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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Wycliffe Re:Infrastructure? (663 comments)

The issue isn't wifi. I happened to mention 2 issues with wifi. I could easily list a dozen more issues with a dozen different subsystems.
I'm a linux administrator. I use linux daily. It's easier to configure for someone who knows what they're doing but it lacks many of the
wizards that power users hate but people who can't find the C drive love. The issue is ease of use. When I plug in a usb drive, does
it automount? Personally, I don't want it to, but someone who has a hard time finding the C drive is going to be lost. Installing a printer
on linux is alot more cumbersome and is less step by step. Even some advantages like multiple desktops can make it more confusing.
Linux is not ready for people like my dad who "lost" his desktop icons once because he accidently maximized his current application window.
Unfortunately the linux "power users" would hate a linux that is made for newbies as it would have to hide alot of what makes linux
great under the "advanced" options.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Wycliffe Re:Infrastructure? (663 comments)

Linux has also been superior on the desktop for quite some time.

Superior by what definition? Stability? sure, I'll give you that. ease of use? I doubt it.
I've been a linux only user for over a decade but it still doesn't work as smoothly as windows out of the box.
I occasionally still run into random problems like wifi failing to connect, can't read a cd which windows has no problem with,
wifi card is not supported, etc... Granted most thinks come with windows drivers but even when they do happen to
include linux drivers the linux drivers are often an afterthought and subpar. These small little rough edges are a fine
trade off for a geek but a huge turn off for a "normal"

2 days ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Wycliffe Re: 90% of people are retarded (115 comments)

If a divorce happens, then having a joint login isn't really a problem as you already
both have access to the money. So you both can log in and see that the other person
already emptied the account. No need to worry about changing the password.

Same with mortage accounts. The fact that the login/password is shared is less
important that the fact that you own a house together. The login/password is
usually only useful for paying the bill and not much else anyways.
It seems pointless to have 2 separate login/passwords and even stupider if
those 2 separate login/passwords can't see each other's payment histories.

2 days ago
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51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

Wycliffe Re:90% of people are retarded (115 comments)

I'm also surprised it's not higher but not because people are stupid but because there are a bunch of different use cases.
Even if the bank allows it, what advantage does a husband/wife have to create separate logins for a joint account?
There are plenty of people that share accounts. There might be a sales email address that multiple people in an office take turns checking.
I know quite a few husband/wife pairs that share a single facebook account and I even know a few that share a single email address.
It's not because they're stupid but rather if one or both of them is a light user then it's easier to just have everything in one place.
There are also plenty of not-so-important accounts that people don't really care about and leave the password on a post it note or use 123123 as
the password because there is nothing of importance there and even if someone bothered to hack it, they wouldn't really care.

2 days ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Wycliffe Re:Conduit lease (180 comments)

What alternative would you recommend? The only one I can think of is burying a few conduits in advance when performing other utility maintenance, and then leasing each individual conduit to an ISP to blow its own fiber or copper.

This isn't as crazy as it sounds. If the city owns the conduit, let's say a 6 inch pvc conduit and then rents it out at a nominal fee to anyone and
everyone who wants to send fiber down it. You could literally send thousands of strands of fiber down a single 6 inch conduit. Plenty of room
for competition for anyone who wants to try to compete. Now the city only has to maintain a simple piece of plastic pipe and can distribute the cost
with dozens of companies and each company gets to maintain their own fiber inside of this conduit.

2 days ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Wycliffe Re:Big Data (180 comments)

They don't want to pay for bandwidth anymore.

What's so unreasonable about this? Netflix isn't wanting this for free, they are wanting peering agreements.
Basically, they are saying, let us run fiber directly to you so that:
      1) Our customers get a faster connection
      2) Your customers get a faster connection to us.
      3) Your customers are no longer bogging down your internet connection with traffic to us
      4) Your customers get a faster connections to the rest of the internet
      5) You don't have to buy bigger pipes to the rest of the internet therefore saving money.
etc...

It's a win/win for all involved. There is no reason money needs to be continually exchanged as it's now a private
lan between the two companies and I'm sure Netflix would gladly pay for the hardware.
The only reason they don't want to peer with netflix is because they feel like they own the customers and
are willing to hold their own customers hostage in the hopes that netflix will cave.
Netflix unfortunately is not critical enough to do the opposite. (i.e. peer with us or your customers
can't use netflix) as netflix actually has competition unlike the people they are trying to peer with.

2 days ago
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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Wycliffe Re:Good for music, movies and ebooks (82 comments)

In fact, the editing process is such that the cost of printing, shipping, warehousing, distribution is really only around 10% of the retail cost.

If the printing and shipping (including the cost of amazon to ship it to me) is really only 10% then I will never be buying an ebook unless forced to
because it's worth alot more than 10% to me to have the physical book plus the resale value of the book is almost always worth more than 10%.

So what you're basically saying is that ebooks can't afford to compete with paper books on price which I find utter nonsense.
Amazon might have to reduce their commission or they might have to rethink how they do it but it makes no sense that an ebook
shouldn't be able to compete with a paper book and currently they are many times priced higher than the paperback versions.
This might make sense if the paperback versions had advertisement or something to offset the cheaper price but I don't believe this
is the case so why is the paperback version cheaper than the ebook?

2 days ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

Wycliffe Re:I... (91 comments)

The only news story I've ever seen was one in florida where an old person's neighborhood was attempting to evict someone
because they had a "no children" policy. The media was as usual making a big deal about it but the homeowner's association
had spent months trying to evict her. Yes, the contracts are enforceble and if you're in the wrong then you can be found guilty
in court but it's a long drawn out process for both sides. Where I'm from (middle of missouri), there are all kinds of crazy
clauses like how many bushes you are suppose to have but most people take them as suggestions instead of rules and you
can go through any neighborhood and see dozens of violations. Which by the way is how it plays out in court. If you can
show that the rule is selectively enforced (for instance your neighbor already has a fence) then the court will throw out the
rule.

2 days ago
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Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs To Access Digital Assets of Deceased

Wycliffe Re:Good for music, movies and ebooks (82 comments)

Compare to an ebook: I buy it. Then my wife has to buy it(*). Them my friends/family have to buy it. Then my kids have to buy it. Their kids have to buy it. See the problem?

I might be ok with this for certain books if ebooks were substantially cheaper. Currently even for books I don't want to keep
it's cheaper to buy the book, read it, and resell it on amazon. If a $20 paper book gives the author $7 of royalties then at
a maximum an ebook should be priced at about $7.50 but because you can't turn around and resell that ebook it should
probably be priced closer to $3 or less. If ebooks actually started being priced at a rental price then it would make alot more
sense to buy ebooks. I still prefer paper books and most of the times the paperback and used copies are cheaper than
the ebooks even before you include resell value and alot of that goes to shipping. I would love to see 30 day rental fees for
ebooks be priced at or below the paperback/used book price instead of ebooks being priced at 70% of the hardback price.
It makes no sense that I can get a NEW physical paperback book SHIPPED to me cheaper than I can buy the electronic version.

2 days ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

Wycliffe Re:I... (91 comments)

at some point after he originally stained it they decided the previously allowed colors were no longer allowed.

Homeowners associations have very little actual power. I would have told the home owner's association to take a hike.
You can't make a law after the fact. If this is true there is no way this would have held up in court. I've heard rumors of
crazy homeowner's associations demanding crazy stuff but to actually enforce it is expensive as you have to take
them to court to enforce it and many times the court will still decide in the actual homeowner's favor.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

Wycliffe Re:I'll check that immediately (231 comments)

I'm not going to argue whether the story is true or not but illegal != false. Just because he is suppose to report it
doesn't mean he did. There are plenty of deals the are "off the books" or "under the table" that are illegal and both
parties are smart enough not to report it anywhere. I personally know of quite a few:
            entertainment equipment with purchase of the house (mortgage company wouldn't approve it so it was done off the books)
            both parties underreporting the sell price of a vehicle to reduce sales tax on the car (this is both highly illegal and extremely common)
            large scale bartering like 20 tons of gravel for 2 weeks of work.
            free website design in exchange for dentistry work. (these last 2 happen alot and many people probably don't even know it's illegal)
I could name quite a few more. There are plenty of people out there who both cheat the system and don't even bother to keep quiet about it.

3 days ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

Wycliffe Re:Technical People (194 comments)

Sadly this is true, but it shouldn't be. Technical people should have the professionalism to analyse requirements and check that the requirements fit the purpose.

I have a friend who bids government contracts (highways,schools,sewage plants,etc).
He says that there is no advantage to fix the contract before the bid because then all the other bidders get those same cost savings.
Also, you also can't have multiple people bidding and making suggestions on what to change as then you have no way of comparing the resulting bids.
Likewise, after the bid, you can tell them how to fix it but then you're fighting an uphill battle because you're basically trying to change the contract at that point.
So it isn't really about professionalism and taking the higher ground but more an effect of the entire bidding process.

about a week ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Wycliffe Re:Some people... (455 comments)

Trolls are a different matter; they only do it for the lulz. Their whole purpose is to create discord. It's a pointless, unproductive waste of time, and the fact that people get jollies out of deliberately aggravating other people bespeaks of a certain level of sociopathy.

I'm not sure you can make any generalization about trolls. I think it would be a more interesting study if they attempted to study
why trolls exists. My guess is that alot of the trolls are infrequent. They've had a bad day, drunk, etc.. There was even
a slashdot article recently about someone being shocked that their vandalism they did when they were drunk in college was
still there 10 years later. There are also people who are using it to vent some non-politically correct opinion that they are
unable to talk about in real life and probably a few who are out to watch the world burn but my guess is that the latter category
is actually the minority not the majority. On slashdot, for instance, what percentage of the AC are probably people with
accounts that just click the "post anonymously" button because they are stating a controversial position or otherwise don't
want their nickname associated with that one particular comment.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Wycliffe Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

Outside matte still isn't the greatest in direct sunlight but I found that the glossy was even
hard to use sometimes while inside if I was too close to a window.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Wycliffe Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

Matte definitely helps. I made the mistake on my last laptop purchase of accepting a "free upgrade" to a glossy screen
without realizing what I was doing. I hated it. All my other laptops before and since have been matte finish and they
do decently ok with glare. A more specialized screen would probably be better if outside visibility was your primary
objective but if you have additional selection criterias then requiring a specialized screen really narrows your selection.
I find that for my purposes a glossy screen is completely unusable while a matte screen has acceptable performance in
sunlight and gives me a much larger selection of laptops to chose from at more reasonable prices than a specialized screen
would.

about two weeks ago
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Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Wycliffe Re:Hi, it looks like you are writing difficult cod (116 comments)

Not only are the difficult problems more fun but how will you ever advance if you are only ever given easy problems.
Yes, someone might make more mistakes when they are doing a harder problem but that is how a person learns.
Taking away the hard problems isn't the answer but maybe requiring additional peer review for hard problems but
you don't need an invasive brain monitor to find this out. Just ask the programmer. As a programmer I can easily
tell you after it's done which parts were easy, which parts were hard and which parts are more likely to have bugs.

about two weeks ago
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NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

Wycliffe Re:Punishes fans? (216 comments)

And the leagues banned this type of ownership (corporate, both public and private) to keep it from happening again. A team has to be owned by a maximum of 32 people (not corporations), one of which must own at least 30% of the team.

I would love to hear their "politically correct" reason for doing that. That basically means that they intentionally made a rule that
made it a rich person only game. I'm not sure what the non politically correct reasoning would be either. This just reeks of cronyism.
I'm glad I'm not a sports fan and I think everyone else would be better off if they also stopped contributing to professional sports.
Watch college sports or better yet join a local league and play yourself. Stop contributing to the corruption that is professional sports.

about two weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Wycliffe Re:Automate it (228 comments)

I wouldn't consider a combine, a washing machine, or turbotax a "business method patent".
Those all automate tedious tasks. If you were the only one who had a washing machine
or tax software then you could charge the same as everyone else yet do work multiple
times faster. Historically this has been tried many times. Some times the person takes
the secret to their grave and noone ever discovers it but most of the time the competitive
advantage doesn't last too long as someone else figures out a way to copy it.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Wycliffe Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

I agree with this. 3-5 is probably the sweet spot. Any more and developers are going to start slacking and not test all the
browsers. Unfortunately we have 3-5 browsers and then a dozen different versions of each. This move by microsoft
is a move in the right direction. Web developers shouldn't be expected to support 6 different versions of IE and 6 different
versions of firefox. After 3 years you should probably get a security warning every time you open your browser
telling you that your web browser is obsolete and making you click an "i understand that the web will be broken if I continue"
button before continuing.

about two weeks ago

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