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Comment Re:Get what they deserve (Score 3, Informative) 144

Even non-technical Facebook users know that it is a privacy nightmare .. so why keep one?

You want to stay in touch with friends and family -- EMAIL. At least there are some modest privacy protections in place for email accounts.

-- RN

Good god, fuck no. Sorry but comparing email to a social network is like comparing a telegram to a video conference. The use cases are different. The presentation is different. The way it works is very different. What you can do with it is different.

You know what email is good for? Sending some long text to one person.

God you bring back nightmares of people trying to share something as simple as a few family vacation snaps via email. 30 people all getting nothing but messages that a sender has tried overloading your inbox, only to have it get resent in a format so badly compressed that no one can make out anything. Not to mention the persistency of things posted to facebook and the ability to modify collections of posts give it features that just aren't possible with email which are none the less great for when you're communicating with family and friends.

I'm not going to say you're comparing apples to oranges here. You're comparing apples to a medium rare pepper steak with mushroom sauce, and a side of wonderfully spiced wedges, yes you could eat the both but you wouldn't use one in place of the other.

I don't believe that I said that they were remotely equal. As for your "You know what email is good for? Sending some long text to one person." -- I guess you haven't heard of distribution lists? As for sending attachments -- uh, no. If I take a video of my niece, and upload it to Dropbox, I can get a link that I can paste into an email and send.... viola -- the family all has a copy, and Facebook (or anyone else for that matter) can't do shit with it.

Now, you are correct about the fact that isn't as efficient as Facebook, but again, I guess you don't care about your privacy -- I do.

-- RN

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 1) 1560

Thank California for that. Because apart from the landslide in California, she lost handily in the rest of the 49 states. ...and if you remove the Trump landslide in Texas, he would have handily lost the election. But at least you believe that being blatant biased is more important than being a patriot.

And if you take away both California and Texas, then she still loses, but now she loses the popular vote as well. You can't take away one state that a candidate won, without taking away one for the other.

Comment Re: Simple (Score 1) 322

Windows was important in the 90s. Wake up that is so last century.

Some of us grown-ups have to use our computers for *work* and can't just choose whatever OS has the prettiest icons, you know. That's why Windows still runs the vast majority of the world's workstations.

The company I work for is on track to be Microsoft free by Q3 2017. We are already MS free on the workstation side, but there are things like Great Plains, that they got backed into a corner YEARS ago, that are a lot harder to let go of. Even that will be gone Q1 2017, the two biggies are the SQL server clusters, they will be the last to go.

So don't cry me a river about it isn't possible to run a big corporation without sucking on the MS teat. I have helped several companies shed at least the MS workstation weight, and this will be the first that has decided to go *entirely* MS free.

Now I am not a graphics person. But I can still see that in the professional gfx world, Photoshop is still king. However, the shops that have custom software, and don't have the source code -- well they were just stupid.

Comment Re:what if the E-God Osiris gets mad? (Score 2) 36

In the year 2169, Bennu has a 1/2700 chance of Earth impact. It is too small to be an ELE, but it would be thousands of times bigger than the Chelyabinsk meteor.

We will all be dead long before then. I mean didn't anyone on the team that developed this thing watch The Andromeda Strain (the original, not the remake)?!?

No, I don't actually think that will happen, but then again, sometimes life imitates art :)

-- RN

Comment Re:Seems legit... (Score 1) 87

Ross Ulbricht is serving life in prison building a website to buy and sell shit that should be legal (well, most of it) anyway.

Didn't he try to have someone murdered?

If that was the case why wasn't he convicted of 1st degree murder? Honest question....

I believe in innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges that he was *CONVICTED* of do _NOT_ warrant a life sentence. If he had been convicted of 5 attempts at murder for hire, THAT would warrant a life sentence. You can't (well obviously you can, or he wouldn't have gotten life) sentence someone based on what you THINK they did. The sentencing should be based on the crimes they were charged and convicted of.

But I'm a Libertarian, and I will be feeling the Johnson come November, so what do I know....

Comment Seems legit... (Score 1) 87

So, they want to kill Snowden -- or at the very least lock him away for life, and he is an American hero.

Ross Ulbricht is serving life in prison building a website to buy and sell shit that should be legal (well, most of it) anyway.

Hillary Clinton commits treason, and goes free.

But this dude, sells military secrets to the Russians, and 10 years.... yep ... seems legit to me.

Comment Re: Anything but Windows... (Score 1) 160

I don't really consider myself an ideologist (evangelist?) when it comes to operating systems -- or at least I didn't. I had used an MS OS on my PCs since DOS 2.11 up to and including Windows 7. At first I used MS because there was no reasonable alternative -- there was so much that you HAD to have Windows for. When XP came out, I used it because I liked it. Same for Vista, and then Win 7. When 8 came out, I decided it was time to get my mouth of the MS teat. What I found was that I could accomplish my normal "consumer" tasks with ANY OS. GNU/Linux, *BSD, OS X, Android, iOS, etc...etc... The world had become OS agnostic *finally*. It is a real shame that most people still think they NEED an MS OS. Errrr -- nope. For the average consumer you can use any OS you want. Hell, for most people they will find that Android or iOS will serve them better. I have a wireless charger, wireless display, BT keyboard/mouse. I plop my phone on the charger and it pairs up with everything, and that is what I use for 95% of my computing needs. When I need to do development work, I have a workstation (running Mint) that I use VNC to connect to.

TL;DR: Except for a few enterprise applications, you NO LONGER need Windows -- PERIOD! I wish more companies would offer their products without an OS.

Comment Re:They are the best in some aspects (Score 1) 456

settings -> notifications -> apps

You can choose to mute all notifications per app, or to allow priority notifications per app. Unfortunately in 5.x the developer decides what is a "priority" notification, so your millage may vary if you choose that route. Google is working on updating this to allow YOU to decide what is a priority notification.

As for the Gmail widget, you are correct, you have to create a widget per mailbox. I am still looking for a good email widget...

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