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Comment Which FOSS paint program has adjustment layers? (Score 1) 146

Start now by using the same Free and Open Source Software on Windows as you will be using under Linux (to the extent that it is available on Windows).

And often it isn't.

Case in point: What free paint program for Windows or X11/Linux has a feature comparable to "adjustment layers" in Photoshop? An adjustment layer is a copy of the layers below it with some filter automatically run on it, which updates automatically whenever a layer below it changes. I couldn't find any way to make an adjustment layer in GIMP 2.8.16, which ships with Xubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Comment There is no "correctly" for W10 active hours (Score 1) 146

So you don't set your reboot settings correctly

It appears that for some, there is no "correctly". I've read stories of Windows 10 refusing to accept "active hours" that cross midnight local time or that span more than twelve hours, such as the sixteen hours from morning to bedtime when a home PC might be used by at least one member of the household.

Comment Re:vote with your wallet (Score 1) 146

Dell has some limited options, but they are nice systems -- the xps 13 and the precision line are available with linux.

And there's a few dedicated linux laptop guys out there; system76, for example.

Anything smaller than 12 inches that's warranted to run GNU/Linux? Last time I checked System76, their smallest was 14 inches.

Once you've accepted that you have to order it in, its easy to buy linux.

If you "order it in", and you find that the laptop's screen or keyboard doesn't agree with you, what are your options?

Comment Re:They also need to prevent unattended reboots (Score 1) 146

Rebooting a PC won't lose a damn thing, unless you're too ignorant to save your work. Ever heard of a hard drive?

Ever heard of regulations banning its use?

Sometimes people call an insurance agency to inquire about insurance, but they don't have all their necessary paperwork at the moment. So the agent keeps the incomplete information in an open Windows Notepad document. The agent is prohibited from saving this document, or from using an editor that automatically saves documents (such as Don Ho's Notepad++), because writing personally identifiable information (PII or "dox") to nonvolatile storage invokes regulatory compliance requirements that the agency is ill equipped to handle. Nor can the agent discard the information because prospective clients expect the agent to be able to pick up where he left off on a later day. Hence the use of an open, unsaved Notepad document to circumvent the regulation.

Source: unixisc

Comment Linux tax (Score 1) 146

Of course, citizens have the right to chose to run Linux or FreeBSD as well.

On what hardware? Do citizens have the right to affordable hardware that runs an operating system that respects users' privacy? If citizens are faced with a choice between 300 EUR for a PC whose operating system does not respect users' privacy and 3,000 EUR for a comparable PC whose does, is this a desirable outcome for public policy?

Comment Forming corporations to speak for a candidate (Score 1) 146

citizens have a right to vote in democracies, and corporations don't.

That depends on regulation of political speech, as citizens who lack the time to do extensive research into all candidates for a particular office are vulnerable to being influenced by other citizens' speech through the mass media.

Here in the United States, the First Amendment recognizes citizens' right to speak for or against a particular candidate for office. And citizens have a right to form corporations for the purpose of furthering such speech; these are called IEOPACs (independent expenditures only political action committees) or "super PACs". How is political speech regulated in the countries of the European Union?

Comment And let your computer attack others' computers (Score 1) 146

If and when you choose to update

If your computer is connected to the Internet, and you choose not to update, and a computer intruder takes advantage of this choice to surreptitiously install a botnet worker on your computer, how shall users of computers other than yours be protected from attacks originating from your computer? Automatic updates provide the counterpart to herd immunity.

Comment Conflict between up to date and not rooted (Score 1) 36

I couldn't find a public "check my phone" link, or I'd've tried it.

But two of the "practices" listed in Netflix's blog post appear to conflict. One is "Up-to-date OS/software", an the other is "Not jailbroken/rooted". What does it say when the latest official system software image for a particular device is no longer supported? Does it recommend that the user trade off the "not rooted" practice to obtain "up-to-date OS" by flashing the LineageOS distribution of Android?

Comment Does home Internet in Seattle really still suck? (Score 1) 173

I have a dial-up modem at home that only connects at 26.4k since there a universal SLIC between me and the CO

I know Seattle has had serious problems with home Internet speeds in the past due to some "director's rule" about rights of way that was unfriendly to tenants and neighbors of absentee landlords and neighbors of vacant lots. But I thought the rule was changed at the end of 2014, opening the door for CenturyLink to deploy gigabit fiber. Did it not reach your home?

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