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Comment Re:Slimmer devices (Score 1) 89 89

I'd rather have a nice beefy tablet over something thinner. A beefy laptop over literally the worst piece of crap ever, MacBook Air. Fuck you Apple, you don't get to decide optical is dead. Or Flash. Or anything.

I get a lot of use out of my Macbook Air. I don't need optical, I have an SDXC slot and thumb drives. If I really want an optical drive I have a USB one in my bag. Apple hasn't said that Flash is dead. It works fine on a Macbook Air. They just don't support it on iOS.

In the end, Apple tech works great for a lot of people. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Personally, I actually LIKE having a commercially supported desktop/mobile UNIX system with a standard suite of off-the-shelf familiar desktop productivity and graphics apps. In a system with only one moving part to fail. And I don't even have to dick around with X-Windows unless I want to. Works out great.

Comment Re:Commodore Amiga or Commodore PC? (Score 3, Informative) 456 456

Then you must have lived on Mars or something.

As someone who attended Atari user's group meetings as a kid, I can tell you first-hand that people got pretty annoyed and quickly corrected you if you referred to our machines as PC's. PC's were expensive boring turds that none of us wanted. Personal computer was acceptable. PC referred to IBM crap or a clone later on.

Comment Re:WoW? (Score 3, Insightful) 277 277

What about EverQuest? It predates WoW and had quite a following. Both games suck IMHO but people liked them. I would also argue that Everquest influenced WoW's development.

WoW is too modern to be a "Hall of Fame" contender and many games like it have existed over the years.

Personally I think BattleZone, Tempest or the Star Wars Arcade Game should have been on the list. Vector games never get any love in popularity contests targeted at today's 12 year olds though.

Comment Re:Thank you! (Score 2) 233 233

It's a fucking shame, really... The US has very few optimistic shows that actually dare deal with hard questions and then they go and butcher one of the few they have.

I wouldn't call it optimistic but the Battlestar Galactica reboot dealt with a lot of "hard questions". It's the only reboot series I thought was far better than the original. The original was a lot more "optimistic" but was a bit corny.

I really like the first new Star Trek movie. The second one was pretty lame. The space battle scenes were cool but it was all explosions and a real weak plot. Now JJ gets a chance to murder Star Wars. Should be interesting.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 1) 379 379

A.) can go off the deep end and try to do that now.

B.) can force me to buy services only through their approved "partners" and shut out companies I actually like by throttling them into oblivion if they aren't allowed to double dip and get money from both sides. B can also raise an Army pretty easily.

B scares me more than A.... though A scares the shit out of me, I can thwart their efforts through technological means and good security discipline if they get obnoxious. I can do so even better if B can't legally screw with my traffic.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 1) 379 379

And you have no right to a landline phone but the populace considers it a basic need, thus Title II.

And if my kid HAS to have internet access to attend public school these days, that's also qualified as a "need".

AT&T and ComCast don't have the right to bully local governments into giving them monopolies either. So yeah, they can get bent. They brought this on themselves with scummy business practices and douchebaggery. If you do business unethically, it comes back to bite you. And since people have no options to switch in most areas for wired service, they have to go the legislation route to avoid being abused.

So yeah, fuck those bastards. They should be getting dinged for imposing limits on "unlimited" service anyway. If they can't even give me what I paid for without trying to screw me behind the scenes and degrade my service..... and I depend on them for my daily routine..... it's legislation time.

Comment Re:Finally the government has full control of the (Score 5, Interesting) 379 379

Our options:

A.) Incompetent government regulation causing some inconveniences and waste.

B.) A corporate boardroom full of sociopaths telling me what I can and can't do with an "unlimited" network connection that I require to do my job.

Option A is the lesser of two evils. Internet service is no longer a "luxury", it's basically required to do business and even attend public school now. It's a utility and needs to be regulated like one to keep those greedy bastards from gouging us, killing innovation and hampering network performance for profit.

As screwed up and brutal as our government is, and as much as I think regime change is necessary..... I trust Verizon and AT&T even less.

Comment Re:Yea, POSIX complaint (Score 1) 169 169

Oh, forgot to mention. OSX is directly derived from NeXTStep. Which also wasn't X11 based and was around since 1988. So no, it wasn't for "marketing" purposes.

I'm pretty sure EVERY UNIX vendor used UNIX for "marketing purposes".... it couldn't have been because it was the quickest path to a full pre-emptive multitasking environment with full multiuser capabilities that had been rigorously tested for over a decade.

Comment Re:Yea, POSIX complaint (Score 1) 169 169

A lot of us actually use multiple Unixen and view the notion that MacOS is one too to be laughable.

It's more UNIX-like under the surface of the UI than any modern Linux distro I can think of personally. A lot of us actively manage REAL UNIX boxes as well and think you're full of crap.

The major difference is the fact that it doesn't use a dated clusterf**k of a GUI environment and has actually evolved since the 80's instead of piling kludge on top of kludge to mimic functionality found in other more high-performance GUI environments.

Would OSX be my SERVER environment of choice? Probably not. But as far as UNIX WORKSTATIONS with real desktop software go, OSX is lightyears ahead of anything Linux or FreeBSD have to offer. Or any commercial UNIX vendor for that matter.

OSX is quite a bit less f**ked up than Solaris. And OSX is the most widely used UNIX desktop environment on the planet. And I'm glad it doesn't use the GNU userland, I prefer BSD anyway. If you want OSX to be more traditionally UNIXy, install MacPorts, XCode, XQuartz and TotalTerminal. And go tick some checkboxes in various preferences in Finder and such to make it work as you expect.

You bash OSX yet every modern FOSS desktop tries to mimic it terribly and cram Windows-like UI elements in as well. And the Linux crowd is doing its best lately to try to make Linux as un-UNIX-like as possible to the point where it's becoming difficult for a desktop environment to even properly compile and run under FreeBSD anymore which is far closer to real UNIX than modern Linux.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"