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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

Download the process monitor from the SysInternals suite and take a look at the frequency of registry queries. Reading and particularly modifying text files at that rate would be a significant burden on the system.

Since the registry was introduced, both windows and applications access the registry as if it were a no-cost operation (in other words, far more often than is actually necessary or advisable.) Even so, the vast majority of those accesses are for the same small set of data. Things like file associations, etc. There would be no significant performance penalty if text files were used, as that data would be cached anyway (just like it is with the registry).

The registry also enables concurrent access and permissions control.

The registry is used for these things, yes, but there's literally nothing that makes it hard or impossible to do the same thing with text files, so that's not really an advantage of using the registry.

In my view, the registry is one of the top 10 worst things about Windows.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

If you set up Word the way you like on one machine the settings should go with you if you log in at a different office on a different PC.

Windows can do this? I change machines managed by AD all the time, but have never seen this happen. Nonetheless, it's not necessary to use a mechanism like the registry to accomplish this, so this functionality doesn't explain it.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

When using an application data folder, you have the choice of using Local, LocalLow, or Roaming. No one in the world understands the difference between these folders or why some programs use one over another (or use multiple!).

Yeah, this is another pet peeve of mine. When I have to look in an application data folder, I have to find the right one through trial and error, because the folder that's used is apparently chosen at random. And don't get me started on the horrorshow that is the Users folder.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

Those of you know more than me can maybe advise: why the hell does this thing even exist? Why not stick with ordinary text files containing things like

Because Microsoft doesn't like users and developers. That's the only reason I could find. When they introduced the registry in the first place, the primary advantage they talked about was the elimination of the onerous 64k restriction on .ini files (completely ignoring the fact that they could have just allowed .ini files to be arbitrarily large). Other advantages involved performance and being able to have all that stuff in a single place. Performance was never a big enough issue to be worth sacrificing the benefits of the .ini files, though, and the problem of having them scattered willy-nilly throughout the filesystem could have easily been addressed without eliminating them.

The only thing left that makes sense is spite.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (347 comments)

... and no, searching for everything is NOT a solution. ...

This may be a stupid question, but why not?

For a handful of reasons, but topping the list is discoverability. Searching for everything involves knowing what everything is called or consulting a manual. If you want to do something that you rarely do, this is a big problem. Personally, I absolutely loathe this trend of using searching as the main way to launch applications. It's intrusive and inconvenient, and makes the OS more difficult to use. It's basically removing the advantages of a GUI while keeping the disadvantages, and introducing the disadvantages of the command line without introducing the advantages. It's just suck all around.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen irritating (347 comments)

They're going to replace the control panel with a Metro app? Damn it. I was hoping that I could just avoid all Metro apps completely. That's really irritating.

2 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:Sounding another death knell for cable companie (126 comments)

people are no doubt running to the store to pay for a roll of tinfoil with a Bitcoin, but it's really not the Orwellian nightmare that you might expect.

Wait a second. You can't call people who object to tracking paranoid because the tracking is provably being done. Why do you think people who object to being spied on are somehow nutty for objecting to it?

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (126 comments)

From my point of view, there are two problems. The biggest one isn't the ads themselves, but the tracking that is used with them. That needs to die a fast, painful death. The other problem, which is about the ads themselves, is that advertising is ubiquitous. When you can't even take a piss in many public restrooms without having to look at another damned ad, it's no mystery why people want to see advertising itself die.

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Yes, this. And the switchover to digital broadcasting means that there are more people than ever who simply can't receive OTA broadcasts.

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Beyond that, it kind of sucks and there's really no point in denying it. Netflix by itself is no cable substitute. There's no point in pretending Netflix is something it's not.

I'm not pretending. Netflix by itself completely replaces cable to my satisfaction. Admittedly, that's a pretty low bar because cable sucks completely. Sure, Netflix and the like doesn't satisfy everyone's needs (what does?), but there's no need to be dismissive of people for whom it works or accuse them of being deceptive or misguided.

3 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Netflix compares poorly to a $200 cable package.

Personally, Netflix not only compares very well to a $200 cable package, it is superior to a $200 cable package. Cable offers nothing of interest to me that I can't get from Netflix, but Netflix is a much better viewing experience.

3 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

JohnFen Re:Please let this be a good sign (520 comments)

I have a moderately long list of pain points, but the biggest one for me is all those damned dependencies. For the most part, my list is the same as most everyone else who has used it and found it wanting. There's no need to go into detail, as these details can be easily found pretty much anywhere that discusses systemd.

4 days ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

JohnFen Re:Please let this be a good sign (520 comments)

For my own collection of systems, there's only one use that counts: that's me -- and this is a big deal for me. For my needs, both on my servers and workstations, systemd presents a lot of downsides and no upsides. Therefore, I reject it. I would prefer the relatively short-term pain of migrating my systems over the long-term pain of dealing with systemd -- but I rather that I could just continue to use Debian without having to use systemd at all.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

JohnFen Re:Completely wrong (520 comments)

The summary is completely wrong. They are not discussing systemd, just whether packages can depend on a specific init system. I thought there was some kind of moderation here?

Yes, and this is really the key point. That there are packages that depend on systemd is the root problem -- it means that it's very difficult to use an init system other than systemd. If I could just select my preferred init system like I can select my preferred DE, then I wouldn't have an issue over systemd at all, since I could just avoid it entirely.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

JohnFen Re:Remove It (520 comments)

Indeed. Which is why I hate Red Hat with a burning fire of a thousand suns. I stopped using Red Hat for my own systems many years ago, and I am greatly irritated that its influence is so hard to avoid.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

JohnFen Re:Remove It (520 comments)

You can have your tamper-resistant logs right now, without systemd.

about a week ago

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