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Comment Mac is nice but I am not all in (Score 0, Redundant) 88

Being a Mac and Linux user for sometime, I like working on my Mac but it is not my "go to" system and macOS will ensure that it stays that way. So a disclaimer, I am a programmer, so the majority of my work is not Photoshop or whatever grade A software everyone touts about as working perfectly on Mac. Compilers and mostly command line and IDE tools are what I mostly work with and things like Eclipse, Atom, and so on work pretty well across platforms. So I do get real work done on either platform. I get that's not the majority of users but at the same time I am not going to be able to relate to all the crazies out there that are like, "ZOMG, Linux has no Photoshop, you CAN'T DO ANYTHING!!!11!111one1111!!!!". What kind of work I get done on each platform is not the point I am going to be going for though if you bear with me for a bit.

Mac and its ecosystem are nice, but that is also the catch. A lot of the new features with macOS talk about how seamlessly it works for iPhone, iPad, Apple watch, and so on. In other words, those features don't exist unless you have those things. Additionally, you don't get cloud integration unless you are using their cloud. That's 5GB free and the pricing while reasonable does mean that you need to pay that per month/year to access that feature built into the OS as well. Also, the notes, calendar (to a lesser extent), mail (again to a lesser extent), maps, photo, and on and on applications only work well so long as you use that application. You can transfer your stuff from Evernote to Apple's notes, but you can only use Apple's notes on Apple's stuff. Using Evernote or some other program works across platforms but it's not "optimize" or doesn't integrate well into the OS. And there's several other examples where it's Apple's ecosystem or a less than ideal experience or just some features of the OS just don't happen.

And that's what ultimately puts me off from Apple as the "go to" system, why am I buying (which I only did once and man my Apple has been kicking for quite some years now) this hardware and OS for features I'll never get to use unless I get deeper into the ecosystem? Perhaps if I already had an iPhone (I don't) or an Apple Watch (I'm an old fuddy duddy who likes ticking watches still) some of this would make more sense. But I'm not that person and maybe it is just me but I do not feel like I should have to be that type of person in order to get all the features from my hardware/OS. I get that macOS does "more" in a sense than say my Linux box, but I get 100% of my Linux box and maybe that biases me toward it more often than not for things like gaming, programming, and just randomly looking at cat videos on the Internet. The Mac is nice, but I'm never going to use notes or photos the way Apple wants me to use them because I am just not going to go that deep into their ecosystem.

So all that said, seeing macOS tout more/tighter integration of their ecosystem and hardware into the mix of their OS is just off putting to me, and that may only extend as far as me for all it is worth. I get that this is the way things are moving, until they stop moving in that direction one day. However, I just don't see the justification for the cost of getting everything Apple just to get those features. I have an Android phone and use Dropbox for files, whatever the thing is with Google for photos and what-not, and my music comes from Amazon/Google/Apple depending on whatever I'm signed into at the time I decide to buy something. Netflix and HBO have mostly supplanted my need for videos (maybe I'm just tired of the stuff that comes out now a days). All of that works pretty well across whatever devices I use, so there's even less reason to just drop everything and move to Apple. That brings me to the point, macOS is really built for people who aren't in any ecosystem right now or people who are already Mac deep. It's not bringing anything that says to people Android/Linux/Windows entrenched, "Hey this is something you'd drop who you have now for us!" And that's a shame because they could honestly do something that would entice folks to make the jump but they're making their garden walls so high, that the bar is getting harder and harder to cross. That's my take on all of this and I get that it is not a universally felt take, but I do hope that it somewhat resonates with some who like their Macs but become disenchanted by the ever increasing trend for Apple to make users go all in.

Comment Re:Aern't most of China's chips based on the Alpha (Score 4, Insightful) 247

It really is non-US chips no matter how they got the original blueprints. The notion of US intellectual property in China is laughable at best. Additionally, China may not have a lot of folks that can invent, and that pretty much goes for all other countries because Intel is actually that good at being a brain drain but I digress, but they are incredibly good at trial and error/educated guessing on quite remarkable scales. So while they may not invent the process for 5nm chips, once they see one done and get a few pictures of the process, they're pretty good at putting the pieces together to get up and running.

However, it is my opinion that the bigger point here isn't that China is great at stealing technology, it is that China, and more so the world, honestly doesn't need American technology especially if the Americans are so hell bent in making insecure devices and resorting to petty trade restrictions to maintain some sort of faux-superiority position because the American legislative body finds in unstylish to fund actual research to maintain a real superiority position or they feel that real superiority is found in funding some guy digging a tunnel to extract black rocks, pumping dead liquid dinosaur remains from the ground, or ensuring that humans build crap at ineffective rates.

If anything Americans should take this as a sign that their priorities are insanely messed up. Doubtful that they would actually do anything about it, but at least they can know that all their Jerry Springer level bickering will ultimately mean that they need to resort to more and more useless childish games on ensuring that they stay relevant on the global stage. The downside to that is that the rest of the world has to suffer these stupid antics because Americans can't grow up and admit that they're loosing the top spot.

Comment Re:Subject of Comment (Score 1) 156

wouldn't they make themselves more liable for the things that slip by?

Yes and no. In the world of PR yeah, it would totally bite if you were actively filtering and something slipped by. In the legal world, no. It's not like Facebook or Twitter enjoy some sort of public utility freedom, they're a business just like any other. McDonald's has security in their restaurants but no one is suing them if someone walks in and empties round after round into folks shoving hamburgers and nuggets into their face. At some point, it's obvious that you can't stop every single thing, nothing man-made is 100% and the legal system understands that. The general public however has unrealistic expectations of pretty much everything, so most of the policies at social media sites have little to do with actual legal CYA and more to do with public image. Now that's not 100% of those policies, the ones pertaining to owning of copyright and what not are semi-legit, but the majority of the ones about safe places and their judgement about your free speech, blah blah blah, are mostly legal sounding bullshit to appease the public.

So that said, if anyone of them wanted to actively start monitoring posts and deleting content on whatever whim flies up their butt, they could do so with little to no repercussions legally and doing so wouldn't put the burden on them to ensure zero terrorist attacks happened using their product. However, publicly, the first time they do it, you'd have a ton of people screaming out in horror and vowing to never use them again or posting some legal sounding bullshit that means nothing on their timeline. (All of which has happened in the past and meant absolutely nothing when people did it then). Hell they could just say, anyone posting Trump on their timeline gets insta-banned from Facebook and there is nada anyone could do about it legally. Now it would be a PR nightmare to recover from but legally they would be on pretty solid ground.

Now there are still some things that Facebook has to watch for and report and what-not because of legal obligations, like threats of violence, child porn, and so on, but that's not because of any specific law that applies to Facebook/Twitter/Google but to laws that specifically apply to violence/kiddie porn/drugs/money laundering/etc. There's not much in the way of laws for social media and what not specifically, which is way seemingly non-related laws are cited in cases that involve anyone of these companies (such as laws dating from 1789 wink wink). Most first world nations' laws are so out of sync with the technological reality that we live in, that it's almost humorous to think about how unregulated the Internet still is to this date. That's not me saying that we need more regulation or anything like that, I honestly could not care less about regulating the Internet. But what I am saying is that the number of laws that specifically target things invented in the last two decades versus the number of laws invented in the same amount of time is laughable.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 5, Insightful) 130

They feel differently when it's a Western company "violating" a Chinese company's patent.

Exactly this, calling the Chinese Judicial system an actual Judicial system is playing extremely loose with what those words mean. I mean, there is justice, but about as much justice that could be meted out with weighted dice in place for actual judges, if the dice are weighted against you, you might as well hang it up and find out how to get your own set of weighted dice. More than likely Apple will pay whatever "operating cost" they need to pay and move on with their lives. More so, this is exactly how business as usual runs in China. There are certain "operating costs" that have to be paid before you sell something/build something/enslave someone there and failure to do so has you running afoul with the Judicial system.

This isn't Apple's first rodeo in the Chinese legal system and they're well aware of what needs to be done. Doing business in China is a balance of how much are you willing to pay off people and how much you stand to profit. The more you want to profit, the more of that profit you need to "invest" in the Chinese legal system. The Chinese don't see it so much as bribery as the do what they tend to call it "investments". People who sell products in China, need to be vested in the unique interest of China in order to sell their wares there. Or at least that's how the logic works that I've been explained. But I must say that it sounds like it would be dreadful to do business in that country.

Comment Re:mcdonalds to get sued? (Score 1) 274

Damn it, pete6677 tried to warn us with

Damn it, look what you did. You brought up the McDonald's Hot Coffee lawsuit on Slashdot, which always elicits 50+ posts of pedantic nerds re-debating the merits of the suit. Let it go, people. That was years ago.

Just look at where we are at. Exactly in the spot that he warned us all about. When will we ever learn?! When? /s

Comment Re:uh, what? (Score 4, Insightful) 229

You are correct on both parts. IPv6 makes it easier to geolocate fixed nodes. It is easier to geolocate fixed nodes because of what you stated. A single block can cover every single customer an ISP has and could ever have until the end of time. Mobile nodes not so much, but let's not muddy the waters here. The studios are the ones that brought this to Netflix and more than likely they'll bring it to everyone else in good time. The problem with being first and Netflix is they're the ones stuck trying to build the database and developing relationships with folks like Comcast, who would love for you to roll over and die any day now, to keep that database up-to-date enough to please the content gods.

It's a super shitty situation that Netflix is being placed in and Netflix is deploying a really brain dead way of trying to weasel out of this rock and hard place. Geez, I hate the way all this crap goes down because they all are acting like stupid five year olds.

Comment Re: misleading title as usual (Score 1) 924

You are exactly correct. Distros will have the final say in conf defaults. I don't see many holding onto the yes value for server branded versions of their distros, way too much breakage. For desktop and workstation, maybe, we will have to see. But seriously, this whole thing is a massive overreaction to a value that can be changed in a text editor in less than two seconds. But of course we all know that any systemd news instantly makes front page because of the massive knee jerk Slashdot has for systemd.

Comment Re:I was considering a Chromebook for my wife... (Score 1) 48

but for anybody doing any real work a thin client laptop is completely inadequate

I beg to differ. We have hundreds of Chromebooks deployed that talk to our warehouse management system. They process orders, take mail from clients, move product onto trucks, print VICS bill of ladings, are able to access their dashboards, and so forth. I would say all of that is real work. I get what you are saying and I don't disagree on the finer points like wanting to power through spreadsheets, manage a workflow for 100s of photos, do 3d rendering, etc... But Chromebooks do actually do work. Our warehouses are not the only place where this happens, we've been to some of our customer's manufacturing sites and they use Chromebooks to interact with the SCADA, enter in lab results from QA, and so on. Again, your argument isn't lost here, but what I am saying is that there is still lots of work to be done with thin clients and Chromebooks fit the bill quite nicely.

I had modpoints but I found out that commenting prevents me from using them, I'd still upvote you because you don't have a completely wrong argument, but it's an incomplete argument at best.

Comment Re:The greatest software project on Earth (Score 3, Insightful) 178

I've been writing software for decades

I'm the new RPGLE programmer in an AS400 shop and I'm surrounded by developers like you. Long story short, the 20+ year old code base is crap, none of the neck breads know what the hell is going on in the system and then blame it on bad data. Everything in the system from a user's perspective is confusing. And after a few years of using the system these folks wrote, our clients scream for SAP or RedPrairie. And these folks keep telling themselves, "They don't know what they're missing! We can roll out changes in days not months! They'll be sorry!" All the while I sit there and see our company bleeding money out because people like you think you can do no wrong and are artist and the code you write is somehow magical.

I'm not saying unit test and agile development fix bad programmers, but what I am saying is the free roam model of programming leads to a lot of crap and loss of money. And the self righteous nature means they'll never understand why our clients go elsewhere and never return. It just is so frustrating to work with people like you because you all believe that you can do no wrong. People want software that works. Sometimes that means unit testing, sometimes it doesn't, but if just go around yelling, code is art and the users exist only to ruin it! You're just blowing your company's money out the window. Just bloody hell, and you wonder why they keep outsourcing? Well just look in the mirror one day, there you go. Please never work within a 500 mile radius of Atlanta.

I'll take my troll mod now. For this person it was worth it. And trust me bud, I know that everything I've said has fallen on deaf ears.

Comment Re:Superstar? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Well, you HAD more mod points, but they are in some binary log format, and good luck finding them.

Sigh. I get it no one likes systemd, blah blah. But believe it or not as time has moved on, the binary logs are quite resistant and the format is fairly simple in nature. Likewise, most emergency boots now include journalctl. A simple journalctl --file some_log_file will allow you to browse ad-hoc any file you toss as it so long as it is uncompressed (which as an aside, if you compressed syslog you'd be no better at this point) Even the ones that journalctl --verify says are corrupt. The corruption most of the time post version 205 is that an index was not written. And even if that's not the case, you can force it to display what it can read.

I think the binary argument is a hollow argument at this point. The logs are pretty good at not becoming corrupt and tools are pretty much included now in most recovery tool sets. I see it as no different as say when a PostgreSQL database becomes corrupt. And if you really just hate the idea of binary, you can configure journald to use syslog, and no that doesn't require a recompile.

If you want my arguments of anti-systemd it would be the team that develops it is one of the worse teams to work with and the amount of scope creep is frightening. I think we can all agree that those two things pose the most headache to systemd than this notion of "oh the files are in binary, you boned brah!" Is systemd an ideal solution, nope. But as much as everyone tried, upstart and the like of init replacements were going nowhere fast. At some point, the haters are going to have to realize, they're still working on systemd and they are still making changes to make the tools better and the formats more resilient. Does that mean there will be 0 corruption, no. But you do have to realize that the project is still being actively maintained and they are addressing or have addressed many concerns the enterprise customers have had with it. There's real money being toss at the project to work things that people don't like out of it.

TL;DR - I'm not a huge fan of systemd mostly because of the crazy scope creep, but c'mon the binary argument is so behind us now.

Comment Re:An interesting election cycle is coming... (Score 2) 605

even if they did care, what are they gonna do -- vote for Hillary instead?!

Exactly this! Trump knows now he can just middle finger all the folks that bought the outlandish act. He's now the GOP guy and there's nothing that can be done about it. The guy is so all over the place I wouldn't put it past him to just start saying crap like, "Oh, wal!l? Nah, that's just a good idea but we're not really going to do that." In this guy's mind all those promises made are gone since that phase of the election is over, then only thing he needs to do is promise his way to a Clinton defeat, what that costs him, he could not care less.

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