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by markfiend
Tue May 18, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Internet and privacy
Replies: 7
Views: 954

Re: Internet and privacy

The FireFox plugin TrackMeNot protects users against search data profiling by issuing randomized queries to popular search-engines.
by markfiend
Mon May 17, 2010 12:22 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Is Linux Anarchist?
Replies: 52
Views: 6394

Re: Is Linux Anarchist?

:lol: As a good old-fashioned English Lefty, I actually think there is a great deal of similarity between the structure of GNU/Linux and that of anarcho-syndicalism... not least the incessant splitting of groups and infighting :wink: People are just not responsible enough for a pure Libertarian or s...
by markfiend
Fri May 14, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Would Linux be more popular with LESS choice?
Replies: 366
Views: 52373

Re: Would Linux be more popular with LESS choice?

IMHO you really don't get the idea of Linux at all... What is the idea of Linux then? I said this on page 2 of the thread... No-one really gives a hoot about market share, because Linux isn't about making money. What Linux is about is the free flow of ideas . Regarding your complaint of "too m...
by markfiend
Thu May 13, 2010 5:34 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: What to do with SPAM
Replies: 14
Views: 1256

Re: What to do with SPAM

I find it funny when they spam Windows only video conversion software on a Linux forum. They don't care. The object of the exercise (from the spammer's point of view) is to get links to their sites recorded by Google's web-spiders to increase their search rank. The actual topic of the forum they're...
by markfiend
Wed May 12, 2010 7:06 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: scroogle is down
Replies: 19
Views: 1887

Re: scroogle is down

by markfiend
Tue May 11, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Chat about Linux
Topic: Would Linux be more popular with LESS choice?
Replies: 366
Views: 52373

Re: Would Linux be more popular with LESS choice?

Would Linux be more popular with LESS choice? Typical mainstream Windows users with no desire to learn or contribute are a liability to the Linux community, not an asset. They bring nothing of value to the table. How do you know that? I'm not Fred and I'm not claiming to read his mind but... Well, ...
by markfiend
Fri May 07, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Election Night
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Election Night

Hung parliament.

Well that was an interesting 24 hours.

Not exactly fair that 36% Tory, 29% Labour, 26% Liberal in votes turns into 47% Tory, 39% Labour, 9% Liberal in terms of seats. :roll:

And I still live in one of the safest Labour seats in England :lol:
by markfiend
Thu May 06, 2010 7:30 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: C# vs. others
Replies: 38
Views: 4508

Re: C# vs. others

by markfiend
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Hit this Linux poll
Replies: 6
Views: 690

Re: Hit this Linux poll

I'm with FedoraRefugee , all internet polls prove is who can mobilise the most users to go and swamp the poll. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_100#Hacking -- 4chan swamped the poll for the 2009 Time 100 to such a degree that they actually determined the order of the top 21, including the 4chan...
by markfiend
Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: C# vs. others
Replies: 38
Views: 4508

Re: C# vs. others

This discussion is rapidly vanishing from my area of expertise, but just a couple of points: In practice you will often use additional frameworks, which are written in "something" and have Java wrappers. These frameworks usually exist only on one OS and using them makes the whole solution ...
by markfiend
Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: Is it true that programs are frozen in the repositories?
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: Is it true that programs are frozen in the repositories?

Firstly, just being "able to download whatever I want from the internet, like in Windows" is a shocking security risk. You're leaving yourself wide open to malware. While there is an element of the "gatekeeper" syndrome in the repositories as you correctly point out, we have the ...
by markfiend
Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:00 am
Forum: Desktop Screenshots
Topic: Unofficial Post Your Linux Mint Desktop Thread
Replies: 6483
Views: 918876

Re: Unofficial Post Your Linux Mint Desktop Thread

vrkalak wrote:a simple single-line across the top Conky.
I like that Conky setup vrkalak.
by markfiend
Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: Why did you switch to linux mint?
Replies: 206
Views: 30931

Re: Why did you switch to linux mint?

FedoraRefugee wrote:
Why did you switch to linux mint?
For me it was the $8,000 sign on bonus. :wink:
:lol: Why didn't I get mine? :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:06 pm
Forum: Open chat
Topic: C# vs. others
Replies: 38
Views: 4508

Re: C# vs. others

Microsoft may have patent claims over Mono too. It's a tough call; in a perfect world, I would prefer doing without anything that might be patent-encumbered. On the other hand I use mp3 (which is a patented codec) for most of my audio collection. I'm not Richard Stallman; I'm not going to say you're...
by markfiend
Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: C# vs. others
Replies: 38
Views: 4508

Re: C# vs. others

IMO the biggest potential pitfall of C# is that it's not free open-source software sensu stricto and you risk Microsoft suddenly deciding to enforce its software patents.
by markfiend
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:33 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: The world isnt against you.
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: The world isnt against you.

True, most of the conspiracy theories are silly. Especially in politics most imagine people's values fall on a horizontal line; liberal to conservative or left to right. The truth is this is a circle, not a line. the far far left and the far far right all meet at 12 o'clock. This is where the consp...
by markfiend
Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:54 am
Forum: Open chat
Topic: Wow. Ubuntu Censoring people's freedom?
Replies: 30
Views: 2988

Re: Wow. Ubuntu Censoring people's freedom?

I am a passionate defender of free speech, but that means you have the right to say what you want without the government punishing you for it. It doesn't mean you have a right to say whatever you want on a privately-owned web-site.
by markfiend
Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:47 am
Forum: Sound, Multimedia, & Codecs
Topic: Home Theatre / Media Center Comparisons
Replies: 19
Views: 10138

Re: Home Theatre / Media Center Comparisons

XBMC works perfectly on my Mint box. You need to enable the XBMC repository before installing:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

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