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Comment: Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (Score 1) 300

by MachineShedFred (#48185859) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

I think it's partially because vertical touchscreens are ergonomically terrible. And, with the emphasis on thin and light, the addition of a digitizer would create thickness they don't want, and the use of said touchscreen would cantilever the base of your notebook off the desk and slam it back down repeatedly.

Plus, the usage of a touchscreen on a keyboard-centric device just sucks. I'm typing - oh, now I have to reach full arm at the display with my wrist at a weird angle, now I have to find the home row again, now I have to reach full arm extension again, etc. With a trackpad, you can just move one hand an inch or two, and be right back where you were. And good luck trying to actually hit some of these checkboxes / window widgets with your meaty appendage - most of them are less than 32 x 32 px.

There's a reason why a lot of people like the "cat tongue" / "mouse nipple" on Windows laptops - you can use it with even less hand movement from the keyboard, and far more accurately. I'm hoping that touchscreen laptops are nothing more than yet another fad that will go away.

Comment: Re:Bigger fuckup than John Akers (Score 2) 73

by MachineShedFred (#48185781) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

So maybe they shouldn't have chased off their chip customers years ago by refusing to make a functioning piece of silicon that didn't require the Hoover Dam to power it, and a cooling tower to make sure it didn't melt?

And the POWER line of CPUs dies with a whimper.

Comment: Re:Desktop is dying we need a good Workstation OS (Score 4, Insightful) 300

by MachineShedFred (#48169327) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

The issue I have with Windows 8, and OS X.10 is the fact that they are trying to make the OS into the next tablet/mobile OS.

No, they aren't. At least, not Apple.

They are making your Mac work with your iDevice more seamlessly. There's a pretty big distinction there.

Anyone claiming this is akin to Windows 7 -> Windows 8 isn't paying attention. For one, Apple has never (and still doesn't) ship a touchscreen Mac, so it would be quite ridiculous to put a touch-centric UI on OS X. OS X is still clearly ruled by the mouse / trackpad and keyboard, and will be for the foreseeable future for one very good reason - OS X is where the content for iOS is made, and iOS is where the content made on OS X is consumed.

That is the business model for Apple, and very close to what Google is doing too if you haven't noticed. They haven't exactly been whipping people to get Android onto laptops - that's what ChromeOS is for.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by MachineShedFred (#48169087) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

You're wrong.

Apple did not strip the major sematics of the UI that their users have enjoyed for 14 years for something that makes absolutely no sense on the hardware you've loaded it on, in the name of "one common [shitty] experience."

Apple has not completely hidden settings and configuration options - they are all still where you expect them to be. In fact, they moved some that were completely in your face for no reason into System Preferences where they should have been 10 years ago (I'm looking at you, Dock Settings).

Apple still gives you a fully functional terminal with real shell options and built-in standard scripting languages. Perl, Ruby, Python, and Bash are all there ready to go. You can even paste into the terminal without touching the mouse!

This is nothing like Windows 8. This is actually better than what came before.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by MisterSquid (#48148871) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

So far we have a small handful of US infections - mostly related to one guy who brought it in the country and the healthcare workers who didn't follow appropriate protocols while working with him. (Some of that blame might lie on the CDC and the hospital's management - not all of it on the nurses.)

Contrast this with the 5% - 20% of people in the US who get the flu every year and the 200,000 who are hospitalized with flu-related complications. (Source)

Can we please stop comparing Ebola to the flu?

For starters, Ebola apparently has a 70% mortality rate. Additionally, Ebola kills people who are otherwise perfectly healthy. The flu does not.

The flu is a health concern, yes, but widespread infection of Ebola is a nightmare that would make (in Sierra Leone, "makes") most years' flu seasons look like a sneezing fit.

Comment: Re:Everybody Panic! (Score 2) 419

by MisterSquid (#48124661) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

well no, I bet a dollar there was a tear in his suit. Simplest explanation is always right.

My favorite part about this is how it gives the lie to all the xenophobic rationalizations that people in various African nations were contracting Ebola because of $DANGEROUS_TRIBAL_FUNERARY_CEREMONY.

Ebola is transmitted through bodily fluids including sweat and aerosolized saliva (produced by sneezing). Containing bodily fluids in a social context—especially saliva and sweat—is virtually impossible and probably makes Ebola a lot more contagious than the talking heads are letting on.

Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 1) 94

by MisterSquid (#48120693) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

So surprisingly few competently written applications do this; GNU dhcpd was one, I'll give you that if you can give me another.

A Leopard (Mac OS X v.10.5.8) web server (Apache) I admin was defaced a few days after the exploit was announced.

Totally my fault for not immediately securing BASH, but yeah, I'm pretty sure the cgi scripts authored by MovableType (3.x) make calls to /bin/sh.

I do consider MovableType to be competently written. The reality is that the Shellshock vulnerability was something no one was really thinking about and it took many admins and even highly technical groups of people by surprise.*

* Whatever you think of Yahoo! their engineers and admins are highly technical. Shellshock is just a very nasty bug.

Comment: Re:are you fucking kidding me? (Score 4, Interesting) 57

by MisterSquid (#48119085) Attached to: Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

Except they've pivoted and HAVE been making HTML5 authoring tools for the last 3 years. Edge, Muse, Flash (yes, it's been exporting to HTML5 for a while now), among others use HTML5 as their final output.

I went to a pitch-disguised-as-a-conference for one of Adobe's then-upcoming products (Edge?) and was fairly impressed about Adobe's recommitting to HTML5 authoring and a CSS/JS IDE.

Fast forward two years and many developers still haven't touched these products because they are avoiding Adobe's subscription-based licensing.

Adobe needs radically to change their corporate culture because a significant portion of the developers who would love to use their products are NOT going to start paying rent to even read the content they've created.*

* This sentence is a polite translation of "Adobe can go die in a fire."

Comment: Kids will be kids (Score 3, Interesting) 44

The whole domain of computer security is very serious and, well, I'm also wondering what kinds of things do you like to do that's just kid stuff that's not directly related to computing? You know, like riding a bicycle, going on hikes, playing tag (not trying to patronize as these are things I did when I was 8).

(This is the last question I will post in this thread. Thanks for considering.)

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928