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Comment Re:Well I'll be... (Score 1) 248

I'm not sure why this was modded troll.

If you want to argue that boot viruses are likely to ever be much of a problem, that's fine. If you want to argue that secure boot is the wrong solution, that's also fine. Both would be an interesting discussion.

But saying "it's not currently a problem so MS shouldn't do anything about it"? That's dumb, and what I was trying to call out.

Comment Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 1) 543

Then you can use the methods other people have said. I didn't say that it works in every case (someone else has complained about the requirement of having a Windows key), but it covers almost all cases.

Also, just in the off chance that you don't know this and be helpful, apparently you can set remote desktop so that it will always forward the Windows key to the remote host. (See the "alternatively, ..." bit here.) Again, not saying this is better or worse; you may or may not like it.

Comment Re:Start Button in 8.1 is useless. (Score 1) 543

I don't really care what you want to use to type, but I get irked when I see people (not you, just used your comment as a jumping off point) who scoff at the Windows key and (apparently) everything it stands for.

I know it's irrational, but me too. If anything, I find the windows key (mod4 or super if you prefer) more useful on Linux than I do on Windows, because window managers are so configurable. To me, it is great: window manager functions get the Windows key, which means (1) I only need one key to perform window manager functions* and (2) there's basically no chance I'll mess with a program's shortcuts, which isn't the case for ctrl-<whatever> or alt-<whatever> (or even ctrl-alt-<whatever> some of the time). I'm not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if I use the windows key more than I use alt.

* I use a tiling WM, so I may do a lot more keyboard-based window manager actions than is typical.

A Model M-type keyboard isn't for me for a number of reasons, but I really really feel that people who stick with them are making a huge mistake. There are other mechanical keyboards with windows keys if you want one...

Comment Re:If it works, why worry. (Score 2) 251

They have already been doing it for nearly 2 decades, there are no infrastructure or upkeep costs at this point that would be substantially diminished by removing XP support.

Says someone who hasn't even written software, apparently. Even if nothing else, dropping a configuration removes a bunch of testing costs.

However, it's even more. When Vista was released, Microsoft made a bunch of changes to the driver model -- basically the API that drivers are programmed against -- usually to move stuff from kernel mode to user mode. (This increases system stability.) Vista through 8 (I think) all use this driver model. Supporting XP as well means writing and maintaining XP-specific code for its driver model.

I don't know anywhere near enough about this to say that it costs 2% more or 20% more or 50% more. But to say that "it costs these companies zero dollars" means that you clearly have zero knowledge about what you're talking about.

Comment Re:Lets just go all the way here for a bit... (Score 1) 354

I would say that Python and Lisp at least are both reasonably strongly-typed (just because they're dynamic doesn't mean they can't be strong). PHP and Perl are both definitely weakly typed. The others I don't know well enough to evaluate.

But at this point I honestly don't know what people really mean when they complain that X language doesn't have pointers. Because basically everything out there offers something like Java references. Are people really missing pointer arithmetic? How often do you need that?

Comment Re: Citation Needed (Score 1) 354

However, it sure would reduce cognitive load to not switch languages between browser and server ends.

I have heard one argument I find somewhat convincing, which is that using a single language means that if requirements change or people discover a better way to do something, it's possible to move or share code between client and server side without rewriting it. If you do something on the server side now and then say "hey, we'll get more responsiveness if we put it client-side", you can just move that function to the client side and call it.

Not being a web dev, I can't actually evaluate this claim with high confidence, but it sounds somewhat plausible at least.

Comment Re:the return of the Start button (Score 1) 505

But if you're in one of the instances where you're trying to access a program that you don't use very often, and don't remember the exact name of it, the hierarchical menu is light years beyond the start screen.

The Win8 start screen -- IMO that's essentially unusable. (You could make it usable if you put in a bunch of effort to arrange tiles the way you want, but it'd take a while.)

But: there's an "all apps" view or something in Windows 8 that basically gives you a flat presentation of the start menu, including grouping icons by what folder they're in (in the start menu) and showing the name of that folder.

I don't know which is better -- start menu or all apps -- as I basically never use either. In fact, I forget how to open the all apps screen. But I suspect that about the worst you could say about Win8 is that it's reasonably competitive there. I'm with vux984: the Windows Vista/7 start menu is really bad at just navigating through. It's too short, it's too narrow, if you open the wrong folder you have to click it again to re-collapse it, etc.

Comment Re:Start button? (Score 1) 505

To be fair, the start menu was never that great. It was just better than what came before and went through a couple of improvements (and several worsenings) over its lifetime.

Actually I'm one of those people who think that it never went through a worsening, at least until now. There were certain aspects that I don't like about some of the changes (e.g. with Vista & 7 it's harder to browse because of the limited size), but I think each of the changes was a significant plus overall. There haven't even been all that many changes... The most controversial I would guess would be with XP, but I really liked even that because I loved the the automatically-maintaned frequently-used programs list; XP was when I started to back off on keeping my start menu organized sanely, and with Vista I stopped entirely.

What would you consider one of the worsenings? (Other than metro.)

Comment Re:Games are Cross platform (Score 3, Informative) 505

"Increasingly", true, and I do try to support cross-platform games and will do so even more in the future, even if I primarily or only play on Windows. But it's still a looong way off from being the norm unless you're willing to restrict your game choices a lot.

Wine would open up a lot of options, but I don't really feel like messing around with it when I can just run Windows and be done with things, especially considering that some of the games I play aren't even rated all that highly on the appdb.

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