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Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 370

To be fair, this issue really has almost nothing to do with Linux on the desktop. This is about the kernel mailing list. The kernel has been used successfully on Linux desktop systems for over 15 years now; it's really not holding anything up there. Most of it is a solved problem. There's some interesting work still going on there to be sure, but most of it is either for servers/high-performance computing or for embedded systems, not for standard desktops. There's nothing that can be done in the kernel that will magically make Linux a much more attractive option for the desktop.

Almost all the stuff that could be done to improve the desktop experience is in userspace, which by definition doesn't have anything to do with LKML: things like init systems, desktop environments, application software, distributions, etc. The main exception is graphics drivers, but even that isn't really a LKML topic, those things (like Nouveau) are pretty big projects by themselves and aren't conducted on the LKML. And of course, it should be obvious that the biggest impediment to Linux on the desktop isn't really technical at all, it's the availability of application software (though I suppose you could argue that improving WINE would make a big difference here).

Anyway, the point is, this issue is about only one part of the whole FOSS/Linux community; other projects don't have this notoriety.

Comment Re: America (Score 1) 386

No, I want them to already have values which align with my own.

What you're advocating is a politician who's corrupt and votes for legislation that's against my own interests (like the DMCA, Iraq War, etc.), and then only changes course somewhat after he/she finds out that position is too unpopular, so they change their rhetoric somewhat to try to appeal to the voters and keep getting re-elected. Meanwhile, the shitty legislation has already been passed, and they're not doing anything to repeal it.

The point of a democracy isn't to elect someone who will do the bare minimum to get re-elected, while passing as much stuff as they can for their corporate benefactors without pissing off their constituents too much. The point of a representative democracy is to elect candidates who share your own values, so that they can spend their time studying the issues in-depth and making sound decisions on them, because they may come up with a different decision after studying the issue for weeks or months than you would after reading some slanted "news" article for 1 minute.

Comment Re:Western World Projects are becoming embarrasing (Score 1) 178

It's simple: Western society is collapsing. It's too bad, too; we're finally figuring out a few things like equal rights for gays and ending prohibition for pot, the former marginalizing a significant portion of society (reducing productivity) and the latter costing society a fortune in money and violence (just like alcohol Prohibition did in the 1930s).

But I guess all the corruption, plus all the outsourcing to low-cost nations, plus all the lawsuits, is catching up with us.

Comment Re:I see the problem (Score 1) 319

No, it's not about being "Christian", dominionists are a particular strain that wants Christians to have dominion over everyone, hence the name.

It's just like how only some Christians believe in Prosperity Theology ("God loves rich people more, and that's why he's blessed them with wealth." Dominionists are closely related), and only some Christians believe in speaking in tongues. Christians aren't all the same.

As for Cruz's claims, obviously he keeps that quiet. His father spells it all out.

Comment Re: She killed the calculator group. Never forget! (Score 1) 319

No, it doesn't. It's a compromise, just like anything else. Having dedicated, high-quality keys with excellent tactile feedback is ideal, however it isn't always practical. There's no way you can do that on a phone with apps, for instance, because every app is different and you need to be able to reconfigure it on the fly. Having it on a Model M keyboard works fine, because you don't expect it to change and there's plenty of room there for lots of keys, unlike a phone. And the keyboard sits on your desk; it's not mobile, so there's no real penalty for it being big. The HP48-series calculators were great in their time (though slow for a lot of things, especially anything involving the menus), but they were about as big as a modern phablet, and that's all they did.

If you're already carrying around a 5" screen smartphone, why not have an app that does most of that stuff (esp. when you can just use the free version and not pay anything)? Maybe you like hauling around a dedicated calculator everywhere you go on the off change you want to convert degrees to radians, but I'm not going to; an Android app works just fine for that.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 2) 319

It's been repeatedly demonstrated that it wasn't, in fact. It was just a better effort than similar devices which preceded it.

Right, but not innovation. That's not what this is about.

Oh please. I hate to defend Apple of all companies, but "innovation" is not being the first to come up with the very first version of something, that's "invention". The two are not the same. Putting together existing parts (and refining them significantly) into a new overall package is innovation; it's really the same thing as engineering, but also combined with design.

I still remember when the iPhone first came out. It was truly intuitive and easy to use for people who hadn't used one before, and it was actually attractive; this just wasn't true for preceding devices with their tiny screens with resistive touchscreens and crappy OSes. Thankfully, Android came along later (though it has major problems too, namely mfgrs abandoning devices quickly), but I have to give credit where it's due. The iPhone is the whole reason everyone has a smartphone now; no one cared about them before because they really weren't easy to use (nor attractive).

Comment Re:Sad to see the HP culture disappearing (Score 1) 319

Is this what USasians think is a generous vacation policy? You're seriously impressed about being able to take a whole week of vacation?!? LOL.

He's talking about the tech industry. Not every place in the US is like that, nor is every tech company, that's really more about the high-profile (=high pressure) ones.

In most industries, 2-4 weeks per year is the norm, sometimes more in government positions.

But yeah, if you work at Apple, don't expect to take much vacation time.

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 0) 319

Throw in Cruz and Carson and Santorum and Huckabee too. I'll spare Walker since he dropped out.

This is really a horrible set of candidates we have this time around, except for Sanders. The top three IMO are Sanders, Biden (who isn't even running yet), and Trump (and that's just because there isn't anyone better).

Comment Re:weakly disguised hit-piece (Score 1) 319

Oh please, this is just dumb. The iPod click-wheel isn't innovative? The iPhone wasn't innovative? No, Apple never was the absolute first to market with something, but under Jobs they were frequently first to market with something that people actually really liked, and which caught on, and a big part of that was doing a good job with product design (e.g., compare the old WinCE phones with the first iPhone--who the fuck wants to use a stylus on a phone?).

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