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Comment Re:MS Linux ??? (Score 2) 213

Wait a second.
MS just invented an efficient way to checkout the Linux kernel on windows, so you can get the kernel sources, compile it, and then run Linux and ditch Windows ?
That's great !!

Seeing as how the only purpose of IE/Edge is to download Chrome/Firefox, I guess they figured that was the next logical step...

Comment Re:This is how it starts (Score 1) 106

And worst of all, there is no UI for finding and disabling stealth plug-ins that get installed by other apps.

Or, considering that Chrome's chief of security recently said that antivirus software is "my single biggest impediment to shipping a secure browser," maybe Chrome is going to get rid of the ability for other apps to install stealth plug-ins at all.

Considering they have at least tried to make the presence of such plug-ins more transparent in the past, I'm optimistic that's indeed their plan.

Comment Re:underlines! (Score 1) 202

I've been using Linux exclusively for about 13 years. To me, 2003 was the year of the Linux desktop, and then every year since then.

Just because it hasn't achieved the popularity of Windows or OSX, doesn't mean it isn't just as capable (I've used a MacBook Pro for 4 years at work, and I still haven't been persuaded to make the switch at home). I installed it on my mother's ageing laptop a few years ago, and she's been pretty happy using it since then.

I completely agree; my remark was just poking fun at the headline which for some reason decided that "drawing underlines" was one of the top features of Wine 2.0.

And yeah, I got fed up troubleshooting my Dad's desktop with Windows, and talked him into buying a System 76 "nettop" with Ubuntu. He's been using it ever since and my support calls have dropped to near zero.

Comment headline (Score 1) 290

"Commodore C64 Survives Over 25 Years Balancing Drive Shafts In Auto Repair Shop"

I completely misunderstood this headline and thought it was literally balancing drive shafts, as in they were missing a cinder block that day, stuck a C64 under them instead, and they'd been sitting like that in the back for 25 years.

Still impressive I guess :)

Comment Re:This will never take off since it is closed... (Score 1) 85

Hear, hear.

Now, if they did this with DisplayPort, that'd be a different story, since it's (last time I checked) royalty-free.

I apologize in advance if this was a joke and the subtle humor eluded me (I'm not familiar w/ DP licensing) but DisplayPort has supported USB-C Alt Mode for quite a while already. Many laptops with USB-C connectors, such as recent MacBooks and the 2015 Dell XPS 13/15 models support it.

http://www.displayport.org/wha...

Comment Re:Humans? Who needs 'em? (Score 1) 58

Greatly disappointed by the lack of humorous or insightful comments, but maybe they exist without visibility or sufficient positive moderation.

You may not realize this, but 90% of Slashdot stories and 98% of commenters have now been replaced by AI. Humor & insight will come along in future versions.

Comment Re:Uh-huh (Score 1) 70

Funny, that seems like the least challenging part of providing random individuals air transport for the same cost and as sustainably as ground transport, especially since we are talking about cities where walking and cycling are typically realistic options.

Trebuchet.

Comment Re:It's of limited use unless... (Score 1) 263

If it can emit a painful ultrasonic shriek, fire off an omni-directional microwave that makes your skin feel like it's on fire, or blink a bajillion-candle strobe in your face to temporarily blind you... then it's suddenly useful.

Or accidentally bump that laser "rangefinder" up several watts... hey, we were just trying to determine distance to target!

Comment Re:Traffic lanes designated to buses or bicycles n (Score 2) 165

favoring some types of web traffic over others

I can not identify an argument for "net neutrality", that would not also not apply to attempts to prioritize — such as by designating traffic lanes for them — buses, bicycles, cars with electronic toll-payment transponders, and even for emergency vehicles.

In fact, I suspect strongly, that, had the Internet-service provision been in government's hands already, the same people arguing for "net neutrality" today, would've been arguing for "sensible measures" to prioritize "special" traffic.

And vice versa — had private corporations been in charge of streets and highways, their attempts at prioritization would've attracted the same criticism currently hitting the ISPs.

Some neutralities are more neutral than others...

I've always viewed the entire net neutrality debate as a (hopefully) temporary sideshow while/until we fix the larger problem of lack of competition. The only reason (e.g.) Comcast is able to pull the shenanigans that they are is because we can't go anywhere else. Otherwise, if an ISP decided to slow down Netflix and try to extort money from them, their customers would just leave.

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