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Comment Re:Good luck with that Virgin... (Score 1) 112

You can't disable remote access...
You can disable your own remote access (ie the feature that lets you connect to the public routable ip of the router from somewhere else on the internet), but you can't disable the access that the isp has via a separate private address within their own infrastructure.

Comment Re: Translations (Score 1) 394

GNOME tried to change the UI quite radically, and it resulted in third parties forking the older code base to make a more familiar interface.
You have choices, familiar interfaces will always remain available so long as there are users who want to use them, and you aren't forced to run an old os just to get the familiar interface.

You don't get the same options with MS, they have forced several significant ui changes on users in recent years.

Comment Re:Translations (Score 1) 394

Remember this is local government doing the spending...

Licensing is money leaving the area, even leaving the country.

Money spent on training and developers can and should stay in the local area, which creates jobs and some of it returns in the form of tax. So long as the total cost isn't massively higher (which it isn't, their published figures show that it's overall lower) then it's preferable.

Training and custom development also creates longer term value, the software licenses you buy will become worthless in a few years when that software reaches end of life and has to be replaced.
Similarly custom development scales - the costs are the same regardless of how many users are running your custom software, making it highly beneficial for a large organization.

Comment Re: Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

That's the problem, windows is usually configured in a horrendously insecure fashion such that people are able to run their own software...
Even if you don't have admin privileges, you can still usually install stuff locally. Sure there are ways to prevent this, but they are rarely configured properly. Linux is much easier to configure in such a way so as to prevent users from introducing their own programs.

Comment Intrusive ads (Score 1) 519

The more intrusive ads get (popups, sounds, unskippable video, high bandwidth use combined with capped connections etc - i especially hate ads with sound), the more likely people are to install ad blockers.
If ads were less intrusive, people would be less inclined to block them.

I installed an ad blocker specifically because of ads which contained sound, especially annoying when you have multiple tabs open and ads rotate so all of a sudden one of your 50 tabs starts making noise and you have to hunt around to shut it off.

Comment Re:none cipher? (Score 1) 75

Such an option has been supported for a while, at least within the HPN patch...
Back when i used remote X11, it would automatically forward the DISPLAY parameter when logging in (over telnet in those days), ie it would take your display number (:0) and append it to the end of the host you logged in from.
You could also look into an x11 compression system like NX if bandwidth is lacking.

Comment Re:Find it hysterical (Score 1) 515

And these services for applying updates are because the OS doesn't provide a sensible repository system that could be used instead. Having a background updater for every application is stupid, but it's microsoft's fault that no better alternative exists.

There are no such background services when running these exact same applications on Linux, updates are installed through the system wide package manager.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White