Re: Something definitely wrong with this article..... (Score: 1)

by in ConnochaetOS, a Libre-Slackware-based Distro Resumes Development on 2015-05-02 21:09 (#891A)

You can get your fix if you check out the distro's web page, which states Technically ConnochaetOS follows the KISS principle (which means no systemd, for example). It is build on top of the GNU/linux distributions Slackware and Salix OS.

I'm curious, but leery. Slackware takes some learning, and this appears to be a one-person distro, which is hard to pull off effectively. I'm willing to give it a try though - I agree we need a replacement for init, but definitely am adverse to systemd (and the team pushing it).

So, how the hell do you pronounce this moustachioed distribution?

Re: This looks awesome (Score: 1)

by in GNU Mailman 3.0 is out ! on 2015-04-30 10:49 (#84A6)

LOVE the name "hyperkitty." It works on so many levels. I look forward to reading hyperkitty archives using "mutt." Just because life is awesome.

Re: Read Their Privacy Policy (Score: 1)

by in Tor's New Search Provider Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers on 2015-04-30 10:47 (#849X)

They are a business, after all. The days of people creating software because it's fun and useful aren't gone, but they've taken an arrow in the leg since the world of apps on mobile devices. Developers are trying to carve out niches that lead to big profits (a lot of them are, anyway), and this one smells of money.

Just noticed this is being posted everywhere (Score: 1)

by in Tor's New Search Provider Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers on 2015-04-30 10:45 (#849C)

I just noticed a direct copy-paste of what was submitted to this pipe, in the comments of an unrelated article on slashdot about XP support. Had i known that, I would have potentially shitcanned this article, as it took one hell of a lot of work to bang into the shape of a coherent article.

This looks awesome (Score: 1)

by in GNU Mailman 3.0 is out ! on 2015-04-29 15:48 (#828S)

Mailman was getting a bit long in the tooth and some of these improvements look compelling, like the web front-ends that give easy access to archives and such. There's a lot to be said for mailing lists as communication vehicles. They have all the benefits of Usenet with more finegrained controls and the ability of each user to choose the mail reader s/he likes best, etc. There's also a decent sense of community on mailing lists - all a good thing. Glad to see Mailman is keeping it fresh. I'll be interested in checking this out.

What ever happened to mayordomo, by the way? Remember when people talked about being on LISTSERVs? That word has gone the way of Telnet and FTP - gone to all but the crustiest of greybeards and server admins.

Re: Lots of Ubuntu without systemd clones (Score: 1)

by in Build Your Own Linux Distro on 2015-04-26 12:47 (#7VGG)

That would be just fine with me. Currently there are too many Ubuntu derivatives, in my opinion. Time for a little more diversity in the ecosystem.

Re: Don't buy it! (Score: 1)

by in Firmware licenses threatening the concept of ownership on 2015-04-23 16:12 (#7NYK)

Do any exist? I can't think of a single automobile on the market that doesn't come with enough chips, sensors, and electronics to choke a donkey.

Re: Not very enticing... (Score: 1)

by in Project Fi - Google's take on mobile phone service on 2015-04-23 16:02 (#7NXY)

It's expensive economically but interesting technically. If it leads to interest the market may open up and prices will come down as a result.

Re: :-) (Score: 1)

by in Firmware licenses threatening the concept of ownership on 2015-04-23 09:58 (#7N47)

And your power distribution systems, and your nuclear power SC ADA systems, and your traffic lights and ... and ... and ...

Good times.

Re: This is huge (Score: 1)

by in Norway to shut down all analog FM radio on 2015-04-22 19:34 (#7KXN)

Interesting conversation going on in parallel, on Reddit, that seems like a germane response to my own post:

Re: This is huge (Score: 1)

by in Norway to shut down all analog FM radio on 2015-04-22 19:30 (#7KWM)

There is almost certainly a different in the "FM" experience between European and American listeners, too. The EU has more aggressive regulators that have kept the market more competitive. Most of the FM stations got bought out by ClearChannel, which has a lot to do with the awful homogeneity of the FM spectrum in the USA. The same shit, from coast to coast. It's enough to make you slit your wrists. Ipod + Bluetooth connection to my car's sound system is the best thing ever invented, and it's commercial free. (On the other hand, I don't get exposed to new music. I rely on recommendations from itunes for that).

gateway bug (Score: 1)

by in Crickets aren’t ready to replace meat on 2015-04-21 23:33 (#7HW8)

Never eaten one and don't plan to, but I love the expression "gateway bug."

This is huge (Score: 1)

by in Norway to shut down all analog FM radio on 2015-04-21 17:29 (#7H96)

I'm probably one of the last shortwave fans out there. Not the only one, obviously, but we are certainly a dying breed. And I've lived the last decade in the poorer parts of Africa, where you'd think shortwave and similar would still be big hits. Nope. Not only is there precious little on the shortwave bands anymore (except for some Chinese and way too many evangelists) but even poor Africans aren't listening to it.

What Africans ARE listening to is FM on their feature phones or smartphones. As a shortwave fan, this is hugely disappointing to me.

I've been on the mailing list of the DRM group for ages now - unfortunate acronym, it actually stands for Digital Radio Mondiale and I wish they'd change it. And it's been really interesting to watch them progress. Dig Radio replaces your radio with what's basically a small computer that processes the digital signal at relatively low expense. This was unheard of a decade ago when all we had were Pentium IIs, but modern systems on a chip make it possible and not that expensive, either computationally or economically. Dig Radio promises the propogation qualities of shortwave with the audio quality of FM. That's really huge, when you think about it.

By the way, I think this has implications for democratic promotion and the like. Despite jamming wars, it was possible at one time to beam a broadcast into a nation, where people could essentially listen to it without being tracked. TCP/IP as we all no know too well doesn't offer that same anonymity.

Will this new tech get coopted by the likes of ClearChannel and their buddies? Maybe, but Dig Radio offers huge promise, I think. The BBC and some other stations are experimenting with it; this move by the Scandinavians is promising. Maybe teh USA will wise up and give it a try too (maybe not).

At any rate, this is good news.

Re: will the stick work with an old laptop? (Score: 1)

by in New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 on 2015-04-05 08:22 (#6EMP)

You've got to imagine a troop of 10 year old kids going down to the computer lab. Your school can now have a lab that consists of nothing but HDMI monitors. Each kid gets a stick from the teacher, and they do whatever they do using web services available through ChromeOS (which is basically just a bit more complex than a Chrome browser and a tiny bit of desktop).

From the point of the school, the maintenance and systems admin burden of running a computer lab this way is hugely more efficient and inexpensive than a lab full of, say, Win10 desktops that need basically full-time administration. This hardware might put a dent in the futures of projects like Edubuntu, which reconfigs desktop hardware into thin clients. That's unfortunate. But it will have a powerful impact on schools that will stop buying Windows desktops, and that in turn will affect how many kids coming out of schools thinking that "computer = windows."

As for keyboard quality you are absolutely right - these guys aren't focused on hardware quality. My HP Chromebook has a chiclet keyboard, and I'm not a fan of it (it's no worse than any other modern HP laptop though). If you want a good keyboard, buy a Chromebox and stick whatever USB you like into it - even a Model M! For me, despite the ubiquity of laptops, this is the advantage of a 'desktop computer' no matter which OS it happens to be running: the peripherals I want/need/love, from trackballs to fancy ergo keyboards etc.

Re: will the stick work with an old laptop? (Score: 1)

by in New Chromebooks and Chromebit stick start at $100 on 2015-04-05 08:15 (#6EM6)

It's been done quite a bit. Google 'Raspberry Pi Commodore 64 internal" and you'll come up with a huge list of guys who have gutted old C64s and replaced the computing parts with a Raspberry Pi on which they run emulator software, usually. There's also a guy on Etsy who created his own custom keyboard controller, and now sells refurbished C64s, Sinclairs, and other retro computers you can now use as a fully-functioning USB external keyboard. I'm sorely tempted by these - love the idea of a C64 on my desk connected to a real computer elsewhere.

God this is fantastic (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Pipedot adopting Esperanto on 2015-04-01 14:55 (#67E4)

This is way better than a CSS hack. How do you say "suck it, slashdot" in esperanto?

Re: Meta (Score: 1)

by in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Flash Player: all hacked on 2015-03-27 22:56 (#5XWR)

IE is mandatory at work, which means that (A) a lots of good sites/tools are totally unusable on the corporate machine ( is one of them. Love Trello and need it at work), and (B) I am stuck with its absolutely awful UI choices. We're using 9 or 10 (can't be arsed to look it up) and it's clear that was a version that was desperately chasing the sleekness of Chrome, but with a development team of not-awfully talented individuals. It really is terrible to use. Simple things like showing bookmarks are not easy, and it has huge rendering errors. I'm glad they are giving up on it - it's the software equivalent of 'design by committee.'

Re: pipedot is gooder, no click bait yet (Score: 1)

by in Boeing granted patent for force field on 2015-03-25 10:25 (#5PNY)

I still post there once in a while, but that's because my sig gives some publicity to |., Soylent, and Usenet's comp.misc. You don't have to avoid /. like the plague you know, it's a good thing to help the rest of the world learn about the alternatives and eventually win them over.

Other (Score: 1)

by in To correct my eyesight, I: on 2015-03-24 17:39 (#5N1B)

Eat carrots, use an illuminated keyboard, don't spend quite so much time 'beating the bishop' and sit closer to the goddamned monitor :)

Re: Zoom (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Large Text Support on 2015-03-23 15:19 (#5HVQ)

Not sure what all the anger is about. Pipedot was readable before, generally (certainly more readable than Soylent, anyway with its tiny little buttons). Just experimented in Chrome and the Zoom feature not only scales up the text but when it reaches a certain size, the 'responsive' feature of the CSS kicks in and the sidebar gets shunted off to the bottom, like it should.

I for one am impressed.

Slashdot just posted this article a full year later (Score: 1)

by in Street Light Robots of Kinshasa on 2015-03-06 10:27 (#4CV1)

Re: Samsung phones are not rooted OOTB (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Blackphone 2: improved focus on security on 2015-03-04 12:26 (#48YK)

What I meant by that sentence is, "I feel like others have rooted my phone from the moment I first use it." The fact that Android is so closely tied into Google, has that miserable app permissions system that allow devs to simply ask for one more permission each round until they rule the world mwah ha ha ha, and is probably phoning home more than you know, kind of freaks me out.

Android is not consumer-focused, it's enterprise focused. And those enterprises need your data, your ad-watching-eyeballs, and your credit card to stay in business. Fuck that, I just want pocket computing.

Re: Crying (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in XFCE release 4.12 brings refinement and improvements on 2015-03-04 12:23 (#48YJ)

Glad I had a chance to edit the summary and make sure everyone recognizes the intro was a tongue-in-cheek slam at some other DE. Seriously, the new XFCE looks great, and I love the idea you can configure Alt-Tab to do things other than the traditional way - I like the vertical list of full title apps (there was another DE that did it this way but I can't remember which anymore). At this point in the evolution of desktop environments, we don't need radical changes in metaphor, just refinements in usability and convenience. That seems to be exactly what the XFCE team is doing.

Check out the language in their press release, too. It's clear they're making a huge effort to listen to their users and find out where the pain points are: it's a radical concept in software development (listening to the users and applying fixes as relevant). I wish others did it too.

Looks like a good looking desktop experience. I'm looking forward to checking it out - might even encourage me to give LXDE a rest for a while (until LXQT comes out, anyway). At this point, I'd say XFCE is leading the race in traditional desktop environment usability, and it's not clear to me what "extra" you get by installing something like a full-on Gnome3 or Unity install. For all that extra storage and all the additional memory required, it's not clear to me what you gain by way of usability or convenience. This is what was forgotten like a year ago. More is not better, dorkwad developers!

title should've been "Blackphone" not "Smartphone" (Score: 1)

by in Smartphone 2: improved focus on security on 2015-03-02 22:16 (#45A3)

Please fill out this field.

See ya (Score: 1)

by in Lenovo apologizes for pre-loaded insecure adware "Superfish" on 2015-02-25 16:50 (#3T81)

No worries Lenovo, I accept your apology. But I will also never again consider one of your machines. I need to trust my hardware manufacturer, and now thanks to your ass-hattedness, I no longer trust you.

Whichever dumbass middle manager thought this would be a great revenue earner for you should be made to fall on his own sword and then fed to a pool of sharks. The trust of your clients is worth more than a little ad money. How could you all have been so stupid?

Anyway, enjoy irrelevance. Your brand is tarnished. Maybe you and Sony should get together and have a party? You're made for each other - you both screwed the pooch in the same way.

too much work (Score: 1)

by in Tails 1.3 is out (February 24, 2015) on 2015-02-25 16:47 (#3T7S)

taking a post that comes in this format and turning it into an article is too much work. No one wants a ton of hyperlinks. Tell me why I should care about this release. Until then, I don't care.

give me a clamshell device please (Score: 1)

by in Late lament on the death of slide-out keyboards on 2015-02-25 16:46 (#3T79)

I used to be a big fan of the physical keyboard, certainly when I'm in hunt-and-peck mode on my Android (Note 3). But I felt less rabid about the subject when I installed Swype. Swype and its competitors do a great job of helping you get words entered in an efficient and generally painless manner. I don't miss the hardware keyboard so much anymore.

That said, when I have to do some really serious typing, I saddle up a Bluetooth keyboard before getting started. Touchscreen keyboards are only good up to a limit, I think.

I'd be happy for a double screen though, so the on-screen keyboard didn't obscure so much of what I was looking at while typing (not so much a problem on the Note 3 but a bit worse on smaller devices). I'd also love that double screen to fold like those awesome old clamshell phones where all the delicate bits were protected on the inside in your pocket. Tired of having to worry about screen scratches, or worse, taking a lovely, sleek device and armoring it with the non-sleek options out there that are really required to prevent your device from taking a beating.

Way to go Corning (Score: 1)

by in Apple to build $2 billion data command center in former sapphire facility on 2015-02-12 10:13 (#2YJT)

As the Missus just shattered the glass on her iphone (a hand-me-down iphone 3, so not that hard or expensive to get fixed), I fully support stronger glass screen technologies. She's not even sure what happened, but it looks like her iphone got hit by a sniper packing high caliber ammo. Dropped the keys on it from high altitude or something? Considering how expensive this technology is, these gadgets are frighteningly easy to damage/destroy.

Did it, didn't get anything (Score: 1)

by in Safer Internet Day - Google Drive Bonus on 2015-02-12 10:09 (#2YJS)

They may have made this offer sporadically. I went through the system and checked my settings (and took advantage of the moment to de-authorize a couple of old apps that had wanted permissions).

In general, this was a useful thing, and I felt glad they had set up a convenient way to do this - kudos to Google for beating Microsoft and the bunch to the game. But I'm still leery of it all - traveled to an obscure place in December and then found an obscure video on Youtube about that place. Guess which video showed up in my Google Plus feed this week because someone else had commented on it? Not cool. Don't want my social stuff and my video watching to get linked, but thanks to Google they are indelibly linked. That makes me want to use Youtube.

Also on my Google Plus feed was a post about another, less obscure place I visited on the same trip. That might just be coincidence, but I do NOT like feeling like I'm on the receiving end of an algorithm determining which videos and information should be passed into the interior of my little data bubble. Don't like feeling like I'm being managed.

Re: I don't trust Samsung at all (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Samsung, the big brother inside your TV? on 2015-02-12 09:37 (#2YGM)

I think they'd like you to believe this was a technical mistake, like "oops, we shouldn't have activated that API." Rather, it was probably and more likely a strategic/management mistake, as in, "oops, didn't think customers would hate this as vehemently as they did - retreat! We'll ass-rape them some other way!"

I like Samsung hardware, but I can guarantee you I won't be going near a camera-and-microphone enabled smart TV with anything other than a baseball bat and a flamethrower. Who invents this crap up and tries to foist them on the consumer? In the name of "convenience," sure.

I like my TVs dumb, thank you very much. They shouldn't do anything other than display the image some other device sent to them. And then they should bugger off.

Re: TypeMatrix or generic 89-key mini keyboard: (Score: 1)

by in Review of the Totally Ergonomic (TEK) Keyboard on 2015-02-12 09:34 (#2YGK)

Believe it or not, I considered the Typematrix, and I liked the idea of the skins you can throw over the top to access different keyboard layouts (I use Dvorak about 70% of the time). I was impressed by the grid layout - once you get used to it, it's hard to go back). But I was turned off by a bad review by Xah Lee, who I trust when it comes to keyboard stuff. (He's the ergo emacs guy, and he seems to do nothing other than bitch about emacs and review keyboards). I'd still like to try a Typematrix, just out of curiosity. I'm told the build quality has gotten way better. Everything else about that keyboard is pretty darned cool.

Pretty cool gift! (Score: 1)

by in World of Warcraft Statue on 2015-02-08 15:29 (#2WZD)

Customer service works in mysterious ways - there are lots of ways to piss of your customers, but if you're creative (and your accountants and lawyers are willing to let slip the purse strings a bit) there are just as many ways to make your customers happy, too.

Well done, blizzard.

Re: Submissions (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-08 11:10 (#2WZA)

You'd get spam, but hell, that's why there are editors. An interesting idea.

Re: Totally agree (Score: 1)

by in Review of the Totally Ergonomic (TEK) Keyboard on 2015-02-08 11:05 (#2WZ9)

That's a nice looking keyboard. Got to confess I'm tempted by some of those gamer keyboards that light up in green or red. I'm not a gamer, but those things are really well made. As for fancy mice, I moved to Trackballs almost as soon as I started using computers, and have never gone back:

Re: Submissions (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in Pipedot Turns One on 2015-02-07 17:06 (#2WYH)

Well said. I still love this site too, and it's very highly usable. Got to say though, submitting stories is a bit of work. That level of effort seemed reasonable ten years ago, but in the age of smart phones and Facebook/Google Plus, etc., it's a bit much - particularly when you're not guaranteed to get much of a robust story going after all that work. That's vaguely discouraging.

I hate to suggest it, because I know it involves a ton of work. But it could be a killer: Pipedot needs an app. Not a "Pipedot on your cellphone" thing, a mechanism that allows Pipedot to show up on your Share menu and submit stories that way. One of the great things about Android is the share menu - makes it easy to go from one medium to the next. If I'm reading my RSS reader and something looks great, I hit the little dotted-triangle, and tons of sharing mechanisms come up, from Twitter to G+ to even Usenet (using the NewsReader app for Android). If Pipedot were on there, I'd be submitting multiple stories per day. Instead I have to wait until I'm at a computer, type it in, format the URL, etc.

So, knowing full well this means a new project, registering on Google Play, and probably lots of other annoyances, coding and making available a little app that allows me to send a story straight from my newsreader to Pipedot would take care of the content problem, which might easily take care of the 'number of people in the community' challenge. I'm not a coder, so I can't help there, but I am willing to contribute in other ways. Imagine the ease of submitting to G+ but with the comment and karma system of |. Match made in heaven?

Otherwise, happy birthday Pipedot!

Re: Starving people... (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in Europeans were lactose intolerant for 4,000 years on 2014-12-21 18:42 (#2W7X)

In another culture, there's a similar expression: "with hunger, the bread is never too hard." Same idea, but a bit more difficult to twist into the ridiculous thread that ensued from this comment.

BitTorrent (Score: 1)

by in The Pirate Bay is gone for good on 2014-12-10 11:32 (#2VT7)

Wonder what the world and history will say about the bittorrent protocol someday though. What a wonderful thing, and yet it's so easy to vilify the protocol as a vehicle for piracy, which isn't exactly fair.

Re: Nuclear power battery (Score: 1)

by in New Horizons spacecraft prepares to study Pluto after 9-year voyage on 2014-12-08 17:31 (#2VQN)

Sadly, it may not have been a mobocracy intentionally trying to gum up the works. It may have simply been a run-of-the-mill bureaucracy incapable of producing any other result.

Re: MikeeUSA ? TBI or psychotic breakdown? (Score: 2, Funny)

by in Opensource game rejected from Debian for authors' social beliefs on 2014-12-02 13:06 (#2VGQ)

Maybe this article was like a honeypot for A/C trolls, who have vowed to wage war on each other.

Re: The Lead Dev has maintained a distro before. (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 12:34 (#2VC5)

Oh, the other distro he ran was dyne:bolic (

Re: The Lead Dev has maintained a distro before. (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 12:28 (#2VC4)

I've been hanging out on the Devuan IRC channel ( #devuan or #debianfork).

Here's the guy behind Devuan - seems talented/committed.
Here's a suggested/submitted logo that didn't seem that popular when discussed. It's a start, anyway: (seems a bit too metal/cryptic for my tastes).

One secret tip (Score: 1)

by in Plant-Based Compound May Protect Against Weight Gain on 2014-11-29 10:47 (#2VC0)

I always think that when I see that now ubiquitous WWW ad: "this one secret tip reduces belly fat." Never clicked on it because it's obviously a scam/ad campaign of some sort, but I half-expect to click on it only to find the secret is: "Eat less and get some exercise, fatass!"

Re: One Problem (Score: 1)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 10:45 (#2VBZ)

Result: |. got all the diacriticals but refused the smiley face at the end. Awright, no smileys here then.

Re: One Problem (Score: 1)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 10:44 (#2VBY)

I think we had similar discussions about Ubuntu, back in the day: Is it /Ū/BŪN/TŪ/ or /Ə/bƏn/tū/ or what?

Face it: this was nothing more than a pretext to test |.'s Unicode support.

Re: One Problem (Score: 5, Interesting)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 10:11 (#2VBW)

To be fair, not malicious, the amount of excitement isn't unlike when a bunch of us left Slashdot. Yeah, maybe our new project sinks and maybe it swims. But at least it's invigorating to be DOING something about a problem instead of just sucking it up in silence.

I wish them luck, if only to see what they come up with - I think they'll essentially create a product with values/choices like FreeBSD but based on Linux. That's a good thing - people choose Debian for stability. There's enough discontent out there that it's possible to get this machine rolling.

Re: One Problem (Score: 1)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-29 10:08 (#2VBV)

Wow, I never knew that either. A better lesson for 'why not to do business with/name things after people you love' has never existed.

I were him, after the divorce I would've renamed it "Dorkian" or "Dumbian" as a reminder.

Re: One Problem (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-28 21:19 (#2VB0)

I think it works. Anyone who's ever ordered Sechuan chicken will know how to say it. The V in the middle is clearly a reference to SysV. It's short, simple, and I'm imagining a logo like dV, which would work.

There are far worse names out there - just search this site for Friday Distros.

Re: I protest.... (Score: 1)

by in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-28 20:31 (#2VAV)

Oh hell no! "Other" is where all the juicy goodness comes out. The regular poll options are just a conversation starter, just something to whet your appetite ...

vertical for the win (Score: 1)

by in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-28 20:30 (#2VAT)

My work machine consists of a laptop with external monitor. I use the laptop screen as-is but have the monitor (1600xsomething) turned vertically, so I can see an entire page of a Word doc at a time. I keep Outlook on the small screen, and write on the vertical one - bliss (except for the fact I'm at work).

Running 1400x900 at home, which is big enough for me. I actually don't like monitors that are too big. 1400x900 is fine on my desktop, and I think I'd still be fine at 1200x768 (or whatever) on my 12" laptop, back when I was rocking a Pentium III.

Not a fan of update articles (Score: 2)

by in GPC-Slots2 Resubmitted to Debian for Packaging. (Previously rejected due to dislike of author) on 2014-11-28 20:26 (#2VAS)

This is better submitted as a comment to the other article, not as a new article. Also, I'm tired of this subject.