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Comment Re:Looks like you guys lost (Score 1) 290 290

Maturity isn't really about age, but of total development hours. Popularity matters, because it helps to attract contributing developers, and more can be done in a shorter amount of time. Because of it's popularity, I think it's probably fair to say that Linux has matured faster than FreeBSD.

You forget that for the entirety of time from 1977 and 1991, there was no Linux, just BSD (excluding AT&T versions) so all the development time was spent on BSD, from which FreeBSD comes. In addition, FreeBSD supports Linux Binary Compatibility - with exceptions, of course. There is also a lot of cross pollination between Linux and the BSDs now.

In some sense you're comparing apples with somewhat different apples and I think it's fair to leave it as a "to each their own" kind of thing and YMMV.

Comment Re:Looks like you guys lost (Score 1) 290 290

Sadly, FreeBSD still has a very, very long way to go before it reaches the maturity level of Linux.

I'm sure you mean something other than "maturity". Linux has been around since 1991 and FreeBSD 1993, but BSD (which I've used), on which FreeBSD is based, has been around since 1977. If anything, Linux is less "mature" than FreeBSD. True, many versions of Linux have a simpler installation process (but some don't) and a different installation base. Linux and BSD are designed for different segments -- namely desktop and server -- and that difference is probably what you're experiencing and comparing to your personal usage and experience. In any case, a shinier GUI / process doesn't necessarily mean more mature.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 281 281

I don't understand when it became a requirement for an operating system to have a working copy of solitaire.

It isn't a requirement, Microsoft has just always shipped one since Windows 3.0 through Windows 8 -- Microsoft Solitaire

If you want a free copy of solitaire sans adverts or a paid upfront copy then get one. No one is forcing anyone to download MS's copy from the Windows Store.

As I understand it, the version available for download, using Windows 8, is the same version packaged with Windows 10, so no download required. MS has shifted from bundling a non-ad/free version to an ad/subscription version along with the OS -- for no apparent good reason with-respect-to the consumer. My guess is that's is a sign of things to come from Microsoft -- ad-supported Windows. We will no longer be their customers, but their product, with our info and screens sold to other vendors. Simply consumers.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 281 281

You realize that Cortana is completely disabled if location is disabled. While I agree that location is required for some queries, it's certainly not required for all, yet Microsoft has made it so. Why is that?

Ad sponsored / pay for ad-free Solitaire packaged with a free copy of Windows 10 - sure. What about for people that actually *buy* Windows 10 - they have to pay twice for ad-free. Seems like a dick move by Microsoft.

I'll start considering myself a product when I get no benefit in return for what I provide, and not a moment sooner.

Be careful what you give up, you might be able to get it back.

And, personally, I can't stand auto-correct and speech recognition services.

Comment Hmm... (Score 2) 281 281

Sure they're giving you Windows 10 for free, but will they still charge people who actually buy a copy of Windows 10 for an ad-free version of Solitaire? My guess is yes - duh.

After reading various articles about the business model for Windows 10, the actual new Privacy statement, and all the information it will collect and Microsoft will share, it seems clear that we are not Microsoft's customer, we're their product. (My niece's Fisher-Price toy notes that "The sheep says 'baaa'".)

Comment Re:Mozilla had better gear up... (Score 1) 364 364

The fact that Firefox is getting bloated - blame the development of the web, like HTML5 support needed.

Or Pocket....

Or Hello, Social, Apps, WebIDE ... (did I miss anything?)

I dread having to search through about:config for new things to disable with every new Firefox release. Firefox is suppose to be a great *browser*, not kitchen sink (or more appropriately, kitchen junk-drawer). [ That's a job for Emacs :-) ]

Comment Re:"our customers" (Score 1) 483 483

If it's not worth bothering to upgrade, then why are you bothering to use it in the first place?

That question only suffers from logic and you cannot actually be that dumb.

Windows 7 does what I need. There may be some technical benefits to "upgrading" (specifically written in quotes) to Windows 10 but there also seem to be more privacy concerns and intrusions with Windows 10 and I don't need/want that. The business model MS is employing seems to be changing, like with Solitaire as a subscription service to avoid ads, and I'm not a fan.

Is MS still going to charge people for Solitaire that actually *buy* a copy of Windows 10? I imagine so and that's wrong, or at least undesirable.

This type of thing isn't unique to Windows, I object to the Unity Shopping Lens and Amazon tie-in with the latest versions of Ubuntu, but I know I can uninstall those and other things and be fairly confident that Canonical won't be tracking my every IM, email, browser visit and keystroke. Microsoft has made tracking tie-in a requirement to use just about every new feature in Windows 10 -- according to the Privacy agreement, which I just actually read. For example, Cortana doesn't require your location for everything it can do, but MS makes it so. Auto-sharing WiFi passwords is supremely stupid, especially for such dubious benefits.

The whole point of Windows 10 is to suck you into the new Windows everywhere ecosystem. You are not their customer anymore, advertisers and business partners are. You are the product.

Comment MythTV? (Score 1) 157 157

Perhaps overkill for what you want, but MythTV can be be used across multiple systems in a client-server setup for live/recorded TV, photos, videos... You can install the server on your desktop, with a capture card if you want live or recorded cable/OTA TV, and the client side on a less-capable system attached to your TV (really easily if your TV has a VGA port (like mine) or your PC has an HDMI port ...). All you need is to network the two systems. It can also be controlled via a remote or keyboard. Not sure how to configure the remote to work on the client as I have a combined one-system client+server setup.

Comment Re:"our customers" (Score 1) 483 483

All in all, I'm pretty sure I won't be upgrading my Windows 7 Ultimate system to Windows 10 - ever.

whatcha gonna do when microsoft cuts off support for windows 7 while known unpatched exploits exist? so your plan is to get hacked? great.

Um...No. I then said:

When the time comes, I'll switch to a Linux or BSD only solution - come what may.

If you had bothered to read two more sentences.

Comment "our customers" (Score 1) 483 483

The "thenextweb" link has the following excerpt from the Microsoft Privacy Statement and Services Agreements:

We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.

The author notes a concern about relying on the “good faith” of corporations. I'm more concerned about the phrase "to protect our customers". Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free, so who do you/we think their customers really are? I'm pretty sure it's not us. Even if we are, how would accessing and/or disclosing our data protect us?

Also questionable is that they will access, disclose, preserve personal data when they believe it's necessary to "enforce the terms governing the use of the services". Not sure how personal data is needed to do that, unless it has to do with providing that data to other entities involved in the agreement.

All in all, I'm pretty sure I won't be upgrading my Windows 7 Ultimate system to Windows 10 - ever. If for no other reason than the phrase "freemium solitaire". When the time comes, I'll switch to a Linux or BSD only solution - come what may.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 91 91

And I don't think they're referring to "text" and "data" pages since that has been in Sparc since before the V8/V9.

And, if I recall, the VAX and BSD before that - I seem to remember futzing around with those for the linking loader project in my systems programming class that used our VAX-785 running 4.3BSD back in the mid 1980s. (Yes, I'm old.)

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