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Comment Shameful (Score 1) 470

Isn't this just an advertising post that somehow found its way into the 'green' section of slashdot?

There is a definite conflict of interest here, the company is in business to make money, therefore they will suggest only good things about the current product along with reasons why you should stop using the older and put hand in pocket for newer. If MS asked for one payment only, and that allowed you free choice of the OS and future upgrades, sure that would be reasonable. Essentially you can only use MS Windows to browse the web, for everything else you need to buy additional products, and this is what makes the OS a bad choice. It's a bit like having to buy something to enable you to buy a train ticket. I don't like it.

Comment 1984 (Score 1) 371

If you're a billionaire you can pretty much do what you want with enough trolls on social media. To quote George Orwell:

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

Recent ignorance towards human driven climate change is stupid and money will probably not fix the damage.

Comment The ... (Score 1) 338

Cuckoo's Egg. Cliff Stoll. It's excellent. Here's a link to the book on Amazon. If you're a sysadmin you should read this. It's set in the era of mainframe unix and you'll know why the editor wars exist after reading. You'll also gain an idea of just how hard it is tracking someone when they have weaved their way through different links to get onto your system. Although factual, Cliff Stoll does a good job of telling the story with some good humour.

Comment Re:Asus UX305CA (Score 2) 288

Asus x200ca, it's been a great portable. Very light. It had Windows 8 forced onto it by the retailer, but that has never been booted. First boot was a deb install, and that has been perfect since day 1. The laptop was bought for me to do oncall work for $employer at the time. The Fujitsu they gave me was terrible, the battery lasted for half an hour, if that and it was too heavy. Had to put my hand into my pocket to get this but it's been a dream and has meant when on a call-out I could do work with relative ease.

I'm half tempted to get an SSD for it.

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