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Comment Re:firewall (Score 1) 53

I had frequent debates with idiots who couldn't comprehend why personal firewalls were fucking stupid.

It's hard to understand why if you don't explain yourself.

Just close the fucking ports

Should have told them to pull out the ethernet cable, hey why not just drop network support altogether.

But maybe you have something to offer, so why don't you enlighten me?

Comment firewall (Score 2) 53

Of course the problem can be reduced if we were allowed to control a root level firewall on our android or iphone devices.

But of course we are paying for phones so someone else can use them to suck data and use it to spy or advertise to me in a really creepy way. Pretty damn frustrating.

Comment Re:Fingerprints of the Gods (Score 1) 232

"Members of the scholarly and scientific community have described the proposals put forward in the book as pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology"

Quackademics have years invested in their thesis, they don't want their investments disturbed by new evidence.

And Carl Sagan didn't have much positive to say about the second one

Well he was dead for 15 years before it was published, so maybe he hasn't had a chance.

Comment Re:Correlation is not causality (Score 1) 232

It's also possible that the ride itself reduces stress and that has a beneficial effect on the immune system.

My main concern from cycling to work is being able to have a shower when I get there so I don't stink everyone else out. I used to ride to work when it was close enough and now I am close enough again it is something Ive been looking forward to do to improve my fitness after recovering from injury.

The biggest issue I've had with cycling to work is some drivers. They approach from behind and don't realize that sometimes I'm swerving to avoid holes or other obstacles they would just drive over. Then there are some real jerks. Once when riding to work a driver positioned the front wheel of his vehicle about a metre or so from the back wheel of my bike and maintained that position while I was trying to avoid obstacles. Probably not the worst story out there but it shows that some people will menace you for riding a bike for no other reason than they can.

So I think the unmentioned thing in this article is all the bike riders that have suffered some injury because of someone driving a car and how careful you have to be so you don't end up mangled by one.

Comment Cygwin (Score 2) 109

Meanwhile Cygwin already does this and much more. Essentially bash on Win 10 that seems like an admission that powershell, whilst powerful, is about as an inelegant and clunky as it gets.

As a fallback my colleague did a installation of cygwin on Windows 10 and it seems to be broken after working flawlessly since XP. I've got a new install of Win10 for testing cygwin on as the Microsoft offering is pretty primitive. I don't understand why microsoft doesn't get behind the cygwin project and make it better as it already does what they are attempting to do, only better.

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

Well, okay. But it sounds like you could figure out how to do the same thing via a remote desktop session.

With X11 the remote window behaves like a local application and the OS behaves like a presentation layer. With RDP the entire presentation layer is exported onto your local display where it has it's own behavioral characteristics. There is no comparison, X11 usability for high performance computing is king for users who need all of the power of their machines to be available.

But somehow I don't think remoting via X Windows would be any less awful...

RDP is pretty awful in comparison. Consider a use case where you need to have multiple X servers on your display from multiple machines. Using RDP you would have multiple desktops on your display. You can also encrypt and compress X displays over ssh which means they are also much more bandwidth and CPU efficient.

This isn't zealotry, there are a lot of good reasons to use X11, however most of the use cases are generally skewed towards admin or power users. They are important use cases worthy of a solid defense, after all who will replace the broken functionality?

With gnome I was considering returning to Ubuntu, with Wayland I will not.

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

I am an ambidextrous mouser, mainly because early in my computing career I found mousing on the right hand was leading to RSI type pain. I started using a left mouse as well and the problem went away. Now all my machines have two mouses (apologies if I am using an incorrect plural).

The issue is with where the select and menu click is on a mouse. If you use a right handed context then your index finger is on 'select' and your middle finger is on 'menu'. If you are a left handed user you have to switch the mouse config over to get the same functionality. However when you do this the buttons on the other side become transposed which also elegantly demonstrates why the term 'left click' and 'right click' are an oversimplification.

So far X11 is the *only* windowing gui I have found that supports ambidextrous users so that the buttons are configured correctly.

The other, more subtle use case is the cut and paste paradigm. In X11 I select text boundaries with a 'index' and/or 'menu' click, then paste with a middle click - my hand doesn't leave the mouse. This is a massive boost of productivity over time that I think is an undervalued feature of X11, surely I can't be the only one who appreciates it?

It's a fairly popular use case to run X11 on my local display to support (servers/clients) over ssh. I have only tested this indirectly (on a colleagues machine who needed it) however Windows 10 seems to have killed Cygwin running X11, which means it is now more difficult to run X11 on Windows.

It would seem to me that the mass of user demands is overwhelming the power and more esoteric use cases that X11 satisfies.

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