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Comment: Re:kde5 (Score 2) 84

by Anna Merikin (#48790863) Attached to: KDE Frameworks 5.3 and Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

people who grew up on kde 3 said the same about kde4 when it came out

Yes, I was one of the horde. Early iterations of KDE-4 were not as functional as the KDE3 later versions were. I adopted KDE4 very late (two years ago) and am still not comfortable with it. I am loath to even taste KDE5 until it is feature-rich and stable.

I have begun to miss blackbox...but that's another story.

Comment: Re:But ... but ... but (Score 2) 168

OPEC doesn't set the price, just output levels.

I was under the impression there is a relationship between supply and demand; now you say maintaining supply in the face of falling demand has no effect on price?

Or are you simply playing with words? "Set the price" being a function of "set the supply," I think even that argument fails.

Comment: Solution *for me* (Score 2) 464

I had a similar problem with bifocals. My optometrists and I settled on a pair of glasses for working on my desktop computer which were corrected to three feet, my usual distance from my monitor. I find they are also useful for reading off paper, too.

See your doctor for a single-vision prescription for the distance from which you use your monitor.

Comment: Re:Showfoto (Score 1) 259

by Anna Merikin (#48601091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

Truth be told, I don't use Showfoto/Digikam anymore since Showfoto's indexing only seems to work if the default directory is in /home/user; since I use a small SSD for my installation and a larger disk partition for data, it is of little use to me. I have switched to duplicating SD-card directory structure by date and depending on my human memory --- just the way I did for film.

Comment: Numbers Don't Lie, But -- (Score 4, Insightful) 160

by Anna Merikin (#48598649) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Their sample size is 11-thousand. According to my results, 1-in-6 computers are running Linux!

This is absurd, unscientific to the extreme, fear-mongering.

In your example, based only on the statistics you provided, there were 11099x0.0109 or 120 people in the central time zone *in their sample*, which is the sample size of UTC-6 users.

Their data is useless.

In comparison, has almost 5-million in their database. This is somewhat more helpful.

Comment: Or -- (Score 1) 368

by Anna Merikin (#48542045) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

I'm not looking for authenticity. If I were, I'd be reading non-fiction.

Epic Poetry, or Medieval Romance novels or some other form of metaphor, which fosters what Aldous Huxley called the Perpetual Philosophy.

Some very few SF writers have been able to include cultural/philosophic themes in SF -- Huxley, Heinlein, Burgess and few others, as Twain was able to do in ordinary fiction/humor.

Don't expect genius from today's publishers.

Comment: Whaaa? Where Does TFA Say That? (Score 2) 62

by Anna Merikin (#48524251) Attached to: Negative Online Reviews Are Not Defamation (At Least In Canada)

As I read the judge's ruling, he throws out the case because no evidence of damage was shown, because the lawyer himself was not defamed (the website, a corporation the lawyer worked for, was), and that except for the use of the word "cheated" there was no tort (right of lien). IANAL but I find it hard not to see that the judge might well have ruled the other way had the plaintiff been the website corporation.

Where is the expansion of the right to publish bad reviews here? I don't see it.

Comment: The Only Hope (Score 1) 257

by Anna Merikin (#48490829) Attached to: The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

A large proportion of people will not willingly share their commute space with others. Since people who "vote with their feet" seem to prefer to drive their own cars in privacy to sharing a vehicle, route and schedule with other people the rider may not like, it will take more than engineering to get the intended result. It will mean, eventually, either outlawing ownership of private cars in certain places or making permissions prohibitively expensive.

I see a big, expensive failure in this. Nevertheless, it will get funded by groups who are obviously against union labor: the Koch brothers, government planners, et al. Retailers like Wal-Mart, on the other hand, will be against, as they have few stores within cities, and it's hard to lug their stuff home on a minibus. Amazon and other internet sellers will see the same cost-without-benefit scenario.

The winners? Media outlets who will see an increase in revenues of "for-and-against" political ads.

If it has syntax, it isn't user friendly.