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Comment: Re:How do I buy a laptop without preloaded crap? (Score 1) 266

by spitzak (#49096689) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs

Assuming you want Windows (and not Apple or Linux or BSD or any of a bunch of other suggestions people will make)

From previous statements it sounds like buying the much more expensive "business model" will get this. You may have to do a bulk purchase of dozens of them.

Another suggestion was to buy a system at a Microsoft store. They do have an interest in making Windows not suck.

Comment: Re:Browser Makers Should Get The Message (Score 1) 353

by spitzak (#49081805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?

Because they want a reliable way to return to the previous page. If you use the new tab a lot there will be a huge number of history items you would have to back up over to go back to the original page.

I prefer opening the new tab in back, however. I probably want to keep reading the page I clicked.

I seem to remember earlier Android browser having two items on the pop-up, one for a foreground tab and another for a background tab. Either my memory is faulty or this was removed a few years ago.

Comment: Re:Whatever you're used to seems simple (Score 1) 716

by spitzak (#49032567) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

That's a nice excuse for /usr/bin but it is not true. /usr was intended to be user-owned directories, and all the commands a user was expected to type would reside in /bin (and .). Early AT&T Unix systems had multiple disks and made "/usr" be the "big" one, since they mistakenly thought that documents and things users worked on would be far larger than the system. Then what happened is the system disk filled up as more and more commands were added, and they needed space to put more commands, and since $PATH meant the "/bin" was not hard-coded in most places so it was easy to search other directories, and the lack of symbolic links or union mounts at the time meant the only way to put something on the /usr disk was to make it a directory under /usr, they added /usr/bin and started populating that. Eventually this also happened with libraries and /usr/lib was added.

Some people then started the excuse that /bin was for "system binaries" as opposed to "user binaries" but the distinction was pretty random. Not only that, /bin eventually filled up with "system binaries" and they had to add /usr/sbin!

Eventually so much stuff was put in /usr that people stopped putting home directories there. A different directory allowed them to be on a different disk than the system which was now about 90% under /usr/bin and /usr/lib. Almost everybody used $HOME rather than any hard-coded values so this was possible to change. First /users was the new directory but this was changed to /home more recently).

Comment: Re:Give me a break (Score 1) 146

by spitzak (#49031835) Attached to: Building the Developer's Dream Keyboard

Actually the behavior of Home/End is one of the few things that still varies between Mac and PC and between various PC apps. Some have them move to the end of the line, some to the end of the document. A few that move to the end of the line move to the end of the document when you press them a second time.

Comment: Re: Good! 100,000 more Democrat voters! (Score 1) 331

by spitzak (#48993841) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

The income tax percentage is graduated based on the income level and thus varies. In addition most deductions and refunds are fixed amounts and not any kind of percentage of income. This is a basic understanding that everybody has, so your attempt at humor fails completely because you are not extrapolating or exaggerating from any assumed situation or proposal.

You also screwed up with your $15/hour statement. After much analysis I figured out that you were talking about "people who *want* the minimum wage to be $15/hour", but your wording sounded like "the correct amount is 100% for people making $15/hour". That seems absurdly high so I thought you were making some kind of joke, but boy was I stumped as to what it was. I think you also seem ignorant of the fact that the minimum wage *is* $15/hour in some places.

In any case your attempt at humor was pretty dismally bad. You should maybe not try.

Comment: Re:Oh look, it's the Java killer... (Score 1) 253

by spitzak (#48993665) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Execution Engine

I'm not using a $ in Microsoft's name. My complaint is that the knee-jerk responders are the ones who look immature. They should be able to ignore it but it apparently it sooo annoys them that they cannot help but make fools of themselves by responding.

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.