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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

Tough Love Re:Wow (128 comments)

ChromeOS windows do everything Redmond windows do.

They do not look like windows, they look like browser tabs. Because they are. Until they look like _Windows_ windows and include all the same functionality, many potential adopters will be needlessly alienated.

3 days ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Tough Love Re:What about other devices? (412 comments)

Since computing is moving to tablets and phones, can we get OS refunds for iDevices and Android tablets and phones also ?

Also, is this applicable to Macs?

Of course you can. Apple and Google sell their respective operating systems for... wait for it... zero dollars and zero cents per copy. You are entitled to a full refund.

3 days ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

Tough Love Re:Wow (128 comments)

That makes my little Chromebox that much more awesome. Redmond be very afraid.

Remond has no reason to be afraid until it gets movable, resizeable windows.

3 days ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Tough Love Re:Not due to Putin's ego (788 comments)

A replay of the cold war would end with Russia further fracturing into its component states, many of which already exhibit separtist tendencies

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Tough Love Re:Put it this way (788 comments)

...most of the First World countries are going to immediately join forces to invade and permanently occupy Russia....

What would be the point in doing that instead of just using economic power to drive Russia back into the economic stone age like North Korea? Sure, Russia has petrobucks but its fragile economy is only a little larger than Canada's. A strict economic embargo would destroy it.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Tough Love Re:As much as I hate Apple (187 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.

about two weeks 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 a month 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 a month ago

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