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Comment Re:Commodore Amiga or Commodore PC? (Score 1) 456

You're wrong. It's perfectly fine to use "PC" to describe "Commodore Amiga". I've lived through the personal computer revolution and PC doesn't exclusively refer to "IBM PC". I have an Amiga and it's a PC. However it is not "IBM PC". Those machines were for spreadsheet suckers.

Devices other than "IBM PCs" were marketed as PCs. For example Commodore 64c has a sticker on top of it and bottom which says that it's a "Personal Computer" aka. PC. And ads frequently referred it being a personal computer for the whole family. Furthermore HP sold a highly programmable calculator that was marketed as a PC before the PC revolution even started.

Term "PC" was in use in e.g. marketing of various microcomputers well before IBM PC Model 5051 was introduced. I believe that some of the first "modern desktop computers" to be described as "PC" are from early 1970's. Any device which, to quote Wikipedia, "is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities and original sale price make it useful for individuals, and is intended to be operated directly by an end-user with no intervening computer operator" can be and should be described as a "PC".

Here in Europe people often did refer various devices as PCs even if they were not from IBM. People also used to call their systems "microcomputers", "home computers" or by the name of the machine e.g. "Commodore" or "Atari" or "IBM Compatible" (because the software sold had stickers like "for IBM PC and 100% compatibles").

Around 1999 this practice died since there were no other PCs than IBM PC clones at the PC market marketed for the general public. IBM PC, like Rollerblades (with roller skates), have become so synonymous with PC, that when people talk about PCs they tend to refer to IBM PC (clones) running Microsoft Windows. Furthermore Apple's marketing has taken advantage of the whole "Generic Trademark" thing and established themselves as "Mac" even though they're exactly same hardware.

I need more beer. I cannot read these threads otherwise.

Comment I recommend... and don't recommend... (Score 1) 385

...Lenovo Thinkpad T450 or honestly anything from T-series is fine. T-series of ThinkPad is well supported in GNU/Linux and they are insanely durable machines. The new keyboard and the new trackpad do require getting used to (the old Thinkpad keyboard is almost perfect. I really love it.) but they're more than capable and the new keyboard is comfortable and efficient after using it for a while.

...Lenovo Thinkpad W550s might be worth checking it out. However I think W-series is probably an overkill in this usage scenario.

...Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is supposedly very good. One of my friend has a one and she apparently likes it quite a bit. It comes with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.

However I definitely under any circumstance cannot recommend Apple's Macbook Pros. I used to own a Macbook Pro (two in fact... of the same late 2008 15" model). During the course of few years of travelling and working with fairly large datasets it pissed under itself a dozen of times like a cheap 350€ plastic Acer or MSI laptop. People think that I am joking when I tell that Macbooks are like jewelry (look nice, are expensive, but really fragile) but it's true. They cannot handle heavy workloads in environments other than normal office.

Not to mention that OS X has gone bad (due an acute iOS poisoning) since the greatest thing ever that was the OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Think about this: In Yosemite the X in the close window button in window decoration is "misaligned" (there's actually a pretty interesting science explanation why this is the case). Good design should take account into the technical limitations too.

http://www.robbert.org/2014/10...

Comment Google Wave (Score 1) 150

Google Wave was really cool idea and service. Thankfully the Apache Wave exists now but without a large corporation pushing it the chances of it getting anywhere are slim at best. Oh, and I wonder where Google left its "Don't be evil" mentality.

I also hope to see Google Plus on the memorial page as soon as possible. But for the sake of fairness it should be mentioned that as a service G+ is better than the Facebook. OH AND THE CURRENT USER INTERFACE of the Youtube. It's absolutely horrible and dysfunctional.

Comment Ars Technica and #Gamergate (Score 2, Insightful) 101

First I want to say that Twitter has done a good job improving its reporting system. So thanks for them for that.

But I'd like to point out that the articles produced by Ars Technica cannot be trusted as a source in this matter. For example this Slashdot news item links to an article full of errors about the reasons Twitter has done this. The "vast harassment campaign" they're talking about is #Gamergate which is a reaction on behalf of gamers (aka. people who play computer and video games regularly) to a corrupt games journalism and other problems in games industry such as collusion, and censorship,.. not to mention the favoritism, cronyism and nepotism related issues.

Ars Technica writer Ben Kutchera has been accused of some really unethical things by the people who support #Gamergate. Kutchera for example is known to have taken part in journalistic collusion (Google GameJournoPro mailing list). He is also known for trying to tone police writers from other news outlets to write stuff from the same perspective as their clique did. And pressuring head of Escapist Magazine to censorship conversation about certain issues and especially things they didn't like. Like for example, people who criticise Anita Sarkeesian's extremist views. Mr. Kutchera was paying money for a developer through Patreon, and presumably was expecting this developer to give him exclusive interviews and stuff like that. Resulting both getting money and fame. And the proof of him doing all this is out there. And he is not the only one doing these things.

http://wiki.gamergate.me/index...
http://wiki.gamergate.me/index...

Trying to avoid the talk about the corruption and GameJournoPro list, writers like Mr. Kuchera and the rest of the accused people from Polygon, Kotaku, Gamasutra, Ars, RPS, etc. have been opposing #Gamergate. They've actively been trying to derail the conversation by accusing pro-#GamerGate of some of the most depressing stuff I've ever read on-line. Ars Technica as a whole has either failed to understand everything related to the social phenomenon currently on-going (which they should understand, if I may add), or they know exactly what is going on and they're playing fools on purpose.

The "Chat Logs" in question were released by person who happens to be one of the people accused of cronyism and being professional victim by pro-#GamerGate people. And the evidence supporting these claims this is also out there if you Google it. Those pieces make a stronger case than the cherry-picked or out of context "Chat Logs" that support the other point of view in this matter.

It just blows my mind when person (or people this person knows), visit anonymous image boards (without understanding how they work), write bad stuff about themselves (which can be traced back to themselves), and then go to their Twitter accounts and blogs with the screenshots they just took of their own messages, and shout "Look! Here's evidence of how bad these people on this board are". And that's even more mind boggling is how journalistic outlets like Ars Technica without verifying person's story or listening to both parties in question, write articles about the person as the harassed underdog who is desperately in need of some more Patreon money or Kickstarter funding.

#GamerGate is just a hash tag like any other. Any one can go on-line and take part in it. Any one can go and do what they want with it. I'm sure that harassment has happened, release of private information has happened, and some other bad stuff has happened. And both the anti-#GamerGate, the trolls, and pro-#GamerGate have done it. And it's good that Twitter offers better tools for people to combat against this bad behaviour. And I also hope that they have a system in place against people who are abusing the report system.

However it is wrong for Ars Technica to make an article were they commit multiple logical fallacies, use unverified & untrustworthy sources to back them up, and do other stuff. But the most critical part of this Slashdot news item I want to address using a Youtube video. Ars Technica wrote that "Chat logs recently revealed how Twitter is used by small groups to create vast harassment campaigns, thanks to sock puppet account and relative anonymity". Here are the persons who are part of the so called "harassment campaign", who are the "sock puppets" and "relatively" anonymous people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

People who don't know what #GamerGate is should watch this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Oh no... (Score 1) 148

Windows 10 is not ready by a long shot. It's dysfunctional as hell as a product. It has a schizophrenia that is only getting worse and worse. Fuelled by the fact that Joe Belfiore doesn't seem to understand what people want from a desktop Windows... So go ahead Microsoft, release the Windows 10. Make year of the Linux on desktop happen sooner.

Comment Bullies (Score 1) 550

This is completely ridiculous. Those attacks need to stop. This bullying needs to stop. This isn't like those anti-#GamerGate people who bully people into silence and do other nasty stuff like spread lies in mainstream media about #GamerGate in order to avoid talking their corruption. I agree that Systemd is on a road to become a feature creep and I don't like that but it's still a very good init system. I personally like Systemd for several reasons. It makes use of cgroups for example. I was very happy to see Debian do, what I considered to be the right action, and switched to Systemd. I understand that there are people who would like to turn clocks back to 70s and do "The UNIX way" but that so called "UNIX way" is broken philosophy that shouldn't be blindly followed. It's a good and noble princible but it stops working when solution needs to be scaled up. It's not delivering "correct and complete" software. Instead it often results in complex and incomplete mess. If you don't like Systemd then fork it and make a better solution or contribute to the project by taking part of it. Or make your own distributions without it. Just don't attack the devs for what they believe is worth doing. Jesus. Rant over.

Comment Fedora's Partitioning UI (Score 1) 170

I sincerely feel that Fedora's Partitioning UI is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. It was the biggest *huh* and *ugh* when I installed Fedora 19 and 20. It made no sense what so ever. I remember using Anaconda like in early 2000 to install Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core something and that UI worked just fine. The new UI in my opinion only confuses users and is clearly tuned towards formatting everything the HDD might already have such as Windows NT based OS.

OpenSuse has a reasonably good partitioning UI. YAST isn't the best thing out there but gets the job done. Ubuntu had the best one last time I checked. It actually told you everything you needed to know and expressed that with smart well designed visual cues. Ubuntu's partitioning UI isn't imho perfect and it could use an "advanced mode" but so far Ubiquity is the best I've seen around in Linux world. The best "advanced mode" ships with the Debian-installer as it allows some really wicked and truly flexible partitioning schemes to be made.

Comment Re:Assets and third-party libraries are non-free (Score 1) 81

Id had to rewrite the Doom 3 engine to eliminate a patented "depth fail" shadow volume processing technique invented by William Bilodeau and Michael Songy of Creative Labs before its source could be released.

Those guys invented nothing. They were allowed to patent mathematics. Carmack's Reverse was independently discovered by John Carmack. He didn't know that the principles of his algorithm, the idea, had been patented. Besides he had an actual implementation of the thing. The version of z-fail in Creative's overly broadly worded patent isn't even a thing. Creative then used this as a leverage to blackmail id Software to include their EAX stuff into the game. This is a yet another good example why software patents need to die. Software patents are killing the economy and poisoning the academic circles. Copyright is sufficient protection.

Comment TV/Movie-Widescreens fcksck! (Score 1) 304

I want 24' IPS 4:3s or 16:10s. Especially 16:10 is a beautiful widescreen aspect ratio. It's very good for working on a computer. 16:9 is only good for watching movies and perhaps some games which are in a movie aspect ratio. Try doing work with one and you'll get frustrated and annoyed. Even if you turn it 90 degrees it's still horrible. 16:10 for life! (If you absolutely need widescreen). Now excuse me, I need more beer.

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