Pilgrimage Questions

As I was awandering this morning in the fields of Intronet, I ran across [Link] “Microsoft cyber security chief urges users to STOP using its own outdated browser Internet Explorer and move to a ‘modern’ system” and recalled something I heard on a podcast last Sixday (at the gym, natch!)

“Those who use Internet Explorer do not deserve Linux.”

Not that I completely reject their Weltanschaung. After all, they probably still use WXP or one of the versions of W that retains some vestage of utility and satisfaction, and thereby, enjoyment. Certainly since MegaHard sold out to the ceramics trust their OS has not only been nauseatingly obese but painful to see or touch. 

But since Mozilla played out its brief – too brief – period as liberator and patriot, there have been alternatives to IE whose singular characteristic has been being betterer. 

So do I waste pity on these people? No. Because it isn’t racism if the evil ones are evil because of their mind shackles. Only those who seek betterness deserve to find it. But they have to come to betterness in their own time, else it is torture and hatred.

OS-laugh

I note [Link] that MegaHard has announced that it will permit users to continue using their older versions of Winders – you know, the ones that actually have some esthetic, however small, appeal and are minimally enjoyable to use, unlike the current Winders X which is ugly, nauseating, and painful bordering on either childbirth or rabies – if the proper baksheesh is paid.

How they are going to enforce this isn’t clear but then those who use Winders are not noted for intelligence, savvy, or canniness.

In the meantime, I shall continue using Linux at no charge other than my own time, sweat, and hormone-age. 

(Long Maniacal Laugh!!!!)

And reaping both enjoyment and satisfaction.

Dark Thoughts 4

I have made no bones, positive nor negative, of being a Linuxian. Once I retired from the civil service of the Yankee Republic, I was able to lay aside Winders along with my organizationally demanded loyalty and support to/for it. Nowadays, the only time I deal with Winders is when I have to bash FD SCP’s boxes or deal with a friend or colleague who continues to practice this aged and creaky “religion.”

That’s not quite accurate. I do still keep a few Winders boxes about, almost solely dedicated to running Scientific Word since there is no equivalent in Linux. The manufacturer of SW, who promised Linux support with the latest version, proved themselves to be a “true” Amerikan Capitalist by prvaricating and not producing a Linux client. Sic Transit…

But I still need SW, which I run in a aged version on an WXP box or two, to write Nerd papers, Linux lacking any equally useful alternative.

Anyway, I was reading an article [Link] entitled “A tour of elementary OS, perhaps the Linux world’s best hope for the mainstream” and it provoked some cogitation. For those who do not know, which is the majority, Elementary OS is a Linux distribution, and it is billed as the Linux Messiah that will instantiate the “year of the Linux desktop.”

After years of stentorian announcements of the “year of the Linux desktop,” I have become cynical, or, at least, more cynical of the claims. But lately I have come to focus a different view of this.

If we go back to the period before Thucydides invented history, when the Greeks told fantasy tales of heroes, we find that heroes were not always nice people but they were few in number. 

In a similar vein, in the centuries just prior to the quantum/relativity revolution, “civilized” nations have Explorers’ Clubs, dedicated to people who went in harms way to find new places, people, things, and ideas. These Explorers were not always nice people, despite the propaganda of King and Country and Media, but they were few in number.

Heroes and Explorers were not majority human beings. They were driven to activities alien to the rest of humanity, and by so doing, enriched that majority.

I will argue that (at least one of) the modern equivalent of Heroes and Explorers are the folks who deliberately, without coercion, adopt Linux. Because doing so enriches the majority who remain Winders serfs and Apple slaves. 

We should not therefore try to entice great numbers to embrace Linux, for such power is inherently unstable and would damage the mundanity of society too much. 

There is no year of the Linux desktop any more than next year there will be fulfillment in Jerusalem.

Alternately, the year of the Linux desktop is every year that these few, these explorer/heroes improve the lot of humanity. And suffer as much from the apathy and hatred of that majority as they do from privation and opposition. 

Those who seek the Grail are opposed by all, good and evil alike.

Fenestrae Stercus Est

Opened the weekly Register summary [Link] and was deluged with no less that four different articles on four different ways that WX satsfies Sturgeon’s Rule.

Affirmed my own experience yesterday.

Sometime ago I purchased a refurbed Lenovo Yogi that came with WX. Yesterday I had a bit of slack time so I decided to see if I could get the box to dual-boot. The first step was to activate WX so I could cozen it into letting me into the system settings and get some Linux installed.

Things were going along fairly smoothly when the OS demanded I generate a MegaHard account. It demanded an email address so I entered mine.

It was rejected. Evidently MegaHard thinks academic addresses are bogus or something. 

So I turned the beast off. Got out a screwdriver and opened the box up. Popped out the hard drive and replaced it with a blank SSD. The HD was salted away in case I ever had the delusion again that MegaHard was worth any concern or attention span.

Void of the Redmond Cancer, I told the settings to silence secure boot and installed Linux – Netrunner in this instance, which is about as far from Winders as one can get being entirely NON-Proprietary! And there is great delight in the realm.

Perhaps that should be a message for MegaHard and the fascists inside the beltway?

I later read that Gooey has decreed that any telephony corporation parasite on their coding must provide at least two years of updates for the OS. 

Doesn’t make it a decent OS but at least it’s a good move, which is surprising given the tenor of Gooey’s interactions with humanity. 

There may yet be hope for the species and the planet.

Antediluvian Amerika

Off to Nawth Alibam’s Shining City on the Hill this mawning. Good provendering. Good conversation over the Sowth’s archetypical “daily bread”. And then I came home to find this cartoon [Link]

and my first thought was that this organization is still trying to get by with Winders.

FOSS First! Hammers that don’t bend around the nail. Pipes that flow. And boot times less than the time for light to get to Tellus from Ares.

Or Visa Versa!

Climate Change?????

Rather much has been made about the Zucker gracing the National Council of Thieves with his presence. [Link] I have to admit to having actually watched a minuscule bit of the affair on the electromagnetic receiver and I noted two things:

This affair set a record for a gawky guy’s uncomfortableness in n obviously overpriced and incompetently fitted suit; and

a record for the number of people in a room who enjoy wide public confidence and are as ignorant as slime is of itself.

Nonetheless, I have to agree with the article that two things are in the wind. What I think they miss will be the bulk of my blottage.

First, FaceScroll needs regulation. That may be but what hasn’t been addressed is who will administer the regulatory activity? Consider how poorly the Yankee Guvmint regulates (as an egregious example) the money capitalist organizations. Now part of this is political treason on the part of politicians of both partei flavor but most of the ineptitude is due to the inadequate skills in the guvmint, especially since the politicians got mean about their war on civil servants.

This vector goes very deep if we think about who in guvmint is going to regulate FaceScroll. My guess is that the best pick would be the NSA. The problem is that while NSA understands the surveillance aspects, they are probably as empty of capability as the rest of the guvmint when it comes to the psychological side of Face Scroll. 

So the question is, who does the administration of the regulation? I suspect most agencies will be savvy enough to keep low because anyone who gets the rose will end up smelling of Sty.

Second, FaceScroll is too big. This is a similar problem. How do you partition FaceScroll? Based on the geography of the members: Yankees can’t associate with Confeds? Based on Gender: boys can’t associate with girls? Maybe… Based on age: ORFs can’t associate with Millenials? 

So the second question is, how do you reduce it? Without, pissing off everyone and making this an issue for the next general election?

The fact is that FaceScroll is a manifestation of the electronic revolution that started at the beginning of the last century with radio and such. Society has lagged a bit, but not as much as government. We now have a world wide web that isn’t world wide but wherever it is, everyone with a minimal amount of coin is a member, a citizen, if you will, and they are prepared to ignore what they ain’t interested in or don’t like but will take swift revenge to anyone who degrades their access and citizenship.

The Council of Theives, of course, is very good at denying and ignoring climate change but this is a form that they may suffer from robustly.