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Comment Re:Are there any killer apps for Android? (Score 1) 66

My Charter Spectrum Cable TV app runs on Android, but isn't available on Linux.

Spectrum has live TV available through their app and their web site. Unfortunately, the app only works on Android/iOS, and the site only works on Microsoft OSes because it requires silverlight and flash to be installed. The Linux wrapper for the silverlight plugin (pipelight) has been discontinued, so I'm out of luck. I've tried and failed to get it working under Linux with Firefox, Chrome, Chromium -- natively, under wine, natively with the last pipelight wrapper which only ran the plugin through Wine. No dice. It'd be really nice to have a Linux machine to watch all my cable channels on without needing to use a Windows box or a cable box.

I can watch youtube, twitch, netflix, amazon, and a dozen other streaming services on Linux... but, not my own cable/ISP's digital TV lineup. This isn't Linux's fault, of course -- Spectrum should know that silverlight was deprecated years ago and flash is a dinosaur.... but... being that they're a monopoly, there isn't much I can do about it.

There are a few other mobile-only android apps one can't install on PCs -- and even the web interfaces for some sites which have apps lack features which are only found in their apps. (Instagram doesn't let you "like" things from the website, nor does it give you emoji options for instance).

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

There's no hand-waving. Wayland isn't meant to replace every X11 feature, and the devs explicitly say the reason Wayland doesn't have network transparency is because it's beyond its scope and Wayland can support it over an X11 session on top of Wayland -- or through any current VNC/RDP protocol... or even a new one that bypasses X11 entirely and accesses Wayland at a lower level than an X11 session would (which might be superior to an X session since it would allow less overhead and more optimizations). X isn't going away just because Wayland appears. It's going to take a long time to switch everything over to Wayland, and in the process, we may find some things just stay on X11 or migrate to a newer protocol that runs on top of Wayland.


X's main flaws are serious design flaws -- like the horrendous security issue of not sandboxing data in open windows, and the more severe issue of screen tearing that's holding Linux back from serious gaming, VR, and 3D displays.

Wayland is coming -- and it's designed by members who want it to replace X wherever possible. I trust since they've been the maintainers of X for ages that they know its limitations and created Wayland to resolve those issues.

You're arguing for ancient spaghetti code that's been hacked on for decades and given plugins for everything under the sun... so much cruft that's ridiculously outdated. They're not re-inventing the wheel... they're replacing the old wooden wagon wheel with vulcanized rubber tires on steel rims.

Comment Re:If you're fat then losing weight is healthy (Score 2) 191

My understanding is that Mir sprung out of the need for a different feature set than what Wayland allowed -- specifically because of Unity and its use on the mobile platform.

With Unity dead, Mir is aborted, and Gnome is moving forward with Wayland, so Ubuntu will be moving forward with Wayland when it uses Gnome as its default DE.

It's about the only positive news from all this. Diversity is good, but pooling resources around a common shared goal is often better.

Comment Re:Ubuntu's now going to be dead on the desktop (Score 1) 80

I'm not sure why you assume the point of running Ubuntu for everyone is to run Unity, and thus with its switch to Gnome, we all clearly would rather switch to Debian or Fedora.

I run Ubuntu -- with Cinnamon on multiple machines. Linux Mint (Mate and Cinnamon) is a highly popular distro which is based on Ubuntu. This change won't affect me or Linux Mint users other than perhaps accelerate Wayland use with Mir out of the picture.

Ubuntu has a large user base, vast repositories, and darn near every project has a PPA and a "how to install / configure in Ubuntu" page. Whole wikis around customization and configuration/troubleshooting for Ubuntu. I haven't had any issues with APT, and I prefer it over the wonky pacman and yum... though hopefully Ubuntu will also drop its snaps and switch to flatpak like the rest of the linux world.

Debian is great -- and I'm glad Ubuntu pulls from it, but Debian doesn't have all the repositories I want. Linux Mint is based upon an older Ubuntu, and it, too has old repositories (I literally couldn't install the latest VLC on Mint b/c it would break packages, but Ubuntu had the latest that fixed a bug I had an issue with!) Fedora -- fantastic... but it has a different release cycle and no LTS releases... and it's a bit of a guinea pig for Red Hat (a step above rawhide at least) rather than a consumer-oriented distro.

I know Canonical can be a bit shady from time to time, but the 17.04 Ubuntu is shaping up to be a nice system... and I never cared for Unity anyway. I'm glad they're pulling those resources and focusing more on future Wayland support and the more popular Gnome DE... Cinnamon began as a fork of Gnome, and if Gnome goes astray, someone may take the good work and fork it again if need be... and maybe the Cinnamon team can port some of the Wayland changes from Gnome over to it... assuming it's not all archaic spaghetti code by now.

Comment Re:That's, kinda, a shame (Score 4, Insightful) 386

I'm sticking with Cinnamon, but I am glad that Unity is effectively dead -- and Mir along with it. Now Ubuntu will focus on Wayland and Gnome, and I won't get Unity pushed to my Ubuntu machine during an upgrade. Gnome is a great backup DE for Cinnamon should it break on an update.

I never cared for Unity or the convergence philosophy behind it. Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, KDE, and other DEs will have to do unless someone wants to fork Unity for those that liked it.

They are right about one thing, though -- Linux Mint is incredibly popular because so many people prefer Mate and Cinnamon (Gnome forks) over Unity. With Gnome as the default, if Gnome merges the changes from Mint, Ubuntu would be a decent user OS again... from my perspective at least. ymmv.

Comment Re:Possibly, Intel (Score 1) 106

I agree. I have an 8 year old desktop Linux PC that plays Netflix, streams youtube, twitch, etc. just fine, and can play 1080p video both x264 and x265 just fine. The x265 stresses the dual core CPU a bit, but no frames lost. It's not my only PC, and it's more of a Linux toy and a backup machine for when my other PCs are busy... but, there's really not much it can't do other than play serious games (though I could upgrade the vid card on the cheap). I could put Win10 on it and it'd likely get more performance out of the hardware... but... there's no real incentive to replace it with a new PC.

My 3 year old quadcore laptop with 20 GB of RAM can virtualize machines for testing while playing Netflix on a 60" TV as a second monitor. The only thing I can dream of ever wanting/needing an upgrade for would be to move to 4K or 8K if/when I get a new TV... maybe for newer video games with VR... but all of that has to do with GPUs, not basic CPUs.

The main difference between the newest offerings and what I have is HEAT and NOISE. My laptop is quiet and cool, but the 8 year old desktop makes a faint fan whine... and can heat up a room noticeably over the course of a few hours.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 4, Insightful) 510

Why should that make you wonder? I "love" my jeep, but I have AAA, know a great mechanic, and I don't even change my own oil. I can change a tire and put gas in the vehicle... but the reason I love it has nothing to do with servicing it myself. I didn't assemble the thing myself, nor do I care to know how the parts all fit together. I just want it to work and if/when something needs maintenance or a recall, I want an alert and easy-to-follow instructions... even if those instructions are to get someone else to service it.

I can't speak for the grandparent post, but for me, that's how it is for Linux. I like what it DOES for me, and I like that it isn't backed by any singular for-profit company that wants to display ads on my machine or mine my personal data for profit.

If/when Linux becomes completely point-and-click or touch-screen / voice only input for settings and servicing, it'll finally reach desktop and tablet ubiquity. Android got a lot of things right that Linux has yet to figure out... Android is technically Linux w/ its kernel, but it's definitely not the same OS as Ubuntu... and it really shows from its market share in everyday user interface land.

The terminal has its place, but it should be a last resort. Windows and Macs have GUIs for just about every setting under the sun. Windows even has "fix me" buttons to click on Microsoft's site for various bugs so one can download a script and run it without ever touching a terminal session... though lately, the most common "fix me" type situations are even embedded into the OS in a troubleshooting section under Windows 10.

There's really no excuse for any help discussion to begin with "first open a terminal and type sudo...." anymore. It's 2017, and we have advanced AI with machine learning algorithms. Please, someone help the Linux community move into the mid 1990s with GUIs. It's really the primary thing that's holding back Linux desktop and mobile acceptance. Servicing Linux when something breaks should be very user-friendly and easy. Breaking things should also be more difficult to do. Self-checks and self-healing should be a regular cron job, updating video drivers should be simpler and there should be an easy option to revert to last-stable... rather than being greeted by a blank screen upon reboot if something broke.

I love an OS when it works like I want it to, but I hate that Linux takes little care in catering to average, modern computer users that are not IT workers. Things should just work, and when the don't work, they should be easy to fix w/ point and click.

Comment Pretty solid (Score 3, Informative) 113

I've been running Zesty for over a month in VMs and on bare metal with no serious issues. I had one bug that threw an error message on startup several weeks ago, but it was patched within a few days... and the bug didn't seem to affect anything. I don't use the default DE, though -- I use Cinnamon, so ymmv with Unity.

My only issues with Zesty are the same as I have with previous releases. Running IPv6 as dual stack with IPv4 is more complicated than it should be... the Gnome network manager doesn't understand IPv6 DNS addresses so it displays part of them as an IPv4 address instead, and samba occasionally flakes out and doesn't see my windows shares, yet will map to them if I run a script to do so (I don't know what's going on there... master browser issue perhaps, but... doubt it!)

I really can't see much of a change from 16.04 LTS or 16.10, but it runs well, and I have no serious complaints. I've upgraded from 16.04 to 16.10 to 17.04 beta without anything breaking, but If your 16.04 works for your hardware and has repos for your software, you may want to stick with it 'til the next LTS. There's no significant changes in this one to convince me it's a must-have. Maybe the next LTS release if it has more Mir or Wayland support and Vulkan drivers.

Comment Re:Full Spectrum Problem (Score 1) 151

With DDR3, one used to be able to read the RAM within about 15 minutes of shutting off a PC. DDR4 took that down to only a few seconds to where it's not really practical anymore (as if immediately moving RAM sticks to a machine to analyze them and figure out which bits are the encryption keys was ever very practical). Each time they increase the speed and lower the voltage, the possibility of using this as an exploit goes down exponentially as the power leaks out of the cells too quickly.

It may fire back up as an issue with future RAM replacements like memristers, though.

Comment OLD NEWS - Get used to disappointment (Score 0) 419

Microsoft said as much way back in January of last year. That's like... 14 months ago. So, they decided on this only about 6 months after Windows 10 came out... or less even. It has nothing to do with the speed of the current roll-out as it was always the plan.

MS expected Vista to die and everyone on 7, 8, and 8.1 to move to Win10 -- some slower than others. They intended to give them legacy support for their current CPUs, but the idea that anyone would intentionally install Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 INSTEAD of Win10 at this point with new CPU architectures wasn't something they expected people to want to do. I don't see them changing their minds NOW about it either.

Frankly, I'm surprised the install disk didn't stop the install if it had internet updates made available and ask if you wanted to upgrade the license to Win10 or just stop the install completely. Windows 7 is almost 8 years old. Its mainstream support ended back in 2015. It's limping along with mostly just security updates 'til 2020 when it officially gets the axe like Vista is now. Why would MS add anything to Win 7, much less support for a brand new CPU when the whole idea is to let those who want to cling to Win 7 and refuse the free upgrade to Win 10 just limp along with minimal support until they can kill support altogether?

For Win 8 and 8.1, mainstream support continues 'til 2018... but seriously, Windows 8 and 8.1 sales have been discontinued... so, they're really only obligated to support architectures that existed up to the point where the sales ended as the licenses were not transferable. Site licenses for large corps might have some room to gripe, but I bet the language is in the contract and EULAs to cover this.

If you're holding out hope this is going to change, all I can advise is to get used to disappointment.

Comment Re:Why drop Vista? (Score 4, Informative) 119

Win 10 runs even better than Vista did on the old hardware -- due in part to streamlining the OS to fit on low-resource PCs to compete with tablets and Chromebooks. Win 10 loads things more intelligently, uses RAM compression, and tries to only load one copy of a cached shared library instead of multiples - one for each app using them. If it weren't for the spyware, adware, and cost, It'd be a decent OS.

I put Ubuntu on our 8 year old Vista machine, but only because it wasn't worth purchasing a Win 10 license.

Comment Re:Now we know where the moral compass is pointing (Score 3, Interesting) 244

Maybe, maybe not. Having charges dropped doesn't mean they can't file charges again later as long as it wasn't dismissed with prejudice.

I think either they are currently using this exploit for other active investigations or they used an illegal exploit and don't want to implicate themselves.

More likely they're still using the exploit and don't want to tip their hand. They could be monitoring another ring, terrorists, etc. If they give up the code, Tor would release a patch, and they'd be done. Stating that they can't offer up the code "at this time" is their key phrasing... as if there's something important riding on this code remaining a useful tool. Or, I could be wrong and they just want to keep using the tool when and where they can and manufacture alternate evidence to point the finger to the bad guys without disclosing the true source of intel.

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