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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

internet-redstar Either it is valuable to MS or not... (650 comments)

The should not be allowed to have it both ways: protect the source code because it's "valuable" but not support is any more because it has become worthless crap - and hell yes - why not make it a more general law: If you drop support for old software; your company should be enforced to open the source. This has several advantages:
1) Old hardware can still be supported, so there is less e-waste
2) Customers are not forced into anything
3) Even more world domination for Open Source software!

Whatever license, as long as it's OSI approved.

And I can't resist to post a link to our press release done today.

about 3 months ago

With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes

internet-redstar Re:The difference (293 comments)

Correctly assessed!
And the numbers of failure for Tesla are even much worse than Ford: "There have been 12 reported fires but no injuries in the bigger recall of 139,917 Ford Escape vehicles." - so one in 11659 cars.
Tesla has sold an estimated 18,200 units through September 2013 (according to wikipedia) with 3 fires - so one in 6066 cars.
Neglecting or minimising this problem is a bad thing for everybody.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

It is sad that they didn't go for the Ubuntu phone - I was one of the (many) people who contributed to the kickstarter.
Having raised more than 10M usd and then not releasing it... WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.

Maybe Marc is burning through his cash too quickly. Who knows.

But I still think he helped OpenSource and Free Software a lot, whatever direction it turns out to go into.
It looks like there will not be an Ubuntu phone ready for the Xmas shopping season this year, and that's sad, very sad!
Even Apple launched a new phone without having any real new features...

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

I'm sure you didn't upgrade Fedora 12 to 19 on the command line.
It isn't supported and it doesn't work.

It's a shame.
Ah and did you try this: rpm -qa | grep -i v fc19
how many old version shit is still hanging around?

We prefer Ubuntu over Fedora out of stability and software choices. Of course Ubuntu has its issues too. But you don't get that much of a 'leaking ship' feeling...

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Google on 'Cinnamon just crashed'...

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

I understand your point.
I believe - just like Linus Torvalds - that there is something terrible wrong with the UI designers in Linux.
The kernel has learned from the very beginning that it needs to be stable to userspace, yet the UI designers try to make users change their behaviour with every major release of their crap.
Yesterday I heared that GNOME wants to drop the middle-mouse paste.
Who the fuck they think they are for messing with our user experience. It's just rude.

And that's also one of the major points of critique.
An operating system experience designer should not have to choose between 'dumb' and 'power user'.
Both need to be possible at the same time. But uninformed UI designers try to copy MacOS where they don't even know about the power user options within the Finder. They themselves think it's dumb. But in reality they are the only dumb ones.

In the FOSS context, we can however stick with Enlightenment or with any other window manager, and in the current situation small and light window managers indeed remain wildly competitive with dumb but bloated Unity or Gnome or KDE desktops which lack uniformity and power user options.

But I'm getting off topic; it's more of a general UI experience topic than a pure Ubuntu disaster.
I like the fact that Ubuntu tries with unity to do something new.
BUT it is not that more than a good-effort try. It doesn't work that great. It improved a bit with 13.10, I believe.

As I said, only time will tell if Ubuntu scared away too much power users.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

"I've been using Fedora for a few months now "; I am happy for you. Just ignore my post and enjoy the joys of being a newbee on a new distro. It's fun to learn the differences between the different linux distro's!

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Yes, but it is slow.
And if you ever tried upgrading Fedora from the command line, you know what for a mess it is.
I'm certain it isn't used successfully by YOU on more than a few servers if you say that...
We support thousands of systems, and know what the difference is :)

It's workable for most situations, but it's crappy technology compared to .deb/apt-get

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Re:Only time will tell... (631 comments)

Being popular as a distribution does not mean they are evil. And the comparison with Windows is just plain _stupid_
Microsoft promotes software patenting.
Microsoft embraces and extends open standards to break them - allows importing of data but only crappy exporting.

Now, I do agree that Ubuntu made some less popular decisions to make money.
While I don't like it either, they are easily apt-get removed.

Ubuntu also does their software development in OpenSource fashion.

I think some of the ubuntu-bashing is unjustified and unconstructive.

Ubuntu has a certain amount of critical mass which is very interesting and which leads to a better quality experience than for example with Fedora.
While I don't agree with all the 'dumbing down', it still allows power user to dive as deep as they want into the system and into the code. And I like the fact that it's not required for novice users.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

internet-redstar Only time will tell... (631 comments)

It's hard to predict. But Mint, which builds on ubuntu, has some major flaws with Mint 15. We see Ubuntu still as the distribution of choice for developer workstations. Especially in the embedded linux space. Ubuntu in the server still has the advantage of having a recent kernel and being build on .deb packages instead of the horrible slow and unstable, unupgradeable yum/RPM combination.

If Ubuntu declines, then the question is to what?
We see a lot of ubuntu users going to arch linux for example, but these are the people who started out ubuntu just a few years ago.
Distribution diversity is a good thing.
But we still wouldn't recommend newcomers anything else.

Jasper Internet

about 10 months ago

CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

internet-redstar Phone and drink? (481 comments)

Lifting fingerprints of glasses is easy. Maybe even directly of the glass of the phone itself. Yet a glass in a bar might be even better... So now they are going to steal BOTH the phone AND the drink?

about 10 months ago

Professors Rejecting Classroom Technology

internet-redstar Better update their course material and method (372 comments)

Instead of wasting time with 'converting' to new tech, I would prefer that they updated their course material and changed their method so it's more applicable in real life.
Real life in which everybody has internet access, almost always.
Sure, it's important that certain things are learned by heart, very sure.
But certain things simply are not.

Insight questions, those are the important ones.

But hey, who am I kidding, the school system will probably never change. Until our robot overlords do ;)

about a year and a half ago

Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

internet-redstar Re:A bright idea? (36 comments)

Point taken... Zothecula's summary is however misleading, and it still will remain to be seen if this thing will be able to survive the lunar night ;)

Damn, there goes my carefully generated karma...

about 2 years ago

Water-Prospecting Lunar Rover Prototype Built

internet-redstar A bright idea? (36 comments)

Another bright idea to put solar panels in the 'permanently shadowed craters'? Way to go! Physics 101!

about 2 years ago

50 Years of Research and Still No Microwave Weapons

internet-redstar GPLv4 to the rescue! (154 comments)

I hope the GPLv4 will finally reveal that the G isn't recursive at all!

The G stands for Good Public License, and it will prohibit use of our software in weapons, weapon installations and military applications.

Go Richard Stallman, make me proud!

about 2 years ago

Google Blocks 'Innocence of Muslim' Video In Indonesia and India

internet-redstar Google blocks porn, but not this? (484 comments)

I don't get it... if a naked breast is visible, Google blocks it. But if millions of people find it 'offensive', then they don't?

Google gets stuck in a 'do no evil'-mantra, but don't get that is understood differently by different people/cultures.

I think religion is stupid, but ignoring hundreds of million of people is even more so...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

internet-redstar Some simple things... (1154 comments)

There are some simple things that might improve things a lot! But simple is not necessarily simple. HOWEVER! Just look at the 3 most used applications by us; the power users, and veterans: Terminal, Firefox and LibreOffice. Look at the shortcuts of COPY, PASTE. Yes. Copy/paste. In these main 3 applications they are different. For over a few decades it's like that! WTF The Linux Standard Base, can start out with a simple thing like this. It would be nice if they could pull it off. Start out small and humble, and improve things. That's what can make things better. But neither Firefox nor LibreOffice nor terminal emulators will change this without proper motivation. Yet it isn't difficult to realize the necessity to get these thing right...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

internet-redstar Mini2440 (142 comments)

Why not go to a FriendlyARM Mini2440? For about $150 you can pick it up from and you have a full fledged Linux board with plenty of i/o and touch screen...
Happy hacking! Jasper

more than 2 years ago

Apple Unveils New iPad

internet-redstar Re:Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs... (989 comments)

Who is over thinking things? A customer goes to an Apple store, or in-store Apple corner. And he sees in front of him:
The iPad 2 and The iPad.

What do you think he will prefer?

Not calling that a huge marketing mistake, seems silly to me.
When Steve went for the iPad 2 name, he asked for numbers.

But hey, don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful product. With super innovation with respect to screen and the required sw and hw to support that. I'm happy for that as it will lead to better products in the Android tablet ecosystem as well.
Android made a few mistakes Apple made in the early nineties, and will gain the technological benefit from that. However, it is sad to see that the no-longer-underdog biggest IT company in the world, also wants to resort to monopolistic tactics to even further its grip on the market.

And then I'm talking about the closed nature of the iPhone and the iPad, not opening it up. Locking customers in. Closing down installing applications except from the App Store, BY DEFAULT on the next version of MacOS. Sad!

The underdog has to be careful to not become the bully!

more than 2 years ago

Apple Unveils New iPad

internet-redstar Re:Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs... (989 comments)

You mean as in MacBook Pro? So it will be iPad Pro? ;) The point is, the name is something Steve would never have forgotten... it's the heart of the marketing ploy... Steve would use it in many sentences. A linguistic analysis of the past Steve performances would have been a ood idea for Tim.

more than 2 years ago



Kerneltrap is back!

internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

internet-redstar (552612) writes "After a year and a half of inactivity, is back. As a primary source for condensed easy to read and to follow kernel discussions, it's great for those of us who have the intrest and need to follow up the kernel project on a regular basis without having to wade through the entire Linux Kernel Mailing List. KernelTrap managed to upgrade to Drupal 6, and new posts talk about removing the Big Kernel Lock, Memory Compaction, Properly creating and testing patches and the difficult path to 2.6.34-rc4."

internet-redstar internet-redstar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

internet-redstar writes "The OpenMoko project promised to revolutionise the GSM experience and it even made me forget all about the iPhone. But while the project homepage reads that shipping would start at the end of april, we didn't see anything move at all. If I hadn't seen one for real at FOSDEM, I would have put this in the hoax-category. What's going on at OpenMoko? I still want one!"
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