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Comment Re:Windows 2000 was my last version. Here's why: (Score 1) 306

Everything gets sent to Apple servers

if you define "everything" as your Spotlight searches. And as you point out, it's very easy to opt out.

The real annoyance I have with Apple and OS X is that unlike MS, unless you have a Time Machine backup there is pretty much no way to easily step back to the systems prior state after an upgrade... unless you re-install the prior release and lose all applications and settings you had up to that point.

Which is EXACTLY what happens in Windows when you use a System Restore Point. And as you say, they "Sometimes work"; in my experience, about 25 percent of the time.

...and now the Windows.old folder ( that worked for me at least ) that you can back out the Win10 "upgrade" from.

LOL! Talk about damning with faint praise! Even Microsoft knows that Windows 10 is SO shitty that they HAVE to give you a way out!

Here's a thought: Howabout not changing 80% of the UI in one version-change? Howabout not building an OS that bends over backwards to soy on you at every single turn?

Compared to that, OS X is a model of good User Interface design (I.e, there are FAR more similarities between the 1984 version of MacOS and El Capitan than there are between Windows 7 and 8), and Apple is the bastion of liberty (easily-defeatable Spotlight Suggestions vs. a SECRET list of 100 URLs that your every KEYSTROKE and MOUSE-CLICK get sent to).

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 306

You don't have a decent free firewall for OS X?

That $10 application is simply a GUI front end for OS X's built-in Firewall. Apple just doesn't provide a GUI for configuring OUTGOING filtering. That's what the $10 product is for. It simply provides a GUI frontend for the more advanced features of OS X's "PF" (Personal Firewall). It's all in there; but no GUI for the Outgoing stuff. But that shouldn't be a problem for a Linux guy like you. You could simply use OS X's command-line to configure the outgoing filtering, as I said in my original post... ;-)

I believe you'll find Siri collects similar data if you want full functionality.

This is true; but Apple anonymizes the data. But yes, be careful with any voice-recognition on any platform.

Here's some answers to what is collected, how it is used, how your identity is protected, and when it is deleted.

Hell, I *also* seem to recall a post from the other day that mentioned that if you didn't pay for the music service that you couldn't search for music - I don't know how valid that is, some subscription thingy for the Apple Music Store or whatever they called it.)

Of course that's ludicrous. How could people find things to BUY on the iTunes store if they couldn't SEARCH? I expect more critical thinking from the likes of you... I think what you are thinking of is that there was a bug in the first version of iTunes that supported Apple Music that messed with some people's music collections depending on whether they were using "iTunes Match", but that was quickly fixed. ;-)

I'm off in Linux-land so I'm not terribly concerned

And yet you seem compelled to respond to nearly every post I make concerning Apple...

But, again, they [Windows Users] did consent to being tracked. They might not like that they did. They might not have been smart enough to read the EULA and understand it. But, they certainly gave consent either explicit or implied.

And yet you curiously didn't point out that "defense" when it came time for you to point fingers at Siri and iTunes; both of which contained EULAs, too...

Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving; and I look forward to our next sparring-match, LOL!

Comment Re:Education (Score 1) 423

I think part of it is a mindset that every problem has a solution, and that existing problems remain problems only because whoever gets to decide doesn't like the solution.

I'm sure everyone in IT has been at the point where euphemistically the solution to a problem is just to nuke the old system and start over because the problems in the old system are so complex and intractable that fixing it isn't practical on any timescale and replacing it is more time efficient.

I think applying that kind of thinking to political and social problems is probably a very easy step for a lot of people to make.

I also think that engineers are prone to thinking of "correct" and "incorrect" answers -- I've known plenty of IT people who once they latch onto "the correct" answer can't see any other solution -- even ones that solve the same problem -- as correct. There's one right answer. 1 + 1 = 2 and everything else is *wrong*.

Comment David Edmundson answers your questions (Score 4, Informative) 339

All of your questions are easily answered by reading the link provided at the top of the article:


Why does the desktop care who's booted it up?

The Init System "We don't care. It doesn't affect us."

logind Allows KDE to provide user-switching features.

Device Management Allows KDE to have access to your mouse and keyboard without root access and without random applications being able to sniff your keystrokes.

Inhibitor Locks Allows KDE to react to notifications like "the system is about to go down" and delay until a condition is met (example: delay a suspend until the lock screen is displayed and all your desktop windows are hidden behind the lock screen).

timedated and Friends Allows KDE to set time and date without root; allows KDE apps to be notified if time and date gets changed. (KDE currently runs a daemon just to watch for time and date changes, and they would like to get rid of this daemon and simplify their code.)

User Units If KDE takes advantage of the "units" in systemd, then when any part of KDE crashes or hangs, systemd will restart the misbehaving part.

that implies they won't work on *BSD at all. Right?

"Projects like [SystemBSD] bring the interfaces we need to BSD and as it gets more stable we should be able to start distributing features."

So really, choice is being taken away clear across the board. Either that or I'm missing something really big which implies systemd is not a strict dependency.

I encourage you to read the whole article and see what big things you are missing.

I don't know about you, but when I read that article I didn't think "Man those KDE guys are idiots, why would they want any of that." It all makes sense to me.

It's easier for me to believe that SystemD has some merit than to believe that all the Debian core developers are idiots, plus all the Ubuntu developers, and now all the KDE developers and for that matter the Gnome developers.

My biggest concerns with systemd are the monoculture of it all, so projects like UselessD and SystemBSD sound great to me. Force the SystemD guys to document and justify everything, and provide alternatives.

Comment "Doc" Smith's utlimate vacuum tube (Score 2) 72

About 70 years ago, E. E. "Doc" Smith wrote a series of books that are wonderful space opera: the "Lensman" series. The space battles just keep escalating throughout the series, getting more over-the-top.

My favorite plot point: they used the principles of a vacuum tube to make a device whose pieces included grids mounted in the asteroid belt, with more in other orbits closer in to the sun. In effect they turned the inner Solar System into one honking big vacuum tube, and created a weapon that could concentrate a significant fraction of the sun's output onto attacking enemy fleets. This was called the "Sunbeam". (Believe it or not, this wasn't the end of the escalation. The battles got even bigger after that.)

When you say "ultimate" vacuum tube, I think that one is pretty hard to top.

P.S. 200-word crossover fan fiction: what would have happened if the Battlestar Galactica reboot show had found Earth, and it was the Earth of the Lensman series?


When I was a teen and read those books, I just enjoyed them, but now I'm thinking that it would take a lot of trust to allow Kimball Kinnison to run around acting as judge, jury, and executioner. As readers of the books, we know that he was vetted as deeply as anyone could be by the Arisians, so he can be trusted with that kind of power; but it would be hard for the ordinary people in the world of the books to trust him that much.

Comment Re:Windows 2000 was my last version. Here's why: (Score 1) 306

So MacOS "does the same thing" but doesn't exactly "do the same thing". There's a BIG difference between blowing something away entirely and just moving it off to the side.

If anything, it looks like Apple took the arrogance level down a notch or two.

I'm glad you could figure out what "chmod" was talking about. I thought he was talking about OS X Spying on you, like Windows 10.

By the way, what WAS he talking about?

Comment Re:Windows 2000 was my last version. Here's why: (Score 1) 306

And yet OS X does the same thing that is being complained about here.

If you're talking about Spying; you're dead wrong. Apple has realized that Privacy is a "brand differentiator", and so has avoided the baked-in Spyware trend completely on both OS X and iOS. This is one of the biggest reasons why Mac sales are up globally 16% Year over Year.

And we primarily have Microsoft (and Windows 10) to thank for that.

Prove me wrong, or STFU.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 306

Just like every other OS is heading or is already there? Always connected to the internet and always listening and watching what you are doing.

Speak for yourself. OS X doesn't do that crap. And the little that it does do they tell you about and is easily disabled.

And for those that would complain that OS X's built-in firewall (pf, which has now completely replaced ipfw) doesn't block OUTGOING traffic, apparently it can; but Apple has not made that available in the GUI. So, here's a nearly-free ($10) GUI manager for Apple's Firewall, that DOES support Outgoing controls, and is fully compatible with El Capitan. Full disclosure: I haven't tried this yet; but I think I will. BTW, if you're well-versed in the OS X Command-Line, you can do all this for free. But remember, you will likely have to defeat SIP on OS X 10.10 and above to write to /etc.

But all this stands in stark contrast to Windows 10, Spyware Edition, that produces a veritable flood of information back to the mothership, and which is relatively difficult to defeat, and even harder to keep defeated.

Comment Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 306

even without the gross violations of user privacy and attempts to entirely take over a user's computer.. windows 10 is still the biggest piece of shit to ever come out of redmond.. and we're talking about the company that released bob into the wild.... it's *that fucking bad*

Wow! And I thought that the OS X El Capitan Upgrade was bad! But at least they FIXED most of their issues within a month or so. (And they never DID have all that W10 Spyware crap)

Honestly not trolling here; but I hope that my work W7 laptop continues to run until the sun goes out.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.