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Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 347

by JohnFen (#48213205) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Download the process monitor from the SysInternals suite and take a look at the frequency of registry queries. Reading and particularly modifying text files at that rate would be a significant burden on the system.

Since the registry was introduced, both windows and applications access the registry as if it were a no-cost operation (in other words, far more often than is actually necessary or advisable.) Even so, the vast majority of those accesses are for the same small set of data. Things like file associations, etc. There would be no significant performance penalty if text files were used, as that data would be cached anyway (just like it is with the registry).

The registry also enables concurrent access and permissions control.

The registry is used for these things, yes, but there's literally nothing that makes it hard or impossible to do the same thing with text files, so that's not really an advantage of using the registry.

In my view, the registry is one of the top 10 worst things about Windows.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 347

by JohnFen (#48213137) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

If you set up Word the way you like on one machine the settings should go with you if you log in at a different office on a different PC.

Windows can do this? I change machines managed by AD all the time, but have never seen this happen. Nonetheless, it's not necessary to use a mechanism like the registry to accomplish this, so this functionality doesn't explain it.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 347

by JohnFen (#48213103) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

When using an application data folder, you have the choice of using Local, LocalLow, or Roaming. No one in the world understands the difference between these folders or why some programs use one over another (or use multiple!).

Yeah, this is another pet peeve of mine. When I have to look in an application data folder, I have to find the right one through trial and error, because the folder that's used is apparently chosen at random. And don't get me started on the horrorshow that is the Users folder.

Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 347

by JohnFen (#48213017) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Those of you know more than me can maybe advise: why the hell does this thing even exist? Why not stick with ordinary text files containing things like

Because Microsoft doesn't like users and developers. That's the only reason I could find. When they introduced the registry in the first place, the primary advantage they talked about was the elimination of the onerous 64k restriction on .ini files (completely ignoring the fact that they could have just allowed .ini files to be arbitrarily large). Other advantages involved performance and being able to have all that stuff in a single place. Performance was never a big enough issue to be worth sacrificing the benefits of the .ini files, though, and the problem of having them scattered willy-nilly throughout the filesystem could have easily been addressed without eliminating them.

The only thing left that makes sense is spite.

Comment: Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (Score 1) 347

by JohnFen (#48212897) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

... and no, searching for everything is NOT a solution. ...

This may be a stupid question, but why not?

For a handful of reasons, but topping the list is discoverability. Searching for everything involves knowing what everything is called or consulting a manual. If you want to do something that you rarely do, this is a big problem. Personally, I absolutely loathe this trend of using searching as the main way to launch applications. It's intrusive and inconvenient, and makes the OS more difficult to use. It's basically removing the advantages of a GUI while keeping the disadvantages, and introducing the disadvantages of the command line without introducing the advantages. It's just suck all around.

Comment: Re:Sounding another death knell for cable companie (Score 1) 126

by JohnFen (#48204125) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

people are no doubt running to the store to pay for a roll of tinfoil with a Bitcoin, but it's really not the Orwellian nightmare that you might expect.

Wait a second. You can't call people who object to tracking paranoid because the tracking is provably being done. Why do you think people who object to being spied on are somehow nutty for objecting to it?

Comment: Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (Score 1) 126

by JohnFen (#48204091) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

From my point of view, there are two problems. The biggest one isn't the ads themselves, but the tracking that is used with them. That needs to die a fast, painful death. The other problem, which is about the ads themselves, is that advertising is ubiquitous. When you can't even take a piss in many public restrooms without having to look at another damned ad, it's no mystery why people want to see advertising itself die.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 126

by JohnFen (#48204027) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Beyond that, it kind of sucks and there's really no point in denying it. Netflix by itself is no cable substitute. There's no point in pretending Netflix is something it's not.

I'm not pretending. Netflix by itself completely replaces cable to my satisfaction. Admittedly, that's a pretty low bar because cable sucks completely. Sure, Netflix and the like doesn't satisfy everyone's needs (what does?), but there's no need to be dismissive of people for whom it works or accuse them of being deceptive or misguided.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 126

by JohnFen (#48203927) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Netflix compares poorly to a $200 cable package.

Personally, Netflix not only compares very well to a $200 cable package, it is superior to a $200 cable package. Cable offers nothing of interest to me that I can't get from Netflix, but Netflix is a much better viewing experience.

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