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Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 399

take the window min/max/close buttons on MacOSX and Ubuntu, which for some reason they decided to put on the left instead of the right which everyone has been made familiar with over the last couple decades. ... And to what end?

That's pretty simple: the original Windows design is poor, because it's very easy to mis-click when trying to maximize and instead close your program, because some moron at MS though it'd be a great idea to stick the two tiny buttons right next to each other.

If you have a hard time figuring out how to use a window-close button on the left side, you're going to have a real problem when you're sat down at a Windows 8 or 10 computer with its "charms" and touchscreen-oriented UI.

Minor quibble, but I'm gonna bite:
The Ubuntu design is just as poor, because what the designers did was move all three buttons to the left. So you can still mis-click. Moving "minimize" and "maximize" to the left but leaving "close" on the right would have been much smarter.

BTW, you can edit the configuration in Ubuntu to change the button positions to the right. I don't think I've ever seen such an option in Windows.

One of MY pet peeves in Xubuntu are single-pixel window borders that make click-and-drag resizing very difficult. But those, too, can be edited.
There are even pre-designed console commands on the net:


Comment Gradual move to Linux planned (Score 1) 399

I already use Linux for highly sensitive stuff aka online banking. Because I don't trust Windows to handle my PINs and TANs. Firefox under Linux obviously works, or I could not do my online banking with Linux.

Next will be e-mail, here I need to look for a way to move my mailbox over (currently in SeaMonkey on Windows). Essentially, I need an alternative for the e-mail part of MozBackup that works with Linux.

I expect that Office stuff will be easy, as I'm already using Libre Office on Windows. Loading the same files into the Linux version should be no problem, right?

Games can stay on Windows for now, although I might experiment with WINE a bit more.

Comment Re:And unwanted updates... (Score 1) 275

In this case, it may be honest incompetence by Microsoft ;-)

In a thread at ( some people describe the update process as a horribly complex dependency tree the update agent has to process. The more patches add up, the worse it gets.

One guy who goes by "Dalai" has published a guide on how to shortcut the process (
It requires the user to manually download a few patches from Microsoft and apply them outside of the normal patching process. Those patches contain improvements to Windows Update that make the algorithm more efficient.

The problem as I understand it is that a fresh Windows 7 installation does not have those patches yet, and the original, un-optimized update algorithm gets bogged down trying to process the update dependencies (which it must do before it can install the updates). So the solution is to install those patches manually.

Comment Re:Will the chips be secure? (Score 1) 81

Right now, there are not many alternatives, especially in the x86 world. AMD is a US company too, I would not bet on them resisting a national Security Letter.

Other countries:
The Chinese have the Longsoon, a MIPS-derived homegrown architecture. The Russians have the Elbrus processor family.

For the Elbrus, I found a story on ( about a computer with the Elbrus-4C CPU inside. Expensive ($7500), only for sale to corporations and somewhat obsolete compared to the latest western PCs.

I guess for China and Russia it will be worthwhile to use those in security-critical environments, but for others not so much.

Comment Re: Competition (Score 1) 81

I think things went seriously wrong for AMD with the Bulldozer architecture in late 2011. Before that, they were already at a disadvantage vs. Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture (released earlier in the same year), but AMD's Phenom II still sold well due to cheaper prices.

Unfortunately, Bulldozer did not bring much of a performance improvement over the Phenom II, despite improving the manufacturing to a 32nm process. In some benchmarks, it even performed worse than the Phenom II. So stagnation at AMD while Intel kept making progress (albeit slowly).

The Piledriver architecture brought only a minor improvement.

The following Steamroller and Excavator architectures look better and get passable reviews in the notebook market, but are only available as APUs with a few exceptions. The FX series for the desktop is still on Piledriver, and frankly it cannot compete with the latest Intels.

This will hopefully change when the Zen architecture is released in late 2016/early 2017.

Comment Re:Goto (Score 1) 671

I'm currently dealing with about 2M lines of crappy code written in an ide that did/does soft wrapping of lines. Looks really pretty in that particular Windows ONLY
IDE, but in anything else it looks like shit when you 1k, 2k and some times even 3k characters on a single line. No, I'm not joking.. I've got a single line embed sql query that is 3k characters long ( I don't have a problem with the query per sae, but with the fact that it was written as 1 flipping line).

Without knowing the context I'm guessing here, but isn't there a way to break the query into smaller parts? Or build it dynamically?

A 3k character SQL query would immediately make me wonder where I messed up to get there...

Comment Re:Denormalize (Score 1) 671

And the C example with strcat() is arguably only a problem because of C's sub-optimal way of handling strings.

Many Pascal dialects use a length-prefixed implementation of strings (, which eliminates the need to parse the entire string.

Sometimes the stupidity is in the tools, and can be avoided by picking the right tool. Or extending the tool. If I was a C programmer and had to work with strings a lot, I'd probably end up implementing my own version of strings with a length-prefixed implementation.

Comment Re:Mindshare (Score 1) 147

Slightly OT, but in the x86 vs. ARM tests/benchmarks I've seen so far current x86 chips don't look so bad. Apple even switched from PowerPC to x86 several years ago, because x86 was arguably superior at the time.

Granted, this may be due to Intel's manufacturing expertise rather than superior circuit design, but so far I don't see another architecture outperforming x86 by a large margin in real life benchmarks.

This may change as manufacturing technology slows down and other vendors get closer to Intel though.

Comment Re:Right after the end of the free Win10 upgrade (Score 1) 85

Don't forget that the Windows 7 life cycle was originally announced as "extended support until Jan 2020". Microsoft then tried to partially revoke that promise and said "new generations of computers won't get support until 2020, buy those with Win10".

They have now backtracked on this, but that is merely returning to their original support promises. A true extension would be Windows 7 support past 2020.

Comment Re: Easily circumvented by pirates (Score 1) 207

Similar approaches are already common. Some dude uploads some digital contraband in an encrypted archive with an innocuous name, and the website where it is advertised also has a line that says something like "pw: kissmyass".

That is usually sufficient to evade automated filtering, as it requires human intelligence to understand the advertisement and issue a takedown notice. For actual prosecution, someone would have to download the archive, decrypt it with the password and check the contents. At least in a constitutional state.

Comment Re:2016: The Year of Linux on the Desktop (Score 1) 207

The best indicator for desktop market share might be usage statistics from web sites, despite some shortcomings due to faked user agents and such. Because they show actual usage instead of sales. shows some recent growth of desktop market share for Linux, albeit still far below Windows. I'm starting to hope that it is not a fluke this time and the trend will continue ;-)

Comment Re:2016: The Year of Linux on the Desktop (Score 1) 207

Not GP here, but a few words about applications:

My most-used applications (apart from games) are Office, e-mail and the browser. All of those are adequately covered by open source programs that are also available on Linux. In particular, SeaMonkey and LibreOffice. SeaMonkey in particular looks superior to IE to me ;-)
BTW, I'm still mostly on Windows but already running those open source applications instead of the respective Microsoft ones.

So the switch to Linux (which will probably happen when Windows 7 goes out of extended support) will only cost me some games that won't run under WINE.

Comment Re:I have altered the bargain. (Score 1) 440

Desktop Linux will start to look more interesting now

It already seems to do. shows Linux on the Desktop at 2.33% for July 2016, after 2.02% for June 2016. IIRC it was never over 2% before.

Statcounter also shows a recent upswing, although their numbers for Linux actually were better in 2015 than today.

Overall, I'm optimistic that we'll soon see a constant and consistent "marketshare" over 2% in the browser statistics. It would be a helpful signal to hardware vendors that tells them to make at least some products with decent Linux support.

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