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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Living on the command line? (

LichtSpektren writes: Last month, Bryan Lunduke of Network World began a public experiment where he tried to live 30 days without using, i.e. using the command line exclusively. He ended up surrendering on day 10 because "attempting to use sites such as Google+, LinkedIn or Facebook—directly from terminal-based web browsers—is a truly painful experience. It can be made to work. Really. It can. But it’s just no fun at all." The series will probably come across as amusingly posh to people that spend most of their day in the terminal, but it is interesting note that Lunduke ends by saying that after the experiment, he now chooses to manage his music, notes, and instant messaging at the command line "because, I swear, it’s just such a nice experience."

I was just curious what things Slashdotters still do on the command line that's now commonplace to do with a GUI, such as watching YouTube videos. Skip the usual ones like vim/emacs, IRC, and just about anything a sysadmin does, since those are still widely done from the terminal and too obvious to mention. Is there anybody that uses Lynx for all web browsing, including this article? Are there any professional video/image/audio producers that do most of their work at the command line? Last year, Microsoft's April Fools' joke was MS-DOS for smartphones; is there anybody that seriously uses a terminal emulator to handle their text messages and calls?

Comment Re:LINUX NOT SECURE (Score 2) 124

OMG! I just checked on the websites for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD, they all have source code available too! Drug dealers, pedophiles, terrorists, and the NSA ALL have access to this source code.

They all leak IP addresses to the internet as well. It looks like they only leak MAC addresses to the local network, so they've done a little better there.

Comment Re:Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

I have a local folder full of emailed receipts from online purchases. It goes back to the late 90's. Other than the mental cost of moving emails there after a purchase is received, there isn't any other cost. It's easily searchable, ordered by date, and is at least, if not more, durable than a printed receipt.

In fact, it's waaaay better than the thermal printed receipts most places generate now. Those seem to fade out in well less than a year, and often closer to 3-4 months, unless it gets left in your hot car for a day, then the whole thing turns black.

If I buy anything of significant value, and only get a thermally printed receipt, I'll usually make a photocopy, or take a picture with my phone and copy it to the above mentioned directory.

Comment Re:What's so "unreasonable"? (Score 1) 183

That doesn't make spamming a legitimate function of government.

The US govt is mandated by the constitution to manage a set of post offices and local mail delivery. There is a way to change that setup, it's called "pass an amendment to the constitution". I'm not advocating for spam, I'm just trying to point out how the system works. The way the system is setup, anyone who wants to pay, can send any legal item to whoever they want.


So, I should manage my personal affairs the way you say? How about, I'll do it my way, you do it your way.

Comment Re:What's so "unreasonable"? (Score 1) 183

While your statements may be true, they don't address the fact that the USPS uses a pension, and they were forced to fund it for 75 years into the future. With the involved parties being the US government, and the USPS union, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the pension to get replaced with a 401k (or whatever the govt employee version is called).

Comment Re:What's so "unreasonable"? (Score 2) 183

USPS delivers a pile of crap to my house everyday

And UPS/Fedex wouldn't deliver those if USPS wasn't around?

Bills should be sent by email

email is a cluster fsck as it is. I get waaaay more spam email than I do in my mailbox. I don't want to have to find my bills in that pile of shite.

The sooner Congress gets rid of them the better.

I don't think it will work that way. See Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power.

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