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Comment Good choice looking at Linux... (Score 1) 287

... as Microsoft has made Windows a dead end with the Windows 8 fiasco.

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If all she really needs is email and a browser, look for the simplest, cleanest UI you can find that provides that very basic functionality. Then configure the UI to looks like what she is used to - Windows XP.

Don't over complicate the transition with things you might think are cool, just keep it complicated enough to meet her needs, no more.

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius --- and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
--Albert Einstein

Comment strcpy (Score 1) 290

I read a message thread on a Linux board which presented the idea that using strlcpy, instead of strcpy, was a crutch that encouraged sloppy coding because the programmer will no longer think about buffer sizes.

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I know you are a proponent of strlcpy. Why do you think some projects resist using it so much?

Comment Re:Yeah, but they are their own problem. (Score 1) 482

For example, I think there is a problem with our healthcare system when we end up as a nation (USA) consuming 80% of all painkillers prescribed worldwide

Painkillers are a social addiction problem, not a healthcare problem.

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In order to solve a problem, you first must identify it accurately.

Comment Cannot convince those who don't want to be ... (Score 1) 482

You cannot convince people who do not want to be convinced, no matter how valid the scientific evidence.

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It is far easier to remain ignorant and wallow in your collection of misinformation, than to understand the scientific evidence.

Normally, I don't have an issue with ignorant people choosing to remain ignorant. Unfortunately, in this instance it means more disease for all of us.

Comment I don't think the IETF woke up at all... (Score 4, Interesting) 52

No, I Don't Trust You! -- One of the Most Alarming Internet Proposals I've Ever Seen

If you care about Internet security, especially what we call "end-to-end" security free from easy snooping by ISPs, carriers, or other intermediaries, heads up! You'll want to pay attention to this.

You'd think that with so many concerns these days about whether the likes of AT&T, Verizon, and other telecom companies can be trusted not to turn our data over to third parties whom we haven't authorized, that a plan to formalize a mechanism for ISP and other "man-in-the-middle" snooping would be laughed off the Net.

But apparently the authors of IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Internet-Draft "Explicit Trusted Proxy in HTTP/2.0" (14 Feb 2014) haven't gotten the message.

What they propose for the new HTTP/2.0 protocol is nothing short of officially sanctioned snooping.

Comment Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 1) 241

Are there Macs that can run Snow Leopard but cannot run Lion?

My 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 supports Lion, and it's one of the oldest Intel Macs. I don't think there's many people "stuck" on Snow Leopard;

My MacMini will not run any version of OS-X later than Snow Leopard.

I do not plan to upgrade to a newer Mac, I plan to investigate other, non-Apple, options.

Comment When Microsoft changes... (Score 2) 742

... when Microsoft changes its strategies and tactics, then the opinions of Microsoft will change as well.

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As usual, a Microsoft manager is trying to blame its customers for the perception of Microsoft that Microsoft has earned and continues to earn.

Microsoft needs to look within to resolve its lack of public trust and amity.

Microsoft needs to learn how to compete on a level playing field without complaining that it is being wronged by what its customers think of Microsoft.

Microsoft needs to grow up.

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