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Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 2) 227

From the screen shots, it looks like XRDP is another one that shows an entire desktop, just like VNC. Thanks, but I will pass. I like solutions that are "windowless" where, on a Windows client, the Linux windows work just like Windows windows (if you know what I mean).

My current company has "Exceed On Demand" which works just fine, but is NOT open source, or even affordable for the average person.

Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 1) 227

X11's main flaw is that it's supposed to be inefficient. It might be, but I've never noticed any significant difference between user interface performance on Ubuntu vs Windows or Mac.

Try tunneling X over a VPN connection from home to work. It sucks for most applications. Apparently there is a lot of "back and forth" between the client and server where latency is multiplied by orders of magnitude.

This was years ago, but I installed NoMachine's NX server (version 3.x) and things worked very smoothly, almost as fast as being local. NX eliminates a lot of the "back and forth" in "X" which demonstrates that you don't really need that extra overhead in the first place.

However, NoMachine seems to have screwed the pooch with version 4.x in that they only support a virtual desktop (like VNC), which makes it MUCH less desirable to me.

So, yeah, I am perfectly OK with something to replace X if it is a lighter weight protocol and can natively support remote sessions without having to jump through hoops to get usable performance.

Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 3, Informative) 286

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Comment Re:Next 50 ears is likely (Score 1) 224

Nope, you read that wrong.

Nobody is saying that life necessarily implies oxygen. They ARE saying that oxygen implies life, and that we might be able to easily detect oxygen.

They are not saying that non-oxygen life does not exist, only that it may be much harder to detect given the distances involved.

Comment Re:Why do they need help? (Score 1) 220

they want $4k for the cheapest model. At that price, this is vaporware that will never condense into our reality.

Huh? I am not sure that I follow. If they were asking $400, I would say that it is too cheap to be a real product. At $4,000, you should be able to get one with a gold-plated case.

If you pay me $4,000, I will happily buy a $2000 Razer Blade, install Ubuntu on it, and cheerfully hand it to you with a handshake and a smile.

Reply to this message to place your order.

Comment Re:Stupid pixel race (Score 1) 111

Just some math for you, for giggles. Don't read too much into it.

Back when I was a kid, computer display used fonts of an 8x8 pixel matrix, and that was perfectly readable.

Now, using 8x8 characters, you can get 70 characters horizontally and vertically in one square inch (plus a bit of a border). This means that you can fit 4,900 characters in one square inch, and they SHOULD be legible (maybe not comfortably).


Comment Re:Labor shortage in engineering? (Score 1) 477

As an EE making custom silicon, I can say that the job market is very ... mixed.

The biggest problem with the industry, as I see it, is that the jobs are geographically limited. I currently have a job in a state that I love. However, should something happen to this job, I have very limited prospects for a new job in this town. In general, chip design jobs are largely in places that I don't want to live (and generally near huge cities). California, Illinois, and New York? Nope. I wold rather panhandle. Washington/Oregon? Maybe, depends on the area, traffic, cost of living, etc. Texas? Yeah, maybe, but it is pretty hot and humid there. Florida? Yeah, I left there because of the heat, humidity, and hurricanes.

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