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Comment: Priorities (Score 1) 237

by JBv (#48508849) Attached to: Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

So they leave out features everyone considers critical for a good browsing experiencie such as ad blocking, click to play plugins and videos. These feartures are so dear that there are plenty of 3rd parties providing them. Instead, they bundle a video chat app that i did not even consider having in the browser.

Has mozila resigned to becoming a gmail front end? The interface changes, the chat and the neglect of thunderbird seems to point in that direction.

Comment: Re:So greedy, they want money but don't want users (Score 1) 693

by JBv (#46742557) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

In my experience, KDE4 problems were mostly huge and unavidable bugs, which caused crashes, slowness and weid behaviour. The workflow actually improved for me and the compositor allowed me to have dozens of windows open without havign to see them draw when I changed virtual desktops. I still use KDE, though feel the oxygen style is not much in style any more.

Comment: More such apps and software to come (Score 3, Insightful) 459

by JBv (#39549757) Attached to: World's Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

The only surprise here is that it took so long to have such an app.

I expected that the whole metrics of social networking used in data mining and publicity would be used to service the needs of the parents (where did your kids go today? What did they buy? Who are these people on the photo with him?), the spouses (Where is she? Is he really working?), the employers (was he really calling sick from home? Does he have a drinking problem?) and any other legitimate or illegitimate need.

The potential so grand, so dark and so evil that this simple app listing girls around you seems quite harmless...

Comment: Damn anoying (Score 1) 366

by JBv (#39520485) Attached to: Firefox: In With the New, Out With the Compatibility

I use kubuntu and the continuous upgrades of firefox and thunderbird and very annoying!!!

I switched to thunderbird recently following a kmail2 upgrade failure. The thing is that firefox and especially thunderbird are useless without plugins. I have 17 extensions on thunderbird, ranging from standard enigmail and lightning to firetray because the stock tunderbird does not seem to have a system tray icon (duh!).

The latest and greatest firefox broke zotero for a some days. Zotero is the sole reason why I use mostly firefox.

Space

Astronomers Find Gas Cloud About To Fall Into Black Hole 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-light-snack dept.
First time accepted submitter pigrabbitbear writes "Black holes are basically celestial Cookie Monsters, gobbling anything and everything in sight. But because that appetite includes light itself, it's incredibly rare for us to actually see a black hole suck back an interstellar treat. Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope have found just that: a mysterious, giant gas cloud that's rapidly been pulled into the maw of a supermassive black hole. The researchers, led by Reinhard Genzel of the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, discovered the cloud as part of a now 20-year ESO program tasked with tracking stars as they whirl around the supermassive black hole, known as Sgr A*, at the center of our galaxy."

Comment: Reboots help specific problems (Score 1) 705

by JBv (#35278320) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

We reboot servers on our (very small) installation.

The most obvious is if I change the configuration of the server in a non trivial manner, and need to make sure the whole server is consistent.A reboot is the quickest way to find that out if the changes stick and are consistent with the rest of the server software. It is best to test then than to wait for a reboot due to an unrelated problem (hardware failure, power cut, trip on the cable, etc...) and then have to figure out why the server is not working as expected.

Some of our servers running commercial software also have to be rebooted periodically, due to bugs of the software that clog the server to a useless state if left alone. We could shutdown all offending processes, clean the server state, and restart them, but a supervised reboot will reset the state of the server in a reproducible manner.

Other than that, we only reboot if and only if there is a security patch for the kernel that we have to apply or a critical firmware update.

These are probably not best practices, but work in our environment.

Comment: Re:News flash (Score 1) 757

by JBv (#34979480) Attached to: America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

This happens all over the world. I also have a PhD in immunology, not from US or UK, but from a University and research institute somewhere in Europe.

I left science after my PhD to take advantage of a (risky) one time opportunity between my Thesis defence and a post-doc. This was such a rewarding and fruitful experience that I embarked in different career. I left Immunology for an IT job.

If I had stayed in academia, I would have to leave my life to pursue at least two top-tier post-doc in top labs outside my country. These post-docs, if successful, would give me a non-zero change of finding a paid (non-fellowship) position in a university or a research institute. If I could not overcome the institutional selection for these positions, I could have found myself over 40 and stuck in a career limbo, like many older post-docs where I had my PhD. Not a very good prospect, not getting a job because of being too old, specialised and hopelessly academic.

I research you are only competitive when you are young and your rain is cheap. This is why some foreigners, who have a higher brain/salary ratio than natives, are so sought after.

Comment: Re:Props to Apple (Score 5, Insightful) 504

by JBv (#34368632) Attached to: How Apple Had a Spectacular Year

It's not just marketing, it's making products that work and do feel and look good. In spite all the limitations that any itemized feature check-list of apple products vs the competition will show, I have chosen apple products a couple of times.

The last istuff i bought was an iphone to replace my Motorola razr. I wanted a nokia N900, until a saw it had the thickness of a pack of cigars with a proce tag close to the iphone. I could have fun with linux on the nokia, but fun only lasts for a while especially for a thick heavy phone. Size does matter for a phone and a thick heavy phone would lay forotten most of the time in my backpack.

Why is there no serious competition? Are all competitors secret Apple fan boys? Why is it the the apple line of laptops look cool and sober and PC laptops have 10 stickers, a miss-match of random useless applications pre-installed and blinding leds and chrome all over? I am writing this on a 6 moth HP elite book that I quite enjoy and is not that bad, but it still looks like a farm tractor next to my wife's macbook pro.

Comment: Re:FUD! (Score 1) 580

by JBv (#33997468) Attached to: Beware the Garden of Steven

It is only a mater of time untlil the lock down is in place. This is Evil Plan basics:

1. Launch the store
2. Increase acceptance because it's secure, convenient and apple branded. Brain wash as needed.
3. Wait a bit an profit.
4. Start tarpitting third party distibuted/downloaded apps and free sotware.
5. Profit even more!

All smooth sailing with happy mac heads and software makers.

If Apple was ever in the dominant position Microsoft has been, we would be lucky to have free software and comodity hardware at all.

Comment: Re:Why do I need KDE? (Score 1) 302

by JBv (#33215114) Attached to: KDE 4.5 Released

I use KDE for the same reason I use eclipse instead of emacs: It is functional, integrated and easy to apply my work flows to it. KDE is comfortable and comfort if very important when you are using the desktop hours on end every day of the week.

I hate to use MacOSX or Windows because I lack empathy to the way Mr Jobs and the whole MS & Partners think I should interact with my desktop. I annoys me and instead of getting things done, I get the feeling of fighting the computer. I also dislike plain window managers with overlapping xterms, because they feel very hard-edged to the user, even after editing a 10-page config file written in obscure script, they still feel not quite right.

With 4Gb of ram and a dual core chip with an intel x3100, KDE 4 works fairly well, even with a galore of firefox windows and eclipse running on the background. When this system bogs down, it is usually firefox's fault :)

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