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Try Gnome 3.12 Preview in Fedora 20

↳ Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Ben Spera

Gnome 3.12 is due out later this month, but if you want to try it out now on Fedora you can use R Hughes’ COPR repository for a early peek. I’m currently using it and it’s pretty stable. I especially like the new updates to Gnome’s Epiphany browser.

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Favorite Twitter App for Linux

↳ Posted on January 26th, 2014 by Ben Spera

hototFor far too long I’ve settled with Twitter’s website when I was using my desktop computer. This is because the universal social programs for linux (e.g. Gwibber and Pidgin) always looked sloppy and cluttered to me. I put effort into maintaining a certain chi on my desktop and I wanted something that matched my theme. Eventually, I opted for Tweet Deck, which had more features and a clean look but it required me to use the Chrome web browser and to have Chrome open in order to access Twitter. I prefer to use the open-source Firefox browser. Read more…

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Gnome 3 Native Theme for Firefox

↳ Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Ben Spera

gnome-ffThese quick tweaks will give Firefox a nice facelift, making it look completely native to your GNOME 3 desktop. These tweaks are said to also work if you’re using GNOME 3’s ‘Global Dark Theme’ option found in Gnome Tweak, but I haven’t tested that claim.

This not only makes Firefox a little easier on the eyes, but it also reclaims some priceless real estate from Firefox’s toolbar and status bar. Many of the GUI design features that have kept me clinging onto Chrome have been relieved with these tweaks, allowing me to finally leave the botnet-infested Chrome for a real open-source browser. Read more…

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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality

Posted on January 25th, 2014 by Ben Spera

14137_large_net_neutralityAs a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Mi Gov’t Conducts Armed Raids on Hog Farmers, Kills Livestock

Posted on April 17th, 2012 by Ben Spera

Sometimes I read articles that seem so ridiculous that I can’t believe them. This is one of those stories.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent de facto SWAT teams to the homes of local pig farmers and forced the farmers to kill all of their livestock. The DNR claims the pigs were an “invasive species.” Why they needed body armor and assault rifles for a few hog farmers is beyond me. Unreal.

Full Story: Natural News

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