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Gavel fails to fall for Apple 1

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Re: Too right, typical Apple

I remember back when I got my first computer and the Apple 8-bit machines were still selling at prices higher than some Amiga and STs.

When it came to making computing more accessible to the masses, the significance of Apple is grossly overstated. They get press because they are still around to help feed the propaganda machine.

Now that I think about it some more, those 8-bit Apple machines were even more expensive than some of the lesser PC clones.

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'It's not a post-PC world: Just a post Windows one, maybe'

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Re: windows is a niche OS or Is 'Touching' just for perverts?

Windows is the new legacy platform. It's that nasty old mainframe running COBOL. You don't really like it but you can't really get rid of it either. There are piles of old apps that are written for it and only for it and they aren't going to get migrated to anything else.

Apple has slim prospects of reversing this. Slightly more than Linux. Steam is a good example.

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US data show slump in Apple tablet share

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Re: Not surprising

It's not just about the price but price is an element to consider here.

Some people simply might not want such a large device. Apple and it's fans go to great lengths to try and discredit the 7 inch tablet but it has served the e-book retailers well.

A smaller device means a cheaper device and drives down price to "impulse buy" levels. While price is not the main factor, it helps to get people familiar with Android. They see it. They like it. They dump their Apple products.

The Nook and the Nexus 7 are the Android gateway drugs.

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Keep your Playboy mansion, Supermicro is my nerd vice palace

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Re: Meh

Use some SuperMicro brand 3x5 SATA hot swap racks. Put them in any enclosure you like.

I have a couple of these myself. Tandem arrays in two different boxes in different rooms. One mirrors the other.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

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Re: A monument to FAILURE

There's plenty of DVD packaging that makes the CD case seem positively sublime.

Quite a bit of DVD packaging will ensure that your disks are damaged. Some won't even survive the trip through the supply chain while others will make it impossible for use your disks without scratching them.

"Complete Series" collections seems to be especially bad in this regard.

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Re: Is there any truth

There are a lot of CD's in the Library of Congress that have rotted away. It doesn't seem to be an age thing in particular. If anything it seems to be just down to a matter of luck in terms of who fabricated the disc. A lot of my own old disks are still perfectly playable.

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DRM cracking in the forest where no one can hear...

> DVDs couldn't be ripped until the CSS was broken.

...which happened before the format even became widely used.

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Better pay your taxes: The world's NOT going to end this year

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Re: Ironic really

This makes as much sense as calling the Italians Romans.

The civilization fell apart, people left the cities, those cities fell to rubble.

We wouldn't even be aware of them if not for some busybodies willing to go out and find that stuff and beat away the jungle afterwards.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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Re: Running out of money Shuttleworth?

Close but not quite.

All of the improvements have come from upstream projects that have nothing to do with Canonical and aren't paid for by Shuttleworth. Ubuntu isn't even the frosting on the cake. It's the letters on the frosting on the cake. Linux is a collaborative community effort and Canonical takes much more than it gives.

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Nonsense

If Shuttleworth wants money, he can try asking for it directly. He can actually SELL desktop Linux as a product rather than doing everything he can to avoid that. He could even send some boxes to places like Microcenter and Frys.

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Juries: The only reason ANYONE understands patent law AT ALL

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Re: Legal not technical

It also didn't help that Samsung spectacularly failed at the Vor Dire process and allowed a wannabe patent troll to be on the jury (and foreman no less).

This is a guy that captures everything that is wrong about the Patent system in the US.

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Who queues for an iPhone 5? Protesters, hipsters and the jobless

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Re: iMuppets

I think my all time queue record is 4 hours for Phantom Menace tickets and that was strictly on a whim and at the spur of the moment. I think Apple encourages this kind of silliness. It's more of that free advertising from the news media.

OTOH, that venue where I queued for TPM simply would never have tolerated a bunch of riffraff loitering for days and days on end.

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Re: iMuppets

I can be here and gone in 5 minutes.

I don't waste days and days and days at a time on this stuff.

...and they say math education is bad on my side of the pond.

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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

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Re: "Heading up the makeover effort is Stacy Wolff, a longtime HP exec"

> Now look where Apple is!

They basically abdicated the PC market to Windows.

That's hardly useful to HP. What advice should they take from your gushing over jobs? That they should find some other line of business to be in?

They floated that idea already.

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Re: So in plain english...

Fads in fashion become dated quickly.

That must mean your house looks just wretched.

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Ten iPhone 5 challengers

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Re: A bit OT, but...

> One can do, but intelligent syncing offers quite a lot.

Like I said. The rest of us aren't Shallow Alto Hipsters.

Most people haven't drunk the Kool-Aid, never mind swimming in it. They're like the youth of today. They don't get platform wars. They don't even get platforms. They don't even view Windows as special or distinct. Never mind Apple products.

The more you use Apple products, the more you are trapped by them.

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Re: A bit OT, but...

> One can do, but intelligent syncing offers quite a lot.

No it doesn't. If your library is larger than your device then you are stuck with an interface that is shockingly primitive for what it needs to do. It's pretty much a crude 80s style file manager that insulates you from your actual files. This yields something that is unsophisticated and inconsitent with interfaces the user may be familiar with. It also yields something that is less flexible and needs to be "hacked" around.

Non-Apple products in general handle photos better because they don't try to second guess your sense of organization. The rest represent an outdated notion of what mobile device is. They have no real place in iTunes anymore.

So iTunes becomes this bloated monstrosity suffering from feature creep standing in the way of alternate approaches.

It's the least Unix thing you could possibly come up with.

If I can't manage a device myself that also means that developers can't do it for me either. There is no escape from Apple mediocrity or the community group think that tends to shout down more creative uses.

iTunes is a dinosaur from a time before when a mobile device could fend for itself. The first versions ran on hardware LESS powerful than current devices. The gatekeeper/crutch role no longer makes any sense.

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Re: A bit OT, but...

"Converting" the iTunes library?

Assuming they don't have a pile of DRM encumbered books, audio books, and movies they can just copy their music files to their phone. Just plug it in and Drag & Drop.

The fact that Apple likes to scramble things can make is more complicated though.

Content with Apple DRM only plays on Apple devices. If you have been an Apple-only media glutton then you're kind of out of luck. Apple has helped turn something like a VHS tape into something that would keep you trapped with a single hardware vendor.

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Re: USB On The Go

As cool as it is to plug my phone into a powered hub and a 3TB hard drive is, it's just not as practical as having more internal storage.

Although it's nice that Android vendors don't get in the way of this kind of thing too much. A 128G thumb drive is awkward but still doable.

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Re: No SD card slot in this day and age is a crime

Upgradable storage is too obvious to even be a point of contention with any other bit of consumer electronics.

Yet for iPod wannabes it seems somehow more tolerable. There's really no reason for it.

Expandable storage means that someone that is not that adaptable to begin with can continue using the device they've already gotten used to because a device is less likely to become obsolete.

Expecting people to constantly adapt to new devices every time their requirements change or tech changes marginally. Now that is silly.

Sure some users are more demanding. They are also more likely to be Android users.

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EU greases up orphan works copyright loophole for Big Culture

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Re: Metadata!

You want to use the government as a blunt instrument against your enemies but you can't be bothered to go to any sort of trouble yourself. Now THAT is a "sense of entitlement". The idea that "everything is owned' is a very harmful thing. It mires many useful and creative works in a maze of licensing issues.

Copyrights should be short and simple. The bulk of material should not cause burdens for current creators. This includes stuff as simple as "happy birthday".

The default assumption should be "it is not owned" and the consequences for mistakes in this regard should not be dire.

The effort to "protect" something should actually be related to it's actual value.

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The iPHONE 5 UNDERMINES western DEMOCRACY: 5 reasons why

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Re: One Fact Forgotten

Destroying the US Patent system? Load me up on "knockoffs".

Your propaganda about Apple's bad patents are why the whole system needs to be burned down. It's like a house infested with black mold. It's better to nuke it from orbit. It's already too far gone.

Idiots like you should be forced to use MS-DOS.

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Re: And on and on

> Got both Apple and HTC Android phones in the family. I can only speak from personal experience.

About 5 minutes after getting her hands on a Galaxy Tab 2 the missus dumped her iPad and her iPhone.

Got tired of waiting for the iPhone5 and got an GS3 instead. Likes it better than the iPhone. Not bothered by any of the usual bogeyman that fanboys tend to bring up in their usual attempts to engage in fear mongering.

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Re: I'm sorry but this is nonsense...

What's to have trouble with? Just put your Music anywhere on the device and it will get sorted. This is 2012. Our phones are more powerful than the first machines that ran iTunes. The idea that you need some gatekeeper software on your PC is just outdated.

iTunes should be running on the phone.

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JEDIDIAH
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Ford and other nonense.

> How can you be so negative about the iPhone 5? When it supposed to have ground breaking features, such as the ability to bluetooth a file between 2 devices.

Been done already. They even have ads for this everywhere and even at the movies. Are you a shut-in or something?

> Henry Ford invented the modern car

Even Ford didn't claim that.

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JEDIDIAH
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Re: Weird...

The "you must be a mechanic fallacy".

You don't have to be a mechanic to benefit from the fact that the guy next to you can be one. The fact that you can be means that he can be and he can do all of the hard work for you.

Although more than anything, a product that isn't "geek hostile" is likely to have more thought put into it. The demanding user will be considered. It doesn't have to be a "geek". It could just be someone that puts the product through it's paces. You can do that without being a "geek" or a "mechanic".

Apple's "let's lower the bar" mentality is what led me to hack and jailbreak my iPhone. It should not have been necessary but it was. It was just a reflection of Apple ignoring the serious user. This made an iPhone more of a bother than an Android.

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The n00b mating call...

...you kid but in all likelihood I can probably attach a floppy drive to my phone.

That's the difference between a platform that enables the end user and one that just puts up pointles barriers.

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Build a bonkers home cinema

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Re: Kaleidescape

...except this is a DVD jukebox. It's not some mission critical Oracle database. The "enterprise" requirements just aren't there. RAID is a means to exploit low cost disks. A 3TB disk pack simply doesn't need to be $1400 for what a Kscape system is doing with it.

I can build 2 arrays capable of doing the job of the overpriced kscape one (due to compression) and still come out ahead by an order of magnitude.

I can also avoid the "packages" that average $28 per DVD too.

That markup likely has nothing to do with the actual hardware and is likely just a means to pay for the "wipe your arse" level of service that you get with a device like this.

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Re: Disc vault?

$30K buys a lot of NAS. That's getting into Netapp territory. Kscape fans even like drawing that kind of comparison to make their kit seem less absurdly priced (I kid you not).

The OP is probably talking about something that is an open solution that doesn't keep you paid for media trapped and in the exact same format as it came on (from the physical media).

For $600 I could have a bespoke tower PC ready to accept a SATA RAID cage more than capable of doing the same job as a $30K Kscape array. It's like Macs. You don't fixate on the specs. You concentrate on what you need to get the job done.

Such a server would allow ANY device to partake. I would not need a $3000 thin client decoder.

Plus I could take anything with me wherever I go.

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Re: Kaleidescape

I call bullsh*t on the 42TB storage.

I tried pricing out my own setup based on what little information I could tease from support forums online. A mere 30K is not going to get you 42TB of Kaledescape storage.

I already have a 2000 disk jukebox setup.

You can build an entire commodity based multi-room system for what Kscape will try to charge you for one thin client decoder.

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Mush for brains...

To top it all off, this article includes a device that has has been declared illegal.

The Kaledescape is in a bit of legal limbo right now.

The whole lot seemed to be a total fantasy completely divorced from reality or requirements of any sort beyond being really expensive.

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Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - and M. Gale, and Marty etc

> Who really fucking cares about you and your missus?

Every fanboy like you foaming at the mouth that criticism is not allowed because we haven't even owned or used the product.

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Re: @JEDIDIAH

I need to grow up? I'm not the one that needs to conflate my phone with a Ferrari. I'm not the one that needs to validate my choices with the crowd. I'm not the one that needs to impress random strangers.

I am more demanding. I'm probably about 5 or 10 years ahead of the average Apple user. This is epecially true for the ones that like to fixate on music when the question of DRM comes up.

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Re: but I thought I just read that Samsung sells more phones than Apple.

Oh great... the "resale value" argument.

Just about the most worthless thing that an Apple fanboy can say.

If you have to drone on about that kind of camel trader stupidity then you've already run off the rails and lost the point of owning things (tech or otherwise) in general.

You should realy concentrate on the reason why YOU would want to want something rather than coming up with lame reasons to try and impress total strangers just to convince yourself you make the right choice. You must have a really low opinion of your own decision making ability.

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Re: Some people

They guy with the Ferrari is trapped in traffic like the rest of us.

You on the other hand are just some loser that thinks that overpaying for a cheap trinket makes you like that Ferrari driver or that he or you are any better than the rest of us. You are a stupid annoying moron. THAT is what tends to get people riled.

An Apple product is nothing to envy. Especially not heavily subidized mobile devices.

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Been there,done that...

Me and the missus both ditched our iPhones for Androids.

A 7 inch Android tablet was what really pushed her away from Apple.

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Re: but I thought I just read that Samsung sells more phones than Apple.

Apple is no Bentley.

You would think that this "satisfaction" thing would drive market share. This is certainly true considering that there are few barriers to either enter or exit a mobile platform. These phones are all equally well subsidized.

Perhaps non-Apple users are just more demanding.

It's easier to be disappointed if you set your standards higher.

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Google's stats show few Android tablets in use

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Re: The curse of the free

Things don't "just work" on Windows. People buy Windows because it's been the dominant platform since you had to do your own memory management by hand. Technological considerations aren't really a factor at all. DOS or Windows is what got bundled with PCs. IBM had trouble coping and Be couldn't even give their OS away.

It's idiotic to try and lump in Macs with Windows. Macs have always been an also-ran. They are this now and they were this when they were unable to compete against MS-DOS.

By the time Linux came around, MS-DOS was already deeply entrenched.

Apple hasn't had nearly the same amount of lead time. Their advantage is much smaller and apps are generally cheap. The gap between Android and PhoneOS is much smaller than it ever was for WinDOS and any of it's rivals. Android as a successful phone platform will ensure that this gap only shrinks.

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Re: This is for several reasons

"I can hold it in my hand" is a pretty compelling USP.

I originally got a 7" Samsung tablet to give to my kid but the wife took it instead. She replaced her iPad with it. It's big enough for her requirements plus it is more portable. It's good enough while being small and cheap.

She dumped her iPhone for an S3 too. Got tired of waiting for the iPhone 5.

A 7" tablet is cheap enough to be an impulse buy, an Apple tablet not so much.

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Why I've got a sync'ing feeling about Amazon's new Kindle Fire

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Re: Both Apple and Amazon want to control the contents....

Are you living in 1996?

There's more to multimedia than music files.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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Re: Oh I dunno.

The Tivo approach is no different from the original TV approach from the 50s. The only thing that has changed is that what you choose is watched on your own terms. People were avoiding things like Hee-Haw and Lawrence Welk long before time shifting technology existed.

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Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

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Re: Too expensive and too slow

If "specs really don't mean a whole lot" then why bother? So you can boot faster? So Exploder can load faster. Once you've done both, the reason for bothering at all quickly dissapates.

What you describe as a benchmark sounds suspiciously like a bulk copy or a backup. Some people do actually load, manipulate, and copy significant amounts of data.

If a non-trivial copy operation isn't going to be any faster than what you get wtih a cheap spinny disk, then why bother at all? Why buy into the hype?

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Torvalds bellows: 'The GNOME PEOPLE are in TOTAL DENIAL'

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Re: Scratch your own itch

My main problem is "helpful" types that make clueless "suggestions" based on bad information and faulty assumptions. There's a lot of mythology to go around. There's some about Linux and there are equal amounts for Windows and MacOS.

I really wonder if the ones infatuated with Macs have actually used them.

Stealing ideas is great. That's how progress in general work. However, you have to understand what you are copying in the context you find it and how it relates to where you want to transplant it to.

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Project mayhem.

> # apt-get install bugzilla

Exactly.

Like I said: YOU choose your level of involvement with Project Mayhem.

You can use the App Store approach or you can build from source. It's entirely up to you. Admittedly, this leaves the whole thing vulnerable to criticism by idiots that will find the hard way to do something even in MacOS.

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Re: A bit off topic but...

Your post is outdated nonsense. It's FUD from another century.

You don't need to forge your own tools to use it. You can chose your own level of involvement. That can be as little as possible or as much as possible. This nonsense that you have to be a coder in order to use it is just assinine. It really wasn't even true in the 90s. Never mind now.

It just gets repeated over and over again by idiots.

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Re: my $0.02 worth

"commercial point of view" is nonsense. The platform continues to grow and thrive independent of this.

That is the whole point of Free Software to begin with. Everything is independent of a "commercial point of view". You don't have to worry about Atari and Commodore failing or Netscape having it's air supply cut off. Free Software exists outside and despite of the market.

It's like MS-DOS and Windows but without the bling.

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Re: RTFM attitude hasn't helped

> a) People should know how to do stuff through the shell

Nonsense. Being a Unix user doesn't mean being a masochist. It means being lazy.

If I ever even touch the shell it is to be lazy.

Something is faster or more automated than the drudge work of doing some visual thing n+ times.

Beyond that, the "burden of the shell" is gravely overrated/

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Re: What prevents Linux from conquering the consumer PC market?

No. You are not likely to look at your friends with their Macs and start to get jealous. If anything, those Mac users will likely have the same exact problems as you do.

A Mac is nothing to lord over Linux. It doesn't matter how overhyped and trendy it is. It still has the same "but it's not the monopoly platform" problems that Linux does.

Short of games, if you aren't brand fixated to the exclusion of what you actually want to do then none of the platforms are at much of a disadvantage to the others. Although Macs have an NIH and group think problem.

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Re: What prevents Linux from conquering the consumer PC market?

> But when the user wants to watch some youtube flicks it might get frustrated. Put in a film on DVD: frustration again.

Nope. Both are pretty simple and actually rather stupid things to try to criticize Linux for.

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