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Comment Re:Yep. 4.0 signalled its death knell (Score 1) 127

I haven't noticed any random UI changes made by Apple that have degraded the user experience (on OS X at least, I can't say the say for iOS). If a Mac user from 20 years ago came through time to today he'd be right at home with the operating system, and would have no trouble adapting in a short space of time.

Comment Yep. 4.0 signalled its death knell (Score 3, Funny) 127

I used to like KDE 3.5 but when 4.0 dropped and showed that the developers were more interested in UI-fads and flashy wiz-bangery, I went to GNOME. Then it turned to sh*t, so I switched to Mac over 3 years ago, and I've mostly been pretty happy. I like a UI that's functional and doesn't change to keep up with the latest (unproven or poorly tested) fashions.

Comment Where's the photo??? (Score 1) 220

I see no photo of this so-called "great Pacific garbage patch" so I'm inclined to think it's been hyped-up just a tad. I'm sure there is garbage floating around out there but its description is probably not an accurate reflection if none of these articles is game enough to post a decent photo of it, and only post illustrations.

Comment Re:DRM EVERYWHERE (Score 1) 495

I would welcome an audit from the relevant authorities. I have stacks of CDs all over the place as I've been buying them like crazy from prestoclassical.co.uk in recent years given the excellent exchange rates (and their specials!). I tried Napster back in the day, getting 92 and 128kbps MP3 files. All deleted now because they're crap. 192-256kbps MP3s ripped from CD in iTunes are just fine. I can't really tell the difference with FLAC anyway, and certainly don't welcome the extra hard disk space required to store them (or having to re-rip the lot!).

Comment Re:DRM EVERYWHERE (Score 1) 495

You've just described in detail why my reaction is not prejudice at all, but a very wise position. I have over a thousand CDs of classical music, and I DO have several different recordings of the same work, so there's no way I'm going to toss the whole lot up in the air and spend the rest of my life verifying whether each track is correct or not. Why fix what ain't broke?

Comment Re:Score: +99 Leeeeeeeenux! (Score 1) 88

Couldn't agree more. I used various Linux distros after Windows Vista eventually spelled the death of XP but when Ubuntu went bad, I finally decided to just buy a Mac. Never been happier. It took a little while to get past the inability to configure my WM "just so", but once I got beyond my OCD tendencies in that area, the macOS was perfect. I can't see Linux or Windows being worthy enough to entice me back for many years to come. I should finally start using Numbers, Pages, etc and stop using Open Office (which I retained as my exit strategy, but I don't think I'll be needing one quite frankly).

Comment Re:Engineering (Score 1) 341

OSX is such a disaster that every Mac I've ever come across is riddled with spyware, browser toolbar add-ons, etc.... oh wait, they were actually Windows machines. My bad. I haven't yet seen a Mac infected thus (including my own, which has no so-called "anti-virus" or other such software on it).

Comment Who is John Galt?, I hear the 10% say (Score 1) 1116

How long do you think the 10% of people who actually work for a living will go on happily slaving away to carry the other 90%? Sooner or later somebody like John Galt (from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", excellent book!) will enter the scene and get the productive people to pull up stumps and leave the other 90% to fend for their useless selves. I wouldn't blame them, either. What a complete joke this Sam Altman is. I guess I'd happily sit at home watching FX, AMC, Showtime, etc, while Sam Altman rakes in the millions from his worthless theories. LOL!

Comment This is bad for accessibility (Score 4, Insightful) 243

Firefox is the best browser to use for screen reader compatibility, and if it uses the same engine as Chrome, then there goes vision impaired users' sanity. Chrome - as much as I like it myself - is nowhere near as good as Firefox in this area. If Electron/Chromium get their engine up to scratch to match Firefox, then it won't be a problem (I find Firefox slow as a web developer anyway, though Firebug beats Chrome's developer tools, hands down).

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