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Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 2) 192

Every time someone voluntarily went to a Windows 10 PC (even though there are alternatives), they have a horror story about it

Hyperbole = bollocks. My partner and I are on W10, it's heaps better than W7 or W8*, and we have no horror stories. Almost everything I use auto-saves, apps reload on reboot, and I have enough discipline to save Notepad files or Sql Manager queries if I want to keep them.

So you admit you take steps to guard yourself against purposeful OS actions and yet you claim that is merely an annoyance or less?

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 2) 192

Yes, a computer should be getting updates if it ever connects to a network independent of whether or not it had internet connectivity. In this case, it is the other hosts on the network that create the risk.

Completely false. The only updates you need are specifically for the network stack and any applications that access the network. The rest are generally useless to you and may create problems. For instance, a bare XP from 2001 machine connected to a network behind a solid firewall and only running a text only mail client is relatively safe, as far as that system can ever be considered safe. It would not be any safer than a fully patched system running the same software under the same conditions.

Comment Re:'Batch Tuesday'? (Score 2) 192

Why does anyone worried about privacy, security, or really "owning" their computer run windows anymore? It's time to accept that windows is no longer a consumer OS, it is a subscription service that allows you access to things you think you own, only as long as you pay the piper (that subscription payment will be coming, just wait for it).

To answer the question: If you want a AAA game platform, just buy your $5K game console and be done with it. Yes, like any console, it can do more, but at what cost?

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 467

Yes, one fairly ridiculous thing is the network wizards or network "center" which just prevents access to basic network settings like turning wifi network cards on and off. Even in Windows 7 it sucks ball. I had to teach non-technical friends to type Win+R, then "control ncpa.cpl", or I created a desktop shortcut that does that. Then I get the same basic and useful window as in Windows XP!

Likewise, learn to type "diskmgmt.msc" or "compmgmt.msc" or Win+Pause or "devmgmt.msc", launch those from cmd.exe or win+r (I couldn't find a button to launch the run box on the Windows 7 start menu, wtf?). These mostly are GUIs from Windows 2000, NT4 or 95 albeit I would have to check if all of them still are there on 8.x and 10.

The GUIs were relatively consistent with NT4 and 9x IIRC. (NT4, 95, 98, and ME didn't have an MMC, it was available as an optional download, and win 2000 / XP didn't muck about much with the Control Panel layout and view until a later SP, IIRC, I don't have a VM for those anymore, so I can't say anything specific about them)

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 467

and there are some things which are really annoying at first, such ash CMD+TAB being application based instead of window-based

The CMD-TAB being process based is actually awesome (check it out - it is process based, all windows belonging to a single process show up as a single icon, you can, from the terminal, open macvim and sudo open macvim, and you'll have 2 separate icons in CMD-TAB) You can use CMD-` to flip through windows belonging to a single process. So instead of having to CMD-TAB through 23 browser "windows", you only skip through a single browser process. If you need to flip through browser windows, you use CMD-` and don't have to skip through any intervening other processes/windows. It's a significant usability improvement as soon as you get used to hitting the CMD-` combination. Then add Shift, and go backwards for either set.

As for the rest of your post, I agree. What sold me initially was that sleep/hibernate actually worked (in the early 2000s) when just about every windows laptop was a crap shoot on whether it would come up or not, and Linux, well, I had it running on multiple desktops and laptops and would get it to resume from sleep or hibernate provided they ever made it into hibernate maybe 1 in 10 times if the stars were aligned. I went from my cheap bought for purpose laptop to a much more powerful one and never looked back.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 467

Not sure I'm going to be able to remember to push COMMAND everything instead of just using ctrl like a normal person...

I almost missed this - you can remap CMD, option (alt), and ctrl to your liking. I did that initially, before I decided to ditch windows entirely. It was easier getting accustomed to the rest of the system without also having to remember to undo your muscle memory.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 1) 467

There's a couple of differences in the keyboard short cuts. Muscle memory definitely needed to be unlearned regarding CTRL-c/v/x/del/ins and some other short cuts I used to use that I cannot recall offhand. The fact that there were multiple shortcuts in windows in the first place was annoying, as CUE 92 was specific and MS a signatory. Apparently they couldn't be bothered.

For most things, OSX is fine. Getting used to a track pad is interesting, but a far step above a mouse in most use cases, for me anyways. There's still a few places where I prefer a mouse, but not in my current daily routine. The package repository system? It's almost transparent for OSX, unless you want to dabble with 3rd party homebrew type stuff. What's sometimes infuriating is dealing with launchctl. But I understand it blows systemd out of the water, so I guess it's a wash on that one. :) Both are far superior to the cesspool otherwise known as the Registry.

Seriously, now when I go back to Win Xp, 7, 8. 8.1, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2) etc, I feel like I keep on beating my head against a wall as I have to recall where specifically on this version various settings are so I can tweak various things like my network connections, disk configurations and so forth. Consistency is definitely not MS's goal with new releases.

Comment Re:MS Hates Linux (Score 2) 467

Amongst developers - 20%

Of course, developers are a very influential set. If, for example, a developer writes an app using Electron because it works well on both Linux AND Windows... it works well on Linux.

Most interesting. OSX is only 20% and equal to Linux on the desktop and windows in total makes up the other 60%? Seems very windows biased, and I'd question that based on the places I've been and the people I see using macs. I have seen lots of devs using linux in a vm, on a mac, but not as a desktop. I personally have used Linux as a desktop on multiple systems, it's serviceable, but not as straightforward as it could be. I keep going back to OSX instead. For my servers I run all linux however.

I have also used MS's toolchain, and it sucks pretty badly IMNSHO. I also have numerous dev friends, some who were exclusively Windows up until Win10's release. They have all moved to OSX and Linux and those development tool chains, and now can't believe they ever loved MS. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose. There is a reason MS is losing the server marketplace, all those parking websites be damned.

Comment Re: Excellent! (Score 1) 239

It's coming whether we like it or not, along with a whole slew of other automation. Pretty soon having a menial job will be rare. Pretty soon being well within someone being born today's lifetime. It will be interesting times as we observe how the economists and strategists deal with an ever increasing supply of available people for an ever shrinking need any people to actually do any work. That futuristic utopia of plenty appears to be heading our way, except it's not very futuristic nor much of a utopia, and plenty only for the elite.

Comment Re:That's too bad.... (Score 2) 125

until they can make individuals pay each time they experience a music or film performance

That is the desire, and what they receive out of subscriptions. Personally, I want my own music, played how I want, when I want, without reporting back to someone what I was playing. It's none of their business if I like "Kookaburra" 10 times a day.

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