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Comment Re:Windows is Bloated (Score 1) 129

You may be an AC but you are completely right. Linux is very friendly to lower spec computers, including those with limited storage. I bought an Asus Zenbook maybe 18 months back and worried that the 256GB SSD would be too small. But I took off Windows and put Mint on it, and I'm using about 20% of the drive space even with a ton of applications, data, music files, etc.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 104

I won't claim updating Linux is "always without a problem." There are often some issues.

The big difference is that everything is completely under my control. If an update breaks something, I'm very confident that I'll be able to fix it, and 99 times out of 100 there is already a solution posted on-line. And I'm not forced to take updates if I don't want to.

Linux does require some patience and some learning. I and many others believe it's worth it. Over many years, Linux has been a positive productivity aid for me, providing far more working solutions for my needs than Windows ever could. YMMV. Do whatever works best for you.

Comment Re: AT&T (Score 3, Informative) 205

I went from Verizon to T-Mobile to Google Fi, which suits me well as a very low-end mobile data user (typically 500MB per month mobile and 25GB wifi). It would be a terrible choice for heavy mobile data users, though, as data is strictly pay as you go (a cent per megabyte). And what I do like is that they don't pack in every conceivable fee like some of the others. $20 per month, about $5 for data, and $5 in taxes and fees.

Comment Re:Orwell was right... (Score 3, Interesting) 312

Nice. Point proven right at the top. People are so focused on dumb petty political bullshit and are at each other's throats over it. In person, most don't talk about political shit non-stop since there are a million other things to talk about and do that don't bring up conflict between the person you're with.

You've hit it right on the head, and add to this that the level of politeness in on-line discourse is orders of magnitude less than it is in most in-person interaction. I still have some trouble with the incredible incivility on /. and many other on-line fora and social media sites. Almost none of the mean stuff that gets said on line would be said face to face, except by the worst sociopaths.

Comment Re:Linux is sadly becoming irrelevant. (Score 1) 109

You see, computers are all about automation, and that means the ability to re-use your work. You can put it in a script so you don't have to type it again and share it with the world.

And this is an incredibly relevant point, thank you for making it. Reusable scripts for a large variety of common tasks create enormous work efficiency. It takes a little time to set up a script, perhaps, but then over the next thousands of times you use it you reap the benefits.

Just as an example --- the University of Hawai`i wifi requires a login pretty much every time you connect. I don't need to start up my web browser and click through things. I took an hour to make and debug an 'expect' script that automates the process. It saves me maybe a minute every time I use it, which is sometimes many times in a day. Payback? Enormous over time. And that's only one script for one use.

Comment Re:Linux is sadly becoming irrelevant. (Score 1) 109

Who the fuck modded you up? Linux is a pain to configure, 90% of anything needs to be done via the command line, that is not "pleasant".

Well, at least you're not an AC. But if you read my post correctly, you'd see that I didn't describe Linux as necessarily pleasant. I did describe it as highly usable and an enabler for getting work done. I can't dispute your 90% figure either way, but there is little doubt that the command line is efficient, usable, and enables you to do a lot in a short time. Of course, you have to bother to learn to use it. I find that bother much more profitable a use of my time than trying to figure out where MS hid things with their ongoing UI changes. Charms bar, indeed.

Comment Re:Linux is sadly becoming irrelevant. (Score 4, Insightful) 109

It still doesn't offer a desktop environment that's as pleasant to use as Windows .../p>

I wouldn't characterize the Windows desktop environment as "pleasant to use" in any way, shape or form. I realize it's a matter of individual taste, but I've heard very few people (other than someone on the MS payroll) describe Windows as pleasant.

Now, I don't know that I'd describe the various Linux desktops as necesarily "pleasant" but I would describe many as highly usable and an enabler in getting work done. I wouldn't describe Windows in such a way, either.

Comment Re:Brick by design (Score 1) 206

Subnotebooks that "just work" with GNU/Linux used to be easy to find until the end of 2012. System76 and Dell currently don't have anything below 13 inches or below $700. Installing Linux on Bay Trail devices that shipped with Windows, such as the ASUS T100TA and X205TA, has left things like Bluetooth, built-in Wi-Fi, webcam, and suspend broken. And before you bust out "Android is Linux; try a tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard":

I have a subnotebook (Acer Aspire One) that "just works" with Linux and has for a long time, but it's predictably slow and the small display is an issue. I now use an Asus Zenbook which runs Linux perfectly. For the type of work I need to get done, I don't really want a subnotebook --- of any kind. That means a tablet is not an acceptable replacement, either. So I don't think it's much of an issue that small Windows devices aren't suitable for Linux.

And yes, "Android is Linux" but with all the modifications it's very far from an unfettered (and spyware free) productivity oriented Linux distribution.

Android phones and tablets have their place but not as work/productivity devices.

Comment Re:Uber at it again? (Score 1) 168

Correct, I can get where I'm trying to go, at a reasonable rate, without hassle, quickly.. this isn't anything like a regular bus service.

I rely a lot on bus service. Where I live (Honolulu) it can

1) Generally get me where I want to go, or at least fairly close, but in a smaller number of cases not close at all

2) With a hassle factor no less than medium and ranging up to tremendous

3) Quickly? Never. Typically three times as long as driving

4) But it's cheap. Extremely cheap compared to any other option, including driving, even on short trips if you consider the total cost per mile of driving and not the incremental cost

Uber claims to save you money, and while it's a little less expensive than taxis, it certainly isn't economical.

Comment Re:Security you say? (Score 4, Insightful) 89

Linux switches its license to something a little more fair

I don't know why I'm feeding a troll and and AC besides, but the licensing for Linux is about as fair as it comes. You can use it for free, you can do anything legal with it you wish, and you can profit internally all you want, and you can't take away someone else's rights to do the same.

I suppose you think Microsoft or Apple's proprietary licenses are fair.

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