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Comment Re:Init alternatives (Score 1) 314

It's probably the most cost-effective way to get back in the game. Back when it took 45 minutes to install and another few hours to configure the OS, it made sense to try to troubleshoot. Now it takes 5 minutes to install the OS, and with package managers (and assorted partition setup), you can be up and running in 10 minutes. Will it take 10 minutes to fix? no? re-install.

Comment Re:No, ABMers. No. For the last time. NO. (Score 1) 169

I use OpenDNS and have removed access to the latest list of MS telemetry servers. I use Windows 10 (sparingly) for games, and the odd application that actually does require windows. Yet I'm still able to update. Yes, it has managed to piss me off a couple times... but nowhere near the point of overhauling the box with Linux. Partially because the last time I tried to use Linux with this hardware it was even more of a pain to get to work, so I went with the path of least resistance.

Comment Re:So how many terrorists? (Score 1) 166

Well yea, the whole point of a suicide bombing is to take as many of them with you as you can. If you can't get 200+ people on a 737, you can certainly get a few hundred in line for security at a major airport.

Instead of many lives and an airplane, it's many lives and reconstruction costs. How exactly is that any better?

Comment Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 100

I've seen the flip side of this coin too. I was in the market for a Microsoft Surface this year and had been doing a lot of research on them (or similar tablets) with my PC, laptop and phone. Sure enough, after a few weeks, watching Hulu on an Apple TV and a majority of what I see is MS Surface ads. Since I bought one and hadn't been searching, those ads disappeared.

That's just one example that stood out to me. I'm sure there are others that are a bit more subtle.

Comment Re:Trump, Bezos and Amazon (Score 1) 95

The only tax that Amazon gets to skirt is any difference between "Warehouse" and "Retail" for the number and square footage those warehouses take. Sure, they are a big retailer, but they have nowhere near the total square footage of the other big names like Target, Best Buy, etc...

It's because they are an online-only (well, mostly now) retailer that they are able to decrease their overall footprint and compete with the big boys. A better comparison (ignoring bankrupcies) would be Radio Shack is to Target as NewEgg is to Amazon.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 4, Informative) 154

Some of the bigger differences:
  • Fedora is "bleeding edge" while Ubuntu favors stability - Fedora typically has newer versions of libraries sooner than Ubuntu does. While Ubuntu packages arent as old as Debian (which it's based on), Ubuntu is typically a bit more conservative and stable.
  • YUM (DNF) vs APT - Fedora uses YUM (now DNF) with RPM packages while Ubuntu uses APT and DEB packages. Functionally there isn't a lot of difference between the two, but the naming conventions for packages differ.
  • RPM vs DEB - Ubuntu is a little wider spread and has a bit stronger support. If you should need some obscure package/game/library, somebody likely has a .deb file of it, while you may be stuck with a manual compile/install on Fedora.
  • Repos - Ubuntu has a much larger number of third-party repos while Red Hat is slightly more consolidated (RPMFusion project).

Both will give you KDE (again, Fedora's version may be newer), MATE, LXDE, Gnome, etc... You can set either up however you'd like, and the default repos largely contain the same stuff.

Personally, I run Fedora since my work uses RHEL and that keeps me in the same mindset. I tend to bounce between Linux Mint and Fedora, and have found the only real difference for me comes down to some obscure libraries on (very rare) occasions. Folks complain that Fedora is unstable, and that's generally true for the first few weeks after release. I've had the same problem with Ubuntu, though... so YMMV

Comment Re:Fake number (Score 1) 82

The company reports 30,000 upcoming, but it'll be much more in the end when the story is forgotten and nobody's watching. The company has implemented a cheating device that reports fake numbers when the press and incestors are watching: they call it the PR Department...

That is the most accurate description of C-level management I have ever seen. Well done.

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