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Comment: Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 254

by Blaskowicz (#49145203) Attached to: 5 White Collar Jobs Robots Already Have Taken

Creating value by burning carbon has little or no moral value, and it is what everyone does if they drive a car or shower almost daily, among other things taken for granted. Global warming and ocean acidification are a monstrous thing*, and contributing to them hampers dignity. I favor basic income precisely to create a class of people for whom enough will be enough, and reducing economic output or GDP is to be viewed as a good thing.

What about the violence of cars speeding at 70mph, or the distorted concurrence from people still mired in 20th century thinking. Also, you rely on the threat of violence to keep your properties : government allows you to keep what you keep.

* science works and is designed to keep political pressure and bullshit out.

Comment: Re:Old School Kermit (Score 1) 445

by Blaskowicz (#49144363) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

115200 baud is likely. I think that's what the average "fast serial port" does.
With a really old PC or something funky like an IBM PS/2, that's another problem. The PS/2 seems to supports 38400 baud but for some reason I made the transfer at 19200 baud now that's slow. But I did transfer doom2, that I compressed with ARJ before.

Comment: Re:bicycles are too dangerous (Score 1) 271

by Blaskowicz (#49139391) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

blowing past cars with right turn signals on at a light on the right side

That's one big danger when blindly following a bike path. If the bike path is on the road, you can at least avoid doing that if you're not careless ; if the bike path is on a sidewalk or well segregated now it's the cars that ram into you on your left side, unless maybe you get off the bike (or stop) and cross like a pedestrian.
Often times, best is for the bike rider to use the "car lanes" to overtake that turning car on the left side. A bike even belongs on the leftmost lane if it wants to turn left.

It depends on places and the traffic but bikes should be able to leave the bike lane easily. Segregated bike lane is awful if it's not properly done.

Comment: Not bad IMO (Score 1) 492

by Blaskowicz (#49137239) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Or should I say not terrible, but there are good things in that lone screenshot. No huge window borders for a start (maybe too thin then, looks like zero pixel border?), title bar a bit ugly but the color theme minimizes the ugliness.
The icons are inconsistent due to a mix of appearances : the trash can and some drives are in "realistic" style, like in XP and early OSX. The "line art" icons, I somewhat like them though perhaps the colors aren't great ("open folder with another icon in it"). But why I like them is they look like 80s icons to me, like Xerox desktop, Apple Lisa, Atari ST etc. !

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 1) 492

by Blaskowicz (#49137127) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I didn't experience such a bug but that's why I like having a "refresh" button in the file manager. You could add it to XP's file manager by the way - built-in feature for customizing the toolbar. You can press F5 or perhaps go to the view or edit menu, but if the feature is useful it may deserve being in the GUI.

Comment: Re:Bugs in Win 7 UI (Score 1) 492

by Blaskowicz (#49137029) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Indeed, I had the bottom panel sometimes and regularly covering max'ed windows on my desktop. It seems to have gone away. Now it isn't glitchy but I have the usual feelings of having a brittle computer : stuff that won't run properly in Wine or Dosbox, source software (.tar.gz) that doesn't build with no useful documentation about the missing dependencies, and a few OpenGL issues but that's because I need to replace the graphics card and want the right kind of (recent enough but slightly old, low end enough but still with support of dual VGA)

From experience too, the linux experience can be really great for some people. If you have Windows or a Mac and only run Firefox, VLC and the file manager, you'll have no trouble running only Firefox, VLC and the file manager.

Comment: Too CPU hungry (Score 3, Interesting) 188

by Blaskowicz (#49130615) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

Single thread CPU performance stopped improving a good while ago - or more strictly speaking it goes up very slowly. Please.. these ads will only make everyone's life worse.
End result, everyone will have to block ads. I'm not buying a new motherboard, CPU and RAM to have the PC not struggle under the load of ads.

Comment: Re:Mossad connection (Score 1) 113

The relationship "is an enemy of an enemy" is so far reaching that Israel is an enemy of an enemy of Iran, Iran is an enemy of an enemy of the US and the US is an enemy of an enemy of Israel. So, Iran and the US should ally to destroy Israel, or US and Israel should ally to destroy Iran, or Iran and Israel should ally to destroy the US. Or have everyone kill each other, but it isn't easy to ensure total destruction of everyone in this scenario. More satisfying solutions are "do nothing" (no one dies), or every one nukes itself (no cheating)

The wages of sin are high but you get your money's worth.