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Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

I can't quite tell what you're asking. Are you asking if I've used a Linux distro? Yes... a significant portion of my work career involved using (and sys admin stuff, too) SLES 9.x+ and RHEL 4.x+, in addition to AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Windows. I've personally run OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Mint, Elementary, and Fedora. I currently have a Elementary on a laptop (personal use), in a VM (contract work), RHEL 6 and 7 in VMs (full time job), and use a MBP for work. Which I wish ran a Linux distro, but I can't. :)

As for the devices themselves ... most of the unrecognized issues I've run into, to be fair, are with wireless network dongles, and it was a while ago. I was joking. I haven't had trouble lately, though I didn't even try to get my Fujitsu ScanSnap s1300i (according to link, it's technically possible, but looks like too much of a pain).

But, due to some other software restrictions, I really haven't used Linux as my primary home computer for a while, so I haven't been exposed to trying to use too many USB devices lately.

In reality, I would guess that Linux is a better bet with older USB stuff that conformed to standards, Windows with newer (but Linux will probably work, too, either out of the box or with some effort).

Oh, in the past I'd also run into annoying issues with USB drives and caching if you forget to eject, which I never ran into with Windows (though I've heard it's theoretically possible to encounter it).

Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 2) 306

Except when they don't work. Which happens.

Or when your shiny new MBP (from work) suddenly stops working, and you reboot, and it just stops booting partway. With no explanation. Or console output (that I could find), of course.

Or when you want alt-tab to cycle through all windows, not just window groups. I guess I'm using it wrong?

Or when you double click to maximize, but it only maximizes vertically and leaves a gap on the right side. I guess I'm looking at it wrong.

I could go on. There are annoying quirks. Sure. the hardware is nice (and overpriced), the OS seems generically stable (about as stable as my Windows 10 desktop), and it's an ok UI. But I would actually much prefer a Linux distribution on well supported hardware. I have my eyes on the XPS 13" from Dell (for personal use/contract work).

And don't get me started on the ridiculous package management - well, the lack of it (I mean when installing something outside of the App Store). Or even the funny installation process to begin with... :)

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

I would hardly qualify oranges as ... fragile. At least, that isn't the type of fragility I'm thinking of. When a robot can pick a fully ripe, say, raspberry, or blackberry, or strawberry, or mango, perhaps... or Asian pear ... or probably many others that I can't think of right now ...

And I mean picking it ripe. Not supermarket "pick it while it's green" sort of produce. That's cheating. :)

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

We have electric tooth brushes.

Picking off the more or less easy targets for technology is a long ways from automating the entire thing. I seriously doubt that fully automated tooth brushing (or how about dental work?) is going to be here anytime soon; nor is, for example, fully automated cooking or fully automated dishwashing, even though we have individual components of those somewaht "automated" (toasters, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers). But going from "human clears the table and loads the dishwasher" to "robot clears the table and loads the dishwasher" is a pretty big step in terms of technology. Fragile glass, pets running around, "hey, I wasn't done with that!" ...

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 365

Not only are there a lot of fruits/vegetables that still have to be hand picked, there's still a lot that can't be shipped due to their fragility and whatnot.

It will take a long time for tech to overcome some of those problems... and it doesn't actually seem to be the programming/engineering side, in farming, that's the problem; it's the physical engineering component. Human hands + skin + muscles are amazing at what it can do and how delicately it can do it. We seem to still be a long ways off from coming close to that in robotics... and that seem to be what will be necessary to pick the more fragile foods.

That or we'll just decide the foods aren't worth and it will relegate most of society to the cheap, easy to automate foods. :(

Comment Re:Mandating Vaccination is Tyranny (Score 2) 499

And your opinion on when a vaccine is safe or not is different from all the other anti-vaxxers because....? I mean, it may the the case that you're right in any particular case, but that's what we're talking about here -- people who agree that X is true in general but in THIS case they KNOW they're right about Y.

But isn't that partially his point? You and I may differ. The government may differ. They may get it wrong. They may get paid by vaccine companies (what? corruption and money changing hands? impossible :) ).

Considering all that, isn't it rather tyrannical, to use the OP's term, to have the government mandate vaccinations? To force you and your family to take a specific medical treatment even if you disagree or even question whether it's safe?

Like the parent, I'm not anti-vaccine, either. But I am definitely against mandating vaccinations. That is a significant intrusion on my personal freedom, my role as a parent, and my kids' freedoms... and not like, freedom to visit other countries... we're talking about freedom to not have a medical procedure done.

If it was decided that because circumcision reduces (hypothetically, obviously) STDs that all males had to be circumcised, and you had a male baby, you might be ... a little upset about it, if you thought circumcision was completely unnecessary, didn't agree with the science, etc. And it shouldn't matter if you were wrong or just hated science or whatever. I would certainly be appalled if the government forcibly circumcised my hypothetical son against my wishes. How is this much different? Is society benefitting, as a whole, really worth moving towards allowing such a powerful government mandate?

(I am talking about mandating it period, not individual companies, schools, school districts, or whatever mandating it. The point is that there needs to be the choice)

I don't have a problem with suggesting it, saying it's good, arguing in favor, producing scientific studies about it. Just not mandating it.

Comment Re:Hooray for Agile development! (Score 1) 100

The underlying code does need to be fixed, but the sort of thing needed to expose it is exactly the sort of thing you wouldn't expect to run across, and therefore probably wouldn't think to test against.

If your software testers aren't testing the cases people don't *normally* think to test against, then you should replace them with random non-software-tester users who will accidentally test those cases. ;)

In other words, software testers are *supposed* to test the things you wouldn't normally think to test, at least in part of a test cycle, somewhere...

Comment Re:At least he still has a sense of humor (Score 1) 206

Many very, very sad people can have senses of humor. I'm not saying Snowden is depressed or whatever, but ... I have read/heard about the apparent significant rates of depression when it comes to comedians. Funny != happy. I'm not depressed, either, but I know I can be quite funny even if I'm hurting. Partially, it's a way to hide the hurt/pain from others.

(again, I have *no* idea about Snowden. Just commenting on the idea of being sad being mutually exclusive with being humorous. :) )

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