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Comment Re: "if you have been looking for a new Chromebook (Score 1) 109

ok, that's your choice, but it just seems like all your 'issues' aren't actually valid - at least, not any more. Perhaps it's time to have another look, especially now some are coming out that have some actual horsepower - it's surprising how much you need for even a half reasonable number of tabs/windows.

Comment WSL? (Score 0) 288

Have you considered WSL?


I'm finding it has possibilities but I mostly work on the command line and do web development so only need chrome other than that.

It's good that Windows ensures everything works and I just leave it alone and work in bash and chrome.

It's still beta but I find it already largely works.

Comment Re:Linux supported Kaby Lake features in March (Score 1) 276

That's not really a fair comparison because your average Linux user and your average Windows users probably have very different skill sets when it comes to computers.

Your average Linux user probably installed it themselves and therefore admin their own PC. This makes them much more likely to have upgraded to a kernel >2.6. Your average Windows user got it pre-installed when they purchased their laptop/desktop and has absolutely no idea how to upgrade it. They'll stick with whatever it had when it first arrived and only upgrade when they get new hardware with a new version pre-installed.

The large Windows 7 install base also has to take into account the number of business users which are still buying brand new hardware (which probably comes with Win10) but then installing Windows 7 on it from some kind of image. Large companies take a very long time to upgrade to the latest version of even simple software, never mind an entire OS upgrade with all the regression testing that involves. My last company had over 60,000 employees worldwide and was just rolling out a huge Windows 7 upgrade when Windows 8.1 had already been released!

Comment What's the problem? (Score 3, Insightful) 60

Was I the only one left thinking this is a good thing, despite the article seeming to nudge towards the opposite?

A new standard came along, some people pointed out a problem with it so it wasn't adopted and now a better standard has come along which is unaffected by those problems but retains the original benefits.

Ermmm, what's the problem?

Comment factor in the importance of data being protected (Score 2) 114

I would be interested in seeing the results of an investigation into a similar study that also factors in the importance of what is *behind* the password.

I don't think I'm the only one who puts more effort into choosing a 'good' password for things that are of value. I choose really quite poor passwords for things I really don't care about - eg have no sensitive information behind the login. For things like cash point cards, and other things in front of my actual money, I attempt to use much better passwords.

I think there are many things of little or no value, while just a few of high value. I guess this might skew the numbers somewhat. It's probably quite difficult to factor in this aspect, but it makes me question the conclusions.

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

doesn't that simply escalate the issue - ie the people who want to commit mass murder will simply use bombs instead...yeah, a bit like the nuclear arms race?

That also works for their primary purpose, ie against a tyrannical government, does it not? It seems to work that way anyway, judging from how militarised the police force are these days. They're really not much different to the army, as far as I can tell.

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