* Posts by dz-015

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Mad Max: Fury Road – two hours of nonstop, utterly insane fantasy action

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Agreed. I went with a friend and we were both utterly flummoxed at the end, genuinely wondering if we had just watched the same film that's been receiving all these rave reviews. I'm genuinely disturbed by all these people who've been to see it more than once, as I was more than ready to leave after an hour. There's no plot and no character development, so it's impossible to care about going on. It's therefore a two-hour car chase which rapidly gets tiresome. It's the worst possible combination: a stupid film which takes itself terribly seriously. It's impossible to engage your brain whilst watching it, but also impossible to enjoy it as a bit of silly fun as you can with many B movies. Oh, and the script is a total embarrassment, utterly cringeworthy. The whole thing is boring, miserable and exhausting, and the fact that so many people seem to think this is a pinnacle of filmmaking seriously disturbs me.

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Apple Watch WRISTJOB SHORTAGE: It's down to BAD VIBES

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Re: So to summarise

I do love the "you're holding it wrong" jokes which inevitably appear in the comments on every single one of these articles. They're so hilariously original and up-to-date.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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"because their idiots"

Oh, the irony.

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Are YOU The One? Become a guru of your chosen sysadmin path

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Going a bit off topic I'm afraid, but curious - as a freelancer, how do you go about getting work with big companies?

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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No fandroids whining on about "why don't they investigate Apple, they're much more evil, blah blah blah" yet? Must be a new record.

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Apple, IBM jump into bed for health data love in

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Re: And where...

Crazy idea I know, but you could just not install any of the ResearchKit apps.

(Sorry about the non-Apple-hating response, I know it's deeply unfashionable these days.)

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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Re: what a lot of people..

"Most people can only afford a PC, and it was running DOS or Windows, sorry. Without them, IT would have been a very expensive hobby for just a few wealth users."

Utter rubbish for various reasons. For one thing, IBM created the PC, not Microsoft; and if Microsoft hadn't bullied its way to rapid operating system dominance, OS/2 and all sorts of other operating systems such as BeOS then Linux could have flourished on the hardware.

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Re: what a lot of people..

"Without Microsoft what would consumers be running instead? And with that answer, how easy would it be for my 60 year old mother to install a print driver, or a small business to setup an LDAP with group policy-esq effects? With Windows, this is possible without being an expert, and without dropping to CLI's - it's EASY to perform these tasks."

Without Microsoft throttling all other innovation in the industry, who knows what alternatives might have thrived? OS/2 could have become the standard. The Amiga might have been viewed as a more viable option and been bought by a company which really pushed it forward. Apple might have been pulled out of the doldrums more quickly and Mac OS/OS X could have become a much more viable option. BeOS could have become much more ubiquitous without Windows grinding it into the ground before it even got going. Any of these options would have been far superior to Windows. The point is that without Microsoft's monopoly, any or all of these systems could have come into common usage and competed properly with each other to push the quality of the user experience infinitely higher than it was with Windows.

By the way, if you think installing printer drivers on Windows is an easy task for the average 60-year-old, you're seriously deluded. The same task on OS X is usually a walk in the park for anyone of any age, however - even nowadays Microsoft haven't managed to catch up in such fundamental areas.

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Re: what a lot of people..

"MS was a good thing for home computing"

That's the most ignorant and retarded thing I've read for quite some time.

The ubiquity of Windows' low-quality, backward interface lowered people's expectations of technology almost to the point of absurdity, and as a computing professional I find it a constant embarrassment that Windows gives people such a poor experience and that there's so little that can be done about it. Windows essentially acts as an ambassador for our industry, with many people having their first or only computing experiences with it, and that's a shameful state of affairs for any IT worker who takes pride in what they do and strives for higher standards.

The coming of iOS heralded a time in which Windows' monopolistic domination of people's computing experiences was coming to an end. With smartphones and tablets they realised they weren't tied to Windows any more, and the joy and amazement you see in people when they realise they have technology which they can enjoy using and which empowers them to use applications and the internet without getting in their way is truly a wonderful thing.

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Take a deep breath, Apple: Europe snaps on gloves for vigorous iTunes stream pat-down

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Re: Not a surprise

"For years apple have using their market position to get labels to sign exclusivity in the contracts"

How has this manifested exactly? There doesn't seem to be any evidence for it!

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Becoming Steve Jobs biography: ‘Much of it was chutzpah and self delusion’

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I strongly dislike Microsoft software, am still extremely disappointed by the way that Microsoft's poor technology and innovation-stifling set the computing industry back by 20 years, and am far from convinced that pouring the resulting ill-gained profits into a foundation of questionable motives and results somehow justifies all this; but if it had been Gates who died of cancer rather than Jobs, the last thing I'd do would be to jump into a comments page like this to slag him off. Reading through some of the comments and votes on this page, I can't help feeling utterly disgusted by some of the readers on this site.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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Re: The 'Pink Pound'. Dollar, Euro, etc

"Not being a prick here" - false, but the issue of whether or not you're a prick is massively overshadowed by the concern over whether or not you're a human being, because if you are then it makes me feel ashamed to be a member of the same species.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: Death and Seagate

"In the root directory, please find a text file with the password to my Apple account"

You were obviously so desperate to do your anti-Apple rant that you didn't bother to read any of the other posts in this thread. Bit sad really.

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"You're NOT buying the tunes from Apple, at best you're renting them."

It's no different with CDs. It's exactly the same regardless of the distribution medium. You can't own the music - the copyright holder owns it. You're just buying a licence to listen to it.

"Now repeat the experiment with music purchased from Apple"

Evidently this is something you haven't done yourself during the last few years, or you'd know that it works in exactly the same way as music obtained on CD. There's no DRM and you can do whatever you like with it, so long as you don't violate the licence you bought - just as with music purchased on CD.

Better to check your facts before posting. God only knows how this nonsense got so many upvotes.

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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

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Somebody used Google+ for something?

No wonder this story is in the news.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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I think you should have bought her the crappy orange data-collecting device. She'd have learnt a hard but worthwhile lesson, and you'd have saved a lot of money. Everybody wins.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Let your betters decide

"Cat's and dogs"

Out of curiosity, why use a grocer's apostrophe to pluralise cats but not dogs?

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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It's a real blessing to us all that Windows 95 existed, otherwise developers of open source window managers would have had no inspiration at all for any of their many near-identical clones!

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Androids in celluloid – which machine deserves the ULTIMATE MOVIE ROBOT title?

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Maximilian from The Black Hole surely, not bloody V.I.N.CENT?!

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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In the startups I've been involved with in recent years, Windows doesn't even enter the conversation unless there's some specific application which requires it. Most developers use Macs on the desktop, some Linux; almost all of them are comfortable with the Linux instances on Amazon Web Services or similar cloud hosting provider which they're almost invariably using. So nobody would ever hear the words "we are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux", although if they did, in most cases I imagine such an utterance would bring joy rather than fear.

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BEHOLD Apple's BENEVOLENCE! iMessage txt BLACK HOLE finally fixed

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Re: F#ck me!

"I find iMessage confusing on iOS8: you can never quite tell when it has picked SMS or not"

iMessages are coloured blue, SMSes are coloured green. Doesn't seem that confusing to me.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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An entire universe of space and time in which to let the imagination run riot, and the big mystery turns out to be the same old villains invading the Earth again like they always do, with some unconvincing fantasy nonsense thrown in for good measure.

It's lucky for Moffat that most people seem to have very low expectations.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: The Register is becoming a bit of a killjoy

"This episode wasn't half bad" - no, it was whole bad.

I don't see what's wrong with analysing something shit in order to point out exactly why it's shit; or why it's actually necessary to tolerate shit when this programme could be so much better, if only it had some decent stories and scripts.

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Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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"The coffee machines at Microsoft will be taking a hammering from nervous workers"

Really? Since nervousness increases adrenalin production, and since caffeine also increases adrenalin production, wouldn't nervous workers want to reduce the unpleasant effects of too much adrenalin by drinking _less_ coffee rather than more?

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Re: £699

"I assume you're talking about moving data/photos about via 'The Cloud' or WiFi"

No, I'm pointing out that it's not necessary to use iTunes if you have an iPhone, as I thought was fairly clear.

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Re: £699

"not having to touch iTunes"

I've never connected my iPhone to iTunes. That hasn't been necessary for a long time now. You should maybe check your facts before you hit the Reply button.

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Piece of Apple close to smashing CRAZY 2012 share price record

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Those of us who work in computing are in an industry where we are usually (and correctly) penalised for seeing nonexistent patterns in things.

Must be weird working in finance, where you get rewarded for it.

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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It's quite hard to release a product "late" when that product has not even been announced yet and thus does not have anything resembling a delivery deadline.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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No need to compromise on sound quality to get a straightforward modern setup. I have a pair of Epoz Aktimate Blues - hi-fi quality "active" speakers with built-in amp and DAC. My Mac mini connects straight to those via USB so I can play from Spotify, iTunes, etc. There's also the added benefit that I can fire audio straight at the speakers via Bluetooth from tablets, smartphones, etc., which is very convenient. A great-sounding system - simple, flexible, modern.

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: about to deploy a few containers

"I started to mess around with LXC ... Downsides that I have encountered"

Try OpenVZ, it's a much nicer Linux alternative to LXC for containers.

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Well done for so effectively demonstrating my original point in such a hilariously self-deluded way.

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"If all companies use the cloud, then the pool of available talent to create new infrastructure-specialist companies will shrink – and that strikes us as a bad thing."

As far as the industry is concerned, that may well be true. As far as I personally am concerned, I'm a seasoned sysadmin currently getting plenty of business from AWS deployments and associated "devops" stuff because I stay up to date and ensure that my skill set remains dynamic. If there comes a point where the fashion changes back to physical hardware, I've a whole bunch of skills I can dust off and utilise in that area too. So whilst I feel a degree of concern about this particular issue, there are definitely pros as well as cons for those willing to keep up with the times and continually keep themselves educated and relevant.

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"suffer no fools gladly – much like our own Trevor Pott"

Sure, if by "fool" you mean "person who doesn't agree 100 percent with Potty".

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Re: as one of those unicorns

"It is pretty depressing to see how much companies have wasted on cloud services, at any scale" etc.

Just because you've come across retarded companies making the wrong decisions and doing things stupidly, doesn't mean that running your infrastructure in the cloud is automatically wrong. It makes a lot of sense in a lot of situations for a lot of companies, especially smaller ones. When doing AWS deployments I've never experienced crazy costs like the ones you're talking about, and running in the cloud gives companies a lot more freedom and flexibility than they would have with physical hardware, minus all the hardware management hassle.

To be a professional sysadmin you need to drop your prejudices and choose the right tool for the job. Sometimes AWS or similar is the right tool, and sometimes it isn't.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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Re: Amazing what a bit of competition can do

"So Gnome has improved, presumably due to competition from ..."

Shame they don't all join forces. If they did, they might be able to use their combined talents to finally come up with something less grim than yet another hideous reinterpretation of Windows 95.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: No, no, no, no. no

"I'm offended by your misuse of the word "rape""

Why don't you look it up in the dictionary, then? The term has definitions other than the sexual one, e.g: "2 the wanton destruction or spoiling of a place: the rape of the countryside."

If you want to get offended by that then that's your problem I'm afraid.

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"Shock horror, old fans like old version"

I'm old enough to remember watching the original Battlestar Galactica when it was first shown, but I loved the remake. New does not necessarily mean worse. J.J. Abrams, on the other hand, _does_ mean worse in this case (and in most other cases where he's involved, in my opinion).

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"Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan – the good one, not JJ Abram’s recent pallid remake"

Glad it's not just me who's offended by Abrams' continued rape of classic Star Trek. I am also, however, slightly offended by your misuse of the apostrophe.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

"I can see a lot of small offices with 3-10 staff working on email, excel and word-processing. They have no servers per se - laptops or desktops. Their website is probably hosted by a local web design company, and none of them are IT bods, but they want a central repository for shared files"

Nowadays I think they'd just use DropBox and get a fast fibre broadband connection.

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Opera founder von Tetzchner: It's all gone to crap since I quit

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How many staff??

20 staff to run vivaldi.net? What on earth are they all doing?! Unless I've missed some crucial component, I'm quite sure a couple of friends and I could knock that up in a weekend.

P.S. Have never used Opera. Tried it a couple of times over the years, thought it was horrible.

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Wanted: IT world domination. Can Spiceworks succeed?

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Re: This article reads like an ad.

"This article reads like an ad" - I find that with about 90 percent of Potty's stuff. He must be doing pretty well off all those backhanders he's getting.

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Microsoft holds nose, shoves Windows into Android, iOS boxes

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Re: Point and drool

"Got 5000 pictures, and want to know which one the dog is? It's a GUI"

And if you want to do pretty much anything which doesn't specifically require visual recognition, a CLI is usually far quicker and much more powerful.

"why would my phone need an SSH server"

Came in useful for me on various occasions, such as when I wanted to retrieve my entire SMS history in the form of a text file.

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OUCH: Google preps ad goo injection for Android mobile Gmail app

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Re: Want. Do Not Want.

"You can have as much or little Google with your Android as you want"

That's not my experience I'm afraid. I was told I didn't have to use a Google account with any aspect of Android except the specific things I wanted; however, when trying out CyanogenMod, I logged into the Google Play store to get an app, and all of a sudden Android had fired up a whole load of Google services on the device using my Google account without asking, and it was remarkably difficult to find them all and switch them off. I don't think I ever felt confident that I had turned all these things back off, and eventually I gave up and decided I wasn't comfortable with a corporation having such an invasive presence on my hardware.

At least on iOS, it's quite possible to use the App Store without Apple/iCloud secretly invading your device with its creepy corporate tendrils. Switching on and off the iCloud services you do and don't want is very clear and simple.

Google are very clever with the way they keep the geeks happy by doing the barest minimum to make Android appear theoretically open, but in practice I'm afraid it's no more open than iOS, and it certainly has a lot less respect for your privacy.

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TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

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Re: Patent

THAT gets five upvotes? Jesus fucking christ, I despair of this place.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: OSX -> Win 7

"I bought a nice shiny iMAC 3 years ago"

And after three years you still haven't learnt how to capitalise its name properly?

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Nice to see a decent sysadmin article on this site which isn't written by a petulant prick and isn't a glorified advertisement for some shitty product which only runs on Windows. Good stuff. Can we have more, please?

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Interesting to understand why you prefer GUIs, but it might have been helpful to explain that back when the GUI vs CLI arguments were occurring on here, rather than just getting defensive about it for no apparent logical reason.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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Re: Choices choices...

So then you get 10 developers working on 10 products used by 1 person each, instead of 10 developers working on 1 product used by 1000 people. Great.

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Interesting article, elegantly written. Staggeringly display of ignorance in the comments though - maybe Reg readers should stick to commenting on code- and science-related articles, as they certainly don't seem to have much understanding of UI history.

Personally I've never come close to grasping why Linux developers spend so much time and energy constantly recreating the Windows 95 interface over and over again. It's a terribly sad waste of resources.

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

"mint is finally pushing linux to the point where it's acceptable for daily use by non technical people"

Yup, so long as they're trapped in a nightmarish past where user interfaces never made it beyond Windows 95.

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