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Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 325 325

I don't think that there's any evidence that the linux swapfile performs better - and in any case why would it being unfragmented be an advantage? Memory access is random, and so swapfile access is random, and so why does having it non-contiguous cause an issue? Added to which, SSDs are becoming much more widespread, meaning the fragmentation issue vanishes.

In any case, can you make Linux use a swapfile permanently? One system I look after needs more swap, and I really don't want to repartition the entire drive just to increase the available virtual memory.

Comment: Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 892 892

in case you don't know this, public sector workers contribute NOTHING to the economy or society as a whole.

That probably depends on what you believe constitutes public sector workers, and whether or not you imagine running the tax system (say) is of no value. If public sector workers build roads, for instance, then I'd argue that they are contributing. But I'm just a crazy lefty.

Comment: Re: Advanced users do not use Apple products (Score 1) 256 256

Do you find Apple products "sexy"?

No. But thanks for writing a bunch of words about it that was safely able to avoid reading. It meant that I could avoid the bit about aesthetics being the opposite of usability, which is fortunate because it was such complete nonsense that I might have had to write something about it.

So you've seen lots of Apple advertising in movies, entertainment news, slashdot stories, and music videos.

And I've seen lots of Dell and Samsung too. Are you suggesting that they buy slashdot stories? And I don't watch music videos because I don't see the point, but I wouldn't think that Apple are the only people placing their products.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 892 892

Greece F***ed up royal, and now the time has come to pay the piper.

You speak of Greece as though it were not comprised of people. What do you think the Greeks will do if they 'drown in it'? They won't stay within their borders, and it most assuredly will not be pretty. We, as humans, will have a moral obligation to do something about what will happen to the people of Greece. That is very likely to be much more expensive than solving the problem today while Greece is still a country.

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 256 256

There's also vendor-lockin

In what sense? Another thing I hear a lot is 'vendor lock-in', but it's never clearly described. In what sense am I 'locked in'? I could go out tomorrow, and buy a wintel laptop, and continue doing all the things I do today. My photographs are stored as RAW files, and I can export everything easily. All the source code is just text, of course. Recorded music is stored as AIFF files, also perfects standard. And all my email would just be redownloaded from google of course.

What does vendor lock-in really, actually, mean? And in what sense is Apple any different from any other OS with respect to whatever the meaning of 'vendor lock-in' actually is.

Comment: Re:iTunes never cared about directories so why tag (Score 1) 256 256

iPhoto doesn't compress all your files into a single database either. It doesn't necessarily store them in a format that you'd like, but they are stored as individual files and they always have been. Can we all try to stick to the facts please.

Think about it, which is easier from a software engineering point of view?

A: Use the database-like features of the filesystem to store your assets, and index into that from an actual database to store all the metadata that the filesystem either doesn't support or doesn't support efficient indexing into.

B: Re-invent the database-like features of the filesystem, but the rest is the same.

So *not* using the filesystem to store *files* is a poor engineering decision, and not one that I believe Apple have made in any of their software products. Unlike Microsoft, I'm looking at you Outlook and your PST file....

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 256 256

It's not just eye candy, but I am yet to understand why people hate the the idea that things ought to look nice. I also like regular candy, and prefer things to taste nice even though from a purely nutritional point of view this is completely unnecessary.

OS X is about things looking nice, and about there being as few ways of doing a particular thing as possible. This reduces testing, UI design and software engineering costs. People generally like that, I know I do, but you evidently don't. That's completely fine, I hope you enjoy modifying the behaviour of desktop Linux to better suit your needs. I used to do exactly the same, back in the 90's, but when the time came to do actual work with my computer I decided to go for something simpler. I have never looked back.

Comment: Re:iTunes never cared about directories so why tag (Score 1) 256 256

No - you're not reading the post you just replied to.

Apple have never stored their music as 'one big blob'. Ever. On any system or device. They didn't 'add' a feature to organise their files sensibly, iTunes has always organised your files sensibly, and has always given you the option to organise them yourself in you prefer.

So this, like the great majority of the nonsense about how Apple products work that's being thrown around in this thread, is completely false;

I found it very distasteful that iTunes seems to put all the music in a big glob on the disk and expects you to use their UI to access it.

Did you seriously believe that this was true? And how did you arrive at that incorrect conclusion?

Comment: Re: Advanced users do not use Apple products (Score 1) 256 256

Not marketing,

Apple don't actually spend as much on advertising as people seem to believe. From here Apple spend half as much as microsoft. And judging by the huge Samsung stands that have started to appear at the local hardware stores, I'd guess that they spend less than Samsung too. I've only seen a couple of Apple TV ads over the years, but I haven't watched broadcast television for quite a long time so I don't really know.

Comment: Re:Advanced users do not use Apple products (Score 1) 256 256

I don't use itunes so I wouldn't know how the music gets on the device

If you don't use iTunes, and admit to this level of ignorance about how it works, then please stop providing your baseless opinions about it. For example this;

So as long as you have an itunes to manage it, I don't think it is so easy to step out of the walled garden once you step into it.

Is false. All your purchased and ripped music is stored in a nice folder called 'Music', helpfully organised by artist. The files within are un-protected AAC or MP3 files. You can delete iTunes, it's just an application after all, and the music is all still there. What happens with the streamed music I have no idea, and so I will refrain from guessing about it. I will say that streaming music is a very bad deal for artists though, so I think I'll stick to CDs.

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 1) 256 256

and that means the OS must not determine for me how I do things but rather give me as many ways as possible to do things and let me learn them and pick the one I find works best

Great. Linux is for you. For a great many other people, who use their computer to do work, which isn't necessarily coding by the way- other varieties of work exist - want just one way of doing one thing, and then they just learn it. Seems simpler and better to me.

But that is only aesthetics, and only counts for bonus points

Most people value aesthetics much higher than that. I suspect you do in other areas of your life, but perhaps you truly don't care what things 'look like'. In which case you would very much be in a minority.

Comment: Re:iOS is toys, OS X is Unix. Learn the difference (Score 2) 256 256

finder not having a cut function,

Cmd+C Cmd+Option+V

The edit menu even changes its contents if you hold option down while it's visible.

or a keyboard shortcut to rename files

Press 'return' to rename files.

and there's no equivalent to alt-f4 either.


It's by far the worst user interface I've ever used

Maybe you should take the trouble to learn it?

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.