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Ask Slashdot: What Software (Or Hardware) Glitch Makes You Angry? 484

This question was inspired when Slashdot reader TheRealHocusLocus found their laptop "in the throes of a Windows 10 Update," where "progress has rolled past 100% several times and started over." I pushed the re-schedule dialogue to the rear and left it waiting. But my application did not count as activity and I left for a few moments, so Windows decided to answer its own question and restart (breaking a persistent Internet connection)... I've had it. Upon due consideration I now conclude I have been personally f*ck'd with. Driver availability, my apps and WINE permitting, this machine is getting Linux or pre-Windows-8...

That's mine, now let's hear about the things that are pushing you over the edge this very minute. Phones, software, power windows, anything.

There's a longer version of this story in the original submission -- but what's bugging you today? Leave your best answers in the comments. What software (or hardware glitch) makes you angry?
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Ask Slashdot: What Software (Or Hardware) Glitch Makes You Angry?

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  • by phantomfive ( 622387 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @03:55AM (#54818241) Journal
    No unicode on Slashdot. All I ask for is a Thorn!
    • Now slashdot removes undesired characters (basically anything above 0x7f) thanks to a simple regex. Would be more difficult if the whole Unicode scope is available.
    • by Rei ( 128717 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @05:53AM (#54818549) Homepage

      Exactly what I've been asking for for ages!

      Slashdot doesn't need to allow all of unicode (feel free to leave out emoji, for example), but at least allow common letters and symbols. Slashdot's current behavior - silently stripping them - is terrible. It can distort the meaning of text - when talking about foreign matters, when using math / science symbols, etc. It's made me look like an idiot several times - e.g. there's a world of difference between "My morning coffee is fine, but 10(DEGREE MARK) more would be perfect" and "My morning coffee is fine, but 10 more would be perfect". And thorn is a common letter where I live, so whenever I mention people or place names from where I am they get mangled. I've also had problems copy-pasting text from other sites that happened to have unicode symbols in them. On occasion, rather than silently stripping them, Slashdot has instead transformed them into gibberish.

  • Not much (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, 2017 @04:09AM (#54818263)

    Switched to Linux several years ago for the final time. Although some GUI-bugs here and there, I get around them, and not looking back. Keeping W7 in a VM and only for the 2-3 Windows applications I still use now and then. Forget Wine, find and support alternatives.

    Forced W10 at work and lose productivity and motivation to work due to that and cloud solutions being rammed from above.

    • Re:Not much (Score:5, Funny)

      by TheRealHocusLocus ( 2319802 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @07:48AM (#54818789)

      I run Linux and Windowsin each others' virtual machines. You can begin with either one running the other. Then create a VM of the outermost OS inside the inner VM. Apply a bit of soap to the screen and hook four standard C-clamps to the innermost VM's window and the edge of the physical monitor. Then just each of the clamps a twist every few minutes and in a day or two the innermost VM window will be stretching against its parent. Line them up carefully and get a friend to help you, four hands at once are needed to get the inner window to 'snap' over the larger, otherwise you will just be chasing both around the screen. With four hands give the clamps a full twist and you will hear a 'PING!' sound.

      Once the inner VM has snapped past the outer, continue to tighten all clamps until it is stretched/drawn to the corners of the screen. Then finally tap the clamps off with a sharp blow from of a hammer. As the last clamp is removed the computer will make a strange sound, as the machine's OS merges with the innermost VM. You have now created a Klein Nested VM with unique properties.

      Since the original outer-to-inner paradigm has been broken both VMs are simultaneously child and parent of one another, and relative merit and demerit of each OS also (strangely) enters a tesseract-like state. Any two OS 'bred' together in this way become 'best of breed'.

      You will also discover that the hardware abstraction layer has itself become an abstraction! Go ahead, gently tug the computer across the desk. You will see the spookily entangled OS hovering in the original position. You can even toss the computer you won't be needing it.

      But if you move house you'll have to do it again. Before attempting this it is good to consult your lease to see if it may subject you to penalties or threats of eviction.

  • Y2K bug - in 2014! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @04:13AM (#54818273)
    The thing that pissed me off in a major way was the flexlm "protection" software that was changed so that a perpetual license expired in the year 2000. It took a few weeks for that to be resolved before the stupidly expensive software that was "protected" could be used.
    For added laughs their USB dongle updater used MSDOS stuff and would not work in a 64 bit operating system. How that happened I have no idea since they must have had to add USB support to MSDOS to get that problem to happen in the first place.
    • by Megane ( 129182 )

      I have a USB-based EPROM programmer (Needhams EMP-31?) which only has a 32-bit USB driver. WTF? The company was bought out in early 200x just before x64 became a thing, and the big fish company simply threw their whole product line out the back door. This was also before libusb and "user-land drivers for everything on USB" became a thing. (Even then, Windows might still want INF-only "driver" to tell it to fuck off and leave the thing alone instead of installing its own retarded driver. AIUI, Windows has ha

  • Forced restart. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    "You have to restart your computer in order for the changes from this patch to apply" [Ok] [Cancel]

    "The software have been succesfully applied" [Ok]

    Pressing OK restarts the computer.

  • Windows focus (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kokuyo ( 549451 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @04:31AM (#54818307) Journal

    When I'm typing on my keyboard and some application thinks it's important enough not just to pop up in front of all the other windows but also move the cursor to its windows.

    Especially funny when you're entering an internal password with a customer looking over your shoulder.

    I also very much hate it when I enter a domain and the browser goes "Oh, I know tha tone! Let me autocomplete that for you, even though you hit enter after the ".com""

    I want the computer to sopt trying to think for me until it's actually smarter than me. But at that point, I want to be able to copy a url, a username and a password and just hit ctrl+v three times and the system pastes the correct value in each field.

    • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

      When I'm typing on my keyboard and some application thinks it's important enough not just to pop up in front of all the other windows but also move the cursor to its windows.

      Especially funny when you're entering an internal password with a customer looking over your shoulder.

      This has been a complaint I've had since the earliest versions of Windows.
      I don't think it's the application controlling this, but the OS, which makes it even more egregious as the OS can actually know the keyboard is being used in another application.

      • It's not the OS that controls the focus, and this is the problem.. When writing a Windows application, any programmer can write code that says "I want to receive the focus now." This makes it necessary for every application to behave properly, which of course they don't.

        • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @07:20AM (#54818717) Journal
          The programmer can write any shit he wants, the OS should not respect the demand from the application without proper permissions. Demanding focus is a privileged command. At least we should have a matching, "Do not give focus to any other application" to other programs. And a click to specifically gives focus overrides both and resolves conflicts.
    • Yes, the Windows focus issue is also especially bad when you're typing, and a confirmation dialog box pops up just as you press the spacebar in between words, and the spacebar presses the "Yes" button of whatever you were being asked.

    • Re:Windows focus (Score:5, Insightful)

      by CODiNE ( 27417 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @07:54AM (#54818827) Homepage

      There needs to be a slight UI freeze of a quarter second or so whenever a dialog or prompt jumps up unexpectedly. This is a universal problem.

      iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux all of them. You're typing a command and JUUUUSST as you press enter a dialog comes out of nowhere and you just pressed "Ok" on who knows what! It's worse for people who look at the keyboard while typing, they don't even know anything happened.

      Mobile... you're taping away like normal and all the sudden just as your finger is microns from the screen a dialog shows up and you tapped.... whatever it was. Probably just accepted a mysterious self-signed certificate on an important service that definitely shouldn't have one.

      There needs to be a tiny inactive period on those so you can't just confirm something in the middle of something else by mistake. The OS can easily handle this without any app code changes since it owns the dialogs.

    • Ironically, Microsoft tried to get around this problem in Win 10 (maybe Win 8 as well) by not giving focus to notifications during Windows Update. Unfortunately they also didn't pop it up as the top window on your desktop. Several times I've had Windows Update "get stuck." I'd let the computer sit for several hours to see if it'd finish, but no progress. Eventually I'd give up and restart the computer. During shutdown all the program windows would close one by one. Just as the last one closes, it woul
  • When you get off a horse in Minecraft and it becomes invisible.
  • Glitches are annoyances, but if there's support behind the product, I don't tend to get angry. What I hate is the 'this has been a known issue for a few years, and nobody knows how to solve it and the company doesn't seem to want to fix it' type of problem.
  • .... instead of what I mean.

    I have spent *HOURS* trying to debug code that I could see nothing wrong with, and another human being looks at it and sees the problem in seconds, such as having an inverted condition, or some other typo that the compiler would not detect as a syntax error, but which is plainly obvious in the context of what is being done, and meanwhile I didn''t see the problem because I was reading the code as what I *thought* I had typed instead of what I actually typed.

    • by TheRealHocusLocus ( 2319802 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @06:40AM (#54818627)

      In the days before on-screen spellcheck there was a lady at our printshop who was voracious and speedy reader, but she was also a perfect final proofreader. Try as we might all we could do is plod along but she was fast and caught everything, every misspelling, word choice error, even inconsistent spaces. I asked her how one day. She made two passes over every paragraph, the first eyeballing the words in reverse order while noting only spelling and spacing. Then (in double-time she said) moving forward sounding the language normally for meaning, style and grammar.

      While she was reverse reading she said, there was NO mental distraction from the actual message, to her it was like being presented a series of word puzzles/problems in a sort of "game" mode. Perhaps you could adapt yourself to examine troublesome code meticulously in reverse sequence this way while not perceiving the task. You seemingly work in some type of overlay mode where as you lay it down you are reproducing a (fuzzy) mental image.

      If everything compiles perfectly in your brain, just use that and to blazes with the computer. Best of luck.

    • This a thousand time. Yes =/= true, and in SQL NULL=/=0.
  • Adobe (Score:4, Interesting)

    by darkain ( 749283 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @05:15AM (#54818423) Homepage

    Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm more or less forced to use these tools because all competing products dropped off the face of the Earth, so there is no viable alternative to the work that I do (yes, I know there are some RAW processors out there, but they don't have the feature set that I need for my job) - but PS and LR are so god awful fucking buggy pieces of shit. Over four years ago, LR5 Beta introduced a UI bug. It made it into production. It continued to exist in LRCC/6. It continues to this day. Yes, over four years for a stupid UI bug. Photoshop is so notorious for crashing, they implemented a crash recovery system that never works! Oddly enough, today PS "recovered" a photo from a crash from six weeks ago, despite the fact I've been using PS nearly daily since then until now. DRM is both also routinely fail at LEAST once a week, even though they are supposed to go 30+ days without a phone home connection. LR-CC had a very nice DRM bug in which it 100% failed for everyone at launch! Luckily THAT was patched quicky.

    • Re:Adobe (Score:5, Funny)

      by TheRealHocusLocus ( 2319802 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @11:57AM (#54819779)

      Photoshop and Lightroom. I'm more or less forced to use these tools because all competing products dropped off the face of the Earth

      GRAB GOD by the GONADS and GO for GIMP. If you're completely familiar with Photoshop's menus, methods and basic tool functionality you'll have no problem going gibbering insane from Gimp's arbitrary different-ness. Gimp is so unique and unPhotoshopy you'll have to resort to extreme measures to learn it. This means find a cabin deep in the woods, bring a generator and lots of gasoline to stay there during the re-training process. Notify nearby law enforcement of your intentions.

      Start by building your own Photoshop-to-Gimp cheat sheet but don't use paper, it soon gets clouded and smudged with tears and spittle. Carve your notes in a wooden desk or the computer case itself with a large bowie knife. Find an uncomfortable funny hat to wear and hog-tie your left arm to your right ear so your body has a unique tactile sensation while learning Gimp's idiosyncrasies. You should always use Gimp this way while wearing the hat, so if you need to use Photoshop again releasing the bonds will permit you to recall its use (and relate to friend and family you knew before you switched to Gimp) more easily.

      It is good to notify your insurance company you intend to switch to Gimp. Failure to do so might indemnify them from paying out if they learn you are using it, whether the calamity is traceable to Gimp or not. This is where tipping off local law enforcement helps. Inexperienced detectives sometimes gloss over important details in their reports at the mere note of Gimp. I want to give you the best possible chance to spare yourself legal complications.

      And by all means, experiment with the powerful scripting languages and hooks that Gimp provides. Since you'll probably lose touch with friends and family, these scripting tasks can occupy your mind as you descend into your poignantly silent darkness of the soul. There are some good books that may help you learn Gimp but I cannot tell you which ones, my copies have pages missing with bite marks. I think the pages were eaten.

      The author had successfully trained himself in Gimp, but its details of operation are presently clouded by prescribed medication. Author has done desktop publishing for 25 years and has used Aldus Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign and Quark spanning 8 continents.

  • I get furious when a paid-for piece of software thinks I'm not allowed to use it. So I consider that broken bij design.
  • by n2hightech ( 1170183 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @05:25AM (#54818463)
    Auto update that closes open applications with unsaved work in progress, How hard would it be to send save commands before closing a file and appending a WIP designator to the file name so nothing is over written. That should be a standard required windows feature. Webpages that jump during load have popover, popunder or autoscroll. The fricking browser should be designed to not even allow these things to happen. The commands that even allow those things to happen should be banned and the people who thought them up drawn and quartered. It would make for a much much friendlier web experience to make the web flat again. But the most annoying thing that forces me to keep the volume muted on my computer is the autoplay curse. Web pages that somehow play video or audio when they open. I want my computer to do as its told speak when its told show video when told and stop when told. Any programmer that does not create software that enforces that basic human machine interface rule is a curse to mankind.
  • by CustomSolvers2 ( 4118921 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @05:26AM (#54818467) Homepage
    I see bugs, non-ideal behaviours, wrong approaches, easily-improvable bits, etc. almost every day in virtually any piece of software. The software which I develop might also include bugs. Everyone makes errors. How could I feel angry about any of this? I would be constantly angry! What kind of life would be that? I find most of bugs funny or irrelevant. Some of them might be somehow annoying, but I would plainly ignore them or even stop using that software.

    A different story is gross incompetence, careless/abusive attitudes (sometimes, even intentionally!) or dishonest reactions. I wouldn't feel angry in these cases either, but might stop taking that company seriously or have a more aggressive reaction.
  • by seoras ( 147590 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @05:31AM (#54818493)

    Car manufacturers are the worst for software updates. Some worse than others. There's a couple of stupid little bugs in the audio system of my 3 year old car, that make it too painful to use, that could be fixed easily enough with a software update but probably will never get one.
    The dealer and manufacturer are aware of the problems. The dealer just gives me a blank look when I ask when a fix is coming.
    It's that lack of appreciation of software's importance that sank the likes of Nokia et al in the mobile phone market.
    I fully expect the same to happen to the traditional big car manufacturers, they deserve it.

  • by Rei ( 128717 )

    Selinux failures commonly being interpreted as file permission failures, leading to misleading error reporting.
    Selinux failures on libraries or other files that programs don't expect to experience permissions failures on, leading to mysterious failures which you have to track down with strace.

    • I have strace running on everything all the time, and spool the multiple strace logs directly to a console screen laying face-down on top of a large steel bucket. If you set console font size to zero it creates invisibly thin monofiliment character streams (think Ringworld shadow-square wire) that 'drop' off the screen. The bucket appears to be empty for days but then you see a slight blur of bottom features as the threads gather, which over several months becomes darker. When it becomes black it is best

  • ...which I can't really turn off on managed @work machines. I will get anything from 3 to 20 freezes per week, each lasting around 1min or more, which when looking at a side screen's top output all I see is a 100% spike on "unattended-upgrades" process. And yes this is on an SSD machine so I doubt it's disk access.

    But on second thought, my biggest gripe these last 2 years has been BDPROCHOT flags on my Lenovo U41 laptop, and I believe I'm not alone on this one. It seems most Lenovo's consumer-grade Intel UL

  • by msauve ( 701917 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @06:19AM (#54818587)
    This is to you, Mozilla, Google, Firefox...

    STOP deliberately breaking things. I don't care that my 5 year old IOT thing uses HTTPs with old encryption. I don't care that it uses self-signed certificates. It's still better than unencrypted, and I can't update it. You just deliberately broke things so now I'm forced to use unencrypted communications - what idiot decided that's better than even weak encryption? Put up a warning, fine, but don't break it. Idiots.
  • There is no excuse for professionally written code to suffer memory leaks.

    Over time, the Chrome browser (on OS X) leaks more and more memory until it eventually loses screen synch and flickers on scrolling refresh. Eventually, it just locks up and crashes. This has been the case for at least 10 years.

    I don't care what the excuse, professionally written programs should never crash due to memory leaks. Ever. Period.

    I'm sure Bing has similar issues on Windows, but Google should do better w/ Chrome o

    • Firefox is leaking like a sieve since forever. Mentioned many times, typically got a rant with personal insults from Asa Dotzler in return blaming it on stupid user and add-ons. If the Mozillas spent as much effort on their software as they do on insulting their users we all would be in a way better position.
  • In Ark Survival Evolved (under Linux), I get some horrible bugs, even with a 1070 card. No matter what settings I try, I will eventually get the ACID-Rain on LSD effect, meaning that everything will glow in 1000 colors and cover the entire screen so navigation and vision becomes impossible. Sometimes the Dark rays of death appears, meaning...there's some strong sun reflection from some water, and long black stripes will emerge from them and eventually cover the entire screen. Sometimes the dust from Animals

  • First of all, when I type something in the Windows search box, I'm not looking for things on the Web, I'm looking for things on my computer. Yes, I know there is an option to turn off Web search.

    Second, when I do look for something on my computer, Windows search can't find obvious search results. For example, I have a VPN client with the title "Global VPN Client." If I type "VPN" in the search box, Windows can't find it. If I just type "VP" it finds it just fine.

    Then, if you want Windows search to actually

  • I have about 15 messages in my inbox at work. But when I type text in the search box, the search process goes on and on forever, never actually finding what I typed. For larger folders, just forget it.

    • Outlook in general, worst calendar program that as email bolted on. The biggest shit in Outlook is that it is unable to properly quote messages when replying, slaps the signature in the middle of messages, and cuts stuff off when using too many dashes to separate content. Worse even, companies pay money for this stinking pile of garbage. Then again, still better than the total clusterfuck called Sharepoint.
  • One thing that infuriates me more than just about anything else is when the feedback mechanism for a keypress or mouse click is so decoupled from the acceptance of that keypress or mouse click that you get the feedback without the input being registered.

    E.g., sometimes the visually presented region of a button will be larger than the region that registers the click. You click your mouse, the button blinks or whatever to give you feedback, and nothing happens. Because you didn't click right in the tiny regio

  • I reboot my computer after apt-get dist-upgrading, reboot, and get a blank screen responsive only to Magic Sysreq[1] (and probably SSH). It's the video driver issue: no nvidia module is available for loading. I think that any time apt-get installs a new kernel, it needs to re-install the nvidia drivers. The solution I've found (so far) is to manually issue apt-get install --reinstall nvidia-375 after any apt-get dist-upgrade has updated the Linux kernel.

    Anyway. It's 2017. Why am I still dealing with this

  • The damn NVidia "optimus" laptops without hardware mux.

    My laptop (2017 Gigabyte Aero 14W) has an nvidia GTX 1060 that I never use (the i7's internal GPU is perfectly adequate to run IDEA IntelliJ, YouTube's videos, and GNOME's desktop animation at QHD 2560x1440p. PLENTY ADEQUATE). So I never, ever waste 25+W running the damn nvidia chip, except for ONE thing: enabling the external outputs.

    Yep, if I want to display something on a beamer, I must run "intel-virtual-output -f" in a clunky shell away.

    Older lapto
  • by lordlod ( 458156 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @07:18AM (#54818707)

    Programs which hide (delete) menu entries based on state.

    I once spent two days trying to figure out how to recover a low quality software raid disk because the recover menu entry had been deleted and the documentation was useless. The menu entry to start the recovery wasn't visible until the spare disk had been precisely configured as the software wanted. Of course with no feedback of that being the case I was left searching through the interface and floundering around until I managed to luck into the solution.

    • by MoarSauce123 ( 3641185 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @08:21AM (#54818909)
      Same applies to the horrible ribbon menus. Especially in MSO they are a shape-shifting horror. Why would anyone think that I do not want to change formatting while working in tables? Constantly have to switch between the big hunking ribbon menus. The menu system was the least of the problems in MSO. Worse, that effen ribbon now pops up in every app, Microsoft or not. I hate it! Dumbest UI change ever, worst user experience since Zuse invented the computer!
  • What pisses me off is when dealing with a copy of Windows that hasn't had sticky keys disabled. Real fun when playing a game that makes use of the SHIFT key.

  • 1. No quick and easy way to fix a domain trust relationship problem. Always have to unjoin and rejoin. 2. Windows 10 can't really remove built in apps. They come back. 3. Switching domain users is unintuitive. 4. Changing passwords when screen is locked and password is expired is also unintuitive. Meaning I have to explain it to users weekly.
  • * Go to the search tab in the mobile twitter app. The search bar is hidden by default and you have to scroll up and click on it.

    * Media player on PS4. Fast forward and rewind buttons go at an insane speed, i.e. you can skip through an entire film in a couple of seconds. There are YEARS of forum posts complaining about it.

    * Pretty much everything on iCloud is broken and has been for years. Handoff, Airdrop and iMessage sometimes work, sometimes don't, and if you can't rely on something then it's useless. App

  • Generally, I resent becoming a beta tester for literally everything. It seems like some time in the mid 90s, companies started doing away with in-house validation and decided that consumers would be the new quality control auditors, because almost every electronic/computer/software product I've bought since then has been utter shit, with a constant stream of patches, bug fixes, and other problems that should have been flushed out before the products were ever released.

    Almost everything sold to day is chock

    • Then stop buying those broken apps and write to the company's CEOs to hire more QA staff. At the same time, reduce the expectations to have a new version come out at least every other month. It is the worst in the mobile arena, if vendors do not ship an update within two weeks the comments come in declaring it abandonware. The users carry as much fault as the vendors. Stop buying the buggy crap and dial down the expectations for accelerated release schedules.
  • Auto-updating software that provides no user control over their schedules. This appears to be a modern trend in software updates. Chrome and the Dropbox client are pretty bad offenders but there are others as well. I have very limited bandwidth on my connection to the Internet and any time my system becomes unusable for the web it is usually because DropboxMacUpdate or ksfetch are consuming all the bandwidth. I swear, it's like all modern software assumes everybody is on a fat pipe these days.

    And don't get

  • Body (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 16, 2017 @07:53AM (#54818825)

    - Same hole used for eating, drinking, and breathing
    - Same hole used for liquid excretory function and pleasure release
    - Same hole used for solid excretory function and object input
    - Self copy feature confused with pleasure feature
    - No updates, ever
    - The only fixes are user-created workarounds and patches from expensive industry

  • I recently acquired a modernish Dell laptop (Inspiron 7537) that will not boot to anything but a pure mechanical hard drive in legacy mode. I've tried two different brands of SSD and two different SSHD drives. None will boot. The 640 Gig mechanical boots just fine. Either a bios bug or something deliberate to prevent you from running newer drives in anything but UEFI/Secure boot mode.

  • The fact that there is no way to properly shutdown a system when an update is scheduled. The shutdown option changes to 'update and shutdown' and instead of the 20 minute margin you allowed yourself to the next customer visit, you now are *forced* to wait for the updates to complete, and run late for an otherwise comfortable start of the meeting.

    For f*ck sake, I want control over *MY* computer!

  • The only software glitch that really makes me angry, is when I've been using an app for a while and then after an update I need to log in again...

    The reason it's so aggravating is usually I discover it's dropped the login when I am out somewhere trying to use the app, where I can't access my computer to look up saved passwords.

  • I have an older Toshiba Satellite laptop that still works fine. Win7 runs like an asthmatic snail on it, but it at least boots. I used to have Linux on it, but at some point kernel and other updates caused the laptop to stop booting. I even tried those distros that advertise themselves as great for older hardware. To be fair, Win 10 doesn't boot on it either. Not so much as a glitch as I assume it is done intentionally so, but I have by now a stack of older tablets that would be neat to refurb with a newer
  • Having the DJI GO4 app crash while I'm flying my Mavic Pro. Repeatedly. Bad bad bad!
  • Lately, the version of XOrg in CentOS 6 has been really pissing me off. For some unknown reason, it randomly fails to determine the resolution of the monitor on bootup and I end up with a screen resolution of something stupidly low like 1024x768.

    I can fix this by putting in a hardcoded xorg.conf file, but it's 2017 and that kind of shit really shouldn't be necessary anymore.

  • is a big one for me right now. I'd love to use a Netbook with Linux for serious work but 4 hours of battery life doesn't cut it for me. Hence I'm leaning towards getting a Mac once again. A current day MacBook it would be, even though they are really expensive. Apples power management still rules. My MacBook air from 2011 still gets 4+ hours out of one charge.

  • by Luthair ( 847766 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @10:02AM (#54819277)

    **** those idiots.

    Also, *** websites that scroll into a different article after reaching the end of the current one.

  • Ambient Authority (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ka9dgx ( 72702 ) on Sunday July 16, 2017 @02:35PM (#54820629) Homepage Journal

    Ambient Authority [wikipedia.org] in all of our operating systems is the cause of most of our grief, and the fact that most technical people don't even realize it's happening makes it even worse.

    It's going to be about 5 more years until everyone wakes the fsck up, and another 10 years to finally fix things.

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas