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Comment Re:"More Professional Than Ever" (Score 1) 309

All the things you're complaining about aren't problems, once you know your keyboard shortcuts better.

I didn't say I didn't get around the problems. But saying "it's not a problem if you know your keyboard shortcuts" is ... I dunno, sounds like a Linux-forums response ;) ha. But seriously, I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts.

indows alt-tabs through everything, which doesn't scale well with large numbers of windows. Mac alt-tabs through applications, and alt-backticks through windows within that application

Yes, I am aware that's how it works and that is how I use it. I prefer the Windows way of cycling through windows, actually. I believe Unity also uses something similar, though you can change the alt-tab behavior somewhere in settings. Mostly, it's annoying when switching back and forth from terminal windows and something else... constantly having to cmd-tab and then cmd-backtick (or cmd-left/right to change tabs). Minor whining point.

It's ironic that someone who wants to install Linux, which pretty much entirely consists of little plugin tools to make stuff happen, hasn't bothered to go looking for the little plugin tools that can customise OSX for you.

I haven't spent a lot of time looking, I'll admit that point.

My biggest "technical" complaint is the package management. Say you download a dmg. You install it (which mounts it, which is a little weird). Depending on how it works... you either get an installer (cool), or a big window that asks you to drag and oversized application icon to the oversized Applications folder. Kinda weird. It seems to kinda be the equivalent to script or .bin installers on Linux... which are equally annoying if they don't provide an easy way to uninstall. ;)

And now that I've installed it that way, the accepted way appears to be dragging the icon to the trash. Ok... but that only works if absolutely everything was contained in that single folder. Which may not be the case (e.g., application settings).

And overall, I just find it to be ... kinda clunky. Even Windows .exe distributions tend to be better than that, either with an included uninstaller or using the Windows uninstallation stuff.

Comment Re:Can't Subscribe (Score 1) 200

Er, or a few. 1 gbps ... it's tricky to actually get good wireless speeds that fast...

I would probably use a wired router and setup X acess points, each with their own SSID, for each neighbor. Each neighbor would probably be limited to what, 300mbps throughput or something around there?

I guess modern routers can try to push more using... I forget what, dual band or something where it uses both at the same time, something like that.

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) 309

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) 366

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) 366

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) 366

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: CoffeE and Nicotine (Score -1, Offtopic) 257

I call Bullshit. Breaking the law does NOT require intent before you can be charged.

IANAL. Also, I'm answering based on where I am from (not America). Here, "criminal intent" (loosely, the local term translates as "intentional frame of mind") is not the same as what people understand when the word "intent" is used.

"Honestly, officer, I didn't MEAN to speed. I just wasn't paying attention."

"Not paying attention" is a frame of mind, which is which is sufficient to establish intent. Saying "The sign that limits the speed is hidden behind a bush", on the other hand, will get you acquitted.

"But I didn't MEAN to kill that other hunter. I just shot at the sound and didn't know what was in the bushes."

I am not familiar enough with hunting laws and practices. This is either negligent (which is enough to establish criminal intent), or you will get off the hook. I do know that people do actually die in hunting accidents, and that people don't always go to jail afterward. In fact, the whole trial will likely revolve around the fact finding question of whether it was reasonable of you to act like you did, i.e., whether you showed intent.

"I didn't MEAN to run that stop sign. I didn't see it because I was busy playing with my cell phone."

I think that is obvious. You intentionally were not paying attention to the road.

Having said that, not all law violations require intent. A non-working tail light might happen even though you were as careful as you could possibly be, and you'll still get a ticket. "But I checked it and it was working right before I started driving, and there was no way for me to know it stopped working mid-drive" will not get you off the hook.

Then again, for other cases, it's all about intent. If you set up a trap door over spiked pit to open when you lift a button, wait for someone to pass over the trap door, and press that button, you will be convicted of 1st degree murder. If you have a good reason why such a setup was constructed, and can prove you did not know someone was over the trap door at the specific time you pressed the button, you will be convicted of manslaughter. If you just leave the setup there, label the button "A/C on", and I am the one pressing the button and killing someone, I will be acquitted.

If intent was part of the prosecution then there wouldn't be a need for the saying "Ignorance of the law is no defense." You can still be charged and prosecuted for breaking a law even if you didn't KNOW it was illegal.

Again, speaking for my local case, if you show it was not feasible of you to know the law, that is a proper defense. If a law failed to be published, even if no one in their right mind reads those publications, that has lead to acquittals.

Disclosing classified material, which she should have known was classified, is breaking the law. If I did that when I was in charge of classified information it would have gotten me arrested, my security clearance revoked, and my job changed. I would never be allowed to handle classified material again.

Let me go on record that I believe that the FBI's refusal to indict Clinton was bullshit. Having said that, she was not disclosing classified material. She was "just" not careful enough with it, and for a reason that was self serving and dishonest. Still, a world of difference than intentionally disclosing classified material.


Comment Re:Times of Israel is ludicrous (Score 1) 328

It's a pretty straight forward question. Is Israel and Zionism mentioned in the Fatwa? If so, it is completely reasonable for different sources to highlight different aspects of the Fatwa. If not, then the Times of Israel has made up facts, which is a serious problem.

Which is it? I don't know. I couldn't find the original Fatwa, and I doubt I'd be able to read it if I did.


Comment Re:Likely won't eventuate (Score -1) 298

The past couple (maybe even three) years saw a massive increase (percentage wise) in number of both aircraft crashes and fatalities. This gives rise to such posts as this one.

This is, of course, quite irrelevant. The increase in number of crashes is not due to a deterioration in aircraft reliability. It is due to the fact that airlines and countries that did not used to be target to terrorist and military actions suddenly became so. If memory serves me right, about 50% of commercial airline crashes were either terror attacks, Russian military shooting down aircrafts, or a pilot losing it and crashing the plane. This is without taking MH370, location and circumstances unknown, into account.

In other words, this is just your regular panic related ideas. Nothing to take too seriously.


Comment Re: Israel abuses human rights (Score 1) 278

I'm really sorry, it is late here, and I only skimmed what you wrote. Partly it was the length, but partly because I think you think we disagree where I think we don't.

Sorry about that last sentence. Like I said, it is late here.

Out of curiosity:

So apparently you can become a nation in 6 years if you are white... even if your assertion is correct, why couldn't Palestinians be one in 80 years ?

I am really curious what made you think I disagree with that statement. Part of the problem on /. is that people don't read through the thread they participate in. Here is what I wrote, right at the start of my :

My side (the pro-Israel side) has started pushing the "Palestinians are a made up nation" narrative. I hate that narrative. Not because it is factually false, but because it is irrelevant. Whether manufactured or organically grown, whether ancient or 60 years old, the Palestinians are a nation today, and as such, their quest (such that there is) for self determination is a legitimate one.

I trust you agree?

My point was that the religious/historical claim of Jews to the land of Israel is no stronger than that of the Palestinians since they clearly have equally ancient roots in the area. What they called themselves or whether they saw themselves as distinct for all that time really doesn't even come into the discussion - it just doesn't affect anything.

There is no one saying otherwise (well, obviously, there are fanatic nutheads that do, but they are very far from being mainstream in Israel). The right to the land is not, in my eyes, due to 2000 years old divine mandate. I won't go into the entire argument (did I mention it is late?), but suffice it to say that the "the Jews stole the land" narrative has about 2% truth, and the rest is just ugly, baseless propaganda. Most of the land, at least inside the green line, where Jews live was bought from its previous owners. As usual, when you go over the green line, things become much murkier, but even there they are not as clear cut as the Palestinians would have you believe.

The same goes for the actual occupation. Very few in Israel want this situation to continue. At the moment, sadly, shifting things in any direction beside "worse" is unlikely to happen. Some of it is because Jewish fundamentalists (and a government that sits idle while they act), but some of it is definitely because of Abu Mazen and the Palestinian society.


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