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Comment: Easiest way... if you have money to burn (Score 1) 267

by Viol8 (#48428801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Macs arn't exactly known for their low prices and frankly, while the OS, internal hardware and screens might be fantastic, the keyboards and mice are bloody appalling - a triumph of style over usability and then some. So you can add on the price of a proper keyboard and 3 button mouse (if you want full X app functionality) on top of the Mac itself if you're buying a desktop.

Comment: Re:No, you're wrong (Score 1) 132

by Viol8 (#48384421) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

"ou might want to reacquaint yourself with modern drones. They HAVE altitude control."

Not the ones I've seen. I'm sure if your the same type of rich boomer who can afford 1K for a plaything then you can buy any sort of functionality, but I'm talking about the sort of drones you find in high street shops.

"Throttle? You have two buttons, "Up" and "Down"."

Seriously? Mine has throttle, rotate, forward/backwards, left/right plus trim buttons for all the them.

"And you don't need GPS to stay in one place - a downward pointing camera is more than adequate for position holding."

Bullshit. If you're a foot off the ground sure. Try maintaining position when its at 100 feet and you're looking through a small screen with VGA quality.

Comment: No, you're wrong (Score 1) 132

by Viol8 (#48377167) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

"Modern drones though, basically do "all the hard stuff" for you."

No they don't - they have auto stabilisation and thats it. You fly a drone in any kind of wind and it'll drift and you have to constantly adjust the throttle to keep it at the right height. Perhaps the really expensive kit has GPS and can keep itself at a certain location and height but the cheap ones most certainly do not.

Comment: Telnet client = great, telnet server = bad idea (Score 2) 60

by Viol8 (#48213581) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

Don't get the server confused with the client. Telnet servers should have been put out to pasture years ago except perhaps on small isolated networks. The telnet CLIENT however is an extremely useful debugging tool for connecting to all sorts of text based servers (FTP, usenet, HTTP etc) and I get really pissed off with some distributions that assume because the server is no longer used neither is the client and so remove it.

Also FWIW , telnet is still the default way to access MUDs and some BBSs.

Comment: Yeah, OSS was nice (Score 1) 286

by Viol8 (#48176715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

Its only major fault was that it was one-process-at-a-time but that would have - IMO - been pretty easy to fix. But instead they came up with the non portable (to other versions of unix) dogs dinner called ALSA. Christ, trying to program with that API is like trying to cycle with your legs tied around your head. It works - just - but it could have been made a LOT simpler.

Personally I think X windows should manage sounds as well as video allowing networked sound apps and there should be just a single sound API across all versions of unix.

Comment: Re:I still don't see what's wrong with X (Score 1) 226

by Viol8 (#48171363) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Theres an advantage to dropping graphical networking support (15 years after even windows has embraced it) and built in inter client communication? More like it made the coders job easier.

"Networked graphics? Hey , thats hard, lets not bother. No one uses remote X sessions in 2014, right? Right? Oh, they do... well who cares anyway. Our server is new and shiny, thats all anyone really wants"

Comment: Quite (Score 4, Interesting) 226

by Viol8 (#48171169) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Wish I had mod points. Canonical arn't really interested in Linux or unix in general other than how it can ultimately make them money. Its a means to an end and if that means dropping 30 years of experience because it doesn't quite suit them then they will.

X is far from perfect but its the unix display standard and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. If canonical want to go their own way then they'll find their user base dropping away even further.

Comment: Given that the mobile world has moved to apps... (Score 0) 46

by Viol8 (#48159563) Attached to: Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

... I'm not really sure why so much effort is being put into fine tune browser performance when most browsers simply get used to display pretty static web pages. The number of people who actually play heavy duty games or anything that requires realtime performance in a browser is probably miniscule and any real gamer will be using .exe's.

Perhaps if browsers were kept simple rather than this constant effort to try and make them replace the desktop as a one-app-runs-all enviroment there wouldn't be so many exploits and they wouldn't be bloated bug ridden monstrosities.

Comment: Hmmm... (Score 1) 240

by Viol8 (#48142803) Attached to: Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

"I wandered off or a while and when I came back they'd added the STL,which provided some badly-needed data structures and language capabilities"

Most of the common STL containers would be a few hours work to write something reasonably functional. Binary tree maps perhaps a day to get working properly but nonetheless, nothing a competetant programmer couldn't do. In fact this was done in C for years without the STL so your complaint is a bit weak.

Comment: Re:Driverless on the deep level tube is pointless (Score 1) 127

by Viol8 (#48112443) Attached to: London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

" Especially if there are three carriages full of people - getting them off safely cannot be the domain of one man."

I would suggest that one man has a better chance of doing than zero men. Unless you think the passengers should be left to fend for themselves until help can reach them?

Comment: Driverless on the deep level tube is pointless (Score 1) 127

by Viol8 (#48109847) Attached to: London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains


2 main reasons:

- On the really old lines there is only about 6 inches between the train and the tunnel wall , there is NO escape walkway. So in an emergency a member of staff WILL be needed to evacuate passengers from the front or rear of the train and walk them along the track.

- When the tube gets really busy its virtually impossible for anyone to walk the length of the train inside so any staff might as well be in front driving it , or at least monitoring it in a cab.

One possible reason that things aren't going according to plan is that there never was a plan in the first place.