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Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 723

by BadDreamer (#47740959) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I truly wish that was the case. Sadly, the problem can and will appear with signed drivers written by reputable vendors as well. It just isn't as common with them.

And the corollary is actually about peripheral support. Since developing and releasing a driver requires effort and money to code and test properly as well as a cost to sign, older peripherals will seldom, if ever, get updated drivers as newer models enter the market and - more crucially - as Windows changes and driver changes would increase stability, or are required for the peripheral to function properly.

This problem simply does not exist in the Linux driver model. I can still use my 1990's Epson parallel port scanner in Linux, just plug in and it works. That scanner has had no Windows drivers since Windows 2000. And it works just as well as a modern USB consumer scanner, so why should I have to go buy a new one simply because Epson will not develop drivers for it?

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 723

by BadDreamer (#47720837) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

And the reason you get a BSOD in Windows when you use a cheap peripheral which installed an unsigned driver for a commonly used chipset is - the Windows ABI. Yes really. It's that fucked up.

The same peripheral will not crash Linux. Instead it will use the driver for that chipset in the Linux kernel.

Some of us prefer a model which acts in the interests of consumers. If you consider that a fault, and something which should change, you go ahead and vote with your wallet. Just don't expect others to follow your descent.

Comment: I just read his lesson plan (Score 1) 179

Lesson 1: Make sure your college roommate is Bill Gates.
Lesson 2: Drop out. You don't need this stuff, go make money.
Lesson 3: Developers, Developers, Developers, Developers.
Lesson 4: When a monopoly is handed to you, ride it into the ground.
Lesson 5: When no one likes you, it's proper to own the L. A. Clippers.

Comment: Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (Score 1) 550

by BadDreamer (#47573941) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

For me the halos were annoying for a few months, but after about half a year they were completely gone. Now, four years after the procedure, I have no side effects at all. Excellent night vision, no vision artifacts at all and 20/10 20/15 vision.

Of course, I need reading glasses due to presbyopia, but that is a different matter. Anything a meter or further away is perfectly sharp.

Comment: Re:Real life is complicated (Score 1) 511

If you take drugs and get addicted, that's your responsibility. Not anyone else's.

Think so? I can introduce you to some former surgery patients and war veterans among others who were introduced to opiates to control pain by their physicians for very real pain problems and as a result were unable to avoid addiction. I can point you to some suffering from PTSD (not their fault) who are trying to find some way to cope who sometimes turn to chemicals because they don't understand what has happened and it is the only relief they can find before they understand what has happened. Some addictions are not the solely the fault of the person taking the drugs.

It's easy and wrong to paint every drug addict with the same broad brush. Some, like the sort you are thinking of, are simply idiots seeking pleasure or escape. If you are snorting cocaine on your yacht for fun, yeah that's on you and if you die I'm not going to cry a river for you. Others are decent people trying to cope with a real problem not of their own making. You really think that a wounded veteran who gets unintentionally addicted to opiates while trying to control pain is solely responsible for his situation? If so you are a very cold hearted person.

I think you're conflating "responsibility" with "fault". The addict has the responsibility to deal with the addiction and manage their life, regardless of whether they are morally culpable for becoming an addict. Just as they are responsible for their actions if, for example, their addiction drives them to crime in order to support their habit, or they cause harm while under the influence of the substance that they are addicted to.

Comment: Re:Not Odd (Score 4, Informative) 544

It's a nice solution idea, but leaving Bluetooth on all the time must eat quite a lot into your battery runtime. I have a hard time using a phone when the battery is drained. I can run for maybe an 3-4 hours on a charge if I'm actively using my phone, and that's with all manner of power saving options turned on, doing their best to maximize my *useful* runtime. The industry insists on super thin, but large surface area smartphones, but I'd give just about anything for something pocket size, 90% battery by mass, and with a slide-out physical keyboard. If it were an inch and a half thick, but could provide a solid 14 hour active use time on a single charge, I'd be in love with it.

Comment: Re:Manager (Score 2) 204

by BadDreamer (#47441383) Attached to: New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

Monoculture is bad. What you call fragmentation I call a healthy diversity allowing security. Unfortunately Linux is heading away from this with things like systemd, which will create a new monoculture for no appreciable gain, but at least so far the diversity is working in the Internets favor.

And who says competition is not needed in OS'es, anyway? Why should we all settle for a monoculture and just placidly say "standards are good" without examining whether they actually ARE good?

Comment: Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (Score 1) 681

My work system has hundreds (literally hundreds - over 200) different applications from different industrial system vendors which I have to use in various situations to configure the systems I work with.

And you think it is a PROBLEM that these are organized by vendor name and machine system name in my start menu.

You have no connection to the reality many people who actually have to use their systems for work live in.

Comment: Re:It isn't just UI (Score 1) 681

Yes, it is a bad thing that the scroll wheel affects things which are not under the mouse pointer. If I move the mouse pointer to a window or widget and mouse scroll it is because I expect that action to affect where I moved the mouse pointer to. Otherwise, why would I have moved my hand to the mouse?

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.