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Comment: Re:california is a joke (Score 1) 56

by unixisc (#48901763) Attached to: Ed Felten: California Must Lead On Cybersecurity
When I visited the Bay Area this time, just couldn't recognize the place, in terms of landmarks. In places where a lot of tech companies had landmark like headquarters, there were few. Instead, the Bay Area looked like any other mediocre place in the state, just more expensive. The tech sector has shrunk to just a handful of companies, and the bulk of them seem gone. GP is right - CA is very much a joke. Courtesy the Davis/Schwarzenkennedy/Brown era

Comment: Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 90

by unixisc (#48901727) Attached to: DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update
Looks like a good solution for this would be for Microsoft to port DirectX either directly to Android/iOS, or indirectly to Linux/FreeBSD. That way, signal developers that if they develop to DirectX (which has the audio advantage over OpenGL, where OpenAL is something that has to be separately supported) they'd be supported on all 3 platforms. While the Windows version could remain proprietary, they could release these 2 versions as a dual license of GPLv3 and either BSDL/Apache.

Comment: Re:Pedantic, but... (Score 1) 165

by unixisc (#48894113) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook
Fully agree w/ this. Have said several times - I'd have a lot more respect for the FSF crowd if they finished HURD and came up w/ software that they wanted people to actually use, instead of preaching all the time - don't use flash, don't use MP**, don't use i****, don't use Windows, don't use FaceBook, don't use Amazon, don't use Google, blah blah blah

Comment: Re:Why would anyone buy something from those catal (Score 1) 65

by unixisc (#48894063) Attached to: Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11
I don't think it's just that. It's b'cos in the past, since people had nothing better to do, and weren't getting sleep, they killed the time buying stuff from those catalogs. Now, people can actually use electronic items like smartphones, tablets and laptops, even if they don't have an internet connection, and that gives them something to do that doesn't involve spending more money. Ergo, they stop buying stuff from Skymiles.

Comment: Re:But is that what people are actually doing? (Score 1) 165

by unixisc (#48891297) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

I call bullshit, since the objective of both are mutually exclusive. Chromebook is great if you live on the internet, have few to no local files, and just use your laptop for browsing & email.

Surface Pros are full laptop replacements. There are some niche uses for it, other than just as laptops. Say I have a peripheral that only Windows can recognize, it makes sense to have something like a Surface Pro, or if one is on a budget, HP Stream or a WinBook. Like I have a Brother label maker, which my PC-BSD setup can't recognize. That's the sort of thing I'd want a Wintel tablet for, provided it has the appropriate USB slots and drivers.

Other than that, non-Windows alternatives are great

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