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Comment: Re:Another major project hijacked by lunatics (Score 3, Interesting) 64

by HatofPig (#49490679) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

KDE5 isn't even out yet. We are at a transition place since they broke the project up into it's constituent parts. But KDE Plasma 5, the desktop, is great. I'm using it right now, posting from a seven year old piece of shit Dell office computer and it's snappy, responsive, and well laid out. Way better than KDE 4, I don't know how you could think otherwise. Just switch to the classic KDE menu + dynamic search box, get a new theme from KHotNewStuff, and enjoy.

I like the default settings, but judging KDE on it's defaults, like what seems to be happening a lot, is pointless. KDE is like Foobar2000, power-users like enjoy that there is some assembly required.

Comment: Re:Calm down about the screenshot in TFA (Score 3, Informative) 64

by HatofPig (#49490653) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

"Flat and ugly" only by default! Unlike Windows, or Mac OS, it is highly reconfigurable and themable. If you don't like it, you can change it.

I can't believe the fussing in this thread about aesthetics, KDE Plasma 5 is amazingly function, it's the best yet. Yeah, I dislike the new menu too. But with a right-click you can switch to the greatest-ever rendition of the classic KDE Menu which now finally features a dynamic search box. Not only that, it includes the option to collapse all sub-menu hierarchies to a single sub-menu beyond the main one. No more pointless "Science" or "Mathematics" sub-menus in the "Education" menu, which probably only has 5 things in it anyway.

KDE Plasma 5 is so much better than 4. In the later 5.x series I think we will finally reach quality-parity with KDE 3.5.

Comment: Kirk wears blue suede shoes (Score 2) 71

by HatofPig (#49383675) Attached to: We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

I've loved, and have been following Star Trek fan films since the second episode of New Voyages, over a decade ago. Yes, of course the acting is amateur. If you can't handle them, don't watch them. Subbie didn't even mention Hidden Frontier, which ran for 7 seasons! Also left out Of Gods and Men! I watched part one of a Star Trek: Aurora two-parter last week -- it was great, but a Harry Mudd episode so it was rather silly.

But it's so interesting how this one franchise, out of them all, has so many simultaneous fan productions. It's like, in the 60s, when all the traditional ideologies and authorities were being torn down there was a vacuum introduced into the Western psyche. And then some random TV show with an idealistic premise was sucked in to fill the void. Now, like schismatic sects of a religion, each fan film does Star Trek the "right" way, in it's creators own interpretation. Lots of gay characters in many fan films, for instance, something real Star Trek almost never touched.

If you would only ever watch one episode, watch Fairest of Them All, the "part two" to Mirror, Mirror.

Comment: Hope for the Future (Score 1) 109

by HatofPig (#48854317) Attached to: <em>Star Trek Continues</em> Kickstarter 2.0

Star Trek Continues is a fantastic fan series. I've been watching Star Trek fan films since the first episode of Star Trek New Voyages, Come What May, was released. It has been amazing to witness the subculture grow with the technology that enables its existence.

And consider what this says about Star Trek as a cultural force. It was an optimistic message during pessimistic times. In the 60s people needed hope for the future. Star Trek filled that need so well that now, in very different (but still uncertain) times, we end up with Star Trek spontaneously manifesting itself into existence all over the place. It's like a program embedded into the cultural psyche: Need hope? Go to Star Trek. No Star Trek? Make Star Trek. Humans are crazy.

I'm not sure if new episodes of my favorite 60s television show will really offer hype to today's post-modern outlook. I would love to see a Star Trek allegory on contemporary identity politics and the formalization and modeling of all of reality into the data-mined, consultant-approved Matrix we all inhabit today. It would probably have to be DS9esque in outlook, though. On that note, I thought Caprica was going to be the crown-jewel of socially-relevant contemporary science-fiction television but it got shit-canned after two seasons. Imagine if that happened to Babylon 5, what we would have missed out on? Now we have Doctor Who, whose offered fantasy is "leave the whole fucking planet behind". Huh.

Star Trek New Voyages just released their 9th official episode and a new one is out soon this month. Starship Exeter finally released the last act of their second episode last year, after a nearly 10 year wait. Check them out!

Comment: Own loud is great! (Score 3, Interesting) 30

by HatofPig (#48524565) Attached to: Using OwnCloud To Integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and More In Gnome
I have some cheap hosting I wasn't using so I sprung for a static I and SSL cert and now all my devices are synced. I keep my KeePass wallet up to date on my Android phone and all computers. The sync settings are very fine grain. And yeah, accessing other online storage seamlessly through OwnCloud is a killer feature. Free storage upgrade anytime.

Comment: Re:Worth a shot (Score 1) 212

by HatofPig (#48412871) Attached to: Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web
Yes, please. So many internet-based business models are built entirely on technical abstractions. So their is an interest in maintaining those structures as it, holding back progress. Social networks are one example. SSL certs are another. I'd rather used self-signed certs for my own stuff, but this is the closest thing that won't scare people away. We need progress, and if that means the obsolescence of some business models, so be it.

Comment: Re:Oh great (Score 1) 549

by HatofPig (#48134539) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
Lib,lbts is a fantastic work password, unles OPs job is to activate the nuclear football. Who cares it's less secure than a seven-word sentance? I have to type my password 100+ times a day. I can touch-type, but one typo usually means I have to delete it all and start over. Security is important but more-so is doing your job.

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