* Posts by llewton

67 posts • joined 10 Feb 2011


Star Trek's Wesley Crusher blasts Google+ landgrab


your presence dishonors g+, child actor!

i think i'll wait until some former klingon offers his opinion. or some cardassian badass. this guy has no cred xD

Facebook button triggers tidal wave of human organs


we better find some habitable planets, destroy their native populations, and start colonizing them before people stop dying of natural causes on this one. or it's gonna get messy.


take my thumb while it's pointing up

... well, if anyone, facebook users know how it feels to wait and wait for that elusive brain transplant.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you


Re: yes, yes, that's all very well

@Phil W

fair point about install-time solution to codec problems. however, as a new user, installing ubuntu right away was the last thing on my timid mind. i just ran it off a usb, to test it and see if it's for me. and i couldn't play my music. heck, i went to hell and back figuring out how to find and launch a music player.


Re: yes, yes, that's all very well

"It was the Lady Gaga reference that got my troll senses tingling"

pity. i meant to tingle your sense of humor senses. seeing how canonical recently bragged about that pop culture abomination "running ubuntu", like it's something to be proud of.

sorry for the confusion. i was just role playing as "new user", not trolling.


Re: yes, yes, that's all very well

not a troll. simply "a new user scenario".

and, no, mate, you can't fix that for me like that. when i tried playing that file yesterday you weren't there with your helpful advice. and the system just gave me the error dialogue, no hint about installing any "extras", or how to install them. now, if i were, for example, a long-time debian user, i would've known exactly what to do. but ubuntu is no longer for linux users - it's for the 200 million new users who don't care about linux, who don't know what linux is, who don't like to tinker with their computers, who don't know they should google for answers every time, and who just want things to work, right? or wrong?

which really begs the question: who is ubuntu for nowadays? it's too restricted for linux users, it doesn't work ootb for the masses. it's become a disoriented, dysfunctional project, imo.


yes, yes, that's all very well

.. but i tried playing an mp3 file. it wouldn't play, something called "codecs" was missing.

*and* it wouldn't tell me what to do to make it play.

i don't care about freedom, software freedom, and i'm not computer or otherwise savvy. i just want things to work and not cost anything, so they told me ubuntu's for me.

but how do i make my mp3 files play?

it was lady gaga, btw. my favorite musician.

Swedish men ordered to present cervices in database flub


they have nipples. fair mistake.

Iran cuts off oil plants hit by mystery data-destroying virus


so, what operating system *do* these facilities run? you'd think at least a tech website would realize this is a vital piece of information in a story like this. news stories are not supposed to imply and suggest, but provide clear information. such as it is, this one's very incomplete.

'I'm no visionary': Torvalds up for $1.3m life-changing gong


Re: Is it 'cos I is Finnish?

... but on the other hand you got to admire the finns for bearing him no grudge, considering that linus renounced his loyalty to "foreign princes" when he accepted his u.s. citizenship :)

now, would we be using bsd or even other nix flavor for our kernels today if no linux? that's a tough and interesting question. linux and the tools and programs associated with it grew so strongly because it, the kernel, piqued the curiosity of many contributors very early on, and then inspired people to do incredible work building first distros and bringing together more folk around those projects. i don't know that the bsd had that type of potential to grow, even with linux never in the picture.


817 pounds - that's about 400 kilos, right?


linus was already given millions when red hat did its ipo way back when. just in case "life-changing" in the headline implies, "lots of money".

it's true what he says, he certainly is no visionary. he never even had any ambition or plans for the kernel to take off. that it has been so successful and is now so huge and essential to the tech world as we know it is thanks to thousands of its contributors over the years, and also companies like red hat and google who took it to corporate heights.

on my own computer though i prefer community efforts so i run debian, which is as stable and sensible as an OS gets imo.

Austrian village considers a F**king name change


Mr. and Mrs. Fuck.

I swear I won't read a better story all year.

Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status


the microsoft kiss of death, the gift that keeps on giving. i'm truly sorry for the innocent workers that are losing their jobs and will continue to lose their jobs, if it weren't for that, i'd be quite happy to watch this spectacular downward spiral.

Naked gyrating iPad vid exposes truth behind Apple's billions


comrade stalin used to post videos like this online of ruddy faced, smiling kolkhozniks. it was called agitprop then and it's called agitprop now. lucky for apple's image that americans don't really get an education, so they wouldn't really know.

170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?


i have an account but don't really use it much. deleted my facebook account years ago, this one will stay. i use lots of google's other services, so why not.


Re: And...

what's your take on the personality and psychology of folk who post lengthy comments on lots of news stories?

Five charged after fanboi sells kidney for iPad and iPhone


Re: m$ users sell their soul

actually both ms and apple consumers sell their souls, it's just that apple consumers apparently also sell their body parts.


that dear stylish boy whom the deities blessed with such appreciation of excellent design and fair price when it comes to hardware and software must sell his other kidney asap and put himself out of misery.

Google's Page: Dying Jobs called ME, I didn't call him


about jobs and android/google. am i convinced that jobs, a good sales and marketing man that he was, was one of the first to recognize the value and potential of android. in his nightmares he probably saw it gobbling up the market share before those who made android would even dare dream about it. the amount of aggression towards android just showed how much jobs thought it was worth as a competitor.

Linux boss: We're number one where it counts


google will take linux "to the desktop", corporate and otherwise. we know what google is, we know what linux is, it just remains to be seen what will be (re)defined as the desktop in our near future.

that said, i'm happy with my "traditional desktop on a laptop" :) but i'm afraid the future will bring changes.

Facebook accused of 'wanton' use of Canadian woman's pics


Re: Welcome to Facebook, sweetheart

i went to hell and back deleting (as in, actually deleting) my account about 4 years ago :D don't know how it works these days but it was no easy task back then.

otoh seems i'm missing out on a lot :D

Red Hat accelerates through $1bn in sales


you don't have to name names. the community knows those names well.

although i run debian for work and play.. i respect red hat because they understand they must give back in order for what they take to be worth anything. simple fact, but it escapes many "linux-leader" wannabes. so although this is really a time for their shareholders to rejoice, anyone who runs any type of linux should also be pleased. for the linux community red hat is the success story, our good name, big upstream contributor, and like i said, leader.


well huzzah!

true linux leaders

Senator demands Congressional vote on ACTA


"currently being ratified in Europe"

where is it being rafitied in europe, currently? the deal is to all intents and purposes dead here. countries that signed it are one by one refusing to ratify.

so have your newsfeeds updated.

The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins



you know what will be newsworthy? when one day potential employers order people who do not have facebook accounts, like myself, to create one, and then hand it over or whatever. in the meantime, meh. sue the morons, look for another job, do both, whatever.

Anonymous takes down Vatican website


funny how the catholic church's stand on condoms appears to be more important that its endorsement of the nazi ideology in several european countries during ww2... anyway this is now turning into plain web hooliganism and has little to do with any kind of "hacktivism".

Steve Jobs' death clears way for Apple-Android peace talks


... steve jobs was a sociopath of some sort, wasn't he?

Lithuania rules beer brewing 'vitally essential' to life


"...staff in its Baltic tentacle..."

your style of writing brings joy to mankind :D

Sick of Ubuntu's bad breath? Suck on a Linux Mint instead


"Ubuntu's bad breath"

lol you're horrible!

anyway i'm really looking forward to mint 13 when they ship with cinnamon. make or break time for them. will be the most anticipated release in the spring no doubt.

Microsoft blames poor Windows sales on PC slump


"I'd jump at the chance of a tablet with a proper OS"

yes, and then add a proper keyboard and a proper monitor to it, and you got yourself one great device.

US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux



this is very disturbing. there ought to be something in the linux kernel license that prevents the software from being used for killing people.

Google's Schmidt strikes Carrier IQ off Xmas card list


upvoted anyway :)

so you find brazen, dangerous cynicism funny?

well lucky you.

Assange: 'iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail users - you're all screwed'


i do. run android.

Ubuntu team questions Distrowatch share slide figures


"Red Hat is 42nd on the list, but has a much larger installed base..."

red hat is the world's leading linux on servers and a very, very serious company.

canonical on the other hand are unable to turn a profit and are chicken-thieving debian and a number of other FOSS projects in their bid to become "desktop" leaders.

to which of course i lol, but that's where distrowatch is important. it indicates the popularity of a distro on the desktop, not servers, rather well. canonical previously even quoted their "number 1 ranking on distrowatch" on their ubuntu page. now that they're gone, it's no longer relevant?

i call that clownishly flippant behavior on the part of canonical, that even smacks of desperation.

get your act together and stop whining, you uninspired, uncreative bunch.

Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever


yes, but;

"it's not necessarily an actual measurement of solid market share by more accepted metrics such as downloads, installations or revenue"

i agree, but please - what is? anyone who claims they have any known number of users are liars (and that would be canonical with their alleged "20 million users").

there is no way of knowing "the solid market share" of any linux distro, and that is the whole and only truth at this point in time.

distrowatch, on the other hand, has been and still is a good, valid indicator. this was true while ubuntu topped the list, it's true now that ubuntu's gone. as a debian user it would be unnatural for me to like ubuntu or care about its fate, but i'm not particularly pleased either to watch its decline. it *could have been* a linux success. but canonical managed to mix a poisonous concoction of a half-baked product with poor community management. and that's all she wrote.

Linux Mint moves to Gnome 3, keeps Gnome 2 MATEy

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yes, debian is that buntu african word that means, "giant".

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... and that's *exactly* why MS trolls waste their time and energy day after day, year after year, busily typing their little fingers until they bleed, manipulating unreliable and unofficial data, explaining how irrelevant linux is?

imo one would have to be either batshit crazy or earn 0.05 cents-per-post to waste time in this way.


gnome 3 and gnome shell might be two separate things.

Fedora 16: Linux home for lost Ubuntu GNOMEs



both "unity" and gnome shell are train wrecks and there's no way around it. being based on debian, ubuntu is still to some degree usable under all that ui horror, though i wouldn't use it personally. fedora on the other hand is basically a permanent RH beta that's good for testing but not running on computers used for work.

people leaving ubuntu imho will find a good new home with mint.

i run debian.

Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'


"IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7 percent"

oh, the humanity.

Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot


shareholders are curious

with microsoft bleeding billions all over the place, will this attempt be worth the anti-trust fines, and the reversal/adjustment of policy that will be required of the company.


there are anti-trust laws and consumer protection laws in civilized countries nowadays. your feelings about where things are going and what most people want are utterly irrelevant in this situation.


true in the united states of america.


rest assured there will be legal action in europe if this goes through.

-- with or without leaks and "pressure".

microsoft are threading very thin ice here.

iPhone users richer, brainier, more tasteful than Android-ers


no i won't post anonymously.thanks.

sometimes they just get their mom to buy them an ithing. doesn't mean they're richer. it just means their mom got poorer.

curiously no comments from windows users who got spanked rather wonderfully in the article. reinforces the theory that there may not really be any windows users out there.

'NATO RESTRICTED': The lowest possible classification


just asking

could it be that the point is that they managed to go where they needed to be in order to steal anything?


yes, but

how about regaining some sanity and supporting national defense initiatives? the eu is collapsing anyway.

of course nato is an anachronism. it's old and demented. does not even exhibit desired levels of reading comprehension when confronted with own statute.

no wonder peeps steal stuff from them...

Shale gas frees Europe from addiction to Putin's Pipe



hey peeps, you're almost free! hang in there lol

Google: Go public on Profiles or we'll delete you



imma go and delete my profile right now and i hope you're right i keep gmail, cos i kinda like to use gmail :)

but if it goes, sigh. i'll just go back to a local email client. they say thunderbird has a new version out...



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