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Comment Most work fine ... (Score 1) 237

It has been my experience for a decade or so that everything works with Linux.

In our household, we have three laptops, all working fine with Linux.

One is Dell, and two are Toshibas. All are 6-7 years old.

None came with Linux pre-installed. All ran fine with Kubuntu LTS. Everything works, sound, WiFi.

What does not work are the multimedia buttons (a button may work, e.g. Mute, but the ones next to it would not, e.g. Play, Stop, ...etc.)

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 2) 471

Problem is, shareholders rarely know what managers are likely to do or not to do. Managers' CVs don't usually contain evidence of their willingness to be dishonest.

Besides, blaming the shareholders for picking the wrong managers, but absolving the managers is pretty backwards. You punish the person who did the crime. Not someone that you think may have been in a position to help them avoid doing it.

Comment Re:23% of the company (Score 1) 471

No, because then it will cost the shareholders, not the managers who made the decisions. Those guys will still get their bonus by saying at the stockholders' AGM: "We deserve bonuses because it would have been worse without our skilled intervention."

Don't fine the company, that punishes the wrong people.

Jail the board of directors.

Comment Re:That's OK (Score 1) 85

The real problem in Canada is the consolation of power in the executive branch, specifically in the PM office.

I fully agree with this.

The Canadian system has the Prime Minister being the leader of the party with the most seats in parliament. The parliament is not only a legislature, but also an oversight body over the executive branch. But in our Canadian system, parliament can't be critical of the PM with him being the boss of the majority of the seats. Moreover, he appoints people to the Senate. This means that he is an emperor for his entire term.

Harper just made it so evident how it can play out, but the system is broken with no checks and balances like they have south of the border.

Fixing it will be a long haul process of getting the constitution amended, with provinces agreeing to these changes, just like any of the proposed reforms to the senate.

Comment Re: apple products are a walled garden (Score 1) 279

Settle down, you'll give yourself a nosebleed.
Perhaps I was a little... enthusiastic in my description of how rare portable computers were in 1990, but here's a chart with data from Morgan Stanley Research that shows that laptop sales growth only really started accelerating at the end of the 90s, and only finally overtook PC sales in 2009. In 1995, when the chart's data begins, desktop PCs were the overwhelming norm. I was unable to find data that went back to 1990. However, I don't think it's unreasonable to presume that the proportional disparity between desktop PCs and portable PCs would have been higher, given that the cost difference between them is higher the further back you go. Perhaps your Google-fu is better than mine and you can find 1990-1995 data that shows that I'm wrong.

So my statement, that the 90s ushered in the era in which portable computing became commonplace, stands. Also, go easy on the ad-hominems dude. We're all friends here.

Comment Re: apple products are a walled garden (Score 1) 279

The 90s saw PCs fade in relevance and laptops become more commonplace. In 1991 a portable computer was a rare and expensive novelty, restricted to people with military grade budgets and business expense accounts that include annual maintenance costs in the private jet. By 2000 laptop sales outnumbered PC sales.

The 90s saw the emergence of mobile computing. That's a pretty big shift, and it ticks your "devices, jackass" checkbox.

FORTRAN is not a flower but a weed -- it is hardy, occasionally blooms, and grows in every computer. -- A.J. Perlis