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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 266

Then look at the actual POLICIES each candidate supports.

I did that and then decided to vote Libertarian or Green. The Democrat/Republican policies (which, in terms of the policies that actually matter as opposed to irrelevant wedge issues, are both the same) are way too authoritarian.

Comment Don't just think "change"; think "rate of change". (Score 1) 130

I have known or at least met many environmental luminaries in the course of my career, and as one of them put it: I = P*S/T -- that is to say environmental impact is proportional to population and standard of living, but is inversely proportional to technology.

So the key to avoiding a dystopian future is to keep the rate of technological improvement greater than the rate of population growth. The way to do that is to invest in people. Societies who have lower infant mortality rates have lower birth rates; societies with better education are more innovative.

Will the future way we do things look radically different from today? Yes! Just as the way we do things today look radically different from the past. Change happens in both the environment and human society; it's inevitable. The question is whether it happens at a rate organisms and people can adapt to, and in particular whether we make a conscious decision to direct that change or have it forced upon us.

Comment Re:Problem for parents (Score 1) 165

Keyboard copy paste works great in Windows

Yup, mostly works in Windows. But now go to a 'Mac-like Linux distro' - can you copy an image in your web browser, paste it into your mail client, chat client, or word processor? What about a vector image, do you get a resizeable PDF or something rasterised? Does it work with video? If you drag a folder from the file manager into a terminal, does it give you a correctly-escaped path (actually, this one seems to have started working in the last couple of years in most DEs)?

I try to limit remote anything from running on my machine.

Which implies that you don't actually understand what remote scripting is. Can you write a script that runs in one process that controls multiple others? OS X does this with AppleScript and the OSA bridge (so you can now also write scripts in JavaScript and a few other things). Windows apps increasingly do it with PowerShell. There's no real *NIX equivalent. If I want to write a script that is triggered whenever a file appears in a network share and does something with it, I have a lot of powerful tools for doing this in *NIX, until one of the applications that I want to involve has a GUI and then it all falls apart. Even something trivial like 'when a file appears on the FTP site create a new TODO item in my calendar and a new email from this template' is hard to do with most *NIX DEs.

Searching documents is not an OS function. Head back to userland.

It's a desktop environment function, which is part of the 'Mac-like distro'. And it's a nontrivial one. Spotlight provides an API (albeit a really crappy one based on COM of all things) that allows every app to provide a plugin for full-text indexing of documents. When I install a new app on OS X, every document created by this app is searchable via a system-wide search. If I want to see all of the documents containing a search term, I can easily, even if they're something like PowerPoint presentations or PDFs (or strings in video or audio file metadata). OS X also ships with a bunch of plugins for common file types. I believe that Windows search does something similar. A few DEs have some kind of similar search, but without the kernel support for something like the fsevents framework on OS X they're often stale and without plugins from most apps they only usefully index a tiny subset of documents.

We've got this without your advice.

And this attitude is why most Linux DEs suck.

Comment Re:Because Enterprise Faired So Poorly (Score 1) 92

Prequels are really hard. You can't do anything that alters the outcomes of major events and even if you're writing about those prior events you have to resist the urge to put in characters from the later series or alter them significantly. Even Babylon 5 (which generally did well with continuity) failed the miserably with In the Beginning: Delenn and Sinclair had good reasons for being there, but the roles of G'Kar, Franklin and Mollari were contrived, as was Sheridan's interaction with some of the others, and one of the main events in the film (Sheridan destroying the Black Star) happens completely differently (and in a completely different location) to the how it was described in the series.

Enterprise failed this by feeling compelled to introduce the Borg and the Ferengi (you think if the Earth had encountered the Borg back then that Picard wouldn't have received some secret briefing about them when he became captain of the Enterprise?). The first contact with the Klingons didn't go as described in later series and the Romulan war was originally described as being fought with nuclear weapons in primitive torpedos, before the Romulans had warp drive, yet Enterprise encounters them long after these events were meant to have happened.

Comment Re:Less Space than a Nomad. (Score 1) 324

The fans in the 2013 also need regular cleaning (which is fun when it requires removing 10 screws to get at them, all with a special screwdriver) or the machine will have GPU errors that will crash applications. I've found putting it on a metal biscuit tin lid works well as an external heatsink, but I'd much rather they made the case a few mms thicker and allowed proper airflow. The new ones are disappointing. It's a shame, because this one is now three years old, which is about our normal replacement cycle and there's nothing compelling to replace it (16GB? WTF?).

Comment Re:Problem for parents (Score 1) 165

I ran a Mac-like Linux distribution on her Linux PC, but it was not 'the real thing'.

I doubt you found something that's actually Mac-like. For example, did drag-and-drop work reliably between any arbitrary pair of applications? Did all of the applications support scripting remote? Did it have a system-wide search that did full-text indexing of all document types (including PDFs, office documents, and so on)?

Most such things are really crappy copies because they only duplicate the superficial irrelevant crap. I don't care if it looks like OS X - Apple's made a bunch of poor design decisions there in favour of good demos at the expense of long-term usability and it would be easy to improve matters. I do care that the core functionality works. Unfortunately, GNUstep has nowhere near enough contributors to be able to do a good job.

Comment Re:Low end? (Score 1) 165

16GB isn't shockingly small for a laptop, but it is a bit embarrassing for a high-end laptop. The top of the line MBP is £4000. Dell has been selling laptops with 32GB of RAM for about 4 years and more RAM is one of the big reasons I was considering replacing my current three-year-old MBP. A marginally faster CPU, a faster GPU, a bigger SSD and some gimmicks are all far less useful to me than being able to run a couple of 4-8GB VMs all of the time.

Comment Re:Bye, MagSafe (Score 1) 165

I tripped over the charging lead to my ThinkPad (R31) while it was on the top of a chest of drawers doing a big compile job. The machine flew across the machine and landed on its corner, with the edge of the case popping off. The compile paused for a few seconds and then continued and I was able to pop the case together, but I was very glad that it was my cheap laptop! I've kicked the charging cable for my MBP a few times (I often leave it by or on the sofa, plugged into the wall) and had the cable pop out, especially in my last house where the socket was in front of the sofa and so the cable had to run across the floor. I'm a bit nervous about having a connector where kicking the power cord can damage the device.

The main thing about the new MBPs though is 16GB in a £4000 laptop in 2016? WTF? I can get a 2TB SSD, but not 32GB of RAM? Seriously?

Comment Re:I hope Apple knows (Score 1) 165

My father got a Surface fairly early on and has been happy with it. He wanted a lightweight device with a long battery life that ran Word, PowerPoints, Outlook, and a web browser. The Surface was precisely that and that also appealed to a lot of other corporate types. Now Office works on Android and iOS, it's not clear that the Surface will continue, but in a lot of places it's seen as the tablet for real work.

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