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Comment: perspective.... (Score 1) 720

by smash (#47776345) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Media slant - beware. Russians will likely tell you that this is because the humanitarian aid convoy they sent got attacked. Presumably, they are sending more supplies and defending them this time.

Which version is true? Probably the truth is somewhere in the middle. Both sides use propaganda in any confrontation - not just "the bad guys".

Comment: Re:Build a decent desktop? (Score 1) 725

by smash (#47721063) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
OS X is a lot more than a Window manager. The fact that Linux people tend to think they can replicate what OS X is, by building a window manager that looks similar is pretty much representative of the problem. No one bothers to design any of the platform to build things on. Cocoa is massive and full featured. It provides everything you need to build applications, and is used pervasively throughout the system.

Comment: yes it is common (Score 3, Informative) 348

... because muppets pretending they know how to adminster a network are common.

Don't be a muppet. Limit the spread of malware on your network as much as possible by only opening things that need to be open, to places they need to be open to. There is ZERO reason, for example (plucked at random to illustrate a point), for your end user PC network being able to directly connect to SMB on your SQL server, for example.

Yes, in theory they need credentials to do that. But why leave it open to anyone who obtains credentials when you can be more pro-active about defending the box?

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

by smash (#47548757) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

"I have a copy of phpnuke/moodle/wordpress running in my bedroom" != server.

And yes, active directory is a big reason enterprises are Windows focused.

It's 20-fucking-14 and the Unix world still doesn't have an out of the box working directory service. No, i don't want to create my own LDAP schema and fuck with kerberos and PAM.

No, NIS+ is not a replacement.

Comment: Re:Technical Merit really overrated (Score 1) 739

by smash (#47548741) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Yes, technical merit is important, but it is not the most important factor for most software

In every case you mention, I think you'll find the deciding factor was support. DOS won because it ran on any shitty generic PC clone. Windows won because of software support. Office won due to platform support for integration with other MS products. X86 won due to software support. ISA won due to industry support from multiple vendors. DirectX "won" (well, not really OpenGL is still alive and well for non-windows platforms and killing it in mobile with ES) due to MS platform and developer support.

Something to note for those in the Linux community who decide to flame people who are just trying to get their shit to work. Support will make or break your product, especially for business. It can have the shiniest bells and most aurally seductive whistles known to man, but if Bob at Initech can't call on someone when it breaks and actually get help, rather than insults, then it will not fly.

Even worse when the developers are actively hostile to particular classes of user (looking at you, Firefox).

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

by smash (#47548697) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Nothing, unless they want people to actually contribute and spread the word. 1 user who gets screwed by an update = a heap of people told about how linux still isn't ready for prime time, and the support forums are full of assholes.

Does wonders for enticing companies to provide platform support.

Comment: Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (Score 1) 739

by smash (#47548693) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Modded troll, but it's pretty true, albeit derogatory towards the second half. In the above time-frame, I've seen nowhere near as much breakage in FreeBSD. FreeBSD even ship compatibility shims in the ports system to enable older applications to work. Microsoft has managed compatibility far better, even apple has done a far better job, and they're probably the most likely vendor to break user-space apps out of the lot.

The above poster also forgot the ipfwadm/ipchains/iptables/nftables debacle - sure, FreeBSD has multiple firewalls but they're all supported and not deprecated from release to release.

Comment: Re:bad for standards (Score 1) 194

by smash (#47523173) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

OGG was too late. You don't just need to be open, you need to be solving problems that weren't solved years ago. MP3 was good enough. There are better replacements, but the hardware support hit the ground way before ogg or any of the alternatives were ready. People ripped all their stuff to mp3 way before the alternatives were ready.

The Vorbis/Vp8 guys don't need to be competing with h.264. That ship sailed years ago. They need to be beating the next generation of codec.

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