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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Lisias Re:Linus wants the Desktop? (623 comments)

You guys no nothing about Linus or how he likes to use his desktop. It's funny how people export their dreams and ideas to one man like this.

I follow the guy on G+. I did read what he said about Gnome 3 at that time in first hand.

But you can read about it here.

The guy is not remotely qualified to write a desktop. Have you seen all the commands in git? The first round was a usability nightmare. Hell he himself would admit that.

Linus wrote Linux 0.99, a really little piece of crap compared to any usable UNIX kernel at that time. But yet, he managed to lead this project in a way that now Linux is probably the most used kernel (UNIX like or not) in the world. And the thing is really good (but granted, perhaps not the best).

Linus wrote git, a really piece of crap compared to any usable DCMS at that time. But yet, he managed to lead this project in a way that now git is probably the most used CMS (distributed or not) in the world. And the thing is really good (but granted, perhaps not the best).

Did this makes a ring sounds somewhere in your head? Or you need me to draw it to you? :-)

The guy is a great engineer. Great engineers don't invent great things, they build great things - most of the time, using shitty things as experiments/prototypes/proofs of concepts in order to get the great thing done.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Lisias Re:Why focus on the desktop? (623 comments)

[...]Moving from Snow Leopard to Lion was my greatest mistake. Up to that point I had been a satisfied, kool-aid drinking, cash-spending Appletard.

I totally agree. I miss Snow Leopard very much. Lion was a piece of shit.

I'm currently using Mavericks, and I finally started to like Mac OS again - but I still miss Snow Leopard. Apple managed to dumb down the Mac OS X to a level that, frankly, offends me : why I can't use Expose? I was happy with it.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Lisias Re:Why focus on the desktop? (623 comments)

Because he needs a functional to develop the Kernel! :-)

He used to use Gnome Desktop 2, and I prefer not to reproduce what he said when Gnome 3 was spilled out from the Gnome Foundation.

(and I totally agree with him)

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Lisias Linus wants the Desktop? (623 comments)

So I recommend him to start his own Desktop project. :-)

Seriously, I don't know of, now, any other Open Source leader capable of doing a decent Desktop. Torvalds finishes what he starts, and he finishes it vrey well (see git).

We had very good Desktops in the past, but nowadays things are just too shiny and too new and... too dumbed down to be useful to me: who knows me from other /. posts about this matter knows why I migrated to MacOS two years ago, and don't plan to migrate back in the short run.

I still love Linux - all my non desktop machines are Linux, no questions asked. But I just can't handle any of the present mainstream Desktops to use Linux again on my working box.

yesterday
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lisias Re:All that money... (568 comments)

From the DOCX specs:

Microsoft has patents that may cover your implementations of the technologies described in the Open Specifications. Neither this notice nor Microsoft's delivery of the documentation grants any licenses under those or any other Microsoft patents. However, a given Open Specification may be covered by Microsoft Open Specification Promise or the Community Promise. If you would prefer a written license, or if the technologies described in the Open Specifications are not covered by the Open Specifications Promise or Community Promise, as applicable, patent licenses are available by contacting iplg@microsoft.com.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lisias Re:All that money... (568 comments)

Why everybody just assumed that I'm criticizing Microsoft?

Ok, I'm criticizing Microsoft too, but not just them!

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lisias Re:All that money... (568 comments)

Yep. And then all that money that would be used to pay salaries that would be used on expenses locally, making the local economy work, will be redirected to Bill Gate's pockets.

Who in turn gave the vast bulk of his money to end disease, educate children, feed the world, etc.

Some people can live with the charity of the riches. Some other prefer to work hard to earn money, pay the taxes and then demanding proper health care and education.

I prefer to live with the second way of life.

I can live with that.

Considering Germany is a net exporter: I'm not sure "keeping the money local" is actually a need.

Perhaps not, I don't know. But would be wiser to avoid putting all their eggs on the USA's basket again.

When in a few years, when all our documents will be locked in a proprietary cloud (that anyone with the right influence will have access) or stored locally in a format that you must pay to read, remember 2004.

MS uses XML to save documents. Put them wherever you like.

Yeah. Right. You was embraced and extended. :-)

Use of cloud storage is hardly unique to MS. Want me to start citing Linux distros doing it?

Yes.

A glitch on gtalk rendered me with my cellphone out of the cell network for weeks until the support from an app (that I was thinking was the culprid) help me to locate the problem.

A friend lose this documents because his account was terminated by mistake (other company, not related to the previous case).

There's privacy concerns everywhere.

So, yes. Cloud, no matter from whom, is going to be a nighmare.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lisias Re:All that money... (568 comments)

And then all that money that would be used to pay salaries that would be used on expenses locally, making the local economy work, will be redirected to Bill Gate's pockets.

The chief idea behind this was to save money yet it resulted in a poor user experience with many complaints. Saving money by paying salaries to people to produce a product that results in many user complaints is not a good economic choice.

Agreed. But exporting jobs to an already incredibly rich country is even worser.

Tough decision.

when all our documents will be locked in a proprietary cloud

No, you have stored them on a server, in fact any sane organization already stores all their documents on a server. They are not "locked" there, you could equally store them locally if you want. Did you not know that?

Nice. Stop paying Office 365 and try to get your documents. :-)

Storing your documents in the cloud, the way we're doing now (granted, it's not the only way), is like storing private data on Facebook. You can't expect integrity in the former in the same way you can't expect privacy in the latter.

You didn't knew that, right?

that anyone with the right influence will have access

So now it is a conspiracy? The defeatist has not heard of encryption? Or not storing sensitive data on a server you do not control? Anyone with the right influence could put a backdoor in the open source software too and they wouldnt have to go through Microsoft to get one put in Windows.

Microsoft software may not be a good choice but dont be so dimwitted as to think open source is some silver bullet that solves all the problems you pointed out.

You take it on the wrong side. =]

WHen you store your documents in the cloud, the software is irrelevant. Doesn't matter if you're using open ou closed source software, the server's owner can do whatever he wants and you'll never know.

Now... About that encryption thing....

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Lisias All that money... (568 comments)

Yep. And then all that money that would be used to pay salaries that would be used on expenses locally, making the local economy work, will be redirected to Bill Gate's pockets.

I remember when Munchen waived Windows, in 2004. This was noticed a lot on Open Source news, as Quilombo Digital and BR-Linux in Brazil.

I did my share of criticize - Star Office was not ready at that time for the task, and a lot of documents were locked down in a proprietary format that would be a nightmare to convert from and back to be shared. As it's nowadays, by the way.

And things are gonna be worse.

When in a few years, when all our documents will be locked in a proprietary cloud (that anyone with the right influence will have access) or stored locally in a format that you must pay to read, remember 2004.

2 days ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Lisias Re:And life goes on (235 comments)

This. I deleted my facebook account 3 years ago because of all the bullshit. My wife still has one and it's gotten several orders of worse since I dropped it. The latest thing they did about how they handle messages now has her so pissed off she's considering dropping it too. They want to tie up your entire world in facebook and it becomes more than annoying.

It's weird, but I have different feelings about Facebook (other that being a piece of shit - I was happy with Orkut and didn't knew it).

But I do my part: I'm impolite and rude with spam and bulshit like "oh-my-god, is the new NAZsgulI!!". Three strikes, and they're gone - I ban the S.O.B. and problem solved.

Facebook is like real lfe (tm): tag around with people you like, avoid people you don't really like, and everything will be fine - unless you are the kind of people you don't like :-)

3 days ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

Lisias Re:And yet (268 comments)

how could these companies say with a straight face that they only want more H1B visa employees due to lack worker shortage and not because they're trying to find cheaper labor?

One thing doesn't excludes the other.

There's a man-power shortage on T.I. in the whole world, and everybody wants to pay less to the ones that are still working in the field.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Lisias Re:This obsession with everything in RAM needs to (161 comments)

If you're going to MARK/RELEASE why not malloc/free? Same goes for languages like Java - if you have to null a reference for it to get collected, how is that different from free() or delete? It's still a line of code you have to remember to put in your program at the right place.

For two reasons:

1) It's easier to MARK the heap on the beginning of the task, using it as there's no tomorrow and then just RELEASE everything at once on the end. (nothing prevents you from deleting some pointers in the job to save memory).

2) You avoid HEAP fragmentation, easing the memory management's life.

Anyway, it appears to me that you missed the point. I was criticizing the pretense "no overhead garbage collector" from Azul.

about a month ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Lisias Re:This obsession with everything in RAM needs to (161 comments)

And yes, a garbage collector with zero overhead. Who would have thought? Well, pretty much anyone in the know, I guess.

MARK / RELEASE from the Pascal days used to work pretty well - this is the less overhead "garbage collector" possible.

It's impossible to have a Garbage Collector without some kind of overhead - all you can do is try to move the overhead to a place where it's not noticed.

There's no such thing as Free Lunch.

about a month ago
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Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads

Lisias Re:This obsession with everything in RAM needs to (161 comments)

I know you're afraid of the garbage collector, but it won't bite. I promise.

Yes, it will. It's not common, but it happens - and when it happens, it's nasty. Pretty nasty.

But not so nasty as micromanaging the memory by myself, so I keep licking my wounds and moving on with it.

(but sometimes would be nice to have fine control on it)

about a month ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Lisias Re:Most humans couldn't pass that test (285 comments)

People usually make the big mistake of taking himselfs as measure for everybody else.

Turing was a hell of a smart guy - I bet my mouse that he had this mindset ("everybody is more or less smart as me") when he designed that Test.

By the way, there's a joke around here that states: The sum of all Q.I. in the Earth is a constant - and the population is growing...

There's more instructed people nowadays, but smart? I'm afraid that not - Turing didn't live to see what we are nowadays.

about a month and a half ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Lisias Again? (340 comments)

There was a reason USSR give up making processors in the 80's.

I can't see what could be possibly changed from that time - au contraire, the status quo beame even more hardened.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

Lisias Re:As someone who... (154 comments)

How does making the handsets in China reduce the cost to ship them to American customers? Seriously

Easy. You americans charge 20 times more for the shipping than the chinese.

Simple like that.

Last year I got some arduino spare parts costing about 40USD. I got free shipping, It took 3 months to get delivered at my home, but the shipping was free.

The same parts on eBay would cost me 45, 47 USD. Not bad. But the cheapest shipping would cost me another 50USD.

Do your math.

about 3 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

Lisias Re:ping rate (131 comments)

gaming's going to suck

On the other hand, PR0N is going to rock! :-)

about 3 months ago
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Severe Vulnerability At eBay's Website

Lisias Re:Sounds like the eBay I knew... (60 comments)

Hmm? Brazil and Argentina have "mercado livre" for years, and AFAICT they're ebay with a different name (same platform).

Yep. Until not that much time ago, M.L. was a fine place to buy and sell. But from some years to now, things changed - user's support is near zero, you just can't make a complaint online. Too much rules are relaxed, what favors bad faith sellers.

EBay was a partner until recently, but what we heard is that eBay got fed with all that and decided to do business directly around here. What is one of the best noticies we got in years : we *need* competition around here.

I found something here to supports what I'm saying. Google translating here.

about 3 months ago

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Interesting...

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 5 months ago

Interesting how things can change.

We, brazilians, have a harsh view from our managers. I wonder if our best ones didn't did as our best technicians - fled from the country to pursue a better future.

http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4905665&cid=46503045

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A good post

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 10 months ago

is always a good post.

This is just to "tag" a really good one (at least, for me). :-)

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4327587&cid=45107247

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Thoughs about "Mod Trolling" (or not!)

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I think I figured out why I was seeing what appeared to be "Mod Trolling" on my posts.

Due my good Karma, my posts are being visualized with a default +2 score points, as someone else had modded me +1 (underrated).

However, I must confess that I know that half my posts doesn't deserve a +1 mod (being it real or just karma biased), and I did noticed that a good part of my modded down posts was being modded as "-1 Overrated".

Well, if I even think that that posts didn't deserve a +2 score, what can be said from some random moderator? :-)

So, the Mod Trolling problem doesn't appears to be so bad as I thought. These "-1 Overrated" mods I was getting are due some mediocre posts being listed with a "+1 Excellent Karma" being added automatically,

(Ok, perhaps this should be obvious and ululant to me - - but I thought a good idea to share anyway)

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Mod Trolling sucks. Big time.

Lisias Lisias writes  |  about 2 years ago

I'm being repetitive, I know. But the problem is repetitive.

Mod trolling sucks. I wish enough people would agree with me in order to something productive could be worked out to minimize this problem.

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How to ask for metamoderation?

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Is there any way I can suggest a post to be metamoderated?

Sometimes the moderation is just plain wrong - and I really would like to tag it to be further evaluated in order to, perhaps, remove the moderation rights from the guy if he/she is too much prone to do that sort of ideological patrolling.

I'm not asking to know who did it - this would lead to a lot of abusive actions against the good moderators. I just want to flag it to be reviewed by the metamoderators.

Suggestions?

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This guy is my hero

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I just got into this post, and man... This guy is my hero - I would said it directly, but I used some mod points on the discussion.

I used to work 80 to 90 hours a week - and speaking frankly, it's the kind of thing that you should do only if you have no other choice. I have kids to raise, and I live on a rich-wannabe country where people thinks that scamming employees and customers is a good entrepreneurial tactic, so I do not have the option to always say no to these things.

But sometimes I can such a thing, and in these times I do.

Working is for living, not vice-versa.

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Mod Points

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hey!

I got 15 (YES, FIFTEEN) moderation points today.

Christmas gift? Greek gift? =P

Or just a bug?

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My first First Post

Lisias Lisias writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wow!

After 10 years, I finally managed to do it. I GOT A FIRST POST.

Better of all, it's not a flamebait, troll or offtopic. :-)

(but someone found it #overrated! =P)

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