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Comment: Re:microsoft cash (Score 3, Interesting) 181 181

I seriously felt that way until just a couple days ago, too. Wired had this piece about Satya Nadella and what's going on in Microsoft, specifically about the HoloLens project. It was the first time in a long time that I read something about Microsoft and thought "Oh wow, that is really cool," instead of "LOL."

Then today I decided to check out the Windows 10 Technical Preview and I have to say I was impressed. It is very solid.

I'm not a Microsoft person, either. I'm typing this on a MacBook Pro and I've been running Slackware on my desktop for 10+ years. Disclaimer: I use Win7 extensively for Steam but for little else.

Comment: Re:Really, Slashdot? (Score 1) 135 135

The LastSession.plist file stores way, way more data than just URL's.

When I log into my bank account, my username and password are not in the URL and certainly not passed unencrypted over the wire. They are happily stored in the LastSession.plist file though.

I'm using Safari 7 on Mavericks, so it clearly isn't fixed in the latest version.

Comment: Re:i can always wipe my phone remotely (Score 1) 356 356

There are some details here:

Basically if something goes wrong with the fingerprint scanner it will always fall back to the passcode and in some cases it will require the passcode instead of a fingerprint.

Also, you need a passcode to unlock the phone after it has been powered off and if it hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours.

There are probably some other special circumstances but that is the gist of it

Comment: Re:Macintosh's ease of use (Score 3, Insightful) 170 170

What exactly does Apple have to do with shoddy 3rd party software?

Neither Parallels or VMWare Fusion are in Apple's App store. So if grandma is going to the store to buy virtualization software, I would hope she has some idea of what she is doing.

Also, if grandma happens to hose the Ubuntu machine you gave her and she has to look at this:


Does that mean Linux is shit and just for freetard lusers?

Comment: Re:What is it about the Nook? (Score 1) 132 132

You don't need an Amazon device to read Amazon ebooks.

I do own a Kindle touch, but I have the Kindle app on my iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. I frequently read various things on every one of those devices depending on the situation.

The sync up nicely too so that each device will pick where I stopped reading on any other device.

Comment: Re:What about new talent? (Score 1) 1501 1501

Well, Steve Jobs was a dick too but also brilliant at his role.

I wouldn't read too far into things as far as major products like the Linux kernel goes. The people in production roles are no nonsense people. Start out smaller. There's no shortage of learning resources and forums or IRC channels with people who are explicitly there to help out newbs ;)

Go to places like that, ask questions, get to know people. Hang out in IRC channels, post to forums and mailing lists. These are the places where the real chatter takes places and where you can learn some "real life" stuff.

Something like the LKML is the last place you'd want to try to start out at.

Comment: Re:What about new talent? (Score 4, Insightful) 1501 1501

I'm sorry, but at this point in my programming life, I don't have the knowledge to be able to stand up to some dev with 10 or 15, or hell, even 5, years of real experience, and tell them why they're wrong, and I'm right.

And that is why Linus has absolutely no time for you or your ideas. He's maintaining one of the biggest projects out there and doesn't care about your feelings. Put up or shut up and get the hell out.

But don't forget that the vast majority of projects out there are not this cut throat. The vast majority of projects are also not this big and this fundamental either. There are plenty of projects that would love your contributions at this stage of your career. The Linux kernel is absolutely not one of those projects.

Comment: Re:Why is DRM a nightmare for me? (Score 1) 221 221

Except customers aren't being punished, they actually really enjoy the service they are getting.

DRM is a non-issue for the vast majority of people who are streaming their stuff. I think Netflix is great. If I really like a movie I'll sometimes buy the DVD too. I also like being able to "rent" movies on iTunes for a few bucks and maybe purchase later if I choose.

Streaming services are just one of many options available today and none of them are mutually exclusive.

Comment: Re:It works (Score 1) 1215 1215

This. I had one linux distro or another on all of my machines from the early 2000's until a little over a year ago. It was great back in like 2001 when nerds like myself had 5 or 6 desktop boxes serving up things everywhere. It was also the absolute best way to learn about how computers work (and probably still is).

But after I was done with school and a got a job that paid a real salary and not minimum wage, my first computer purchase was a macbook pro, core i7 proc, 1gb video, 8gb ram, etc. This was a tremendous upgrade over my old 1.8ghz 512mb ram laptop. I ended up with an iphone and ipad as well over the next few months. The tandem works so seamlessly together that I don't think I'll ever use anything else for mobile use.

Last summer I decided to buy a new desktop with some more high end specs and a nice 24 inch HD monitor. I intended to install linux on it initially, but I figured I'd give win7 a fair shake since I hadn't used windows in years. Windows 7 is really a solid OS. Granted, I use this desktop primarily for Steam and some movie viewing, but everything does Just Work.

There are also neat things Dell tossed in with this, like a 32gb SSD that caches things from the 4TB HDD for improved performance. Good luck getting that working in linux.

It was also kind of funny when I bought this desktop, I could just toss the 4 or 5 desktop boxes I was using for storage/servers/whatnot. The desktop I bought had better specs than everything else combined.

Not to talk down on linux or anything. I got my current job specifically because I knew linux well. It wasn't anything I learned in school either. If it wasn't for linux I have no idea what I'd be doing. It really did have that much of an impact on my life.

But as a desktop/laptop OS? No, not anymore. OSX is firmly my choice for mobile use and if you want to get the most out of a desktop that you spent $1500+ customizing from dell, win7 is the way to go.

I still have several linux VM's that I used on both win7 and OSX. It's still great for setting up virtual networks and playing with things like Kali linux and metasploit. But now that RAM is so damned cheap you really don't have a reason to run linux as an underlying system for daily personal use.

Linux still owns in the dedicated server space.

UNIX enhancements aren't.