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Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 322

by donaldm (#47521189) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Uh. Nope. Completely nope.

Read some history then come back and participate in the discussion if you wish.

The link is to a book published in 1994. Actually Unix was developed in 1970 and it's name was a pun on the Multex OS which was available in the mid 1960's. So basically Unix has been around for almost 43 years. As for Linux which began in 1991 it has been around for 23 years and definitely does not look at going away any-time soon.

With regard to the article different UI's such as KDE, Gnome, Xfce, etc are consistent for a given UI across all Linux distributions and even support touch screens. Of course having the same UI across multiple screen sizes is IMHO stupid and even more so if the user cannot configure the display to their liking.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 2) 667

by donaldm (#47499513) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Total bullshit, Kiev shot it down, that's why Kiev confiscated the ATC record and nobody in the west dare to talk about it.

Why did the plane deviated over 500km from its usual path? Obviously the ATC forced them to so otherwise they wouldn't be that fucking stupid and fly over a known war zone.

MH17 was also requested by Kiev to drop from 35000 ft to 33000 ft right before it got hit.

Learn to use your brain, stupid Americans.

You do know that the missile used has a flight altitude of 14,000 m or 46,000 ft so I don't think that 35,000 ft or even 33,000 ft would make much of a difference on a missile system that has a 95% plus chance of hitting especially if that aircraft that is sub sonic and has no countermeasures. As to who is to blame "I don't know" but a weapon is pretty much useless unless there is a human pulling the trigger or pressing the button.

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 1) 667

by donaldm (#47499359) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

the BUK system is equipped with a civilian transponder safety lock which has to be manually disabled before a missile can be fired at an aircraft showing a civilian IFF.

And you would know this how, exactly?

References or GTFO.

Does this help . Look for IFF (Identification Friend or Foe).

Comment: Re:Unless you've spent $300 on a GPU... (Score 2) 210

Basically PC games makes sense because most people already have a PC (or Mac).

In what way does PC gaming make more sense? I have a gaming PC that actually runs Linux (ie. Fedora) as my primary and only OS although I do have virtual machines which I hardly every run. Normally a Linux distribution will not run "Games for Windows" without an emulator which in my case I could not be bothered to do, however if the game is web based I normally can run it. I can even run EMU games such as NES, SNES, Megadrive etc. Having said that I actually prefer console games over PC games.

IMHO the gamer has to make the choice of which gaming system they prefer. If you like PC gaming then fine, if you prefer consoles then that is fine also and if you like both then that is fine as well.

Comment: Re:Unless you've spent $300 on a GPU... (Score 1) 210

Flame wars here we come. :)

Actually the best way to get console fanboys (yes there are girls as well), who are normally at each others throats to actually agree together is when PC fanboys criticize consoles. Still a high end (and more expensive) PC will always beat a console in terms of performance, however most PC's are not high end (as per the article) so the so called elitist criticism is rather childish.

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 3, Insightful) 178

Providing the source code for Microsoft software to governments, sounds like a PR exercise. You would need the appropriate government representatives to be able to understand the source code for starters as well as being able to test it and to certify that a specific build and updates are actually from that source code. Personally I can't see that actually happening especially if said representatives have to sign a None Disclosure Contract.

Still I am quite sure Microsoft PR will state that this is our source code and "Trust Us" this compiles to make the binaries you are using and I am quite sure many government representatives will will be quite satisfied with this since they are effectively "locked in" to using Microsoft products anyway and it (to them) is a better alternative to using that "Communist" Linux thingy :)

Comment: Re:Sounds about right... (Score 4, Informative) 441

by donaldm (#47347051) Attached to: Researchers Claim Wind Turbine Energy Payback In Less Than a Year
When considering solar power, wind farming is quite practical for large scale production (not for the residential home) however you still need some sort of storage or alternative power generation to offset the hours or even days when there is little or no wind (hence a survey).

Actually no matter what methods are used for large scale energy production it will always be "consumer pays", so if you as a home owner want to offset your electricity bill then solar panels are the way to go, but only after you have done your homework and by that you need to work out the initial costs verses the longs term benefits. Unfortunately it is so easy for so called "experts" to rip people off since most people have no idea how to work out what really is best for themselves in regard to energy utilisation.

Comment: Re:XFree86 is a pain to get working under VirtualB (Score 1) 176

by donaldm (#47331469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

I managed to get 320x240 working on a Red Hat 6.2 VM I tried to stand up for nostalgia.

I hope you realise that Redhat 6.2 release/update came out on the 6th Dec 2011, which IMHO is fairly recent since 6.2 is still under "Production 1" support. Will it run on older hardware well yes it will providing you have checked what hardware is supported. I have actually upgraded (well reinstalled) from Redhat 3.1 to 6.1 on Proliant hardware with graphics support without issues.

I never have recommend upgrading (not just Redhat but all version of Linux/Unix) from one major release to another, preferring a fresh install. In fact I have found this to be far quicker with less problems.

As far as VM's go I have always used VirtualBox and have never had issues with Redhat. CentOS, Ubunto, Fedora and even Solaris.

Comment: Re:Let them drink! (Score 1) 532

by donaldm (#47331309) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

If people want to smash down 44oz of sugar like that then let them. If you need to regulate that then really you have to wonder about the intelligence of the sort of people you are imposing the ban on, the solution is to provide adequate education and if they still ignore that advice that is their choice! It isn't harming anybody else. I'm glad this sort of nanny-state rubbish has been defeated.

I agree, it sort of reminds me of the alcohol Prohibition from 1920 to 1933. While I would assume that was brought in by well meaning people, however they did not think it through and that led to "boot-legging" and organised crime. Even today alcohol abuse actually kills more adults than smoking which in itself can cause all sorts of health issues.

Banning so called recreation drugs including unhealthy food and drink is not really the way to go. The best solution is unbiased education but even then you are always going to get abusers who will ignore all the facts and do what they want since it is really their choice. Personally if people wish to abuse themselves and as long as they don't hurt others which is easier said than done then let them.

Comment: Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (Score 1) 104

by donaldm (#47261383) Attached to: Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss
If it is legal for UK intelligence to monitor people connecting to a service outside of the UK then using their argument it should be legal for them to monitor all incoming and outgoing communication and by that I mean phone, fax, surface mail etc. Where do you draw the line? Hmm! better get out your brown shirts and polish your jackboots (be careful of knives in the night), fortunately I have not seen anyone sporting a Charlie Chaplin moustache yet :)

Comment: Re:Get a TV (Score 1) 186

by donaldm (#47261263) Attached to: 4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

Frame rate is for gamers. Programmers need pixels.

Basically if you display 80 or even 120 lines of code it does not matter if the monitor is 1080 pixels or 2160 pixels in height. Sure the higher resolution will display a well designed highly detailed font better than a lower resolution font but that is all, however programmers normally use a mono-spaced font like "Courier" so a fine detailed font is pointless.

Displaying more than 100 lines of code in the window/screen is IMHO stupid because the human eye and consequently the brain is not going to help you debug or even write code any better than if you used 24 to 80 lines. When coding you need to know what you are writing the code for and you should be writing the code in such a way that it is easy to understand and hopefully easy to debug.

As for gamers a screen with a 30Hz refresh rate is pretty much the "sweet spot" for general gaming however fast action games such as FPS's and racing benefit from high refresh rates such as 60Hz and above.

If a programmer is coding for a game then they will need a high resolution monitor with a good refresh rate, assuming they are going to use the monitor for both applications, although if you look at game programmers they normally use two or more screens with at least one low resolution for programming and the other a high performance one to test out what they are developing.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.