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Comment Re:Stupid reasoning. (Score 2) 1094 1094 the short term.

The other option is to effectively reduce wages by not increasing them for CPI etc and have no customers to purchase any of your products....

Meanwhile, tax avoidance is rife in the corporate world - which leads to much less tax revenue for Governments, which leads to a degradation of society and loss of services that benefit society.

So, you have the question of everyone losing out, or start with more at the bottom to allow people to actually spend money on goods and services - which actually works. Trickle down economics has shown exactly how it works - or more like doesn't work.

Comment Stupid reasoning. (Score 4, Insightful) 1094 1094

I love seeing this crap in American articles. "Oh Noes! If we pay people more, it will cost businesses more!"

Lets look at this for a second.... Who are a businesses customers? Hint: It's the people who get paid a wage. These people get more money, more businesses get more customers. More customers mean more sales. More sales means more profits.

Is it really that hard to grasp that concept?


Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge 681 681

conoviator writes Bill Nye, one of the foremost science educators in the United States states that only the upper crust members of American science and technology (with degrees from top tier schools) understand science, particularly climate change. He opines that "regular software writers" dwell in the realm of the semi-science-literate. Nye rates science education in the U.S. an F. ("But if it makes you feel any better, you can say a B-minus.")

Comment Re:Screen tearing for everyone! (Score 1) 193 193

A thousand times this..... XFCE is great - but screen tearing and vsync problems make me rage. Now, I'm back to Windows 7 - although I did enjoy KDE - simply because it was the closest to XFCE and doesn't have tearing / vsync issues.

Now if only we could get decent power management on Radeon cards and three screens..... :)

Comment Re:Uhhhh (Score 5, Interesting) 222 222

I hate to say it - but most people who do OSS work for the masses don't get paid for it.

I do packaging for Xen used from hobby users through to Disney - yet I get about $400AUD per year in donations. I also have to go buy my own test hardware (I need UEFI kit atm!).

I understand exactly what Werner means and the challenges faced - but I too don't see a solution for this. OSS has been linked for too long as a 'free solution' - which means nobody puts a currency value on the software and services that are made available to the world. I think its the mental relationship of OSS being 'free' causes it. Nobody blinks an eye to pay $100 for a Windows license - yet go for a $10 donation to an OSS project and people lose their minds...

Comment Re:Well Shoot... (Score 1) 280 280

How did Cyanogen screw over phone makers? Not saying they didn't I just have never heard that.

Where they acted like children:

The fun continues:

And then this:

So yeah - they're nowhere near a mature company - and lets not forget when they forked CyanogenMod and pulled the "You made this? .... I made this!" move when getting venture capital in the first place...

Comment Re:Free Pool but no Wifi? (Score 2) 129 129

You have to have a free pool to get a 5 star rating. Too bad the ratings companies around the world haven't required decent and free Wi-Fi. Major hotel chains would change their offers in a hurry when they are down rated to a 4 star hotel.

And wait until they start snooping everyones traffic and data mining it... for profit - I mean, reliability monitoring...

On another note, I see you're looking at hotel bookings with another hotel chain at your next destination.........

Comment Re:What has happened to Linux? (Score 1) 553 553

I think they intend to bring stability and unity to Linux by eliminating modularity and choice.

Nothing so sinister.... The core group of people that made this stuff in the first place is moving on. This leaves the old sticklers that made things work out of decisions and are being replaced with a whole generation of new developers that haven't 'been there, done that, solved it' before. Its a changing of the guard in Linux - and its not looking good.

Comment Re:Developing Story (Score 1) 275 275

I read it on the BBC and came here for the discussion - as with any story, if you don't like it, skip it. Nothing is forcing you to read or take part in comments, so why bitch and moan about Slashdot covering something you personally don't like.

People bitch and moan because that is what the internet has devolved to. Look at any forum or discussion site and you'll see the same thing, day in, day out.

The Internet was supposed to be one of mankinds greatest achievements - yet looking at it now, it makes me want to punch random strangers in the face. Social media constantly reminds me how dumb people are, and forums how arrogant humans can be.

Comment Re:Can't forgive. (Score 1) 267 267

I suspect this debacle has been a massive setback for Linux on the desktop. I'm as hardcore an open source you'll find, I haven't run a closed-source OS in over 20 years, but I was almost ready to throw in the towel and install Windows during the height of this!

I did exactly this... I run linux on just about every non-GUI bit of equipment I have - virtualisation, the lot - but everything that I actually have to look at a screen for, I use Windows 7 again. Gnome 3 killed it for me... I have 3 x 24" 1920x1080 screens that Gnome 3 could never handle right. I was running Fedora 20 until Gnome 3.

TBH, XFCE would be perfect IF it was using wayland. The graphics tearing issues I had with my tri-head video card + XFCE was horrible. The sad fact was the only real fix was that XFCE needs newer graphics handling. One day it'll get there - and hopefully one day it becomes nice to use again - but until then, I went back to Windows 7 and the amount of work I actually get done is amazing...

The other benefit is that the dual GPUs (Intel + ATI) in my laptop actually work properly so I can play some TF2 on my laptop in the downtime - with VERY good performance. I couldn't get anywhere near that on Linux - even with the ATI binary drivers.

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