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Comment Re:Well said sir. (Score 4, Insightful) 551

...I've still yet to see an accounting of what spying is happening on Windows 10...

You're not looking very hard, then. Indeed, Microsoft itself has published a partial list of the data being harvested. Even the partial list looked pretty bad. If the data being harvested is so benign, why didn't Microsoft publish the full list?

Comment Re:I've moved on... (Score 0) 139

...Are you as shocked as I am?...

Initially, I was, then I took a step back and realized I was inside Apple's Walled Garden. But from a pure usability standpoint, if I search for an artist's song to play, and I have most, if not all, of that artist's songs in the database that AppleTV/iTunes manages, then why doesn't it show me the songs I already own, instead of ignoring them?

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But yup, the infamous, notorious Apple Walled garden, where you are encouraged to buy songs you already own. Gotta keep that revenue flowing in.

Comment I've moved on... (Score 1) 139

I started with Media Player, and then I moved to Apple's AppleTV for a while. The last iteration of AppleTV was a bust for me, as it seemed to prefer Apple's store over my own media, and the touch remote was pretty useless. So I wound up with JRiver Media Center. I have it running on Debian Liunx. So far, JRiver Media Center is looking very good.

Comment Re:You all presumably know why. (Score 5, Insightful) 358

...For all these things and many more there has been a turf war along the lines of "We will fix this in the kernel!", "Oh no you won't, we will fix this with our daemon", "Oh no you won't, my userland administration tool will fix this"....

At that point, the need for an overall system-level architect comes into play. Someone who looks at the overall system, its architecture and design goals and decides the best way to implement features and fixes.

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To this Linux outsider, it seems that systemd was implemented more because someone decided to do it, rather than being done because it was the appropriate solution to a problem.

Comment Why this obsession with a show being a "hit"? (Score 2) 193

...Netflix has defied convention by offering no inkling of how many people watch its shows and claiming just about everything is a hit....

Watch an episode or two or three of the show. If you like it, continue to watch it, and enjoy the show. If you don't like it, stop watching it, and move on. See how simple that is? No need to obsess over what everyone else is thinking about the show.

Comment Re:Not surprised about Mint's spot (Score 1) 141

If you ran Mint for a year and it wouldn't boot 25% of the time, that's on you, your install, an/or your hardware, not Mint. ...

Oh, did I strike a nerve? The hardware is fine. It has run OpenBSD, FreeBSD, various other flavors of Linux, and is now running Debian with no issues or problems whatsoever. There is the possibility that the hardware exposes an obscure bug in something Mint, I don't know.

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I'm coming into Linux from Windows. I don't have any "favorite" Linux distribution, I just want a notebook that is reliable. Debian provided that for me. You may have different experiences. That's fine. Pick what works for you. Mint didn't work for me.

(as an aside --- As a new Linux user, I am amazed at the tribal-like warfare among the various Linux distributions. But I guess that is a different thread.)

Comment Not surprised about Mint's spot (Score 2) 141

I had been running Linux Mint on my notebook for nearly a year. About 25% of the time it would not get through a cold boot-up. I had to power down and restart. Thinking It might be an install quirk, I wiped and re-installed Mint. Same thing. Now I run Debian with no issues at all. (notebook is a ThinkPad)

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