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Comment Server and Desktop for me (Score 1) 113

I don't know if it is still the case, but as little as three years ago I tested various Linux distros for someone else to run on a laptop computer. Stuff that is easy to run and easy to update. I wanted to try OpenSuse. It kinda failed me in that it had obvious bugs. Too many of them. Bugs that could be fixed and all (Linux), but nothing an end user should see. I tried a couple other ones, but in the end, Ubuntu proved to be what it has been for more than a decade: A true Linux for end users. Since I prefer KDE I went with Kubuntu.

Then last year, LXD became the perfect solution for one of my personal user cases. I have been running Xenial ever since (btw. shoutout to Stephane Graber, one of the major driving forces behind lxd), even though I have been a 100% Debian guy for almost two decades now.

I don't know about embedded, but I heard they put something out for smartphones that was pretty rad.

And yes, Ubuntu wouldn't be possible without Debian. I am typing this on a Debian machine, of course.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 2) 1560

Unfortunately, politics is a little more complicated than this. We don't know what the best answer to Putin's aggression is. Giving him Crimea without any protest and ending the sanctions might make him more hungry. Finland (along with the Baltic states) could be high on his list for future aggression. Finland has an advantage over the Baltic states, though, because Finland isn't in NATO.

Besides, what gives you a non-warmonger vibe from Trump? Have you heard him talking about ISIS or Iran? He seems ready for a full-on war with Iran over the next provocation, which happen frequently, because parts of Iran's military are unhappy with the nuclear deal. This rhetoric may be bluffing to keep Iran in line and lessen the provocations, but then, taking a hard stance on Putin's aggression follows that same philosophy.

Comment Re:Brexit will ruin this paradise (Score 1) 433

I never heard that Britain's economy was in good shape. Only their financial industry. But I have heard that Brexit is likely to make it worse, because both the financial industry will suffer and the rest of the economy as well. The one that was already in bad shape.

But I guess we will soon find out what exactly is going to happen, won't we?

Comment Re:No Suprise (Score 4, Insightful) 412

People over here in Europa defended the NSA spying on the basis that it isn't a dictatorship, but a democracy doing it. So it's all good. To which Snowden replied that the surveillance state has become a "Turnkey Tyranny".

Will Trump be the one that turns that key? Find out after the commercial break, when "The Apprentice" returns.

Comment BBC App now has clickbait articles (Score 3, Interesting) 220

One problem is the internet itself. Newspapers used to be a complete product that was consumed entirely. Now we can click single articles. This produces two problems. One is that we click our own filterbubble and the other is the promotion of entertaining and easy reading articles. When I last used the BBC Android app in 2014, there were many article about political issues. When I tried it in 2016, it was all blood, crime, cute animals and other entertaining, but irrelevant stuff. The stuff people click on. So it gets promoted. And the people that write them get promoted. This seems to have a profound effect, even on the BBC.

The Fox News propaganda machine and garbage papers like The Sun in the UK misinformed readers with their intentional bias long before the internet.

Added explanation: There is news that is entertaining but irrelevant to us, because it doesn't effect us. Like crimes or celebrity news or other 'interesting facts'. Then there are political issues that effect us, like laws and deliberation of laws. Those are also news. A newspaper has a mix of both. The internet seems to promote the former in all media.

Comment Re:I somehow think Trump wont stop any mergers (Score 1) 117

One of the advantages of Trump's many, many horrible scandals seems to be that people have a hard time keeping track.

Trump's deputy campaign manager (and high on the list for Chief of Staff) is David Bossie, the former president of Citizen United, the organization that won the infamous SCOTUS decision that allowed SuperPACs and created politics as it is today, with virtually unlimited money flowing into politics. Something we would call "Swamp". Basically Trump railed against the 'swamp', while hiring the guy that is mostly responsible for growing it tenfold over the last couple years.

Looking at the rest of Trump's team it is safe to say that big industry and monopolies probably never had a friendlier POTUS. I am willing to bet he will give more presents to large corporations, billionaires and big banks in his first year than George W Bush did in eight.

"Wild card" was a campaign slogan.

Comment Starship Troopers is one of my favorite films (Score 4, Interesting) 457

I watched Starship Troopers when it came out in the movie theater and had no expectations at all. And I loved it. It was a fun action movie and, at the same time, a fun satire of fascism. And the fact that I enjoyed it harmlessly until the last couple scenes (where it became obvious to me) managed to show me how much I enjoy fascism. Which is an important lesson, IMHO. Especially considering how enjoyable and thus rating friendly Trump currently is. The stuff is awesome.

Comment Makes me think of a video on software patents (Score 1) 242

Lawsuits as a business. The last time I heard about that, I saw it in this video on software patents:

If you haven't seen it, you should, because it could very well be about you. And this startup may make this even more likely to be the case.

Comment Re:He was accused of rape of Jill Bahring (Score 0) 229

There are countless stories of bullying in high school and its devastating effects here on Slashdot every week. Yet here we have a bully in a social setting being defended, because he may have not clearly broken any laws or it may be impossible to prove his most devastating actions in a criminal trial.

So all is fine and his "victims" should just suck it up? He should be heralded, because he is a football hero, er, "leader"?

Comment That is exactly what was expected of Jake Applebau (Score 4, Informative) 229

I followed the story and read the accounts of the accusers back when the news broke. The modus operandi (sending acolytes to pressure someone) is exactly what Applebaum did.

The major point of the accusers wasn't that Applebaum raped someone. The major thing was that he was being such a giant asshole to some (many) individuals, bullying and pressuring them, that it crossed into abuse. And he mostly did that in front of witnesses. So people knew. All the website did was assemble a list and also show that those that were abused suffered a lot as a result.

It mainly served to wake up the people that witnessed a lot of the abuse (those working with him in Berlin) and force them into action.

If you knew anything about abuse, then you know very well that there is a huge grey area inside relationships (both as friends, partners and families) that do not fit neatly into the criminal law, but that could still greatly hurt the victims of such abuse.

Comment The TOR community has a problem (Score 1) 106

The issue is not with unfounded accusations. The people that worked with Applebaum over the years found the accusations very plausible, because of the conduct he has shown to the rest of the board members. They know why they finally got rid of him.

This story isn't about some accusations that came out of the blue, but about an organization finally pulling the plug on a really mean character that has used his social skills and status for over a decade to abuse countless people.

My problem is: Why haven't they done so sooner. If you read the accounts, you really have to wonder how toxic the organizations (TOR, CCC, cDc, et al) were that hosted this gigantic psychopath for so long. And if you look at his bio (Wikipedia), his psychological problems aren't a big surprise.

So why has this been going on for so long, and how many other (smarter) abusers still hide in these communities? There is a lot of abuse that can't be adequately addressed by criminal law, but still warrants dealing with and the TOR project has not shown any interest in finding out how to deal with these issues in the future. Neither have cDc or the CCC.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 634

Actually no. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. Democracy is not supposed to be a tool for any majority to completely dominate minorities. Minority rights, compromise and balance are very important. Which is why direct democracy is frowned upon and is actually really bad for a population of more than a couple hundred people.

AFAIK the current UK government has a majority in parliament, even though they only received a popular vote of 37% with 66% of people voting.

Comment Wrong tag, what is the matter with Slashdot?? (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Why was this voted "informative"? This comment is meant sarcastic, if you only read the article.

Seafile offers software that allows you to operate a private service akin to Dropbox. They are open source, so they have source packages as well as precompiled versions of their server and client for download. Their business model consists of offering a version of their software with additional features that costs money. They also offer paid support.

The German company by a similar name (Seafile GmbH in Germany vs. Seafile Ltd. out of China) started offering space on Seafile servers operated by themselves last year.

Spying on their users is not only impractical, since the client offers encryption, but also illegal in Germany, where the servers are located.

Like Dopbox, Google Drive and similar services, Seafile offers file sharing via a web link, of course, which makes illegal file sharing possible, but also pretty dumb, since German law has legal options to force Seafile to divulge the identity (only paying customers, remember?) of someone providing a link to a file on the server space they rented, if the file contents are illegal in some way.

So why the "Informative" tag on something so entirely misleading?

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