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Comment Re:This is like GM removing the spare in trunk (Score 1) 862

I have both Win 7 and Ubuntu running on this system (concurrently, the Ubuntu is a VirtualBox fullscreened on the second monitor), and I find your post interesting because on Windows side I have like 2 dozen icons pinned to the taskbar. Basically anything I need even semiregularly. On the Ubuntu, I have 2 icons in the Gnome panel: Firefox and gnome-terminal. I never use the Firefox icon. I think it was there by default. If I need Firefox on the Ubuntu for some reason (usually I browse with Chrome from the Windows) I'll do the same thing I do with any program other than terminal (which I usually have around 10 open on each of the 4 virtual desktops): open yet another terminal and type: firefox &

Comment Re:Virtualization (Score 1) 239

My thoughts exactly. At work (as a sysadmin) I'm running a Windows desktop with 2 screens. On the second screen (which isn't really essential, but still nice) I have a VirtualBox Ubuntu installation fullscreened 24/7. So I basically have two systems side-by-side except:
  • I have one mouse and one keyboard.
  • I can see what's going on in both OS at the same time
  • I only need to lock/unlock my console once
  • I can seamlessly copy-paste between them.
  • If I need to remote from home, I can just take normal RDP and the Ubuntu is available in a window too.

Even useless eye-candy in compiz works fine (though it's a bit slowish with RDP over interwebs). Both systems run all the time (well, the Windows needs to be booted occasionally where as KSplice deals with the Ubuntu pretty well), and they work just fine. From work-flow point of view it's mostly like working with a single system.

I also have a console switch so I can access a separate Mac (for OSX) from the same console. It works too, but it's such a pain to hop from one system to another that I usually try to avoid having to bother. What this "hot switching" sounds like is basically like using such a console switch. Doesn't sound so great when you're used to being able to just focus another window.

Comment Re:Why.... (Score 2) 543

But it can be mitigated by using external USB drives and the 'dd' command, which allows an entire file system to be stored as an image file and then restored or even mounted temporarily.

No need to use 'dd' as you can just take a tar-ball of one filesystem. That way you don't waste space on storing (and more importantly moving) the garbage in unallocated space. There's nothing special about any of it, except whatever the bootloader (ie. grub hopefully) requires. You can use some Live ISO (usually the same one you used to copy the data over) to chroot into the system once the data is copied over and tell grub to reinstall itself (update-grub). The only other tweak required is patching new UUIDs to /etc/fstab (or you can give the old UUID to mkfs too I guess, though this could cause problems if you try to connect both drives at the same time).

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 328

I'd guess (and this is a pure guess) if you look at the life expectancy vs. attitude and quantize the attitude on a binary scale (positive thinking vs. depression) you'll see a corralation between life expectancy and positive thinking. But what happens if we compare positive attitude vs. realistic (or "average") attitude? It could be that negative attitude correlates with shortened life-expectancy, but once your attitude improves back to what can be considered "normal" there is no further advantage in being more positive. Kinda like some sort of "dimishing returns" situation?

Submission + - Church of Scientology violates Federal Law ( 5

FreedomToThink writes: "This is a very long story I'm sure the editors will have fun with, but I couldn't see how to cut it down at all.

On the eve of the Ides of March protest, from the source of the recent 'Anonymous' submitted CCHR leak on wikileaks, comes this message

"Dear $cientology,You attempt injunctions.I respond.Shall we continue the game? Much Love, DEEP CLAM"

Included was yet another PDF this time including yet more emails leaked from a Church of Scientology front group.

Vote Rigging?

From: "Mike Kaplan" <>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 11:53:07 -0400

See below. Everyone in Clearwater MUST vote. Every vote will be needed to be
sure Hibbard gets re-elected. The alternative is Rita Garvey who is an SP.

— Original Message —
From: Shelly <> Bauer
To: Shelly Bauer <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 8:09 AM


Lunch with your preferred Presidential candidates for a high price?


I have arranged a private one-hour luncheon with Ron Paul on 11/28 in St.
Pete when he will be in town for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate.

This luncheon is reserved for $1000+ donors to Ron Paul's presidential
campaign. 19 people so far have paid and confirmed and will have the honor
and pleasure of having lunch and communicating with Ron Paul directly.

From the head of the "Non Proffit" CCHR Bruce Wiseman

Go the the HELP committee website. The link is here.
Here you will see the names of the Committee members on the left hand
of the page. Please go to the individual websites of the Republican =
(this will take just a bit of leg work on your part by putting their =
into Google) and calling their office or sending a fax to them (email is =
least effective) stating your opposition to S. 1375 The Mother's Act.

Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one "which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

An OCMB (Operation Clambake Message Board)regular adds :

I downloaded myself a copy and started looking through them. I found an interesting one on pages 47-48.

Karin Pouw of OSA of CofS writes a message.
It's forwarded by Michael Genung. He's the guy who runs ACSR, Association for Citizens Sociel Reform. ["CSR Background and Philosopy: CSR was founded in 2001 by a group of Scientologists and other like-minded individuals concerned with the escalating social ills in society. CSR's purpose is to work with in the field of public policy to bring about more effective and humane solutions to these social ills of illiteracy, criminality substance abuse and general decay of character."]

Then it's forwarded by Doyle Mills, of LEAF fame (Letters to the Editor Attack Force).
Then it's forwarded by Mary C. (possibly one of two Mary C's I'm thinking of, but unsure).
Then it's forwarded by Mike Kaplan, another person who runs an email list and forwards CCHR type stuff to CofS members.

If that ain't stringing a line from the CofS to CCHR and the CofS front group ("grassroots") movements, then I don't know what is!

Apologies in advance as the Enturbulation servers will not be up to a slashdotting so the Coral Cache link is here Enturbulation Discussion (already cached for you)

ANYONE CAN REPORT TAX FRAUD DIRECTLY TO THE IRS :,,id=106778,00.html It does require that you print out and mail in an actual hardcopy, but it does not require you to identify yourself.

Just a casual user passing on a message from the Enturbulation forum, this is already out there, there's no reason to attack the messenger."

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