* Posts by JEDIDIAH

2278 posts • joined 26 Jan 2009

Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

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Re: It's a damn pity...

"serious word processing" can be done with anything. This has been the case since before msoffice managed to get itself entrenched. The only thing msoffice brings to the table is the fact that it's a trusted brand name. It may not even be "most compatible" with itself.

This mindless brand fixation nonsense is one of the most annoying parts of Windows. You have this monopoly product that's supposed to offer you literally anything and everything (because of the whole monopoly thing) and it gets wasted because of this herd mentality regarding what apps you can use.

Pitiful.

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Re: Linux Desktops?

There are entire industries that gave up on msoffice as a data exchange format.

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What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

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Just bad corporate culture.

Microsoft is run from the sales department and not engineering. They have always been deficient. This isn't just a Linux versus Windows thing. This goes all the way back to dog+world versus DOS.

Plus Linux (and Unix in general) is transparent and modular. They're designed that way. So you can tweak to your hearts content and make Linux even more suitable for limited hardware (like the PI).

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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Re: Enough of Redmond, I want to make the switch, but all the flavors & choices leaves me lost...

#1 - I didn't like the Firefox in the last copy of Ubuntu I installed so I downloaded the current release tarball from Mozilla. All I did to "install it" was to unzip the archive. It runs fine. I have Loki games from the dawn of time and 3 distros ago that I still run.

#2 - The package manager handles any dependencies for any app you would care to install. You don't have to worry what API an application was coded with.

#3 - Maya is available for Linux. Don't make baseless assumptions.

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Re: Goodness.

No. You're missing the point. Arch is not sold on it's usability to n00bs. What are you going to try and dredge up next? Gentoo? CentOS?

Some distributions are intended to be more "user friendly". Arch simply isn't one of them and it's a piss poor example to base any comparison on.

Although there is something to be said for a system that can be remotely managed from the other side of the planet with a 2400 baud modem.

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Re: Goodness.

Every time I borrow the wife's ultrabook it seems like it needs to chug along forever updating things. I always wonder that I will run out of battery power in the middle of that and something dire will happen to the OS install.

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Re: Goodness.

> If Windows 10 gets anything near this positive a review on this site next month - bias or not I'll show my arse in ASDA.

Isn't Win10 the OS that wants to share your wifi passwords with dog+world by default without even letting the user know what's going on?

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

> The word Nvidia explains everything. Nvidia kit is Windows only, if that.

Nonsense. I've been getting the most out of Nivida kit on Linux for years and years since before the 6200 was shiny and new. Nvidia is very well supported on Linux by Nvidia. Pretty much always has been.

Being a happy customer of their BLOBs is a big part of why I'm so viciously anti-Wayland.

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

This isn't really a Linux issue. It's a Nvidia legacy support issue. Those older chipsets are getting desupported in the newer driver versions across the board. Chipset driver release numbers are something you have to watch out for regardless. Some are just plain buggy.

Even the early ION era GPUs are getting desupported in the newer drivers and the 6x00's are older than that.

I would expect the libre driver to still worth though. Dunno for sure, I use the proprietary driver.

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Re: If you need a "new" PC

If you're a lucky enough individual that you have a box that's inherently hostile to Linux then that is going to be obvious after the 2nd try now isn't it? Although it would be nice to know what the offending hardware was. It's nice to avoid those things.

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Re: Need a new PC?

No. A PI won't quite cut it. Even a kid (or rather especially a kid) will know that you've given him a lemon. A chromebox is about as low as you would want to go on the desktop specs.

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Re: Damn you lucky bastadges.

> Have you tried an Apple MacBook Pro instead?

The guy said he wanted an AMPLE number of ports, not an inadequate number of them.

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Flash is fallible. But you'd rather have an AFA than spinning rust

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Re: It will soon be over!

SSD that can even displace my current spinning rust (regardless of cost)?

I will believe it when I actually see it.

Zero seek times are nice and everything but there's still reliability and failure modes to consider. Will it fail gracefully and allow me time to order a replacement or will it just suddenly kick me in the balls. SSD brands haven't been around long enough to really establish a track record either way here.

I will use whatever makes sense and gets the job done. I don't have this apparent desperate need to see one or the other fail like a notable chunk of the peanut gallery here does.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Different needs

So what you are saying is that you really just never adapted to the brave new world of Powershell. You could have this all wired by now (or just use someone else's toolbox) but you've just never bothered.

GUIs are nice but they change too much or get booted in favor of something like Metro or Unity.

They have a habit of going missing in future versions or changing their behavior.

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Re: Interesting.

Are you kidding? You hardly need GUI running local on the RDBMS server in order to manage it. Even Microsoft's product is not that lame.

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Re: Growing up is tough

> If you know which file you need to change - where it is located - and which line you need to change. Windows is much more powerful and simple in that you change the settings in the Registry or Active Directory

The Windows version is no actual improvement. You've just moved the configuration hive from one type of storage mechanism to one that's far less standard. You've also stripped off the inline documentation or any real sense of order in the process.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Re: "Perpetual licence or AS A SERVICE" ????????????

I know a business user that had Win7 set to the "download and let me initiate" setting for the Windows update but it didn't actually do that. So he turned off updates all together because a machine decided to update itself right before a critical deadline.

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Re: how many? @Mr. Coward

> Mint has 8 different editions, why?

It's easy. They aren't mutually exclusive. They're all just different variations on packaging. You can start out with their version of the Debian minimal image and morph it into any Mint "version" with a single command.

There is also just one price.

What Microsoft does is nothing like that. They don't have a single system with identical capabilities that can run on multiple architectures offered for the same price.

Arbitrary artificial limits are always stupid and shortsighted. You would think Microsoft (and it's Lemming users) would have learned this lesson by now.

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Re: "and they're losing faith.'

> AutoCAD I'll give you though, CAD software is a bit of a pain to find on Linux.

An Autocad USER is a bit of a pain to find actually.

It's been 20 or so years since this product was a visible thing to consumers. The PC market has grown and evolved since then. Back in the days of DOS, CAD programs were a much more significant portion of the overall user base. These days not so much.

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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Re: Lost my vote

Exactly. He at least had some potential as a candidate before standing up for this kind of crap.

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Re: Someone should try explaining to you

Most ISPs in the free world aren't state enforced monopolies.

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: Still

Not allowing your proles to afford their own professional services is morally wrong.

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Re: Speaking of myths

"Taxation without representation" was just a marketing slogan. None of the patriots actually wanted representation in Parliment. They rightfully knew that their voices would not amount to much due to small numbers. Much more significance is given to that slogan than it really deserves. It's like shrinkwrapped history for lazy consumers.

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Re: Taxtastic

Taxes in the US are as simple or as interesting as you want to make them. If your taxes are simple enough that they can even be all completely handled by your employee then they will be pretty trivial in the US too. The moment any part of your financial life is something that isn't managed by your employer, then of course things are going to get more interesting.

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JEDIDIAH
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Huh? What?

Using checks? Who? Is this my grandmother you're talking about? I haven't used checks for merchant transactions EVER and I'm middle aged.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Rescuing the morons from themselves...

> I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem!

That's simply not Google's problem.

There's simply no technical or structural barrier keeping customers in place. The fact that most people are apparently too stupid (your own observation) to choose Pepsi over Coke is not a problem that should be solved by the government punishing the victor. If they are doing something like dumping, or even like what the article said (hiding competitors), that's something more along the lines of classic anti-trust.

The fact that most people buy Cambells, Ford, and McDonalds is not an anti-trust issue.

Search is a commodity. It's not a platform that requires buy-in from 3rd parties. So conflating Google and Microsoft is grossly misleading.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: A solution for the wrong problem

Your screed overlooks the fact that anyone interested in Linux gaming is NOT going to be motivated by "political purity" when deciding which device driver to use.

Non-problem avoided.

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Re: JustNiz

...yes, and "open source Linux devs" could be anybody including gaming and multimedia developers.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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> Hooray! I can still get a pizza!

Only if it's a vegetable pizza. Meat pizzas are against the old dietary laws.

It's likely that this entire establishment needs to be burnt to the ground for being unclean and not kosher.

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Re: I wonder how they're going to know?

> I look forward to the downvotes of the self-righteously intolerant.

You're an idiot. Who is agitating for the law? The people agitating for this law are the retarded sorts that think their liberty includes the right to oppress. They're like the original Puritans that landed at Plymouth Rock not because the Dutch were such poor hosts. Their "persecution" in England was probably also overrated.

They came to America to be free to abuse those around them and isolate their followers from different ideas. They were much like a cabal of Mormon "fundementalists".

Never mind the fact these idiots are acting in a blatantly un-christ-like fashion.

These people actually need to crack open the book sometime.

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

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Jerks that love to blame the victim...

I've had credit cards hacked before. Sometimes there is an obvious and blatant large purchase put on the card. Sometimes it's smaller and more subtle. Not everyone acts like Richard Pryor in Superman III.

Sony simply isn't honoring it's merchant agreement. What really should be happening here is that Sony should be under threat from the relevant credit card company.

Yet another reason to distrust the cloud.

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Lambs to ISlaughter

Just based on media reports, that 36:1 number doesn't hold up and this is despite obvious media bias in favor of reporting child related incidents.

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Re: Actually I think el-reg have the point entirely.

The El Reg reaction to this strategy appears to be amusement.

I think they understand the point of terrorism all too well.

It might be ISIS that doesn't completely understand the concept.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Anti-trust

This seems to be a collision of two different brands that have different approaches to legacy support. One lives and breathes legacy support while the other one despises it. One brand drop kicks their own customers in the balls when it comes to legacy support. Never mind people that use a rival OS.

This is a beautiful collision of world views. No conscious illegal intent is required.

This is just what happens when the ultimate legacy support brand meets the "ooh shiny shiny" brand.

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Re: Apples values.

I never used bootcamp when running alternative operating systems on Mac hardware.

I just set the appropriate (different) partition and boot sector options in the MacOS partitioning tool.

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Re: Apples values.

> they've just decided not to write drivers

It's just a PC. In fact, it's a pretty mundane PC.

What does Apple have to do with device drivers for it? Device drivers should be coming from Intel and AMD and Nvidia and Realtek and such.

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Summer bust-up expected with new Apple TV and Roku coming onstream

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Re: Comcast and all that ****

Nothing that Apple is doing in this area is new or remarkable.

Even their "cable-over-the-Internet" service is a me-too affair.

Furthermore, ANY THING that any of the streamer vendors do can be quickly sabotaged by any of the network monopolies (like Comcast).

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Re: But what happens a few years down the line

> Just to be clear, though, there is no inherent premium value in a secondhand watch or car, no matter who makes it.

Just keep telling yourself that. Swiss watches are the sort of luxury brand that Apple pretends to be. A watch enthusiast could handily school any fanboy on the subject of "resale value".

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The crux of the matter...

The real problem here is that the iWatch is like any other Apple product. It's mass market tripe cheaply produced in some Chinese factory pretending to be something it's obviously not. It's not just a matter of having money to burn. It's also a matter of taste.

There are brands for the genuinely wealthy and then there are brands for those who are not but try to put up a convincing front otherwise.

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Just a

They had wristwatch TVs in the 80s. State of the tech really wasn't up for it then.

Might work now if the watch had enough storage space...

Being an Apple product, it probably won't.

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JEDIDIAH
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Re: Overpriced?

> Rolex watches need an expensive service every 2 years

Nonsense. A Rolex only needs service if you abuse it. By abuse, I mean do things to it that would shred a $400 watch.

A Rolex will last longer than you will. Never mind cheaply constructed consumer toys.

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JEDIDIAH
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Re: Waterproof?

> For $17k they should have had free upgrades for life.

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> Take your gold watch in, get the new model back.

They could even use the Rolex model and charge for that kind of service. In this case "service" would mean getting the old innards upgraded to the new ones and having all of your data (if any) migrated.

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Re: Fun gadget

For the people that can just light 10K in cash on fire and not care about it, Apple is not an attractive brand. Apple is out of their depth here. They've been drinking their own Kool-aid a bit too much.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: One senator with a snowball ...

Greed can work. Greed can work very well. Dreams of avarice drive the development of entirely new drugs. There are treatments for obscure diseases you've never even heard of because there is a fortune to be made in it.

Beyond that, it should be little trouble for less Ferengi nations to do the things that don't do well with Gordon Gekko types.

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Re: the market doesn't always work

There should be an ample supply of socialist countries around to make this a reality. You don't have to wait for the land of Ayn Rand worshipers to get it's act together. The rest of the industrialized world can take a crack at this.

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SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

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Re: Sounds great..

Most of what's going to be on a phone's microSD card is already a copy of a copy anyways.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Corporate shill and blithering idiot.

Net neutrality can accommodate protocol priorities. The usual complaint here is your service provider playing monopoly and hijacking the same kind of packets that they want to sell you themselves. Packets of the same type aren't being treated equal. They are being discriminated against (or for) based on source. THAT is the problem.

If I am using an alternate VOIP provider, my ISP shouldn't be hijacking my packets.

Also, I would HOPE that a self driving car would NOT be dependent on the network. That just sounds like a recipe for disaster regardless of the net neutrality debate.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: What's my size?

> TV, unless on HD and watching the quality stuff probably better off with a smaller one.

Classic Trek (in it's original and unadulterated form) is fine on a big screen. So is a lot of older stuff that was all filmed in 35mm. It's the stuff from the 90s that was shot on tape that tends to look horrible on any modern television.

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Re: Hiding your TV in the cabinet...

Such beasts still exist in the US too. Oddly enough, we have always used our own TV armiore as a wardrobe...

The TV in that room is mounted to the wall.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Part of HP Bloatware

> What Blu-ray playback software would you recommend then?

Something that just plays the stream you are interested in. Perversely, the MacOS BD player is a better option in this regard. Ripping the content away from the context of the rest of the disk is also a good option.

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