* Posts by Ken Starks

8 posts • joined 22 Jan 2009

Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

Ken Starks
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That's what I'm talking about.....

"2. You don't want the job back, but you do want your ex-employer to ask you to come back, like a dog with its tail between its legs, that they are. If your ex-employer wants to put their own noose around their own neck, let them."

Come back to work and keep things casual then when you've accepted an offer from another employer, make sure the asshat that fired you knows how much you appreciate use of the company resources to find your new job. It also might be fun to let him know that the settlement money enabled you to take a nice long vacation with your family prior to starting your new position. Of course, all of that is just a lousy piece of advice if, by some cruel twist of fate, you might need to be hired there again. Stranger things have happened.

Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

Ken Starks

Re: EADON the OS n00b

".....And you seem firmly wedded to idealism about one set of technologies..... "

Seems to me, your insistence on including the GNU in Linux might be ideally important to you.

Most of us, while realizing GNU's contributions and accomplishments are great, have simply dropped the "GNU" from GNU/Linux. It's clumsy to type, even clumsier to say and it confuses a lot of folks. When it was still fashionable to put the GNU in front of Linux, I can't tell you how many people asked me, "What's the difference between GNU/Linux and Linux"? After the first 50 times or so, my answer was whittled down to a one word response:

"Gnothing".

Aside from philosophical arguments, meant for the round table instead of the industry, that battle is over. People, fully aware of Linux only being a kernel still refer to it as just plain Linux. I am related by marriage, albeit several generations removed, from Louis-Joseph Chevrolet. Sure I respect him and sure I am proud of the legacy he left us, but I'm not going to force myself to refer to one of his cars as a "Chevrolet" every time it comes up in conversation.

It's a Chevy. Everyone knows that. Let's move on. Is a Chevy a car? Sure it is, at least to everyone who knows what a Chevy is. And so, the evolution of the term GNU/Linux has led us to refer to it as just plain Linux. By the time you start mentally pounding on someone's head, trying to drive in the meaning of GNU, they are going to just walk away, shaking what head they have left. It's confusing, it's awkward and it smacks more of philosophical idealism more than it demonstrates a pragmatic choice.

Keep it simple, keep it short and acknowledge GNU when necessary. But it is not necessary every time the Linux brand or OS presents itself.

Kim Dotcom offers free internet with own submarine cable

Ken Starks

Re: Say what you like about Mr DotCom...

If he pulls this off, he will be guarded better than the Crown Jewels.

Massive strike at Foxconn's iPhone 5 factory

Ken Starks
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Re: USA?

My quad core HP: "Made and assembled in Houston Texas"

My Samsung 32 inch monitor "Made in Korea"

My Samsung Galaxy S3 "Made in Korea" "Battery Made in Japan and finished in Korea"

Although HP is currently building a facility in China and is expected to go online in 2015

http://www.pcworld.com/article/253997/hp_to_build_new_printer_manufacturing_facility_in_china.html

Canonical bungs kill switch onto Ubuntu's Amazon 'adware'

Ken Starks
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Nice handcuffs.....

With all the problems that Linux may have, if you can actually read the Microsoft Windows EULA and agree to it, then I really don't know what to say. Linux may have some rough spots but they are nothing in comparison to the absolute ham-fisted restrictions that Redmond wants to lock you into. If you are OK with that, then I suppose you are right where you belong.

Ken Starks
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Port In The Storm

The Unity thing, coupled with Gnome Devs losing their fecking minds, got me the h3ll out of Ubuntu-land and Gnome as well. I found a distro called SolusOS that finally gave me what I wanted without compromise. The current supported release is running the last stable version of Gnome but the 2.0 release coming out in 2013 will be Gnome 3, written to act and appear exactly like Gnome 2. The beauty of SolusOS 2 is that unlike the Mint derivative Mate, the Solus desktop will use Gnome 3 under the hood while being fully backward compatable with GTK2.

I am personally looking forward to the 2.0 release and our Reglue.org organization will use it on every computer we install.

Euro watchdog to charge Microsoft on web browser choice boob

Ken Starks

Come back from 1999

"...are because they are painfully behind the times for user-friendliness.."

My organization, Reglue.org gives 8-18 year old kids somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 computers a year. The majority of those kids are between the ages of 12 and 15. Every one of them run a Debian-based Linux distro, respun to contain educational and recreational apps, many of them geared to the learning-disabled. Since 2005, we've rarely had any of our kids experience problems with learning the systems after less than an hour of instruction. To my knowledge, none of them have had to use the command line, unless they wanted to learn about it.

I am sorry you find using Linux difficult, and if I may be so kind as to offer you assistance, we have several 12 year olds that are willing to help you should you run into difficulties. Please email me personally and I will arrange a help session via vidchat or email. Most of these kids are extremely eager to help and rarely tell you to RTFM.

US credit card payment house breached by sniffing malware

Ken Starks

The architecture point is valid

Not wanting to prolong or evoke further shots fired, I will confirm as correct the poster who stated that Linux is secure not via obscurity but by the way the file system is designed. Now, You can't fix stupid...if you send me a script and tell me that it's the winning lottery numbers for next week (and oh please do change the permissions to execute) and I do it, then all the protection in the world isn't going to help me. Here is where the difference in Linux and Windows comes into play. In Windows, most usually, whatever malware or virus/trojan/havoc is in the payload will deploy to the users address book, chat addresses, etc and go forth doing it's dirty work. In Linux, the damage stays local...the way it should be.

The only one harmed is the idiot who opened it.

Why do you think the Battle-Readiness Group for the US Army and most of Wall Street switched to Linux on server and desktop alike? When queried why the BRG wouldn't be renewing their licenses, the Procurement Officer stated it curtly.

"When your computer crashes, you are inconvenienced, when my computers crash, good men die.

That's why the BRG switched to Linux.

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