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Comment: Re:LOL ubuntu (Score 0) 99

by gfxguy (#49633245) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All
Agreed... an Ubuntu phone will not succeed. There will be very few apps for it... even if this convergence works (and I use Ubuntu as my desktop), it needs to function as a smart phone, which means it can't just be useful when docked as a desktop. I just don't see developers rushing to develop for it. It will only serve to be a proof of concept. At the same time, I surely don't want an MS based phone, but at least they have some app market share.

Comment: Re:and all three users will be overjoyed (Score 1) 99

by gfxguy (#49633213) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All

This move strikes me as being more like Jack of All trades, master on None.

Yes... exactly, just like the smartphone itself (Consumer Reports, for example, rates NONE of the current smart phones as have very good or excellent voice quality). People want this. Most people don't need high powered 3D gaming platforms, number crunching, or to be able to recompile a kernel, or do anything but the most simple video and photo editing. My current phone is so slow, I wouldn't possibly want it to act as my desktop - but in the future, new hardware, full desktop use (keyboard and mouse on a large screen), then it would make no difference.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 1) 99

by gfxguy (#49633183) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All
I think that's very shortsighted. If you get what you want in a phone... all the things you want, that great, small, portable device that can do so much for you while your away from your desk... AND not have to buy a desktop or laptop, because when you dock it to something like a large screen, all the features of those applications you'd have on a desktop become available, then who wouldn't want that? I think the vast majority of users would love that - developers and games, not so much, but the rest of the world that just surfs, emails, youtubes, and does simple office apps... yes, I think they'd want that. Surely, as a parent, I'd love to be able to get my kids one thing to go to college instead of two or three.

Comment: Re:Why do companies keep thinking people *want* th (Score 2) 99

by gfxguy (#49633131) Attached to: Ubuntu May Beat Windows 10 To Phone-PC Convergence After All
Maybe not phones, but tablets are already doing this, and I don't think phones are that far behind. I think it'll be less than 10 years. I'm actually looking right now to replace my "portable workstation" with a dockable tablet. Some of my programming includes GUIs, so remote development hasn't really been all that feasible. If the phone can dock to something with large screen, keyboard, and mouse, and if it's still works great as a smartphone, then why not?

Comment: Re:Riiiight. (Score 1) 245

So everyone under 25 is a brain dead moron?.

No, just your average person... the description of the crime fits that narrative. Perhaps you were a genius who understood there were consequences to your actions - science has shown us that's not typical of the under-25 crowd.

So... congratulations on taking the comment completely the wrong way.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 321

by gfxguy (#49608137) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

he did not lose his freedom of speech at all; freedom of speech != freedom from any and all ramifications.

So in your version of the USA, people can say whatever they like, and consequently be (fired | publicly shamed | arrested | executed) and you consider that freedom of speech?

I'd hate to think what you consider to be a LACK of freedom of speech! Cutting-out of tongue at birth?

No, that's not what I said, but thanks for trying. Arrested and executed are functions of government, the government cannot limit your freedom of speech. Getting fired from a private corporation (which is not even what happened, but I'll play along) is not a violation of free speech.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 1) 321

by gfxguy (#49594833) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
I'm only saying that the complaint is about hypocrisy; the public outcry against someone "defending traditional marriage" dwarfs the public outcry against someone supporting same sex marriage (despite popular support in the U.S. being roughly equal), when the fact of the matter is people should just shrug and move on. For the record, I'm not arguing on this guy's behalf because I'm against same sex marriage - I'm not, I really don't care (and as such you could put me in the "supports" category), I just agree with the opinion that the public outcry is hypocritical.

Comment: Re:SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 2) 321

by gfxguy (#49594227) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web
I agree... he did not lose his freedom of speech at all; freedom of speech != freedom from any and all ramifications. However, I think the point Anonymous Coward was making is that if it were reversed, and someone lost their job for supporting same sex marriage, you'd never hear the end of it.

Comment: More Robust Search Criteria Formatting (Score 1) 276

by JimMcc (#49502983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

1) Exact string matching. As an example, if I search for " 'x.25' " don't give me hits for something with dimensions of 45mm x 25mm.
2) Allow more complex search constructs . For example I'd like to be able to specify the search term " 'x.25' near protocol -handbook ". You can sort of do that with Google's Advanced Search, but it's extra steps and you still don't get terms like 'near' or exact match.
3) Bonus points for boolean constructs such as " (lions or tigers or bears) near woods ".

In short, provide a robust search engine that will support meaningful search terms that can be used for more than shopping for a new TV or figuring out who stars in your favorite reality tv show.

Help stamp out Mickey-Mouse computer interfaces -- Menus are for Restaurants!

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