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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

BadDreamer Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

I truly wish that was the case. Sadly, the problem can and will appear with signed drivers written by reputable vendors as well. It just isn't as common with them.

And the corollary is actually about peripheral support. Since developing and releasing a driver requires effort and money to code and test properly as well as a cost to sign, older peripherals will seldom, if ever, get updated drivers as newer models enter the market and - more crucially - as Windows changes and driver changes would increase stability, or are required for the peripheral to function properly.

This problem simply does not exist in the Linux driver model. I can still use my 1990's Epson parallel port scanner in Linux, just plug in and it works. That scanner has had no Windows drivers since Windows 2000. And it works just as well as a modern USB consumer scanner, so why should I have to go buy a new one simply because Epson will not develop drivers for it?

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

BadDreamer Re:Nobody else seems to want it (726 comments)

And the reason you get a BSOD in Windows when you use a cheap peripheral which installed an unsigned driver for a commonly used chipset is - the Windows ABI. Yes really. It's that fucked up.

The same peripheral will not crash Linux. Instead it will use the driver for that chipset in the Linux kernel.

Some of us prefer a model which acts in the interests of consumers. If you consider that a fault, and something which should change, you go ahead and vote with your wallet. Just don't expect others to follow your descent.

about two weeks ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

BadDreamer Re:Cost (550 comments)

I wore glasses from the age of 10 until my LASIK procedure at 43. The first thing I did when waking up was put them on, and the last thing I did before laying down to sleep was take them off. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like to live without them.

Now I don't miss them at all.

about a month ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

BadDreamer Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (550 comments)

For me the halos were annoying for a few months, but after about half a year they were completely gone. Now, four years after the procedure, I have no side effects at all. Excellent night vision, no vision artifacts at all and 20/10 20/15 vision.

Of course, I need reading glasses due to presbyopia, but that is a different matter. Anything a meter or further away is perfectly sharp.

about a month ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

BadDreamer Re:Manager (204 comments)

Monoculture is bad. What you call fragmentation I call a healthy diversity allowing security. Unfortunately Linux is heading away from this with things like systemd, which will create a new monoculture for no appreciable gain, but at least so far the diversity is working in the Internets favor.

And who says competition is not needed in OS'es, anyway? Why should we all settle for a monoculture and just placidly say "standards are good" without examining whether they actually ARE good?

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BadDreamer Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

If it is accepted as a religion, it is accepted as a religion. Or can you point to a legal ruling that separates religion from religion in the eyes of the law?

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

BadDreamer Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (681 comments)

My work system has hundreds (literally hundreds - over 200) different applications from different industrial system vendors which I have to use in various situations to configure the systems I work with.

And you think it is a PROBLEM that these are organized by vendor name and machine system name in my start menu.

You have no connection to the reality many people who actually have to use their systems for work live in.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

BadDreamer Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

You are correct. I did figure out how to switch to another Office suite by now.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

BadDreamer Re:It isn't just UI (681 comments)

Yes, it is a bad thing that the scroll wheel affects things which are not under the mouse pointer. If I move the mouse pointer to a window or widget and mouse scroll it is because I expect that action to affect where I moved the mouse pointer to. Otherwise, why would I have moved my hand to the mouse?

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BadDreamer Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

YOU can not set the boundary. Only the church can. If they accept someone's claims that they are catholic, then they are catholic, no matter what boundary YOU set.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

BadDreamer Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

They invented churches and they are considered legitimate. By the government. You are correct that you have no say in the matter; the government will acknowledge any invented religion filling certain criteria, and it is quite possible to invent new churches and have them considered legitimate today.

about 2 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

BadDreamer Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

And for those five seconds you are ruining the movies for dozens of people around you. And you are completely oblivious to the fact that you are. And even if you realize you are, you consider such concerns beneath you.

Model citizen right there.

about 3 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

BadDreamer Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

What is the point of checking - and thinking about - the pickup point DURING THE MOVIE?

Seriously, if that is your best contender for why it's a-ok to be an asshole to everyone else in the movie theater, then you have nothing. Your sense of priorities is completely screwed up, and you have no business in a proper establishment.

about 3 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

BadDreamer Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

We need more such intolerant country clubs of cinemas. I would pay membership to such an establishment, where people with such poor control of their compulsions to check their phone are banned.

The reason I dislike going to the cinema is not the movies. It's the audience being completely unable to keep sound and light discipline.

about 3 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

BadDreamer Re:Russia (417 comments)

There isn't anything fantastic about the technology in the F35, especially not for the price, but not even when ignoring the economical aspect.

Modern block designs of F16 and F/A18 have comparable avionics to the F35. The Silent Eagle F15 is just as good at avoiding enemy aircraft radar as the F35, and there is no reason the same technology could not be applied to F/A18's except lack of demand.

There is nothing wise about the F35 except throwing a bone to the US government. Which of course is a big part of any decision to buy fighter aircraft.

about 3 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

BadDreamer Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

Avionics can be - and constantly are - upgraded. The block 60 F16 is just as advanced in the sensors and guided munitions as the F35 at a fraction of the cost, and with a superior airframe.

The point of the F35 is not advanced avionics - those are easy to replace and upgrade - but to lower cost through more common parts in the aircrafts while retaining airframe capability. And that is not what they're getting anymore.

So now the F35 is all about generating jobs in various states so the senators will keep the budget for it going. There are no technical advantages of the F35 program left.

about 3 months ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

BadDreamer Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

There is rather a huge difference with a low unit cost assault rifle, which can be retooled or replaced with ease, and a modern fighter aircraft in general.

And the F35 is not in the middle lane of complexity of modern fighter aircrafts, it is leading the pack, both mechanically and electronically.

Further, the M16 core design was good (apart from the still present problem of direct gas actuation of the receiver bolt) and implementations details were the problem. The F35 is by design a compromise between competing demands. It is by design built, from the ground up, to not do any task well.

It has a body designed to accept the fan the Marines want to get sort-of VTOL capacity. This cripples it in other roles.

It has a half-baked stealth system, because of the fan and other trade-offs, and when in stealth it can't carry more load than an F15 rebuilt for stealth - an airplane costing much, much less in acquisition and operation.

And a pointy-nose in general is horrible for CAS. Almost no time over target, too little armor to go low and use direct fire weapons efficiently and too high speed to perform observation and guidance. The F35 solves none of those problems, except the speed one in the Marine version, but that plane is even more fragile than the non-fan version making it terrible for a CAS role.

There is no way to change that downstream on aircraft which are already built. The F35 will cripple US air capability, not directly because of its own problems directly, but because it removes aircraft more suited for the roles due to eating up their budget.

about 3 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

BadDreamer Re:Closed source software (217 comments)

Quite correct, compiled code is scanned all the time. And in doing this, bugs are CONSTANTLY found. Big, bad ones which leave wide open holes.

And many of them are around for years before they are patched. Many years. Some are still not fixed, after many years.

And yet more of them are not possible to detect until other changes in the software or architecture exposes that part of the executable to a new environment. The bug could have been there for dozens of years - yes, there is code in Windows that old - and still not be patched today.

The difference is, with open source, we know exactly how long the bug has been there, and when it was fixed. With closed source, we have no way of knowing. None. Really. All we can know is what is exposed in the builds we have access to with the interfaces we have access to.

And you know, if "someone didn't look" then they didn't know. Srsly. What kind of brain damage produced that line of reasoning?

about 3 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

BadDreamer Re:Closed source software (217 comments)

And how long have the bugs in the Windows networking code been sitting there? Oh, right, you can't know, because they're not telling us.

Perhaps you should use some of that logic which you wish others to experience.

about 3 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

BadDreamer Re:Closed source software (217 comments)

And you base this on what comparative statistics? How many security related bugs have the closed source developers found and fixed while these bugs were closed by a community scouring over the code?

about 3 months ago

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