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Comment: UNIX certification (Score 1, Offtopic) 12

by Phroggy (#48217587) Attached to: SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore

The article makes a big deal of Mac OS X's UNIX certification. Although it didn't hurt, the certification really had nothing to do with the rise in popularity of the Mac. Using open source code certainly allowed Apple to take advantage of (and then build upon) the cool stuff we've enjoyed on Linux for years, but what broke Microsoft's stranglehold on the consumer mindset was really the iPod, and later the iPhone. That's what made people think that buying a Mac might be a viable alternative to Windows. Of course once they made the switch, users were able to see that the technology really works, but without the iPod, most people would never have considered the Mac as an option.

There were other factors at work too:

  • Poor support for Vista when it launched made people desperate for an alternative
  • The rising popularity of Firefox made web developers stop building sites that only worked in IE on Windows

Comment: Burned after abandoment? (Score 1) 109

by Rinikusu (#48206137) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

Conan: Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!

Comment: Re:all (Score 1) 108

by default luser (#48197141) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Turn on Power Save mode and turn off Wifi? Check to see if you have any CPU-heavy applications, and force-quit them while not in-use?

Also, the amount of power used depends entirely on how powerful a signal you are getting. For example, my Galaxy S4 typically uses 30-35% battery per-day at normal home/work day, but this last weekend I went up to the middle of nowhere, PA. The house barely got 3G at one bar, and because of the shit signal my phone was down to 30% every night. If your place of work is inside a large building, it can play havoc on your signal.

Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 549

by Rinikusu (#48189971) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Erm, no? When I was having wireless issues on a new (to me) Thinkpad, I couldn't even get online to search for the problem. Installing a completely different distro ended up fixing those wireless issues. The Windows installation Linux replaced had no such issues. In fact, I can't think of a time when I *had* wireless issues with Windows, but I can recount many, many issues with wireless under Linux, from having to compile the kernel with things like PCMCIA support to support my old Orinoco Gold PCMCIA cards, etc etc etc. You're probably right: Had I had these same issues under Windows or MacOS, I'd be equally as lost, if not moreso. However, in 15 years of computing, that particular issue has not come up under Windows (although there have been many, many others). Hell, on some of my hardware, I can't even get Linux to install anymore (something about APIC (not APCI), etc) whereas the Windows XP install it came with is perfectly fine. And so on.

I love Linux, use it all the time, but when it's fucked it's good and fucked and my solution these days is just to keep all my data on a different mount just in case I just have to reinstall vs actually troubleshoot an issue.

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