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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Tough Love Re:As much as I hate Apple (174 comments)

Apple doesn't follow standards.

Bluetooth, USB, GSM/CDMA? Apple follows standards just fine when they need to.

USB with a dongle. To call that "following a standard" would seem a trifle on the generous side.

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Is Debian/Hurd not an Operating System ? (727 comments)

Actually I have a background in writing low level kernels, in porting c runtime environments to these custom environments. I know about memory management from the hardware up.

Then how could you possibly have confused operating system level memory management with garbage collecting? I am not sure that I would want you working on the Linux kernel, certainly not on the core.

What I don't have is an overly narrow concept of operating systems, a viewpoint stuck on some quiz once taken in an operating system class that expected a student to regurgitate a 1970s list of OS components.

The term "operating system" was recently coopted by marketdroids and PHBs who have not got the faintest clue of what a timer wheel is, to mean something convenient for Apple and Google's respective business plans. Please go get any operating system text, including a recent one, and you will find that the classic meaning of "operating system" is still the only one taught in the schools that produce our kernel engineers.

Android is no less of an OS for delegating some low level operations to the host linux kernel than a microkernel based OS that delegates some low level functions to its microkernel.

You seem not to grasp the scale, power or subtlty of "some low level operations" that Android relies on the operating system for.

Debian no longer an OS when it delegates low level functions to HURD?

Debian is referred to by Debian developers as a "distribution". That is exactly what Android is, nothing more and nothing less.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Android is not Linux ... (727 comments)

Your definition of an OS is quite narrow, overly so.

manage memory

Check. Android's Java runtime environment does this for applications.

It is a safe bet that you have never had anything to do with operating system design or implementation. Apparently, you do not understand even elementary principles of operating system memory management. So... according to you, how does Java manage the process page tables?

It is people like you who make the world save for marketdroids.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Android is not Linux ... (727 comments)

Android is not based on Linux. Android is **hosted** on Linux, it is really its own operating system.

Complete nonsense. Android is an "operating system" only in market speak. In fact, Android is an application platform, not an operating system. If you doubt me then you need to get an operating system textbook and read for yourself what an operating system actually does. Hint: manage hardware at a low level, presenting a uniform interface for applications; manage memory; schedule execution; enforce security constraints; etc. All of this done by Linux, and not the Android libraries, and much more besides.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (727 comments)

Linus is blaming somebody else for Linux not taking the desktop, this is not to say he's not right, it's just amusing that he would blame others and tells me he's not interested in helping with the solution.

Good thing too. Linus is arguable one of the worst user interface designers on the planet.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Why focus on the desktop? (727 comments)

...Linus has never been overly concerned with market share...

Other than being bent on world domination?

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Why focus on the desktop? (727 comments)

Well, Gnome always was a piece of crap in terms of internal structure and finally that project is imploding. About time. KDE/QT always was the technically superior approach and with Gnome fading it does look like we are heading in the right direction. Of course, we a monoculture would be horribly counterproductive for long term evolution, but there is obviously no danger of that.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

Offer real, tangible, innovation that is disruptive to the market and the ISVs and OEMs will be climbing over eachother to support it just as they did with Android.

I like my Linux desktop the way it is, thankyou, and I do not want it "innovated". We will crush Microsoft some other way.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Buy a chromebook and install Linux on it ... (727 comments)

I've been using Linux part-time for twenty years. I build my own desktops so its been easy to build systems that are compatible between windows and linux. However laptops have always been very troublesome. I have figured out a solution. Buy a chromebook and install Linux on it.

Lately, I have found that laptops are working very well under Linux, including reliable suspend/resume.

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Tough Love Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I will second that. I use both Windows and KDE desktops, and KDE is just a lot smoother and easier to forget about when you're working, which is really the main thing you want from a desktop. It also some very nice features that Windows lacks, such as providing fine grained persisent control over window geometry for given applications. And there are just an endless number of annoyances that Windows has that KDE does not. Reboot in the middle of your work, to name just one.

about two weeks ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Tough Love Re: C (142 comments)

To keep those windfall profits rolling in, Microsoft only ever knew two tricks: 1) turn on your partners 2) do not respect the law.

about two weeks ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Tough Love So sad (142 comments)

His ability to cause maximum damage and employee discomfort will be somewhat curtailed. Too bad about that. Hopefully Nadella can fill his clown shoes.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Tough Love Re:Where are my designated initializers? (193 comments)

Maybe it's not part of C++ because this kind of initialization is trivial to do...

It is a safe bet that you have never ported a C99 program of any significance to C++.

about two weeks ago
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

Tough Love Where are my designated initializers? (193 comments)

It's just pathetic that so many years down the road the committee can't get its act together to provide this much loved C99 feature at least for POD. This is a major issue, if not the major issue) with porting C code. The word wanking comes to mind. Here, GCC guys really need to take the lead but it's starting to feel like GCC guys are actually holding back on it. It's not like the coding is a challenge.

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Tough Love Re:It doesn't look anything like iOS (181 comments)

There is a young chinese girl on the screen with her breasts showing. That is clearly not what Apple would do. Apple uses stoners.

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Tough Love Re:The predator strikes again. (181 comments)

Oh right, those sneaky socialist capitalists must stolen Apple's iOS linux source code, where else could they have gotten it?

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Tough Love Re:Sitting on the floor? (181 comments)

Does he also park in the handicap space?

about two weeks ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Tough Love Re:artificial scarcity (81 comments)

we're the richest country in the history of the earth

No, we're in deeper debt than any society in history.

As I understand it, every great empire that ever was, was deeply in debt. After you get past that hand to mouth thing, how deep your are able to go into debt becomes the measure of your wealth. Another way of putting it: what would you rather have, the money or the stuff? Can you eat money? Sail on it? Marry it?

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Tough Love And life goes on (235 comments)

Email is only losing the people we want to lose. You know, the ones who broadcast that joke of the day email every day CCed to everybody they know, or have ever heard of. Now, please just be good and take all that to facebook. Thxbai.

about two weeks ago

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