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Comment: Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (Score 3, Interesting) 689

by Mr0bvious (#46744247) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

The issue is not 'it looks foreign', it's a fscking productivity nightmare. I've been using Gnome 3 since it came out, and still every day it annoys the crappers out of me. I've been too focused on my work to change to something else, but it's wearing very thin and I'm going to switch very soon.

I think this is the root of this issue with the Gnome foundation - you are part of that foundation and your impression is that users don't like it because it's foreign. That's plain old wrong. It's not a good design for a productive desktop.

The alt-tab/alt-esc shenanigans is just ridiculous, every time I switch machines (yes my works forces me to use Windows for some stuff) I have to stop and think - "Oh what machine am I on, what keys to I press" - Sure the Gnome way might be better, but heck, they may have well made my keyboard switch to dvorak when I'm synergy'ing to my Linux box.

I imagine I can change this (maybe?) but I'm busy, I don't have time to manage configuring my desktop to be normal again. And if I use someone else's desktop I'm still going to land on the same issue unless they've tweaked theirs too.

This is just one of the many "desktop usability regressions" I find with Gnome3 and the real world benefit for this change alludes me. But as it is now, alt-tab is the "Show me a random window" key combo.

Comment: Re:Homeopathy is not the only nonsense here (Score 1) 408

First off, you're taxing my pay to pay someone else to tell me something I already know

Great - so you already know, good for you. I too already know this, but the majority of the populous do not. The government can't only consider minority groups, the mass population is equally important to them.

private consumer watchdogs (plural) which would be more effective and efficient

Sorry, but who is going to fund this? And what is their motivator? I'm missing something here.

then there is perceived to be less or no need to weigh your choices carefully, to research before buying

I'm not sure if you're arrogant or ignorant here, but the general population does not have the education or sometimes the intelligence to make sensible choices that require knowledge and information they don't posses. Just because I (believe I) am smart and have the ability to discern the difference between snake oil and the real thing doesn't make it right for me to project that ability onto the rest of the population.

I sounds to me that you think it's right to allow mega corps to peddle any wares and allude to any claim and leave the people to sort this out individually - that's not a fair game.

I'm a believer that we should not meddle too much with peoples ability to make choices - but at the same time we need to arm the people with the information they need to make these choices. But you're siding with the corporations here, they have the balance of power (ignorant customers, and lots of money). This is all that need to be fixed.

I also believe that as a whole, humans are becoming more and more stupid (ie, not able to make what 'I' consider sensible decisions) and that's a shame, but that doesn't mean our government should allow large corporations take advantage of these people in situations like this. Yes, the are already taking advantage of us in a myriad of ways but health is something that deserves special attention.

You mention your tax dollars being spent to educate the ignorant, would you prefer that your tax dollars be spent saving the lives of those who believed the pedallers and now may need significantly more expensive treatment due to not treating their issue properly initially? <-- lots of speculation there, but my point is that it is not a cut and dry situation. Remember in Australia that healthcare is primarily funded by the government - they also have a vested interest in using the tax dollars in the best way for the people (yes that made me laugh too :) )

Ironically a measure supposedly to benefit consumers tends to actually work against their interests.

That sounds like opinion and speculation - sure there are cases both ways, but 'tends' may be a bit strong.

Comment: Re:Homeopathy is not the only nonsense here (Score 1) 408

That situation has not changed. The only thing that is changing is an attempt to educate the populous that there are no real effects other than the possible placebo effect.

These products can still be sold, purchased and taken - but it's nice to know that people are being educated that the claimed benefits of these products are purely the speculation of the seller and not a belief of the traditional medical professionals (or 'domestic medicines safety watchdog' if you will).

So people are still free to buy the nonsense being sold.

To me this is absolutely forward thinking (more information is usually a good thing).

Comment: Re:Amazing Insight (Score 0) 161

by Mr0bvious (#46666501) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

I think this has some basis, but probably varies between different cultures and social groups.

Here in Australia I see this all the time (so it's only anecdotal evidence) it's very obvious that the low tier middle income earners and also the 'dole' receivers seem to always have the latest and greatest electronic devices, spend lots on entertainment etc. Whereas those with higher incomes tend to be somewhat more thrifty with their spending.

I assume this is not a coincidence - I think it's due to the same motivating forces that encourage people to seek and work towards higher incomes place higher value on their money and therefore tend to be more thrifty. Obviously there is always the other motivators such as wanting to appear and feel equally or more wealthy than those who are more wealthy.

It's probably also influenced by the fact that the more wealthy set their sights on larger big ticket items and are more willing to forgo the trinkets as they aim for the items that the less wealthy see as 'out-of-their-reach' (think houses, college degrees, early retirement, etc).

I myself forgo trinkets (new phones, the latest big screen TV, latest model car) and am more than happy to keep and use my existing gear since I have no need to feel or show my wealth. I know MANY people who have and earn a significantly lower income than I yet their priorities seem to lean more towards having and showing off their latest gadgets (which from my point of view do the same task equally as well as the previous trinket they just replaced).

I don't discount though that this may just be what I have experienced and other cultures and social groups may be quite different, but I'd *assume* it's the same throughout the majority of the western world.

Comment: Re:what the hell? (Score 1) 353

Don't overlook the power cable too (these guys have great ones http://www.dedicatedaudio.com/... ) - thought this is not a performance thing, but will greatly improve the audio.

Now, I just need to find some wooden knobs to fix that hideous 'colouring' of the sound coming from these damn plastic ones.

Comment: Re:Backdoor to Woe-land (Score 4, Informative) 364

by Mr0bvious (#46638587) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

It doesn't spontaneously change the light - it puts a priority request to the traffic management system (which may or may not be granted depending on the system rules) and the signal change times are adjusted accordingly - any interfacing with the system would be able to be aware of this change to.

This is actually no different than a pedestrian pressing the walk button to possibly change the sequence sooner.

Disclaimer: I've worked on interfacing to some traffic control systems for providing priority through intersections to specific vehicles (GPS+GPRS+known route).

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 2) 364

by Mr0bvious (#46638553) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Actually I think the count down timers are somewhat superior to the car-to-car-trafficControlSystem tech with regards to:

1) Works for ALL cars that already exist.
2) Doesn't require interfacing the car to the traffic control system (which are different in many countries - we use SCATS here in most of Australia).
3) Doesn't require the traffic control system to interface with external networks (eliminating a possible attack vector).

Comment: Re:Warranty Shouldn't Matter (Score 1) 359

by Mr0bvious (#46000989) Attached to: GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

Are you really that ignorant?

It's called a design fault. It is often caused by the GPU heating and cooling cycle that eventually cracks the solder joints on the grid ball array.

You'll find nearly all DELL 9400's (e1705) have exactly the same design fault.

The user is only to blame in as much as them being foolish enough to trust Apple to design them properly.

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