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Comment: Re:This baffles me... (Score 4, Informative) 236

by bazmonkey (#48326023) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand
I agree entirely. For me it was the power management: native Linux just doesn't come close to OS X's performance. We're talking a nearly 50% hit.

I enjoy OS X just fine, but between work and tinkering, I still need to be on Linux quite a bit. I have found a Linux VM inside OS X to be the most pleasant Linux experience on a Mac I've ever had. Free of driver hassle, OS X goodies are just a swipe away, and I still see much of the battery life that drew me to a Macbook in the first place.

Assuming the Surface Pro 3 could handle the VM (I have no idea), I would be all over that if I was in the market again.

Comment: Re:Yesbut does it run Linux (Score 1) 236

by bazmonkey (#48325947) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand
Coming from my experience getting Linux on MacBooks, I would be worried about the battery life taking a significant hit running natively on a Surface Pro. Part of the wet dream of Linux on such a device (mine at least) is the long run time, and Linux never seems to do quite as well. There's going to be bluetooth headaches, I don't think the stylus will work completely (if I recall reading up on it correctly), etc.

Linux in a VM on a modern OS X installation is the most pleasant experience I've had using Linux on a Mac... and I use it often. It gives me significantly more battery life than running it natively, no flaky wifi/bluetooth support, and OS X goodness is a swipe away. As long as it's fast enough for your needs, it might be worth not having to worry about driver support and still getting some of the power management the original OS offers.

Something like a Surface Pro is useful for its convenience, not its raw power, right? If I offered you a Surface that will be a total hassle to work with Linux, or a Surface that was a bit slower but would work in Linux without a hitch, wouldn't you take the latter?

+ - Significant BASH vulnerability found-> 2

Submitted by SpuriousLogic
SpuriousLogic (1183411) writes "US-CERT is aware of a Bash vulnerability affecting Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.

US-CERT recommends users and administrators review the Redhat Security Blog (link is external) for additional details and to refer to their respective Linux or Unix-based OS vendor(s) for an appropriate patch. A GNU Bash patch is also available for experienced users and administrators to implement.
Operating systems with updates include:
Redhat (link is external)

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Comment: Re: Not strong in Oakland (Score 1) 135

"Do you honestly believe this?" I do--it's what I meant. Not the Mercalli scale bit, but that I was attempting to describe the relative intensity. Geez... I hereby apologize to all offended pedantic AC pricks for my gross transgression. The quake felt "moderate but not strong". Happy, ACs?

Comment: Conquering the application?! (Score 1) 278

by bazmonkey (#47656295) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?
I certainly understand the frustration with filling in an online application, but if that's the biggest obstacle to getting the job, it's not that great of a job. Look at the fields required, copy them over to a text file, take your sweet time filling out the responses, and the online part can be a quick copy/paste. It's not that hard. Sure, find better ways to do it, but don't pretend it's this insurmountable challenge.

Comment: Re: Backwards (Score 1) 144

by bazmonkey (#45716175) Attached to: First Hard Evidence for the Process of Cat Domestication
Some cats hunt and other don't because their mother needs to teach them that skill. All cats are born wanting to chase little moving things. It's the mom that needs to bring back prey and teach them the bite-neck-and-whip-it kill method they use. The difference between a hunting cat and a non-hunting cat is being taught by another one. We have had many vicious, animal-killing, *fixed* cats.

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