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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (320 comments)

To entertain everyone with the ever popular car analogies, a car has a steering wheel, two or three pedals and a dashboard with a more or less common way to display what you want. The designs changed over time, but that's fairly constant. Why? Because it's been tried and proven as useful and intuitive, and people all over the globe know how to deal with this. It works. It works great. You don't see car manufacturers try to come up with, I don't know, a HOTAS setup for cars. . .

No. You do see them doing that. HVAC gets frigged up at a moment's notice. In my opinion, the ideal car HVAC control is three knobs, and three buttons: Fan, Hot/cold mixer (not thermostat), vent direction (face, floor, defrost); A/C, Rear defrost, recirc. Very simple to operate. Crank everything full clockwise for max defrost power.

On my circa 2010 Ford they removed the third knob (vent direction) and replaced it with a wall of buttons. So it isn't immediately intuitive by feel if it's on defrost, or floor. If you press the button twice it will go back to what it was before. What value does any of this functionality give?

"Automatic climate control" has been around for a while. I find it doesn't balance fan vs. temperature the same way I would. Sometimes in very humid weather I want max CFM of temperate air. I have to override the "automatic" system, defeating the purpose.

Now there's completely non-tactile, touch screen HVAC systems where you have to compete with the radio to control HVAC. This isn't just high end luxury, but moderately priced mid sized sedans. More and more in these configurations I notice there's a one hard-key shortcut to max A/C, and max defrost (crucial if your window starts fogging or icing over while driving), so they admit they are needlessly complex to operate while moving.

And the old standby: The cable operated parking / emergency brake has given way to an electronic switch. And in most cars I've had, when the power locks are hit, there's still a manual switch that can be operated. That seems gone now too.

2 hours ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Terrible names (320 comments)

The choice of name of the Start button was poor, but the idea that a single button on one corner of the screen would give the user access to nearly every kind of function on the computer was not a bad one. Apple did it with the Apple menu. When the Start Menu was created, Microsoft's Windows Logo was not obviously a window, it was so stylized, so simply putting the icon by itself on the button wouldn't have helped those doing tech support explain to users how to get to that menu.

This was actually a problem in Office 2007. There was an Office logo "orb" that many users thought was a decoration. It was replaced with "File" menu / ribbon tab in Office 2010.

3 hours ago
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A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today

LinuxIsGarbage Re::p (51 comments)

Back in my day upside down smiley faces were used by left handed people.

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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

Better image your PC after installing Windows 10.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

Reading that blog in more detail, I think I understand what they are doing. "Supported lifetime of the device" *probably* means that the license will be tied to the hardware and will not be transferable. Perhaps they will generally make licenses super-cheap, but not transferable? Or perhaps they will go subscription-only on new devices.

"IT'S A TRAP!" may be appropriate here. We will find out for sure soon enough.

"super-cheap but not transferable" is something they've been doing for a long time with OEM licenses.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (639 comments)

Pretty much - most corporations have just barely (as in 2-3 years ago at most) updated from XP to Windows 7.

Our company just completed Windows 7 rollout 2-3 weeks ago. All managed workstations had to be migrated by the end of 2014.

There's still special purpose PC's floating around with XP, but by and large the company is considered migrated... If you looked at everything, we still have special purpose DOS PC's around. . .

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

LinuxIsGarbage Re: Makes sense. (629 comments)

The Galaxy S3 was released in 2008 (before Windows 7 was released) yet can be upgraded to 4.4.2 (admittedly limited by carriers pushing updates out for some models) which was released a year after Windows 8.1 came out. If Microsoft was giving people free upgrades to the latest OS for 7 years then maybe you'd have something to shame Google for.

What phone are you actually talking about? Galaxy SIII was released May 2012 and is upgradable to 4.4.2.

Galaxy S was released March 2010 and 2.3 Gingerbread was the last supported version.

Looking at the Nexus phones (which Google has a vested interest in providing updates longer):
Nexus One was released in January 2010 and stopped support at 2.3
Nexus S was released December 2010 and ends support with 4.1 Jelly Bean
Galaxy Nexus was released November 2011 and ends support with 4.3 Jelly Bean

about two weeks ago
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Back To the Social Media Future

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Live typing considered harmful (great link!) (40 comments)

If you want to relive your youth you can try these days by first finding two computers with modems.

No need to hook them up to a phone line, just run a phone cord between the two (works every time I did it) for the poor man's null modem.

On one computer type ATD on the other type ATA.

On Linux, it is gaining great marketshare in the Smartphone realm! We passed the year of the Linux Cellphone years ago! However apparently it doesn't count because of the atrocious GNU frontend isn't used.

I want to like Linux, I really do. However I think if it were a more centralized development there may be less duplication of effort, and more effort spent moving forward. Maybe more like Free-BSD / PC-BSD, however that has it's own problems (not near the marketshare of Linux, so even less support). Other problems with Linux include WorksForME, RTFM, Hey it's free what do you expect, and YouHaveTheSourceFixItYourself when you try to get help.

UI keeps trying to reinvent itself to solve questions no-one asked, and make Metro look good. Speaking of answering unsolved questions: PulseAudio. Lets just split off and duplicate effort that's already out there!

Unstable kernel ABI/API.

Oooo! But it has wobbly windows!

about two weeks ago
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Back To the Social Media Future

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Live typing considered harmful (great link!) (40 comments)

My only real experience "Live Typing" was modem-to modem connection. When you want to send a file directly between PC's and not over a BBS.

First you'd call over the phone to arrange the connection, one of the users would agree to be the caller, the other would be the answerer. Hang up and then get ready for the call.

First user would ATDT5551234
When the second user hears the phone ring they'd ATA

You'd turn echo on so you'd see what you were typing, Live type chat a bit, and then send a file over KERMIT, or X/Y/Z modem.

Chat some more, and then end the conversation. +++ATH0

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Floppy drives (790 comments)

I'm glad I don't have to hear floppy drives anymore. Good riddance. This has been my experience with floppy sounds:

whir-whir tick tick tick tick (okay all is going well)
tick tick tick tick whir-whir tick tick tick tick (okay, now at 80%)
tick tick tick tick (great, now at 95%)
whir whir-whir whir whir whir (uh-oh, this isn't good)
whir whir whir whir
Not ready reading drive A ($%#)
Abort, Retry, Fail? R
whir whir whir whir whir whir whir
Not ready reading drive A (#$@# piece of @#$@)

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:For that matter... phones. (790 comments)

I have two though not currently hooked up. One touchtone, one rotary dial. Unfortunately the touch tone has a loose connection inside so there's a lot of static. The Rotary dial one can't dial out with my VoIP.

My VoIP is Magic Jack, and surprisingly it has enough power to ring 1 mechanical ringer. I used to use the rotary with it and the on screen dialer, but changed to MagicJack+ which doesn't require a PC. I replaced the phone with a cheap model with a line-powered speakerphone, since I primarily seem to use it whenever I need to navigate the menu system, or wait on hold with a customer service number.

about two weeks ago
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3D Cameras Are About To Go Mainstream

LinuxIsGarbage Image quality (141 comments)

Too bad the image quality in "tablets and laptops, and perhaps even our smartphones" is dreadful compared to even pretty basic point and shoot. Optical zoom, low light performance, time to focus, time from power off (or sleep) to on and recording.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

LinuxIsGarbage Re:i5? Call me when they have the i7 (97 comments)

I have an i7-3612QM in my laptop. Sure, you wouldn't likely see that in a ultralite. But comparing the i5, the i7 runs a little slower to keep 4 cores in the same heat as the 2-core i5. For multithread, the i7 will be much better. With single-thread only, and one program at a time, the i5 may have a slight advantage. A dual core i5 vs dual core i7, there's not as much difference.

Intel's "Turbo boost" will let 1 busy core run at a faster clock rate than if all cores were busy. I would have thought this would result in it running an i7 at the same speed as the comprable i5 under a single threaded task.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

LinuxIsGarbage Re:i5? Call me when they have the i7 (97 comments)

all modern os's wake up and do things, on their own. this competes with user tasks. having more cpus or threads or cores helps with this.

so, yes, i5 and i7 are helpful for even 'simple' desktop users. and my htpc is an i7, with 8 real cores, so that my movies are even that much resistant to being jittered by other proc's waking up and demanding cpu time.

I think having 2 cores instead of 1 was beneficial to a lot of workloads as it kept the PC responsive if one thread was really hogging the CPU, it kept the other free for the rest of the user's processes. Although modern OS's claim to use preemptive multitasking, they strain under these loads if single core. I think even a single core with hyperthreading helps with responsiveness in these situations.

With 4 cores (i5 desktop CPU), or 4 cores + hyperthreading (i7 Desktop: 8 imaginary cores), there's diminishing returns. The extra threads really only help if the user's application is multithread aware, eg: a good video encoder. Individual application performance and responsiveness frequently relies on single thread performance.

Now a lot of nuisance background stuff is IO dependent. If you use Windows check Resource monitor on disk usage. When background stuff is working away, it's probably 100% busy, grinding away at 1MB/s. I've seen things like AV's doing that. That's going to bog down disk access for your applications as well. This is where SSD's have big gains as you can get random IO performance of 80MB/s.

When specing a new PC, I went with a core i5, because single thread performance was similar to the i7, but cost $100 less, and went with an SSD for the OS drive.

about two weeks ago
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Intel 5th Gen Core Series Performance Preview With 2015 Dell XPS 13

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Anything is better than "smartwaches" and "IoT" (97 comments)

It's sad, but at this point I'm almost inclined to applaud Dell and Intel for showing a product that isn't clearly just a bunch of vapid handwaving bullshit, even if Haswell and Broadwell have been somewhat underwhelming advances. Not that this is new to CES by a long shot, but it seems especially bad this year.

Same thing every year. Like the year of 3D TV's that no one cared about.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For Cheap Home Automation?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Bah ... (189 comments)

Must not live in Ontario, Canada, where 90% of the electricity bill is distribution fees, taxes, debt retirement and other fees which are pretty static. Only 10% is actual usage cost.

Well. You do live somewhere that has to cover the $0.80/kWh paid to homeowners with Solar operations feeding back to the grid. Here in another part of Canada, monthly fixed costs are $10.83/mth, and usage is $0.15/kWh. Total is taxed at GST only. Without paying for heat or hot water , my usage is $30/mth.

about two weeks ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

LinuxIsGarbage Re:Amazon (217 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.

about a month ago

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