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Comment: Re:Emerita (Score 1) 188

by AK Marc (#48034147) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

If you want to use it as an adjective in your title, then it has to be before the thing it modifies. This is how English works.

Like Joe Schmoe, O.B.E.? That's British English, but the title after the name (like where they put the degrees and such in the US, as well as the UK) is the norm, and (retired) whether you say "retired" or "emeritus" is part of a title.

Comment: Video wallpaper from the 90's! (Score 1) 542

by dbIII (#48033563) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10
Funny thing is back around 1998, when the students were away I'd run the "atlantis" screensaver as the animated background of my cheap little linux box with all the grunt work being done by a big SGI machine in the next building. Install a version of X11 on your MS box (xwin32 etc) and you can have a video background and party like it's 1999!
I'm sure there's other ways already build into the desktop background changer of win7.

Comment: An Exchange aside (Score 1) 542

by dbIII (#48033537) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

While you're there, make it a free feature to put a corporate signature in Exchange without poncing about with transport rules and copying files down to clients. 20 years and we still don't have the SIMPLEST of things done right.

Putting the MS Exchange collection behind a purpose designed MTA (sendmail, exim, cast of thousands) and getting that to add the signature is the easiest way to do it - bonus points if it's used to hold and scan mail for virus or spam before it can put any load on MS Exchange and make the fragile thing fall over.

Comment: Re:Windows 10 = iPhone 6 (Score 1) 542

by dbIII (#48033519) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10
Reminds me of how the ads should have run:
"Windows, because copying Apple was my idea."

With a combination of window snapshots, multiple desktops and RDP that does not entirely suck it appears MS is close to catching up with the Enlightenment window manager on X from a year or two before Slashdot started. Or Xerox "rooms" from way back.

Comment: Not a stable version from MS though (Score 1) 542

by dbIII (#48033445) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10
There was a Matrox virtual desktop thing from years back that was decent too, and I've seen an Nvidia one. However saying "that feature has been in windows" is like saying photoshop has been in windows :)
There was a "powertoy" but it wasn't able to run reliably as the MS Windows environment changed - a 100% chance of bluescreen per day.

Comment: Re:Better call it Windows 11 (Score 1) 542

by dbIII (#48033409) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10
It nerfed the file sharing of NT4 to only a few connections and make workgroups useless, forcing us back to a central server model - preferably one with SAMBA instead of an arbitrary connection limit.
That loss of a feature is actually what pushed my workplace from NT4 + Hummingbird Exceed to linux desktops nearly everywhere. If MS Windows machines can't talk to MS Windows machines effectively and that's the only reason you are on the platform then why stay on it?

Comment: Re:Fristy Pawst! (Score 3, Informative) 337

by jedidiah (#48032407) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

If I want something I can pay for it. If my life is on the line, I don't have to worry about how much it costs. I already know two people who have benefited from very expensive life saving procedures. I am sure that when I need something like that, it will at least be there.

I'm not so sure of near-communist countries where beaurocrats are in charge of these things.

This guy from Liberia is already getting the best care available anywhere. He might even pull through because of our "inferior" system.

Comment: Re:Nice, but... (Score 1) 172

by jedidiah (#48027477) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

A lot of work is so old by now that it should be in the public domain. Copyright was never meant to be a new form of property or a means to extract tolls from end users until the end of time.

The point of both copyright and patents is to encourage the creation of ideas/inventions that EVERYONE can use.

"copying the work" is the intended ultimate result.

Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 2, Insightful) 172

by jedidiah (#48027421) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

No. He just doesn't take Lemming trolls at face value.

Most people whining about GIMP and putting Photoshop on a pedestal are amateurs and consumers that would never actually pay for a copy of Photoshop ever.

Photoshop is a lot of cost for questionable marginal benefit.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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