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Submission + - Man Gouges Eyes After 1 Hour Reading Slashdot v3 (

An anonymous reader writes: After merely one hour of reading articles and comments from the new SLASHDOT v3 interface a man from Unkerville, MD has gouged out his eyes. He is quoted as saying "I would have liked to have kept them, but the pain was unbearable. Additionally, by removing my eyes I have prevented myself from any further viewing of the site which I'm certain would have resulted in either insanity or a shooting spree." Thank god for rusty spoons.

Comment Re:is waterboarding next to get the info? (Score 2, Informative) 486

No, they just need to send it to Wikileaks and tell them it's a video of waterboarding.

In all fairness I don't think parent is a troll, I think it's a weak attempt at a joke about wikileaks breaking encryption:

Somehow -- it will not say how -- WikiLeaks found the necessary computer time to decrypt a graphic video, released Monday, of a United States Army assault in Baghdad in 2007 that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the news agency Reuters.

Comment Re:Clones? (Score 1) 584

Wow. The iPad was revealed only after other tablets in the category had been revealed, such as the HP Slate and the Joojoo, yet they are the clones. Nothing seems to be able to escape the distortion field -- not even a Linux enthusiast.

Thank you. I was just about to post about how silly this is. It shows how powerful the Apple marketing machine is. They're apparently a trendsetter, even though we've seen similar (real and concept) devices in the past. Everything that comes after the iPad is doomed to be a 'clone'. *sigh*

Comment Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 1) 368

It wasn't literal hours of just configuration. It was hours of reading docs and trying to figure out how to tweak things without losing functionality and minimizing clutter. Some of that was just learning a new environment. It wasn't terribly hard but it was not intuitive. Like getting rid of sounds for instance. Anyways you post is pretty condescending. I am just posting an opinion, it's not a manifesto and it doesn't need to concern you too much.

Comment Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 1) 368

Yeh it is PEBKAC for the entire reason that I tried KDE 4.3. The rest is my opinion, and it took me hours to get it configured, so that gave me a headache. Granted I am used to Gnome, but I've tried KDE 4 before. I am going to give 4.4 a shot, I don't want it to be Gnome, I just want it to not make me want to bash my head against the wall. I'm not trying to put KDE down; otherwise I would post flamebait as AC to be modded down. Oh, here come the mods now... *ducks*

Comment Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 2, Interesting) 368

I know it's ironic complaining as a Gnome user about configuration, but that's why I am going to try 4.4. The default KDE configuration to me is riddled with excess and it feels like it's trying to show off instead of let me work. The complaint was not that I broke my dependencies; the entire reason for me trying KDE 4.3 was _because_ I broke my Gnome dependencies and fscked things up from a fault of my own.

Comment Re:Is it time to look yet? (Score 0) 368

I tried 4.3 a week or so ago when I accidentally broke my Debian Sid system's Gnome dependencies while they weren't in the repo. Man, it was a *headache* to use for about a week. I will give 4.4 a shot, mostly since I can't believe how terrible my experience was and I'd like to see some progress. The raw amount of configuration I had to do to get it to STFU and do my bidding was obnoxious. It's like they hide basic configuration options on purpose. Granted, it looks GREAT and has some nice features like rolling over folders to navigate, etc. I'm not too sure the flashy interface is too functional. But maybe I'm too Gnome-hardened at this point for it to be an easy conversion.

Comment War on Lithium's Terror (Score 1) 171

While he acknowledged the department's figure of 40 air transport-related incidents since 1991 involving lithium batteries and devices powered by lithium batteries, Kerchner said it is a small number in the context of the 3.3 billion lithium batteries transported in 2008 alone.

This is a pressing matter. 2.105263158 "incidents" per year is obviously unacceptable.

...the battery inside an already-padded box for a new notebook PC might need to be packaged in an additional fiberboard box along with extra shipping documents, he said.

Obviously this is a ploy set up by HP's packaging engineers.

You're now limited to a maximum of two batteries with between 8 and 25 grams of lithium in them. They ... must be carried now in plastic bags... If you carry on three such batteries, security will take one of them away.

So forget bringing multiple 9-cell batteries on a plane. FedEx'ing the whole thing sounds better and better every day now, since TSA can sieze anything they want, including your data and now your expensive extended batteries.

Comment RHX may be dead; captive markets are for zombies (Score 3, Insightful) 88

The summary left out the important bit of the quote...

"When you've got marketplaces that offer buyers the choice of buying in the marketplace or directly from the vendor themselves, which is what our marketplace was, there isn't a real efficient marketplace."

I think part of the problem here is not so much the App store itself, but the fact that there is no FLOSS captive market to force $1.99 apps upon. Another factor may be that Red Hat is great since they support and tailor their product for a very specific purpose, but I'm not sure they really have the pull to make an App store with enough sales volume.

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