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Comment: Primary Winner (Score 1) 634

by Amadablam (#33304402) Attached to: Bicycles As a Gateway To Government Control
FYI - Dan Maes followed these comments by winning the Republican primary. He defeated Scott McInnis, who just paid $300,000 to settle a plagiarism suit. Now all Maes has to worry about (other than John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate) is Tom Tancredo, who is also known for making some outlandish comments:

http://rdonaldsnyder.newsvine.com/_news/2010/07/09/4647834-poll-is-tom-tancredo-bat-guano-crazy

Not exactly a bumper crop of top-quality Republicans this year in the state of Colorado.

Comment: It Exists! - The Scout from Recon Robotics (Score 5, Informative) 270

by Amadablam (#29128793) Attached to: Marine Corps Wants a Throwable Robot
(Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with this company, but I know somebody who is. I should talk to him about a "complimentary robot for referrals" program.) http://reconrobotics.com/ Recon Robotics makes a product called the Scout that is designed specifically for this purpose. Each robot weighs only 1.2 pounds, is deployable and easily controllable by a single soldier, and is relatively inexpensive compared to other combat-ready robot technologies. I know I want one. ;)

Comment: Re:Seigo has gotten it all wrong (Score 1) 542

by Amadablam (#28415069) Attached to: Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

The only thing that KDE4 has accomplished to date is to offer less features than 3.5, and make everything slower and a little more mouse dependent.

Agreed. I just finished a 10-day trial of Kubuntu 9.04, after having used KDE3 versions of Kubuntu since their first release. It was pretty, for sure, but really felt like every visual enhancement came at the sacrifice of some functional enhancement. Example: Icons of folders containing pictures in KDE4 have tiny thumbnail pictures on them, but no longer could I hover over a picture to see its dimensions or JPEG comment. Granted, KDE 3.5 might be the most feature-packed, customizable desktop environment of all time (for better or worse). Recreating every one of its features is a huge task, and it's going to take time. I can keep using KDE 3.5 while I wait.

fortune: cpu time/usefulness ratio too high -- core dumped.

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