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[#] Tue Jun 13 2017 13:10:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I found it. gpedit --> Local Computer Policy --> User Configuration --> Administrative Templates --> Desktop --> Turn off Aero Shaking minimizing mouse gestures , and set to Enable.

Really getting tired of this crap and thinking I probably ought to go back to Linux.

[#] Tue Jun 13 2017 13:15:00 EDT from fleeb

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Why did you leave Linux in the first place? You don't *have* to use Ubuntu if you hate it. Debian seems okay.

[#] Tue Jun 13 2017 14:17:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Short answer is that I've just been too lazy to care. 20 years ago it was completely clear to everyone that Microsoft was on its way to extending its monopoly into every corner of computing, and needed to be fought off everywhere, no matter how small their presence was. Today, Microsoft still dominates the desktop, and Linux pretty much owns EVERY other space. No one even runs Windows Server anymore, except to run Microsoft's own server software. So at some point I just stopped bothering, at least with my work computer, and ran the software that came with it.

Don't get me wrong; I still want Bill Gates to be fed feet-first into a wood chipper. And when he finally dies I *will* be arrested for pissing on his grave. But we've reached a point where Microsoft isn't an existential threat to everyone else anymore. That mantle is now held by Amazon and Facebook.

As for Ubuntu, I've started using it again, on my personal computer. They've finally abandoned the "Unity" desktop, which was a mistake from the beginning. And they've abandoned Upstart, another stupid move. I went with KDE this time because it still looks and acts like a desktop -- something that all the other desktops all seem to have forgotten how to do. Plus my very favorite video editor (Kdenlive) is KDE-native.

[#] Wed Jun 14 2017 10:49:22 EDT from kc5tja

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Without fail, KDE 2, KDE 3, KDE 4, doesn't matter; I always find a way to dump core in KDE within one minute of starting the environment up. Usually, ironically, by just resizing and/or moving windows on the screen.

[#] Wed Jun 14 2017 15:15:07 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Since you're a decade or more behind me, you'll be using OSX in another 5 years. :)

[#] Wed Jun 14 2017 16:44:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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In theory, perhaps; but I will always be too frugal to pay for Apple's overpriced hardware.

[#] Wed Jun 14 2017 17:05:39 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Cheap shit machines are cheap shit. My Dell was actually more money than my Mac.....

[#] Wed Jun 14 2017 19:47:11 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Who said anything about paying for it myself? ;) Both of my machines are pretty high end Dell laptops and were paid for by my employer. They're not likely to start issuing Macs anytime soon.

[#] Mon Jun 19 2017 18:15:58 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Fuck issuing. Request one. Say you'll be more productive.

[#] Mon Jun 19 2017 19:01:42 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Then he's raising their expectations..

[#] Tue Jun 20 2017 10:41:29 EDT from kc5tja

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Macs are standard issue here in the bay area. I have one of those decrepit touchbar Macs now. Except for the battery life, you're not missing much.

[#] Tue Jun 20 2017 11:02:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ten years ago I walked into a CompUSA with a wad of cash, intending to buy an Apple laptop and then load it with Linux (and only Linux) just to make heads explode.  I ended up buying a Toshiba instead because it had a gorgeous 17" display that was the most beautiful thing in the store.  If I found myself with a Macbook today I would probably put Linux or Windows on it.  When I do software development it's on Linux; my preferred video tools run on Linux; the tools I need to collaborate with my cow-orkers run on Windows.  There's just no need or want for a Mac anywhere in my world.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2017 00:26:39 EDT from kc5tja

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To be fair, I've never experienced a PC as mechanically rugged as a Mac. And the 6 to 10 hour battery life is pretty awesome. So, hardware-wise, they're excellent. (Except for the new keyboards.) Modern MacBook displays are effectively like paper these days, so video quality is not a problem. It's all OS and keyboard issues that kills it for me. If I were allowed to install Linux, I would.

[#] Mon Jun 26 2017 16:39:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Battery life is probably the big deal right now. Apple should have chosen ARM instead of Intel when they decided to part ways with IBM. But they've changed architectures twice already, so they could do it again. They can count on the Apple faithful to go out and buy all the new hardware and software as soon as it comes out. :) Meanwhile, Intel is angry with Microsoft because Microsoft is emulating the AMD-64 instruction set in their latest "pleeeeeease don't buy any more Chromebooks" ARMdoze operating system.

And of course Linux happily runs on all of the above. Apple and Microsoft should just abandon their crappy operating systems and reinvent them as services layers that sit on top of Linux, like Novell did with Netware.

Where was I going with this? Oh yeah ... battery life. Nothing sips power quite like ARM.

[#] Tue Jun 27 2017 10:35:58 EDT from fleeb

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I'm going to maintain in my mind an image of 'power sipping'.

[#] Wed Jun 28 2017 10:46:12 EDT from LoanShark

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ARM is a great choice for low-power but it's never going to pwn single-thread execution performance the way Intel does. It's just not optimized for that.

I don't know why we aren't running our data centers on a big pile of parallel ARMs though.

[#] Wed Jun 28 2017 11:39:30 EDT from kc5tja

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For the same reasons -- compute nodes need CPU horsepower to maintain high TPS, and storage nodes don't use CPU enough to blip the power meter, so no real economic incentive to. Hoping RISC-V makes an impact here though; BOOM CPUs are more power efficient than their comparable ARM equivalents, and higher in performance as well.

[#] Wed Jun 28 2017 13:08:00 EDT from LoanShark

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I do have some CPU-intensive, Grails-based workloads that might suffer a bit if they were redeployed on ARM. I could definitely keep up with the throughput by just deploying more processor cores. For sure. Latency would suffer a bit I suppose, but it might not be too bad.

For everything else in the stack I manage, ARM would work fine because we're dealing with stuff that's not too CPU-bound

[#] Wed Jun 28 2017 15:02:47 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I recently purchases a Samsung Tab S3 - supposedly one of the best Android tablets out there right now.

It's got a great screen, and the non-battery, yet powered stylus is a cool trick. But anyone who has used both an iPad and an Android side by side for any length of time will tell you that Apple is still a generation ahead. I've actually had to reboot the Android because it was mibehaving (and not from some crappy third party app, which the Play store is full of). I've had the Android just sit and do nothing for 20-30 seconds at a time. Doesn't make for a great user experience.

Now, owning all three of the major tablets - Apple, Android and Microsoft - I feel that the quality of the user experience is in that order as well.

And since this is Microsoft Bashing - Microsoft should just give up on the space completely.

[#] Thu Jun 29 2017 15:01:45 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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So you bought an Android tablet just to cimplain tgat you donr lije it as much as an ipad, which you already knew?

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