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Comment Put it in the library (Score 1, Interesting) 122

NO language needs a garbage collector, though an option to use one selectively would be nice.

Let's split the difference and say a language needs a garbage collector in its standard library that a programmer can choose to enable. C++ calls its reference-counting garbage collector std::shared_ptr.

Comment Even if the sky is falling down (Score 1) 102

well... when the sky falls, then chickenlittle should worry

In this model, I've spotted the pieces of camouflage that the aliens are assembling.

my sources in the security community get those new adserver names as the pop up easily too.

Not if they're like a328bc97.someadnetwork.example. Even eight hex digits would require four billion lines in a hosts file.

Comment Re:When to stop? (Score 1) 355

I slowly started to install some Ubuntu (for ease of use) on my parents' computers, and that fits most of the requirements they have: internet, flash games, video, music.

After you have defenestrated a PC in this manner, how do you handle it when someone asks for help getting suspend to work again? "I closed the lid and opened it again, and now it's stuck on a black screen."

Comment Screen peeking (Score 1) 224

That's right, we watch them ... TV, movies, maybe video games.

I don't want my big TV replaced with anything which is "cleverly redistributed to smaller screens".

So do you want to make it that much easier to give away your position in a first-person shooter to your screen-peeking competitors?

Comment HDMI switch (Score 2) 224

Paradoxically, if you want a reasonable number of HDMI ports (so you can attach your own devices) you have to get a smart TV.

Or a dumb TV and an external HDMI switch. You need an external switch anyway if you have a lot of legacy devices with composite, S-Video, or component outputs, such as retro video game consoles or a VHS player for those movies that haven't yet been rereleased on Blu-ray.

Comment Re:Streaming video (Score 1) 224

The mouse and keyboard are far superior as controls [to what is available for a console]

I wouldn't be so sure. Though a lot of PS3 and PS4 games support a USB mouse and keyboard, an analog joystick offers finer control of movement speed and direction than WASD, which are equivalent to the 8-way directional pad that's been around since the NES. And what do players 2 through 4 use, especially in games where sharing doesn't mean splitting?

and the processor speed and graphics are superior to any console.

But at what cost? Say you want to build a gaming PC so that it can be used in the living room while someone else in the household is using the PC at the computer desk. Can you build a PS4-equivalent second PC for $400?

But one thing I'll grant to PC gaming is mods.

Comment Even if you really don't care about the Super Bowl (Score 2) 224

Antenna TV really only works if you really really REALLY don't care about the crap you're watching.

There are plenty of people in Slashdot's home country who care about the national championships of the country's major professional sport leagues: the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the World [sic] Series.

Comment Re:Is Windows10 a thing? (Score 1) 194

I'd have thought that all the FOSSies are already in Linux

That's fine so long as you can find a PC that is compatible with GNU/Linux and meets your other requirements. This should be easy for desktops, but for laptops, I can think of four routes, all with problems:

Buy a laptop that ships with GNU/Linux
System76's offerings are relatively expensive compared to a low-end Windows PC, and at the moment, none are smaller than the 14" Lemur. It used to be easy to find small, affordable, GNU/Linux-compatible laptops before the category was discontinued at the end of 2012.
Buy a laptop that ships with Android
Android uses the same kernel as GNU/Linux. But Android uses a drastically different userland that has the "full screen calculator" problem, and is there a good alternative to the functionality of the build-essential package of Debian?
Buy a laptop that ships with Windows, wipe Windows, and install GNU/Linux
These are warranted for compatibility with Windows, not GNU/Linux. I've found several where basic things fail on Linux, such as X205TA and T100TA.
Buy a used laptop
These aren't even warranted at all.

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