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Comment: Fiction (Score 1) 611

by Teunis (#47721313) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
It's a complete fiction.

For ad revenue to count towards cost of internet infrastructure, it would be having to go into funding within the infrastructure, not to "outside interests" who are - in their own ways - increasing costs by pulling "eyes".

TAANSTAFL maybe, but I think a lot of these "services" are overvaluing their "product".

Comment: I don't know any... (Score 1) 962

by Teunis (#47515983) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry
I don't know any women for whom threats like this have not become real at some point. (whatever stats say, assume that probably only 1 case in 20 is actually reported and that's a fair rate)

That's one of the key differences. For most men, these threats are just "noise".

Google "missing women" if you want a clue about how real it can get.

This is why I'll continue to argue for women's rights. In a world where a woman can walk down a street at night without risk of assault, so can anyone.

PS: this applies for LBTQ-type folks too.

Comment: Unnecessary micromanagement. (Score 1) 161

by Teunis (#47496487) Attached to: Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads
I think this person is still mad that linux doesn't feed out accurate memory usage ever since COW pages were introduced, let alone multiple efficiency steps since then.

Not going to say that task management over a greater picture's a bad idea, but have to make it more coarse (per server, approximations) rather than fine if one is to still be able to effectively use many of Linux' performance improvements above IBM mainframe approaches. Mind, I've built a couple of systems like that for proprietary infrastructure.

Comment: Music (Score 1) 153

by Teunis (#47133137) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?
Music. I love to play music, and I wanted to explore writing it on computer where I could listen to how multiple instruments sounded. This was in Apple II days (I found the Commodore PET a little too boring an the Vic-20 was handy but not as interesting as it could have been had I been able to afford storage)

Playing multi-voice music on an Apple II required learning hex-code "assembler" (much later on I wrote an assembler to make my life easier). Going to IBM PC resulted in better CPU and performance, but harder to make music play.

Also, I really do love communicating with people and for anyone else who saw the internet before WWW, as well as the old Fido days ... well, these were not low-skill entry points.

Comment: too heavy, too unreliable... at least for my uses (Score 1) 435

by Teunis (#46879335) Attached to: C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?
The few experiments I've tried with STL have been a bit too heavy and slow - at least with my uses which are frequently not single threaded.
My last test ran faster in python.

so I'll stick with C. Good old efficient, manageable and predictable C.

However I hear the STL is great for many people.

Comment: I miss when gnome listened (Score 1) 693

by Teunis (#46744429) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money
There was a time when they were open to criticism, to help, and even to patches.
this was before Gnome 3 was released.

since then they've been as hard to interact with as Microsoft - arbitrary nonsensical designs foisted on the public with no way to work with older, functional systems and little or no support for state management, and little or no support beyond some simple cosmetic levels for hardware newer than 1990s era desktops.

Comment: better testing plus maybe dietary and lack of sun (Score 1) 558

while the rising ability to test is probably a good part of this, found out about this study fairly recently:

Research by CHORI Scientists Indicates Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism: Dietary Interventions Will Have Relevance for Prevention and possibly for Treatment of Autism
http://www.childrenshospitaloakland.org/main/news/research-by-chori-scientists-indicates-causal-link-230.aspx

(and possibly related : http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 - Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases -- but only maybe)

Comment: posting from windows 8 (Score 3, Interesting) 194

by Teunis (#46436917) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update
observations:
- install a start menu replacement to get application menus back. Application menus are handy when one has a number of applications with similar names.
- disable search and system speed jumps. Don't use it anyway, and it's pointless for a programmer like me.
- constant delays in performing tasks
- chrome can open 1/10 the tabs of linux on same hardware. That's perhaps a bad sign.

I've actually found my ability to work effectively on this platform has degraded to the point I just don't anymore.
I now use windows as a game platform and occasional (and frustrating) web browsing.
With Steam (etc), the issue with not being able to find my applications anymore stopped being relevant - I stopped using them under windows at all.

so when I want to do real browsing, real programming, or pretty much anything other than playing games, it's back to Mint for me. (because I similarly find unity and other "tablet" interfaces - interfaces less useful and intuitive than either IOS or Android - pointless)

Comment: Microsoft... (Score 1) 742

by Teunis (#46318451) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"
Microsoft has hurt the tech industry, repeatedly and badly
And much of their tech has been in place to prevent innovation, invention and change.
Their arrogance and low esteem of computer users seems to keep growing
particularly given how incredibly -bad- the interface is for windows 8. If it corrupted data slowly, it'd be comparable to ME + Bob.

Comment: user design? (Score 4, Interesting) 389

by Teunis (#46276749) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?
Metro lacks the user friendliness of a pet rock.
Learning curve is high enough that an old windows user like me (since the early 90s) can't figure out how to open an application or find where anything I have installed is.
No menus, no help, no interface, no organization, no context, no structure and too many ads.
I can't help anyone running windows 8. I can't find applications, documents, programs or interface. I'm not sure what that great scrolling walls of ads is, but it doesn't seem to relate to anything resembling functionality - it's easier to find an installed app using "google play" than it is to use that.

And forget "power user". I DO know how to open a command shell, and replace the scrolling wall of stupidity with a terrible second-rate wannabe menu that injects ads everywhere. (which is to say, pretty much every start menu replacement)
I don't actually -need- the start menu - the folders of windows 3 were actually more or less ok.
If I were running a tablet with this stupidity, it'd probably be tossed across the room.

It managed to build an interface almost as terrible and in your face as Ubuntu's "Unity". Except that it takes 50-90% of your CPU to run windows 8 and Unity only prevents you from using it.

I'm not sure who designed either system, but they should be kicked out of user design and forced to go back to school, perhaps in something useful like sales.

Comment: Re:C and C++ work everywhere (Score 1) 209

by Teunis (#46139207) Attached to: The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014
Yes, this.
I work at a company that has standard C++ across all supported platforms
and my own projects are largely C (and occasional use of C++).

hooking into interface, UI or devices is platform-specific but that's not a surprise - underlying technologies have diverged quite a bit between platforms.

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