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Comment Plasma 5 breaks a lot of stuff (Score 5, Informative) 43

I vastly prefer KDE to everything else, however don't go wiping your PCs and installing KDE/Plasma 5 because of the eye-candy. A bunch of stuff is still not ready, relative to KDE 4. Example, few workspace widgets, for example, no Quick Launch, only 1 weather widget. Widgets not resizeable. The wi-fi/network connection app something thinks it is connecting, when is already is connected. Sign-in screen doesn't know to use your pic/avatar. No way to use Emerald themes (Smaragd was usable in KDE 4). And so on.

Very usable, but a big drop in functionality as things are worked on. Yeah, I know it is a more elegant framework, etc. etc.

Programming

.NET 4.6 Optimizer Bug Causes Methods To Get Wrong Parameters 149

tobiasly writes: A serious bug in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime causes the JIT compiler to generate incorrectly-optimized code which results in methods getting called with different parameters than what were passed in. Nick Craver of Stack Exchange has an excellent write-up of the technical details and temporary workarounds; Microsoft has acknowledged the problem and submitted an as-yet unreleased patch.

This problem is compounded by Microsoft's policy of replacing the existing .NET runtime, as opposed to the side-by-side runtimes which were possible until .NET 2.0. This means that even if your project targets .NET 4.5, it will get the 4.6 runtime if it was installed on that machine. Since it's not possible to install the just-released Visual Studio 2015 without .NET 4.6, this means developers must make the difficult choice between using the latest tools or risking crippling bugs such as this one.

Comment Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 144

No, it isn't a subtle distinction, it's a massive one. The police are trained to and it is their job to make these decisions correctly.

In all of the highly-publicized recent cases they did not is remarkable - in spite of many times that number of correct judgements by other officers - because they made poor judgements in egregious ways, escalated their behavior out-of-control, and in some cases, planted exculpatory evidence.

Comment Re:Start with an erroneous world view ... (Score 2) 181

Oh, they probably haven't driven on city streets either. With America's crumbling infrastructure. city streets are pothole-ridden messes, with traffic-calming, school buses, bike lanes, and other interesting twists; and unpredictable traffic including cyclists darting between motorized vehicles. Not only is it unpredictable, but it changes day-to-day - with construction, schools being in or out of session, and any of the other obstacles that the city likes to throw in drivers' way.

The people who come up with this crap are those who will benefit from it financially if/when idiot-lawmakers allocate money to it. The real solution is funding planned infrastructure renewal and intelligent traffic planning and control. Butt that is hard, unsexy, actual work that requires real engineers - not political appointees and tenured "seniority" employees.

Comment Re:HOWTO (Score 5, Informative) 1081

You can expect anything you want, but it isn't happening. Here for example, is an innocent executed by Texas using a bogus "expert."

http://www.newyorker.com/magaz...

You've never heard of the "Innocence Project", I take it.

Vengeance by the state is certainly not the same as revenge, it is a severely broken system, fed by an electorate that is easily swayed by simplistic made-up origin stories (Fox News), prosecutors who want scalps for career advancement, and in love with militaristic nonsense; and a system which is disproportionately harsh on minorities.

Comment Re:I thought (Score 1) 40

Well I happen to like Starbucks coffee, and so do many other people; but obviously you were trolling. Starbucks however, doesn't seem to think highly of selling coffee. I think there is honor in selling coffee (a little over the top there). But Starbucks wants to sell merchandise, breakfast sandwiches, and soon lunch sandwiches, and books. Mr. Schulz wrote two books, not sure why, they want to sell these books. Also peppermint mochas and frappuchinos.

As long as they keep a neat place with the heat going in December and lots of chairs, and the coffee (which as I mentioned, I like), it's OK to be there if you aren't a hipster, or own an i-device, and all that nonsense. You can even pay with your app or whatever if you want, I won't judge.

Comment VW familywith VCDS (Score 1) 195

You can set many convenience features (and some drivetrain-related ones too, I believe) in VW-family cars. You buy a dongle and software (runs $200 and up) called VCDS (used to be VAG-COM) and connect the car to a PC or smartphone, and go to town. For example, if your car doesn't already have it, you can install a rain-light sensor, and then tell the car to roll up windows and the sunroof when it rains.

Comment Re:Pretty obvious (Score 2, Insightful) 115

Thing is, red light cameras catch people who are entering an intersection on red, which is illegal, dangerous, and inconsiderate (me-first-fuck-you'ers). You can argue about whether the amber/yellow should be 3 seconds or 4, and whether it was reduced in order to increase the revenue; but the minimum (federally mandated, I believe) is 3 s, and 3 s is plenty of time to stop or to go through based on conditions. RLC tickets in Chicago have a human review them, so they're not sent if conditions make it impossible to not go through (again you can argue over this).

But in the majority of situations (I'd guesstimate 99%), and RLC catches a person doing something illegal. There is no question of balancing rights and improvement in traffic conditions.

The Almighty Buck

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Buys the LA Clippers For $2 Billion 270

DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has purchased the LA Clippers for a whopping $2 billion, also setting a new record price for an NBA team. This deal is apparently tentative until Donald Sterling gives his blessing. Twenty-nine other NBA owners need to offer their approval as well, but that shouldn't be a problem as long as Ballmer reaffirms his commitment of keeping the Clippers in Los Angeles. Interestingly, Donald Sterling had purchased the team back in June of 1981 for $12.5 million." We talked about this earlier in the week when rumors of the purchase started circulating.

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