* Posts by Logics

12 posts • joined 19 Apr 2010

Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel


Modern Interface, and other stupid comments


What makes an interface, “modern”? Almost all interfaces are the same CDD (Click-Drag-Drop) interfaces we have had since the mouse was invented.

Whether one uses a 7-button mouse, a stylus, or a touchscreen, (or even a hand with a 3-D imaging camera), it is still a CDD interface. All that is being done is changing the appearance of WIPs (Windows-Icons-Pointers), and that does not make it any more or less modern.

When I look at an icon and wink at it, and it opens a window, —sounds modern, doesn't it— it is still CDD on a WIP. Put a mask on my face and a glove on my hand, some thing. We are still talking keyboards, mice, and screens. It is just as modern —or archaic, as the case may be— as every other interface over the last four decades.

Installing Apps

Tired of this stupid argument. One uses apps on Linux distros by going to the “App Store” equivalent, and clicking, "Install.” MS finally caught up with everyone else in that arena.

If the app is not is the Store, then download the install package and here click it. Same as in Windows or Mac. ?.exe, ?.MSI, ?.Deb, ?.RPM,… doesn't matter.

If there is no installer package, click on the executable. Snap packs, flat packs, flap jacks,… whatever.

No executable? Then, just as one will do it in the Windows world, one has the same thing in the Linux world; compile and install! …Except most Windows uses just don't know that that is an option, and say, “I wish there was an app to do such and such.”

They can find the app and install it just as we can, but they don't.

Incremental improvements

Yeah, like Windows or Mac has had any big, shiny, new things lately. Sure, every now and then, Windows changes to look of their interface, calls it new & better, half the people complain, the other half are wowed, and the world moves on. Linux distros hardly ever make the claim of, “all new and improved user experience!”

What they often claim is, “better stability, new technology complaint, bugs crushed, more secure, less resource intensive, improved HAL, more capable drivers,” and that is really all that an updated OS ought to bring.

Confusing Desktop Choices

The operative term there is, “choices.” When MS changes to Windows desktop, the end under doesn't really have a choice, (until enough of them complain and MS sends an update, allowing them to revert to the old desktop, then removes that choice in the next Widows major release). Most new users are not ‘offered’ a choice, but guess the distros default desktop. They can still choose to use any of the many desktops out there, by simply installing them.

Running GNOME but want to install A KDE app? No problem! Install the KDE app! It will install all of the KDE libraries in needs, so you don't have to worry. Running KDE But want to install a GAME app? …You got this! Install, and it works!

Back in the days of Windows 3.x to Windows XP/2000, one was able to choose ones desktop, (although MS did not make it clear that you cold). Remember the Packard Bell desktop anyone? I had used Lotus SmartSuite as my desktop at one time. Today, not possible, due to Secure Platform Initiative —or whatever it is called— from MS, preventing one from changing basic system configuration, allegedly to keep us safe.

Linux keeps us safe AND allows desktop choices, without “confusing us” with this or that option.

Doesn't Run On Linux

I am just about as tired of the Windows photographers who tell me that they cannot use Linux because it doesn't run Adobe CS, as I am with to ones who tell me they cannot use DarkTable because it doesn't run on Windows. If you are so need to an OS because it is all you learned in school, or need to an app because it is all you learned in college, then your education system needs rehabilitation.

If you have Linux, use DarkTable. If you have Windows, use Lightroom. What's the problem? “But I NEED Lightroom!” “But I NEED Windows!” I hold that both those statements are false, and won't get into it now, but if you think you need Windows, or any of its apps, use it and it's apps. No one is forcing you to change.

The argument that the Linux desktop is not ready for prime time because this or that Windows app does not run on Linux is a not-starter. Linux has enough apps for whatever one wants to do, that the Windows as are not required.

I feel the need to point out that many apps are “cross-platform” apps, —such as the acclaimed, SolidWorks— and can run on several different platforms, but such a statement would not help those who are adamant about the ‘faults’ of the Linux desktop.

Hardware Compatibility

With the exception of some printers and scanners, I have never had a piece of hardware which did not work on Linux, within the last ten years. …Except for my Harmony remote, but some frustrated programmer fixed that. It was totally Logitech's fault. To be sure, the Harmony remote is NOT a piece of computer hardware which did not work; it was a piece of TV hardware which came with a Windows application to program it.

This is not a Linux hardware Compatibility issue. Linux saw it just fine. Linux, like Windows, just had no clue of what to do with the hardware it saw.

As for scanners, most scanners do not work with Windows due to TWAIN. They all NEED special drivers to work, and it is usually up to the manufactures to provide those drivers. A similar, issue happens with some printers on Linux/Windows, where very specific drivers are required, and they do not work out of the box on Windows, either.

The scanners which work on Linux are either those whose manufacturers have provided drivers, just as they did for Windows, or those who work because the Linux community made them work, in site of the lazy manufacturers. But SANE outshines TWAIN, because it gives the same interface to all scanners, where the TWAIN interface varies from one maker to another.

There is no standard scanner protocol, but there are several standard printer protocols. If your printer uses any of them, it works on Linux. If it uses a non-standard, proprietary protocol, then it only works on Linux —or Windows, or Mac OS— if the manufacturer provided proprietary drivers, or if a frustrated programmer decides to do the simple task which the maker was too silly to do themself.

All other hardware just seems to work.

Some Other Nonsense

Not going there. It is nonsense. I have installed Linux on failed computers of several non-technical family members, and they all seemed to use it fine for all they do. The surf the web, they read email, they write reports, use spreadsheets, edit photos, and videos, make music,… all they desire.

Not one complaint, (except by a sister-in-law, who insisted that a web-based app she needed only worked on Internet Explorer on Windows, but it worked just fine on both Chrome and Chromium on Linux. We never checked Firefox).

Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...


But it is autopilot

I just think that most people have no idea what autopilot is and how it ought to be used.

Ask a pilot. …Or a Tesla Rep. They always explain not it is not a substitute for a driver.

Autopilot is not self-driving. Two different things.


If you are contracted….

But suppose one is not under contract by one's customers to do Jack, then how should this play out?

Just asking, since that is the case, here.


Let's talk autopilot

There is no mistaking what autopilot is by anyone who actually use a real autopilot, or by anyone who read/listened to what Tesla says autopilot is. I did two Tesla test drives, and both times it was abundantly clear. Those who have muddied the waters are those without knowledge.


Autopilot started with pilots. Pilots who fly aeroplanes. What autopilot typically did for them is aide in maintaining altitude, or direction, should they become incapacitated during flight. It was never intended to allow a pilot to disengage from flying, and the FAA strictly forbids it when there are able-bodied pilots on board.

Can today's autopilot take a plane from gate to gate, (at certain specific airports with the necessary equipment), without pilot intervention, avoiding collisions and bad weather along the way? Yes, but that is not how autopilot is typically used.


Works in exactly the same way. If a pilot sets his autopilot, then falls asleep at the yoke, and the plane crashes, the NTSB does not fault the autopilot; it is pilot error. The pilot ought to have remained engaged unless incapacitated.

The same thing is true for Tesla's autopilot; the driver must remain engaged. Autopilot is intended as an aide, not a substitute for a driver. Do not confuse autopilot for self-driving capability. Anyone who thinks, "I have autopilot engaged, therefore I can read my Twitter feed," is an idiot who ought to have their license revoked.


I am no longer waiting for Windows 95 to finally deliver what Microsoft promised, because I switched to Linux over fifteen years ago. With each new Windows release, they come closer. Windows 10 has almost fulfilled the promises of Win 95, and we had to pay for every upgrade to the current iteration. Not to mention, every iteration came later than promised, and we still no longer have all of what was promised.

Some Tesla users paid for an "autopilot" feature, and received an autopilot feature. They were also told what the expectations of future iterations would offer and a timeline of these features. They have not yet received the expected features which are now beyond their timeline. If Tesla must refund, then Microsoft must do so also, as should about every software publisher. (Ubuntu has refunded every dollar I have paid for software. They have kept what was paid for support) ;-)


For Americans to demand a refund for Tesla missing a self-imposed timeline, for software features not yet delivered, is ridiculous. For Tesla to say that if US customers get a refund, then so should everyone else, (same assurances, same delays), is only fair.

Oracle charges $90 for Sun's free ODF plug-in


He did not...

[[[The point the author makes about the price and comparing it to the student price of Microsoft Office]]]

He compared it to the price of the standard suite. $90 x 4 = $360. Price of Standard Suite =$399.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

[[[Competing in the business world means you have to be able to cover your expenses. If you're working in a highly IT leveraged environment that means you've got to pay for your software....

We've never bought into the "free" software ideal and never will.]]]

I actually know several people who have bought into the free --no quotes-- software ideal and are rich doing it. It is called, "If you are not a corporation and can afford to, pay me what you think my software is worth. if you are a corporation, pay me or buy my competition."

You would be surprised how well it works. It works so well, even non-OSS developers use that model.

Furthermore, the plug-in was not a "community involved" development. Only the OOo suite was.

IT Angle

Which is exactly why they should not do this!

I was waiting to see when someone would figure this out.

You have to give the plug-in away until ODF hits critical mass. Up until now, I do not think it has even though many govt.s use it as the standard for their business. This will just make govt.s re-consider the decision they made earlier.

[[[switch back to Microsoft office just to stay compatible with the rest of the business world.]]]

You also figure that all the business world are using the same MSO suite, right? Because the MSO version x document format is not compatible with the MSO version y format.


It has a name.

It is called Star Office


But that is the short term outlook

You don't say, "Oh, my product has value so I'll have to charge for it," when there is a bigger guy out there with an arguably better product.

First you have to get people to see the value in your product and what value is there in StarOffice or OOo when those who use the arguably better product cannot collaborate with you? "But of course they can. I can read the MSO format." Then why have an ODF format? That is what Oracle is charging for; the use of the ODF format --a far better format with marked advantages, in a product that cannot compete.

If they want StarOffice --Correction, Oracle Open Office-- to survive, they need ODF to be adopted and this is not the way to do it.

If they want ODF to survive, then they have to ensure it is world-readable and this is not the way to do it.

Oracle Open Office Enterprise Edition goes for the same price as the MS ODF plug-in with the same minimum license requirement of 100 seats. Is that a good business model to make the ODF the de facto standard?


The FLOSS community will probably stop this...

...by developing their own plug-in for free. It is in their (the OASIS team and the OOo team) to see ODF take market share and so developers from these two teams (and probably from the IBM/Lotus team and perhaps Corel WordPerfect team) will probably do everything within their power to make a free MSO plug-in available under GPL/LGPL without using any of Sun's code.

When --okay, if and when-- this happens, Oracle will no longer be making a profit from this --which, as I have pointed out earlier-- sells at the same price-point as Oracle Open Office Enterprise Edition.

In the meantime, it will hinder the adoption of ODF in the workplace.

Microsoft wants pacemaker password tattoos

IT Angle

Blind people should not post

The tattoos are suggested to be done in invisible ink so going to the beach or having some intimate time in bed with a stranger is not a risk of theft of the password (unless you go to her bachelorette pad which has black lights in the bedroom).

But we are complicating a simple problem. "How do you get access to a secured computer when the regular users who know the passwords are otherwise unavailable?" I know that in our server rooms, we do not keep the password taped to the underside of the leftmost door.

Instead we have a sealed envelope in a safe in the COO's office that has a username and password with admin privilege. The regular users are informed via e-mail whenever this user logs on. At the next available opportunity, the username and password of this user is changed, placed in a sealed envelope and put in the safe in the COO's office.

Also, if the safe in the COO's office is broken into, the username and password is changed at the next available opportunity.

A medical bracelet, dog tags or SIM card in a wallet can do the same thing. If the medical bracelet/dog tags go missing or if the wallet is stolen, Go home, log on to your account and change the information and get a new bracelet, SIM card or dog tags.

"But what about the time period between the loss and the new tags/bracelets/cards coming?" The old info will still be good until the new info is activated through a 1-800 number and your spare cards/tags/bracelets are at home. That leaves a small window in which to die and we cannot prevent every intrusion. We all must die sometime. (It might be easier for someone bent on killing you to use a bullet than go through all that trouble).


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