* Posts by Grifter

153 posts • joined 22 Jul 2007

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

Grifter

Re: N.W.O.

>>This was the day I decided ...

>> Will it be worth the effort?

I'm not sure, it depends on how thoroughly pissed off you are; It's actually a lot harder for a windows poweruser to switch to Linux than it is for a complete newbie to learn because there's just so much ingrained expectance (of how things work). But fury with a bit of stubborness is exactly what will get you there.

I don't know what process will be best for you, but I can tell you what I did on my day of fury - I decided that I'd either learn to use Linux (with no prior knowledge) or stop using computers altogether. I saved what little was of actual import, text files and pics mostly then blew away all windows and went into the deep end, I very specifically did not want any remaining windows anywhere, just in case I would feel something was too hard and come crawling back. I'd push through my ignorance and learn.

I installed Debian, and probably fucked up the first install, so I installed it again. I did not go for a full install but rather a barebones install and then manually picked and chose what I wanted, I decided that for the first week I wouldn't even bother with X, I'd learn what I could about the console, and learn how to achieve in console what I'd normally expected to need a gui for.

I learned about the programs in /bin and /usr/bin, and some of the sbin ones, I learned how to use man on the commands, or just add --help after each command, and I just built my knowledge from the ground up.

After a week I installed X, I didn't understand X so I didn't want the packaging system to do it for me (to be fair, at that point it felt like the package system was far more frail especially when dealing with X), so I downloaded separate files from XFree86 and ran the shellscript to set it up. I don't advise using this method today for X ;)

Anyway, turns out that Linux is pretty easy to learn, you need to shed some preconceived notions and stop expecting things to work like in win, the struggle lies in learning "how to learn".

But once you have that down, how to search duck/google, once you get the basics under you, it becomes pretty straight forward, everything functions in a very logical manner so you can predict events and identify problems in any part of the chain on your own, and there are always many ways to solve a problem and only your own imagination is what stops you.

Finally, for me it's been worth it, I have a lot of fun running Linux and I feel like I'm far more creative than I ever was when I ran win, it levelled up my skills in critical and logical thinking. The only problem I have with Linux now, is that there are more games on steam that I want to play, than I have time to play.

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

Grifter

Re: I don't see the problem

I'm pretty sure that the only big deal is the one he's making about it. Fucking douchebags the lot of them, just fucking own it, instead of these ridiculous mental gymnastics which in this case he went above and beyond with.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Re: Nobody is talking about "down under"

Pussy bad, penis good.

Then again, they're hardly the only nation dealing with repression and shame.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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Fuck CBS rectally with a thorny corncob for their bullshit with Axanar and Federation Rising.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Grifter

Re: The biological imperative.

>>Somehow it brings "the final solution" to my mind.

And the Hitler award goes to Hyperbolic AC! Congratulations!

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Grifter

Re: hmm

That's some grade A trolling right there mr werdsmith.

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Grifter

Re: @Grifter

Well let me rephrase for you - a person who sexually harasses another is predatory, it's traditionally been helped by the unwillingness of the victim to come forward out of fear of retribution, in this environment predators thrive, and yes traditionally this dynamic has men being the predator, by far. I thought my last post made that clear, most men are not people who harass women, but you don't get a cookie or a medal for being a decent human being, it's simply expected.

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Grifter

Well-behaving men behave well? Also, water wet. Are you talking about men in general, or men who harass in general? I was under the impression we were talking about the latter. If over there, the men who harass don't behave like predators, kudos, I guess? Now if you could only get them to stop harassing too...

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Grifter

>>Have you ever experienced being a man in a 99% female workplace?

No, I have however heard anecdotally about men who feel uncomfortable and like they're being treated as a piece of meat in such a situation. Certainly harassment can go both ways, the difference however in all those instances were that women generally do not behave like predators and are nowhere as aggressive in their pursuant harassment. Nevertheless let me be clear, harassment is not ok and everyone has the right to feel safe in their workplace, free of worrying about what to wear or how they look for fear of someone who wasn't raised to treat people decently.

That said... Have you known a lot of tech companies with a 99% female workforce? Thought not.

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>>Personally I don't think I've ever encountered sexism or racism on a personal level at work.

Well see, here's one problem with that; you're not a woman.

Unless you are in their shoes (literally), you will never ever see or experience that offhand remark, the subtle but inappropriate touch, the leering, the sneering, the utter outrage from some men who yell obscenities at women who choose not to acknowledge them when 'all they did' was to tell them how pretty they were, as if the women exist merely to make some guy's boner happy.

It is really easy as a man to say you've never seen or experienced it, and that might be why it gets dismissed or ridiculed when brought up; most women who are harassed don't even speak about it, usually for fear of retribution, getting fired, being pushed out.

You having never seen or experienced it sadly means nothing, maybe it will mean something to you when it's your daughter or girlfriend whom it happens to.

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Dell's Ubuntu-powered Precision Sputnik now available worldwide

Grifter

Re: Anyone remember DellUNIX or the DellStation?

This sounds really interesting, assuming you are who you say you are, if this doesn't get on the register proper then don't let it die out here, write up some stories and link them, I'm eager to hear more anyway.

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Baby Ubuntus toddle forth into the big scary world of beta

Grifter

Re: A Linux experience

>>Linux could do a lot worse than providing an interface which mimics

>>this. If you want converts, why try reinventing the interface..

Not that I speak for all Linux users, but no we don't _want_ converts, if you want to convert that's great but it should be on your terms, noone else really gives a shit what you run =)

But as a new user you demonstrate the ignorance (not said with malice) which comes with it, Linux is not a single entity that provides 'stuff', like user interfaces, they are provided usually by individuals or groups of individuals who share an interest and a general direction on how a user interface should function. That is why there are hundreds of different user interfaces available, because there are hundreds of people (and more!) that each have their own opinion on how a good user interface looks.

At the same time, "Why try reinventing the interface?", because that's what using Linux is all about, for a lot of people, it's a way to explore, and come up with new solutions. Or just be creative. Use your imagination.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

Grifter

Re: Alternative headline

You have gone completely batshit. The everyday man-hating feminazis? Seriously? Do you wear tinfoil-hats to protect yourself against their feminine man-controlling mind-rays too?

Clearly, this is your opinion. Now _that_ is fucking scary. You are a dinosaur and your viewpoint is fossilized.

The only people who fear giving women equal rights and representation, are the losers who despite after years of living with extreme privilege end up on the bottom, where they comfort themselves knowing that at least they can be superior to women. The future must be fucking TERRIFYING for you.

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Grifter

Re: Alternative headline

You sound positively terrified of women.

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

Grifter

Re: Win-10-nic lowering new PC sales (as expected)

>>But why aren't the hundreds of millions of

>>Linux and other non-Windows operating

>>systems users not purchasing printers?

>>Are Linux, etc., users not buying printers either?

Correct. Fucking printers man. Fuck em.

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Hijack wireless mice, keyboards, with $15 of kit and 15 lines of code

Grifter

Re: There is a reason for...

Are you only allowed to buy from those three stores? Or is it a self-imposed limitation like a new year's resolution?

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Grifter

>>On the one hand, there is a valid case for preventing

>>unknown components affect the security container in

>>Apple devices, because that manes that even a

>>hardware hack won't expose data.

If you put in a hardware hack that could expose all the data, this bricking won't help save you, it only bricks the phone if you try to update the firmware, which if you're the one trying to get at the data, I presume you won't be doing. You really think that sounds like security?

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Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf – not too hairy, not too scary

Grifter

Re: to be that guy

You're such a rebel; Here, have a medal made out of aluminum foil lids from discarded yoghurt containers.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Grifter

I told IT to leg it

They eight-legged it

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Grifter

SOMEONE PLEASE

DEBUG IT

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Grifter

I just crawled...

to say...

I love you

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Grifter

I only asked for IT Support...

... I didn't know they'd send a creeper!

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Grifter

LIARS! They told me Web 1.0 was extinct!

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

Grifter

Somewhat prude?

Your link to her imgur is titled "in a post (somewhat NFSW)", aside from the typo, why is her imgur page not safe for work? There's no nudity, there's no sex, there's nothing unsafe except for some power and machine tools. Maybe you've been locked up in a basement too long Mr Pauli, but outside there are women, and they *gasp* do stuff. While looking like women. This is 2015, so no need to be a prude =)

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Grifter

Re: Does anyone know...

Actually unlike burning secretive organic material (ciggs) which we have no idea exactly what they put in, we know exactly what's in the liquids to vape.

The smoke detection systems don't pick it up since it's not smoke. If you were to exhale a cloud directly onto a smoke detector, some of them (that detect density I believe) can trigger, but short of that no.

But your comment that "we don't really know what's in the fumes" speaks volumes, it's not like vaping is new, it's been around for years, you could have educated yourself in 5 minutes by using the internets.

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Grifter

Re: Nicotine-free?

That's what I did. I don't vape much anymore, a couple of days per year maybe, if that. The compulsion to smoke went away with vaping, and then compulsion disappeared, it became an intermittent pleasure. Now the hassle of cleaning my tanks and charging batteries keep my gear in the corner. I view it like candy or chips now, albeit a tad more meckish to set up.

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Red-stained Opera wants someone to hug it and whisper: 'No more pain, no more tears'

Grifter

Re: Wow, all 4 presto fans in one place

The fact the company is looking to spin down should tell you all you need to know about them.

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Grifter

Re: I would be worried...

Opera 12.16 linux, with Vivaldi as backup. There's just no substitute.

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Lights out for Ada Initiative – women's group closing shop

Grifter

Re: More, please

Well if YOU haven't seen it, then it MUST not be happening! Your logic is impeccable and my hat is off to you.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

Grifter

Re: Hardcoded behaviour not going away anytime soon!

"Do women really prefer pink though?"

They have no choice, from birth they're programmed to like it, everything everywhere is pink, go into girl's section in toystores, pink, everything.

It's the same reason most guys shy away from pink, we too have been programmed, it's an inferior colour and would associate us with being girls.

Even if you recognize this fact and you try to rebel against it as a parent to a girl, it's insanely difficult to achieve.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

Grifter

Re: Perhaps Hillary Clinton could offer some useful advice?

You know, that's probably exactly what gmail runs on (:

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

Grifter

Re: Bad marketing El Reg

>>If the linux crowd want Linux to be more readilly adopted

While I can't speak for the crowd, though I am part of it, I don't want it more readily adopted. It has managed fine all these years without being readily adopted, and it'll continue.

My beef with the article is the same as with all these articles, why in the fuck would you keep treating a whole distro as if it was the user interface? The article even mentions that you can just install whatever WM or DE you want on any distro, and while the dependencies won't run into "Ooo thousands of packages scary", there might be some packages, and that's what dependency calculation is all about, has been all about! That's why it was created OVER A DECADE AGO.

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GhostShell back from the other side with mass data dump

Grifter

Re: Link

Mental Gymnastics - the workout that gives you the moral highground.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

Grifter

Wtf

What assclowns, why couldn't they just have put up the exact same hardware. For fuck's sake.

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

Grifter
Headmaster

Hmm

"discoveries like the Spinosaurus aegyptiacus and Gigantosaurus."

Giganoto, not Giganto.

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Warm up the Mega Buster: Next-gen consoles to reboot Mega Man series

Grifter

Or

Alternatively there is Mighty No. 9 from the creator of megaman, a sort of megaman-esque multiplayer co-op. And most importantly, Linux client =)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/314710/

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

Grifter
Headmaster

Re: hmm

If you are indeed a born and bred pussy wig, perhaps you meant "laughs at the general pubic"?

Merkin.

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IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Grifter

Re: Windows only? Well that's not Okay Facebook.

Then I have some excellent news for you! Noone is ever going to make you! =)

What was your point again?

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Grifter

Re: Windows only? Well that's not Okay Facebook.

Like Tom said before you, if you don't like the games available that's fine, if you have a crappy time running Linux that's also fine, noone is going to sneak into your house and reinstall your computers with it. Valve is #1 in my book, it doesn't matter if they don't get all new titles to Linux, it doesn't matter that the older games might never be ported, because what HAS been released, and what CONTINUES to be released, is so awesome to last me a lifetime.

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Windows only? Well that's not Okay Facebook.

Fuck you, and fuck all your friends. Thank fuck for Valve.

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Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

Grifter

Re: You listening Microsoft?

They hear you, they just don't care. They know you'll come around eventually. You always do.

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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

Grifter

Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

>>But you don't say whether that is good or bad.

I'm sorry I thought it was implied when I mentioned I could feel myself becoming schizophrenic, I could literally feel myself becoming schizophrenic, this was extremely bad, I have never been this affected by books (or films or whatnot) before, and while you want your read to move you on some level, this was extreme and I stayed in a very dark place for like two weeks after.

It wasn't that the story was crap, it was that the writing between books was different (it wouldn't surprise me if there were other secret writers involved), and the way the difference was presented, both in the writing and character behaviours was extremely jarring... it was annoying to the point of mental anguish.

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Grifter

Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

I binge read revelation space, chasm city, diamond dogs, redemption ark, absolution gap, galactic north, and it was a journey into schizophrenia, the books were inconsistent and shredded your mind, you could actually feel your mind becoming schizo as the 'story' unfolded. It was pretty terrible.

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Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

Grifter

So... Andy Chen CEO of Tidal and some 20ish others just left the company, the remaining tidal people are claiming to be streamlining themselves

So there's that, RIP Tidal.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

Grifter

Re: Terminology issue?

You're misunderstanding the issue, this isn't a principle issue, the driver will never work without firmware, and they can't make their own firmware, and nvidia has not provided firmware for them.

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Grifter

Re: Terminology issue?

>>The code is running on the GPU in either case. If that is the case then this strikes me as principle for the sake of it. If you want to hold a certain view that is your right, but Nvidia are under no obligation to pander to it

I thought we covered this in the last post, you might not share their opinion, but they're going to have their opinion no matter what you feel about it (:

The issue of this reg article was not that nvidia is refusing to pander to them, it's that they are actively trying to sabotage their efforts. You may wish to read up on the history of this (or not, you said you don't really care about graphics issues).

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Re: Terminology issue?

>>You may not like binary blobs on principle but that is a side issue.

To you it's a side issue, to the noveau people it's the entirety of the issue.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Grifter

Hmm

My need for skype ended in 2011, which is fortunate because I didn't trust them to keep releasing linux versions when ms took over, I did briefly look around for alternatives but never tried any, does anyone have experience with using 'brosix' ?

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

Grifter

Re: The only 'advertising' I see ...

>>Valve now has a Linux version of Steam. Just need a few other

>>game houses to follow suit and MS can kiss my arse bye bye.1

I hate to be 'that guy', but you will never switch to Linux. Anyone who claims they'd switch "if only x and y..." never mean it. If you were truly serious you'd have switched already consequences be damned, then you'd have shaped the world around you and used what you had available, not sat around feeling defeated as if someone held you at gunpoint. Sorry to break your dreams, but stop thinking about this nonsense and just settle in to your reality instead, you'll enjoy it a lot better =)

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

Grifter

Re: Google is wasting their time

Don't forget about Skype -- though I haven't used Skype for a long time so things might have changed, however it used the earlier versions of vp for its video transmission in the past.

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