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Comment: Re:Let's be fair! (Score 2) 193

by AntEater (#49345409) Attached to: GNOME 3.16 Released

Better than the command line? I hardly think so. Bash, KSH, and even csh (as much as I hate csh) are heart of the ability to use and administer a Unix host, incredibly flexible and have decades of refinement behind their usability. Gnome is off on a rampage to remove features and force someone else's idea of how you should do your work down the throat of ever gnome user. If I had to make the choice, I'll take a serial console over an X desktop running Gnome.

Comment: Re:Slackware (Score 2) 716

by AntEater (#49032051) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

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.

Comment: No thanks. (Score 5, Insightful) 228

by AntEater (#48884229) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

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.

Comment: Re:For one mile? (Score 5, Insightful) 784

by AntEater (#48828851) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

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.

Comment: Re:bring back the green IBM 3270 (Score 1) 241

by AntEater (#48584895) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

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?

Comment: It's a different web without it (Score 2) 699

by AntEater (#48548971) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

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.

Comment: Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 5, Insightful) 699

by AntEater (#48548463) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

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.

Comment: Nothing to give (Score 1) 312

by AntEater (#48533163) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

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?

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)

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