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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Amazon (216 comments)

You mean, like Nokia?

I've read plenty of articles in the past about partners complaining that they showed Microsoft something, Microsoft temporarily working with them, and then showing them the door while coming out with their own product. I tried googling for such just now but there's so much noise I can't find the specific articles I was looking for.

They may well be trying to clean up their act, but they have a lot, and I mean a LOT of bad-will that they have generated over the years. If they think that people are going to accept these supposed changes at face value, they're mad.

I thought specifically in the case of Surface, Microsoft had all their OEMs working on tablets, which Microsoft required their own involvement in the development. Microsoft then cherry-picked the best features from each OEM, and then released their own tablet hardware, the Surface.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

LinuxIsGarbage Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

Crap. Ok, what's your address? And is that $100 Canadian, or $100 Canadian Tire?

Hold on while I count my stack of 5 cent bills while the Christmas shopping lineup wraps around the store.

-Some old guy 10 people in front of you.

about a week ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Can do this without logging off (229 comments)

While your steps work, you can also just focus on the desktop (by clicking the background, for example), then press ALT+F4. You will then be presented with the shutdown menu which includes the same options you cited, but without the need to log off first.

I prefer to click the task bar, then ALT+F4.

It's also useful in remote desktop when you're trying to shutdown or reboot the remote machine. Also included is Microsoft's "Windows Virtual PC" which uses remote desktop as the integration technology, and makes it difficult to shutdown or reboot the VM.

about a week ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Probably not (197 comments)

They word it like NASA is dumpster diving for its flight computers these days. The CPU may be from what was new 12 years ago, but I seriously doubt the physical unit is actually 12 years old.

Not yet anyways
For Parts, NASA Boldly Goes . . . on eBay

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

LinuxIsGarbage Every 30 days. (247 comments)

My favorite part is having to change the password every 30 days.

A LOT of people will use base password+date. EG:
Slashdotnov2014
Slashdot1114
etc.

Gee. I wonder what it might be in December...

I even know people in IT with passwords like that. When setting up a new computer for you they'll ask for your username/password so they can log in and setup your profile, so they are well aware that people do that.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Taught by the internet (229 comments)

. . . a carefully-timed momentary disconnection of the ethernet cable during startup to provide uninhibited exposure to all the illicit material our developing minds could lust after. Even at the time I was filled with a sense of awe & pride to witness our secret resistance in action.

This is a useful skill in the real world. In no fewer than three AD workplaces, I've seen people's accounts get locked (for one reason or another: IT had the wrong end date for the term position, too many failed login attempts, etc). Unplug the cable, log in, then plug the cable back in. Network drives won't work, but anything stored on the hard drive will, Email works, and internet works (even when you need to authenticate on the proxy). Good workaround when waiting for IT to unlock.

about three weeks ago
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Stephen Hawking's New Speech System Is Free and Open-source

LinuxIsGarbage Re:And the Republicans hate them all... (56 comments)

as their xian religion requires. I'm surprised one of their kind hasn't murdered Hawkings yet because their religion demands he be killed since he is "defective."

In 2009 when the concept of "Universal healthcare" was floated around in the USA, one Republican FUD'er going on about "death panels" was saying "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless."

Hawking was born, and lives in England.

Oops!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Look what those assholes did to gedit. (488 comments)

That example is an extreme head scratch-er for sure. However, contrast that to The GIMP, which has had a consistently bad UI for over a decade. Programmers don't always make the best UI decisions, and just because it's intuitive for them, it's not automatically intuitive for everyone.

Somewhere between the gedit bastardization and 70% of open source projects, there is a balance that can be made. Should be made.

Good old The GIMP. My favorite UI fuck-up of theirs is making save do a project save, and having to do export to save as JPEG, PNG, etc. If you complain about the interface You're told you aren't the target audience. They are targeting a professional Photoshop knockoff market that doesn't exist, and yell at their actual core userbase.

For all the talk of the ridiculous name, at my conservative Windows based workplace GIMP is available in the software catalog. I think they want to have a free offering to avoid people looking for Photoshop, etc. Thankfully they also have Paint.NET.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

LinuxIsGarbage Re:i don't think so (257 comments)

The 5 minutes isn't so bad. It's the 15 extra minutes the bus takes over driving in my case, or 70 minutes for my friends with 1.5 hour bus rides. You picked the smallest amount of time to take issue with instead of the colossal wastes of time?

And my comment on the subway, though you might have to wait 5 minutes, they come so frequent you don't worry about the timetable as you do a bus with a 60 minute frequency. I don't take issue waiting 5 minutes for a subway.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

LinuxIsGarbage Re:i don't think so (257 comments)

In my city, by my house, it takes 15 minutes to drive a route to downtown that takes the bus 30 minutes. That's on a relatively direct route, on a Saturday, with no traffic. Plus figure that you need to be at the stop 5 minutes before, and you're wasting more time. If your route requires a transfer onto another route, it's very easy to end up having to go to a terminal that's not exactly on a direct route, and then wait another 10-20 minutes. If you need a second transfer your day is basically shot. I know people that takes them 1.5 hours by bus what takes 20 minutes by car. That's each direction.

My city has gotten better by setting up express routes that aren't that bad, and cities with subways avoid street congestion, and normally have a train coming every 5 minutes or less.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Was on a bus once (257 comments)

Similar situation: I was on an older bus, some passengers leave the via the back door, the driver goes to pull away from the stop but can't because the bus thinks the back doors are open (green light on). Bus driver gets up, goes the the back door, pulls the doors closed. The green light goes off, brakes release, and the bus starts rolling down the road. He didn't seem that concerned when people point it out to him. He should have pulled the parking brake before leaving his seat (which I assume is standard procedure). Transit company didn't seem that concerned either when I reported it.

The door-brake interlock on modern busses require that the drive have his foot on the brake when the door closes to release the interlock. Sometimes you'll notice after the door closes they try to drive away, but the engine just revs. They push the brakes, and then are able to go.

In either case these are bad drivers, and hopefully an automated driver would keep to the SOP. There are many cities with driverless subways that function without problem.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

LinuxIsGarbage Re: Mod the parent up! (329 comments)

This business of charging by distance AND time that taxis use is awful and has got to go.

As much as I dislike taxis, I can't really blame them for this. If your destination has them stuck in traffic, that prevents them from otherwise making money.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Stick shift isn't just nostalgic (523 comments)

One thing that works against drivers in an unintended acceleration situation, is when they first panic and press the brake, although it may overpower the engine, it won't be a screeching halt, so they may release the brake and reapply. If the engine is at WOT, there will be no vacuum, and the vacuum reserve for the power brakes will be depleted, and the brakes will require a substantial amount more effort.

Try this exercise: Stop a car at the top of a hill (steeper the better), put it in Neutral, and shut off the engine*. Release the brake, now pump it several times to deplete the reserve. See how much force you need to slow the car down. In my experience I basically need to prop myself up with my shoulders, and put all my weight on the pedal. That's as an able body male in a compact car coasting down a hill, not as a frail old biddy mashing the brake and gas in her Camry.

*Someone's going to complain that shutting the engine off will lock the steering. In every automatic I've seen, if the shifter isn't in park, you can't turn the key back far enough to lock the steering, only shut the engine off. With manuals you usually require an extra release button, or other noticeable detent to move it back to lock. You only need to move it one detent. Hell after you kill the engine you can move it back to ON, as long as the engine isn't running. There will be a loss of power steering, but it should still be controllable especially once rolling. Automatics usually only allow a restart in Park or Netural, by using Neutral if you can't overcome the brakes, or steering, restart the engine (will not work in DRIVE, REVERSE, or LOW). In a standard you may want to try leaving it in 2nd, with the engine off but ignition "ON". That way if you need power you can pop the clutch, or restart with key.

The first reaction in the case of a runaway car should be to shift to neutral or de-clutch. All modern cars should have a rev limiter to keep from exceeding the redline, and many modern automatics (at least, don't know about manual) have a very low revlimiter if in neutal or park (they will only go up to 3-4000RPM when the engine redline is 6500RPM), so engine damage shouldn't be a concern. Second reaction if that doesn't work is to shut off the ignition (I hate push button ignitions for this, you usually have to push and hold for a couple seconds for a forced power off... Just when I thought an ATX powersupply was a PITA with a crashed computer) . Third should be to try any available parking brake (don't know how the stupid new electric parking brakes would work), and finally as a last ditch effort, I'd try Park as I look for a nice guard rail I could graze against.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

LinuxIsGarbage Re:I agree (523 comments)

cursive is just a way of trying to make your writing prettier.

I thought cursive was about reducing pen up-pen down operations on fountain pens, not really an issue with ball points or mechanical pencils. There's also some potential benefit in speed.

Nonetheless I think good manuscript printing, and keyboarding are more worthwhile skills.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

LinuxIsGarbage Re:clickpad (78 comments)

Au Contraire!

At work the lease on my T410 was up and replaced with a Thinkpad T440. It's alright, but it has a clickpad (that I hate), and it only has 2 USB ports (my old Thinkpad had 4).

The vertical screen resolution also shrank from 1280x800 to 1366x768. The RAM is the same 4GB as my 3 year old thinkpad, and the CPU isn't appreciably faster.

On a positive note the battery life is good. I was at an 8 hour session running entirely on battery, and still had 33% left at the end of the day.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Geeky formats? (313 comments)

I never really saw MKV as being super dominant. I would say from 2003-2012 or so I saw AVI as the primary container for run on the mill TV show downloads, now I see primarily MP4, with a splash of MKV.

I prefer MP4 as I can load it into the native iPod Touch library (using CopyTrans Manager as iTunes is Shite), and dock it into the cardio equipment at the gym and watch it on the eliptical's screen, which doesn't work with third party container/codecs that I have to play in third party media players. I have to run MKV files though AVIDemux to change containers.

about three weeks ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

LinuxIsGarbage Re:I like both (438 comments)

In terms of speed, I think you also don't understand the real problem. The problem is not comparing the 100-200 MByte/sec linear access time of a HDD to the 500-550 MByte/sec linear access time of a SSD. The problem is that once the computer has to seek that hard drive, that 100-200 Mbytes/sec drops to 20 MBytes/sec, and drops to 2 MBytes/sec in the worst-case. The SSD, on the other hand, will still maintain ~400-550 MBytes/sec even doing completely random accesses. Lots of things can cause this... de-duplication, for example. Background scans. Background applications (dropbox scans, security scans). Paging memory. Filesystem fragmentation. Game updates (fragmented data files). Whatever.

Linear numbers are about right, but I've found random performance much worse than that. 0.8MB/s on a hard drive, and 80MB/s on a consumer Solid State. This is a 100x improvement, but not near saturating the 500MB/s SATA III interface.

But for sure when my PC at work is grinding to a halt I'll open up Resource monitor and see that Norton is randomly thrashing about.

about three weeks ago

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