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Comment: Re:Linux crapware (Score 1) 106 106


1. Linux users - you know, the people who would actually buy a computer with Linux pre-installed - would stay away in droves.

2. There are plenty of other specialty shops that will pre-install Linux that won't install the crapware.

3. EVEN IF some Linux users would buy these machines, the first thing to happen would be a nuke-and-pave (like with Windows machines), or at the very least, degooberification of the machine via a script passed around by a pissed off owner.

4. Knowing this, crapware "publishers" wouldn't pay a company to bundle their shite because it would be a lost-cause.


Comment: Re:Processed foods (Score 1) 235 235

It doesn't matter where the processing occurred - in your home, in a factory, or wherever, so long as the food doesn't contain excessive quantities of crap.

Processed foods purchased from a store tend to have high amounts of sugar, salt, fat, preservatives, additives and other ingredients to make them more appealing and/or have longer shelf life.

In other words, store-bought processed foods are high in crap. I think you too are in violent agreement.

Comment: Looks like a job for refactoring (Score 1) 185 185

Now what we as Engineers can do, is improve on the design

In other words, the idea guy who can code makes the prototype, and the engineers refactor it into something durable.

get rid of those calls to Microsoft Access, and switch it to a more sturdy relational database.

Is Access really the problem? One of my previous employers ran Stone Edge Enterprise, which is an order fulfillment system with an Access+VBA front-end to a Microsoft SQL Server database. Fortunately, our database was small enough that it could fit into the 4 GB limit of SQL Server Express.

Comment: Back up the tables on SSD (Score 1) 185 185

What changes are needed to prevent sudden power outages.

A UPS. There's already one in your laptop. And for power outages exceeding an hour, SELECT can still be served from a cache in main memory, and INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE can be made durable by keeping the table files on an SSD.

Comment: Music plagiarism (Score 1) 185 185

It reminds me of when people talk about "originality" in art, and dismiss everything as "unoriginal" because it was inspired by something or other. Set a standard so high it can't be reached.

If by "people" you mean "lawyers", I'll agree. Especially with respect to things like Gaye v. Thicke ("Blurred Lines" copied "Got to Give It Up"; Marvin Gaye's son won in court) and Petty v. Smith ("Stay With Me" copied "I Won't Back Down"; settled out of court with Tom Petty and his co-writer sharing one-fourth of the song's royalties).

Comment: Re:How is it cheaper? (Score 1) 50 50

Imagine if you received a notification saying it was at the post office and then you replied to it, and it arrived shortly afterwards....

Imagine all that happened, and then I wasn't there to receive it. Because: life.

And it still doesn't address everything from bad weather to drone malfuntion...

Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 173 173

If you had actually bothered to read my posts before commenting, you might have noticed that at no point did I suggest Firefox must or even should try to keep up with Chrome's bleeding edge features. In fact, I think the drive for quantity of features over quality of implementation that Chrome exemplifies is the worst thing to happen to the Web since the stagnation of the IE6 era, and I would be the last person to suggest that Firefox mimicking that policy is desirable.

And no, the quality of Firefox has not always been as questionable as it is today. I do this stuff for a living, and the bug tracker does not lie. Issues in all real world projects I work on jumped sharply in the period after Firefox transitioned to Chrome-style rapid releases and have never settled back down to their previous level, and I've never identified any other plausible explanation for that.

Comment: Re:Let me rewrite that for you Mr. Richard Burr... (Score 1) 90 90

So....maybe this makes the argument good once again for running your OWN email servers at home, no?

It really isn't that difficult...linux, postfix...add in a bit of 'magic' spam filter settings...and email server from home!!!

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