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Comment Opera Neon is only available Windows at the moment (Score 1) 78

The Opera web browser is multiplatform, however as I have stated in the subject heading Opera Neon is currently available for MS Widows and since I only run Linux I can't really evaluate it and I am not going to fire up a Windows 10 virtual machine just to evaluate it. I am intrigued enough to download it when it becomes available for Linux.

The split screen feature may be useful like what I find in KDE's Dolphin which is extremely customizable, but then again I can easily fire up Chrome, Konqueror, Firefox, QupZilla or any browsers that I wish to install and have them running side by side or even in different desktops if I wish.

One very important feature I do like with the above web browsers I mentioned is the fact that you can setup repository updating for them so when an update becomes available I can update at my convenience. I am not that sure with Opera and I don't like updates being installed behind my back.

Comment Re:Should already be habit (Score 1) 172

Meta+L before you step away.

I have even worked at places where not locking your computer when you are away from it is a fireable offence (after a few warnings).

I have seen the chief of security frig around with unsecured workstations. (Set background to screenshot of itself, hide icons and start bar, email President from offender's account, etc).

What I run into it how many people's minds are blown when I show them Winkey+L instead of the Ctrl+Alt+Del,Enter. Same people have their mind blown at Ctrl+Shift+Esc instead of Ctrl+Alt+Del, "Start Task Manager"

Depends on what operating system you are running. Meta+L does not work on mine but my lock screen icon does or if I wish I can use Ctrl+Alt+Del and select what I want to do. I can also setup inactivity timeouts if I am working in a place where some people like to prank your computer if left unattended.

I am sure you have guessed by now I don't run Microsoft Windows. :-)

Comment Re:Why Microsoft wins (Score 1) 183

Firefox has the same kind of telemetry features. Chrome too. And pretty much everything else. But when it comes from Microsoft people freak out first, ask questions later.

When an operating system like Microsoft Windows 10 has features that are specifically used for collecting data I think most people who are concerned about privacy have the right to be concerned. Applications like Firefox and Chrome which are web browsers can easily be configured not to infringe on your privacy and if you still don't trust them then it is a very easy matter to install and use a different application.

I am well aware that it is possible to change your settings in Windows 10 (by default they are all turned on) to turn off many features that could be a privacy concern and I strongly suggest users do this. The problem you have is that Windows 10 has not just a simple "yes/no" change you have to go into the registry as well and while there are third-party applications that can make this easy you have to trust them as well. Even after all that there are still privacy concerns especially since some of the "off" settings can be turned back "on" with an update.

If you look at the methods that Microsoft used for getting existing users to upgrade to Windows 10 and compare it to the definition of malware then Windows 10 ticks all the boxes.

The only fix for having an operating system you don't trust is to use a different operating system.

Comment Re:Why isn't Linux on the desktop more widespread? (Score 1) 166

I'm curious your thoughts on why Linux hasn't grabbed more laptop/desktop marketshare from Windows and MacOS over the years? It seems that with the privacy concerns around Windows 10 and Apple's lack of focus on MacOS there may be a huge opportunity in the near future. What things need to happen in the consumer marketplace and within the OSS community for it to really take off? Can 2017 be the year of the Linux desktop?

It's been Linux on the desktop for me for over 10 years and that is in the Professional and home market spaces.

You've heard of the words "Microsoft Tax" haven't you? The usage of Linux has actually increased from 1.5% to 2.21% recently so a few million people are changing over. In addition the number of Steam games for Linux is over the 5,000 mark and gaming is another major reason why people aren't changing at least for the moment.

Being forced into getting Windows 10 with its privacy issues has made some users at least try Linux but the majority of people who buy a PC which comes with a Microsoft OS won't make the change since they don't care.

As for the corporate sector, there are some changes but the majority are locked into the Microsoft ecosystem.

Comment Re:Systemd, WTF? (Score 1) 166

Systemd, WTF???

What a great way to ask a question. I hope you never have to front a board of directors with an outburst like that.

As to systemd causing your NFS to fail. I call BS on that although to cover all bases turn off the NFS services that are controlled by systemd (look at the manual entry "systemctl" or even use the systemd GUI) and then find out if your NFS still hangs (most likey a combination of network and target machines) and if it does then it is your job to fix the problem or barring that get in someone who can.

For years, warning flags have been raised about systemd. It more or less seems that we're bringing all the disadvantages of the Windows architecture to Linux, without any of the advantages of running WIndows.

So far lots of rants with no concrete evidence to back them up. In the Professional IT and scientific community, you need repeatable evidence to back up your claims, not anecdotal words. As for comparing systemd that is a system and service manager to Microsoft Windows which is an operating system your kidding right?

So far your rant sounds like a poor tradesman blaming is tools.

Comment Re:wonderfully confusing! (Score 1) 224

Well, a distribution would be shortened to a distro is naturally I don't know what a distro is.

It can't be a distribution because there is no 'o' in distribution.

I don't think anyone knows what a distro is, to be honest.

How about Distributed Operating system. You can even make it into disros if you like.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 280

Time between reboots has so much to do with what is installed and running - my clean Win10 machines only reboot when updates make them do it

This is one of the many reasons why I don't run Windows 10 because when I get updates on my Linux machine I get to choose when I install them and if required when I reboot. Even if I choose to install updates they don't interfere with what I am currently doing. I also have had this freedom for years.

BTW. I do have Windows 10 installed in a virtual machine (legitimate license). I actually used the Windows 10 ISO which is a free download from Microsoft and is 4.2GB so I would recommend getting it for recovery purposes if you really want to run Windows 10. The installation is quite simple and quick although I would strongly recommend using the advanced setup rather than the quick install.

When I say use the advanced setup when installing from the Win 10 ISO you will see many settings that are by default turned on which would be the case with the quick install. Whether you choose to turn off those settings is up to you although I personally find they tick all the boxes for the definition of malware . Even if you do lock the machine down you still have to go into the registry (oh! yes everyone knows how to edit this) and even then you may not get everything. Third party software (if you trust them) can help but they still may not get everything.

Even after you think you have locked down Windows 10 if you use tools like Wireshark and/or Etherape and you will see that Windows 10 loves to chat with outside machines (Owned by? You guessed it Microsoft) which may not even be in the same country you live in.

What is interesting is the install of Windows 10 is over 5GB which is really bare bones (ie. no applications like Office .. etc) compared to my Fedora 25 desktop with over 2,200 packages (includes Multiple browsers, Office suites, Multimedia, CAD, Statistical and Scientific packages) and is only 7.2GB and all my packages get updates when available without me having to manually search for them. Even when I get updates most of the time a reboot is not needed although if I get a new kernel a reboot (when I decide) takes about 60 seconds and that includes logging in and starting my preferred applications (SSD's are great).

Comment Re:What a waste (Score 5, Insightful) 61

wireless charging is a waste ofenergy how long does it take to plug something in

And wasting energy is particularly bad when we have climate deniers in charge of the govt

Wireless or inductive charging can be as efficient as charging via cable but there are also allot of gotchas as well. One of those gotchas is a fundament law of physics which simply states that if you want efficiency you must couple the magnet field of the charging coil with the receiving coil and the greater the air gap the less efficient the charging will be. Anyone who has done transformer design should know that.

Charging mats for your mobile are not that efficient but they are convenient and the loss in monetary terms is small so most people won't care, but if you upscale inductive charging to a car the losses are going to be much more evident and this translates to extra costs for the consumer which will far outweigh the convenience.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 73

I'm reading this on a Vista laptop- lol it's what's I have at the moment....!

I'm reading this on a Skylake Core i7 6700 desktop running the most up to date version of Fedora 25. I also have a 10-year-old HP dual core laptop which originally came with Vista that I overwrote with Fedora at the time of my purchase. Today that same laptop runs Fedora 25 surprisingly well although for the best performance I would suggest "Puppy Linux" however since I use that laptop for testing my major upgrades (one every six months) I will stick to Fedora. That laptop is great for when I am traveling.

Note: I always do a fresh install for major upgrades since I have found that is the fastest. Twenty minutes for the install, 20 ~ 25 minutes for customization and the machine is fully functional except for updates which don't interfere with anything I want to do.

Comment Re:Firefox ESR is very good (Score 1) 73

I don't mind it so much, it's more "stable" in the meaning of not crashing. There hasn't been almost any new GUI feature since Australis in Firefox 29. Also, when using linux, people were stuck with Firefox 3.0 when 3.6 was out.

That's strange my Fedora 25 version of Firefox says its version 50.1.0. I suppose Gooogle Chrome is better since it is version 55.0.2883.87 which is a good five points in front. :-)

Comment Re:no 3d, no drm (Score 1) 88

most user uses chrome which has flash and will ditch it soon. why release that?

True, but if you have a Flash video (ie *.flv) you could always use VLC or MPV to play them.

Of course, if you don't like flash videos in their raw format you could use HandBreak to transcode them, although a word of warning, HandBreak is really CPU intensive so you would be better off with a decent one unless you don't mind the wait.

For most Linux distributions you can download the players or transcoder by using their respective repository allowing them to be automatically maintained. Also for your interest, all the software named does support 8bit, 10bit, 12bit as well as the H254 and H265 codecs including other formats.

Comment Re:It (Score 1) 69

The ransomers were threatening to release all of their clients' data, so the executives all got together and paid it amongst themselves, hushing up the whole thing in the process.

So here we have lawyers getting together and contributing out of their own pocket to pay the ransomers rather than taking the money out of company funds. In the eyes of the average person this could be considered commendable however in lawyer speak this is Collusion and is a criminal offence.

The next month the company's IT budget had quadrupled, so there's a happy ending.

So in this case, two wrongs made a right although you do have to ask if the IT department was doing its job properly in the first place since one of the first things any competent IT manager should do (besides finding out where the coffee machine is) is look at the companies "disaster recovery plan", make comments and recommendations if appropriate and if it had been tested and signed off on.

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