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Comment: Nothing Useful (Score 5, Interesting) 541

by darkain (#47922819) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I evaluate new software primarily based on two areas.

1) What do I gain with the new software? Currently running Windows 7, what do I get that helps make my life more productive with Windows 9? Thusfar, I see nothing. From Windows 8 to 9, yeah, I can see the improvement, but so far it is simply "improved" to the point of reverting back to what 7 already has.

2) What do I lose with the new software? From the current leaks, Windows 9 is just as ugly as Windows 8 desktop mode. The Win8/9 UI looks like Windows 3.1. They've switched back to centering title bar text from the previous decade+ of left-align title bar text. They've taken the UI from the clean and modern Aero Glass and turned it into flat colors just like Windows 3.1. The OS as a whole is simply less visually appealing.

So, the question still remains: WHY SWITCH!?

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 5, Informative) 282

by darkain (#47856095) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

Except Microsoft went this EXACT same route of merging them all into a single system starting with Windows 2000. The kernel and most packages are shared between Windows Server and Windows (workstation). The only real difference is that Microsoft charges additional licensing fees to make a few more bucks on the additional features in Server. In desktop windows, features are specifically limited (like the number of file sharing clients), but this has NOTHING to do with code, and EVERYTHING to do with licensing. There is no other real reason why services on Server wont work with the desktop version of Windows. Look at the number of business applications that install Microsoft SQL Server on the desktop, as an example.

Linux simply has the freedom to not be locked down by licensing requirements.

Comment: No Need (Score 4, Informative) 282

by darkain (#47855891) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

This is already done. For instance, I personally use Turnkey Linux for my servers and Debian Linux for my workstations. Both of these use Debian as their back end repository system, but Turnkey Linux has a system setup tuned specially for working within a virtualized server environment, whereas Debian Linux is more general purpose (which is what a workstation needs)

Comment: In The States (Score 3) 51

by darkain (#47746025) Attached to: Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

We've had this in the states for a while now. Being a frequent flyer, I personally love it. I don't do a whole hell of a lot with mobile devices on the plan, other than get to my seat, turn up the music, and pass out. But it is nice to have that music from beginning to end of the trip to drown out the noise of the others on the flights.

Also something new and awesome. Alaska Airlines (and possibly others) now have USB and 110v outlets on the back of the seat in front of you. No more needing to rush to find outlets in layover airports!

Comment: [SATIRE] Huffington Post (Score 1) 131

by darkain (#47691225) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

I'm guessing they're implementing this after The Huffington Post ran that article months ago confusing the difference between what a "Terms of Service" is compared to "App Permissions" in regards to the Facebook Mobile Messenger. Now any "News" site that talks ill of Facebook will be labeled "SATIRE"! Perfection. This is ingenious marketing on Facebook's part! Now they'll never look bad ever again!

Comment: Twitter Bots are GREAT (Score 5, Insightful) 84

by darkain (#47661401) Attached to: Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

Twitter Bots are GREAT! Seriously, Twitter is the new RSS. This is honestly how I find out about the latest Slashdot articles, because their account is bot based to feed content from this site to their Twitter account. A huge chunk of the accounts I follow on Twitter are in this same category, just news services. Twitter has become the modern day RSS feeder, and I personally love it for this purpose.

Comment: Re:He claims this himself (Score 5, Insightful) 391

by darkain (#47653061) Attached to: Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

I can't even begin to count the number of things wrong with their web site which already makes me not trust them...

* Using Flash just to have a "fancy" text label on the home page
* More JavaScript than I can possibly imagine for a STATIC web page
* Video where the lighting exposure is off and the audio quality is questionable
* Speech during the video where the guy stumbles on his own words a couple of times

Really, for a company that supposedly "mitigated risk for 7 years on $1.9 trillion of investments" and ran by a supposed tech superstar genius, you'd think they'd at least get the basics of technology and media correct on their own e-penis self-promotion presentation...

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter

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