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Comment: Re:Written Before Christianity Was PAGANIZED (Score 1) 568

by mauriatm (#28612655) Attached to: British Library Puts Oldest Surviving Bible Online

Ask the same question to the average suicide bomber? Promises of afterlife glory are very persuasive to poor people with nothing else to lose.

I think that is a poor comparison, the former is about someone who dies for a belief (as in his own life), while the latter is someone who is killing for a belief (and taking many other lives with his own).

Comment: Re:Continuity is the winning strategy. (Score 4, Insightful) 542

by mauriatm (#28414871) Attached to: Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

Funny - I've usually seen it's the geeks who take the trouble to turn on the 'classic' look and feel in Windows and get rid of all the cloying eye-candy. Meanwhile non-technical users just stick with the default.

That's the power of the "default" which is a big deal as well. Most non-technical people don't even realize such options exist or that you do not have to use the default. To be fair though, to Microsoft's credit, often the default is good enough and many don't even care to change it because it will typically allow one to get the job done. Some might say this is NOT the case with some recent changes in Linux desktop environments.

Comment: Re:Wow.... (Score 1) 1365

by mauriatm (#27998193) Attached to: Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

Couldn't agree more. This article would be 2/3rds right if this was 1995. But almost every thing in this article has been corrected for years and years.

I find it odd how people go on and on about how stuff isn't ready for prime time in Linux but I run the bleeding edge of the raw hide branch of Fedora on multiple computers doing different tasks and I never see the kinds of problems these people go on and on about. I run server farms with Redhat and stuff just works. The only time stuff doesn't just work on Linux is when Solaris admins go "Linux is Unix" and then try to run their Linux boxes like they are Solaris and screw them up.

I think it is very possible that with the right hardware someone might have your opinion, and with the wrong hardware someone might have the opinion expressed in the article, which would still imply that problems DO exist.

I am experienced enough to not be affected by many of those issues, but it is very obvious to me that XP seriously outperforms my Fedora.

And as far as I understand, Redhat is Server not Desktop, which is not really the points of the article.

Comment: Re:Well said (Score 1) 502

by mauriatm (#26136293) Attached to: MySpace Verdict a Danger To Depressed Kids

It is a difficult situation. Someone coming out and saying that Lori Drew should not be credited for the death of Megan Meier usually gets vilified. But the truth is, as you say, what of the countless others who have committed suicide after being bullied? What of the other people in their lives that should have seen that they were depressed and try to help?

The bullies and the others who could/should have helped also share in the blame.

Comment: Re:Yes it really does matter (Score 1) 435

by mauriatm (#25441821) Attached to: FireFox 3.1 Leaves IE in the Dust

I am one of many people in my circle of associates that has been waiting for improvements such as this.

Without knowing who your "associates" are and how large/important they are, I would say this is irrelevant.

I stopped using Firefox (and IE before it) specifically because the speed wasn't up to par, and am now happily using Opera.

This I don't understand: "speed wasn't up to par". Is there some objective means to tell when something is fast or slow for yet emerging technologies? It sounds more like you are simply saying that you used whatever was fastest until you found something faster.

Also, I don't really agree with your other point, it smacks of the same opensource arrogance that permeates discussions around here. Firefox is not so much better tha IE that your scenario actually makes sense and the assumption that people are ignorant or are forced to use IE is just wrong.

Agreed. Although, I would say that for most people usability and reliability trump speed and "open-sourcy-ness".

Software

+ - SeaMonkey 1.1 is out

Submitted by
asrail
asrail writes "The newer version of the formerly Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey, is out and you can download it at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/. From the release notes: "SeaMonkey 1.1 is now available. Powered by the same engine as Firefox 2 and the upcoming Thunderbird 2, SeaMonkey 1.1 includes numerous enhancements including more visible security indicators in the browser and enhanced phishing detection for e-mail, a new tagging system for e-mail that supersedes labels, support for multi-line tooltips in web pages, and previews images in tab tooltips." Preview images in tab tooltips is so cool... The new tagging system is somewhat superior to the GMAIL labels, you can colorize your message, create complex virtual folders (which supersedes a lot the view by label of GMAIL). The switch to the same engine used by Firefox 2 is a strong move on speed up, displaying and security of web pages. Follow the release notes if you're looking for more info: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/releases /seamonkey1.1/README.html"
Windows

+ - Vista to be Downloadable (Legally)

Submitted by
ubermiester
ubermiester writes "According to various sources, Windows Vista will be available for legal download as of January 30th — the same day it will be available in retail stores. MS-NBC Online notes that, "a relatively low number of computer users are likely to get Vista by downloading it from the Internet, but the mere availability indicates that Microsoft is fiddling with distribution methods for the extremely profitable franchise at the core of its business." It will be available via the MS Marketplace site in conjunction with a Circuit City offering. And for users who eventually realize that the version of Vista they purchased is just not doing the job, they can simply activate the features they want by unlocking them via online activation."
Data Storage

+ - EggDisk.com Loses ALL Customer Data. Spams People.

Submitted by ADoxtater
ADoxtater (666) writes "EggDisk.com spammed its list of users (current AND past) to let them know that all their data had been lost due to some partition misfortune. Without backups. In the email, EggDisk stated "We're hosed. I am so so so so so sorry. And I, personally, would totally understand it if you were to not only abandon EggDisk as your file host, but also tell everyone you know that EggDisk sucks." So there you have it. Shouldn't be too hard to spread the word, right? It should also be known that EggDisk will ignore any and all requests to have your account removed, so don't bother trying that if you're a current subscriber. You'll be subject to their endless spam until the sun burns out, or you finally decide to filter them out of your inbox... whichever comes first."
Portables (Apple)

+ - How Jobs blew the iPhone keynote

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Mike Elgan, writing for Computerworld, slams Steve Jobs' keynote at MacWorld announcing the iPhone, claiming that Jobs is raising his customers' and Wall Street expectations too high, and is giving his competitors too much advance notice. And he questions the functionality of the product, noting that unlike most smart phones, the iPhone doesn't have a replacable battery, support for removable storage, or support for Microsoft apps like Word and Outlook, and can't handle voice-dialing, 3G Internet access, one-handed operation, or video recording. His conclusion:
A June unveiling that coincided with the actual product launch would have kept customers and Wall Street expectations in line; concealed product details from competitors; given Apple TV the full spotlight when it ships; kept iPod sales robust and would have helped Apple gracefully negotiate the rights to use the name "iPhone." In short, it would have been the traditional Apple home run. Steve Jobs blew it.
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Upgrades

+ - 1TB HDD going on sale soon: good price

Submitted by
illumina
illumina writes "I found this story in my morning news gallimaufry: SHENZHEN, Jan 18, 2007 (SinoCast via COMTEX) — The world's first terabyte (TB) hard drive will be sold in China's retail market in the first quarter of 2007 at a suggested retail price of USD 399 (about CNY 3,120), announced Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) in Shenzhen. The company's 1 TB hard drive, with superior performance, reliability, and capacity, can store 1 million e-books, 250,000 songs, and 500 films. Hitachi GST, founded in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of IBM and Hitachi's hard disk drive business, has three subsidiaries in Shenzhen, including Shenzhen Hailiang Storage Products Co., Ltd., Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Global Storage Products (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd."
Software

+ - Is GAIM doomed to beta forever?

Submitted by
danbert8
danbert8 writes "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."
Censorship

+ - Bush to allow evesdropping program to expire

Submitted by Lord_Slepnir
Lord_Slepnir (585350) writes "In a move that will emboldenate terrerists, President Bush has decided to allow the Terrorist Surveillance Program to expire. The program must be reauthorized every 45 days, and Attorney General Gonzales has said that he won't reauthorize it when it expires. There will still be surveillance, but it will require a warrant from a secret court first."

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