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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

nukenerd Re:Too configurable? (517 comments)

Debian - desktop wouldn't even boot into 3d mode because of missing drivers. Desktop resizing issue? check. VPN missing? check. A host of other issues and command line fiddling ensued.

None of that would be an issue if it were pre-installed like Windows usually is.

Linux will be pre-installed on most PCs when it is the Year of the Linux Desktop.

The Year of the Linux Desktop will be when Linux is pre-installed on most PCs.

As far as Joe Sixpack and Granny are concerned, browsing porn and cat videos (respectively) on Facebook, it will make f#@k-all difference to them.

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

nukenerd Re:Nobody else seems to want it (517 comments)

The desktop IS dead, at least in one sense. If you buy one now, you might never have to buy one again.

Unfortunately they fail sometimes and need replacing. But I believe they will always be availble - look at the Hi-Fi world where heavyweight "professional" kit is still an industry despite iPods etc, and the SLR camera market where you can still buy a massive Hasselblad (>$20,000) despite everyone else having a phone camera. It baffles me why someone would want to use a laptop (or anything even more portable) when it stays in one place all the time. I am even thinking of screwing my (heavy IBM AT) keyboard and trackball to my desk because they slide a bit sometimes. I use something more portable only when I am travelling, or at home, occasionally, when using in another room.

What will change is that desktops will become "professional" kit. There will be no more of the bargains that we have got used to. I paid 1200GBP for my first desktop in c1995, the equivalent of maybe 3000GBP today. That was an enthusiast/professional price, and that is what it will return to.

My 5 1/2 year old desktop is still a solid workhorse and significantly faster than my new $3000 ultrabook.

I can beat that. Some parts of my desktop here are >20 years old, and the m'board is 8. Bits fail now and then and I replace piecemeal.

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

nukenerd Re:Let's face it: desktop Linux is a piece of shit (517 comments)

Don't even get me started on Linux Mint. ... Turns out that Mint, in their INFINITE GENIUS, decided to base their distro on Ubuntu's package repository..

I entirely agree that Mint are idiots for using Ubuntu repositories. Ubuntu in turn is based on Debian, so why don't Mint (and certain other distros) use Debian repositories and cut out the (dodgy in this case) middle man?

You'll be mocked and flamed and ridiculed and kicked off, told you are unworthy of Linux and should just go back to Windows. So go ahead assholes, just keep on dreaming about being the choice for desktop computing.

I'm not mocking, but people's reaction depends on how you phrase your argument. Yours looked reasonable until the third paragraph, but turned into a flame itself after that. I am always complaining about certain Linux issues on more technical forums than this one, but I think I am nevertheless respected for making my points effectively. There is indeed a lot wrong with Linux (it's certainly not "gold"); but I use it because the alternatives are even worse IMHO.

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

nukenerd Re:Nobody else seems to want it (517 comments)

....would be better rephrased as "why don't you tell us all about those stupid 1 button mice that apple is still shipping with their stuff"

Means the same thing. Only thing wrong is that he did not capitalise the "A" in Apple (nor you).

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

nukenerd @bADlOGIN - Re:Nobody else seems to want it (517 comments)

As a monopoly, Microsoft gets to hold the proverbial "gun" to device vendors heads and say, "support our OS [or] we'll fucking destroy your market ...".

No, MS do not need to hold a gun or say anything.

Any hardware maker, unless they are very very specialised, will first write drivers for Windows simply because ~95% of their market is going to be Windows users. After that they might write drivers for Linux perhaps to pick up a few more sales (like that's why I buy HP printers) and/or just in case next year really does become the year of the Linux desktop.

4 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

nukenerd Re:Sigh (692 comments)

Tolerating people you don't personally approve of is just the cost of living in a free society that manages to tolerate YOU.

But I don't think they do.

2 days ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

nukenerd @JerryLove - Re:All that money... (565 comments)

Yep. And then all that money .... will be redirected to Bill Gate's pockets.

Who in turn gave the vast bulk of his money to end disease, educate children, feed the world, etc.

But much of that money was obtained by cheating and crooked business practices (eg exploiting monopoly, "cutting off air supplies", corrupting Standards committees etc). He should first give back the proportion to those he cheated, let them decide if they want it to go to charity (of their choice, not Gates') and Gates can then do what he likes with the rest. Even then, I would start to admire him only if he gave so much away that he was left no richer than the average educated US guy.

He is not a saint. The fact is, it would be a physical impossiblity to spend it all on himself and enjoy it. Eg if he spent it all on new cars, he would not have time to get out of one and into the next fast enough even if he did nothing else for the rest of his life (do the maths). So if I had that money I would also give it to charities (but not Gates' charities) for lack of what else to do with the stuff, and I don't even consider myself a giving person.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

nukenerd Change "Microsoft" too? (413 comments)

While they are at it, why don't they change "Microsoft" and "Windows" too. They have got terrible reputations.

3 days ago
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Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK

nukenerd Re:Heysham (120 comments)

a counter that showed the number of days since the last industrial accident. The specification called for this counter to have just three digits, which frankly didn't inspire much confidence.

I don't think you know what counts as an "industrial accident". You seem to think it means a Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. I have worked in such industries and a cook in the canteen cutting her hand with a potato peeler counts as an industial accident. I'm not exagerating. That did happen where I work and the fuss about that cut hand went on for days - we were called in to "refresher" safety lectures, circulars were sent round, we were sick of hearing about it. The cook herself was no doubt highly embarrassed by it all.

The truth is that the management were in a pissing contest with other industrial sites for safety awards, and they had lost Brownie points. I think if I cut my hand I would sneak out to the car park and secretly bandage myself with my car first aid kit rather than go to a site first-aider.

To go 999 days on such a site with no "industrial accidents" would be, frankly, incredible.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

nukenerd Is this how MS gets its rocks off these days ? (337 comments)

FTFA :- "Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene: "It's been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike"

Yes, I have heard that people can get excited about losing big money. I once read a confession by a big gambler who said that he had experienced an orgasm on losing a big stake at a roulette wheel.

Keep at it Microsoft - right down to your last penny!

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

nukenerd Re:Are You Kidding? (538 comments)

So something exists at the biological level. Call it what you like.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

nukenerd Re:alas (538 comments)

we can't even come up with racial definitions that are stable across cultures

In practice we have. Take a look at some escorts ads.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

nukenerd Re:Ideally it wouldn't matter (538 comments)

Sounds like the job divisions in Planet of the Apes. When I saw that film, I saw the Gorilla/Chimp/Orang-Utang grouping as a thinly disguised analogy to the White/Black/Asian human groupings. Not necessarily in that order though - decide for yourself. I saw an interview with one of the actors in which he said that, during filming, at meal breaks and off-set generally the actors of the different "species" gravitated into their own groups. And they say "Looks don't matter"!

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

nukenerd Re:Who said racism is dead? (538 comments)

Who said racism is dead?

Dunno, but try looking at some Chinese websites. I can't read Chinese, but the English lanuage ones are anti-foreigner and especially anti-black. I am not talking about official web sites, but individual blogs, and they are clearly mainstream, not fringe ones. I happened to follow a link into that area once. In the UK you would end up in jail for the stuff they say.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

nukenerd Re:Are You Kidding? (538 comments)

Because the suggestion that race is something that exists at the biological level is a falsehood.

So it is just one hell of a co-incidence then that white parents generally have white children and black parents generally have black children ? I'm learning all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

nukenerd Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (138 comments)

Wireless power transmission makes it extremely hard to monitor usage and thus extract payment.

TV companies have found a solution.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

nukenerd Why the Australians? (92 comments)

Serious question, why are the Australians taking the lead in this? There were only 6 Australians on board out of 239 people, and waters near (but not all that near) Australia are only one area of many that the plane might have ended up. Most pasengers were Chinese or Malaysians. I'm suprised no-one has come up with a conspiracy theory on this point - there have been some more fantastic ones.

about two weeks ago
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

nukenerd Re:Why? (85 comments)

the only reason flying boats fell out of use is the range of land based aircraft increased sufficiently that the ability to land and refuel on the water was no longer a strength, and the ability to have a streamlined fuselage is an efficiency and speed advantage over seaplanes.

That's two reasons. How about also the fact that more dry land runways were built as time went on.

You also need to consider the imperial background of the Great Powers. The British Empire (and the French and US Empires too) included large numbers of small islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific, each with a post office, a local government official, a bit of trade, sea around them, a jetty, and no airstrip. The flying boats were ideal for carrying the post and lighter trade items which got there faster than by the monthly (if you were lucky) cargo steam ship.

Once these places got their independence, typically in the 1950's, they were no longer an Imperial responsibility but neither could they support a commercial air service of any sort at the time. End of flying boats.

about three weeks ago
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

nukenerd Re:Why? (85 comments)

The Hercules, aka Spruce Goose, is not amphibious: it's a seaplane, period.

What is the difference? I'm interested.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

nukenerd Re:Let me get this straight... (75 comments)

They're offering me discounts on stuff I probably don't need

My daughter (aged 10 at the time) filled in a paper-based marketing survey on the promise that you would get rewarded with 1000 GBP (but I'll use $$) in vouchers. Seemed too good to be true, but they were true to their word! A thick wad of vouchers came. The vouchers were something like :

.. $100 off a new Rolls Royce
.. $100 off a new house
.. $50 off recarpeting my whole house
.. $50 off having a swimming pool installed
...$50 off a world cruise
.. $5 off some hotel in Singapore
.. $5 off at some restaurant in the North of Scotland
.. $1 off beauty treatment at some place in Northern Ireland
.. $1 off a life subscription to a church magazine
.. One penny off budgerigar food
.. and so on

I had the last laugh though. Everything my daughter put down was a joke, like saying (in my name) I kept weasels (some people do). I got free copies of a quarterly Weasel magazine for the next two years

about a month ago

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