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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Blaskowicz Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (488 comments)

Please, when you want to get a new version of your graphics driver or update something too big (say KDE, Mate) you end up replacing the whole OS. You can change window manager, terminal emulator or shell (ksh, zsh) etc. any time, but some fine grained stuff like choosing the version of a program you prefer to run is only possible on Windows as well as e.g. setting targets for fan control, looking for voltage drops - linux never allowed me to read ANY of the half dozen or so voltage sensors built in any PC, it doesn't even acknowledge their presence.

It would be good to have a low footprint Windows clone to do the low level tasks that are just impossible on linux.

6 hours ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Blaskowicz Re:The flat thing needs to go away (197 comments)

Is that me or the "smiling icon" can be seen as two homosexual people smiling and kissing together?

(I like it better than the blue folder with compas shaped symbol, that makes me think of the freemasons or a symbol of East Germany)

yesterday
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Blaskowicz Re:The flat thing needs to go away (197 comments)

More than the looks (though flexibility in the looks would be welcome) I would like options to make the file manager not suck : optional left pane, favorites menu, no wasted space (show more damn files and folders per area), customizable toolbar.
Loss of the style of file manager I used in Windows 98 and XP was one reason that led me to flee to linux. What a pain in the ass.

yesterday
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Ubuntu Turns 10

Blaskowicz Re:before unbuntu (109 comments)

Windows Vista and higher is the about the equivalent of running Wayland on linux, which still is future technology as of now..
Or so I visualize the problem, even if the comparison may be not entirely accurate.
So imagine linux on Wayland, with GMA950 chipset and a "premium" driver i.e. efficient, low CPU use. That ought to be smooth. If you don't have those things then CPU power is wasted and bitmaps are copied uselessly. Even though there's only one physical RAM and it's on the FSB (front side bus) along with CPU and chipset.. the texture you've made must be transfered from "system memory" to "GPU memory" (resulting in ridiculous copying of data around) ; since you use some old low grade drivers (probably not much taken care of beside being patched for newer Xorg and kernel versions) the transfers probably suck more than usual, and that sucks since you're stressing your worst bottleneck (FSB or memory)

yesterday
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Ubuntu Turns 10

Blaskowicz Re:before unbuntu (109 comments)

Unity was super fast and smooth, for the two minutes I ran it under Ubuntu 11.04 before switching to Gnome 2. But I don't remember the dash (why would I want to search my programs instead of just running them?)
The OpenGL performance or that for the main OS GUI is totally random, depending on drivers, on which you have very limited control. Many linux advocates solve that problem by yelling "You're not running a less than two-year-old Intel laptop so you must be an idiot" in slashdot comments.

yesterday
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Blaskowicz Re:The driving force to open source? (307 comments)

Except for something hardware or driver related, where Windows has had the Device Manager for nearly 20 years. You can e.g. change the poll rate for the PS/2 mouse or limit a wifi connection to 5.5 megabits/s, which I had to do to make a wireless link usable once.
In contrast on linux only the high-level stuff is available (IP, SSID etc.) though I can look at the wireless speed, read only.

yesterday
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Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

Blaskowicz Re:Penetration in buildings will be crap (50 comments)

Makes me thinks of femtocells. Farm out coverage to your customers. Also I can see this used in very high density areas : mall, town's main square, stadium, conference center, even ad hoc deployment for events. The effective bandwith for one device may then suck but the shit ton of spectrum may make the connection possible at all.

yesterday
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Blaskowicz Re:Shash-job-vertisement (199 comments)

Yeah but a FORTRAN job where you wear 1940s clothes and program on a typewriter would be really cool.
And people would only interrupt you by rotary phone or speaking to your secretary.

2 days ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Blaskowicz Re:Sexy job (199 comments)

Your notion of "Watson will do it all", while it probably has an element of truth in it, sounds like the old stories (before I was born) that in the near future programmers won't be needed anymore because computers will program themselves.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Blaskowicz Re:are the debian support forums down? (282 comments)

The problem is, 700 games including expansion packs versus out of my ass 50,000 games on Windows.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Blaskowicz Re:Bad UI (282 comments)

Simply launching Audacity and picking the right "input" allowed me to capture the same sound that pulseaudio sends to speakers.
Possibly a second Audacity instance can be used to record what enters the PC through microphone. Then investigate using two simultaneous tracks in Audacity. Would that be working and good enough?

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Blaskowicz Re:It's the OS, Stupid (249 comments)

hard drive may mess the weight distribution up too.
But frankly there's not an exceptionnally strong reason for no removable flash storage, that'll be a commercial and design decision.
Flash can also get integrated right into the main CPU, or why not in a stack.
Seen a dumphone design on the web (chinese card phone) that consisted of only two chips, main SoC and radio. The SoC integrates some RAM and flash (has 8MB but not sure if the figure is for one or the other) and there's slots for SIM and micro-SD. So that's two removable storage devices, to be perfectly pedantic.

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Blaskowicz Re:It's the OS, Stupid (249 comments)

Lately they have been new Taiwan brands in the laptop market. MSI, Gigabyte. They seem nice and "desktop like" in a sense (no stickers, can be bought without an OS, 1080p and 900p displays..). I propose you buy one and report later on build quality : )

2 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Blaskowicz Re:It's the OS, Stupid (249 comments)

iPod classic. Oh crap, it was discontinued on Septermber 9 2014. Seems the 1.8" HDD have stagnated for years if they're even still made, and their niche has effectively ended.
On the other hand a 2.5" single platter, 5mm high drive exists, aimed at ultrabooks. It could easily fit in a Surface Pro clone. Have flash on M2 PCIe so that the user puts in whatever he want!

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Blaskowicz Re:Pulseaudio is a synthom, It's not to blame. (282 comments)

And so if you want both generic audio and low latency audio you need TWO sound systems on top of a THIRD one and at least two of them (Pulseaudio, ALSA) are configured by editing empty or semi-empty config files on the command line.
All so that maybe (not sure if that configuration is easily possible or makes sense) an ALSA application sends sounds to Pulseaudio (which emulates ALSA), which outputs to Jack which pipes it to ALSA.

I'm not necessarily against all that stuff but distros should support configurations where everything works, with wizards or a GUI to help you. Last time I tried launching (not even using) something other than audacity or qsynth all I got was "Ardour 2 couldn't start because fuck you". (granted that was a few years ago on ubuntu 10.04 I believe)

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Blaskowicz Re:Bad UI (282 comments)

You can do neat things but they require writing hardly discoverable crap in a configuration file. E.g. I was delighted to be able to get an optional downmixing from stereo to mono, which I wanted for years (be it on Windows, ALSA, ALSA + pulseaudio, or as a hardware feature - the latter can be found on 1970s amps).
But you have to scrounge the web then write this in the adequate place in the file system : "load-module module-remap-sink master=alsa_output.pci-0000_04_04.0.analog-stereo sink_name=mono channels=2 channel_map=mono,mono"

If that were Windows software you would have a GUI with checkboxes and the like to remap sound channels. And that's what Media Player Classic gave me a decade ago. And if software was still made like in the old days you would have off-line help files.

To pulseaudio's credit the feature works well : a new radio button appears in the GUI and switching from one sink to another works instantly.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Blaskowicz Pulseaudio not smart enough for me (282 comments)

I dislike that pulseaudio doesn't set its volume at what was the last value, when I boot and autologin to my desktop. The sound control applet (or is it a tray icon) does remember, but it registers after twiddling it up or down.
As I use an amplifier at 100% volume and Alsamixer is set at -2dB that result in very loud sound coming from the music player or video player etc. if I forget about it. Fortunately the amp is low powered and 2x12 watts so I guess the sound comes out at around 100 decibels only. Would be fun to try a dB meter to know exactly

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Blaskowicz Re:Fission = bad, but not super-bad (217 comments)

I thought the used fuel was too polluted with fission products and crap to be useful. You would at least need to use your civilian reactor in short runs tuned for millitary plutonium breeding rather than normal operation. (and that's what very old dual use designs were design to do, such as Chernobyl type.)

If we can do that sort of thing then theoretically a thorium reactor can be used to make Uranium 233 bombs.

3 days ago
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Blaskowicz Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

Even if wind turbines do manage to get a CF of 30 to 35% (only achievable in specific areas), massive generation of wind energy requires hundreds billions spent in transmission lines, other power grid upgrades, gas turbine backup, energy storage.

I find it doubtful. We can possibly achieve that, with the goal to avoid causing too much global warming ; but burning so much carbon in the process that we'll cause it anyway.

3 days ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

Blaskowicz Re:Seems incorrect (80 comments)

But the cheap combined CPU+GPU is probably what allows those "distributed smart monitors" to be practical. They seem a fun idea, though probably suitable to certain classes of custom applications.

3 days ago

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