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Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 1) 91

by exomondo (#49779737) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business
Support for cutting edge technology is usually better in Windows but support for ancient technology is usually better in Linux, that said my 10 year old desktop is fully supported in Windows 8.1. I suppose that is really the problem here though, you buy a new laptop with new technology and you want to use it, not wait until somebody has written a Linux driver for it.

Comment: Re:Powerpoint resulted in the loss of 2 space shut (Score 1) 174

by gstoddart (#49779689) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

Bullet points and slide presentations did not start with PowerPoint. If anything, the "bullet point thinking" of the Challenger tragedy shows that we were already experts at presenting information poorly before we had software tools to make us more efficient at it.

Of course we did.

For how many decades was the transparency projector used in academia and other things?

And some of us also remember things with slide projectors where the audio went "bing" for some schmuck to advance the slide.

Power Point is bells and whistles on some pretty basic technology we've had for a very long time.

Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 1) 91

by exomondo (#49779037) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business
You're probably quite right actually, I was thinking in terms of the quality of the existing drivers - the NV and AMD ones seem to have gotten better as have the open source versions of them. But as far as breadth of hardware support goes yes the landscape has expanded and you're likely right that Linux may not have kept up.

Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 2) 91

by exomondo (#49778665) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

Linux driver support definitely is a bit crappier, but it's a lot better than it was even say 5 years ago. Linux's biggest problem on the desktop is the lack of application support, the basics are there and there are a lot of admin/dev/poweruser tools but for workstation users it's pretty slim pickings. Most of the mainstream vendors don't provide Linux support for their biggest offerings - which are more often than not the industry standard - and that is the real issue.

Even if you don't have UI consistency that doesn't really matter once you have opened your programs because you aren't really futzing around in the OS much, you're working in the programs that you need to run. So in that regard from a UI perspective pretty much any Linux distro should be fine and even the Windows 7 to 8 switch isn't really a big deal, your programs still look the same. Linux vendors need to forget fiddling with the UI and all the OS shit that doesn't matter and focus on getting support from major vendors so the OS can do what an operating system's primary purpose is: Run the programs the user wants to run.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49778637) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank, which you yourself point out is also effectively run by the German federal government.

I point out it's the other way around.

The other claim is backed up by every news article on the subject that you care to google.

I.e., they are lending money for purposes where any rational investor would say "Hell, no, too risky!" You know, like solar panels and the Greek government.

Crazy pills?

No, it's a "bank" in the sense that you would like all banks to be

You have an agenda here, and it is not to have an interesting discussion or provide useful information, therefore I'm wasting my time. Good bye.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49778611) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

The point is that private investors would not have "gambled" with their money like this;

Which is why Lehman Brothers is still a successful private bank, yes?

is pretty much the economic program of 20th century German fascists.

Let's not build roads, because the Nazis did it, too. What a solid argument.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49778595) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

It doesn't make a difference with regards to their motivations: they invested in Greece not because they are run by private, profit-hungry investors, they invested in Greece because politicians wanted them to.

Sources?

My (german) magazines tell that they invested exactly because they were looking for profits. The mix of unexperienced bureaucrats looking for profits and too-good-to-be-true investment opportunities made the mess.

and if you give politicians more control over banking, they are going to do more of this, not less.

Nobody wants to give politicians control over banking. Some of us want regulations, which means courts can force banks to not play russian roulette with the economy.

Comment: Re:F/OSS reality (Score 1) 91

by exomondo (#49778393) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

The only thing that windows does better there in windows 8 is video drivers... where gamers have gotten used to hard locks until they've tried three different versions of the driver.

Windows doesn't do drivers, the hardware manufacturer writes the drivers. If the driver is crashing that is the responsibility of the vendor.

Oh, but that one OpenSSL bug that was there for so long

What does that have to do with anything? OpenSSL runs on Windows too, heartbleed could be exploited on the Windows platform as well.

Comment: Re:It's actually surprising... (Score 2) 49

by gstoddart (#49777583) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

But, honestly ... if people wanted the Microsoft stuff, they'd have bought a Microsoft phone.

I find myself thinking ... why the hell would I want Microsoft anything on an Android or iOS device?

Is there a market of people tripping over themselves for this? Unless it was a corporate device and I had no choice, I see zero value in this for anybody who didn't buy a Microsoft product to begin with.

Comment: Re:New fangled technology (Score 1) 73

by gstoddart (#49776621) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

Don't knock it; it's very much on the "classic sports car" end of the spectrum, not the "old junky econobox" end

So, you're defending your mullet and your bad 80s hair metal tapes? Or are you fully driving around acting like you're Vanilla Ice?

"Classic sports car" gets you a little too much "Wayne's World". ;-)

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49776401) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

How misleading.

The "credit" from KfW was the german part of the bailout money. They didn't speculate in Greece, they were simple the vehicle through which the german government sent its share. Also, KfW is not a bank in the normal sense of the word. For example, you can't go there and open an account. It's a specialized government investment institute that is primarily used as a low-interest credit bank for government subsidized investment. For example, because the government wants to support renewable energy, you can get very cheap credits from KfW if you want to build solar panels on your roof.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49776343) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

That's exactly the kind of program you like:

I usually exit these discussions when people begin to argue ad hominem. You have no idea what I like, because we haven't talked about it. Also, you're wrong.

As far as loans from Germany were concerned, the primary "bankster" was the German government.

As far as the partially government-owned banks are concerned, they're not owned by the German government, but by regional governments. The national government is too much in bed with the major banks (Deutsche Bank, etc.) to run their own.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 720

by Tom (#49776323) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Because the "big banks" you're talking about are primarily state-owned. So the tax payer is going to pay for them no matter what.

Actually not. Some of them are partially government-owned. That's a difference. It is now that all the debt is transferred to state-owned banks.

The only way a private bank or investor is going to give money to the Greek government is if he is reasonably assured by EU and/or German politicians ahead of time that he will be bailed out if Greece defaults.

Which is basically what happened.

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