* Posts by Criminny Rickets

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

Criminny Rickets

Re: switch off your Wi-Fi...

I normally keep my mobile data turned off. I run an app called Smart WIFI Toggle. It automatically disables my WIFI, and only enables it at hotspots that I have specifically indicated (such as at home or a coffee shop that I frequent). Not only does it protect me from errant hotspots and scanning of my phone when I am not specifically using it, it also cuts down on the battery drain. In addition. I use an app called Autosync. It keeps the Sync disabled unless my data or wifi is enabled, then Autosync will automatically turn on Sync and automatically disable it again when my data or WIFI is disabled..

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Firefox hits version 50

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Wifi Hotspots

In regards to Firefox and Chrome. I have both on my phone and I have noticed that when I go to a place that has a wifi hotspot that redirects you to a page where you have to accept their user agreement, Chrome does not like it. With Chrome, it will not redirect, it just keeps telling me it can't load the page (ie Google Search), but Firefox right away redirect to the sign in page to be able to access the wifi hotspot.

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Re: I like GUIs to be obvious

I haven't used Classic Theme Restorer. When I install a new Firefox, the first thing I do is go to "Settings", select "Customize" at the bottom, click on "Show/Hide Toolbars" in the lower left corner, and click on "Menu Bar".

The next step I do is go into about:config and change browser.showQuitWarning to true. (So I get prompted to save my open tabs for the next time Firefox starts).

Thunderbird Menu is similar, I go to "settings", go to "Preferences" and click on "Menu Bar".

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Bad user!!! BAD

I tried this on my Linux Mint system earlier tonight. All I got for my troubles was a lot of loud beeps from my computer telling me how bad I was for trying this, before giving me the screen to enter my Cryptsetup password.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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WTF?

Let's see, a misleading headline that states there may be a problem with the drive (something fishy here). Instead of an article about problems with the drive, it's actually an ad for said drive disguised as an article. Is this el Reg's way of getting advertising around ad block software?

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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

@Rattus Rattus "I feel that if a city decides they do not want a particular business there, then that is their right and privilege."

I am not disputing that. Someone made the argument that they should not be allowed as McDonald's would not be following the traditional look of the neighbourhood. That is what I was disputing. If McDonald's agrees to keep the look of their storefront the same as the others, then they should not be automatically disallowed, but looked at based on their merits. If the council then decide they do not which to have a fast food outlet on that street, then they are within their rights to say no.

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Re: The real reason

"To be fair, foreign beer is ( if you like brown beer with bits in ) crap. It's all plain lager."

I am in Canada. I have not yet had the privilege of visiting Britain or Scotland, but one of my favourite beers is Innes & Gunn, which, for me, would make it foreign. Doesn't taste like crap to me.

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Re: The real reason

"Here's a clue people...celebrate cultural differences, it is part of what make foreign places ,well, foreign."

McDonald's has previously shown that they are willing to adapt to local cultural menus.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30115555

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Re: The real reason

"No, many Italian cities have laws preserving the traditional cultural look and feel of the region."

I am all for keeping the traditional look. Yet if McDonalds is willing to work within that architectural framework, then they should be allowed to set up shop. They have done it in other cities without issues.

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Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all - UK.gov

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I use a formula I came up with for generating my passwords, so it is a real pain when I find a website that insists my password has to be up to 8 characters, all lower case letters. (Yes, I still find ones like this).

Another thing I find annoying are sites that insist you change your password every so many months. Why??/ I created a unique password just for this site and now I have to change it even though my account has never been breached? Talk about an insecure website. When people have been using a password for a while, it is memorized. When you force them to now use a new password, what is the best way for most people to remember it. In my experience, I found a lot of people tend to write it on a sticky note and keep it near their computer. Personally, I use an encrypted password manager, but not everyone is as computer savy.

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Judge orders FBI to reveal whether White House launched 'Tor pedo' torpedo exploits

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Re: David Tippens, Gerald Lesan, and Bruce Lorente

Which is why, no matter the crime involved, the names of the accused should not be published until a verdict of guilty has been rendered.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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Re: South Park nails it

You mean the video that was made from splicing a number of videos together and edited to come out the way O'Keefe wanted it to?

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

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Alternate stats

W3Schools tells a different story. According to them, here are the differences between August and September;

Windows 10 went up from a 26.8% market share to 28%, a difference of 1.2%

Windows 8 went down from 12% to 11.4%, a difference of .6%

Windows 7 went down from 38.1% to 37%, a difference of 1.1%

Windows XP went down from 1.5% to 1.3%, a difference of .2%

Linux went down from 6.3% to 5.8%, a difference of .5%

Mac went up from 9.8% to 10.2%, a difference of .4%

Based on their average share between September and the rest of the year,;

Windows 10 average usage between January and September is 22.48%, up by 5.52%

Windows 8 average usage between January and September is 13.58%, down by (2.18)%

Windows 7 average usage between January and September is 40.74%, down by (3.47)%

Windows XP average usage between January and September is 1.71%, down by (.41)%

Linux average usage between January and September is 5.79%, up by .01%

Mac average usage between January and September is 10.16%, up by .04%

One interesting note to their figures, from January to August, Win NT* showed a market share of 0.1%, but for September showed 0.0%.

*NT includes all Windows Server operating systems (like Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and 2008).

The actual numbers I used may be found at (http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_os.asp)

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Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

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No.... it doesn't

I think the website itself would disagree with you.

"What is YouTube mp3?

YouTube-mp3.org is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3. You do not need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL."

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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A band by any other name

I wonder how they would feel if any of the pubs there were to bring in a band, like say, the Butthole Surfers?

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Judge makes minor tweaks to sex ban IT man's order

Criminny Rickets

Keep calling every single day,

When calling, always ask to speak to the same person.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Distro Wars

Can't see Canonical being happy that Gnome went with Fedora's and Suse's Flatpak rather than Canonical's Snappy.

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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Re: If musicians shouldn't get paid every time their music is played

There is a difference between playing something and making a copy. In my original comment, I spoke about playing or listening to music you had legally purchased. The same would go for software, you should be able to use it as you like, on however many computers you like, as long as it is you that is using or controlling the computer. On the other hand, if I own a song, or a piece of software, and a buddy likes it and wants a copy, then he should go buy his own.

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Re: Who''s not getting paid?

"Amazingly however, 41 per cent of 24-to-34s don't agree that artists should be paid when their music gets played"

I agree with this as well. Certainly artists should be paid for their work. When a CD is sold, or a song purchased, a portion of the sale should go to pay the creators of that work. That is it, you have paid your fee to use that music, they have gotten reimbursed for their creativity. Once that is done, you should be able to play that music wherever you want, home, radio, dance etc, without having to pay an additional fee. At one point, a group I was involved with had to pay 3 different organizations a fee, in order to play canned music at a dance, and for a not for profit group trying to raise funds, that was a lot to have to dish out. That should not be permitted, once it's paid for, it should be yours to play and listen to as you wish.

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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A person can be charged with possession of child pornography just for having pictures of kids playing at a nudist resort. Even with the historical significance of this picture, how is it any different than a nude child running down the beach? How is Facebook supposed to know the difference?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Ad free day

I run uBlock Origin and Noscript. On Facebook today, I have not seen any sponsored ads. It did use to offer my most played games on the right hand side of the screen, which were also missing today. The games are not a big deal though, as they still show up in the left hand side listings.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Criminny Rickets

Why use Grive or Overgrive, which you have to pay for to access your free account, when you can just use a basic Dropbox account? The basic Dropbox account is free and and installs seamlessly into most Linux distros (not sure about *BSD).

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Criminny Rickets

Dropbox

I use Dropbox myself, mainly because it integrates with my Android phone, my Linux computers and my Windows computers. I have 50GB of space available for free, of which, I have used about 2GB.

What do I use it for? --> It's real handy when I need to copy a file from one computer to another. I have some music on there as well, that I can share amongst my computer.

Do I store important files on there --> Hell no, I have an external drive that I use for keeping important files and doing backups to.

Would I be upset if Dropbox were to suddenly disappear? --> No, I do not keep anything of important on there, and what is there, is also saved elsewhere.

To keep it on the topic of OneDrive, the OneDrive main page says it connects all your devices, but then does not give any info on how to integrate it into a Linux system.

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Spotify, YouTube pay musicians with ever-shrinking buttons

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Devil

Re: Weak copyright laws? Are you mad?

"Or can you provide that drug dealer you have on speed deal "

Am I the only one that was hearing Nickleback in my head while reading this?

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Man dies after UK police Taser shooting

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Location Location Location

I wonder if they got the memo and training on where they can and cannot use a taser on a suspect. Apparently, they are now only allowed to taser someone in the lower extremeties, as tasering someone in the chest has been shown to cause heart attacks.

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

Criminny Rickets
Devil

Isn't there a name for this? I believe it's called Malware.

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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

Criminny Rickets

I had to do a system restore of my Windows 7 system last night. The restore itself went without a hitch, even leaving my Linux Mint partition alone. The only hitch was doing updates. Thanks to 2 update bugs I came across, one where I had to manually download an update from Microsoft to fix the issue, and the other where I had to uninstall Silverlight and re-install it, I have been over 24 hours just doing updates. So yes, I can see where this bundled update could be beneficial.

Unfortunately, the more updates I do, the less space I have left on that partition.

Hmm, wonder if Microsoft counts system restores as a new Windows 7 install?

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Criminny Rickets

Re: The end of Mint is complete

Mint is not dropping codecs,

From my original comment...

What the article fails to state, which I just read in the latest Linux Mint blog -

Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.

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Criminny Rickets

Personally, I prefer Banshee over VLC. I will use VLC for one off's to check out an individual song, but for my music collection library, Banshee works much better.

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Criminny Rickets

Re: Bummer

When I say more Windows like, I am referring to Windows 7, not 8 or 10.

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Bummer

Not happy to read this. The built in codecs is one of the main things I like about Linux Mint, and one of the things that makes it stand out from Ubuntu and other distros. It is also one of the things that helped its reputation as a Windows alternative. Install it, and it just worked. The developers should be making it more Windows like, not the opposite, to make it easier for people to convert.

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What the article fails to state, which I just read in the latest Linux Mint blog -

Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option.

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Daft Punk: Snowden goes electronica

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WTF?

Where's Daft Punk?

Why was Daft Punk mentioned in the headline when the story had nothing to do with them, but with Jean Michel Jarre instead. Yes, they both do Electronica, but Jean Michel Jarre's is totally different from Daft Punk. Is the term Daft Punk, now considered an adjective to describe Electronica?

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: "What happened to the "Linux is malware-free" claim?"

The article has nothing to do with Malware in Linux. This wasn't about someone clicking on a link or installing something and getting infected, it's about the main Linux Mint website being hacked to point to an already compromised version of Linux Mint. Big difference.

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Criminny Rickets

Re: In your dreams.

Have to disagree with you here. I had to (reluctantly) work on one of these average users computers last night, running Windows 10 (where the reluctantly comes in), and they were running Firefox as their default browser, not Internet Explorer or Edge.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

Criminny Rickets

I'll stick to Accuradio.com thanks. No subscriptions and very little advertising. Actually, can't even remember the last time I heard an ad that wasn't station identification on there. Great selection of channels to choose from though.

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Booking.com smacked by EU competition bods. Yeah, yeah, yeah

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Re: Zoo

> I've never used Booking.com. As other commentards have pointed out, they rarely seem to be the cheapest, which makes this story rather surprising.

Speaking from experience, we have never put anyone in a "crap" room because they used a booking site to book. We want these people to have just a good experience as any other guest. If anything, we want to impress them, so next time they will book directly with us, saving us the cost of commission that we pay the booking site for that room.

As for being more expensive or cheapest, most hotels that deal with third party agents like Booking.com or Expedia, have to follow rate parity rules, meaning they cannot offer a rate to one site that is higher or lower than what they advertise on their own site or offer to another site. However, when the third party site books a room at a hotel, the hotel then pays them a commission on that room. It is not common, but it has happened where the third party site will offer a lower pre-paid rate to try and get a booking. Even though the third party site is offering the lower rate, which the guest has to pay up front, the site actually pays the hotel the full rate. They take a hit on their commission so as to undercut their competition and make the sale.

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Re: All very odd

> I've turned up at a hotel booked through booking.com, and they are full, farming us off on another hotel!

It is is common practice in the hotel industry to overbook their rooms by a small margin, as they tend to get no shows and cancellations. When they do get enough no shows and cancellations, they end up with an overbooking which they then have to "Walk" to another hotel.

Disclosure - I work at the front desk of a hotel.

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Re: All very odd

> Three years ago I tried to book a hotel, where I have stayed before, by ringing them: no vacancies for the time I wanted. However, booking.com had rooms available in the same hotel - I booked, I stayed.

This can happen where the hotels are not directly connected to Booking.com and have to update their inventory on the Bookink.com site manually. I have had this happen where my my hotel had sold out for a particular day and before we were able to get into Bookiing.com to close out inventory, had received a reservation through them, which we took. Luckily, we had a cancellation, which balanced it out.

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Religious Freedom vs Persecution

Let me see if I have this straight, If a Chrsitian criticizes me for being gay, it's called Freedom of Religion, if I criticize the Christian for doing so, it's called Persecution. Sound about right?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: Nice article

I agree with the first half or your statement re: Byte Magazine. I disagree about your statement regarding Outlook. I always found it very hard to do any changes to it, as updated mail servers.

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Need to switch from Windows Server 2003? Here’s a workshop just for you

Criminny Rickets

You had me interested right up to the point you said "migration to Microsoft’s Cloud OS". Then I just had a good morning laugh. Not bloody likely.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Criminny Rickets

After seriously trying Windiows 8, that was precisely the reason I swicthed to Linux Mint with Cinnamon. Running Mint 13 LTS on the desktop and Mint 16 Petra on the laptop.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Thumb Up

I started watching during the Tom Baker years, saw the Paul McGann movie, including the just posted webisode. I have also seen every episode of the newest incarnation since it returned in 2005. I will say hands down, the best Doctor has to be David Tennant. I have yet to see any other Doctor show the range and depth of true emotion that David Tennant showed in “Human Nature“/”Family of Blood“, or on his last episode of "The End of Time part 2", especially just as he was about to regenerate into Matt Smith.

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Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

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Holmes

Left Behind

"Microsoft is like Sun: tied to a once thriving business - PCs - that market is getting left behind as the world moves on"

You're forgetting to mention that one of the reasons the world is moving on is because of Microsoft itself, and its horrible excuse of new operating system, Windows 8. Given the choice of buying a new PC with Windows 8, and not buying a PC, a lot of people are opting not to buy a new PC.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Re: Mint is great but ...

I switched from Windows 7, and after much researching choose Mint 12 Cinnamon. When Mint 13 came out, I upgraded to that. My biggest complaints pre Mint 14 is twofold. It is a b*tch installing a printer. For some reason, the Add Printer function is broken in Ubuntu, therefore it is also broken in Mint 12. It is also broken in Mint 13, and I found out in Mint 14. In order to install a printer, you have to do a search for how to use CUPS, and install the printer via the CUPS html interface.

My other complaint pre Mint 14, is the lack of simulated 5.1 surround sound using 5.1 surround speakrs and a on board sound card. In Windows 7, when I play Dark Side of the Moon, it sounds like a different instrument from each speaker with the voice coming from the middle speaker. In Mint, using the same setup, the sound is all combined and comes from all surround sound speakers.

Another big issue that has come up in Mint 14, and a lot of the newer Linux distros, including Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Mageia etc., is that they have all gone to X.Org 1.13 or greater, which does not work with an AMD/ATI HD Radeon graphics card 4XXX or earlier, which both my laptop (which is just a couple of years old) and my desktop both have. The proprietry AMD drivers for that chipset only work with X.Org 1.12 or earlier, and has AMD has made those legacy drivers, there is little chance of there being an update. Yes, there are solutions to roll back X.Org to 1.12, but they do not always work (didn't for me). I need the proprietry drivers on my laptop in order to get sound to work over HDMI to my sound system and HDTV which I have connected to it.

However, contrary to what I said above regarding 5.1 surround sound, when I play a 2 channel song from my laptop to my sound system over HDMI, it does play in simulated 5.1 surround sound, which I like.

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Patent trolling surges, but righteous cavalry on the way

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Boffin

Wrong legislation wording

The litmus test should be... "Does the company bringing this lawsuit currently, or have in the past, produce technology that this patent covers?" If the answer is no, then the litigant pays double the defendants costs and this patent is invalidated and unenforceable in any future lawsuit.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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Trollface

Downloading Movies

Speaking of downloading movies off the internet. Since I already paid to go see the Hobbit in the Theatre only to find they have filled it with a lot of filler so they could split it up into three movies, does this mean I can legally download the other two parts off the internet?

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Report: Apple, Google, Microsoft join forces to buy Kodak patents

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Devil

Re: This is BAD news for ...

"lawyers, litigants actually talking to each other?"

Of course it's not. The lawyers will just convice some pour startup to sue Microsoft, Apple and Google for collusion on the patents, in the District Court of East Texas . It doesn't matter what the outcome of the trial is, the lawyers on both sides still win.

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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Re: Been using Fuduntu

I checked out the page. The pic of the desktop reminds me too much of a Mac. Sorry, not a Mac fan so tend to stay away from distros that have show that as the default desktop.

I am a recent Windows convert who switched after finding out about Windows 8 and TIFKAM. The first distro I looked at was Ubuntu as it kept getting so much press on El Reg and other places on how easy it was to install and use. Though I must have been reading articles before that gawd-awful Gnome 3 Menu / Unity mess. I settled on Mint Cinnamon. It us a buntu derivitive without the unity mess.

Even though I settled on Mint does not mean I have not looked at other distros. I have checked out a number, including Opensuse and Mageia. I think I could like Magae 3 if it didn't have that stupid Activities bar which reminds me too much of Unity and Windows 8 Desktop. (Yes, I did seriously check out Windows 8 as well).

As a newish convert to Linux, I actually do not know too much about Richard Stallman, except what I have read in these comments. Reading the article however, I do agree with him about Ubuntu installing spyware.

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