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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: October 15th, 2008

Posted in IRC Logs at 6:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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schestowitz I’ll post some links and be done for today. Does anyone know about patents in Silverlight/XAML (codecs aside)? Posted a minute ago: http://boycottnovell.com/200… Oct 15 00:05
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AlbertoP silence :) Oct 15 00:16
jose :-) .. no, but we do know of threats. Since Microsoft mostly came up with this particular flavor of technology, I tend not to want to force my way into such sandboxes and instead play elsewhere. Oct 15 00:19
AlbertoP Oo Oct 15 00:20
AlbertoP was that in answer to me? :) Oct 15 00:20
jose The FOSS community can pick what technology succeeds and grows. Oct 15 00:20
jose to you and to roy Oct 15 00:20
schestowitz Microsoft toys empower Microsoft. Oct 15 00:20
schestowitz Do it gives .NET… on its own terms. Oct 15 00:21
jose the threats are vague i think. I don’t track closely. Oct 15 00:21
schestowitz Which are not yet known. Oct 15 00:21
AlbertoP schestowitz, missed the last Geeko shopping? :) Oct 15 00:21
jose roy, i partially apologized in a follow up reply for the initial reply to miguel because i thought it was a little harsh Oct 15 00:22
AlbertoP btw, mono 2.2 is coming Oct 15 00:25
schestowitz AlbertoP: A Geeko is my house would scare girls away. :-) Oct 15 00:25
AlbertoP hehe yes, bug suse Geeko went shopping today :) Oct 15 00:25
AlbertoP http://www.novell.com/news/press/novell-to-a… Oct 15 00:26
schestowitz Yes, I know. Oct 15 00:26
schestowitz More capturers for the Vole.. Oct 15 00:26
AlbertoP the what? Oct 15 00:27
schestowitz Microsoft Oct 15 00:31
AlbertoP brb Oct 15 00:40
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schestowitz gn Oct 15 01:13
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mib_21dwba Since Mr. Schestowitz likes to criticize companies such as Novell and MS for buying back their own stock.  How would he explain this article http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/s….   Is it OK for Redhat to do this? Oct 15 03:12
AlbertoP uh…interesting Oct 15 03:15
AlbertoP mib_21dwba, roy is probably sleeping at this time Oct 15 03:15
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*AlbertoP pats his Geeko Oct 15 03:16
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mib_21dwba lol.  We all gotta sleep sometime.  I’m about to do the same. Oct 15 03:16
AlbertoP mib_21dwba, hehe well I’m “a biased spy, suse user” ^^ Oct 15 03:17
AlbertoP so I can’t really answer :P Oct 15 03:17
mib_21dwba hahaha.  Honestly I use Suse too. Oct 15 03:18
mib_21dwba shh.  don’t tell anyone though. Oct 15 03:19
AlbertoP ah really? I believed to be the only one remained on the planet Oct 15 03:19
AlbertoP you know… Oct 15 03:19
AlbertoP ;) Oct 15 03:19
mib_21dwba Yep.  I think there are a number of us secret spy people using Suse. Oct 15 03:20
AlbertoP yes…we dress in green, we change colour, and we…have a rolled tail ;) Oct 15 03:21
mib_21dwba :D Oct 15 03:21
*AlbertoP wants a Geeko Oct 15 03:22
AlbertoP a plush of course :P Oct 15 03:22
mib_21dwba Me too. Oct 15 03:22
AlbertoP eh not so easy…it’s ages I try to find one Oct 15 03:22
mib_21dwba I think I’ll change my text color to green.  Will that give me away ;) Oct 15 03:23
AlbertoP they had them at a conference in japan….let me look for a pic Oct 15 03:23
mib_21dwba I have a penguin but sadly no gecko. Oct 15 03:23
AlbertoP yep, me too… Oct 15 03:23
mib_21dwba They give them away at Brainshare but I kept missing them last year. Oct 15 03:24
AlbertoP http://www.flickr.com/photos/jzb/2914139185/   http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimgris/2912355796/ Oct 15 03:24
AlbertoP hehe…that’s what I was thinking…go to brainshare just to get a geeko ^^ Oct 15 03:24
mib_21dwba AlbetoP it has been a pleasure talking to you but now I have to get some sleep. Oct 15 03:25
mib_21dwba darn r AlbertoP. Oct 15 03:25
AlbertoP ok Oct 15 03:25
AlbertoP n8 Oct 15 03:25
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twitter Suse users, sheesh. Oct 15 04:17
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MinceR r4wr Oct 15 05:34
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schestowitz Microsoft Shill Alert: “For the most part, I’d ignore the Linux devices. ” < http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/1… > Oct 15 07:34
schestowitz Michael Gartenberg is a former Microsoft employee (evangelist) Oct 15 07:35
schestowitz It says nothing about him being a Microsoft shill and it’s far from the first time that he bashes Linux in the press. Oct 15 07:35
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schestowitz http://slated.org/linux_still_doesnt… Oct 15 07:50
schestowitz http://www.stallman.org/archives/2008-jul-oct.html# : “Venezuela needs strict limits on foreign funding of political activity, because this is a method commonly used by Bush to destabilize other countries. These limits should be established by law.” Oct 15 07:58
schestowitz More .NET/Mono people at Novell: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2008/Oct-14-1.html Oct 15 08:16
benJIman \o/ Oct 15 08:19
schestowitz Europe goes SPLAT today (again!): http://finance.yahoo.com/intlindices?e=asia Oct 15 08:22
schestowitz http://finance.yahoo.com/intlindices?e=europe Oct 15 08:22
schestowitz < http://technocrat.net/d/2008/10/13/51769 > Public Perception and the Economy Past … < http://technocrat.net/d/2008/10/14/51795 > Examples of US Industry Nationalization  [...] “An article outlining past examples of where the government stepped in and  took over an industry or set of companies because of some emergency.” Oct 15 08:44
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schestowitz I’ve just noticed that 5 times a day people search for “mono trap” and end up in BN. Why would they search for “mono trap” in the first place? Oct 15 09:04
schestowitz This is insane < http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2008/10/14/google-… >: “Google is reportedly blocking use of it’s Chrome browser (among other applications like Google Talk and Gmail Notifier)  in some countries with which the United States has economic sanctions and export controls with. “We are unable to permit the download of Google Chrome in Cuba, Syria, North Korea, Iran, and Sudan,” says a Go Oct 15 09:08
schestowitz ogle Spokesperson.” Oct 15 09:08
schestowitz http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7667610.stm Oct 15 09:33
schestowitz Anti-FOSS czar at Microsoft: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10065378-9… Oct 15 09:34
schestowitz http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10066000-92… “Shares of Amazon.com sold off sharply Tuesday, and Apple failed to swim against the tide despite rolling out a revamped MacBook line, as the broader markets gave up gains from its stellar performance a day earlier.” Oct 15 09:38
schestowitz iTunes boycott: AC/DC’s iTunes boycott is on Highway to Hell < http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10066360-93.html?… > Oct 15 09:40
schestowitz Great picture here: http://beranger.org/index.php?page=diary&2008… Oct 15 09:45
schestowitz ECT allow businesses to plant self-promotional fluff yet again (Simon Crosby of Citrix):  http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/64796.html <— Informercial Oct 15 09:51
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schestowitz Your ‘friend’ Meeks is helping the creation of a fair bit of FUD, benJIman: http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_version_3_0… Oct 15 10:12
ZiggyFish1 schestowitz: do you like the new openoffice> Oct 15 10:16
ZiggyFish1 *? Oct 15 10:16
schestowitz I don’t use OpenOffice. I used it some months ago for a spreadsheet, though. I refer TeX. Oct 15 10:17
ZiggyFish1 oh, ok. Have you heard anything from Microsoft about mono Oct 15 10:19
schestowitz No, I’ll resend soon. Oct 15 10:22
schestowitz They keep harping about Moonlight now… pretending that Silverlight works in Linux (it’s not), for press purposes. Oct 15 10:23
ZiggyFish1 dam, will be interesting to see what they say. Oct 15 10:23
ZiggyFish1 have you seen http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=JEUrQEj6Sd4 , completely forgets about linux, when he calls Silverlight crossplatform Oct 15 10:25
schestowitz Well, it’s Microsoft. They spin and lie. Oct 15 10:26
ZiggyFish1 true Oct 15 10:26
schestowitz http://boycottnovell.com/2008/02/26/micr… : Microsoft Redefines “Cross-platform”: Mac + Win32 Oct 15 10:26
schestowitz European markets still down 2-3% today. Wal Street will probably be the same when it opens. Oct 15 10:31
schestowitz More Mono ‘boosting’ < http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/progra… >, BUT…. don’t miss this nugget of information: “Disclosure of Justin’s industry affiliations: Justin James has a working arrangement with Microsoft to write an article for MSDN Magazine.” Oct 15 10:34
schestowitz Mono — loved by… Microsoft people and Microsoft fans. Yes, it sure is ‘loved’ by a lot of people. Oct 15 10:34
ZiggyFish1 yeah Oct 15 10:40
ZiggyFish1 All major markets (RHT, NOVL, MSFT, GOOG) were down today Oct 15 10:41
ZiggyFish1 ATM all are even Oct 15 10:41
schestowitz Yes, I know. The govt. are too ashamed to admit their failures. Oct 15 10:41
ZiggyFish1 well it is bush your talking about ;) Oct 15 10:42
schestowitz They move into some sort of neo-socialism that facilitates corruption… and deny doing any wrong. Oct 15 10:42
schestowitz I’m fair of a fan of fascism of communism, but this quote caught my eyes: ” the recurrent business cycle crises of capitalism were inevitable results of the system’s operations. In this view, all that the government can do is to change the timing of economic crises. The crisis could also show up in a different form, for example as severe inflation or a steadily increasing government deficit. Worse, by delaying a crisis, government Oct 15 10:43
schestowitz policy is seen as making it more dramatic and thus more painful.” Oct 15 10:43
schestowitz Quoted in http://www.beranger.org/index.php?page=diary&amp… . Just consider the US debt. I don’t know what it’s like in Australia. Oct 15 10:44
schestowitz Oops. Typoe there. Meant to type “I’m far from a fan” Oct 15 10:44
schestowitz Oops. Typos there. Meant to type “I’m far from a fan” Oct 15 10:44
ZiggyFish1 lol Oct 15 10:45
schestowitz Bad typos to make. Oct 15 10:45
ZiggyFish1 lol Oct 15 10:46
ZiggyFish1 the ausie dollor is down (was 9*c/ USD, now down to 66c/USD) Oct 15 10:47
schestowitz USD: does anyone still use it? Oct 15 10:48
ZiggyFish1 Microsoft (or is it the government they use, can never tell these days) Oct 15 10:49
ZiggyFish1 ;) Oct 15 10:49
schestowitz I’m not so sure. Oct 15 10:50
schestowitz Microsoft stores some of its lost fortunes overseas. And those that ‘milked’ money can have it in an overseas account, the likes of Ballmer included. Oct 15 10:51
schestowitz Linux conference coming to Australia: http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS59… Oct 15 10:53
ZiggyFish1 dam it’s in Tasmania (not on the main land), I’m in Brisbane Oct 15 10:57
schestowitz Aw well… I have a question, maybe you can help. Any search/indexer that’s good for KDE? I’m trying to figure out how to improve BN search Oct 15 11:01
ZiggyFish1 mm Oct 15 11:02
ZiggyFish1 I use gnome normally Oct 15 11:02
schestowitz I just found this: http://linuxappfinder.com/blog/linux_desktop_search Oct 15 11:02
schestowitz All sort of Mono poison though. Oct 15 11:03
schestowitz Kerry, Beagle… .NET cr*p… and Google Desktop is proprietary. Oct 15 11:03
schestowitz This one looks decent, but no indexing is done: http://linuxappfinder.com/package/searchmonkey Oct 15 11:04
ZiggyFish1 http://linuxappfinder.com/package/kat sounds good Oct 15 11:04
schestowitz I’m not sure Kerry Beagle is Mono-infected, despite the association with Beagle. Oct 15 11:05
ZiggyFish1 don’t know Oct 15 11:06
schestowitz Kat looks good. Oct 15 11:06
schestowitz Haha. Oct 15 11:07
schestowitz Kerry is indeed Mono-based. Oct 15 11:07
ZiggyFish1 lol Oct 15 11:07
schestowitz Mandriva comes up with the list of dependencies in the PM. Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz To satisfy dependencies, the following package(s) also need to be installed: Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - beagle-0.3.3-7.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - glib-sharp2-2.12.0-1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - gmime-sharp-2.2.18-1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - gsf-sharp-0.8.1-2mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libchm0-0.39-2mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libgdiplus0-1.2.6-2mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libgluezilla0-1.2.6.1-2.4mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libgmime2.0_2-2.2.18-1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libmono0-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libsqlite0-2.8.17-7mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - libwv-1.2_3-1.2.4-4mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - mono-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - mono-data-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - mono-data-sqlite-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - mono-web-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - mono-winforms-1.2.6-4.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - ndesk-dbus-0.6.0-1mdv2008.1.noarch Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - ndesk-dbus-glib-0.4.1-1mdv2008.1.noarch Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz - poppler-0.6.4-2.1mdv2008.1.i586 Oct 15 11:08
schestowitz A shame really… must be a good app, but Mono makes it a Nono. Oct 15 11:08
ZiggyFish1 mono-winforms – lol (the part that contains the patients) Oct 15 11:09
ZiggyFish1 is kde4 anygood? Oct 15 11:10
schestowitz I haven’t installed it yet. Oct 15 11:11
ZiggyFish1 didn’t like KDE 4.0 Oct 15 11:12
schestowitz http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/desktop_s… Oct 15 11:12
schestowitz I’m installing Tracker now. Oct 15 11:13
schestowitz Be sure to warn people that Beagle is a trap. Oct 15 11:13
ZiggyFish1 will do Oct 15 11:14
schestowitz WTF?? Oct 15 11:25
schestowitz Even the Tracker front end appears to require Mono and WInforms. Oct 15 11:25
schestowitz Well, Recoll… depends on F* Mono also. Oct 15 11:27
schestowitz Oh, my bad. Oct 15 11:28
schestowitz It’s not. Oct 15 11:28
ZiggyFish1 lol Oct 15 11:34
schestowitz The PM does something funny, so I had to restart it to prevent unnecessary packages from being installed.  Recoll and Tracker don’t need Mono. Recoll is indexing my home directory now (may take half a day at this pace) Oct 15 11:35
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schestowitz Fear for DNS security: http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index… (could be used to pass New Laws(TM) Oct 15 11:39
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ZiggyFish1 I like the sound of this, Linux takes a seat on Qantas’ new superjumbo Oct 15 11:43
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ZiggyFish1 I’m looking forward to Firefox 3.1 Oct 15 12:13
ZiggyFish1 because of the new support for the video tag Oct 15 12:13
schestowitz I’ll use it in BN (embedded Ogg). Oct 15 12:14
ZiggyFish1 it’s already working in the Beta (not so good with audio ATM) Oct 15 12:15
ZiggyFish1 I’ll be using it in my websites Oct 15 12:15
ZiggyFish1 it’ll be a Silverlight killer Oct 15 12:15
schestowitz Don’t say that. You’ll scare SweatyB. Oct 15 12:16
ZiggyFish1 lol Oct 15 12:16
schestowitz More like a Flash killer anyway. Silverlight is nowhere. Oct 15 12:16
schestowitz http://www.computerworlduk.com/communit… Oct 15 12:16
ZiggyFish1 I was looking at Silverlight last night. It seems that it’s possible to make viruses in Silverlight (since Silverlight scripting language is .NET) Oct 15 12:18
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schestowitz It’s the same with COM objects, DirectX and all that malarkey that’s tightly correlated to a platform, not a VM. Oct 15 12:22
ZiggyFish1 yeah, so will enterprise IT managers install Silverlight? Oct 15 12:23
ZiggyFish1 knowing the problems Oct 15 12:23
schestowitz No. It’s a virus. SL itself is a virus. Oct 15 12:23
ZiggyFish1 true Oct 15 12:24
MinceR are enterprise IT managers aware of that? Oct 15 12:38
schestowitz They use WanKer (OneCare), so it’s overlooked. :-p Oct 15 12:40
ZiggyFish1 MinceR: don’t think so Oct 15 12:51
ZiggyFish1 anyway going to bed Oct 15 12:54
ZiggyFish1 c ya Oct 15 12:54
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schestowitz Whoa. Dow is down 2.5% on the very opening. Oct 15 13:40
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twitter ow Oct 15 14:28
twitter the soft dove 10% and has climbed up to a 5% loss, ha ha Oct 15 14:31
twitter woops, erased their loss.  Wonder when their buyback money is going to run out. Oct 15 14:32
schestowitz http://www.247wallst.com/2008/09/microso… Oct 15 14:35
schestowitz “This new one is through September 30, 2013.” They spent $26-45bn on buybacks between late 2006 and some time in 2008, IIRC, so this can run out sooner.. “The company has announced it has authorized debt financings of up to $6 billion…” Oct 15 14:36
schestowitz /s/$26/$36/ Oct 15 14:36
schestowitz Digg.com is down. I’ve also just tried my proxy. Oct 15 14:39
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PetoKraus schestowitz: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/0… Oct 15 17:50
schestowitz Yes, thanks! Oct 15 17:50
schestowitz PetoKraus: can I please ask you for a favour? I was absent for like 3 hours from this IRC channel. Were you here throughout? Oct 15 17:54
PetoKraus yes Oct 15 17:54
PetoKraus nothing happened Oct 15 17:54
schestowitz Could you please paste everything? Oct 15 17:54
schestowitz (events) Oct 15 17:54
PetoKraus well, there is one line from me Oct 15 17:54
schestowitz my logger ran out of space without me noticing. Oct 15 17:54
PetoKraus you wanna quits as well? Oct 15 17:54
schestowitz Yes, just a big paste. Oct 15 17:54
PetoKraus http://www.irc.gjh.sk/pastebin/681 Oct 15 17:55
schestowitz OK, thanks. I see it’s no activity indeed… Oct 15 17:56
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schestowitz <PetoKraus> so apparently, my traffic on the server as the ooxml spec mirror was 69GB Oct 15 17:56
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schestowitz <PetoKraus> oh COME ON! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/08/… Oct 15 17:56
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PetoKraus so, should i actually delete the OOXmL specs? Oct 15 17:57
schestowitz Yes, please. Oct 15 17:57
PetoKraus you said you had to remove them from mirrors Oct 15 17:57
PetoKraus anyway, what’s the story? Oct 15 17:57
schestowitz The ones I control. Oct 15 17:57
schestowitz No story, nothing done. Oct 15 17:57
PetoKraus i mean, what happened, that you have to delete them Oct 15 17:57
PetoKraus couldn’t find link anywhere, the one you provide on the page is a bit irrelevant Oct 15 17:58
schestowitz I don’t want to aggravate them. I didn’t realise it was copyrighted until someone mailed me the HTMLs Oct 15 17:58
schestowitz I never opened the monster. Oct 15 17:58
PetoKraus aha Oct 15 17:58
PetoKraus right. That’s fun. Oct 15 17:58
schestowitz I totally forgot other people produced mirrors. Oct 15 17:58
schestowitz It was cycling before I tossed it online anyway Oct 15 17:58
schestowitz It wasn’t noticed until 1-2 days later when one of the readers decided to put it on /.. Oct 15 17:59
PetoKraus i thought it was somewhat implied that standards are there to be distributed Oct 15 17:59
schestowitz Yes, same here. Oct 15 17:59
schestowitz I assumed it was behind password to everyone’s surpirse (it was a a surprise) Oct 15 17:59
schestowitz The delay, I assumed, was to do with finalisation (assumind it goes public when done). Oct 15 18:00
schestowitz brb Oct 15 18:00
schestowitz Got to get something Oct 15 18:00
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schestowitz Eek! Wall Street down over 5% today. Oct 15 18:34
schestowitz Novell down 6.5%. Everything is /so/ erratic. Oct 15 18:34
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schestowitz The Great Wall of Australia (they turned Totalitarian like China): http://www.infoworld.com/news/feeds/08/10/13/No-opt-… Oct 15 18:40
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schestowitz This equipment was introduced under the disguise of  “Think about the Children.” Disgusting. They use pedophilia as an excuse to censor the political things. Oct 15 18:42
schestowitz IBM going east… http://www.informationweek.com/news/services/saas/sh… Oct 15 18:44
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twitter hardware failure, :’( Oct 15 18:54
schestowitz You? Oct 15 18:54
twitter had a network card fail Oct 15 18:55
schestowitz I think my NVidia card causes me trouble. Oct 15 18:55
twitter do you use the free driver or the 3d accel? Oct 15 18:55
schestowitz No, binary Oct 15 18:55
twitter the free drivers work well. Oct 15 18:55
schestowitz No dual head.. Oct 15 18:56
benJIman The free drivers do have twinview now. Oct 15 18:56
twitter that’s what Enlightenment’s pagers are for. Oct 15 18:56
schestowitz That’s good. Either way, it seems like a possible h/w issue. Oct 15 18:56
benJIman Nouveau that is, supports twinview and has better 2d accelleration than nvidia’s drivers. Oct 15 18:56
benJIman Of course, it was written by Novell people, so that might prevent you from using it. Oct 15 18:57
twitter KDE has got a clumsy pager that’s getting better.  Can’t live without pagers Oct 15 18:57
benJIman Though rejecting a GPL driver written by Novell for a proprietary driver that infringes the kernel developers’ copyright is laughable. Oct 15 18:57
twitter Software from an untrusted source is not trustworthy even if it’s free. Oct 15 18:58
twitter Divide and conquer is what M$’s dealings with Novel are all about. Oct 15 19:00
twitter The same might be said of M$’s dealings with Nvidia, ha ha. Oct 15 19:00
twitter M$ considers everyone “Pawns” and “one night stands” … I wonder why people work for them knowing this. Oct 15 19:03
twitter schestowitz: you can always get another card to find out. Oct 15 19:12
twitter well, I have a little more work to do to get back up.  back in a bit. Oct 15 19:13
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MinceR for some people i’d say it’s because they started working for m$ before it became bleeding obvious Oct 15 19:17
MinceR for others, i have no idea. Oct 15 19:17
MinceR perhaps greed-induced naivety Oct 15 19:17
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schestowitz http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/10/ns… Oct 15 19:31
schestowitz “NSA’s Warrantless Eavesdropping Targets Innocent Americans [..] Remember when the U.S. government said it was only spying on terrorists? Anyone with any common sense knew it was lying — power without oversight is always abused — but even I didn’t think it was this bad…” Oct 15 19:32
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brunomiguel hello :) Oct 15 19:35
schestowitz Voodoo magic analysts: “Bear in mind, this is breaking a little new ground,” added Marcus. “But it’s clear that [Patch Tuesday] has some effect on [Microsoft share] value.”‘ http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?co… Oct 15 19:36
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schestowitz OhMyGod: “Chambers’ may appeal after his suit against God is tossed out [...] You can’t sue God if you can’t serve the papers on him, a Douglas County District Court judge has ruled in Omaha.” http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=… Oct 15 19:48
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schestowitz Toshiba sells Linux (despite history of being against it) even on high-end models now: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/10/15/portege_trio/ Oct 15 20:11
schestowitz http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/15/tesla_lay… Oct 15 20:14
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schestowitz More genius: Forrester Research lowers IT spending predictions < http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10066815… > Oct 15 20:21
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twitter back Oct 15 21:44
twitter :) Oct 15 21:44
schestowitz Just posted: http://boycottnovell.com/2008/10/15/novell-w… Microsoft is down 6% BTW. Oct 15 21:45
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schestowitz Incredible images of the Sun : http://radar.oreilly.com/assets_c/2008/10/… Oct 15 21:47
MinceR i prefer http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0211/s… Oct 15 21:47
schestowitz It looks surreal. And black bits, too… Oct 15 21:48
schestowitz See if you can spot some pattern on the sun _at some moment_ which resembles a face. Surely that would be proof of human life in Sun (Microsystems?) Oct 15 21:49
MinceR http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/apod/apod_s… Oct 15 21:50
schestowitz Look < http://www.september11news.com/Faces… >, Satan is in the details. Oct 15 21:50
schestowitz The sun looks so cool. Now, /that’s/ one place I’d like to visit sometimes. Do they allow cameras there? Oct 15 21:51
schestowitz Haha. Some people use the term “Silverblight,” which I think I coined. http://www.mixx.com/stories/2459453/media_reality… Oct 15 21:53
twitter :) Oct 15 21:54
schestowitz Unless some people thought it up simultaneously, of course. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozcl… (mostly my posts) Check out http://www.google.com/search?num=50&hl=en&… Oct 15 21:56
twitter Don’t tarnish your screen with SilverBlight (TM). Oct 15 21:57
schestowitz Sounds like a slogan/logo Oct 15 21:58
twitter Big black DRM shadowing a gray screen. Oct 15 22:00
twitter maybe just the word RESTRICTIONS Oct 15 22:00
twitter restricted Oct 15 22:01
twitter M$Restricted (TM) Oct 15 22:02
schestowitz “Restricted” is gentle. Oct 15 22:02
twitter Pownd Oct 15 22:02
schestowitz Locked or punishing are stronger words. Oct 15 22:02
MinceR it’s a trap! Oct 15 22:06
MinceR </ackbar> Oct 15 22:06
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schestowitz http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000… No need to burn books you can’t read – DRM and public libraries Oct 15 22:07
schestowitz They take rights away from people and /sell/ them back. I’ll write about that later (more on the British Library’s kickbacks with Mirosoft) Oct 15 22:07
schestowitz http://www.silicon.com/retailandleisure/0,3800… “However, the Beeb’s downloadable content will come with strings attached: content for all platforms will include DRM.” Oct 15 22:08
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kevin083 if you think drm is bad for sighted people, consider disabled people who need tech like screen readers Oct 15 22:10
kevin083 no text = no text-to-speech without using specifically allowed apps Oct 15 22:11
schestowitz This may also affect Web browsers: http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/roc/archives… Oct 15 22:12
schestowitz “Bill Hill has posted an article about “font embedding” on the Web, pushing Microsoft’s “Embedded OpenType” format as the only way to do font embedding that’s acceptable to font foundries. The theme is that “font linking” as implemented by Safari (and soon Gecko and Opera) is likely to get people sued and would lead to widespread font theft, and EOT is a much better approach that is endorsed by Microsoft and other font vendors. Chr Oct 15 22:12
schestowitz is Wilson followed up.” Oct 15 22:12
schestowitz The comments says: “Microsoft pushing yet another form of DRM that’s not going to work? I’m so not surprised! BTW IIRC fonts are covered by a special form of patents, not copyright, aren’t they? Well just like every other content, the owner will be able to take legal action against unauthorized users; and they could be able to tap a new market by licensing their fonts for embedding. Will they be smarter than the MAFIAAs?” Oct 15 22:12
MinceR unless m$ can buy the major browsers into supporting this, it’s doomed to fail. Oct 15 22:13
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twitter Your culture in jail. Oct 15 22:21
twitter They are trying to put chains back on books. Oct 15 22:21
twitter If we don’t control the fonts, people might share and learn. Oct 15 22:22
twitter oh no Oct 15 22:22
PetoKraus doh Oct 15 22:22
PetoKraus i’ve just finished Tarkovsky’s solaris Oct 15 22:22
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PetoKraus hmm, how the hell did… eh… i got email from Bruce Byfield? Oct 15 22:28
twitter oh noes, hate mail Oct 15 22:33
twitter do share Oct 15 22:33
PetoKraus nah, he just wants comments Oct 15 22:33
PetoKraus he’s even eager to call me Oct 15 22:34
PetoKraus at freaking 23:38 Oct 15 22:34
twitter about what? Oct 15 22:34
PetoKraus dunno Oct 15 22:34
PetoKraus if i don’t come back tommorow Oct 15 22:34
schestowitz PetoKraus: why? Oct 15 22:34
PetoKraus he offered me £3000 for keeping mouth shut Oct 15 22:34
PetoKraus :P Oct 15 22:34
twitter about what? Oct 15 22:35
PetoKraus dunno Oct 15 22:35
PetoKraus i mean, i am not expert Oct 15 22:35
PetoKraus he wants “comments” on whatever Oct 15 22:35
PetoKraus he didn’t even ask me yet Oct 15 22:35
schestowitz I’ve just sorted out something cool in CSS. Oct 15 22:35
schestowitz I can do nicely-formatted posts with 3 columns in Webkit and Gecko Oct 15 22:36
twitter what a very strange man, wants prior restraint without prior knowledge. Oct 15 22:36
PetoKraus twitter: i told him “go forth and ask” Oct 15 22:37
schestowitz Did you speak to him before? Oct 15 22:37
schestowitz He is in good touch with FSF people and you are a member, IIRC. Oct 15 22:37
PetoKraus no, never Oct 15 22:38
PetoKraus and yes, i am a member Oct 15 22:38
PetoKraus though i don’t like him THAT much Oct 15 22:38
PetoKraus he doesn’t make good impression on me Oct 15 22:38
twitter I don’t like him at all. Oct 15 22:38
schestowitz See the last line here: http://www.linux.com/feature/149403 Oct 15 22:38
schestowitz He posted a good article some hours ago… about Free software and open source. Oct 15 22:39
schestowitz I like his article a lot as long as he doesn’t go around bashing and dismissing those who oppose corruption. He even criticised Groklaw. Oct 15 22:39
schestowitz Presidential candidates dance around the Tube now: http://lessig.org/blog/2008/10/mccainpa… Oct 15 22:42
twitter Ick, I read it all.  Amazing, he wrote an article where he does not flame the free software community in one way or another. Oct 15 22:44
schestowitz The majority of his articles are good. Oct 15 22:45
twitter Of course, his repetition of the “free software is not innovative” lie is an amplification that creates controversy where there should be none. Oct 15 22:45
twitter The innovative and leading qualities of free software are obvious to any user. Oct 15 22:46
schestowitz The word innovative is worth discarding in any context. it’s a ‘junk food’ word. Oct 15 22:46
PetoKraus innova~1? Oct 15 22:47
schestowitz Free software predates proprietary anyway. That’s where the /real/ innovation (early days) actually occurred, but revisionism obscures this reality. Oct 15 22:47
schestowitz INNOVA~1. It’s not case sensitive :-) Oct 15 22:47
schestowitz C:/> cd INNOVA~1 Oct 15 22:48
twitter toupper Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1> cd Micros~1 Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1> dir Oct 15 22:48
twitter toupper dupper Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1> Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1> Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1> Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1>dir Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1>dir Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1> Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz C:/INNOVA~1/Micros~1>del *.* Oct 15 22:48
twitter no hidden files? Oct 15 22:48
schestowitz Error: no file found Oct 15 22:48
MinceR nah Oct 15 22:48
PetoKraus what the fuck is C:/ anyway Oct 15 22:48
MinceR they wouldn’t want to hide anything there Oct 15 22:49
twitter C:\ Oct 15 22:49
PetoKraus :) Oct 15 22:49
schestowitz Yes, oopsie. Oct 15 22:49
schestowitz *nix habits Oct 15 22:49
PetoKraus INNOVA! Oct 15 22:49
MinceR drive letters are a stupid idea anyway Oct 15 22:49
twitter they use escape character as a delimiter Oct 15 22:49
schestowitz Where is drive B? Oct 15 22:49
schestowitz Yeah, that sure makes a lot of sense. Oct 15 22:49
PetoKraus it dines in hell. Oct 15 22:49
MinceR it’s the second floppy drive Oct 15 22:49
twitter don’t talk bad about my floppy! Oct 15 22:49
schestowitz It was ‘user friendly’… knowing that it doesn’t exist… and that cdrom is well… E… or F… or who the heck knows? Oct 15 22:50
PetoKraus D, usually Oct 15 22:50
MinceR my first pc had both an 5.25″ and a 90mm (usually called 3.5″) floppy drive Oct 15 22:50
PetoKraus like c-D! Oct 15 22:50
twitter floppy A, B, no fixed disk. Oct 15 22:50
PetoKraus my first pc, Pentium 166, has got Dos only :) Oct 15 22:50
MinceR (and a Conner HDD) Oct 15 22:51
twitter No one had more than two floppies so fixed disks were C and D, E, F … Oct 15 22:51
schestowitz Bruce mailed me too. Oct 15 22:51
schestowitz It’s polite. Oct 15 22:51
PetoKraus schestowitz: yes Oct 15 22:51
PetoKraus i hope whether ben gets email ;) Oct 15 22:51
PetoKraus *wonder Oct 15 22:52
twitter boil, boil, toil and trouble! Oct 15 22:52
schestowitz MinceR: maybe when Vista is SSD-’ready’ (it’s not quite), they”ll assign G to that Oct 15 22:52
schestowitz The point is that arbitrary letters are /NOT/ better. Oct 15 22:52
twitter hda, sda? Oct 15 22:52
schestowitz No matter how much people were taught this. Oct 15 22:52
twitter unified file systems rock Oct 15 22:52
MinceR somehow they had the brains to omit drive letters from wince Oct 15 22:52
schestowitz PetoKraus: they probably approach Novell too. Oct 15 22:52
schestowitz I haven’t read the mail yet. Give me a moment. Oct 15 22:53
schestowitz I suppose it’s intended to try and resolve issues. Oct 15 22:53
schestowitz Which reminds me of what cj attempted. Oct 15 22:54
twitter You have to remember the kinds of things he’s said about you in the past.  There’s quite a lot to resolve. Oct 15 22:54
twitter semi-professional, etc. Oct 15 22:54
twitter dinner time. Oct 15 22:56
PetoKraus anyway, time to sleep. Need to wake up at 7 today… Oct 15 22:57
schestowitz gn, PetoKraus Oct 15 22:58
schestowitz twitter: yes, it doesn’t seem like a trap to me. The money PetoKraus mentioned raises suspicion though. Oct 15 22:59
PetoKraus nah Oct 15 22:59
PetoKraus i was just joking Oct 15 22:59
PetoKraus there’s no mention of money in the email Oct 15 22:59
PetoKraus i am as intrigued as you, trust me Oct 15 23:00
schestowitz PetoKraus: I’m replying at the moment. Oct 15 23:04
MinceR gn Oct 15 23:09
schestowitz gn Oct 15 23:16
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schestowitz Watch this shill’s comments: http://digg.com/users/kretik/history Oct 15 23:48
schestowitz All his activity is just attacks on me (in the comments) Oct 15 23:48
schestowitz There are at least 4 such accounts. If you watch the ‘friends’ of this account, it’s other anti-Linux users; there’s a nice pattern there. Oct 15 23:49
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  25. Links 13/10/2021: Firefox Keylogger on (By Default), GNOME Platform Design Discussed

    Links for the day



  26. [Meme] [Teaser] Swiss Alexandre Benallas

    The EPO‘s French dictator, Benoît ‘Vichy’ Battistelli, might be relieved to hear that his enabler in the adjacent Switzerland also enlisted armed bullies to keep the population down (the father of António Campinos might know a thing or two about those; it’s why he fled to France)



  27. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, October 12, 2021



  28. A Tale of Two KDE Distributions: Kubuntu 21.10 and Debian 11 GNU/Linux

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  29. Citation/Atlas 'Security' Exam is a Total Farce, But It's Still Good for Entertainment Purposes

    What are people being taught about so-called 'security'? Might that explain so many security breaches? (Poor training, wrong assumptions)



  30. [Meme] [Teaser] Swiss Rumbustious Alpha-Rambos

    Aggressive men tarnish the image of Switzerland as a soft nation of peace; details tomorrow...


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