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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

jrbrtsn Microsoft is not looking out for your interests (1215 comments)

I stick with GNU/Linux and other FOSS software because it is an investment in our future. If you are forced to use MS products for your job, then you have little choice. I make my living with GNU/LInux, partially because I understand it well enough to be an expert. I understand it that well because I have the source code for everything, including the kernel.
Microsoft only cares about customers to the extent that they can exploit them for profit. Compare that to ethics of the Free Software Foundation.

about a year ago
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Asteroid the 'Size of a Minivan' Exploded Over California

jrbrtsn Re:Can't we detect something that size? (279 comments)

NASA tracks space debris orbiting the earth. This asteroid was not orbiting the earth.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unity/Gnome 3/Win8/iOS — Do We Really Hate All New GUIs?

jrbrtsn XFCE rulez! (1040 comments)

Don't waste your time with Gnome & KDE.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

jrbrtsn dpkg -P skype (111 comments)

and thanks for all the fish!

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Blocks VPN Ports

jrbrtsn Re:All 65k+ of them? (134 comments)

Thank goodness for ipv6. Now you can run all services on port 80 and just assign a different ip address for each one!

more than 2 years ago
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So Far, More Than 50,000 Kindle Fire Pre-Orders Per Day

jrbrtsn Re:50,000 a day? (291 comments)

I was recently disappointed to discover that, in order to download music which you have purchased from Amazon, you must use Amazon's proprietary downloading software *and* agree to the 'Terms of Use' associated with said software. After hunting around the website for about 10 minutes I finally found contact information for sales support, and asked for a refund.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon's Silk: SaaS Is Closing the Net

jrbrtsn 'Silk is of a piece with Facebook..." (95 comments)

Except that Silk is supposed to leverage Amazon's EC2 to greatly speed up the browsing experience. Facebook just pilfers your data because they can.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Internet Governance Fight Looms

jrbrtsn Stupid lawyers and politicians (155 comments)

Technology moves faster than law. As long as the Internet can route packets from point A to point B, the lawmakers will have little say over what those packets contain. We may be driven to encryption, darknets, or something besides DNS, but it won't really matter in the end.

about 3 years ago
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Anti-Rootkit Security Beyond the OS

jrbrtsn Translation: (176 comments)

McAfee thinks that Microsoft will never be able to write a secure OS, so they are taking matters into their own hands.

about 3 years ago
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More Info On Google's Alternative To JavaScript

jrbrtsn Re:It isn't really interesting (247 comments)

You're absolutely right! That's why we now have C99 ;-)

about 3 years ago
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Microsoft Reveals More Windows 8 Details

jrbrtsn Re:You think Windows 7 is excellent??? (538 comments)

Windows 7 is a better Windows than Ubuntu, no doubt. However, Ubunutu is a way, way better *nix than Windows 7 can ever hope to be. If you limit yourself to the GUI tools available on an Ubuntu system, then you're only using a fraction of the power that exists there.

about 3 years ago
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'Cosmo' — a C#-Based Operating System

jrbrtsn And when they are done... (406 comments)

they will realize that C with some ASM produces the best performing, most efficient operating systems.

about 3 years ago
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Kernel.org Compromised

jrbrtsn Re:Oops (312 comments)

If the same thing happened to Microsoft, Microsoft wouldn't let anybody know.

about 3 years ago
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B&N Responds To Microsoft's Android Suit

jrbrtsn Re:It's the patent system, stupid (175 comments)

B&N cannot expect to change the patent system, and attacking the patents will take years and tens of millions of dollars - with no guaranteed outcome. Given that Microsoft is charging more to license the patents for Android than the cost of an equivalent MS OS license, how can their actions be interpreted as anything but anti-competitive?

more than 3 years ago
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SQL and NoSQL are Two Sides of the Same Coin

jrbrtsn Re:The real reason people like noSQL... (259 comments)

Whether or not to use C or some higher level language is mostly a matter of economics. If the cost of resources is high, you will use a lower level language to minimize resource usage. If the premium placed on performance is very high, you will use a lower level language to maximize performance. If you already understand how to do object oriented programming in C, C++ or objective C, then you are wasting your time and your employers resources using a higher level language.

For the most part, if you can't do it in C, C++ and objective C, then it can't be done.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Patent Proposes $2 Fee To Skip Commercials

jrbrtsn Patent to kill TV commercial? (434 comments)

Maybe Google is patenting these strategies so they can then sue all the companies that infringe their patent. Hey, at least I can dream....

more than 3 years ago

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