Re: Wont't stop me hating on MSFT!
Sorry dogged, that's not how I'd define 'surreptitiously'
2247 posts • joined 24 Mar 2010
Sorry dogged, that's not how I'd define 'surreptitiously'
"a compute with _NO_ network connectivity is rather useless in this day and age."
Certainly I have several PIC 18Fs connected by RS232/USB converters to my file server and laptops and they are very useful - and accessible over networks by running a daemon to control/interrogate them.
"and want to serve adverts in your application or game, you need some way to uniquely identify the user or player"
Luckily not in my world !
As someone with no interest otherwise in MS software my interest was still raised by the above ID business.
What is it ?
"I am consequently looking hard for replacements for those few programs I still have to run under Windows (8.1, 10 will not be installed)"
Care to share what they are ?. I understand they might be specialized programs for your line of work. My department had to run for years with two desktops each , one for the specialized Unix then Linux scientific software and one for the corporate guff (email and IE only websites on our intranet)
"However, when you do start interacting with files, they do act in a native way. That is, clicking a .ods file will load LibreOffice Calc - as you would expect"
I do something similar with Dolphin file manager on OpenSUSE only I connect to my own fileserver when traveling via fish protocol (file transfer over ssh) which gives an icon for my fileserver directories within the file manager and likewise an icon for my filespace on my ISP vis ftp. All seamless + NFS icon for use at home.
In response to another post I've used rpms under OpenSUSE/SUSE for years without any issues.
"To clarify I had already tried out the iso in Virtual Box and it had worked fine, so the problem was in the burning process."
Can I enquire if you used the 'check installation media' option from the boot menu of the .iso. In my experience that shows up all flaky disks ( unless they are so bad that they don't boot ) Also - was the .iso checksum correct ?
My experiences over many years with OpenSUSE, installing on all sorts of machines is completely positive.
"The Suse download produced an errored dvd that stalled mid way through the install"
In my experience if there's any kind of error on a DVD then installation is probably a waste of time
Was the .iso checksum OK ?. If it was and your hardware will support it why not use a USB install ?
Leap is 42.1 is very new - I'd use 13.2 - I've installed that on a number of machines with no problems at all. I'd also use a liveDVD or LiveUSB to check everything out and then use the install option from that.
" then just stop using the terminal and see how you get on with your Linux installation"
Oh, not again !
See : http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2685979
"fierce mastiff dog"
So the golden eagle going for the drone .....
"will an improved understanding of GR lead to better GPS accuracy?"
Assuming the corrections applied now are those of GR theory only if something is sig. wrong with the theory will corrections need to be changed
" past 50 and 1984 seems like only yesterday."
I'm rapidly approaching 65 but I think yesterday was Sunday !
" it wasn't the 6809 it was actually the MC6809E in both the TRS-80 CC & the Dragon 32"
Rather pedantic as the registers, instruction set and addressing modes of the 6809 & 6809E were identical AFAIR
"And tell t'kids that these days?"
AND I had to solder it together AND when it didn't work debug it with a xtal earpiece AND replace the 7400 that was faulty - we used to do that sort of thing in those days.
(and the bloody MS BASIC had a bug in the garbage collector !)
A broken router ! - we used to dream about a broken router ... etc. etc..
"and something about residing in a cardboard box in middle of t' street."
My first 'serious computer, (UK101) resided both in the cardboard box it came in and indeed in the north.
"The Dragon 32 was powered by a 6809,"
Got a disk drive for it and then a FORTH. Start of a very long relationship with both FORTH and 6809 assembler. Still have a home-made system around here somewhere.
"3 kw/kilo Li air battery would equal a gallon of fuel. Li air has the potential for 10 kw/kilo"
Can you clarify your units - you are using power when you should be using energy.
Petrol is ~32MJ/L or ~ 44MJ/kg - it's a rapidly moving target but a Li-ion is ~~ 1MJ/kg . Now I take your point about efficiency but given the very variable sources of electricity , transmission distance & losses, charging/discharging efficiency and motor losses I'd guess we are a long way from 90% overall at the moment. On the other hand it's good to see such a potential improvement.
Just seen a report of potentially 'cheap' magnesium/iron batteries for non-traction uses :-
"so can't the Oxygen left over be used? I do realise the quantity available may not be enough!"
In theory it could be used but the practical problem would be storing it during charging until it was needed.for use. I mole of oxygen is 32g but occupies ~23 L A vehicle battery would require a huge storage volume or a lot of energy to compress it and a weight penalty for the cylinder. .
"can you run electric cars off these batteries right now?"
"If you need water as a solvent and an atmospheric airflow you'll need a method to stop it drying out or having it topped up"
"The last important ingredient is a small amount of water." - the solvent is dimethoxyethane (b.pt. ~85C) (in this case).
But yes lots of hurdles to overcome.
"As pure oxygen is toxic above 0.5 atmospheres, it seems unlikely it was both "pure" and "high pressure"...."
I think it was both, an initial 100% oxygen at slightly higher than atmospheric reducing to 100% at ~1/3 atm. for almost all of the flight. I think after the fire they changed to using oxygen/nitrogen.
I didn't downvote BTW - you are quite correct about oxygen tox.
"Where they talked about how much more energy these things can store? History, design, chemistry,"
It sounds like a fair step forward in absolute energy density but AFAIK* the output current is low for reasonable efficiency. Still these are very early days - this is a paper in Science after all.
* writing from memory, I've read about this a week or two ago but can't find where. In fact I thought it was published in Nature. In fact Nature has just published a supplement all about batteries. It will probably tell most people far more than they want to know.
"For instance, I have a laptop running Mint Debian edition."
So run one that does have a Device Manager !
"Could someone rationally explain what's this thing is with windowz users, "
Simple - in any other area if people didn't like the function, design or cost of something they'd vote with their feet and buy something else. Even with phones there is some choice but MIcrosoft have wormed their way into a position of power where, now, most people don't see another choice. Not just the OS but some of the major applications and file formats Most people are now stuck or think they are. They're frustrated, see a future of jumping through hoops, at greater cost and all the time burying themselves even deeper into this sorry morass.
"Another highly satisfied Mint user here. "
Having said earlier that I'd not installed Mint I thought I should. So i downloaded a KDE .iso and just installed it ( into a VM admittedly) It was almost exactly the same as OpenSUSE, fill in forms, tick boxes and then smooth and fast install.
A link to the installation screenshots
"Honest question: Really, really point and click?"
Absolutely yes. Never even open a terminal window.
Set to boot from USB, plug-in liveUSB, reboot, Several pages of options like locale, passwords, choices on partitions, etc, finally press the go button.
It's been like that for years.
"It needs to be plug and play, and point and click "
I can confirm that OpenSUSE install is just point and click
BTW have you ever installed Windows onto fresh hardware i.e. not a re-install ?
"Mostly what's been slowing me down is trying to decide what to go with - currently considering Zorin OS"
It is difficult having so much choice. If you're happy running a VM like Virtualbox then try a few in that firstly, otherwise a LiveCD or USB will let you check your hardware without committing to installation although it will be a slow-ish system. I've installed OpenSUSE 13.1KDE on quite a range of desktops, laptops and netbooks without any hardware issues so I'd suggest that - it is fairly heavyweight so 2GB+ memory helps keep it snappy although I do have it on a 1GB celeron laptop and a 1GB netbook but both are sluggish with more than a few programs open. The consensus seems to be that Mint is also an easy distro to install but I've not used it.
"Did you spot that command line "run sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.9.8.18.290-11b7fdd_amd64.deb (replacing the last filename with the name of the package you downloaded)"?"
I did - I also just installed Plex into a Mint VM by a one-click install from their web-site without any cli. I also note that no compiling either by your method or mine was necessary.
The permissions are a fact of life and one of the reasons for the security of Linux. Again in most distros no cli work is necessary
"nstalling software a nightmare of compiling and other arcane command line rubbish."
Right - you make a list of programs that need to be compiled by normal users and I'll make a list of the most common ones I use that don't. and the ones I use that do.
Darktable - RAW photo developer
Kdenlive - video editor
Inkscape - vector graphics
MPLAB - PIC programming system
Hugin - panorama creator
Gwenview - image viewer
CUPS - print server
NFSD - fileserver
And ones that I use that need compiling are all my own programs, nothing else !
Don't have to take my word for it - I'm sure others here will confirm
"and installing software a nightmare of compiling and other arcane command line rubbish."
Ah, an 'expert' - an expert with no experience of the subject that is.
"and open port 22 on your router"
I suggest a very diff. port. I've had just one attempt in 10 years on my non-standard port - every little helps.
"It's ~5000 photos from a decent mobile camera. Not hard to exceed at all."
Certainly 5000 photos in RAW format from my 6D would be ~150GB, and clips from my HD video would add 3MB/sec.
Tetchy, tetchy, tetchy.
U R A/C so irrelevant !
(sorry to the adults - I stooped to his/her level)
"I /am/ having a lot of trouble. However, I don't like the path Microsoft has chosen,"
Well I'm sorry for that but I'd repeat the advice from Chika and use a more forgiving distro like Mint or my usual choice of OpenSUSE. But I reiterate flash isn't a problem usually and most installs don't need cli work.
"For all things internet I moved away from Win7 and started using Linux (Debian 8.2) a while ago."
Why ? - you seem to be having a lot of trouble. Are you sure that this isn't an attempt by an AC to spread some FUD about Linux. It certainly doesn't explain why you continue to use Linux.
"it can't handle Flash (I play one online game, hence I need the Flash); "
Don't know where you got that from . Any number of people here will confirm that if you want to it will run flash.
"Firefox has telemetry"
Only if you want it to
" the learning curve is vertical and no software supports it"
and those are just some of the cross-platform ones.
Darktable - RAW photo developer
Kdenlive - video editor
Inkscape - vector graphics
"Insulin Potentiation Therapy? "
All I'd say about this is that AFAIK glucose is transported into cells by active transport proteins (being very hydrophilic it wouldn't easily diffuse through the cell membrane) . It would seem very unlikely that any chemo. drugs would be transported by the same proteins. Not my area but if anyone else would care to comment....
"You need to know how to use basic concepts such as bitwise operations, BCD number representation, etc, which are basically universal in any assembly coding."
I'd add understanding of the various addressing modes and the elegant, fast data structures that they can be used to build.
(Mine's the one with programming the 6809 in the pocket
"however we all know the advocates here are charging well for their services (as they are well entitled to) so it’s not FREE really."
"How soon before all Linux users are leaking more personal data to the "cloud" than Microsoft users?"
So don't use Ubuntu !!. There are plenty of good distros - many would pack it all in if they thought that the scenario you conjecture would happen. Any Ubuntu users care to comment - I've not used it for years.
"All the linuxians"
You clearly don't know much about Linux - I'm a long-term user (20+years) and I install/update/upgrade when I want
My fault, sorry, I meant pcspecialist
They have several type of laptop & desktop which can be customized by drop down menus including OS (WIndows 10, 8.1 and no OS)
"Whether this or any other brand, I'm really interested in the availability of new equipment that either isn't tainted with Windows 10 "
In UK google "pc components" - they have a Linux forum too.
"So diphtheria and yoghurt are close relatives? I always suspected there was something dodgy about yoghurt..."
AFAIK the connection between Corynebacterium & yogurt is indirect. One Corynebacterium species is used in the manufacture of glutamate and then that glutamate is used in various foodstuffs including yogurt.
"One of the most studied species is C. glutamicum, whose name refers to its capacity to produce glutamic acid in aerobic conditions. It is used in the food industry as monosodium glutamate in the production of soy sauce and yogurt."
"I don't understand though, why does the immune system get suppressed in spaaaaace?"
Don't have a ready answer to that although I do know all sorts of biological systems seem to be affected by weightlessness + ?. In particular calcium metabolism/mobilization. Calcium levels have a direct and profound effect on lots of systems in the body.
Given the complexity of the immune system and the known effects of various interventions I'd think it might be quite a time before all of the possible effects might be know.
One, rather obvious one, given that sitting on top of a giant firework is in the job description is stress. This is known to have +ve & -ve effects on the immune system.
Humans can't be clean roomed to the same degree, organisms multiply & filters concentrate. No-one on the ISS ever had a cold, flu or GI upset ?
As an example I worked in a building with forced air ventilation, After Chernobyl, although the local levels of radiation were only transiently raised, the ventilation filters were quite noticeably radioactive having purified many building volumes of outside air every 24hrs.