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Comment Re:This is actually a good thing but only if... (Score 1) 123

There is probably no reason to block this merger as it would create what is clearly a massive market monopoly. AT&T and Time Warner own pretty much all the cables suitable for communication into people's houses in many areas.

Time Warner, which is what AT&T want to buy, own no cables. Time Warner Cable, which is now a separate company from Time Warner, own cables; they have already been bought by Charter Communications, who also own cables.

Comment Re:Good and bad exposures (Score 1) 474

This is exactly right. Daniel Ellsberg broke the law by photocopying and smuggling out classified documents about Vietnam War progress (or lack thereof) from the RAND corporation, where he was an a Ph.D military analyst. He provided those documents to the reporters from New York Times and Washington Post. The Nixon Administration filed an emergency injunction with the Supreme Court to suppress immanent publication by the New York Times. But the Supreme Court refused on the grounds doing so would imperil the first amendment by imposing court mandated prior restraint. See: New York Times v United States.

Now that does not mean Ellsberg could not have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1919. He absolutely broke the law and admitted as such. He was an employee with a high security clearance entrusted to prevent the release of those documents. Not steal and release them. The justice department ultimately refused to prosecute. But as we've seen with the Bush and Obama Administrations, Espionage Act investigations and prosecutions are popular these days.

Just how the US Government plans to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act is unclear. He's a non-citizen who never signed a US security clearance nor took an oath to protect classified materials. Furthermore, Wikileaks is arguably a journalistic endeavor. The government makes no distinction between official journalists and citizen journalists for first amendment protections. If the New York Times can do it, so can Julian Assange. And if they argue he's not a citizen and therefore not protected under the first amendment, how then can they argue as a non citizen he's bound by the US Espionage Act?

Perhaps a real lawyer can chime up here. I just took a grad media law class. But it sure seems like tortured logic to me.

Comment Re:Where's my new MacPro Tower? (Score 1) 114

I know a guy who hacked his old 2009 Pro tower with two new xeons and a Titan X just to give the thing a bit more life. Made it a pretty good machine performance wise and he didn't have to throw away his old software investment. But he's already transitioning off mac, so this was to keep an old tool chain functional.

Comment Re:Bash window (Score 1) 163

I can't figure out any way to select, copy and paste text in a bash window. Quite a limitation for a shell. which you mean "quite a limitation for a terminal emulator window"; that's not the shell doing that, any more than it's doing select, copy, and paste in xterm or gnome-terminal or rxvt or Konsole or Terminal or....

And, yes, if it's using the same terminal emulator code that a cmd.exe window does, select/copy/paste is a pain, especially to those used to either the "middle button pastes the current selection" model or the Shift+(Control-C,Control-X,Control-V) model, as are used in many UN*X terminal emulators (or the Mac Command+(C,X,V) model in Terminal).

Comment Re:Yep. 4.0 signalled its death knell (Score 4, Interesting) 127

The problem is investment in old software and hardware drivers is often obsoleted by Apple without consideration. Have an old copy of Adobe? On Windows, it'll probably run forever. On Mac, you're fucked. It won't run on Linux (properly), but at least supporting open source alternatives indefinitely is possible. How about old hardware? I have an ancient Creative EMU 0404 USB audio interface with two XLR inputs. After El Capitan, forget about that old (64bit intel!) driver still working. On Linux or Windows? No problem. It'll probably run as long as the thing still works.

From a hardware standpoint on the Mac line, Apple is flailing. Mac Pros are generations behind. The iMacs and Macbook Pros are supposed to be for film editors and photography / design creatives, but don't even ship with 10bit color HDR LCD panels. They lock you into hardware configurations that are next to impossible to upgrade out of. And give no flexibility to support common pro applications. It's Apple's way or the highway. I mean, why not buy Final Cut Pro X and Logic? Who needs that stuff the whole rest of the world has standardized on already.

I like MacOS. It's pretty good. There's bash and python and what I don't get out of the box I can add with homebrew. And there are some commercial apps I'm absolutely dependent on still, which I wouldn't have with Linux. In particular, Scrivener, MS Office, and Adobe. But if I have to buy these things again - particularly Adobe, Linux and Windows here I come. Lack of Adobe plugin availability on Mac is a real downer.

Apple is so focused on selling iPhones and iPads, they simply don't care about customer needs any more. It can be a damn nightmare to get real work done.

Comment Re:Lenovo and apple only? (Score 2) 310

I'm fed up with Apple. Still running a 27" iMac from 2010. Good enough machine with boot SSD and 32GB RAM. But the latest machines are very behind, particularly the MacPro. Also, 5k and 4k panels don't support deep color (10bit). You're better off running AViD, Adobe, DaVinci et all on a PC with Windows. Particularly if you need HDR color. The same for free software creative tools, which also tend to run badly on Mac. Apple just doesn't support power users and creatives any longer.

For the cost of a good 5k iMac you could get two 10 bit 4k panels, a Haswell 5960 or 6850, 32-64GB RAM, and a Pascal GTX card that supports 10 bit. Adobe, et all under Win 8/10 supports 10 bit. And Blender supports 10 bit (really 32bit float color). I think there may be a path to 10 bit on Linux as well... but then you're stuck with free tools.

What are you buying that Mac for? If you're developing iPhone / iPad apps - sure. But as much as I like MacOS under the hood, it's a real PITA to do real work with. And the Pro hardware is generations behind current PCs.

Comment I'm so out of touch (Score 1, Offtopic) 37

Question: Can recent distributions with modern desktops handle resolution independence? Will fonts, icons, and application widgets automatically scale? If I buy a 4k monitor will it seamlessly work or will I be reading with a magnifying glass held up against the screen? I'm particularly interested in use cases with blender/makehuman, gimp/krita, synfig/opentunez, and audacity/ardour. I've been in the Mac ghetto a little too long for my own good.

Comment Re:He is right though (Score 1) 150

The problem with ARM goes way beyond CPU compatibility, which is the point made by Linus

And by me in the last paragraph of the posting to which you responded.

There are the CPU issues, such as "what version of VFP does the processor have, if any?" and "does the processor have Advanced SIMD?". The NDK has an API that can be used to get the answer to those questions (and to similar questions for x86 and MIPS), and there are the "rest of the platform" issues. The former may affect applications, but the latter don't, so the VM isn't needed to handle the latter, nor are fat binaries.

Apple gets away with multi-platform (fat) binaries simply because their ecosystem is way more constrained.

Again, the "rest of the platform" issues aren't relevant here, other than perhaps screen size (iPhone vs. iPad). I'm not sure what processors Apple's used have in the way of floating-point or SIMD support, so I'm not sure what flavors of "fat" are needed other than "ARMv6 vs. ARMv7 vs. ARMv8-A 64-bit".

Comment Re:Well... he has a point on all fronts. (Score 1) 150

It wouldn't surprise me to find out any lack of backwards compatibility in the ARM arena is due to Google's desire to cram the latest spyware down our throats:

It would surprise me a lot, because Google doesn't design the SoCs that go into Android machines other than maybe those with "Nexus" or "Pixel" in the name, so they're not the ones responsible for the lack of backwards compatibility between Zombo's ZomboFone F1 and their ZomboFone F2.

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