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Debian Technical Committee Votes For Systemd Over Upstart

deragon Re:I see a lot of discussion about systemd (379 comments)

You are thinking server. Linux is also about the desktop. And you will shutdown your laptop more often to preserve battery, particularly on laptops where unfortunately, suspend to ram is not working.

Same for a console like SteamOS.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

deragon Re:Does SteamOS count as a desktop? (281 comments)

What is promissing is that any game that would be running under SteamOS could also run under Ubuntu, a general purpose distribution for which you can install many desktop applications. You cannot do that on Android or iOS.

1 year,1 day

YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

deragon Re:Oh great. And when will they fix their crap? (255 comments)

Unfortunatly, us Linux users are stuck with flash as Adobe has abandonned the plateform, unless you use Chrome. We are not moving fast enough away from flash...

1 year,26 days

Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

deragon Re: Have u thought about.. (524 comments)

Once my car get rusted, can it be recalled? The recalls only concerns safety. For anything else that fails without puting in peril safety will never be recalled.

about a year and a half ago

With Push for OS X Focus, CUPS Printing May Suffer On Other Platforms

deragon Re:OK, whatever. (267 comments)

When you reinvent the wheel, improve on it and keep the implementation of the improvement to yourself, the improvements are not available to the competition.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a Tablet Run Only One Application?

deragon chmod a-rwx (260 comments)

Really not an expert in Android so I am just throwing ideas here.

Since Android is based on Linux, chmod a-rwx would be an easy staring point. If the application cannot be read and executed, it cannot be started.

Better, erase the unwanted apps with 'rm' and keep only the one you want, the browser.

more than 2 years ago

The Woes of Munich's Linux Migration

deragon Re:Yup, that very *old* saying (314 comments)

If you are a large corporation and purchase say a 1000 computers or more, and are not interested in Windows but would like to install Linux, you could force vendors to sell their computers without Windows at a lower price.

And in many parts of the world, you can ask for a reimbursement of Windows if you are not using it. IIRC, it can be done in France.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple

deragon Re:Linux has survived but not prevailed (596 comments)

The general public does not know that Linux exists! Once some Linux corporation starts marketing Linux like Apple does it (maybe Canonical in 5 years), things might change. And because corporations are already running Linux on the server side, they already have the expertises in house to manage Linux machines. When the big wigs discover that Linux on the desktop is viable and hip, they might be seriously think to switch their desktop machines from Windows to Linux. All depends of their dependency with their current applications.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple

deragon Re:'Piracy' seen as biggest threat (596 comments)

What is being pirated now is already lost (or never was there as a market anyhow). However, the customers of Microsoft that are paying licenses could switch to Linux like Munich did. That is a lost of existing revenues, thus the real threat.

more than 5 years ago

High Tech Misery In China

deragon Re:Exactly two ways to avoid this stuff (876 comments)

$100 for a keyboard that could last 10 years is not that expensive. I paid heavily for some keyboards. I wash the under water once in a while and they come out brand new. This kind of stuff last.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Open Retail Stores

deragon Refund for Windows license? (535 comments)

Would I be able to go to the store and ask for a refund for the Windows license I was obliged to purchase when buying my computer?

I bet not...

more than 5 years ago

Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

deragon Re:It's even narrower than that (1108 comments)

> but in 50 years we could have outer-space mining.

Yeah, right. In the 50's, that is what they were promising for the year 2000. Here we are in the 21st century and we still do not have practical, fuel efficient space travel. Hey, I am still waiting for my flying car they promised me.

Outer space 'anything' requires a lot of energy and is very expensive. There are no technology gain on the radar that seam to promise that any of this will change in the next 50 years. My bet is that in 50 years, life will be harder, not easier for humanity as scarcity of resources will take its toll. A good example is how slowly more people trade their car for a bicycle or public transport.

more than 5 years ago

Why Sustainable Power Is Unsustainable

deragon Re:indium (1108 comments)

The problem with this idea is that there are simply not enough plants out there. Last year food prices increase was caused by higher demand for biofuels, causing many manifestations in poor countries because people suddenly could not afford their food anymore.

Plants are not very efficient solar collectors. I do not remember the numbers, but think of it; the leaves are green, not black. They thus reflect the green light instead of absorbing it.

Thus, you would need A LOT of land for planting enough plants so biofuels can become some major part of the energy pie. But pretty much all the good land out there that could grow plants is already being used by agriculture. There is simply not enough land on the Earth to do this. And as a society, we have to choose between feeding people or cars; both cannot be done because of the scarcity.

They are cheap solar collector to build though, as they grow by themselves.

more than 5 years ago

Seagate Hard Drive Fiasco Grows

deragon Re:On linux... (452 comments)

Let us know if they do have a firmware updater for Linux. I only run Linux.

about 6 years ago

Michael Meeks Says OO.o Project is "Profoundly Sick"

deragon Re:It's 2009 (676 comments)

I somewhat agree with you, but not 100%. Many of my personal files are ASCII (encrypted with GPG for those with sensitive data). However, submitting a resume in ASCII might cut you off of a few job opportunities. You need sometimes a word processor to project a professional persona.

more than 6 years ago


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