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Comment: Re:GNOME has always been fucked up. (Score 1) 314

by Mr. Picklesworth (#38460456) Attached to: Linux Mint Developer Forks Gnome 3

Gnome 2 had dependancies on webkit and firefox. What kind of idiot thought that up? Epiphany rocks with webkit, but using libxul to get help is stupid. It should be ported to webkit.

It sounds like you found yourself at a rather transition point, where GNOME was officially using WebkitGTK but the new Yelp hadn't been finished yet. (It ended up being postponed).
GNOME 3 has the brand new Yelp and, indeed, no dependency on Firefox. Fewer dependencies in general, actually. You might find it more to your liking :)

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 413

by Mr. Picklesworth (#37015180) Attached to: KDE Plans To Support Wayland In 2012

The things you're talking about, however, require specialised applications (or at least ones that keep X over SSH very much in mind). In addition, we still lose any kind of multimedia capability, dbus won't work, and lots of other modern components that have nothing to do with X will be absent or thoroughly confusing. In talking about the applications for X's network transparency, you're making the assumption that people only need to use Unix applications that were written twenty years ago by developers who actively thought about X.

Nowadays we have a wonderful software stack that has actually been widely adopted for this job: the web. It is designed specifically to provide interfaces, efficiently, over a big network, to any client. It takes a bit of work to implement a web interface for an application initially (libraries that don't exist yet would probably help ease the pain, as always), but then it's done and you know it works well, in a 2011 kind of working well.

Comment: The problem is developers thinking in gestures (Score 1) 177

The universal gesture navigation set is kinetics. It is documented by everyone's natural intuition about the physical world. Touch interfaces work well when they feel like physical interactions, but shoehorning “gestures” into them is completely missing the point. You can't build fluid physical interaction with rigid commands that happen to involve fingers instead of letters. Sure, use gestures under the hood if you have to, but don't force your end user to think about it.

Comment: Re:Ugh.. (Score 1) 307

by Mr. Picklesworth (#35624574) Attached to: 'Canadian DMCA' Copyright Bill Dead Again

The interesting thing with the Bloq is they represent their constituents way better than MPs belonging to the Conservatives or the Liberals do. After all, their party leadership focuses on Quebec. Even with the homogenized votes, constituents can trust to be represented. If I lived there, I would probably vote for a Bloq MP (barring a level-headed independent).

I still don't know how, but a lot of people seem to miss the fact that they don't get to vote for the prime minister or even which party is in power. Those weird names on the ballot are the people who represent us. The parties are what dilute our very diverse interests so they are easy to package. The problem with ridings voting for parties instead of MPs is they dillute their own interests twice over. (And they elect morons, which is another issue).

So, as people who should know better go on about the horror of elected members of parliament representing the interests of people who voted for them in Parliament Hill, I really worry. Somehow we've deluded ourselves to approach politics like the US even though our system is fundamentally incompatible.

Comment: Re:Another end for Ubuntu... (Score 1) 330

by Mr. Picklesworth (#28994153) Attached to: Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

Coincidentally, I have not needed to press C-A-B for about half a year, although I have needed to change to tty2 to kill misbehaving processes. I learned a valuable lesson there: when a GUI app brings your system to a halt, don't take it out on X.
Unfortunately, we have a number of people who simply refuse to learn that lesson and continue to "log out" by killing the x server.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 330

by Mr. Picklesworth (#28994123) Attached to: Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

THANK YOU, JIM!

People need to give up on this "OMG A WEB SERVER! It's mining my identity!" thing.

If you are talking to a person, that person has every right to use his memory and recall the conversation. There is no way we can predictably force a person to forget something without making him an unperson. It is a technical impossibility.

On that same line of thinking, if your computer talks to another computer (a server), that server is completely within its right to recall that transaction. Even if it assures you that it will not, there is always a way to pry something out of there because the server is, believe it or not, processing your query, crunching numbers and sending you results... and it all happens on the server's end. Yes, it gets blasted through a couple thousand kilometres of wires, too! Oh, the horror!

In both examples, you can simply not talk to other people or not let your computer talk to other computers. (Don't pay for the Internet). However, you will notice that life gets very boring and very pointless when you walk around hidden in a mask all day.

In short, what I'm saying is that all you people moaning about privacy are already completely screwed.

Have a nice day.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst

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