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Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 382 382

Pretty much. My only real concern with a preloaded Linux install is that they'll probably pick a distro that I don't use, and if they've done any specific extra work to make their own packages, and there won't be packages for my distro available.

Even still, could be worse, at least there's a chance that more enterprising people than myself will build packages for my distro.

Comment: Re:Holy Cow (Score 5, Interesting) 217 217

We just replaced an X301 with a Thinkpad Yoga 12.5" back in December. Honestly, if they would shrink the fairly large bezel around the screen but otherwise keep the feature set the same it would appeal. I can't deny that I like the keyboard on the X301 better than on the Thinkpad Yoga, and I certainly like the more modular nature of the X301 so that memory and storage can be replaced, as compared to how much of the Yoga is soldered-on.

The biggest thing that could help the X301 replacement would be price. They've got experience with Netbook form factors, and with tablet and convertible tablet form factors, so if they can keep the price down along with the weight then it could be a good choice if they can also keep it durable.

Comment: Re: Running kismet on a laptop (Score 2) 152 152

I suspect that the FCC will eventually have to step-in. One of the Part 15 rules is about not interfering, and clearly that's not working out so well. I can imagine a day when power levels have to be so low that an AP is basically only good for the room that it's in, or that's the default programming on an AP even if the end user might be able to raise it, and then the process to raise it would require bringing it up in steps, so that the user is encouraged to keep testing as they keep raising the level, so that they stop when they find enough power.

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 3, Interesting) 382 382

I want Linux on a laptop. The bulk of my work involves connecting at the command-line to other systems, sometimes through SSH, sometimes through serial. I like that the same command-line interface for initiating these connections is also the command line interface through which I can manipulate files in the filesystem, edit files through text editors, and manipulate files through command-line utilities.

While usually I can do my work from the office, sometimes I have to work in the field too. It's much easier to have one computer doing that work than it is to have one at the office, one out in the field, and one at home. Unfortunately the newest batch of portable computers, the convertible tablets, don't work well with X-Windows. This means having to have a separate computer at the office to connect into in order to work out of if I want access to everything that is helpful.

I've played with OSX-based laptops, I find the GUI clunky when it comes to working with multiple terminal windows, as Apple has taken the approach of using Apple-Tab to switch between applications, rather than switch between windows. It's more awkward than it should be to switch between multiple terminal sessions quickly. It also doesn't help that Apple has removed important keys from the keyboard, like pgup/pgdn, home/end, back-tab as shift of tab, and the distinction between backspace and delete, so a lot of the keys and combinations that I use effectively aren't available to me on the Mac.

Comment: Re:How did you avoid a cult of personality? (Score 1) 382 382

I've ever heard of Guido-something or Allan Day, and Linux's mascot as a penguin, as an amimal that Linus Torvalds happens to like, has gotten fanbois salivating at the zoo near their enclosure.

Mr. Torvalds has a bit of a cult of personality around him, even if he doesn't participate with it much or contribute to it.

Comment: Critical software to the use of Linux (Score 5, Interesting) 382 382

Mr. Torvalds,

For many uses of Linux such as on the desktop, other software beyond the kernel and the base GNU tools are required. What other projects would you like to see given priority, and what would you like to see implemented or improved?

Admittedly I thought most about X-Windows when asking this question; but I don't doubt that other daemons or systems can be just as important to the user experience.

Thank you for your efforts all these years.

Comment: Re:Well they're getting closer to the truth (Score 1) 473 473

Inch by inch, the social justice warriors are getting closer to the truth that boys dominate these fields because of all of their informal experience. Why? Because boys tend to be more willing to go against peer pressure and do what interests them. Male nerds and geeks may resent peer pressure and bullying, but they'll stick to what they like. Never met a single boy who took the attitude that he couldn't pursue his hobbies because of peer pressure unless those hobbies were things you don't mention in polite society (and maybe even make the avante garde squeamish).

No, girls don't need "more pushing." It would be a problem if a family let the sons fire up an IDE, editor + interpreter, etc. and told the girls that that was forbidden for them. I can pretty much assure you, that in the vast majority of American households, even religious ones, that doesn't happen. What naturally happens is that the boys will say "this is cool" and try it out and the girl will make all sorts of excuses ranging from lack of interest, to what would her girlfriends think.

And no, boys by and large don't put pressure on girls to not share hobbies with them. I've never met a red-blooded male who thought a generally feminine female who shared most of his interests was a bad thing.

I don't think that your conclusions are entirely correct.

Boys accept being ostracized from the mainstream more readily than girls, and ostracized boys form their own culture. One of those cultures revolves around technology past the point of being a simple user of it. To a degree it's involuntary. There are girls in that culture too, but in my anecdotal experiences many of the girls are there more by choice than out of necessity.

The nature of manipulating technology lends itself to those that are accustomed to isolation and to spending very long periods of time working on something to the exclusion of other things. Those that find themselves alone already start out with a perverse advantage in that regard.

Comment: Re:first??? (Score 1) 142 142

True. My '95 Impala is a bastard, it's got the GM OBD-I connector, but it doesn't work with conventional OBD-I code readers. I own an OBD-I/II reader, but it doesn't work with that either. Unfortunately I'll have to find an old Tech1 if I want to read my car's computer codes, an those are very, very pricey.

This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.