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Comment: Re:Surprise? (Score 4, Informative) 549

by pherthyl (#47700505) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yep. I used Linux almost exclusively for many years at university. Back when I had the time and desire to fix things when they broke. Eventually I was worn down by the endless cycle of update break fix that you get in Linux. When you can't even safely update to the next version the system is broken.

About once a year I do a project on Linux or install it somewhere to see how it has progressed. In the important areas, it hasn't at all.

We did a project just recently using Intel NUCs running Ubuntu and some of our software to be connected to TVs. Here's the linux specific problems we encountered
1. Installing Qt dev environment is a huge pain. The default packages in both 14.04 and 13.10 are broken for multimedia playback in Qt and need files to be manually moved to work. Using a Qt build from also doesn't work with multimedia.
2. On Kubuntu we accidentally changed the desktop resolution to one the TV wouldn't accept. There was no confirm. X totally broken, no obvious way to fix it. Reinstalled.
3. On Kubuntu, we had to delay our delivery at the last moment because we discovered that when using a TV as a monitor and the TV was turned off, our application window disappeared (still running, just invisible). After many hours of debugging and no info, we ditched Ubuntu.
4. Had to install Ubuntu several times and fiddle with Bios settings for it to work (some kind boot issue with UEFI).
5. No standard mounting point for DVDs caused problems
etc etc

In the end it would have been far cheaper to put Windows on there and just have it work. Hours and hours wasted during development on silly bugs that should have never happened. And this is on quality hardware from a vendor that supports Linux (Intel).

Comment: Re:A shot at other OS, computer *and* device maker (Score 3, Insightful) 471

by pherthyl (#45209351) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air

>> Apple laptops are not magic, or particularly good value.

Two things that I like about Apple laptops that are unmatched:
1. Trackpad is just first class. I have never seen any windows machine with a trackpad so smooth and accurate. Also the gestures in the OS are actually useful to the point where I prefer using the trackpad over a mouse for most applications (not image editing).
2. Magnetic power adapter. This is just killer compared to the stupid barrel connectors everyone else has. I would pay an extra $100 just for that feature.

Comment: Re:Considered it (Score 1) 177

by pherthyl (#45087955) Attached to: Nest Protect: Trojan Horse For 'The Internet of Things'?

...which is also why there isn't one in my house. "Network-connectable thermostat that I can control from a smartphone and which has a simple UI on top of decent intelligence?" Sure! "Has to phone-home to a company instead of working stand-alone or with a fairly simple piece of software that I can monitor and maintain myself because I'm a competent sysadmin at a company much larger than Nest?" Whoops, this product stays on the store shelf.

The whole point of the Nest is that it is a piece of the smart home automation world without the complexity. If they made it so it had to be tied to a program on your computer, or you had to run your own server it would have been a total flop.

Comment: Re:Annoyed fanboy? (Score 3, Insightful) 419

by pherthyl (#44075601) Attached to: Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption

>> You must be somewhat mathematically challenged, because even if you and Apple are right, targeting a subset of 75% of the market is still better than targeting nearly all of 17% of the market.

And yet, 75% of app revenue is from iOS. So as a developer the 75% marketshare means nothing if those people aren't buying apps.

Comment: Re:Make it Generic, Please (Score 1) 257

by pherthyl (#43444297) Attached to: What's Next For Smartphone Innovation

>> I want a generic revolution in smart phones. Android goes part way there, but not far enough.

The iPhone has been all the way there since it was created. Nothing comes from the carrier except the packets and the bill. Problem solved.

>> Phones should be modular. Want to upgrade the phone battery? Or radio? Add a keyboard? Not a problem.

This is nonsense. Upgrade the radio? You have no idea how infeasible that is unless you'd like to return to suitcase phones from the 80s.
And you can already add a keyboard, it's called Bluetooth.

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