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Comment Re:Why is there still an "anti-malware" market? (Score 2, Insightful) 163

Didn't Windows Defender kill off the "anti-malware" market?

No, because Windows Defender sucks.

Does anyone really still run things like "Symantec" or "McAfee"?

Only naive new-computer buyers who get it pre-installed and roll with that because of the name-recognition. The rest of us run something that doesn't suck. Symantec/Norton and McAfee are bloated messes that bog down the computer and hardly catch anything. Defender is just a hidden useless product that also doesn't catch much of anything. There are plenty of worthwhile programs out there however that catch a lot and definitely do help to address this very real problem.

Comment Re: AT&T will soon switch back to Windows (Score 1) 167

Maybe you're right in some sense but you're discarding 99% of desktop hardware.

Not sure how voting dollars work if you're representing 0.0001% of the market.

And 87.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

It's hardly 99% of desktop hardware, and I can assure Windows does not control 99.9999% of the desktop market. And it's not always "server hardware". And since you mentioned SuperMicro, you can get a SuperMicro board for under $100 if you'd like. If you spend less than $100 total on your MB+CPU+PS then you're really asking for trouble.

Do most desktop users run Windows? I wouldn't even give you that, considering how many Macs I see. But even if they did... at the end of the day:

A) Windows-only hardware is going to be cheaper (due to deals made with the devel, aspects normally handled by hardware being pushed into software, and them being willing to compensate for shitty hardware by putting lots of work into software drivers for the largest market)
B) You buy hardware to match what software/OS you mean to run. You don't try to run intense Photoshop-work on 2GB RAM, likewise if you need special Linux-driver support or care about sensors, then you don't buy stuff where the motherboard-manufacturer has skimped-out and used chips for which there is only Windows drivers.
C) You're going to have to pay a bit more for B, but it's not as much more as your exaggerations suggest.

And you really need to stop blaming Linux developers for lack of driver support when in reality it's the hardware-manufacturers' fault for not releasing specs and data. You'll find that Good Mfrs who do so actually get Linux drivers. The only drivers that get made for the others are the ones where a dev gets lucky reverse-engineering. Even popular hardware won't get drivers if the mfr keeps the specs closed and proprietary.

Again, vote with your wallet if you want change. Otherwise there's no audience for your complaining and your continued action is just working against your desires, as the mfrs selling stuff are getting the impression that people will keep buying their Windows-only crap. I can assure you, they're only looking at their sales sheet and NOT Slashdot forums.

Comment Re: AT&T will soon switch back to Windows (Score 1) 167

And I like low end

Well there you go.

If so you likely paid more for the motherboard that I did for motherboard, CPU, RAM and power supply.

Yes, if you want better than low-end, Windows-only hardware then you're going to have to pay a bit more for quality.

The sensors library on linux supports like 10-20% sensors out there whereas a Windows monitoring program supports more like 95-99%. That looks more like a failure of linux (or BSD etc.) to support the hardware rather than a problem with the quality of hardware.

No, it looks like you fell for buying Windows-only hardware in an attempt to save money. There are lots of printers that fall into this category as well, and back in the day modems. If Microsoft can have their way, there'll be even more full-out computers that refuse to run anything but Windows. If that's not the world you want, then you need to start voting with your dollars... not sourcing the cheapest low-end stuff you can find then complaining that your non-Windows OS doesn't work well on it.

Comment Re: AT&T will soon switch back to Windows (Score 1) 167

whereas linux will show you one to three temperatures and no voltage. This means you can't diagnose the PSU

Don't blame Linux because you chose shitty hardware. On my Linux desktop, I get a bunch of temps and voltages, and on my FreeBSD server it emails me if the power supply volt stats get out of spec.

But then, I chose quality hardware and not bottom-of-the-barrel consumer-grade "enthusiast" crap. And it didn't cost me much more... a price difference I was more than willing to pay for better reliability and functionality.

Comment I guess I'm the only one who likes Thunderbird? (Score 5, Insightful) 418

Am I the only person left who actually LIKES and used Thunderbird?

Enough of the "just use webmail" crap. I do in an emergency, but on established computers I live on regularly, you can't beat the better power, speed and versatility of a native email application running locally. I get far more-features in Thunderbird than my email provider's lightweight and simple web interface.

Plus Thunderbird is cross-platform and available on my variety on mixed-OS computers, giving me a consistent local-app email experience across them all.

But I suppose a good portion of the email-app-haters are the same ones as email-haters who would rather use IM, SMS and Facebook messaging rather than proper email. Get off my lawn... some of us actually use the internet for work too, not just play.

Comment Plex is awesome (Score 3, Informative) 89

I'm not getting all the hate for Plex. Plex is amazing.

It's not just a media server. It's a full-blown server and media management and distribution system akin to running your own Netflix. I paid the one-time lifetime pass and it's been totally worth it. We stream to many Rokus, computers and Android devices amongst my household and immediate family.

Having paid for the PlexPass, all the clients I add to my Plex Home group are free so users don't have to pay for each client. I run it on a 6-disc FreeNAS RAIDZ2 system that has enough CPU horsepower to run Plex Server right on the NAS itself. The system is beautiful and amazingly capable. Just drop any old video file on, and Plex handles everything else: metadata, posters, trailers, organization, and any necessary transcoding to play any type of video file onto any client regardless of its capabilities.

I know Emby is popular because it's open-source, and perhaps some parts of it are better than Plex (I've never used Emby). But the reviews I've seen put them pretty close to each other, with often Plex having a slight edge overall. But probably ultimately depends on what you're doing with it and what features matter to you.

Anyone who flat out hates Plex probably doesn't understand how it's really supposed to be used and what needs it's meant to address. It's easy to hate the perfect screwdriver if you're trying to use it as a hammer.

Comment Re: Good example (Score 5, Informative) 345


A typical lithium ion battery will show noted loss of capacity even after 2y. And it's not just about the overall lifespan of the battery: it's about being able to quickly pop in a freshly-charged spare and get on with your day without having to be stuck tethered to a charging cable.

Or, if you work remotely from charging sources for extended periods, having a handful of $10 charged batteries handy is a lifesaver.

Comment Re:IPhone 7 still 32 and 64GB (Score 3, Insightful) 109

Apple anti-consumer design of their phones has now infected their desktops and laptops as well. Apple has given the middle-finger to 30+ years of standard personal computer design practice. Want to upgrade anything? Buy a whole new computer. Any part breaks? Buy a whole new computer.

Any single reason they give for it is utter BS. Anyone who buys into it is a gullible blind sheep. I'm sorry, but I've seen too many companies do exactly what Apple says they can't for me to give an ounce of credibility to their pathetic excuses. Computers smaller and thinner than Apple devices, with removable/upgradable components. Epoxied-in batteries, that are made part of the chassis along with they keyboard? Soldered-in RAM and SSD storage in computers twice as thick as other devices I own where the RAM and SSD are removable (and expandable). Keyboard spill = $360 part + tons of labor. At the end of the day, Apple does it for one reason and one reason alone: it gets more of their brainwashed cult of customers to buy more overpriced shiny devices more frequently.

Comment Mozilla has no clue how to version software (Score 2) 172

This isn't Firefox 39. This is Firefox 4.39

The idiots have totally jumped the track and lost all sanity and reason when it comes to proper practices in versioning. I haven't seen anything that warranted a +1 on the major version in ages, yet every time they integrate some stupid new advertising/social gimmick that should've been left as an extension, they bump the major version number. Or if no one has offered them cash recently to whore themselves out, they just bump it because they're bored out of some version-penis envy with Chrome.

And this coming from one of the historically biggest Firefox fans amongst my friends, family and colleagues. I've been promoting it since Phoenix, being a longtime Netscape and Mozilla user for many years before that.

Comment Re:I had the same problem (Score 1) 179

I replaced my Nexus 5 with a Samsung Galaxy S5 -- I really like the S5 (and removable SIM), but I hate Samsung's Touchwiz interface.

Which is one of the reasons I bought a T-Mobile S5 even though I'm on AT&T. Unlocked it, rooted it, installed Lollipop months before AT&T or T-Mobile released it. Been happy ever since.

I only had to suffer through Touchwiz and bloatware for a few days.

Comment Samsung has lost its way (Score 2) 235

No MicroSD slot and no removable battery means no sale for me. And from the posts on this forum, I'm far from alone.

When my S2 died a couple weeks ago I had already read the rumors that the S6 would lack these critical, basic features. So I went ahead and bought an S5. So glad I didn't wait for the anti-consumer S6.

Removable batteries are both about getting through a full day of hardcore usage without ever being tethered to a charging wire, as well as increasing the overal longevity of the phone by being able to replace it 2-3 years in when it no longer holds a decent charge.

Expandable storage isn't just about having more storage in the device. It's about being able to have safe storage independent of the device that can survive the device failing. Every night my phone does an automatic backup of all my apps and data to my MicroSD card. I can't tell you how many times this has saved me over the years, on multiple phones. More than once on my Samsung Captivate (original Galaxy S). More than once on my S2... including this most-recent time 2 weeks ago. I moved my MicroSD card over to my new S5, restored my data and I was right back where I left off.

And don't give me that crap about backing up to the "cloud". The "cloud" is a joke, and those of us in the Real World don't have data, let alone wifi access 24/7. Just because I don't have wireless signal doesn't mean I don't want my data backed up that night.

Every cell phone I've ever owned has had a removable battery, and every smartphone I've ever had has had a MicroSD card... including some non-smartphones from back when they were called TransFlash. There's no way in hell I'm going to start giving up these basic, core features of owning a phone. If Samsung doesn't get its head out of its ass, stop being stupid and stop being anti-consumer then the S5 could easily be the last Samsung phone I ever buy. I'll miss the OLED screen but they won't deserve my money at that point. I'll vote with my money and give it to a company that isn't into the business of screwing the user and forced-obsolescence.

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