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Comment Re:Saturation (Score 1) 170

I think we do have that kind of software.

1) Presentation software, sales systems like powerpoint are way more advanced
2) Interactive books (iBooks)
3) Photo viewers and browsers to replace albums
4) Shopping experience websites (tablet users love the interactive shopping experience)
5) Tablet gaming
6) Note taking

I'd say that's a pretty successful. Apple's statistics show that their tablets are still heavily used. Where they have had problems is creating incentives for upgrades.

Comment Re:Saturation (Score 2) 170

One of the big upsides of Android is hardware diversity. Device manufacturers can easily customize the device for markets and sub markets. The downside is you have hardware diversity induced by easy customization and thus support is expensive and complicated. Two sides of the same coin.

Comment Re:lol (Score 1) 443

For example, if you get a speeding ticket in New Orleans, it is ALWAYS advantageous to show up to set a court date, and not pay automatically even IF you are guilty as hell.

As you say, your mileage may vary. In some jurisdictions, you're on the hook for court costs if you get to court, even if you're found in the clear. A $50 parking ticket in Chicago can also run you another $75-$100 in court costs - win-or-lose - if you decide to fight it.

Comment Re:I assumed this was already a default (Score 1) 924

netcat is the sort of thing that likely you would want to "save state" by recording running commands and reissue.

The best way to save state for an editor is to have them write the file out during save of state for the reason you mentioned. This sort of autosaving is for example implemented in OSX for precisely the reason it allows the process manager to decide between multiple potential editors. The other possibility would be to save state by
a) If the file is unchanged allow the editor to reload
b) If the file has changed, dump the contents. Since both emacs and vim maintain a temp file they will make the temp version available on restart.

Comment Re:security best practice? (Score 1) 924

The scenario is a situation where the admin doesn't want processes that take 100% for a couple hours or likely 100% for a couple minutes. 100% for a couple seconds might be iffy but just slip through. If a job is capable of tying up the system for hours it should in most cases be scheduled not run by an end user.

Neither is a bad or a good thing in and of itself its whether the use case fits the admin's (or really the owner's) desired usage for their system.

Nice is a more primitive form of process management. Nice should be absorbed are replaced.

Comment Re:I assumed this was already a default (Score 1) 924

I guess my first question is have you done mainframe? If I say something like central Kentucky horse region looks like England that only makes sense if you know rural England. Anyway columar isn't particularly mainframe. OTOH map/reduce is. The core idea of MR is to able to process records individually and the consolidate aggregates, unlike relational's table at a time. That's exactly what mainframes databases do. Or for example you can think of Kafka as a bank of tapes. Etc...

Comment Re:security best practice? (Score 1) 924

There is ample evidence to the contrary I'm afraid. They continuously break well established behaviour that has worked for a long time not just on Linux but Unix

Disagreeing with the Unix way of doing things and not understanding the Unix way of doing things are not the same thing.

As for the mainframe.... no some of us have used systems that have had to handle contention well for decades.

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