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Journal Journal: Fedora 15 and Gnome 3 1

First significant release of GNOME in years - supposedly about 9! They should have waited longer. Where to start?

The upgrade of Fedora from 14 to 15 broke my networking. I had set it up to be automatically enabled every bootup. It is a desktop with a wired connection. I couldn't find how to enable it and the manager said it was "unmanaged". Forgivable I suppose. This was probably something that changed with the new startup mechanisms.

So I did a fresh install. Added the FedoraFaq setup to play mp3s. Had to manually download and setup the GPG key information. Forgivable. While setting up the podcasts Rhythmbox crashed and blew away the updates. Then while doing so again it wasn't able to readd one of them. I then had to delete its xml storage file to be able to finish setting up rhythmbox. Not very Forgivable.

Then comes some more core Gnome things. Both dual monitors and the management of the wallpaper is close to broken. Applications on the second monitor aren't part of that "workspace" anymore. Keep in mind I am using the open source ATI driver and configured my desktop with the typical GNOME screens tool.

The second thing that is noticable is that a wallpaper set to tile doesn't actually span both screens. The third thing is that a transparent terminal window doesn't show transparently.

Lastly is the common gripe that the GNOME 3 theme is part of the black pixel lobby. There is no way yet to configure to a different one.

Those are what I consider some of the "relatively" minor gripes about GNOME 3. That doesn't take into account the loss of the old panel applets. Showing the values from sensors? The cpu scaling on the fly? The latest weather and temperature in the area? Where is the recent file list? It is there when I search but not upon first popup of their new flyout. It is understandable that people will have a hard time adjusting to certain new behaviors and muscle memory actions needing to be forgotten. But things really do take longer now. I used to have Firefox and Terminal and Rhythmbox shortcuts on the main top panel. As well you could click on the workspace and just go there. I will try to stay open minded, but my premonition about waiting a release or two longer was probably right.

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Journal Journal: SANS criticizes Microsoft.

This news is slightly old, but I didn't notice it on /. previously. SANS has called out Microsoft for not following 'responsible disclosure' as they want others to. Even saying that they feel the right to brand others as 'irresponsible' when others release vulnerability details before the patches are released.

Speaking to Computer World, Swa Frantzen, an analyst at SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, criticised Microsoft for issuing patches that fix the Windows versions of PowerPoint while announcing that patches for the same flaws in the Mac editions would not be released until June.

A poll from the Internet Storm Center had 47% thinking Microsoft was irresponsible for omitting the fixes for the Mac editions, what are your thoughts?

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Journal Journal: Overrated?

Really? Marking my comment initially as overrated seems downright silly. I don't even use my good karma boost to start any post of mine at 2. So... WTF? Luckily it got a couple insightful mods after that to get back to normal.

In unrelated news: baseball preseason begins soon! Go Rockies, lets not all get injured this year. Also, my gas guzzling ways may be somewhat over soon. I bought a little dodge dakota 2wd and will start using that as soon as winter is over. Not sure though if I will leave it as a v6 or freak out and throw a v8 or a 360 crate into it. With the economy as it is though I will wait a year or two before doing any modding - not to mention crate mopar is too spendy.

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Journal Journal: Interesting tidbit on security... 1

I found a neat post on undeadly by some AC. The article in question is about a possible flaw in ssh version 2 and openssh in particular not being properly informed.

I haven't made a post in a while... Life is good. Went deer hunting again this year. Gas down to $2 makes life with an F150 so much nicer. Purchased a Compaq laptop (Vista, AMD 64 X2, 3gb ram, etc) for about $500. About ready to start reading the 2nd volume in the Art of Computer Programming now that winter is back. Had some snow today, the temperature is up to a very nice 27 degrees fahrenheit. Currently reading: "Global Tyranny...Step by Step" and working on finishing "That Hideous Strength."

If anyone has a suggestion for a pair of boots my ears are open. My main boots are getting kinda shot, also got some blood on em this fall which won't look good at work. The tread is gone which doesn't work well in winter so I need to find a new pair. Damn how I hate to shop. I'm not looking forward to it at all. I'm thinking something like these. Maybe Olathe though, not sure. I was happy with the $100 no name pair I had, they were cheap and fit well. I'm guessing the /. crowd are the wrong people to ask about this topic though - perhaps I am just rambling.

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Journal Journal: Section 8 of bailout!? 1

So Bush wants congress to act quickly on the housing market "fixup."

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

I agree with others, we should let these idiots clean up their own pile of shit, re-instate Glass-Steagall, and let the markets recover eventually. I, as an American tax payer, don't want to pay for this trillion dollar loss especially when (unlike the past) there is no proper decision making for where this money goes and how we are to go about getting paid back. Fucking idiot republicans and democrats. If the Democrats let this through I will once again have lost hope.

Quoting the article now:

The deal proposed by Paulson is nothing short of outrageous. It includes no oversight of his own closed-door operations. It merely gives congressional blessing and funding to what he has already been doing, ad hoc. He plans to retain Wall Street firms as advisors to decide just how to cut deals to value and mop up Wall Street's dubious paper. There are to be no limits on executive compensation for the firms that get relief, and no equity share for the government in exchange for this massive infusion of capital. Both Obama and McCain have opposed the provision denying any judicial review of decisions made by Paulson -- a provision that evokes the Bush administration's suspension of normal constitutional safeguards in its conduct of foreign policy and national security. [...]

The differences between this proposed bailout and the three closest historical equivalents are immense. When the Reconstruction Finance Corporation of the 1930s pumped a total of $35 billion into U.S. corporations and financial institutions, there was close government supervision and quid pro quos at every step of the way. Much of the time, the RFC became a preferred shareholder, and often appointed board members. The Home Owners Loan Corporation, which eventually refinanced one in five mortgage loans, did not operate to bail out banks but to save homeowners. And the Resolution Trust Corporation of the 1980s, created to mop up the damage of the first speculative mortgage meltdown, the S&L collapse, did not pump in money to rescue bad investments; it sorted out good assets from bad after the fact, and made sure to purge bad executives as well as bad loans. And all three of these historic cases of public recapitalization were done without suspending judicial review.

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Journal Journal: Just so you know...

The 2-5 Rockies start is killing me too. I don't know if it is Corpas blowing saves, or Helton running the paths like a dolt, or the horrible hitting with runners in scoring position. Keep the faith RailGunner, this series in Boston should be interesting.
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Journal Journal: Salutations 2

to all. I have for you a rather offtopic post. Also given my lack of knowledge for what you all drink this may be rather boring.

I have just tried my first sip of George Dickel No. 12. It is quite good. I had previously had their Barrel Select, but that is somewhat expensive. The whiskey market is preying on the publics current affection for "Single Malt" and so forth which in reality I cannot see how there can be such a demand. I have tried several various whiskeys but in the end Jim Beam Black Label, or Famous Grouse is good enough for me. I fail to see how these more expensive runs of whiskey are worth the extra cost. Anyways back to point, this dickel no 12 is great. I usually prefer splashes of coke (or half and half when i'm not in the mood to take it easy ;-) but this No 12 with just ice and some water is very smooth. And it is cheap enough not to feel like a total schmuck.

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Journal Journal: Fedora 8 Install (i686)

I mentioned once before that I liked ubuntu on my older 32bit athlon. I was using it recently and it's behaviour with monitors and resolutions sucks. In the end I was rather upset and following that the ubuntu live disc wouldn't even work properly. So the end of the story is I am now running Fedora 8 on this machine. I also ordered an ATI 9200 video card (with dual outs) to be able to run dual monitors. I installed and setup a wiki (apache, mysql, php etc) so the next step is to see if I can get netbeans running through some means or another.

Maybe i'll just make this my desktop, give someone my Athlon 64 x2, and get a laptop for Windowz. The long and short of it is that I have been wanting to implement a certain website for a while and will soon embark on this journey. I am not sure which technology to use yet though; I think for what I want php would suffice.

One last note, me and a couple guys from work (who I also went to school with - ********** Inc and South Dakota State University have a _close_ relationship) have embarked on reading "The Art of Computer Programming" by Knuth. We have met once so far and are about 40 pages in and plan to meet weekly. It will take at least 3 months, but it should be very fruitful. They are "working" on their thesis for the CSC graduate program so hopefully this won't distract them too much.

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Journal Journal: Vehicles, etc 2

I have a simple question: if you were looking for (or currently have) a vehicle that got some good mileage while being safe what would it be (or is)?

I currently own an F150 as I previously mentioned. The mileage is acceptable but if the gas price rises to near $4 or higher I will start looking for a second vehicle. I ran some numbers and if I had a vehicle that got at least 30 mpg I would save in the vicinity of $1500 a year. I would like a VW Rabbit or Golf but they are not too common to find. Also, I went deer hunting this fall, it was a blast. We all got something, and now I have been enjoying all sorts of good food.

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Journal Journal: [Linux] Fedora 8 2

I mentioned in a previous journal entry that linux hates my machine. Well I tried again, and failed. I installed Fedora 8. It went well. Then it started crashing as before with Ubuntu. I installed kmod-nvidia and the crashes stopped - for the most part. I still experienced a freak crash several minutes into operation while doing typical things so I suppose I will give up installing Linux on this machine. I really wish there was a good answer since Fedora Core 5 worked so well with this motherboard and configuration. Also: the latest netbeans wouldn't install which even if the machine would have been stable would have put a pretty serious damper on things.

From the previous post:

My machine hates the new Ubuntu (7.10) so I am downloading FC7's live disc instead. I would otherwise just download the DVD iso but alas I don't own a dvd burner. I know others with AMD64 type machines who have USB/Noboot issues with Ubuntu, I wish they'd get their shit together. I run Ubuntu on my x86 box and I definitely like it.

I did manage to install Ubuntu once I used the simple text installer though once I had it setup and fully operation I experienced at least one or two crashes that shouldn't have happened - so when Fedora did it I quit after the first crash. Luckily all I had to do was pop the IDE drive back in, reformat the sata raid partition and setup data/music from backups, and I am back in operation.

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Journal Journal: [Guitars] EpiActive 1

Epiphone finished working on an active pickup they call EpiActive. I am assuming they are wanting to gain back the market segment ESP stole with their LTD EC-500 and EC-1000 guitars. I think this would be something I would consider. Not much shows up on google yet, it seems like a very new product. I was actually considering an ESP EC-500 since for the price you can't beat it (any guitar w/ EMG pickups starts at about $500.) I really don't want another 24 fret guitar but it is not too big of a deal.

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Journal Journal: Yay for personal freedoms! 1

Today we solute Maya Ababadjani for realizing that her freedom is worth fighting for. This woman is not even a Muslim, her parents were Lebanese Christians, yet some Muslims in Denmark don't want her to exercise the freedoms granted to her.

This is easily my biggest holdup when it comes to the religion of Islam. This is a religion, but it places such strict rules upon society. Chief among these is the oppression of minorities - and in particular women and religious minorities. Though there was originally a lot of good intent and indeed many strides made, this healthy growth did not continue. Did you know that in Saudia Arabia they didn't even allow Muslims to have as a manager a Christian? Technical merit out the window, yep, sounds like a great idea.

I absolutely hate the idea of being a dhimmi. (Though for others their fate was worse - assimilate to the religion or die.) I also hate the idea of Muslims rewording human rights so it can fit their agenda and world view. (Though they would say the same about the UDHR in relation to the Judeo-Christian world view.) Notice they say that they can not agree to the UDHR without trespassing the Islamic law! They cannot change their view, because if God told his will to his prophets then this issue cannot sway. For to change their view on the issue would mean that God is wrong which obviously cannot happen. Nevermind the possibility that the prophet/leader may not have perceived properly the will of God. I guess I am getting sick of the accommodation of the Islam socio-religion when there are such glaring problems. Being open minded and discussing the issues is one thing, being blind is another. I leave you with a small quote:

Even though so much Qur'anic legislation is aimed at protecting the rights of women in the context of marriage[54] women cannot claim equality with their husbands. The husband, in fact, is regarded as his wife's gateway to heaven or hell and the arbiter of her final destiny. That such an idea can exist within the framework of Islam - which, in theory, rejects the idea of there being any intermediary between a believer and God - represents both a profound irony and a great tragedy.

I could write more but I don't see the point. I just urge you to go to the library sometime and read about Islamic law. I apologize if I may have worded phrases wierd or wrong. The english grammar is definitely not one of my better strengths. It doesn't help that I read too much Tolkien with all of his long sentences.

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Journal Journal: Slashdot reality check. 1

I haven't experienced any outrageous modding lately, I guess it was time for a reality check. Oh well, nothing like going against the slashdot groupthink. I thought it was obvious that nobody wanted to write applications in C or C++ anymore? Has nobody looked at projects like gedit and mozilla and wondered why they were doing all this weird shit that didn't even look like C anymore? Proper technologies like smalltalk are all too obviously the way of the future once we get more multi-core chips around but don't tell that to the slashdot dolts that pine for the days of their shitty 386. I had a 286, it sucked, why do these guys have to be so nostalgic? I can kind of understand why they might want better leaner code; but the levels of virtualization such as in C#, java, smalltalk, etc are here to stay.

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