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Comment Re: But does X now work with it? (Score 1) 202

Obviously you've never tried. MacOS' Unix bits are pretty stable and function as expected other than a bit of changes here and there such as in how stuff is configured. Cygwin, Microsoft's own Linux-bits port, or one of the many other efforts such as what you get with Git are all pretty buggy and can vary wildly. I'm glad Microsoft is finally making the effort but it's still very rough. Often crashes the entire computer and lots of common functionality is just missing as if they compiled everything for maximum lameness. Don't quite see the point of Wine but then I don't use Desktop Linux for serious work anymore as, after decades of trying, it just never got to a truly usable state and even tended to get worse. Combined with how awful most Windows apps are I can't imagine wanting to run a Windows app on a Linux desktop.

Comment Re: Does he even have $395,000? (Score 1) 148

Why should he care what they say? If you show up to their court you are acknowledging their authority. Just because some retard waves their arms and makes some noise doesn't mean you have to do what they say. Just because some suit thinks their music has value or even that money has value doesn't make it so. Just ignore the kids and let them make all the ruckus they want.

Comment Re: Not a problem (Score 1) 202

You can buy their little Android tablets for $40 each. They aren't on par with an iPad but they are cheap enough to be disposable. I bought the six pack so I could give each of my kids their own. Seriously needed a case and screen shield but with those the units are reasonably durable and good enough for most users. The worst issues are caused by Amazon's stupid policies. Encryption is just one more issue. They don't work with Google Play and don't court developers so many common apps aren't available or don't work well. Freetime is a good idea but has idiot limitations such as not allowing parents to give kids normal web access or allowing in-app purchases ( to even just restoring purchases). Of course if I was going to use any device for nefarious purpose I'd write my own apps that included their own encryption â" regardless as to what the OS provided because obviously you can't count on corporations to shield you.

Comment Usually it's the other way.. (Score 1) 622

Usually I keep paying more and more while getting less and less. Woo my Internet worked half the time this month at a fraction of the speed I'm paying for.. I must be the lucky customer. Networking is very cheap to deliver when done right. Disk space also is very cheap and by removing duplicates it quickly reaches a point where expansion needs slow. All these things are dropping in price constantly. Unlimited might be unrealistic but very cheap wouldn't be. By treating it as virtually unlimited you remove the cost of bookkeeping, explaining the bookkeeping, etc which can easily come to be a bigger expense than the actual product.

Comment Terminology is not the problem. (Score 1) 568

The problem is less with terminology than with expectation. To often management doesn't want programmers to spend the time to correctly write the software. Not doing a shitty job can get you fired. Worrying about little things like not destroying users data, bricking machines, etc is considered a waste of time by the people calling the shots. Beyond that, users frequently don't care about such things until after they have a problem. They don't want to spend more or wait longer. Easier to get it cheap and sue when something goes wrong. I know more math, science, engineering practice, etc as any Engineer but getting to use it in any practical way is rare.

Comment Re: ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 279

If it must have a GUI then use an iPad. No reason to run the UI on the same device as the work getting done. Usually use Linux on cloud servers and embedded devices anymore.. can't see any reason I'd want an actual server any more and only keep a desktop for running third-party software that requires Windows or MacOS.

Comment C# maybe. Not VB. (Score 1) 648

I could see an argument for C# maybe but not VisualBasic. I like Python best but C# programs do usually run faster and the harder type checking is helpful most of the time. I wish C# had real decorators, had a unlimited lossless big number class with its existing number classes in a logical hierarchy under it, had a standard epochs-based date time class, had a standard way to flag any variable as un-nullable, had a standard way of defining order-aware structures for import/export, had a standard way of creating event logged data, and had events that weren't a bit wonky and mysterious. It'd be nice if there was a way to create a subprocess that acted as its own program with its own memory, disk permissions, etc but I can't say I've seen any other language get that right either. At least VB essentially maps all the same underpinnings as C# .. just not as well and using weird terminology and syntax. Python has its own unique syntax but it's clean and uses pretty standard terminology.

Comment Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

I used to always custom build all my own boxes and carefully tune my Linux installs. For certain things I still do but it's rare now. I use MacOS for my desktop because I used Linux as my primary desktop for over a decade and it always sucked. If anything, I'd say it got worse with time. To much work on the look and not enough work on solid underpinnings. And MacOS has solid developer tools and a Unix command-line. For servers I mostly use cloud services such as Amazon. I went through the stages of having my own server clusters, then virtualized server clusters, and pretty much eventually ended up with a custom solution very close to what Amazon now offers but with less hardware available and at much greater cost. Usually I'm still running Linux instances but I prefer when I don't have to know what the OS is at all. For most my personal computing I actually use my iPad. I even prefer coding from it. Unfortunately I've mostly moved to C# for development and I've yet to find a decent programming environment on the iPad for it. May end up writing my own.

Comment Stud factor. (Score 1) 641

So long as programmers feel the need to write C to show off what studly coders they are we'll be stuck with C. We'd all be better off if we could spend less time fixing C-related bugs and concentrate on making sure safer languages were just as fast and functional. I'd suggest C# as a better alternative but recently I've been discovering how stupid its handling of byte order is. It's not a bad language except the amount of idiot Microsoftisms it has. C++ is just as bad as C. Objective-C is a mix of genius and insanity. Java is its own set of kludges. Python is nice but slow. Go isn't enough of an improvement. ... Not sure we're ready to replace C yet but we should get ready.

Comment Re:Well, do it, then (Score 1) 655

I'd rather live as a gypsy with some sort of fold-out home in a box but mostly don't because other people find that weird and thus it doesn't fit well into our social structure. Try filling out a job application and when they ask your address put "parking lot".. yeah makes it difficult. I think that's why most our nomads are either social dropouts (we even call them homeless) or old enough and wealthy enough to not need employment anymore. So it's not really because I can afford not to live in a tent so much as socialization.. and probably the same is true with eating insects. If it suddenly became cool to eat raw insects people would do it and spend more for it even if it's pretty gross.. like sushi.

Comment Re:They're gross looking (Score 1) 655

Ever tried to buy nutrition sticks? It's not the easiest thing to do. Try to find a pill, stick, or something like that that includes all the vitamins, protein, calories, etc that you need to live without any additional food. All I've seen were either missing major elements or cost so much as to not really be worth eating instead of food. I guess other than geeky people that aren't supposed to eat anything they actually like anymore there isn't a large market for nutrition sticks. Heck, I have clerks at the grocery store ask me what turnips are when I buy them so I guess they sell a lot more packaged stuff loaded with carbs and artificial flavors.

Comment Re:Good Question (Score 1) 655

Have you ever tried to BBQ a fly? It's extremely difficult to get it to come out with the right flavor and tends towards being to crunchy. And you just don't get that nice chewy texture! Heck finding buns to fit hot dogs is hard enough without finding buns to fit extruded bug guts. I don't really care what my food is made of so long as it's mashed into a nice faceless shape, bleached, dyed, and has lots of preservatives and artificial flavors added. If it doesn't eat you first or slap you then you can eat it.

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