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Comment Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (Score 1) 185

Depends on the program; on every platform, programs all have their own quirks. For instance, some programs on linux store their config in ~/.program, some in /etc/program, some in /usr/local/program/conf, etc etc etc.

What linux program worth its salt stores configuration in /usr/local of all places ???

Comment Re:All of it (Score 1) 187

Wow, you're right! "sudo apt-get install openssh-server sshfs", configuring it, and then figuring out how to access that from every device you have is certainly easier than installing the DropBox app.

You and I (and probably a lot of people on Slashdot) know how to set up such things. Most people don't. And even those of us who do don't always enjoy reinventing the wheel. I completely get that you don't want or need to use such services, but the attitude of "why would ANYONE want such a thing" really baffles me.

And besides, I use yum, you insensitive clod!

That's why there are applications like Subsonic that allow you to easily setup your media library so you can stream it to and from anywhere: http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp

Comment Re:All of it (Score 1) 187

Thanks, but I've already got that. I'm not interested in tediously downloading something before I can listen to it. That's not my definition of "simple". The SFTP/SCP part needs to be transparent. I should be able to see all my stuff on my server as if it were on the phone... just like I can with Amazon's MP3 player.

Check out Ampache and the android apps for it https://github.com/ampache/ampache/ If you don't want to bother with setting up ampache you can always try subsonic which is more plug and play: http://www.subsonic.org/pages/index.jsp You can also use MPD to stream your local library to your portable device with an mpd client (MPDroid is available for Android)

Comment Re:No surprise, really. (Score 1) 390

Agreed. I really don't understand how Tosh gets so much airtime. I used to be a frequent Comedy Central viewer, but no matter when I tune to CC, without fail, Tosh.O is playing. With Futurama gone there is not much of an incentive to tune in outside of the Colbert Report and the Daily Show.

Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value 583

Velcroman1 writes "More than $1 billion worth of bitcoins now circulate on the web – an amount that exceeds the value of the entire currency stock of small countries like Liberia, Bhutan, and 18 other countries. Bitcoin is in high demand right now — each bitcoin currently sells for more than $90 U.S. — which bitcoin insiders say is because of world events that have shaken confidence in government-issued currencies. 'Because of what's going on in Cyprus and Europe, people are trying to pull their money out of banks there,' said Tony Gallippi, the CEO BitPay.com, which enables businesses to easily accept bitcoins as payment. 'So they buy gold, they put it under the mattress, or they buy bitcoin,' Gallippi said."

Comment Re:Five reasons why it's highly improbable. (Score 1) 238

I agree -- Google selling their services for cash does not seem to be a good business decision for Google. I for one would be happy to pay for a Google account where my privacy was ensured. Since that's not an option, I've switched my mail over to another provider that encrypts all of their email and provides POP3/IMAP for a modest monthly/yearly fee. I use http://lavabit.com/ but there are other alternatives as well.

Now that's not to say mail is the only feature that Google provides. I've migrated any work I've done with Google docs to my local box and am using LibreOffice. I use my VPS for storage instead of Drive/dropbox. I use XMPP instead of Google Talk in Gmail exclusively. The only Google service that I have yet to liberate is the calendar service (simply because I have not found a company that sells managed CalDAV servers).

It will probably be a small minority of Google users moving their services elsewhere and probably won't have a large impact on their business, but I can be happy to know that I'm not selling my privacy for Google services.

Comment Re:But who will have the last laugh when ... (Score 1) 392

When Google unveils the other super secret project it has been keeping under the wraps, the Google WiMax Nationwide (tm) project that gives Wi-Fi access to all Chromebook Pixel users for free, who will be laughing? Pixel users get 50GB data per month, Nexus users 10 GB/month, all other Android users get 2GB/month free, Wi-Fi calling using VoIP is included too. If you need more data than that the planned rate is something like 1$/GB or something. Non Android gmail users pay 5$ a month for 2GB/ month. Non-Android Non-gmail users pay some 20$ a month for 2GB/month.

How accurate are the numbers? Where did I get this info? Well, I am just day dreaming, hoping this comes to pass, and everyone thinks I have a super high level mole inside Google organization. That should be worth some 15 minutes of fame, should it come to pass, that is.

When? Don't you mean if? Do you have any links whatsoever to back this up? And anyway I don't think I would be bummed out if Google rolls out WiMax and i wasn't an early adopter on their netbook...

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