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Comment: I'm taking "PC" literally - much less than 10% (Score 1) 296

by axp_bofh (#39299929) Attached to: My PC use accounts for __% of my computing time
I use my corporate WinXP laptop less than 10% of the time - mainly for Outlook and the IE-only internal websites. Most of the time I'm at work, I'm on my Fedora desktop (I'm the Linux admin for my company, with a side of OpenVMS). For meetings, I take my iPad - if something comes up I can use SSH from the iPad. When I'm out and about, I've got the iPad and iPhone. At home, I'm usually on the iPad. Since I got the iPad two years ago, I use my MBP at home about 10 - 15% of the time.

Unlike the usual Apple-hater slander, I'm not a technically clueless hipster. I've been a programmer and admin for 35 years.

Posted from my iPad.

Comment: Re:Really nice looking and interesting phone for 1 (Score 1) 152

by axp_bofh (#38551792) Attached to: Before the iPhone, Apple's Stunning Phone From 1983

I think you're missing a subtlety here, Linux users DO want to mess with command line settings and tools.

Apple users don't, and therefore they don't get them. No one tool is best for all jobs or all users.

Actually, Mac OS X is a *certified* UNIX, along with Solaris, AIX, and HP/UX. What command line tools do you think it doesn't have?

Linux isn't a UNIX, it's a unix-like system.

Comment: Re:Apple Plan (Score 1) 495

by Runaway1956 (#32159728) Attached to: A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight

I should have known better than to come in here. Flamewar from hell. Whatever.

Personally, I don't give a small rat's ass if any Apple product ever supports Adobe Flash. Linux can stop supporting Adobe Flash as well. Then, Adobe could stay right where it belongs - on Microsoft computers. I mean, we HAVE alternative to Adobe on Linux. And, it really shouldn't be hard to port any of them to Mac - it's a Unix-like, after all. Let Adobe chase after the Microsoft market, and create security holes in Windows, where they belong.

Yes, I'll load an occasional site that relies on Adobe, and the content won't run. No big deal. I'll miss that content, and the site will miss my repeat visits. Fair trade.

The Linux world is growing. Yeah, there's a long way to go to say that Linux even competes with Microsoft for market share - but so what? The Linux world is still growing, and people will complain the site developers that they can't see the content. Eventually, developers will develop with the alternatives to Adobe in mind.

The world is a beautiful place when you don't rely on proprietary shit.

Comment: Re:Speed=Good, but How About Distance? (Score 1) 156

by sjames (#32159618) Attached to: 7Gbps Wi-Fi Networking Kit Could Launch In 2010

Oxygen resonates at 60GHz, so range will be crap. Like all unlicensed bands, 60GHz is unlicensed because it is a crappy band. All the good bands are strictly reserved for the exclusive use of the highest (or most crooked) bidder.

Given what the tech industry has been able to make out of unlicensed use of the 2.4 GHz band (undesirable for commercial use due to water absorbing it and microwave ovens using it) imagine what it could do if it got part of a more desirable band currently used mostly to provide poor quality and overpriced cell service?

Comment: Re: Military healthcare (Score 1) 449

by TooMuchToDo (#32159406) Attached to: Defense Chief Urges Big Cuts In Military Spending
To be fair, the problem with social security is that it was enacted when most people died before retirement age (retirement being 65; most died at 63) and we now live much longer. The solution is to push the retirement age for social security higher (it should be tied to estimated life expectancy statistics) and encourage (from a tax perspective) people to save more during their lives, while being comfortable as a nation/world with slower growth due to lower levels of consumption. But we know that ain't gonna happen, and it's going to end up as a clusterfuck of epic proportions. There is going to be a huge retired population who is going to want to lean on younger generations to provide for them, and those younger folks (myself included) are not going to want to slave away for the older generations. Begun, the generation wars have.

UNIX is hot. It's more than hot. It's steaming. It's quicksilver lightning with a laserbeam kicker. -- Michael Jay Tucker