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Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 650

> Yes, because MS Windows is totally "Unix Philosophy" and is all about choice and modularity.'

Because it the runs the apps.

Windows does the job. It works with the hardware, and runs the software. Why make a religion of it? It's like making a huge fuss over what kind of copier machine you use.

I agree with original poster. The promise of Linux is gone. Now it's just another Microsoft.

So why fight it? Microsoft is kludgy as hell. But MS basically does what you need it to do.

Comment What is a "modern desktop?" (Score 1) 650

I run MATE because it sucks less than KDE, or Gnome - a lot less.

What is not "modern" about MATE? What am I missing?

Features for the sake of features do not interest me. What functional aspect of a DE would actually help me be more productive, that I don't have with MATE?

Don't get me wrong, there are other good desktops, just not KDE or Gnome.

Comment Not Disney's first labor dispute (Score 1) 260

Watch PBS American Experience "Walt Disney." Disney has been abusing it's workforce for a long time.

Like other corporations, the only way to stop is to make them stop. You need to organize, and fight back, or the abuse will continue.

Comment Re:Maybe US IT deserve what they get? (Score 1) 260

> I think it's going to have to get much worse before people get mad enough to fight.

I think you are right. But I also think that, by that point, it may be too late.

Fairly soon, Americans are get disgusted, and stop studying for STEM. When that the happens, the tech companies will point to declining enrollment as evidence that Americans don't want the jobs.

Comment Re:Wages in America (Score 1) 260

Why not the same for other professions?

Healthcare is a huge issue. Part of the problem is the astronomical salaries enjoyed by many US physicians - will over one million dollars a year in many cases.

Why does Greenspan scoff that US IT workers want to be a "privileged elite" but he says nothing about doctors earning over $1 million a year?

So let's flood the US with offshore physicians who don't earn anything near that, and thereby reduce our healthcare costs.

Of course, that will never happen. The AMA will not allow it (for the patients good of course).


Comment Watch documentary "Merchants of Doubt" (Score 3, Interesting) 319

Or read the book.

Corporations hire PR firms that hire professional deniers to "muddy the waters"

The tobacco industry did this for decades, pushing the message that the negative effects of smoking were disputed, controversial, etc.

As it turns out, the same scientists who denied smoking dangers also denied global warming. Look up "Frederick Seitz."

Yes, it can be hard to know. That is because certain corporations spend millions making it hard to know.


Comment "Sea ice and land ice are two separate phenomena" (Score 2) 319

According to this

> Sea ice and land ice are two separate phenomena. Antarctica is losing land ice at an accelerating rate. Sea ice around Antarctica is increasing. The reasons for sea ice increasing in a warming Southern Ocean are complex

Comment Re:The Commit Message (Score 1) 572

> I really do like distros that have it in my virtual machines because I can do a full reboot in seconds

Not my experience at all.

I actually timed systemd vs non-systemd boot time on my desktop. Non-systemd won by a significant margin.

The systemd people gave me a reasonable response: systemd is faster because it start services in parallel. This is helpful when you run a lot of services - like some servers. On a desktop, where are not running so many services, systemd can be slower than non-systemd.

I do not have the specifics of my test available right now. But I do remember that non-systemd booted faster.

Ubuntu 10.4 - just before Gnome3 was awesome. It is sad they ruined such a great distro.

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