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Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 4, Insightful) 310

I like the fact that once I have my CDs and DVDs they can't take-back the rights when I have physical media, and I don't have to worry about losing my media when I have a hard disk failure.

In practice this is also true for Blu-Ray. If I remember what I read back when the Blu-ray standard was first released there was apparently a mechanism to invalidate Blu-ray discs, but I don't think it's been applied in-practice and you'd have to have a network-connected player that the vendor is still providing updates to for that to happen anyway.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

I look at the phone industry and think .. hmm this is looking like how the car industry plays out. Aside from actual safety and engine improvements, is there any real benefit to continually changing styling every year - aside from trying to convince buyers that "new is better"?

At least with vehicles there are visible differences. Phones, you have the little rectangle, the medium-sized rectangle, and the big rectangle. The color of the rectangle might be changable or might be enclosable with a case.

Does anyone really care what their phone looks like? Really?

If it's any consolation my vehicles are 21 years old at the newest. My large, powerful sedan is still a large, powerful sedan. My pickup truck is still a pickup truck.

Comment Re:and in other news... (Score 2) 538

Am I the only one who cares that systemd is following the path of much of the rest of the Linux ecosystem in adding more and more features before bothering to extinguish all the bugs in the existing feature set? Has it proven that it should be gobbling up other features and breaking the old UNIX model of discreet chunks of competent tightly-focused code yet?

No, you're not the only one. I'm installing new boxes at home with Devuan because I like my Linux boxes to use Init. I am aware that this will be the more difficult path, but Debian seems to have violated its own rules regarding adding new packages to Stable after it's made stable.

I do not like all-in-one solutions, and my experiences with random problems with PulseAudio leaves me distrustful of other software from the same developer, and to me this looks like fixing something that isn't broken.

If Systemd becomes ubiquitous and unavoidable I'll look at other UNIX/UNIX-Like operating systems.

Comment Stop chasing the shiny (Score 5, Insightful) 161

So buyers need to start asking themselves what they actually want this thing that they're carrying around eight to sixteen hours a day, and often sleeping next to the remaining eight, to do.

Then they need to ask themselves what device accomplishes these tasks, and then start comparing extra features that cost more along with various price points.

After they've done all that, basically identified needs, wants, what's superfluous, then they're in a positon to actually make a choice.

We tend to be a bit conservative with our spending, using devices until they stop working, and in some cases doing a bit of home repair to keep them going when there are problems. I used an HTC Dream until the "A" key quit. We used Galaxy SII phones until her power button kept getting stuck where it was engaged, fixed that a couple times before having enough, and I used my SII until something failed and it no longer recognized SIM cards or that it had a WIFI chip. She didn't feel a need for more functionality than the SII so we replaced it with a Galaxy Core Prime, and I wanted durable without needing a case so I went with the Kyocera DuraForce XD. She spent around $200, I spent around $400, both a far cry from the $700 phones that are so common, and I expect these will give us many years of good service.

Replace the electronics when it's actually dead or doesn't meet your needs, not just because it's not as shiny as it once was.

Comment Re:Wow, will registry/hive on linux follow? (Score 1) 400

I am speechless. Like how useful is this?

This serves to try to keep people that dabble in Linux from moving entirely away from Microsoft, basically allowing Microsoft to keep their foot in the door.

Originally you had to learn the entirely different mindset that POSIX/UNIX/Linux required. Multiuser, very little interactive as root, bunch of new tools, some kind of difficult to use, but powerful once they're learned. To be proficient you had to learn all of this and once learned you probably came to appreciate both the effort and the result. You probably weren't interested in Microsoft tools, which often felt late to the party and not very capable.

Now, you can attempt to work in a Linux/UNIX environment with Microsoft-feeling tools. You may not come to appreciate the GNU or POSIX stuff, you never really immerse yourself in it, so it's easier for Microsoft to call you back if you run into challenges. You haven't really mastered the UNIX model.

At least that's my concern. I've been in meetings with Microsoft product reps who would be very condescending towards non-Microsoft solutions even if those solutions were older, more mature, and more robust, often because the worse GUI or lack of GUI meant that you actually had to know what you were doing. It makes it easier to pander to managers that aren't as technical as they should be. This is just another tool in that toolkit.

Comment Re:I'd be sympathetic to Rotten Tomatoes but... (Score 1) 407

Don't count on it. I was reading on the business of making movies and the consensus is that since Ghostbusters is supposed to be a comedy first, it cost far, far too much to make this movie compared to what they got. Normally comedies are carried on the skills of the performers. Even the original 1984 Ghostbusters featured fairly spartan numbers of effects, many of them practical with techniques like film double-exposure, suspension rigs for the actors (Sigourney Weaver floating), and physical things like the egg-countertop scene. The big effects like the final battle with Gozer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man had plenty of practical elements and the scenes relied on the skill of the actors to pull them off more than on just the effects.

I understand that this 2016 version featured lots and lots of computer effects, far more than the original. That gets expensive and quickly.

Comment Re:I'd be sympathetic to Rotten Tomatoes but... (Score 1) 407

I've heard that supposedly it made its budget back finally.

Thing is, its budget doesn't include things like publicity and distribution. I saw tie-ins for insurance, for restaurants, even an hour-long special about the eighties with a grossly-disproportionate segment right at the end about Ray Parker Jr. and the original *Ghostbusters Theme*, and I'm pretty sure that it was paid for by those attempting to publicize the new movie.

They may have made the original shooting/production budget back, but I suspect they've got a long way to go before they are actually in the black.

Comment Re:Twitter (Score 3, Insightful) 106

I donno, they seem to have gotten the news-media hooked on it, they will repeat whatever any C-lister or above says on shows like Entertainment Tonight, and if it catches enough attention there then it ends up making the actual news.

From a publicity point of view it's golden, doesn't cost anything and can increase exposure.

Why people care is what I don't quite get, but I've never really entirely understood why some things become popular anyway.

Comment Re:Cost of Living Tradeoffs (Score 1) 163

By now?

In the 1980s my father had a GRID laptop assigned to him. He'd work from home on the System 370 or would use it when on-call and something would come up, dialing-in to the S370 via modem.

I have a serial terminal sitting on my desk at work plugged into a network switch's serial port. I can administer the entire WAN through that terminal if I have to, no actual computer involved. I could take that terminal and hook it directly to a modem with a null-modem cable and dial-out to connect to other computers, which is basically late-sixties to early-seventies technology.

Since the dawn of the modem it's been possible to work from somewhere else if the software to do the work is capable of being used remotely. It's only the early GUI era when this broke as GUI applications required too much bandwidth to work over modem speeds. VPN and broadband Internet in the mid to late nineties essentially solved that, tech workers that don't physically touch the equipment could literally live anywhere.

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