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Comment: If Microsoft hadn't patched IE on XP (Score 1) 345

by bakedbread (#46906843) Attached to: Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw
If Microsoft hadn't patched IE on XP some people would have switched the browser. I doubt anybody would have switched the OS that hasn't already. Just imagine the press: "XP users should really switch their OS, but if you are on XP at least switch to a different browser." With releasing this patch (which you correctly state they had anyways) this message didn't go around the world. TL;DR IMHO we will not see security patches for the core XP just IE for the "public".

Comment: Re:It would be nice... (Score 1) 55

by bakedbread (#46897081) Attached to: Canonical (Nearly) Halts Development of Ubuntu For Android

It would nice to be able to have a realistic alternative to Apple and Google. Unfortunately, signs are that Ubuntu will stand with them rather than apart from them with regards to privacy intrusions.

I'm a happy owner of a FirefoxOS device (the geeksphone revolution). Privacy and Softwarefreedom wise it is unbeatable. It is my first modern smart phone so I don't really feel the pain of the apps I am (currently) missing (never had an iOS/Android). I do think that the html5 platform has an interesting future.

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 169

by bakedbread (#45892435) Attached to: Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform

You have a good point, but I think it is important to understand that Windows is probably only the third most popular OS after Android and iOS at this point if we count installations where the end user has the right and ability to install new software.

However, non-jail-broken (can't I just say jailed?) iOS violates that definition.

Comment: Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

I'd say a little less than half are below average.

Only if you keep the metric constant. Poor self judgment isn't even half the story why so many people think they are above average. I'm an above average driver, because I take my bicycle or public transportation instead of driving (it's almost 10 years since the last time I drove a car). Being a good driver starts with picking the right vehicular for the job ;-)

Comment: Re:What a great name! (Score 1) 109

by bakedbread (#45334593) Attached to: Bribe Devs To Improve Open Source Software

As a professional developer myself, the last thing I would want is someone googling my name and seeing that I "accept bribes" or something stupid. Given how HR departments work these days, they probably wouldn't even bother going to the website to see what it's actually about, and your resume would go into the trash can without a second look.

Maybe. But maybe instead your new employer would have expectations that you find uncomfortable to fulfill.

Comment: Re: missing option: (Score 1) 443

by bakedbread (#45204585) Attached to: I wish my car could...

YOu bike is you transportation it is n't a car. Stop trying to make bike riding sound as cool as driving.

Don't get me wrong, I used to be an avid bike rider, all the way up until I get my drivers liscense.

A bike is more than transportation. It's exercise/work-out and recreation/holiday activity. YMMV, but I think riding a bike is way cooler than driving a car. And yes, I have a drivers license (but only used it a few times in the last twenty years).

Comment: invasiveness of systemd (Score 1) 419

by bakedbread (#45174247) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'
Initially systemd didn't seem invasive. It was comparable to upstart that it could run initd scripts but preferred daemons to support it native. After that it developed a new dynamics e.g. as GNOME noticed that booting had same problems as session management (initializing, monitoring and shutting down processes) and systemd solved it elegantly (however we know that pottering is part of the GNOME universe). So I would say that you can say the systemd is invasive or hardly justified but not both.

Comment: Re:Dumb Management (Score 1) 205

by bakedbread (#44790839) Attached to: Intel Rejects Supporting Ubuntu's XMir
As much as I agree with what you say, I also think it misses the main problem. After Canonical announced that they would switch to Wayland, they could have gotten active in the discussions and development of it. They decided not to (or at least they didn't). Sometimes groups try to work together and then realize that they have different visions or disagree over technical (maybe even political) reasons, that they decide that it would be more efficient to work separate. Google Blink forking from Webkit is a recent example. Canonical however didn't even try.

Comment: Admit he's right (Score 1) 507

by bakedbread (#42549441) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?
All real world code sucks. Seriously. Mine, too. It's all a matter of priorities. Writing good code is hard. Writing good code that is constantly changing is almost impossible. Considering the value of the resources (your time) it would be stupid to not except trade-offs. When someone joins the project it gives valuable information where the parts are that are difficult to understand. Improve them by making them clearer and everyone profits.

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