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Comment: Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (Score 1) 47

by Bogtha (#47418085) Attached to: Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

Love how you just can take a single message, completely out of context, quote a bunch of text which is perfectly true, and claim it says anything about your use case.

It was a release announcement, it wasn't out of context, and it was entirely relevant.

Your bullshit is old, has been debunked multiple times over

How could you debunk the point I'm making when all I have to do is link to their own release announcement and point out what it says directly disagrees with you?

nothing but hot air from the camp of the other, abandoned desktop

Nope, I was using KDE from the 1.0 betas all the way to the 4.0 betas. I only switched to GNOME after the KDE 4 debacle, and I found that even worse and ended up moving off Linux altogether.

Comment: Re:FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (Score 1) 47

by Bogtha (#47415205) Attached to: Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

KDE 4.0 was pretty much the same way. The developers proclaimed quite loudly that it was not meant for everyday desktop use. A few Linux distributions took software that they were clearly told was not ready for end users and gave it to end users.

There wasn't a single hint of this in the official release announcement and they were pushing it like crazy to end-users. Quote:

The KDE 4 Desktop has gained some major new capabilities. The Plasma desktop shell offers a new desktop interface, including panel, menu and widgets on the desktop as well as a dashboard function. KWin, the KDE Window manager, now supports advanced graphical effects to ease interaction with your windows.

KDE 4.0 is the innovative Free Software desktop containing lots of applications for every day use as well as for specific purposes.

The idea that KDE 4.0 wasn't intended for end-users and that the developers were clear about this was just an excuse they fell back on when it became apparent 4.0 was a miserable failure in the eyes of end-users.

The cause of the problem was a piss-poor attitude towards release management compounded with a complete inability to take responsibility for their choices. Yes, I'm aware of all the excuses, but they don't hold up to the slightest bit of scrutiny. Read that press release. Can you honestly say that's warning non-developers to stay away?

Comment: FFS, that's not what a release candidate is (Score 2) 47

by Bogtha (#47414309) Attached to: Plasma 5 Release Candidate Announced

It's a release candidate, so it's meant for testing and preview purposes, like the developer preview of Android L.

If you label something as a release candidate, what you are saying is "we think this has been completely finished. Everybody check it out, and if we haven't screwed up, we'll rename it as the final version". Hence the name - it's a candidate for release. "Release candidate" is not another name for "preview" or "beta".

This is the kind of crap that gave KDE 4 such a bad reputation. Labelling things as done when they are still major works in progress. If you don't think it's finished, don't call it a release candidate. Don't label it as a new major version. If it's not finished, then it's neither of those things.

Comment: Re:Chattel slavery is so passé (Score 1, Troll) 21

by smitty_one_each (#47403763) Attached to: The Counter-Revolution of 1776
Broad-spectrum legal reform is the kind of issue that seems blatantly obvious to even the most casual observer.
And yet the number of Congresscritters of any strip running on the idea is. . .um. . .wait a sec. . .let's look at Libertarians. . .
Unfortunately, all the power is draining into DC, where the money can be printed at will, thus giving a us positive feedback loop.

Comment: Re: does it mean anything though? (Score 1, Troll) 123

by smitty_one_each (#47396815) Attached to: FDA: We Can't Scale To Regulate Mobile Health Apps
One thing we know is that absence of regulation == total chaos.
Just ask a bureaucrat.
Furthermore, we know that people are stupid, and absolutely incapable of operating above caveman level without kindly bureaucrats.
In summary, ensuring Total Regulation is a basic national security requirement.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 1, Troll) 374

That deserves some sort of Chomsky Award for nearly meaning something, then breaking into a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
No, subsidies and taxes are not like a classical R-C control network; you're oversimplifying like a madman to equate them to a negative feedback loop, i.e., something that stabilizes. To the extent the analogy helps at all, taxes and subsidies are more of a positive loop, feeding corruption, destabilizing.

doing ourselves through conscious collective action

Would you recommend a wall of Pet Rocks, or a vast Ouija Board to implement this?

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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