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Comment Re:User friendly (Score 2) 309

If I may, and even if I mayn't, I'm going to rant about the same thing I always rant about in these stories: usability.

You and I use very different Linux's. There are only two reasons I go to the command line in Kubuntu:

1) To secure shell into another Linux computer.

2) To install a driver that Linux doesn't support out of the box.

The first one is something that the vast majority of new Linux users would never do, unless they come to Linux specifically for that purpose. The second one is something that the vast majority of users never do under any operating system without help.

I haven't had to compile a kernel in probably ten years or more.

Your entire rant is incomprehensible nonsense in the context of Kubuntu (and probably others).

Comment Delusional (Score 4, Insightful) 141

Comcast is delusional if it thinks speed is the major bottleneck between subscribers and happiness. It is but one of many issues, though it is somewhat significant. By far, the bigger issues are:

1) Price. High speed Internet access in America is way over priced, and way under-delivered.

2) Lack of choices. We need the municipalities to own the infrastructure, and multiple, competing private companies to administer it. It's the only model that works.

3) Availability. High speed Internet is available in probably 10% (or less) of America, despite decades of massive tax cuts to Internet providers for the sole purpose of connecting America. The corruptions needs to stop, and we need to get our money back.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 85

It's far cheaper and more efficient if it works. I can't say for sure if it does....

It doesn't. We've been here before in the 90's, when CS and CIS degree programs were flooded by people in the field solely for the money (which dried up rather quickly with the arrival of the Dot Bomb). It ends up with the situation I had in my senior year of College/University, in which one of my classmates asked me if I could format a disk for him because he never learned how.

You're deluded if you think, "...a handful of weeks of work...", no matter how intensive, is worth anything. Hell, most graduates coming out of a four-year degree program aren't worth shit for at least six months. And that's usually just enough time to acclimate to the work environment, much less do anything useful.

This is another in a long line of fads designed to funnel government money up through the pyramid.

Comment Re:You gotta love yellow journalism (Score 1) 63

To be honest, anyone still using Drupal or Wordpress (or any other database-aware software that doesn't use prepared statements) has actively begged to be owned, and should probably just be placed in a job more appropriate to their skill sets (such as janitorial work).

The term "SQL Injection" should have been relegated to the history books a decade ago, as avoiding it is easier than being subject to it.

Comment Re:Post Bait. (Score 1) 510

You mean that thing that was replaced by Dolphin? Someone should tell the author there's a reason why X Y and Z tools have not been renovated - usually because there are better options available.

If you're implying that Dolphin is a better file manager than Konqueror, I'm going to imply that you're insane. Konqueror beats Dolphin hands down. The first thing I do with a new KDE install is change the file manager from that piece of shit over to Konqueror. Using Dolphin is like using Windows Explorer from 1995. Talk about a major regression.

Comment Re:Your security services are under attack (Score 5, Insightful) 272

I don't really see anything funny or positive in the fact that one of your main intelligence services is under attack by a hostile power.

Then you're not looking very hard. This is the best possible event for the defense of online freedom, for our Government has just proven that the world's most advanced security agency can't defend against online intrusion. It is the most powerful argument for unfettered end-to-end encryption that we could have possibly hoped for.

If it is hopeless for the NSA to secure unencrypted data, then it is also hopeless for everyone else to do the same. Therefore, powerful encryption is not only wise, it is necessary. All those Congress-critters and Government agencies calling for back doors, golden keys, and weakened encryption algorithms are actively aiding and abetting terrorists, child pornographers, pedophiles, and enemy governments.

This is the smoking gun that proves the essentialness of strong end-to-end encryption.

Comment Re:...ignorance (Score 4, Interesting) 446

We need to control the message by reframing the dialogue. Instead of saying that politicians want to invade our privacy (which is too obtuse for most people to understand), we need to make the argument more emotional, specific, and personal:

"Senator Dumbshit wants to make us turn over our babies' bath pictures to pedophiles, by eliminating the encryption we use to protect our families."

Comment Not A Linux Bug (Score 5, Interesting) 115

The bug is in the RFC, which Linux implements faithfully. I find it funny that the only reason Linux is the only mainstream operating system that is vulnerable is because it's the only mainstream operating system that implements the RFC. And yes, it is a very critical bug, one which the RFC needs to address, too.

Also, the fix was committed a few weeks ago, but distributions haven't pushed it out yet (at the time the arstechnica article was written).

Comment Re:Xenoestrogens, fluoride, and other nasty chemic (Score 1) 166

I can't use my reverse osmosis home system when i'm away at work!

While I don't need a gallon during a typical work day, I do bring my reverse osmosis water with me to work in two large, stainless steel bicycle bottles.

As you probably already know, reverse osmosis is the only way to get rid of this type of crap (including fluoride).

Comment Re:It's only illegal when it affects those with po (Score 3, Insightful) 95

When is it going to be illegal for all of us to be spied on without a good reason?

In the U.S., it has been illegal since June 21, 1778. It's just that all three branches of our government ignore the Constitution, and the judiciary rewrites parts of it almost every time it hears a case.

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