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Comment Re:False Positives, anyone? (Score 4, Insightful) 281

Doesn't matter. If there is a chance you did something illegal, in the new United States, you are automatically convicted and will serve out the maximum sentence until proven innocent. And if, by some miraculous mechanism you manage to survive that fate, well, they'll just revoke all the "privileges" you have, like driving, internet, education, leaving your house....

False positives stopped being a concern around the time that "reasonable doubt" was replaced by "irrefutable proof of innocence."

Submission + - US Justice Department Probe and Internet TV

thatlittlewecando writes: "The justice department has started an investigation into Comcast and other cable companies, to see if they have violated antitrust laws by interfering with viewers ability to view video from independent providers including Netflix and Hulu. This probe could be the beginning of a larger push to rein in the cable companies. Below is the text of a petition I created through SignOn.org. If you want to sign it, go here We want a free internet where viewers can see the exact content they choose, in a timely manner, either commercial-free via pay-per-view or otherwise, without cable companies acting as intermediaries or creating road-blocks to viewers. We further would like to see an end to network monopolies of event coverage that disadvantages those who prefer an internet interface. Therefore we applaud the justice department’s probe of Comcast and others, and would like to see the probe broadened to all instances of cable interference with internet TV. "

Comment Re:Double Standards (Score 1) 680

Then I would say there is obviously a conflict within the concept of "human rights" that needs sorted out. Perhaps, though, "public health" simply doesn't enable you to dictate that others be injected with something. That is certainly not something I would include. After all, no one can really agree on human rights. It seems that selectively choosing what is and isn't a right in order to support your own position has become common place.

Again, I don't think you really want to live with the wider implications of your argument.

Submission + - Is Ubuntu becoming unnecessarily complex? 11

GNUALMAFUERTE writes: "I am an Slackware guy. I used Slackware for many, many years. I switched to Ubuntu a couple of years ago. I bought a new laptop, I had started developing a system that was meant to run on Ubuntu, and to be honest, I liked the simplicity of apt-get in my laptop. I still run Slackware on all my servers, but I must admit that having most software just a command away is pretty cool. Most if it "just works", and that is certainly magic for someone used to go through 2 hours of dependency hell every time he wanted to install something.

Ubuntu 8.04 was great, but it took me some time to get used to it, and sometimes it didn't feel like Unix. It had its own way of doing things, and customizing things wasn't so simple. Anyway, it was doable, but you had to do it the debian way, and the ubuntu way. Just knowing Unix wasn't enough. Some things seemed unnecessarily complex.

9 added even more tricks, but was still ok.

I recently upgraded many of my systems to 10.04. They decided to change everything again. Ubuntu has become unnecessarily complex. With this upstart crap, they obliterated 30 years of Unix tradition. Many things are so buried behind poorly documented ubuntu-ways of doing things, that you actually have to dig for hours in order to find how something is actually being done.

Yes, it works, and it looks great, and it's a fantastic modern operating system. But it isn't Unix anymore. What used to be accomplished by a simple symlink (and undone by deleting that symlink) has now been replaced by tones of little seemingly isolated shell scripts. They keep changing the way things are done, and implementing new abstraction layers implemented mostly through shellscripting. But they sometimes maintain compat with the original positions of the files you are looking for (Through yet more scripts).

For instance, delete the symlinks to /etc/init.d/gdm from /etc/rc*.d, and gdm will start anyway. Go ahead and delete /etc/init.d/gdm, and gdm will start too. You have to edit /etc/init/gdm.conf. Just renaming it will do no good. Now, the syntax and idea behind this new system are pretty cool, but, are they truly necessary? Yes, we gain a framework to trigger events, and manage service-dependency and load order, but we loose the beautiful simplicity of Unix. Doing things from the CLI is increasingly complex. The simple act of compiling a new kernel requires way too many ubuntu-specific black magic, and you better start with a config copied from an official ubuntu kernel, because userland will just break at just about any modification.

So, I ask Slashdot, do we really need this? Is this moving-away-from-unix trend really necessary? or are we just reinventing the wheel and needlessly alienating old school sysadmins?"

Photog Rob Galbraith Rates MacBook Pro Display "Not Acceptable" 504

An anonymous reader writes "Professional digital photographer and website publisher Rob Galbraith has performed both objective and subjective tests on laptop displays, finding that the late-2008 Macbook Pro glossy displays are 'deep into the not acceptable category' when used in ambient light environments. The Apple notebook came in dead last for color accuracy, and second to last in viewing angles (besting only the Dell Mini 9). He concludes: 'Macs are no longer at the top of the laptop display heap in our minds.'"

Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good 587

bsharma is amongst the hordes of people wanting us to share the news that long beleaguered retailer Circuit City has finally decided to close for good, asking for court approval to close the remaining 567 US stores. "Whalin said management mistakes over the past few years combined with the recession brought down Circuit City. 'This company made massive mistakes,' he said, citing a decision to get rid of sales people and other mismanagement. What's more, given the credit market freeze, Whalin added that no manufacturer wants to sell to any retailer who doesn't have money to pay for the merchandise. At the same time, Whalin said there's still a very slim chance that one or more firms that have expressed an interest in buying Circuit City could still buy it out of bankruptcy over the next few days."

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