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Comment Of course it is. (Score 1) 765

Well, it does depend a little on circumstances, and it's not without its consequences. You should generally avoid burning any bridges you don't have to, and it's not just the company's attitude to you that you need to worry about; other employees might remember you as that guy who up and left unexpectedly which made life difficult for everyone. Which can bite you in the arse a year or two down the line when they're a different company you're applying at and might have a say in hiring.

But if the company's treating you badly, or conditions are unnecessarily dangerous? You are justified in just leaving without notice, and such things are a secondary concern. And if things are bad enough, said hypothetical other employee may remember you as the guy who had the sense to just get out ASAP.

Phyllis Hartman says employees have a responsibility to try to communicate about what's wrong. "Start figuring out if there is anything you can do to fix it. The worst that can happen is that nobody listens or they tell you no."

No, that is not the worst that can happen by a longshot. The worse things will generally run afoul of workplace bullying laws, but that's small comfort.

Comment Re:How long should the battery last? (Score 1) 231

Gotta agree there. My nightly routine involves plugging my phone, iPod, iPad and laptop in to charge overnight. If I don't do it nightly, I'll forget about it and one of the above will be out of juice when I'm out and about and need it. And since I'm charging them nightly anyway, I really don't give a damn whether it could theoretically go a week without charging or "only" three days or so.

Comment Re:people want cheap (Score 1) 231

I think that it's a chicken-and-egg issue. Tablets are considered media consumption devices, so nobody makes a tablet studly enough for real work, so the expectation is that tablets are media consumption devices, and consumers don't expect tablets to be studly enough for real work.

Tablets were actually like that before - basically laptops with a touchscreen that you could swivel around to use without the keyboard in the way. But they never gained much traction in that form. They cost more than the same laptop sans swivelling touchscreen, and few had that much use for it over and above a standard laptop.

Since the introduction of the current standard format of tablet, there have been a few here and there that try to be a tablet for "real work" from the other direction, by adding a detachable keyboard and things like that. But they've never really taken off either. The reality is that for 95% of people, the tablet is for media consumption and other light tasks, and the PC and/or laptop are for more serious work. One device with the strengths of both but the weaknesses of neither would be nice, but is A) way easier said than done, and B) only considered necessary by a small handful.

Comment Re:From a security perspective... (Score 1) 924

Personally I think this is a very good idea, and I know it's something I've considered on a few occasions.

The reason this is a problem is that when using home directory encryption you need a quick an easy way of making your data inaccessible, but as long as processes are running as your user the volume can't be unmounted, leaving your data open for everybody to read.

Killing all your processes and unmounting your encrypted home directory is a Good Thing(TM), and is semantically in-line with the meaning of 'Logging Out', aka - 'Im no longer using this computer'.

If you really want long-running processes it's pretty easy to create a separate services account, or use systemd containers, or docker etc.

Why so much fuss?

There must be other solutions to that particular problem that don't involve setting OS defaults that fuck everyone who has a use case different from "must at all costs keep encrypted home directory secure and inaccessible when not interactively using the computer". There are perfectly good reasons for having that as a priority, but it's not a priority for most.

Also, logging out does not mean "I am no longer using this computer", it means "I am no longer using this computer interactively". As many others have been pointing out, there are many reasons why a user would want processes to continue running while they're not logged in.

Comment Re:Repeat after me... (Score 1) 460

It's where the principles of Murphy's Law and Schroedinger's Cat intersect - Murphy Schroedinger's Data, if you will.

Data stored in the cloud both exists and doesn't exist simultaneously; if you need the data it got accidentally deleted and there's no way to retrieve it, and if you delete the data because you don't want it seen, it turns out there's another copy and it will be all over the open internet shortly.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 354

Indeed. Anyone can talk big about how, unlike every other project in the same arena, they're doing everything the right way from the ground up and it'll be the best thing ever. Inevitably, somewhere down the line they'll either wind up doing things 'wrong' for the sake of practicality like the others, or continue being 'right' and thus impractical so almost no-one uses it for real world stuff.

But hey, even if it itself doesn't take off, it might introduce some feature or other that Linux or BSD or Hurd or whatever can implement. And a little more variety in the operating system arena couldn't hurt.

Comment Re:Pedestrians (Score 2) 264

Yeah, there's a realistic and practical option. Rather than the current situation of hitting a button and waiting a minute or two for the lights when I need to quickly go somewhere just over the road, I can order an Uber, wait a while for it to show up, do a lap of the block in it because the traffic management system says that's the way we need to do it, and pay for the privilege. And repeat for the trip back.

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