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Comment: Re:Um, What? (Score 2) 110

by Nomaxxx (#45930885) Attached to: Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System
This intended to be funny. Despite offering Linux server and laptops running Ubuntu, Dell writes "Dell recommends Windows" everywhere; on their website, in press and TV ads, mails. Currently, I'm a postman (I worked in IT before, I got my LPIC-1) and every letter I distribute from Dell has this writing on the envelope. It was revealed that Microsoft is offering vouchers to companies recommending Microsoft products. This led to some funny moments such as a web page where Dells says "Ubuntu is safer" just bellow a line reading "Dell recommends Windows Vista Premium".

Comment: SeaMonkey (Score 1) 381

by Nomaxxx (#45648671) Attached to: Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
I'm still using SeaMonkey after all those years (Netscape Communicator > Netscape > Mozilla > SeaMonkey). I love having my e-mails and web browser in one app. I also like the feature of being able to search using the address bar. The integrated dev tools are great too. The only think I miss is the calendar. We used to share an online calendar via FTP. It worked like a charm but they removed it at one point. Now I have to use Lightning extension but it doesn't support new SeaMonkey versions.

Comment: I use it daily... for years! (Score 2) 302

by Nomaxxx (#41743681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Seamonkey vs. Firefox — Any Takers?
I use SeaMonkey as my daily browser/mail client. I know quite a few people who use it too (girlfriend, neighbor, family, ...), where I worked before, we used Mozilla Suite with FTP calendar for employee schedules. In fact I just followed the natural evolution: Netscape Communicator -> Netcape -> Mozilla -> Mozilla Suite -> SeaMonkey. Fun fact that I still have more or less the same interface in front of me for 15 years while benefiting of latest technology. I still use the same profile too even if I switched mail box providers a few times over time. Mozilla split this suite to separate browser/mail client apps to compete with Internet Explorer/Outlook combo and it worked great. But I wasn't fan of the way they dumbed down the browser app to make Firefox, removing many great features (initially, it improved with time), it really was a step back. And I really love to have one application only for all my Internet needs (well I use Bluefish for web dev, not SeaMonkey's built-in editor, and I don't use the integrated IRC client as much as I did a few years back). I have only one extension installed, and that is Lightning (calendar). We use a common calendar (stored online) with my girlfriend so anyone can add future activities. It's an awesome piece of software, better suiting corporate needs than Firefox. Too bad Mozilla doesn't push it more. It's really overlooked. :-/ By the way, I also like the fact the address bar and search bar are common. It saves space and is very convenient. To run a Google (for example) search on a word, just type it in the address bar and click the Search button. Or even faster, type in the word and press down, enter. Fast and easy! I suggest anyone to give it a try, it has a lot going for it! ;-)

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 245

by Nomaxxx (#36774112) Attached to: Open Radeon 3D Driver Runs At 60~70% of Proprietary Driver Speed

...it's only advantage is being Open?

I can see how many people may not see a great cost/benefits ratio there...

The main advantage of being open is long term support. Graphics card drivers are quickly abandoned by AMD once they are a few years old. So their newer drivers don't support old cards, and older proprietary drivers don't support new kernels. So your only solution when using an old card (pre HD series) with a new operating system is to use the open source driver. The problem is not limited to Linux. On Windows, AMD issues "legacy" drivers for older cards but they are not thoroughly tested. So while they fix compatibility with some software, they break it with others that were working great with the old drivers... Worse, there's no support for them. On my Linux distro, while using open source Radeon drivers, performance keeps improving with each new version.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 5, Insightful) 436

by Nomaxxx (#36104554) Attached to: Alabama Nuclear Reactor Gets 'F' Grade

We should have continued building and updating designs over the last 30 or 40 years, but anti-nuclear nuts have left us all pretty damn screwed.

Blaming anti-nuclear people for the lack of upgrades/maintenance of existing nuclear plants is wrong.

The real problem is that energy companies don't allocate enough money to that matter. As long as it works and produces energy, they keep maintenance to a minimum level to maximize profits.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.

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