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Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

avalys A good summary of Linux on the desktop (306 comments)

However according to Hommey, these new faster and less sluggish builds of Firefox for Linux will be available only from Firefox 6 onwards and we expect the first beta of Firefox 6 to available only by September - October 2011.

So, Firefox 1.0 came out in Fall 2004, and only in Fall 2011 will the Linux version be as fast as the Windows version?

Only more evidence that Linux on the desktop is still a toy for masochistic nerds.

more than 3 years ago

White House Cracks Down On Piracy & Counterfeiting

avalys Re:The people lose again (323 comments)

So, don't buy music if you don't like the terms under which it is sold. It's their product, and if they want to sell it under onerous conditions and make their customers "gamble", that's their right. If you don't like it, don't buy their music.

Not liking the terms under which a product is sold does not entitle you to pirate it. A return policy is not a civil right.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"

avalys Re:might decrease the value of the warranty (539 comments)

You couldn't hide a Mac Pro behind a counter, they're enormous. I guess you could if you really cared to, but come on - it's pretty obvious the GP looked into an Apple Store, saw a bunch of iMacs, and came away with the wrong impression...

more than 5 years ago

Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"

avalys Re:might decrease the value of the warranty (539 comments)

What, you saw a bunch of iMacs? Those are the computers - that slab of aluminum is all there is. There's nothing hidden under the counter.

The only computer Apple makes that they could conceivably hide is the Mac Mini, and there's no reason to - it's about the size of four CD jewel cases. It's small enough that you might be excused for not noticing it - but no Apple Stores hide them.

more than 5 years ago

How Wolfram Alpha's Copyright Claims Could Change Software

avalys Re:Claims or Tested in Court (258 comments)

"Sage has similar capabilities to Mathematica including the separation of client and server for example."

Yeah, forget all that math shit, the client-server separation is the hardest and most important part to get right.

more than 5 years ago

Ugobe, Maker of Pleo, Files For Bankruptcy

avalys Who cares? (79 comments)

Why is this getting so much press? The maker of an expensive, cheesy robot dinosaur toy files for bankruptcy. What a shocker. This should be a 1-paragraph blurb tucked in some back corner of the Wall Street Journal, but instead I've been seeing it on every website I check for nearly a week.

On another note - who in their right mind would pay $300 for this thing? Who in their right mind would think someone would pay $300 for this thing?

more than 5 years ago

South Park Creators Given Signed Photo of Saddam Hussein

avalys Re:Huh. (1297 comments)

They made him watch a TV show that makes fun of him. It's a little childish, but I really don't see what's so reprehensible about that.

more than 5 years ago

IBM About To Buy Sun For $7 Billion

avalys Re:"commercial UNIX" (699 comments)

What else should Apple care about besides my money?

I'm glad they care about getting my money, because it means they will continue to try to build products that I want to pay for.

more than 5 years ago

Apps That Rely On Ext3's Commit Interval May Lose Data In Ext4

avalys Re:Not a bug (830 comments)

Sorry, but you're quite wrong here. Most filesystems can be configured at mount-time to behave in the manner you describe, but by default, they may defer writes to the disk for upwards of several seconds.

This improves performance tremendously, and the resulting unreliability is simply a tradeoff that is required to deal with what are fundamentally very slow devices.


You do not want the filesystem to striving to dump all data to disk as fast as possible, all the time - for instance, it doesn't really matter if you lose some items from your browser cache during a crash. So, the filesystem can defer writing new files in your cache until the disk is idle in between some more important operations, and the only effect you'll notice is vastly improved performance.

more than 5 years ago

GM Cornered Into Defending the Volt

avalys Re:You mean kilometers per joule (769 comments)

No, it's really distance traveled per unit of money that matters.

Or, per unit of CO2, if you're one of those people.

more than 5 years ago

Why Japan Hates the iPhone

avalys Re:of course (884 comments)

That's not a problem, that's a feature. What, you want a window manager or something? Most people don't want to worry about process management on their freaking phone.

If a developer wants to build an application that remembers where the user was when it last closed and returns to that spot when it launches again, that's certainly doable on the iPhone.

more than 5 years ago

Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

avalys What an idiot (539 comments)

What an idiot - doesn't he realize how wonderful it is that technology makes it possible for us to avoid paying the authors we like as much money as we used to?

more than 5 years ago

Walter Bright Ports D To the Mac

avalys Re:What? (404 comments)

A Mac is a genuine Unix workstation that is much easier to administer, and has much better software and hardware support than Linux.

I can run basically every Linux/Unix application on my Mac, both command-line and GUI, while not having to worry about wireless networking drivers, printer support, power management / sleep support on my laptop, getting accelerated 3D drivers working, or any of the other minor hassles that are involved with setting up and maintaining a Linux install.

If you walk into the computer science department at MIT, basically all the faculty have a Mac, and fully half the students do. These people are not buying Macs because they saw a cool ad on the bus - they're buying them because a Mac is the best tool available.

The argument that Macs are just expensive, "designer" PCs that look pretty and sell well because Apple has marketed them well doesn't hold water. Yes, they have nice hardware, and a clean, polished, slick UI, and that does make them more pleasant to work with than some blob of Dell plastic running Vista - but they have the functionality to back up their appearance, as well.

Yeah, they're more expensive. If you value your time at all, you should realize that spending an extra $100 on a Mac is well worth it if it improves your productivity. Hell, if you ever spend two hours fighting with some weird issue on your Linux box, it's no longer saved you any money. You know how long I've spent fighting with the OS to get my wireless working, or hibernate working, or whatever, in Mac OS X, in the five years I've been using a Mac? Zero. I'm not exaggerating. It lives up to the hype. It "just works". It gets out of my way and lets me get things done.

more than 5 years ago

Oblong's g-speak Brings "Minority Report" Interface To Life

avalys Not impressive at all (221 comments)

Actually, I call that an extremely unimpressive demo. It is a lot of technology with little purpose. In that entire video, what are they doing? Just spinning a bunch of pictures around.

Without a compelling application that requires that interface, it's a just a big, expensive toy.

more than 6 years ago


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