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Comment Re:Mint 18 Direction (Score 1) 137

18.1 uses the 4.4 kernel, same as 18.0 and Ubuntu 16.04.0 and 16.04.1, so I think you need to wait for 18.2 or mess around with Ubuntu kernel ppa etc.
Ubuntu "LTS enablement stack" is slated to bring Ubuntu 16.10 kernel and Xorg to Ubuntu 16.04, with February 2017 as a proposed release date :
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel...
So you can upgrade 18.1 like that in a semi-supported way, but not now.

In all, 16.04 is a bit of a sucky release. Needs a kernel/Xorg upgrade for Skylake or very recent Intel hardware, would need a downgrade available for AMD Radeon users, and about the only user visible benefit I could really see is GTK3 has improved (damning with a faint praise).
In Mate's file manager, you can middle-click to close a tab. That's a good thing, a tiny new feature that doesn't break anything. Also Mint removed the conflict between gedit 2.x and gedit 3.x, not that I care that much.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 137

I agree the upgrading gets tiring although $2000 is quite the exaggeration these days. Other way around though, if I can't game it sucks to upgrade the PC just because javascript / firefox runs slow and the video is unaccelerated, but not have any games to show it off.
Eventually, I hope we can get some full blown PC emulator where I can get some Windows 95, 98 or XP running (or even Windows ME) and get old games running 60fps at 800x600 at least. Emulator, not virtualization where nothing 3D accelerated ever works.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 98

I find it hard enough to play 720p h264 in a web browser. Decent at best but not always smooth. Youtube 1080p, forget it.
Sure, go use a Core 2 Duo E8500, under Windows, with Google Chrome, and nothing else running in the browser.
That may be fine but I thought we cared about non-Windows too.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 2) 324

The Left is all about Big State solutions, which comes under the rubrik of "Statist Collectiivism" at the state level and "globalism" at the international level.
The Right (at least in the US, but increasingly internationally) is all about Individual Liberty. Since there can be no Individual Liberty without decreasing State power it means the Right is about limiting the power of government and letting citizens and the Free Market of voluntary exchange work out solutions. This is because power (the ability to enforce your will on the unwilling) is a zero sum game - the State only gets power by taking it from individuals, and vice versa

I find this to be a weird narrative, although very common in the US it seems. What if the State wrestles power from corporations and other supranational or transnational entities? E.g., let's say the State takes over the healthcare industry and cleans it up big time, slashes costs dramatically, gets closer to universal coverage (like, you can get Medicaid if you earn under $200k, I don't know, that's an example).
I would say this gives more power both to the State and the individuals. (there's always more supplementary coverage to buy, anyway).

Also, that the Left is both collectivist and globalist is weird, perhaps you can pull that off in the US but in other places these are entirely at odds (e.g., globalism in the form of treaties, EU etc. dictates you privatize most assets like dams, rail ways and other).
More likely you have an "official" Left or "governing" Left (like the US democrats) that is actually right-wing and thus, globalist.

Comment Re:I thought diesel ran cleaner (Score 1) 243

As of a few years ago, French government was beginning to increase taxes on diesel fuel (which for decades has been deliberately cheaper). I could read in the press this is due to modern refining capacities : more gasoline (or stuff usable as gasoline) comes out of the processes than used to. No word on this on TV or in the political realm.

Perhaps more energy and material are used on processing, I have no idea about that. But that's a good, and "environmental" enough reason to use more and small, efficient gasoline engine and less diesel.
What apprehension I have against diesel is mostly that recent modern ones are so complicated, high pressure and whatever, that they're rather unreliable and repairs cost a ton. That may be a huge waste. Similarly, hybrid cars are so costly to build they may be a waste overall. Lastly, I believe that ideally a car ought to not be used for daily commute. What about keeping one for two decades, not put many miles on it, have low and cheap maintenance. Also gasoline engine have interesting recent developments, more powerful but still small 3 cylinder and even 3 cylinder turbocharged.

Comment Re:If you don't like what they pay, don't drive (Score 1) 306

Eventually, when mass unemployment becomes permanent and the wages depressed, things just get harder. Like not being able to find a minimum wage job, or such thing as skilled minimum wage jobs - that's what happens with a high minimum wage maybe, but I'm unsure about that. Low minimum wage and high unemployment seems to describe the current situation in the US.

Now, what if this goes on for three decades. Low level positions such as the garbage man or street sweeper are jobs you can only dream of, as you need the family connections to get them. You try to apply for whatever entry job (although most of the ads says they would like someone with one or two years experience) but find yourself competing against people who had a job before, or early twenty-something who never worked yet but still are very modestly supported by their parents. That is, you try to get the job but out of dozens who apply, some can afford mechanical laundry, heating, hair dresser, two meals every day, data plan even and you're not one of them.
That's what happens with "generous" welfare maybe, get "trapped" into that existence. But well, if the welfare is universal and a bit better, thus so there is no bureaucrat who can't decide you're not a "good poor" anymore or that you're aren't poor enough if you do find some work, then at least you have a better ability to do better. Else, sure, spend that money you need to eat on hair dresser, laundry, printing a few documents and eating more before a job interview and you have a vague chance of achieving something but after you got nothing of it, you're more broke and that's all.

Comment Re:Biology 101 (Score 1) 42

With higher specs - 1GB on the low/mid end, better flash, better OS (maybe) and some lightweight enough malware, perhaps the performance won't be so poor. We used to have excruciatingly slow Windows XP computers loaded with malware (funny, given how a clean Windows XP on mid 2000s vintage computer is really fast), and we now have quick running Windows 7 computers with some background malware (that isn't always that clever, as search page hijacking etc. gives it away)

The malware could stay off 3G/4G and steal bandwith on wifi, which will not be very noticeable. Left is the battery life stealing, that would be the biggest issue.

Comment Re:Which is why Google should control Android upda (Score 1) 42

Wow. Crap.
Asus is a long-renowned motherboard vendor, a major PC vendor and I somehow thought they would know a bit about support. They know things about firmware and user-facing documentation and downloads. It's no surprise the Android crap division doesn't support their products, I guess everyone may know it by inquiring a little on the internets but if Asus won't support their hardware, who will with their own? It's like a tragedy of commons, not quite the right term but I wonder how you should call it, where everyone does the same as the very low or negative margins depend on it (and thus whatever accounting salads and stock market things). So, no one makes a move. Some might expect 3 years of updates / support to be reasonable, and I dare say 5 years is more reasonable still for the consumer.

The irony (flame about misuse of 'irony') is Asus sells graphics cards at a +10% margin next to their competitors, just because. Now perhaps the Android hardware industry can grow up a bit : 16nm or 14nm SoC going mainstream, USB-C, UFS flash memory, RAM sizes similar to low end PC, this is somewhat laptop class hardware. I think we can pay +10%, +20% whatever for 5 years of support meaning basic security (and 5 years is compromising much. You can be current on a PC from 1999 or 2001)

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