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Comment Re:Everybody List What You Think Went Wrong (Score 1) 537 537

Beta was unfinished, everyone knew that, so the grousing that somehow it was "clearly inferior" or would break Slashdot was completely misplaced. Slashdot made it clear from the start that this was being put out for feedback purposes, not because it was feature complete. They said it wasn't feature complete.

Comment Re:My Pet Peeves (recent Windows laptop keyboards) (Score 4, Insightful) 498 498

It's possible to have capslock functionality without giving it its own key. What about Alt-Numlock for that tiny subset of situations where it's necessary?


(Yay I posted an XKCD at last! That means I automatically get +6 Insightful!)

Comment Re:Windows 10 sucks (Score 1) 263 263

I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of my PC (a 8600/300 w/64 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. About 30 minutes. About 10 minutes. About 5 minutes. About 5 hours. About 4 minutes. 11 seconds...


Comment Re:So far so good.... (Score 1) 263 263

I wouldn't worry about negative push back for saying you like a particular release of Windows. Windows 7 was fairly well received around these parts too.

Windows 10, at least going by features, seems to be the first Desktop Windows that's genuinely exciting since Windows 95. While there was a major architectural change with the move to NT for 2000 and XP, it didn't seem to impact the end user experience as much. And 8 was genuinely interesting, but was ultimately a tablet operating system.

So I'm looking forward to using it. And hoping desperately the reliability isn't as bad as it sounds.

Comment wheel of fortune with no pegs (Score 1) 574 574

The word "the" is a notorious trickster.

They say "running away from the consequences" when what they really mean is "running away from one particular set of consequences where we get all the photo ops wearing the stick".

The problem with this image is that greater society doesn't usually hand the stick to men wearing B&W, pin-stiped, double-breasted pygamas. He who breaks the law finds the stick slippery.

The consequences is presently enduring are already pretty unpleasant: notoriety he can never live down, and de facto house arrest without so much as a landlord-tenant act to protect his interests.

I'd also suggest that his marriage, family, and career prospects are not what they once were.

Of course, the vast majority of the American population would jump at the chance to throw over marriage, family, and career for the least chance to stick it to The Man, so we better add another heaping helping of grim before all hell breaks loose.

Comment Re:Is it going to matter much? (Score 1) 161 161

COW filesystems would have no problem with that scenario, especially when they have dynamic block sizes.

What file system do you have in mind? It's certainly not ZFS.

Furthermore, supporting dynamic block size poses real problems for efficient random access. For this reason, almost all file systems support fixed-size payload blocks, and only provide for dynamic on-disk storage size after compression.

If you have any clue what you're talking about, this file system technology is news to me.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig