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Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 1) 96 96

EMACS is just a text editor.
GIMP is just a photo editor.
Mozilla is just a web browser.

Having an system for plugins / addons / new extensible functionality doesn't make any of them something they aren't.

Systemd is an init system where I've installed it. I don't you know where you get the idea that it magically does all the rest of the stuff without someone wanting it to. It's not like there's hidden covert code somewhere in PID1 that will sneak in a DHCP request when no one is looking.

Comment: Re:For me it's the reverse (Score 1) 148 148

They were spreading the same crap about Windows 8 machines. I haven't found a machine yet that I can't install Linux onto.

Surface 2 requires a signed bootloader so that limits your abilities quite a bit, but as for spreading crap there's a bit more info that needs to be considered:

Microsoft's certification for OEMs have the following requirements:

Windows RT: Secure Boot enabled.
Windows 8: Secure Boot optional. If Secure Boot is shipped it MUST be user selectable in the BIOS. If Secure Boot is shipped it must be enabled by default.
Windows 10: Secure Boot required and must be enabled by default. Wording about Secure Boot being user selectable has been removed!

That last part is the key. Only a few idiots were spreading FUD about Windows 8 and secure boot. But with Windows 10 the FUD now suddenly leaves you at the mercy of any OEM.

Comment: Re:For me it's the reverse (Score 1) 148 148

Do you have any source for your claim that that will not work anymore? Otherwise I call FUD.

Windows OEM certification documents don't say that it will not work anymore, but rather don't ensure that it will.

Windows RT requirements for OEMs included the requirement that Secure Boot is enabled. *** Potentially bad for linux.
Windows 8 / 8.1 requirements for OEMs included the requirement that Secure Boot if available must have the ability to de-disabled by the user. *** Good for linux.
Windows 10 requirements removed the wording that the user must be able to disable secure boot. *** Potentially bad for linux.

Comment: Re:Google It (Score 1) 181 181

My emphasis. This is not a commitment to recycle. It's feel-good corporate-speak.

I don't think so. The problem is as always: lawyers. This is quite likely a very legitimate program started with someone's good idea. But when they went to publish it the legal team would have skimmed through and reworded everything so they can't ever be held liable for anything.

I work for a very large corporation and we do the same. We legitimately run such programs but advertise them with weazel words just in case something doesn't go quite right, so someone doesn't then hold us to account on a stuff-up.

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1) 318 318

Because you're doing something where there's a reasonable liklihood you're going to do far more damage than you can afford to compensate someone for.

So the same can be said for anything right? Why does uber and commercial insurance come into it?

In Australia we have personal liability insurance, but that does sweet-f-a if I hit a Ferrari in my beat-up pick-up, and yet every driver on the road is not legally required to carry anti-Ferrari insurance.

What you can and can't do is a question of wealth and risk and there should be other legal avenues in place to deal with that rather than mandating insurance. If the insurance is mandated then it should be universally so and thus Uber should be treated no differently than some underpaid McDonalds worker who could equally mame someone on the way home.

Comment: Re:Hardware Locking (Score 1) 111 111

Many MACs are adjustable in the drivers.

And yet some are not and are hardcoded. I.e. The Surface Pro series has a MAC that isn't adjustable. The registry hacks don't work because the registry keys don't exist and if you use some software to spoof the MAC you end up in a BSOD loop.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 318 318

I'm not opposed to changing this agreement, in fact I encourage it, but if you're going to do so you need to compensate who bought the medallions.

I bought shares in a company should I be compensated when the company folds? Every investment carries risk. Leaving my money in the bank in a savings account carries risk too, just a lower risk with a lower reward.

Why are people always entitled to compensation? Why are companies entitled to go bust and get bailed out? What happened to just letting things run its course?

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 0) 318 318

I don't understand why this comes back to insurance. There is a concept of self insurance, or no insurance.

We run risks every day of doing something where come company won't come and bail us out. Why should someone suddenly be *forced* to have insurance to do something?

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 2) 280 280

Also, there is still some waste left over from that. I'm going to have to see some evidence that we'll handle that responsibly. So far, nope.

We don't need to. After use in a modern nuclear cycle the final waste products decay to safe levels quickly enough that it becomes an almost non issue. By comparison the waste produced by a coal power plant is significantly worse.

But we won't get there because of an interim stage of the cycle. OMG PLUTONIUM THE COMMIE TERRORISTS WILL GET US.

Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 1) 294 294

That was their fuckup. It didn't need to be a worse mouse experience. Note that I'm not talking about metro here which is just a plain bad experience.

I'm talking about other small fine tuned details like the borders which are significantly larger, the larger hit area on icons, the introduction of the checkbox on explorer icons allowing multi-select without needing a keyboard. I'd mention the ribbon too but someone will lynch me for it.

In general none of these had a negative impact on the mouse, just a negative impact on the eyes as some people really hate the window border. Yet they were ultimately product breaking features if you used Windows on a convertible tablet.

Comment: Re:Why did they get rid of Media Center in Win 10? (Score 1) 294 294

All I can guess is that Comcast who they are partners with asked them to kill media center so people wont be able to control their own content and will have to use expensive DVRs ... this is not right

Actually I think you'll find it's more to do with the cost of licensing when it comes to recording TV. From what I've read the licensing fees are absolutely extortionate which is why none of the very awesome open source media centres which in every other way shit over MS's product have this feature. It's a handy little way for cable companies to maintain a monopoly on PVRs capable of recording their channels and likewise a way to ensure that these PVRs don't record protected content.

May Euell Gibbons eat your only copy of the manual!