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Comment Re:Poor life decisions (Score 4, Insightful) 358

Do you really need to turn this into a rant about a 'liberal wasteland...'. San Francisco is expensive because people want to live there. Period. Democratic controlled governments have nothing to do with it other than either

        1. contributing to the desirability of the places - whether you care to believe that or not.
or
        2. being elected by the people who chose to live there for some other reason - which is more or less the same thing.

Now it's quite possible that the residents of San Francisco and New York are deluded about how desirable those cities are. And maybe they'd all be happier in the sun belt - though I doubt it.

Comment Re:So what makes Ubuntu different from Fedora? (Score 1) 227

To the extent that you're even asking the question, the answer doesn't matter - use whichever you like. The closer Ubuntu is to Fedora (and other distros as well) in terms of the big underlying stuff, the easier it is to target all of those distros for 3rd party apps, and that's what matters. There still aren't many 3rd party Linux apps, and the race seems to be on between having decent 3rd party support - and not needing it, because 'all you need is a web browser'. But still, there's that occasional need...

Other than Chrome, I use exactly one 3rd party app on my Mint KDE system - a Cisco VPN client provided by my job - without which I wouldn't be able to work from home via Linux. This thing was built for Ubuntu, circa 2014, and it still works with the latest Mint distro - which is a good thing, since I doubt I'd be able to get the company to provide me with an upgrade to it.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 4, Interesting) 227

Well, okay. But it sounds like you could figure out how to do the same thing via a remote desktop session. So it boils down to whether Wayland improves things enough for the millions of everyday users to make it worth making users like you figure out another way to do that thing you occasionally do. I don't know enough about Wayland to know that it really will improve things - though I've read reports that it makes the desktop 'feel' smoother. If it makes it easier to get drivers for the latest video cards with fewer bugs, though, I'm all for it.

X remoting was always a good-sounding idea that was implemented in a way that made it not much more efficient in practice than VNC-type remoting. I use remote desktop on my Linux box at home when I need to access my office Windows system from home. I run local stuff on one virtual desktop and RDP on another. The RDP desktop is pretty awful - but useable enough, I guess (since I use it). It'd be better if 'grab all keys' actually grabbed all the keys. But somehow I don't think remoting via X Windows would be any less awful...

Comment Re:FUDget about it... (Score 3, Insightful) 206

So you essentially turned your $250 Dell laptop into the $500 Dell laptop you could've bought in the first place.

Microsoft doesn't want OEM's building cheap full Windows machines - i.e., the kind where the Windows license accounts for 30% of the price of the machine. They will go as far as making Windows Cloud free for OEMs in order to keep from being pressured to make full Windows 10 free for 'real' laptops.

Comment Re:Brick by design (Score 2) 206

These things are ARM based, so 'select otherwise' isn't likely to be too useful if you're trying to turn them into full-blown Windows laptops that can run X86 stuff. Then again, there are rumors that these will run X86 stuff via an ARM emulator - so maybe they're trying to get WIN32 apps bundled with emulation into the Windows store to make up for the decided lack of 'native' Metro stuff. I wonder whether that would be more or less useful than the Android phone apps you can run on a Chromebook. There are probably more Android apps in active development these days than Win32 or Metro apps - but there's no denying how big (and how robust) the existing WIN32 app base is. C'mon WINE - time to get an ARM version going. Or not - if web and Android apps are the future.

Comment Re: How many Chromebook buys are accidental? (Score 1) 131

It's not about Jill Solloway - except perhaps as a model for the kids. Solloway's father came out as trans in his 70's. And, of course, in the first season, Maura was supposed to be clueless about how to live as a woman. She's more 'successful' as a transwoman in the later seasons. The truth is messy indeed - and I think the show takes that on pretty well.

Have you ever seen Cait Jenner? She's still a little clueless - as if tons of makeup is all it takes. I have a lesbian friend who is outraged at Jenner calling herself a woman ("how dare he usurp my experience"). At some point, you just have to acknowledge that everybody's experience of gender is personal - and you can't always extrapolate from yourself (or from some stereotype) to understand someone else.

Comment Re: Nobody (Score 1) 236

Surely an 'innocent bug'. Like how the browser choice function in Windows 7 used to routinely fail to work.

I assume there's no Metro version of Chrome or Firefox (yet?... ever?). In any case, I wonder whether 'legacy' win32 apps have to jump through hoops on this version of Windows to access the screen or other system resources that Metro apps do not - and whether those hoops drain the battery. It's either that or the websites they're testing on are getting some kind of native video boost that only Edge supports - and falling back to something else on Chrome and Firefox.

If it matters, presumably Chrome will fix it - to the extent that's possible while still maintaining their cross-platform code base. If it's just some artfully chosen test scenario, well that's not surprising...

Comment Re: How many Chromebook buys are accidental? (Score 1) 131

Well, I hope you are transsexual, BarbaraHudson. Otherwise, your signature would point to a really weirdly specific objection to a particular TV series.

In any case, I think "Transprent" (at least in the first season) is about the best thing on TV. And no, it's not really about the trans-parent. It's about a bunch of bratty, entitled, fucked up kids whose father transitioned in his 70's. Not sure what stereotypes you're talking about, but in any case, the show is a largely autobiographical riff about Jill Solloway's experiences growing up.

And complaining about have a man play the parent's role instead of a trans-woman, is a little odd - unless you can point to a 70+ year old transwoman who can actually act. That would, indeed, have made the show even better.

Now, about Chromebooks...

Comment Re:actually (Score 1) 150

The interesting part of all this is that Bing was created not because Microsoft wanted to be in the search business - but because search was lucrative enough for Google to allow them to grow into a threat to Microsoft's core OS and Office monopolies. Bing is there to cut Google down to size more than to build up Microsoft. And, to the extent that Google actually had ambitions to take Microsoft head on, I guess they were right. Though who knows - if Microsoft hand never tried to damage Google's revenue stream, maybe Google never would've gone after Windows and Office. But the Google guys were nothing if not ambitious.

You could also make the point that Android was more an attempt to keep Microsoft from buying their way into mobile search than any kind of attempt to take on Apple. But all these companies counting on network effects to maintain near monopolies seem to have to take on all comers. Monopoly power, for all the head start it gives you, are not invincible.

Comment Re:Also a self-perpetuating cycle (Score 1) 238

Your thinking is utterly rational, but it fails to take into consideration the possibility of divorce. If your wife were left to fend for herself, then she would bear the brunt of all those logical decisions to sacrifice her earning potential in favor of your much greater income. It's not just a matter of what would happen if you were to die - though I guess your plans for a death contingency might help her some in case of a divorce. No life insurance to live on, though.

Comment Re:Ubuntu is dead (Score 1) 80

Well, their 'weird ass ambition' was to capitalize on the movement toward mobile devices and get there first with a 'Continuum-like' UI. Except that they didn't. And now that Microsoft has pretty much lost the mobile race to Android - and various desktop Android options seem inevitable, there's not much point in pursuing a new mobile platform to power a linux desktop. That doesn't mean that the Linux desktop is dead. It can still do anything a Chromebook can do (don't laugh - that meets the needs of a pretty big subset of the desktop market) - and more, which real desktop apps for most standard functions.

The Linux desktop is never going to be a replacement for Windows - for people who need some specifically native Windows apps. But it can fill in pretty nicely for a Mac in terms of functionality, and for Windows for people who don't have Windows-specific needs (and that's a growing subset). Even Windows (i.e. Windows 10/Metro) is not a replacement for Windows - in that you can't do much on a Metro-only system that you can't also do on a Chromebook or Android laptop.

But Ubuntu still serves a useful purpose. As a starting point for other distros, it has become pretty much the de-facto Linux OS that has been needed all along. If your distro is based off of a UBU LTR and uses the UBU repositories (i.e. Mint), you're users are assured that most every Linux-available app will be available for your distro - without the need for special expertise to get it to work. That's an important thing. And if the move back to GNOME restores Ubuntu to its former role as the default newbie distro, then it will continue to be around to keep all those other distros viable. Either way, the move away from Unity (and especially Mir) means all those Ubuntu forks no longer need to search for something else to re-fork off of.

Comment Re:An Industrial Revolution 50 million years ago?! (Score 1) 620

In other words, it becomes a political agenda when anything is suggested that might actually work to reduce carbon emissions? I assume you would also agree that it 'becomes a political agenda' when the solution is increasing vehicle mileage standards - or tax rebates for solar installations - or...

Comment Re:An Industrial Revolution 50 million years ago?! (Score 1) 620

So what if one of the things we can do to 'cool it down' is to prevent some of the warming by burning less fossil fuels? How is it then a 'political agenda' to suggest doing just that. Only in today's polarized, corporate-funded political environment is such a thing 'political' - and only then if a large willfully ignorant cohort decides to 'choose a side' and accept nonsense as valid arguments against.

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