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Comment Re:Gotta love the FUD. (Score 1) 394

Your example is a bad one for one very important reason: Google Chrome doesn't have a monopoly. Microsoft does. You *have* to play Microsoft's game because computers around the world rely on their stuff.

There may be the few outliers that manage to be able to use Linux or Apple for the majority of their work, but the fact remains that ~80% of the world uses Windows, and the Windows tail wags the dog. Need to buy a new machine? Well, you get Windows 10 now.

Now maybe people will start to understand why monopolies are dangerous things. I'm sure Richard Stallman is having a grand old case of the I-told-you-so's right now.

Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

I first heard about it here:

http://www.infoworld.com/artic...

If you google with keywords like windows 7 and telemetry, you should find everything you need. There is also a list somewhere of all the various microsoft servers you need to block access to from your router. (Windows Firewall ain't good enough cause these tools *bypass* Windows Firewall) I can't remember where I saw that list... only that it was shockingly large.

Comment Not just Windows 10 (Score 5, Informative) 394

http://arstechnica.com/informa...

The thing is, it's not just Windows 10. If you regularly update your machines, Microsoft has already added additional telemetry tools to Windows 7 and 8.

http://www.infoworld.com/artic...

What really sucks for me is that I *like* Windows 10. I run it in a VM on my Mac, and I've noticed an immediate performance improvement, especially with boot ups.

But from all the media reports, it looks like Windows 10 is turning into a conspiracy theorists bukake dream. And unless there is very little backlash to this, I can see Microsoft easily porting the rest of their privacy invading tools to their previous OSes.

Comment No Mac comments? (Score 1, Interesting) 378

This is one of the big reasons I switched to Mac a long time ago (Pre Windows 7). I got utterly fed up with Windows being unable to handle suspend/resume. I tried to go to Linux, but the amount of fiddling and script editing I needed to do to make it was was just absurd, and still wasn't guaranteed to work.

I am able to close the lid on my Macbook Pro to suspend, open it to resume, multiple times a day for weeks at a time without ever having to shut down or reboot. (Ocassionally it would die, at which point I would be livid because it would be so unexpected). Whether this is still true or not, I'm not sure, as I haven't needed to do this for a couple years now, but it was true for 10.5, 10.6 and 10.7.

It's depressing that that it sounds like things haven't improved at all on the Linux side... I don't want to go to back to Windows, especially considering all the privacy nightmares I've been reading lately about Windows 10, but I'm equally unhappy with the appliance-ification of computers that Apple is doing... I swear it seems like we're going full circle to go back to the 1980s.

One would have thought that by going the Apple route and focusing on a specific and limited set of hardware, Valve would be able to focus on making sure that that hardware works flawlessly. I believe there are several Linux-certified laptops that are supposed to have done this (I can't remember who at this point... Dell maybe?), but I have no experience with them so I can't say how successful they were.

But rambling aside... Being able to suspend and/or hibernate should be considered a standard feature in almost everything at this point, so a device that can't handle it just seems... sub-par, and makes you wonder what else they've screwed up, or if they're even competent enough to put out a decent product in the first place.

Comment Why warn? (Score 1) 210

Why would they give a warning? IMO there should be no warnings at all, and just let them be surprised.

By giving warnings, you're indicating where they can and can't pee cause they'll just look for an unpainted wall. If you don't warn, then the gambling effect kicks in and they will be wary of peeing against anything that isn't a toilet or foliage.

Comment I've been complaining about this for years. (Score 1) 365

Companies have done so much to lower the barrier of entry, that we have huge swaths of 'developers' who are basically walking personifications of the Dunning-Kruger effect. The amount of craptastic software out there is just incredible because people can't be bothered to learn even the most basic fundamentals like de-coupling.

I remember taking a database course in university, aced it without even trying, and constantly asking myself, "What's so difficult about this?" Yet people are flocking to things like MongoDB, not because it's the best tool for the job, but because SQL is too hard.

And yet when looking for a job, these are the nimrods that real developers have to compete against, and have an excellent chance of losing against because they're more skilled at schmoozing than doing a good job.

Comment Re:Yep, keep searching (Score 1) 434

No, actually, they're not. The democrats now are what the republicans were in, say, the 80s. They're right of centre, but they manage to do some decent work.

Meanwhile, the republicans refuse to believe that debt is an issue, they penalize the poor for being poor, the list is virtually endless. And heck, the *entire* lineup of republican presidential candidates are freaking psychotic, with the most psychotic of the bunch currently in the lead.

Comment Re:Yep, keep searching (Score 2, Insightful) 434

While the parent comment is funny, I wouldn't be surprised if republicans actually believed this. They seem to spend all their time focusing on pet conspiracies, while ignoring the real problems facing the USA. The party has successfully reinvented themselves from being "conservative", to "batshit crazy" and their entire existence revolves around defeating the democrats (when they're not attacking each other).

Actually managing the country seems to be very far down on their priority list.

Comment Re:Evolution in progress (Score 1) 174

I just want to point out that there's no such thing as 'artificial' vs 'natural' selection pressure. There is simply selection pressure. This pressure can come from *anything*, whether it is chemicals in the environment (as may be in this case), other organisms that affect them in some way (a new predator forces a species to adapt in some way to survive), or even themselves (eg: The females prefer black bees with yellow stripes, rather than yellow bees with black stripes).

These pressures have *always* existed. All humans have done is made things more interesting.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang

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