Do you have any citations?

B) Yes, I have citation from the Dept. of Justice no less, Relevant paragraph quoted:

Beginning in 1988, and continuing until July 15, 1994, Microsoft induced many OEMs to execute anticompetitive "per processor" licenses. Under a per processor license, an OEM pays Microsoft a royalty for each computer it sells containing a particular microprocessor, whether the OEM sells the computer with a Microsoft operating system or a non-Microsoft operating system. In effect, the royalty payment to Microsoft when no Microsoft product is being used acts as a penalty, or tax, on the OEM's use of a competing PC operating system. Since 1988, Microsoft's use of per processor licenses has increased. In fiscal year 1993, per processor licenses accounted for an estimated 60% of MS-DOS sales to OEMs and 43% of Windows sales to OEMs.(3) Collectively, the OEMs who have such per processor contracts are critical to the success of competing operating system vendors, but those OEMs effectively are foreclosed to Microsoft's competitors.

Of course, that was before could always read the court's findings of fact, if that helps with the credibility of this.

That's some bullshit right there.

C) May be the case, but it still happened. And as I recall, the practice continued to happen after the trial was concluded, for a short time. The trial concluded in late '99, which means the practice did continue into the '00s... Of course, this is old news, see something from 2007 no less... I'll leave the rest to you as an exercise.

Comment Re:There is no Microsoft Tax (Score 0) 475

Microsoft charges the OEM per copy, regardless if it is installed on the machine or not. This was a well-known, on-going tactic from early 2000's and was one of the main drivers in the "I want my refund" ~ "go talk to the vendor" BS that this article is pointing out. Microsoft doesn't give their cash cows away for free. If you really believe that they are paying someone to put Windows on a crapware box you buy from Dell/Lenovo, then you should go back to smoking your pipe, and whatever mind-altering substance was in it.

Comment Re:webkit is the same in safari as in webos! (Score 1) 191

For the love of $DIETY, please, involve yourself with what is left of WebOS if/when it is released. Gnome, KDE, etc. are all showing their "age" and "Windows 95 everything-is-an-ugly-component" mentality. If WebOS is truly open-sourced (not fake open-sourced) then there is a slim, slim chance of having a desktop that actually would be a delight to use, instead of the goddamn window-explorer-desktop mindset that has dominated the GUI space for decades.

Comment Re:Excerpt from changelog (Score 1) 178

Well, this is a kick in the face for anyone who said that you can make money through making open source software, nomatter how you think of sharing your code while still covering your costs, someone's just going to rebrand it.

And to think, I just posted an anonymous reply to this(below) and was marked down. All because I didn't want to make a buck. I'm tired. Tired of "me-too" get rich quick bullshit. Time for me to go home. There are bigger, pressing issues that are worth my time, compared to watching people get pissed about some neckbeard (me) pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. To those who just can't seem to get their head wrapped around the original concepts behind OSS, good luck deluding yourselves. To those who think that everything can be solved by increased quarterly corporate profits, well, enjoy eating dollar bills. Lastly, for the professional astroturf accounts out there - and yes, they do exist, I have seen them actively over a decade right here in Slashdot - well, you can fool some of the people some of th etime, but not all of the people all of the time. And I have a long, long memory of who you are. Goodbye, good luck.

Comment Re:In the land of the free... (Score 1) 554

In my defence the frog was cooked too slowly.

It's never too late to jump out of the pot.

The commercial route was always something someone would recommend here but it used to be a case of "if you trust $company they could do it for you" now it's like "if you are an insane moron who hates his life, you could do it yourself". The complacency has turned into derogative condescension. Soon it's going to be a matter of old plain hostility, and that makes me type a colon and an open parenthesis.

You just made my weekend.

Comment Re:In the land of the free... (Score 1) 554

Even before opening this article I knew it would be overflowing with cries to drop this self-dependency stupidity and just surrender to the corporate gods.

Hello friend. Perhaps you haven't noticed - Slashdot's original core crowd left a long, long time ago. Sure, we (the original, older crowd) stop in now and then, but the generational gap here is growing, and daily.

For most of the (new) Slashdot folk here, the corporate way of life is the only life they relate to. Silicon Valley apparently has gone from "daring to make changes that affect future generations in a positive way by doing cool and new things" to "how can we suck the corporate teet hard enough to milk dollars into us before our VC funding dries up". This mentality is not just there, but everywhere; it's spreading, and it appears to be a function of how the current generation of programmers, web designers, engineers, and many many others have been taught. And in some cases, even how they were raised as kids.

It's OK though. There are enough of us, the so-called “neckbeards”, out there to know better, and we're lurking quietly in the background. Sooner or later, the more deluded ones will completely fuck things up, and they will come crying with their boo-boos and howling in pain. And we'll just have to step in and clean up the scrape, put a band-aid over the top, and send them back out. Because, for some reason I haven't been able to trace yet, the next generation's method of learning has been completely stunted. They don't ask why anymore, they only ask how. More on that in a moment...

In the meantime, it's funnier than hell to watch them just fuck things up, and then they wonder why things don't work like they should, and then they re-invent the wheel to fix a problem that only existed in their head to begin with...

What the fuck?

You're just aware of this transition now? Well, better late than never, I suppose.

What is the purpose of free software if you are not supposed to use your freedom? You can build your system using open standards, install an open source OS with an open source mail server. But you will get blocked because you are not a business? More over, what is the purpose of freedom when you are not supposed to exercise it? It really has come to the point where "freedom" means "freedom to work for the system".

This is the Grand Co-optment of both the Internet and the Open Source movement. The PTB have long known (and feared) these two disrupting factors, but they've since found a way to get sheeple the upcoming echo of the boomer generation to come around, and are still hell-bent on subjugating both of those phenomena to their interests.

With regard to the Internet, the transition from an open "network of networks" to a completely sealed and monitored panopticon is nearly complete. Hosting a home server in this day and age is promoted as "an anachronism", or "a throwback". The road blocks thrown up for home use are intentional - we don't want you to do your own thing, we want you to consume our services , because all you are to us is a tube that we ram worthless crap down the front of, and dollar bills get shit out the back of you. This is pretty much how the major corporate entities see everyone, even their own employees. This isn't about defending networks from spam, it's all about making a profit from hosted services. Any idiot would realize that sealing port 25 on home DSL/Cable/Fiber routers does jack shit – a good virus/malware writer would simply move the port around to 2525 or even employ SSL. But try to get a connection to port 25 on your home router. There's about an 80% chance (plucked that figure from the top of my head based on empirical observation only) that you just can't do it. Why? Because – gawd forbid – Joe Sixpack might actually realize that he doesn't need the cable company or the telco company for anything else other than the “data pipe” coming into his home.

With regard to Open Source, the slow and insidious inclusion of commercial interests have succeeded in debasing the real value of the movement. Open Source is now synonymous with "low cost", instead of what it should have been - freedom. This works out great - now those corporate interests can start charging you money for something that you could get for free. That's how desperate things have become. Think about it - why pack a bottle of your own tap water for pennies, when you can buy bottled water for several multiples of what it costs you? The same thinking applies to just about any resource that can be had at no cost or extremely low cost, and what used to be free software is no different. Sooner or later, the micro-transaction system will grow up to be the monster that it really is - corporate interests aspire to have a major transaction for everything in the waking moments of your life. Don't believe me? Start searching back from about '98 onward, and start jotting down the trends over a time line. Watch as the profit motive is used to justify twisting things to increase the power of very specific interests, instead of its original intended purpose - to inspire and make people want to do the best they can.

It should not be like this, it doesn't have to be like this. There's plenty of solutions, something like WoT can be build to prevent spam much better than a simple "block everything not from gmail yahoo or hotmail" that's just business whoring.

Agreed. As an email server admin of over 8+ years, I can tell you from personal experience, that the so-called horror stories are nothing more than that - just stories. Running a Postfix/SpamAssassin/Amavis setup, I rarely spend more than 24-36 hours a year doing anything of note. The people grousing about "it'll eat your time and babies" simply don't know what the fuck they are doing. There's a simple solution for that. Buy a fucking book, and read it. It's amazing what you can learn once you read about why a feature was implemented, instead of what the feature does. For example, the O'Reilly Postfix book is small, light reading, and the small size of it shows you just how simple it can really be.

But no...that would take precious, precious time to actually learn about something, instead of sticking to the mentality that pervades the industry now. Because when you only ask how, it's so very easy to make a sales pitch for some kind of shovelware product that whitens your shirts and saves kittens when you buy it. And when that happens, it's very important to ignore the why of it...

Instead of actually knowing what the fuck you're doing.

And that is the true threat – people waking up to the fact that they don't need all this crap anymore. It's “think of the children!” applied to the corporate mentality, only this time the corporations are screaming “think of the lost profits and mass layoffs!”.

Comment Re:Great idea - it can replace the Gas Tax! (Score 1) 713

let me get this straight - my father-in-law, who is English, but has married my mother and is living in Oregon (who'da thunk?), would rather pay those "high taxes" to keep his medical coverage and benefits from good 'ol blighty, yet you say he's living in a fantasy? What are you smoking and where do I get it?

Submission + - Integrating site search into browser chrome

manastungare writes: "Almost all major browsers now have a search box at the top right corner. However, it goes unused a majority of the time the user is already browsing a website. Given the importance of site-specific search to overall website usability, using the browser search box to perform site-specific searches would enhance usability to a large extent. Here is a proposal to integrate site-specific search boxes into browser chrome from a researcher in human-computer interaction from Virginia Tech. Thoughts, comments, and criticism from the Slashdot community are welcome!"
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"Amid heated charges of a coverup, Tory MPs on Thursday abruptly shut down parliamentary hearings on a controversial plan to further integrate Canada and the U.S.

The firestorm erupted within minutes of testimony by University of Alberta professor Gordon Laxer that Canadians will be left 'to freeze in the dark' if the government forges ahead with plans to integrate energy supplies across North America.


Submission + - Running a vnc/ssh service behind ISP NAT & Fir

An anonymous reader writes: My home ISP uses NAT and I would like to run a VNC/SSH server on my home computer it to access my computer at work. While I naturally do not have access to the port forwarding rules, I do have a web hosting account w/ shell & cgi access. I'm not sure if this is possible but here's what I was thinking could be done

> Home computer connects to my server's cgi service/program to establish a reverse VNC / SSH route
> Work computer connects to my server's cgi service and it forwards packets to my home pc.

Thanks !

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