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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity 105

Posted by timothy
from the bringing-the-good-stuff-to-the-surface dept.
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "KDE Software is often criticized for being too complicated for an average user to use. Try setting up Kmail and you would know what I mean. The KDE developers are aware of it and now they are working on making KDE UI simpler. KDE usability team lead Thomas Pfeiffer Thomas prefers a layered feature exposure so that users can enjoy certain advanced features at a later stage after they get accustomed to the basic functionality of the application. He quotes the earlier (pre-Plasma era) vision of KDE 4 – "Anything that makes Linux interesting for technical users (shells, compilation, drivers, minute user settings) will be available; not as the default way of doing things, but at the user's discretion."

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 435

by AmiMoJo (#47952511) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

This was the Tory plan all along. They saw the financial crisis as a huge opportunity to drive down wages, cut the size of the state, cut employment rights, and generally get people feeling lucky to have a job rather than deserving of a better one. Best of all they could blame everything on the last government and justify it by saying the deficit needed to come down fast.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 435

by AmiMoJo (#47952487) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

I can see you have not been to the UK for a while. Unfortunately we have many of the same problems that the US does.

- Many of the police are little more than thugs in uniform, and lost the trust of the public.

- University fees are rising. Not as high as the US but still pretty bad and taking decades to clear. In fact many will never clear then within the 25 year limit.

- Our foreign policy is based on an odd mix of delusions of grandeur and being America's bitch. Plenty of people hate us for it.

- Hatred of those on benefits is stronger than ever here. We are also very xenophobic and hate the EU, despite it being the best thing that happened to us in the past 50 years.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 434

by AmiMoJo (#47951813) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

The problem is that harassment is subjective, so you can only ask for people's opinions rather than setting an absolute standard.

Take your nice sweater example. If said casually it would just be friendly small talk. If said leeringly while standing uncomfortably close and trying to look down it that would be something else. In between there is a whole spectrum of behaviour and annoying as it is I'm afraid there is no ISO standard to compare it with.

Looking at very specific examples and asking if people felt uncomfortable is all we can do. Of course, we make a judgement, simply feeling uncomfortable is not in itself harassment.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 435

by AmiMoJo (#47945907) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

We've had two referendums, and they proved one thing - change IS possible.

I see almost the opposite. It's like the AV referendum. The "debate" was dominated by fear and ignorance, and in the end people voted to stay the same rather than change to something better mostly because it's familiar.

Once you leave the UK you realize that most of it is very old fashioned and conservative. It needs to change and modernize, but will have to be dragged kicking and screaming all the way.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 3, Insightful) 435

by AmiMoJo (#47945299) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Because it was all vague promises about more money and other favours, which can easily be backed out of. They threw them in at the last moment when it looked like the vote might be yes.

The Tories and Lib Dems hardly have a good track record on delivering promises, especially for Scotland. Besides which the government might change before they happen, in which case the new lot won't want to commit to expensive promises made by the last lot.

Comment: Re:Repair (Score 3, Insightful) 52

by AmiMoJo (#47944995) Attached to: Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

There is a balance. Some products are cheap but also fairly easy to repair, which is clearly better than simply discarding them for landfill or even recycling. Non-replaceable batteries are the worst since that's an extremely easy fix that most manufacturers are happy to support. Glued together cases instead of screws or even clips to save a few pennies. It's needless and wouldn't make products significantly more expensive, if at all.

"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming