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Comment Re:Who? (Score 2) 681

> poor culture

First, "poor" is a value judgment and more a matter of opinion than fact.

Second, "culture" is a bit of a stretch. It seems more like a clash of personalities, one of which happens to head the Linux kernel project.

Finally, this smells much more like people thinking "gosh, everyone else on the Internet is pouty and offended, and I've had an unpleasant experience, therefore I too must have something worth bitching about publicly, because why should I be denied some of this sweet, sweet, whiner's attention?" and contributing to the ever-deepening cesspool of useless, pointless drama on the Internet.

Sarah had already moved on in her interests, and Matthew wanted to do something different, and so he went and did that. Honestly, I don't think they were "driven away".

Comment Re:Ah, no lessons learned from Windows 8 (Score 3, Informative) 170

> Screenshot on that page showing a screen you'd only love to use on a tablet.

Is that the extent of your research?

The video shows a number of useful incremental improvements to GNOME 3, and a few new features that make GNOME more tablet-friendly. I checked out the beta in a VM yesterday, no feeling that tabletization was a threat.

I do understand you were spring-boarding off the new GNOME release to say something about Windows 8.1, but still...

Comment How long do you hang onto your laptops? (Score 1) 237

If you tend to buy a new one every 2-3 years, System76 is a good option.

If you hang onto them for a long time, you might appreciate the better structural strength and build quality of the Thinkpads.

I had a couple of System76's and they were great but around the 3-3.5 years the components and case parts (eg palm rest, display hinges) began to fail. I do have big gorilla hands and slap my keyboard like a pimp slapping a ho, though, so it could just be me.

In any event, I went with a T440s last time around. Overall, very happy with this machine. I will probably get another Thinkpad in 3 years or so when upgrade time rolls around.

If you opt for a Thinkpad: If they still offer a choice between LG and AOU displays, go for the AOU. I've had both in mine.

Comment Me too (Score 1) 403

I'm befuddled why I should be paranoid that a backdoor firmware is being installed on a hard drive that I recently ordered, having received a "delayed shipment" notification from the carrier.

Because I'm outspoken about privacy rights, I'm anti-Microsoft, anti-Facebook, pro-Free software, and host my own diaspora* server.

And because we have learned, in recent years, that the government feels it is entitled to have aaaaalllllll the data. Even if it promises not to look at it until it believes it has a reason.

I'm befuddled why I should - and why I shouldn't - be paranoid, and cynical.

Comment A pox on you all. (Score 0) 867

I threw out windows 15 years ago and have never, ever missed Windows.

Since then, with each new Microsoft fiasco or customer abuse scandal, I have have seen post after post from people whining that they're not going to take it anymore, and that they're going to drop Windows as soon as "my favorite game" runs on Linux, or "photoshop comes to Linux", or some other bullshit reason.

If this latest move by MS isn't your final straw, just shut the fuck up. Either bite the bullet and jump, or just shut up and admit that you are weak, helpless captives to Microsoft and that you love the abuse.


Goddamn it.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955