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Valve admits to flaws in Steam survey that made it under count GNU/Linux.

One of the flaws that they admit to was that last year when it looked like GNU/Linux share was going down, one of the things that had actually happened is that Steam was made available to users in China, and many people in China use internet cafes, and it was making the Steam survey pop up a bunch of times and inflating the Windows usage share stats.

The survey is only supposed to come up one time per year for each user.

Lubuntu 18.10 switching from LDDE to LXQt. I've been meaning to try this desktop out. We've absolutely needed a do-over as KDE is the leading Qt desktop environment on *nix and is full of bloat and decay.


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US: A homeless man was thrown in jail for three months for buying a meal at Burger King with a $10 bill. The employees called the cops and claimed it was counterfeit. It took the government three months to determine that the $10 bill was genuine.

Under Trump, the rich got a $3 trillion tax cut while people are living on the streets with no food and no health care.

Repeal and Replace Trump's buddies in Congress.


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Don't trust the Yubikey "smart card". It's 100% proprietary.

It's always amusing when a company that won't let you audit their product says "trust us".

Tribler still says that their "anonymous bittorrent client" is secure. Baloney. It is not secure. Their own forum has tons of people complaining that they used it and continued receiving infringement letters anyway.

Tribler is a research subsidy grant black hole for the EU. And they wonder why they're broke as hell.

The US export control list is pretty damned well impossible to enforce anyway. If I share copies of GNU/Linux on Bittorrent, and someone in Cuba connects to the swarm and grabs one, I've technically broken federal export law. Experts don't know how many federal crimes exist, but some people think there are over 40,000, not counting laws which make breaking another country's laws while you are there a federal offense in the US.

This is why everyone in America needs to start using VPNs and Tor.

"Security through obscurity." < Microsoft typically doles out Windows source code to every government on Earth that isn't part of the US Embargoed Nations List. That means that even Russia and China are getting it. No telling how many weaponized vulnerabilities governments sit on, but it's probably pretty bad.

The only people who definitely aren't getting the Windows source code are the good guys. The bad guys are getting it.

"Windows Subsystem for Linux" is still over 100 times slower than Ubuntu on bare metal in some cases, and significantly slower in most cases. WSL = Poor substitute


Humorous observation: Git is easier to learn than Vi.

The name of every US Senator that voted against net neutrality and when they're up for re-election:


Intel will keep lording over their domain because they have patents on most of the x86 features tht have been added since the mid 1990s, which means that it would take Microsoft's emulator years, decades, to support the features that software wants to use today.

There are projects to put an x86 CPU emulator in Wine, and maybe if your computer is really really fast, that'll work out okay, except that Macs are not fast, so unless you just want to run some boring office program, it's not an option.

But Microsoft is trying to step in it again, with a Windows on ARM system that relies heavily on a broken x86 emulator. Apparently, they didn't have enough losing last time and if anyone buys this not knowing that emulation is crap, the word will get out. 2/2

macOS is a good example of security through obscurity, because so few people bother to attack it even though the OS is ripe for abuse. The running joke being that the Mac can't even get _negative_ attention. I think they'll be sorry if they ever follow through on the rumored plan to ditch x86, because almost every Mac user, including the tech reporters, end up dual booting, running Wine, or running Windows in a VM. 1/2

New Linux 3.18.109, 4.4.132, Linux 4.9.100, Linux 4.14.41, and 4.16.9 kernels out with more patches to plug potential Spectre variant 1 vulnerabilities.


In fact, it should be total anarchy, and yet some of the strongest communities in the world exist where the fewest people believe in a god or a religion.

Many of the cruelest societies have an abundance of religion. Explain that.

In fact, I'd argue that once people are on a level where they see religion to be as naked and useless as it really is, they're generally more than capable of governing their own behavior. There is no evidence that non-religious people cheat, lie, steal, and murder more than the general population, but according to the churches, the more than doubling of athiests, agnostics, and other nones within the last 20 years means that there should be broken store windows and flaming dumpsters everywhere.

The Man in Black: You believe in God, Lawrence? Did Ford saddle you with that particular affliction?

Lawrence: Ain't given the matter much thought, one way or the other[...]always sounded like bullshit to me.

The Man in Black: Yeah, and in the real world, you'd probably be right. Just some fairy tale to convince people to behave, pay their taxes, and not take a machete to their neighbors. (Westworld)

I disagree partially. Religious people cheat, lie, and steal as much as anyone. Maybe more.

John insists on using Windows 10 and in two years, I've already had to install it clean twice. Once for general breakage and another when he inadvertently installed a trojan horse. I would say that if anything, Windows is as bad as ever, and worse.

Also, even when MSFT didn't break Windows itself, his games stop working for various reasons. The one he's had the most problems with has been Cities Skylines, which uses the Mono runtime/Unity Engine.