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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

Johnny Loves Linux What's the point? (156 comments)

What niche need does this app fill? If you're using Gmail, don't you already have access to your e-mail, calendar, whatever from any Android device and/or desktop? I'm trying to understand what's the point of this app? I'm a Linux user for example. What does this product give me that I don't already have for free on any platform? I don't use Windows so why should I (or anyone else for that matter) care? What's the killer app here?


Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Why do Windows programs just run? (126 comments)

So would it be fair to say then that this a hardware vendor issue at least in the case of the Lenovo laptop, as it seems that the Microsoft solution is to let just the GPU driver deal with the issue? It seems kind of strange to me though why would the GPU driver have the capability of dealing with the keyboard backlighting feature? Why would the graphics subsystem care about the keyboard? That seems kind of bizarre to me.

5 days ago

Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Who cares? R is a lousy language, anyway (105 comments)

I think that's being too harsh. As the paper described in its conclusions of the 3 groups who make use of R, the largest and primary group is the users, people who don't do programming in R, but rather make use of it for generating and displaying statistics in an interactive environment. R is a much better language to work I think if one has to access to RStudio, the gui frontend to R.

Is R a good general purpose programming language in the sense of other programming languages such as C/C++, python, perl, shell scripting, etc.? No, I think it's clear it's not a good general purpose language, but for what it focuses on, namely make it easy to do statistical computations it's hard to beat the language.

For statistical analysis the only competitor I see for it is a mixture of ipython notebook + python statistical modules such as pandas, numpy, scipy, pymc, sklearn,statsmodel, pystan, etc.

5 days ago

Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Why do Windows programs just run? (126 comments)

Those small glitches were the very reason I switched from Linux to Windows. Linux is amazingly buggy on desktop these days.

From the tone of your comment it sounds like you've had some serious frustrations. Do you mind if I ask what flavor of Linux you were running, what the desktop(s) were and what were the issues you were getting? I ask because I've been exclusively using Linux for 18+ years and while I've had my share of issues (NVidia binary blobs caused kernel panics for a period of 3 years when enabling OpenGL on my X sessions. As a result it's been 6 years since I've used NVidia hardware.) I'm curious to find out what drove you to use Windows, and also why Windows instead of say one of the BSDs, or even Mac OS X?

about a week ago

Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Johnny Loves Linux Re:rehab fan (106 comments)

I think the simplest explanation is that when you're at college you're just too busy studying to keep tabs on what's on TV. After college, you have more leisure time and you start watching again.

about a month ago

Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Isn't this how prosecution is supposed to work? (114 comments)

> isn't it standard practice for the injured party to work with prosecutors?
Yes, yes it is. What is **not** standard practice is for an "injured party" (is it clear that MPAA is an "injured party"?) to bribe prosecutors and write their legal briefs for them. Does that help to make it clear why this behavior is offensive to some, and probably illegal (hence the lawsuit by Google against the attorney general.)

about a month ago

Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

Johnny Loves Linux Answer: No. (232 comments)

It's a Celeron CPU. Office 365 is a rental. It's 2GB of memory. It's Windows. vs. http://www.google.com/intl/en/... and the OS is ChromeOS which is automatically updated. And it's not a rental. And you can install Ubuntu/Debian if you want in a chroot using crouton if you want a fully functional OS for programming.

about 3 months ago

R Throwdown Challenge

Johnny Loves Linux If you're going to use R (185 comments)

Be sure to use RStudio as the front end: http://www.rstudio.com/. Using on R in a terminal is ok, but having the beautiful GUI frontend RStudio makes working with R sooooooo much better! The help system, plots, R markdown (knitr), and inspecting variables in RStudio is so much easier. As far as comparisons go,

  1. R is no competitor to python for writing generic scripts.
  2. Python (numpy, scipy, statsmodels, pandas, sklearn, matplotlib, ipython and ipython notebooks) is not yet ready to compete with R for doing statistical analysis but give Python a couple of more years and then slashdot should do a review of how it compares.
  3. You can always call R from python using the r2py module. This is really easy within an ipython notebook using the %load_ext rmagic command.

For a nice video on using ipython notebook in data analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

For a nice selection of ipython notebooks for doing various type of data analysis: https://github.com/ipython/ipy...

about 8 months ago

The $5,600 Tablet

Johnny Loves Linux Re:Weakest Part? (96 comments)

Why, oh why, would anyone go through the trouble of making hardware that could survive those extreme conditions and then put Windows(!?!?!?!?) on it? Talk about the most pointless exercise ever. They couldn't be bothered to go check what the OS market share for tablets was? Hell, I wouldn't surprised if those tablets were running Windows XP. If you're going to choose to go stupid, might as well double down.

I can't help but think of the old saying "A fool and his money are soon parted."

about 9 months ago

Microsoft Brings Office Online To Chrome OS; Ars Reviews Windows Phone 8.1

Johnny Loves Linux Re:All I can say to that is... (69 comments)

I've seen postings from others as well that state that OpenOffice is inferior to Microsoft Office. Since Debian switched to LibreOffice a few years ago, I haven't used OpenOffice so I can't comment on the current version of OpenOffice vs. the current version of Microsoft Office.

However, I did a find web site which does publishes a comparison between LibreOffice and Microsoft Office 2013: https://wiki.documentfoundatio... Based on that comparison, I would have to say that Microsoft Office is actually inferior to LibreOffice. Does anyone know of any other published comparisons between the office suites?

about 9 months ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Johnny Loves Linux Re:That's kind of curious (582 comments)

I've heard other people say this too, but I don't see how that can be. Are there any stats that convincingly prove this? It seems to me that proprietary companies have some advantages when it comes to marketing. They can always sue people who claim they have found an exploit in the software. And there is no law obligating a proprietary company to announce when someone has found an exploit in their proprietary software and informed the company about it. So I would take claims that Microsoft has a "better" security record with a mountain of salt. Who is Microsoft being compared to? SCO? What is the metric? Where is the data?

about 9 months ago

London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

Johnny Loves Linux All that is left (193 comments)

is for the diva to sing the operatic conclusion and for cats and dogs to get along. Microsoft is so doomed. Who really needs them? Not most people. Have you seen the latest Samsung tablets? Holy cow the better than Hi-def resolution, vivid colors, awesome performance, none of them running Windows, all of them running Android. I saw them recently and my first reaction was: Microsoft is so doomed.

about 10 months ago

Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

Johnny Loves Linux Given Microsoft's past history (194 comments)

of boot loaders and Microsoft's more recent history and their standard practices I think someone would have to be extremely ignorant of Microsoft's history and their standard practices or a shill for Microsoft to state that this is somehow unfair to Microsoft.

Folks, I don't think Microsoft is just misunderstood. I don't think we have to worry about poor little Microsoft surviving its treatment by the "big bully" Google. I think Microsoft is getting exactly the sort of response that it has earned for its behavior.

about a year ago

Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Johnny Loves Linux I don't think it was a malicious mistake. (212 comments)

I think it's a culture clash of developers who've only worked in a Windows environment and consequently are used to turning off operating system security so they can run a program, usually a game, vs. the Linux community who inherited the Unix culture where you can play games on the operating system, but you can't play games with the operating system.

about a year ago

F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

Johnny Loves Linux Moral of the story: (193 comments)

Don't install apps from back alleyways:

At the very bottom of the list was Google Play itself, with the lowest percentage of malware in the gathered samples: 0.1 percent. F-Secure also noted that “the Play Store is most likely to promptly remove nefarious applications, so malware encountered there tends to have a short shelf life.” While that’s great news for most Android users, it

Why would anybody shop for apps on their android phone/tablet like a crack addict looking for their next hit is beyond me. Are people really that naive?

about a year ago

Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Johnny Loves Linux Was the study sponsored by the sugar industry? (459 comments)

Seriously, I don't see how the study could be right. My experience is that I lost 63 lbs. in 4 months by eating a low carb, high protein, high vegetable diet. The fastest and physically easy technique was to just ditch the sugar drinks, candy, fries stuff.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Johnny Loves Linux Debian Linux testing (531 comments)

CRAN, and PYPI. I pretty much have everything I need with the 3 repositories.

about a year ago

Microsoft Circles the Wagons To Defeat ODF In the UK

Johnny Loves Linux Re:OOXML not included in old Office either (89 comments)

failure to include OOXML 'will cause problems for citizens and businesses who use office suites which don't support ODF, including many people who do not use a recent version of Microsoft Office'

Yes, this will cause problems for the citizens of Redmond, WA who work for Microsoft, and the business called Microsoft, Inc if OOXML is not approved.

about a year ago


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