Well, at least it seems like they got the traditional Windows user experience right... they should at least get credit for that. It's nice to know that there is consistency between their products, so you can know what you're getting (into) ahead of time... even if the shared traits are 95% undesirable.
"It mostly seems that some people can't quite grasp that Mozilla isn't able to do EVERYTHING, and sometimes an old feature that's convenient for some of us has to be let go. The people who really need that feature should be the ones who figure out how to make it work, not one company with limited resources who are already maintaining what's required for us to maintain such addons."
You must use Apple systems. Yeah, let's dumb everything down, for all the idiots out there...
No, I'd rather not see GUIs become crippled, while powerful options get buried in messes like about:config or some registry or something. Just because advanced users are more capable of finding things and getting around a system, doesn't mean the developers should make it unnecessarily difficult to do so.
Depends on how much I crank the volume.
But really, I think I fucked up my ears up from years of loud music in my car, because these days I usually hear the ringing in my ears louder than I can hear the computer. I just bought a new laptop and I can barely hear it usually; only when the fans kick in can I hear it, and even then I usually can't tell it's making noise unless I stop and pay close attention.
No. Lynx/Links/w3m. Beat *THAT*, bitches.
Probably because they figured if there is a chance of them selling the brand/company and they were really serious about it, they would rather not shoot themselves in the foot by killing Winamp before a potential deal goes through.
And there is a distro for just that purpose:
Personally I probably wouldn't run something like CentOS/RHEL on my primary desktop or laptop since I like to run all the latest stuff without too much of a wait. But if I had a secondary "work" machine and wanted absolute rock-solid stability and unsurpassed support (ten years), then such an OS would be excellent. Running a machine with for the most part only minor updates being required and no major, potential stability-damaging upgrades for its entire working life does sound somewhat appealing if you just want a machine to work, and that especially suits a desktop in the corner that just always works, is always there, never needs any maintenance...
But yeah, I'd probably still upgrade once every other OS version at least anyway. I would eventually get bored and want to start playing with something new.
It's not Linux's fault that the developers of Final Cut Pro and Lightroom specifically chose *not* to support Linux. It is also not Linux's fault that both Apple and Adobe guard and keep their programs' source code secret, so it is impossible for anyone else to compile it for anything other than the operating systems that these two companies choose to compile these programs for themselves.
One, you could argue that it is "ridiculously easy" for security programs to check anti-virus software, period, but people still get screwed--whether it's because they have not kept up to date on something, haven't kept their antivirus subscription going, or their program just didn't catch it.
Two, you really think the NSA gives a flying fuck if something is "illegal"? Really? Literally all of the information we have so far on them thanks to Edward Snowden only proves that they don't give a rat's ass about what is "legal" or not, and the agency is run by a scumbag who will lie under oath to Congress and the entire population of United States of America and try to cover it up. Their "top-secret" information blatantly says that they break any law they have to (or want to) if it will suit them--and anything that seems questionable, they will try to twist their interpretation around so it fits you so they can "claim" that they're somehow following the law.
While I do agree with you, an interesting negative to that would be:
If everyone runs their own Tor exit node, including unknowingly every dumb Windows and Mac user out there, then malware writers (the NSA?) would have a field day writing bad stuff that attacks and takes advantage of a very large number of exit nodes. So which is better: fewer exit nodes but a few known bad ones as it is now, or shitloads of exit nodes where the vast majority cannot be trusted? All it would take is one major outbreak to basically destroy Tor's purpose...
I wouldn't have stopped using Winamp back in 2006 if it supported Linux. In fact, I'd probably still be using it now, but because I was forced to search for an alternative I've settled mostly on Audacious. I still think Winamp is one of the best players though. I'm not quite as crazy about Foobar2000, but it least it runs better in Wine.
It's as simple as that, and I am an American myself. I sure as hell wasn't one of the masses crying for "protection" and for the government to infiltrate every aspect of every citizen's lives back when 9/11 happened. My exact thoughts at the time were something along the lines of, "shit happens. People will get over it." Only, apparently I was wrong about people "getting over" it; if they really did, we wouldn't have the dragnet of mass surveillance placed upon us by the federal government as we do now and find ourselves forced to figure out how to reclaim our 4th-Amendment rights (and others).
All 9/11 did was make the whole horde of pussies come out in droves and produce legislation to help drive the government into the ground and weaken its people. The worthless yellow journalism that is the mainstream news sure as hell didn't help much. If that is what the terrorists wanted (to erode the U.S. into a rogue, fascist government with powerless citizens), the Americans didn't put up much of a fight, because that is exactly what they got and with no trouble at all.
The way I see it, the real "terrorists" are my own government. Its citizens need to grow a pair and quit going apeshit over "terrorist attacks" and stand up for their rights and freedoms. It's ironic the way people sharply and strongly react to even just the word "terrorists"; why no talk of all the *wars* going on? Why does no one give a fuck about those, some of which the U.S. is directly a part of? How did people get such a strong hatred of terrorists that kill, and not their own government that does the same fucking thing *on their own behalf*? Looks like another win by the mainstream news corporations, which no doubt have their own political agendas.
I have to admit, I laughed while reading the above post. Then I thought about it. What if they did? Order a shitload of Windows 8.1 donation copies at Microsoft's expense and then burn them all. And no, I don't mean in an optical disc drive. It would be amusing, at least, and it would attack Microsoft in a way. Obviously Microsoft is doing this at a loss, with the intention of increasing Windows 8 sales, but if a good portion are wasted...
Then based on that claim, I can install and run AdBlock Plus, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe, etc. in my web browser to display the sites that I request the way I would prefer to view them and the advertisers can just shut the fuck up. But no, they seem to think that it's "wrong" to render HTML as you see fit and to block their garbage. Shit, this article alone is yet another confirmation that the assholes don't want us to block their cookies (ie. tracking method). Fuck them, I'll block it as I damn well please--I want nothing to do with their shit.
That's a very good method if you have very few sites to log into that you want to remember your authentication. The problem is, I have way too many sites to waste time whitelisting a bunch, and then realizing that I forgot one. So I just disable all third-party cookies and leave it alone. After all--I don't really mind the sites I'm actually visiting storing cookies for the most part. It's the people I never intended to communicate with that can fuck off. I use Adblock Plus, NoScript, DoNotTrackMe and a few other extensions to complete the effect.