I'm hoping that this is happening so that we can have a Stewart and Colbert ticket for president in 2016. It would be nice to have someone I could feel good about voting for.
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Actually, that's not true. I managed dozens of slackware systems at my job for many years. I haven't found anything yet that was less hassle to manage and I've been using Linux since '95. The only weak point is if you need support for a commercial application that expects RHEL or Ubuntu specifically. 90% of the time I could work around such issues, but the vendors don't like to support it in a "non-standard" configuration.
Systemd is the one project that has the potential to exceed the reach of Emacs. All they really need to do is to include a lisp interpreter and we could eliminate the need for installing emacs altogether.
while that may sound a little bleak, it's true. It's also true when you're in your 20's, you just don't realize it yet.
I've been in the tech world since the 80s and I'm not finding this vision of the future enticing at all. Now fully in middle age, I'm starting to regret the days and years of my life that have been wasted staring into a monitor or playing with the next gadget. I'm not convinced that having the internet seamlessly integrated into my life would be a desirable thing. I'm discovering that there's more pleasure and contentment in the reality that exists outside of the world of pervasive connectivity. I don't want to be constantly "interacting" with devices, nor do I want Mr. Schmid's company to have more opportunities to analyze my behavior and target me with more marketing messages.
Embrace the analog world.
I spent a few years of my childhood in Mass. and regularly walked to school since 1st grade - that was just under two miles each way. (Yeah, in the cold, waist-deep in snow, uphill both ways....) This is pathetic. After school many of us kids ranged all over the town playing in streams, walking the residential streets, etc. Times have changed, but I don't think this is for the better.
I know that I'm getting old and been in the industry too long when this idea gets me all excited inside. I honestly believe that you'd see huge gains in productivity with the focused work environment that the old serial terminal provided. Not to mention that the keyboard is orders of magnitude faster than anything requiring the mouse for most tasks. Where do I sign up for this?
It's a different web without adblock, and it's not pretty one. It does more than just hide advertisements, it also reduces bandwidth usage considerably. I've been using adblock since I was stuck on dialup. It was critical to me back then to make pages load faster. Then I was on satellite and adblock helped keep me under my data allotment. On the rare occasion that I have to use a computer without it, I'm always taken back by how bad the web is with all the ads. According to some estimates, we're exposed to over 3000 marketing messages every day, on average. I'm all for anything that reduces that number, whatever it actually is. Every person that I show Adblock to, has been very, very happy with the results.
That was my first thought too. It would be trivial to write a script that fetches and parses the existing lists used by adblock into a nice little hosts file where everything points to 127.0.0.1.
I don't care whose business model it wrecks, I won't expose myself to any more advertising than I have to.
On the other hand, it may be time for me to donate to Adblock.
I was going to comment on this earlier. Well, actually, I was going to read some of the comments, but I read about 8 emails from two gmail tabs, checked my work account in another window (alpine), checked facebook, back to slashdot but reloaded the main page again to check for new articles... what were we talking about again?
As stupid as this is, it still makes more sense to me that granting corporations legal standing equal with real, live human beings.
that's the point! The UPS should be failing more often than the computers as it is taking the spikes and brown outs instead of your computer hardware.
As a life-long resident of Vermont, I'm embarrassed that these other states have passed these referendums ahead of us.
Would the best waitresses be able to demand a royalty on their waitress-bot recordings?
No, the waitress is screwed. On the other hand, the manager who filed for a patent on this robo-waitress business method will be able to retire early.
They're still evil.