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Comment: Virtual monitor splitting (Score 1) 50

by swb (#48200923) Attached to: Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

I'd like to see native virtual monitor display splitting. Large, high-resolution displays often beg to be subdivided into smaller displays but treated as if there were separate monitors. I feel like a lot of screen space is wasted with wide displays, especially with applications and web sites that don't take advantage of it well.

I've tried several utilities that do this, but none were all that usable or useful. Display Fusion will do it well, but only even divisions. Uneven splits are coming but it's been several months since they said they would add it. And I'm not sure it will allow for things like 3 way splits (ie, one portrait with two landscape next to it).

I'd also like to see the opposite, display combining, treating a subset of monitors as a single monitor. Even though the bezel is an irritant, there are times where it would be nice to treat more than one monitor as a single display but not be forced to accept it across all displays.

Being able to scale virtual displays would be nice, too, the way you can with RDP. It'd be nice to take a keep-track logging or status window that really needs a big window to be used but could be scaled into a smaller window to be just kept an eye on, even if it wasn't totally usable.

Comment: Re:Politics (Score 3, Insightful) 175

by swb (#48200487) Attached to: Ebola Does Not Require an "Ebola Czar," Nor Calling Up the National Guard

It should be said that most of the mistakes here were by the hospital in Texas, not the CDC.

That's just endless buck-passing. The reality is that the kind of fuck ups that could happen, did happen, like a storyline from some cheap zombie/biothriller novel.

The CDC protocols were flawed and the CDC wasn't there to advise and observe and if they did they screwed that up. Worse, I think the CDC invited complacency with its don't-panic focus. The whole mess in Texas might have been avoided if they had taken a slightly more danger-focused mindset,

Comment: Re:I never ever commented on the SCO issue in any (Score 1) 182

We knew what was going on when you ran your anti-IBM campaign, sometimes even positioning yourself as arguing on behalf of our community. It was a way to lend credence to IBM and MS arguments during the SCO issue. To state otherwise is deceptive, perhaps even self-deceptive.

Florian, you would not be devoting all of this text to explaining yourself if you didn't feel the need to paint your actions in a positive light. That comes from guilt, whether you admit it to yourself or not.

Go write your app, and if you actually get to make any money with it you can give thanks, because it will happen despite what you worked for previously. Keep a low profile otherwise because your credibility is well and truly blown and you can only make things worse. And maybe someday you can really move past this part of your life. But I am not holding out much hope.

Comment: What's the rate of adoption TODAY? (Score 1) 472

by swb (#48198867) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

How many women are entering the IT field TODAY?

If you assume that the women who were influenced by 1980s pop culture stereotypes were 10-20 years old, they're now in their 40s or older now. That might explain the dearth of women in more senior IT positions, but what about women entering IT now, ie, women who were too young to be influenced in the 1980s?

Despite the fact that most young women have smartphones and are heavily influenced by their own peers to use them, there's probably some other narrative that tries to explain away women's lack of involvement in IT.

Comment: Isn't that what they're doing in I-90? (Score 1) 358

by swb (#48196119) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

The construction zone that runs basically from Rockford into downtown is like 45 MPH the whole way, despite the road being two lanes and the construction nearly complete.

I drove it last week and it was agonizing AND the State Police were actively pulling people over.

I thought they could have set the limit to 55 MPH very reasonably; there were only a couple of places where I thought it realistically should have been 45 MPH.

Comment: Re:You can Detect 3D Printed Gun (Score 1) 293

by swb (#48193999) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

I'd like to know about the plastic barrels, chambers, firing pins and other sundry parts designed to handle existing ammunition. Is there a printable plastic that is strong and light enough to print a firearm that can be fired more than once without using ANY metal?

I can see some kind of plastic blunderbuss made heavy enough to handle a low-power shotgun shell a handful of times before melting or cracking but I'm not sure you could make a plastic firing pin that would trigger the primer. But now you're basically talking about a zip gun made with ABS pipe (whether you "print" it or not).

IMHO, this is all hype, no different than when Glock introduced their first gun. It was all "OMG, think of the children, these don't show up on metal detectors!!111" when the reality was that the barrel, firing pin and much of the lockwork was metal, more than enough to show up on a metal detector.

Comment: It's the city streets model (Score 1) 165

by swb (#48193929) Attached to: 32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

The city builds the streets but for the most part doesn't provide the services that use the streets.

I don't see why municipal networks need to be any different -- they can let third parties sell networking services from Internet to TV to site-site connectivity. They could even let out bids for infrastructure management of the physical network.

Since government is government, you'll end up with something like public transportation, a low-cost subsidized Internet access but I would think that would be just as much a threat to private service providers as the city bus is to most carmakers.

Comment: Re:Bruce, I know why u r disappointed. Let me expl (Score 1) 182

So, I see this as rationalization.

The fact is, you took a leadership position, and later turned your coat for reasons that perhaps made sense to you. But they don't really make sense to anyone else. So, yes, everyone who supported you then is going to feel burned.

You also made yourself a paid voice that was often hostile to Free Software, all the way back to the SCO issue. Anyone could have told you that was bound to be a losing side and you would be forever tarred with their brush.

So nobody is going to believe you had any reason but cash, whatever rationalization you cook up after the fact. So, the bottom line is that you joined a list of people who we're never going to be able to trust or put the slightest amount of credibility in.

And ultimately it was for nothing. I've consistently tried to take the high road and it's led to a pretty good income, I would hazard a guess better than yours, not just being able to feel good about myself.

Comment: Re:This could be really good for Debian (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by Bruce Perens (#48188887) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
I am beginning to be wary of systemd, but no. I am talking about anal-retentive policy wonks who believe they only make the distribution for themselves and have (perhaps without intending to) systematically marginalized Debiian and made the project a whore to Ubuntu.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James