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Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 0) 173

by Malc (#48027613) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

Maybe they find it horrible because the UI was designed by a two year old? Actually, that not fair, I haven't used it since 2006, but the horrible user experience was the driving force behind my disgust with it. In fact only early today I was using WireShark on OS X and remembering years of being annoyed by the terrible UI toolkit and total incompetence of the people who put the UI together. WireShark reminds me of the last time I used GIMP.

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 5, Informative) 260

by Malc (#47982111) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming

The dirty three (US, Canada and Australia) all produce more than 16 tonnes CO2 per person.

The EU about 6.8

China produces 7.2

Perhaps the US should demonstrate how big countries lead and actually do something meaningful about its emissions instead of hypocritically lecturing.

None of the figures above actually account for outsourcing manufacturing to China from the US and EU. In that light the Western country's CO2 production is much and China's lower.

Comment: Re:Multiple devices, works great (Score 1) 504

by Malc (#47962553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

If you're so inclined, I'd try a fresh install

The trouble with this is you lose all your call and messaging history. It's all or nothing with iOS device backups. I recently upgraded from a four year old iPhone 4 to a 5s. I thought a great opportunity to start clean: I installed only the apps I wanted and configured all my accounts, and was even satisfied with my photos from the old phone being an their own album instead of the camera roll. Loss of the message history in particular irritated me so much so quickly that I restored from backup in a few days. There are some apps out there that claim they can do this, but after a few wasted hours faffing around with one, I ended up with a messed up phone.

Comment: Re:Alright smart guy (Score 4, Insightful) 504

by Malc (#47962537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

You must have serious amounts of spare if you think it's an acceptable solution to go looking around an online community for solutions like this. I don't have the time nor inclination to do this with every device in my household. Maybe once because it's interesting, but that's pushing it. It's a phone or table device FFS, I just want it to work and spend my time more usefully.

Furthermore, if the device was current at the time it was bought, it's irrelevant how long it was since the original release date. It's reasonable to expect a useful support period. What the grandparent post described is totally unacceptable.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 0) 667

by Malc (#47498561) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

In some people's eyes. To other Ukrainians he was democratically elected and represented their views. Are you so sure that his pro-EU replacement was democratically elected? We only get part of the story here in the West, although I *hope* it's more honest/unbiased than the other side of the story.

Comment: Re:TrueCrypt screwed me (Score 1) 566

by Malc (#47116975) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

That sounds more like user-error, or you've corrupted the hard drive somehow.

That said, I've had some problems with TrueCrypt:

  • It falls over with big files. I found the throughput to a TC volume dropped to a few KB/s copying a 90GB file to it. I work on professional video compression tools, so I have a few files this size and larger. Google revealed a few other people have encountered the same issue
  • There's a bug somewhere in the Windows version of TC that prevents it releasing drive properly. I'm not sure how people use this with USB flash drives, but when I tried it with an external 4TB USB drive, I was unable to safely eject the drive after unmounting my TrueCrypt volume

Comment: Re:apples and oranges (Score 1) 688

by Malc (#47073111) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Blimey, you've put a lot of words in to my mouth and made a lot of assumptions about me. You should stop and think.

I didn't make assumptions, I asked questions. Instead of useless posturing, why don't you answer some?

Errr, what do you call this: You seem to take it already as a given that public schools are the right solution and will yield better results if only we do

Where exactly did I say this? You're making things up.

But I'll stop here, since so much math and reasoning is likely too taxing for you.

You really know how to debate or discuss things don't you?

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