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Comment Re:But is Wayland better? (Score 2) 224

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) 224

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: Forget the graphic cards... (Score 1) 92

I can't give you an exact link as I don't have time to go through the video archive but I CAN give you the place to search...H.A. Goodman's YouTube channel which is where I originally saw the numbers. He is pretty good about backing up his vids with links to the exact figures and he covered the election from the very first primaries all the way through to the end so if you need a source for 2016 election figures? He's your man.

Comment Re:Forget the graphic cards... (Score 1) 92

I have an FX-8320e and on stock clocks when I'm just web surfing and watching vids? It pulls between 14w-39w according to the built on power monitoring on my Asus board, that is with 4 cores parked BTW, and when playing games? I average between 59w-75w which again depends on whether Windows has any cores parked which with most games rarely using more than 4 threads? I usually have at least 2 if not 4 parked, in fact the only time I see all 8 cores running is when I'm doing video transcodes and multitrack audio DSP renders.

So yeah running an FX-8? Really not expensive and I have numbers to back it up which as you can see it would take over a decade to make up the difference in cost between an AMD FX and an Intel, the same numbers would hold true for Ryzen.

Comment Re: Forget the graphic cards... (Score 1) 92

Nothing wrong with the FX series, as long as you remember programs compiled with the Intel Cripple Compiler will be slower (but that is true of Ryzen as well) but if you look at benches made with GCC instead of ICC you see exactly what you would expect, the FX-8 sits between an i5 and an i7 depending on how multi-threaded the program is. I personally see absolutely no reason to upgrade from my FX-8320e as I'm getting better than 60fps on all my games (most better than 90fps) and even on heavy workloads like multitrack audio DSP processing it frankly works faster than I can.

As for Hillary? Anybody who could read the numbers knew she would lose a good year before the election. When she announced her candidacy her approval rating? 15%. After nearly a year and a half of the DNC rigging primaries for her, the MSM practically falling over themselves to kiss her ass and even running stories by her for approval? Her approval rating was...14%. Nobody in history has EVER won the POTUS with numbers that low so no shit she lost, she was about the worst possible candidate the DNC could possibly run, a rich influence peddling Wall Street insider that Wikileaks showed was getting her ass kissed by the MSM and cashing big fat checks from nasty dictators like the Saudi princes and if that wasn't enough? Her team pushing a narrative that she deserved it because she had a vag instead of anything she had actually done and that it was owed to her ("Its her turn" which they hung up on giant signs at all her rallies) just made her look even more arrogant and condescending.

Comment Re:I'll end up buying several because fuck Nvidia (Score 2) 92

I know you are being funny but if you don't want to buy a new card every other year? You are better off buying AMD as they age a LOT better than Nvidia cards, and that isn't even counting how more often Nvidia cards seem to cook than AMD from what I've seen at the shop. Gamers have even come up with a name for AMD aging better, they call it AMD Fine Wine Technology and having gone through countless cards at the shop? I can see the difference, the AMD cards seem to be able to play mainstream games for longer than Nvidia cards.

Comment Re: Macintosh doesn't have apps! (Score 1) 66

The first version of the Macintosh System software had folders, just not folders within folders (due to a file system limitation that was swiftly fixed).

DAs were kind of like TSRs. But I don't remember stickies being among them until well into System 7, at which point they were ordinary applications.

Comment Re:Cutting edge new features vs reliability, use c (Score 2, Insightful) 235

Actually I would say this XKCD fits Linux better as I'd say that is 90% of the distros out there, just reinventing the wheel and making just enough changes to make them incompatible with each other and break shit.

The really sad part? If you could get all those devs to quit wasting their energy making yet another minor variation of the same OS and instead were to pour all their energy into one distro? You'd have an OS that would curbstomp anything out there in just a couple of years...but it will never happen, instead they will just keep cranking out distros until all the OEMs quietly adopt secureboot and all that is left to run Linux on is high priced workstations and cheapo ARM maker boards.

Comment Re: commonly used claim? (Score 1) 227

They are also good for fisherman as there are several very poisonous snakes here in the USA and the last thing you want is to get bitten out in the middle of nowhere. At certain times of the year snakes are VERY aggressive and fishing on a creek bank without a handgun to deal with the snakes? Not a really good idea.
Businesses

Companies Start Implanting Microchips Into Workers' Bodies (latimes.com) 178

A Swedish start-up called Epicenter is offering to implant its employees and start-up members with microchips that function as swipe cards, allowing them to open doors, operate equipment or buy food and drinks with a wave of the hand. While these microchips have been available for decades, the technology has never been implanted in humans on such a broad scale. "Epicenter and a handful of other companies are the first to make chip implants broadly available," reports Associated Press. From the report: [A]s with most new technologies, it raises security and privacy issues. Although the chips are biologically safe, the data they generate can show how often employees come to work or what they buy. Unlike company swipe cards or smartphones, which can generate the same data, people cannot easily separate themselves from the chips. Epicenter, which is home to more than 100 companies and roughly 2,000 workers, began implanting workers in January 2015. Now, about 150 workers have the chips. A company based in Belgium also offers its employees such implants, and there are isolated cases around the world in which tech enthusiasts have tried them out in recent years. The small implants use near-field communication technology, or NFC, the same as in contactless credit cards or mobile payments. When activated by a reader a few inches away, a small amount of data flows between the two devices via electromagnetic waves. The implants are "passive," meaning they contain information that other devices can read, but cannot read information themselves. Ben Libberton, a microbiologist at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute, says hackers could conceivably gain huge swaths of information from embedded microchips. The ethical dilemmas will become bigger the more sophisticated the microchips become. Epicenter workers stage monthly events where attendees can receive the implant.

Comment Re: Sell out (Score 1) 310

She had posters hung up at all her stops with that slogan, sold t-shirts on her website and at her rallies with that slogan, hell they even were peddling caps and keychains with that slogan. I don't think at that point it really matters who thought it up, she adopted it as her own and just showed how fucking arrogant she was when she started hawking it instead of condemning it.

And now thanks to Wikileaks and an unnamed DNC staffer we know WHY she was so fucking arrogant, it was because she knew she was gonna win the primary before the first vote was ever cast. After all with the DNC handing her the debate questions, the press running major stories by her, and several of the largest media outlets running interference for her how could she not? But in the end it just showed the hubris of HRC and the DNC and how out of touch with anything not in NYC or CA they were because all one had to do was look at her approval ratings to know she didn't have a chance in hell, NOBODY has EVER won the POTUS with approval ratings even half that low. Mitt Romney didn't even score THAT low after his "48%" comment, she was so hated that she scored worse than Mittens at his lowest before she even opened her mouth and said a single word!

Facebook

WhatsApp To Foray Into Digital Payments With India's Controversial Aadhaar (mashable.com) 16

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is mulling a foray into digital payment services in India (Editor's note: the link is paywalled; alternate source), its first such offering globally, and has advertised to hire a digital transactions lead in the country. From a report on The Ken: WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is working quietly to launch person-to-person payments on its platform within the next six months, said four sources with knowledge of the matter. The initiative is seen as strategic for Facebook and currently being driven out of the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Its career page lists, among other roles, an opening for a digital transaction lead with knowledge of UPI, Aadhaar and BHIM, to be based out of Menlo Park. Aadhaar is a controversial database that has biometric information of more than 1.2 billion people in India. WhatsApp, used by over a billion people, has more than 200 million active users in India.

Comment Re: Sell out (Score 3, Insightful) 310

You DO know there is a REASON why there is an electoral college, yes? That it was designed for precisely this purpose where the majority of states say "we do not want this person" only for the two most populated states to say "tough shit we don't care what you think" and getting to rule in perpetuity?

Whether you like it or not when HRC announced her candidacy her approval rating? 15%. After a year and a half of the media throwing themselves at her feet, actually running their stories by her for her approval AND if that wasn't enough the DNC actually rigging the primary in her favor? After all of that and hundreds of millions spent trying to sell her her approval rating was....14%.

Lets face it Hillary Clinton was a lying backstabbing arrogant money grubbing influence peddling insider that could have been beaten by the corpse of Richard Nixon, she was THAT hated by the majority of the country. There was literally not a worse possible candidate that could have been chosen by the insiders and her "Its her turn" campaign slogan just showed how fucking arrogant she was and sealed the deal. ironically it was Hillary herself that told the media to push Trump as he was a "pied piper candidate" that, again because she was so fucking arrogant, she thought she could easily defeat by dividing the country up into nice neat little demographics and using some pandering so obvious Ray Charles could see through it basically buy votes. Her "basket of deplorables" was her final Willie Horton that insured she would lose, NY and CA would of course give her the popular vote because....well they would vote for a crackhead for POTUS if they had a D after their name which again shows EXACTLY why we cannot go by the "popular vote" because it would allow 2 states to dictate to the other 48 who was in the White House no matter what the 48 thought.

Comment Re:Ugly legal implications of "circumventing DRM" (Score 1) 126

Really? That is fucking WONDERFUL! Because you want to get the masses really REALLY pissed off, enough to demand this shit be taken out back and shot? yeah just kill their pop up blockers and let their PCs get infected with malware while they are assaulted by a bunch of "punch the monkey in the balls and win an iPad!" ads.

You see THIS is why we really don't have to worry about this because it never fails that their unmitigated greed comes back to bite them in the ass. If you have thought of this I guarantee a thousand greedy website builders have thought of it too and if you want to get the masses on your side? Fuck with their daily routine. All it takes is a bunch of websites infecting their Android phones and Windows desktops to get people out of their stupor and demanding change and now that cross platform malware is a thing and the average web ad company does less vetting than a porno topsite? Oh yeah just pop some popcorn, kick back and watch the excrement hit the bladed cooling device.

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