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Comment Kubuntu and (almost) any laptop on sale (Score 1) 284

For the past 10 + years, I have been using Linux exclusively as my desktop environment, and all on laptops. I use Kubuntu 14.04 at present, and have been on the LTS versions for many years.

I only buy laptops that are on sale, whatever is in the flyers the week I need to replace a laptop.

From a 'what works' point of view, most of the laptops I have used have fully worked with Linux. That includes Wifi and sound, the most pesky components. Years ago, one Dell laptop had an issue with Wifi and I had to download something or other to make it work. The last few releases did not need anything special for it to work.

I am writing this from a 2009 Toshiba that works well with Kubuntu 14.04. An older Toshiba (maybe 2006 or 2007) still works fine with the same Kubuntu version.

From a reliability point of view, avoid HP laptops. I had one where the screen hinge decided not to work, and broke, so it is now a special purpose server. Another HP was overheating and we got it exchanged under extended warranty and 3 strikes (sent for repair 3 times for the same issue).

Comment Re:WhatsApp vs the others (Score 1) 56

What you stated is incorrect. There are plenty of other cross platform video calls.

One one them is Facebook Messenger. It works from a browser (even on Linux), and on Android phones. Not sure about iOS though.

The other is Google Hangouts. It also works from a browser (yes, on Linux too), on Android and on iOS.

Skype used to work on Linux (native application, not from a browser), Android, and iOS as well, but has not used it for a while on my Linux desktop.

WhatsApp is not cross platform. It does not work from a browser, and does not have a desktop native application, be that from Windows or Linux. And WhatsApp requires a mobile phone number, and reads your contacts and gathers all info from it, among other things. Facebook and Hangouts do not require a mobile phone number.

Comment Doesn't always work ... (Score 1) 373

Well, your idea does not always work.

First, we have dictators that seem to defy death. Case in point is Mubarak. I was in university when he came to power, and 30 years later, he was still in power, when the revolution erupted, with all the tumultuous aftermath. Oh, and he is still alive at 88 years old! You can also count Ali Abdalla Saleh of Yemen in the same league. Although he was deposed, he is still alive, and meddling with his country's affairs (aided/co-planned the Houthi take over which is still going on, and causing the Saudi shelling).

And then you have those who just hand over the country to a new generation. Hafez Assad died in power, after several brutal decades. His son, Bashar is now the one causing all this misery on his people.

Comment My setup (Score 1) 326

Operating system: Kubuntu 14.04.

Desktop Environment: KDE.

Browser: Firefox, with Classic Theme Restorer, uBlock Origin, NoScript, Cookie Monster and Session Manager with auto save every few hours. I also have Chromium for when Firefox proves to be too restrictive for some sites. I also use Opera and rekonq occasionally.

Editor: vim and has been for decades, even before vim was invented (yes, plain vi on UNIX System V).

Comment Re:YOU HAVE TO GO BACK (Score 1) 278

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft. In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law: petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

But don't let facts stand in the way of prejudice and preconceived ideas ...

From another immigrant Canadian ...

Comment Would not have helped ... (Score 1) 406

That moron Newt ...

The Nice attacker "... did not seem overtly religious. Locals said he was often seen drinking beer and never attended the small mosque near his block of flats. ... had been in trouble with police between 2010 and 2016 for threatening behaviour, violence and petty theft.
In March, a court in Nice convicted him of assaulting a motorist with an improvised weapon - a wooden pallet ... "

Source: BBC.

The Paris attackers (the two Abdeslam brothers, one who blew up himself, and the other one who was arrested) owned a bar serving alcohol and were not religious either. They did not attend a mosque. There were drugs in that bar too, and neighbours complained.

Source: Business Insider.

Other attackers also got in trouble with the law, petty crime, drug dealing, ...etc.

This seems like a recurring theme with Islamic State now. They don't recruit from religiously observant people, like Al-Qaeda used to do. They recruit ex-criminals, apparently seeking salvation by committing a 'martyrdom act'.

Comment Another case ... (Score 1) 142

Another case, just yesterday.

Saw a guy who looks exactly like a distant cousin of mine, just younger (no grey hair) and a little balder.

I knew it could not be him, since that cousin lives in a third country, and would not be here without telling me. So, I walked up to the doppelganger, and ask him which country he is from. He turned out to be from a distant country altogether. Told him that he looks like my cousin from a different country than him ...

But the resemblance is far too weird ...

Submission + - Drupal contrib Remote Code Execution vulnerability gets patched Wednesday

kbahey writes: The Drupal security team has issued a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on an upcoming security release for multiple contributed modules with remote code execution.

Drupal site owners are advised to set time aside on Wednesday (July 13th) around 12:00 EDT (16:00 UTC) to update their site.

This advice is an attempt to avoid what happened when SA-CORE-2014-005 was released, and how fast automated exploits were developed within hours, leading to many Drupal sites being compromised.

Comment Raspbian + Kodi (Score 2) 226

If you want to retain the usual Raspbian (Debian derived) command line interface and use the box just like any other Debian/Ubuntu box, there is no need to install a media specific distro like OSMC or OpenELEC.

Just install regular Raspbian, then install Kodi as you would any debian package:

$ sudo apt-get install kodi

If you want kodi to start automatically and take over the HDMI port, then add this to crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs

The delay is to give you some time to kill the process if you want to start the GUI desktop.

Comment Free Internet Radio (Score 1) 316

I don't subscribe to any music service. All I listen to is Internet radio.

You have a desktop Linux, right? Start by going to vTuner station line up, and search for the stations/genre/language that you want. Click on the "Play" link, and save to a file. In that file, there will be the stream to that station. You can then take that and stick it in your music player. I use Clementine.

No desktop Linux? Okay, you must have a Raspberry Pi then. Just install Kodi:

sudo aptitude install kodi

Then configure the Radio addon, and you will find more or less the same channel line up as in vTuner.

Then add this to your crontab:

@reboot sleep 45; /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone -fs &

But, there is OpenELEC you say. But, Kodi runs on Windows you say. Yes, of course, but this is Slashdot ...

Comment Re:The anti-East propaganda wheels (Score 2) 59

When the US stops bombing countries on flimsy pretexts, stops biting chunks off its citizens' rights, stops using its covert services to interfere with the politics of other sovereign nations, THEN you can come and pontificate about China being a menace. Until then, however, if you want to see the biggest global menace, look no further than Washington DC.

Comment Re:Lenovo (Score 1) 59

Oppo phones are excellent. The R9 is a serious contended for Samsung Galaxy S series quality and build. And Huawei make more than a Nexus handset. Look at their range in the middle and low price brackets. Their low end phones look and feel like mid range Samsung phones. And ZTE? They're essentially unchallenged in the "bar of soap wifi hotspot" market.

Dismiss the Chinese at your peril.

Submission + - Jacob Applebaum apparently exonerated

MrNaz writes: In the past few days we have heard the accusations against key Tor developer and advocate Jacob Applebaum made by Emerson Tan, Meredith Patterson, and Andrea Shepard, that they witnessed Jacob engaged in sexual misconduct. Following these accusations, the Tor mailing list quickly split into two, with those supporting Jacob accusing the other side of being a lynch mob, and those supporting Jake's accusers labeling his supporters apologists of rape.

It turns out that the girl that was witnessed with Jacob is a long time friend of his, and has released a statement which apparently exonerates Jacob. From the article:

I recall Tan approaching me, asking me if Jacob was harassing me. I said he wasn’t. Nevertheless, Tan dragged me away and immediately started talking intensely to Jake. At that point I decided to leave, since my friend was waiting for me. I walked him to his hotel, which was only a couple of blocks away.

So where does the Slashdot community stand on this? Is this a sign that the community is developing a healthy disdain for sexual misconduct, or a reflection of the fact that we need to reign in uninformed kneejerk reactions and vigilantism?

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