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Comment Sériously ? (Score 5, Interesting) 534

Ha ha ha ha ha.
People hate advertising.
Ad blockers allow people to endure some services. Without them, the choice between being harassed or not using the service seems trivial.

Bar a couple of exceptions, any service that asked me to disable my adblocker just got me closing the page and looking for the next choice.

Comment Re:Lambdas leaving W10 ? (Score 1) 376

It basically means "a normal user", and up to a minute ago I didn't realise it was a French expression (Utilisateur Lambda), or so it seems.
An accurate definition would be "a person who uses a system like the majority of its users without looking for advanced features".
It was first learned by yours truly trough an english native speaker, hence the confusion.

Comment Lambdas leaving W10 ? (Score 2) 376

I just heard about a couple of friends who got rid of W10 by replacing it by a "Linux" (That's all I got for the OS name).
The husband is a bit above the average computer level of a lambda guy in his 30ies.
The wife's skills are around "reading mail, using word and surfing the web".
Both are happy with the new OS.

Also, this week-end I noticed that a couple of older (60+?) acquaintances started using an Apple computer.

Up to now, only some the geeks around me were kicking W10 out for an alternative.

I find the fact that at least some "normal" people are also moving away both surprising and heartwarming.

Comment Were it not for games ... (Score 1) 376

I'm in the process of reinstalling my main computer with 7 (professionnal).
I would put a Linux on it if it were not for video games I still plan to start some day. (manjaro-openrc : I'd rather not be plagued by systemd)
As soon as a wine/kvm can properly run games, I'll keep only a windows as a virtual machine just for Steam, GoG (and even Origin, as I was foolish enough to buy a handful on that shop).
The last change on the Windows 10 pro was the proverbial last straw. It's borderline criminal.

Comment Re:Just wait until ms turns the data over (Score 1) 112

Linux is 'only' a kernel. There are also the BSDs and Hurd (which is suprisingly functional, it runs at least one of the available nameserver daemons fine).

You have to trust the distribution and for that you have to look at what it's made of.

Just imagine that some distributions were packaging some tentacular piece of software (and buggy, of course, as free-of-bug is next to impossible in any complex system). It would be very convenient and relatively easy to hide something smelly there.

Thankfully a good deal of Linux distributions are following the tenants "do one thing and do it well", which helps keeping them safe.

Comment Re:What about bans for using 3rd party parts / sho (Score 1) 189

BMW are considered expensive cars in Europe in general.
And it used to be for good reasons : there is no contest between the driving pleasure of even a small one against, say, an Audi and of course the more popular VW. It was feeling like sliding on silk at full power but with an incredible grip on the road. The price of the "low range" is about the same as the "high range" or other brands.

Used to because for the last few years it's going down fast, at least for the "smaller" models, They are removing the traction for the 1 and 2 (or how to kill the image of a brand) and having changed recently : the engine lost some punch.

How did we switch to speaking about cars ? Oh, right.

Comment Re:Internet not designed for this (Score 1) 99

If AS owners were filtering the traffic in and out, it would reduce this kind of attacks.

By filtering I mean that if a packet goes out, it has to originate from an IP of the AS; and if a packet goes in, it cannot come from an IP on the inside.

This would effectively anihilate a type of DDOS I will not describe here for obvious reasons.

But AFAIK, the infrastructure cost is not worth it ... yet ?

Comment Re:I used to think that. Then I used Apple product (Score 1) 364

First off : I would consider a $30 metal pin or a $1000 toilet paper sheet expensive. This is a stupid piece of hardware worth about 10 EUR, but since it's Apple it costs closer to 50EUR here. So yes : expensive. Not that it is relevant but if you must know around the Hanami, a good hotel room cost about 200EUR/day and the meal typically from 50EUR up to 250EUR. The thing is : they are worth it.

Second: for being able to write back :

Thanks for the product reference, but now I've got the linux/arm box way. Easy, light, small, and I can do whatever I want with it.

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