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Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 2) 119

by damn_registrars (#48027507) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

The issue is that people learn Photoshop, they don't learn the fundamentals for the tool.

I'm not sure how that would effect sales. Are people who learned Photoshop without understanding how it works really be likely Linux users? I think the overlap on those sets is vanishingly small.

So they switch to GIMP and then find it's horrible because their skills don't transfer and they cry on the internet that "GIMP SUX" because they don't want to relearn anything.

First of all, I can tell you that I have used a significant number of Photoshop tutorials in GIMP to do various functions and found that they work just fine.

Second, the most critical (by frequency of use) tools in Photoshop are the technical adjustments - color, levels, curves, etc. They work the same in GIMP and are even in the same menus. There is no significant relearning to do. My wife uses Photoshop and Illustrator (as well as InDesign) professionally on a daily basis. A while back we were traveling with only my laptop, which has GIMP and Inkscape but nothing from Adobe. She was able to get by just fine for a quick job while we were out; going well beyond the use level that I get from GIMP even though I use it almost daily.

This is even worse in a business situation because relearning things pushes back deadlines and impacts quality

I'm not sure how this applies. How many businesses are running Linux workstations and need Adobe on them? Again this seems to me like a likely very small set. I don't see the absence of Adobe software in Linux as being a critical impediment to Linux migration for businesses who want to do that, either.

Comment: How important is that at this point? (Score 2) 119

by damn_registrars (#48027155) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
I know that Photoshop is still the gold standard, but I'm not sure how many Linux users are concerned about it. I use GIMP for all my photo work in Linux and it meets all my needs. It seems that the overlap between people who need Photoshop (and are wiling to pay for it) and the people who are using Linux would be pretty small.

I know that Photoshop gets a lot of attention from the WINE community but that doesn't necessarily translate to people who want to buy licenses for running it in Linux.

Comment: Re:The climate there sucks. (Score 1) 55

by drinkypoo (#48026837) Attached to: Marc Merlin's 2014 Burning Man Report For Tech Geeks

Keeping it local only spreads the impact,

Yes, that is the idea. When your impact is positive, you want to spread it around. If you made an oasis of the place where Burning Man is now, it would benefit relatively few people since people don't live there now; unless you made a whole town, and a lot of people lived there. But I don't propose spontaneous creation of townships, because it's not legally feasible.

Comment: Re:Oh yes, we were (Score 3, Insightful) 83

by drinkypoo (#48026745) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

It's interesting that the politicians that *I* would describe as "liberal Democrats" are now the authoritarians.

The Democratic party is centrist and pro-big-business, especially in California. California is one of the least friendly states to small business. Not only is the state a bastard (and I'm not talking about environmental regulations here, I am generally in favor of those except when they are used to do stupidity, e.g. preventing a CostCo in Ukiah due to "concerns" about "habitat" when the land in question is a big fucking waste of concrete that harbors nothing but some plucky weeds-in-cracks and which is both an eyesore and an ecological failure) but there's over fifty counties, and they all do business differently. The real leftists have all moved on to other parties.

Comment: Oh yes, we were (Score 2) 83

by drinkypoo (#48026321) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Because he couldn't do anything. That was glorious. Moonbeam is still loved, so he can still do things, or get away with not doing things that we really want because he doesn't have to give a fuck about his approval rating. The idiots will approve of him (if on no other basis, as the lesser of evils) regardless.

Note, I am about as liberal as they come. But I voted for Arnold, and I'd do it again. The only part of it I'm sorry about is that it cost the people money. We'd have wound up with Moonbeam again regardless.

Comment: California Uber Alles (Score 1, Offtopic) 83

by drinkypoo (#48026207) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

California über alles
California above all others
(California über alles) (2x) [Dead Kennedys]
I'm your governor Pete Wilson, ya know
The baddest governor to ever grab the mic and go
Gimme a budget and watch me hack it!
Gimme a beat and I'll show you how to jack it!
I give the rich a giant tax loophole
I leave the poor living in a poophole
At a time when Aids is in a crisis
I cut health care and I raise prices
Sales tax, snack tax, excise tax
Information attack with a newspaper tax
Hit the pocket books of working families
Increase tuition at the universities
Some day I'll command all o' you
Even your kids are gonna pray to me in school
Soon I'm gonna be the president
You might remember the last one this state sent

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

I'm so proud to know the Great Communicator
Wanna be known as the Great Incarcerator
I'll blow environmentalists away
And I'll be the führer some day
I'll keep cuttin' Public Education
even though we rank 54th in the nation
I've got a plan for all the minorities
Send'em to the California Youth Authorities
From San Francisco Urban Elementary
to Pelican Bay State Penitentiary
There they can work for the master race
and always wear a happy face
Close your eyes, it can't happen here
Big Brother in a squad car's comin' near
Come enjoy the surf and the sun
and keep California number one!

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

Now it's 1992
Knock knock on your front door, yo guess who
It's the suede denim secret police
They've come to your house for your long haired niece
Gonna send her off to a camp
'cause she's been accused of growing hemp
Don't you worry it's only a shower
And now for your clothes here's a pretty flower
Gonna die on malathion gas
The serpent's egg has already been hatched
People starvin' and livin' in the streets
because they tried to mess with me, President Pete!

California über alles (4x)
(California über alles) (2x)

(Dead Kennedys / Jello Biafra / John Greenway, performed by Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy)

Guess it's time for another California Uber Alles song, huh? Moonbeam gets two.

Comment: They're used to getting it both ways (Score 1) 407

by damn_registrars (#48024903) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
The electric companies (other utilities as well, but electric in particular) have been getting it both ways for some time. They have a lock on providing most - if not all - of their services for their market, and government is generally unwilling to investigate their actions when they use their power to abuse customers. I recall in a previous home of mine, one winter the temperature wasn't as cold as predicted, which led to less need for heating energy. The power companies hence made less money, which they made up for by forcing a subsidy on the customers. Customers who tried to contest the subsidy (which raised their monthly bill) were threatened with disconnect and collections.

Now that solar is becoming a viable option - even if just to reduce the electric bill - the power companies are seeking ways to prevent it from hitting them. Eventually they will follow the same path that the insurance industry took with "health care reform" and dictate to the government a giant handout for themselves.

Comment: Re: Wisdom from these guys? (Score 1) 250

by damn_registrars (#48024607) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Yet you were the person so sure that the stock would tank that you shorted it and got millions? No, didn't think so.

The stock market has been, for quite some time now, a casino for the wealthy. I was one of many who knew that it was drastically overvalued but had no way to make money on that knowledge. Even to short sell, based on the insane IPO price, required vastly more expendable money than I or most others had.

Comment: Re:No he didn't (Score 4, Insightful) 187

He did cause the delay.

That is a grossly disingenuous misdescription of the events which took place. What he did was cause his person to be transported from one place to another within the airport. What the security staff did in response was to overreact. They had to do that because they were supposed to stop him from doing what he did. Instead, they noticed it after it happened, and then they went into full batshit panic overreaction mode. That's a typical reaction for law enforcement across the globe. When caught with your pants down, act like it's someone else's fault.

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_