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Comment Different product (Score 2) 133

According to Ars Technica it is different product

http://arstechnica.com/informa...

Visual Studio for Mac isn't, in fact, Visual Studio at all. Instead, it's the latest iteration of Xamarin Studio, the cross-platform C# development environment that Microsoft inherited when it bought Xamarin, developers of cross-platform .NET-based mobile development tools, last year.

These are two very different products, and the real Windows Visual Studio is the more capable product.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 2) 48

> Chrome is the new above-board "virus" being shoved on everyone as unwanted
> bundle-ware along with anything they download,

Hardly everyones. I haven't seen any Chrome bundled with apps on Mac nor Linux, maybe it is a Windows thing but nah... And hardly anything. To be hones last time I've seen Chrome bundled with installer was AFAIR with Avast Antivirus on Windows and it is probably a good thing to include Chrome with AV on Windows since it is way more secure than IE.

> [Chrome performance compared to Fx]

Wow! First time I see somebody complaining about Chrome performance as compared to Fx. For me Fx is a cow by YMMV. Usual complaint about Chrome is Google data policy about users...

Comment Re:I'm so out of touch (Score 2) 37

Wayland does in fact have support for resolution independence. By this I mean that if a program does nothing about the resolution of the screen, Wayland assumes it is drawing for approximately 100 dpi, and scales the image by 2 if the screen is 200dpi. I think it only does integer scaling but it may be up to the compositor implementation.

If a program actually claims it's drawing for the high-resolution display, then Wayland does not scale. The problem with X (and I think with Windows) was that there was no api so a program could tell the system that it is handling the high resolution, so the compositor had to assume it was.

Comment Re:welcome to python (Score 1) 148

Honestly the changes in Python 3 should not be any obstacle to porting code. Most of it winds up being a find and replace. The major difference is the use of unicode, and if your package really depends heavily on strings not being unicode, you probably did it wrong. The problem is that if one package that lots of people depend on has devs that just say, "I don't wanna," everything breaks down. And more than one package has devs like that.

At this point, if the Python community could make "porting" as simple as adding a header to a .py file, there would still be people that would refuse to do it.

The problem with Python 3 "unicode" is not that text is not Unicode. The problem is that *random binary data* is not Unicode, but when you read data from an unknown source, you MUST assume it is "random binary data". Trusting it to follow some pattern is by far the stupidest thing you can do.

In Python 2 you could put random binary data into a "string" and then write it to disk without any change, and no errors would be produced. Only if you tried to *display* the string would you get an exception. In Python 3 it will immediately throw an exception, at a completely useless point in your program (ie when you are reading data in, not when you are processing it). Changing every "string" to a "bytes" will "fix" it, but then you have to change the type of every single function that is called from "string" to "bytes", and so on, eventually replacing every single "string" in your program with "bytes". And you are out of luck if one of those api's is from a library that you don't control.

Python 3 will NEVER get accepted unless you can put totally arbitrary patterns of 8-bit data into a "string" and get them back out unchanged. All exceptions must be deferred until something actually tries to split the data into Unicode code points. Even then they should be providing a more useful iterator based api that returns an object that says "the code point is this" or "there is a UTF-8 parsing error here and the first byte is this".

Comment Re:An earthquake is an accident waiting to happen (Score 1) 130

I don't know if you are trying to make a joke, but global warming is not going to do too much to the earthquakes. Greenland is already rising steadily due to the loss of the glaciers from the last ice age. It is really slow and will still happen for tens of thousands of years. Even if all the current ice cap disappeared tomorrow it would, at best, speed this up a tiny amount (the current ice cap is a fraction of the ice age ice cap so the amount of lost mass is only a small change). The weight of the new ice added to the ocean is insignificant (if it raised the ocean 30 feet that would still only be a tiny fraction of mass increase, think about how deep the ocean is).

Comment Backup server +archive to cloud (Score 1) 366

First of all build yourself a decent local file server. Simple PC with two 4TB drives will do. Then load it with FreeBSD and create simple mirrored ZFS volume on these two drives (also have volume for the OS itself). Then share that volume with whatever protocol you prefer (SMB would be OK). Then move all your stuff to this fileserver. Now you have all your data on a self healing volume - this is very important because with few TB data you WILL notice that the data gets degraded over time - you will randomly loose some bits (so also individual photos) here and there.

Now when you have all that data in one place (file server) configure it to archive (backup) the data online to some cloud service like Amazon, Blackblaze or similar.

Comment Re:Google Grow a Pair (Score 1) 68

No. Leave it until it dies completely on the web. Sometime I visit a flash site because I *NEED* to. I like that Chrome comes with flash plugin installed so I don't need to worry about installing/keeping it up to date. Oh and I have all plugins disabled by default via click to play policy.

Comment Don't use credit cards (Score 1) 385

I don't use credit cards. I live in Poland and actually credit cards are not a good deal here. It is much better to use a card which is attached to your account and is only billable by the amount you have on your account.

As a security measure (minimising risk) I have my cards attached to separate subaccount that I only load with operational cash (no the account I use for savings). I have daily payment limits set up.

Also I have no problem with using wireless payment swiping. It is great and very convinient. In Poland you can only do transactions up to 50z (about $12) without submitting a PIN. And transactions with wireless payment can't be cached (issued off line). So it makes thing pretty secure and convinient.

Also I have my card insured as standard bonus with my account. I think card insurance is somewhat mandatory. So when somebody cheats me I will get my money back.

In my opinion using cards is much safer than carrying cash, doing bank transfers or using something like Paypal.

Comment Re:Was going to update new home desktop but now (Score 1) 535

> I am in the process of reverting the two machines I had already upgraded
> back to Windows 7. Regrets, and hope Windows 10 spys are eliminated.

Install GWX Control Panel (disables Windows 10 nagging) and Spybot Anti Beacon (disables Telemetry). After that you will have perfectly working Windows 7 install without all that crap Microsoft is shitting against us.

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