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Comment Re:The power button is on the back of existing mac (Score 1) 464

Why is the power button needed?

For forcible power-cycling, but if you're doing that a lot, you have bigger problems (or are doing development, especially kernel-mode code development).

(And if you want to power the machine down, rather than reboot, the "Shut Down..." menu option handles that.)

I believe the power button is on the back of the Mac mini and iMacs.

Correct for the iMac, as I remember; I'm not sure about the Mac mini, but I could easily believe it to be the case.

Comment Re:tabs in the Finder window? (Score 1) 607

I could certainly imagine the first of those being true (the stuff above UNIX has been known to implicitly assume that file system operations are cheap, when they might not be cheap for remote file systems).

Some of the stuff above UNIX was significantly redone in Snow Leopard or Lion or both to provide new APIs that do fewer system calls to get file system information, and I think the Finder was changed to use that, so things may have improved somewhat.

There were also VFS-layer changes in Lion to allow system calls to make file system requests that bundle multiple operations into one, so that an open/create could be done in a single VFS-layer call, allowing a single over-the-wire call to be made.

The cited discussion stated with a post from somebody running Snow Leopard (10.6.1); I don't remember whether the stuff above UNIX was changed in Snow Leopard or not (yes, I know, Snow Leopard was mainly a performance release, but that doesn't mean no significant performance changes were made after that), but the VFS-layer changes were in Lion, so there could have been some improvements post-Snow Leopard.

Comment Re:tabs in the Finder window? (Score 1) 607

Lots of threads on the internet like this: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2172049?start=0&tstart=0

Which says:

Finder is slow at listing the directory content of the shares The problem only occurs in Apple Finder. When I do "ls" from Terminal the directory listing displays in the same moment I hit enter.

so either the Finder is assuming some file system operations are always going to be fast when they're not fast over SMB, or smbfs needs to figure out how to make whatever the Finder's doing faster, or some combination of the two. I could certainly imagine the first of those being true (the stuff above UNIX has been known to implicitly assume that file system operations are cheap, when they might not be cheap for remote file systems).

Comment Re:There will never be a "year of desktop Linux" (Score 1) 1215

OS X *is* UNIX, the Open Group says so.

And it behaves like it, modulo the sort of quirks that every UN\*X (whether it's UNIX(R) or not) has, and modulo a case-insensitive-by-default file system (which has only bitten me in a few cases, e.g. a CVS tree with source to CVS in it, so its CVS directory conflicted with the "cvs" source directory, and some renames of files in a remote SVN repository that only changed the case of the name).

Comment Re:because desktop linux is a toy and novelty (Score 1) 1215

Unless I'm mistaken, you are talking about Economy. The thing is, although it does crunch a huge amount of numbers, Economy is NOT science!

If by "Economy" you mean "economics", you may well be mistaken. "I work in the analytical division of well-recognized company. Most of our vendors design instrumentation to work with Windows." sounds more like some form of laboratory science (biology or chemistry) than like economics. Do NOT become confused by the fact that they mentioned Reinhart-Rogoff; they also spoke of "Baggerly and Coombes" and "the Duke scandal", which was biomedicine, not economics.

Comment Re:No It really hasn't (Score 1) 1215

Linux has too choice in ways that should be like do I really need 6 text editors as part of the base os?

Also make so you move a little slower then distribution X 2012 2012.5 2013 with out a seamless update system.

All come with gedit only

All what come with gedit only? The KDE-based distributions probably don't come with gedit only.

Comment Re:Linux has too many distributions (Score 1) 1215

Linux has too choice in ways that should be like do I really need 6 text editors as part of the base os?

You might not, but the user base as a whole might want it. At least some of the major desktop environments have their own text editors (Kate for KDE, gedit for GNOME), and may be set up so that's what you have by default; having extra ones doesn't cost much in terms of disk space (if it costs a lot in terms of brain stress at having to deal with having a choice, Linux probably really isn't for you - but, then, given both Notepad and Wordpad, Windows might not be for you, either).

Comment Re:mac os to much hardware lockdown with high pric (Score 1) 1215

mac os to much hardware lockdown with high prices and limited choice.

why no $1000-$1500 desktop that has desktop video cards, RAM and cpus? at least 2 HDD bays?

Why is AMD cpus need a custom kernel? Linux and windows don't do that.

The answer to the third question is "because there's hardware lockdown", i.e. Apple have chosen not to offer OS X for non-Apple machines and have chosen not to use AMD CPUs in their machines and, therefore, as they didn't need to support AMD CPUs in XNU, have chosen not to bother supporting them.

The answer to the first and second questions is "because, for whatever reason, Apple isn't interested in offering them" (combined with "because there's hardware lockdown", so you can't have machines like that from anybody else running OS X unless you make the machine a Hackintosh).

Comment Re:Miranda (Score 1) 768

I am sorry officer, I do not consent to searches

I'm not apologetic about my rights. I would refuse with a statement along the lines of "I don't consent to searches, and if you were an honest, patriotic American, you wouldn't be trying to undermine the fourth amendment to the constitution."

-jcr

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