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Comment: Re:Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 1) 393

by r_a_trip (#49073345) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

The computer is a tool that should enable us to spend more time accomplishing what we want, not configuring a window manager to use the full resolution of my display, or figuring out that Gnome looks horrible while KDE feels slow on my system, or my trackpad isn't working. (These are all actual experiences I have had installing different versions of Ubuntu on one system, thanks to its poor support.)

You are comparing preloaded machines to a home install. Apples (no pun intended) and oranges.

I should be able to make one purchase with something that is cutting edge if I want.

What is stopping you? Several Linux shops sell high-end machines with linux preloaded and supported. (No, it is easier to abuse the comparison of a home install, on hardware not specifically selected to be supported in kernel by Linux, to preloaded OEM machines.)

Now, before you call me an Apple fanboy, I should let you know that I have been a Linux advocate since 98' at the tender age of 16.

What you did in the past is irrelevant. Currently you are cherry picking points to paint the picture you want and in the process you shit all over Linux.

Comment: Re:Like hearing grandpa talk about WWII (Score 1) 393

by r_a_trip (#49073189) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

The more imaginative can easily see there is no technological reason you can't hook a keyboard, mouse and monitor to a smartphone or tablet and do everything a desktop can do.

It is not that imaginative. It is also not that smart. By hooking up that smartphone to all that stationary stuff, you essentially turn that smartphone into... (drum roll please) a desktop machine. Which negates the very thing that makes the smartphone so successful, the incredible portability of the device.

A smartphone, used as a smartphone, is a marvel of independence. It is light, reasonably powerful in what it can do and it is exceptionally autonomous. All it needs and can do, is baked into that little oblong.

The moment you promote (or is that demote) the smartphone into the central processing unit of a desktop setup, it suddenly becomes a cumbersome affair. Suddenly, you need to haul more peripherals with you to be able to turn that smartphone into a desktop or you need to worry that the other location has everything you need in place (including the right connectors and protocols).

Also, if it is not a smartphone but a desktop replacement, it suddenly needs to do more diverse and more heavy tasks than a smartphone. So the ultra-portable nature of the hardware becomes a problem. You either end up with a "desktop replacement" that has the oomph of the pre-Pentium 4 era machine or you need to buy ($$$) server-based processing capabilities from a third party (read SaaS and PaaS).

The only shaky advantages that "smartphone as a desktop" has, is that it doesn't need to sync local files as you carry them around at all times and you can make phone calls from the "desktop".

For the same amount of money I can buy marvelously small but more powerful, stationary machines and hook those permanently up to all that stationary peripheral equipment and use that smartphone as a true mobile device, without being negatively affected by the need to do stuff on it that is better done on equipment specifically designed for it.

Comment: Re:Indeed, BSD is already a popular desktop OS (Score 1) 393

by r_a_trip (#49072847) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

Indeed, BSD is already a popular desktop OS

It [OS X] already has about 13.4% US desktop market share already.

But it is not BSD. It is OS X and it is certainly isn't licensed with a two or three clause BSD license. Also, OS X is an amalgam of different systems. It contains pieces of BSD, of MACH and Apple OSes.

If OS X is BSD, then VMS won, as Windows NT is a distant VMS derivative.

(Tongue in cheek:) Linux is just a terminal emulator with scope creep.

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 4, Insightful) 393

by r_a_trip (#49072807) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?

What I think would be most frustrating for end users is installing and updating software. For some apps that can be a nightmare.

Are we talking about a Linux distro or Windows here?

A distro has everything neatly managed in the repository. Click, install and it updates automatically with the rest of the system...

Comment: Re:How do we know this is not parallel constructio (Score 2) 129

by r_a_trip (#49024729) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity
*** Yes he might of left information around that could help narrow down suspects, or even incriminate himself, but that doesn't mean that it would have been found, noticed, and acted on.***

Well, Silkroad was a huge piece of evidence for criminal activity. I think it is safe to assume that the FBI tripped over that boulder first. Since it was a web-based auction site, someone must have created it and someone must maintain it. Someone with he nym Dread Pirate Roberts seems to run the show.

Standard investigative work tends to work backwards to the source. In the very early days of Silkroad the nym Altoid pops up and focussing on Altoid, a post with rossulbricht at gmail dot com connected to the nym Altoid is found. I think it is safe to assume that from that moment on the name Ross Ulbricht led the suspect list and all effort was put in to linking DPR to Ross Ulbricht.

Comment: Re:I am going to take this a step further (Score 4, Insightful) 113

by r_a_trip (#48580015) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

It is kinda sad to live in the time of prosperity when I know in times of adversity, we would be more resillient, more strong and determined. The comfy emptiness of prosperity just leads to boys being born and then growing without any inherent purpose other than being a part of the economical system. And the girls can afford to reap the fruits of prosperity while the boys wander confused trying to find a purpose in their lives. This is just an opinion to explain the current situation with lonely guys often working in tech or academia. Don't get me wrong, the desperate search for their purpose may lead to new great inventions and discoveries, but also the necessity has lead to great inventions and maybe faster. Living in prosperity is rather dull.

Says someone living in (relative) prosperity... So you want life to be harsh, unforgiving and generally hostile to survival, just so your purpose can become to merely exist and get your next meal before your peers eat it.

Wrap your head around the horrible fact that life has no other inherent meaning than to merely exist. You can live an empty (read: no inherent meaning other than to exist) life and have it be a struggle to survive or you can live an empty life and add all the frills to it that make it meaningful to you.

Either way, life is indifferent to what you choose.

Comment: Re: Terrible (Score 1) 430

by r_a_trip (#48308635) Attached to: Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

If you're trying to argue that being gay is wrong because nature, then do a bit more reading. Homosexual sexual activity is observed in many animal species across most orders.

How dare you derail OP's dogmatic diatribe against the unatural evils of non-heterosexual intercourse with facts of nature? Don't you know gays are of teh DEVIL!!!1!!11

As a gay man (with the only real choice to stop hiding my sexuality or else become a mental wreck by all the closeted secrecy) I find these "YOU CHOOSE TO BE WRONG, YOU EVIL CREATURE!" fantasies to be equally funny, sad and scary. It's a limited, empathyless "If you are not like me, you are wrong and must be eliminated" kind of thing.

Comment: Re:This is so 1990s (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by r_a_trip (#47162679) Attached to: Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released
***Exactly. And with that in mind, since we left the 90's it has been really hard to find a good program launcher that isn't incredibly bloaty and that doesn't hinder my workflow.***

Exactly this. It's the same for me. I'm not necesarilly married to the "Win95" paradigm, but if I'm going to dump it, I expect the replacement to enhance my daily workflow, not drive me up the wall with distracting and context breaking view switches.

It may be the modern thing on mobile phones, but there it is not a matter of innovation, but of working around restraints of the (still) limited mobile hardware.

As long as nothing better comes along, I'll be on Cinnamon.

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