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Comment: I was too lazy to switch (Score 1) 125

by HalAtWork (#48558377) Attached to: Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices
I was just too lazy to switch until the past few months, where all that effort trying to work around the interface built up to the point where I got fed up. I didn't mind trying out a new way to do things, found shortcuts that helped my workflow, and definitely gave Unity a fair shake. I just found my ire building up, instead of what was promised to me which was an improvement that I might have to learn to appreciate. Sticking with it since its introduction, I just haven't found that promise to come true.

I switched to Mint at the tail end of 17.0 and have upgraded to 17.1, and it's been a pleasure, everything works the way I expect and there aren't any quirks. Tailoring the default install to what I wanted was intuitive, and didn't take very long at all (just disabling window snapping/tiling). The options aren't hidden away somewhere secret and are clearly labeled. I'm very happy. Granted, this is based on a history of working with KDE 2/3, Gnome 2, and prior to that the Windows interface, so I've been used to something similar the whole time I've been using GUIs. I don't know what someone with fresh eyes or born and bred into a world where smartphone interfaces are what you learn first would think of Unity. But for me, I'm extremely happy with Cinnamon and I'm pleased that with every new release they don't change the way things work.

Comment: The damage is done (Score 1, Offtopic) 280

by HalAtWork (#48558259) Attached to: Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain
The situation has been exposed: traditional taxi services have been suffering from a monopoly position, and there is clearly room for competition that reworks their model into something more fair for the drivers, and as a good opportunity for a startup that wants to make it happen. The demand is there, it just takes a group with the right plan to capitalize on the opportunity.
Transportation

Martin Jetpack Closer To Takeoff In First Responder Applications 55

Posted by samzenpus
from the when-you-have-to-get-there-in-a-hurry dept.
Zothecula writes Last year's redesign of the long-awaited Martin Jetpack was accompanied by plans to begin commercial sales in 2014, starting with emergency response services and individual sales to follow thereafter. The release date for the first responder Jetpack has since been revised to 2016, a prediction bolstered by the fresh announcement of a partnership between Martin Aircraft Company and US company Avwatch to develop air-based, first responder solutions for the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.

Comment: Re:Terrible Summery (Score 1) 308

by HalAtWork (#48227279) Attached to: Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline
So saying "A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents" is definitely no consolation. Canadians should be happy that they decided to go nuts prior to this event rather than after? Do they want a cookie for that?

Comment: I finally switched to Mint (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by HalAtWork (#48216697) Attached to: Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes
I finally switched to Mint with Cinnamon and love it. I appreciate what Ubuntu has done to make Linux usable on the desktop, but in that spirit I am now supporting Mint, which seems to have taken over that position with a great interface that promises consistency.

Comment: That would explain frame rate (Score 1) 338

That would explain frame rate, if they couldn't get their physics/AI routines to work fast enough (although they could use interpolation routines to alleviate that), but does not explain the rendering resolution. Do they expect us to believe they had the CPU working on shaders or rasterization? Even post-processing effects would be handled by the GPU.

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