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Comment: Re:The older I get the more it kills me (Score 1) 144

by Nivag064 (#46539669) Attached to: Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

I'm 63 and I don't feel that unwell nor have joint pains if I get less than 4 hours sleep, except for feeling groggy and having aching eyes the first few minutes after waking in the morning. Though I endeavour to get at least 6 hours a night. Now I try to get to sleep not much after 10pm, but I'm normally up & dressed by 7am most mornings regardless.

There is enough research on humans, to suggest that adequate sleep is important for mental health for me to take it seriously. Similarly, for adequate exercise - I aim to get at least 1 hours fast walking every day on average, preferably up to 2 hours.

If I a really pushing myself to learn new stuff or doing a lot of programming that is technically challenging or particularly frustrating, then I get tired earlier.

In my early 40's I took over maintenance of a program generator which created another program that created SQL, written in a 4GL (PROGRESS 6, from memory). It was the most intense sustained mental effort I ever had in my career. I needed 2 extra hours of sleep most nights!

However, different people get affected differently.

Comment: Re:Yeah, No (Score 1) 54

by Nivag064 (#46539457) Attached to: CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

No, Sinclair BASIC was horrendous!

Acorn with the BBC Micro and descendants (such as the Acorn Archimedes) were far superior in terms of programming both at the BASIC & Assembly level.

Acorn BASIC had named subroutines with parameters, looping constructs, and IF ELSE statements. There was never any need to resort to GOTO's and GOSUB's! Also you had well defined ways to invoking Operating System functionality without resorting to the equivalent of PEEK's and POKE's - to the extent that most programs could be transferred from the 8 bit 6502 based machines to the 32 bit ARM based machines without changes other than slowing them down (as the latter were far faster).

Note that Acorn developed the ARM family of processors which are now the most widely used processor, and used in most modern smart mobile phones.

Comment: Re:What could possibly go wrong (Score 1) 216

by Nivag064 (#46431605) Attached to: NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Picture London, 1901, a prestigious Gentleman's Club...

An Australian nephew of a British Army Officer arrives in London, and asks his Uncle who discovered Great Britain. His uncle after some discussion, suggests he asks the most senior member, a retired General. The General, is sitting smoking a cigar, sipping his claret, and reading the Times. After the young Australian asks the question, the General explodes saying "Confound it sir!" - the young man beats a hasty retreat.

Now you know who discovered Great Britain, someone called 'Con'.

Comment: Re: Change (Score 1) 742

by Nivag064 (#46321193) Attached to: "Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

Actually Linux is the most commonly used O/S. More things run Linux than any other O/S, I think Apple is 2nd.

Android is Linux, and that has well over 50% market share, eBooks run Linux, lots of embedded stuff runs Linux. more & more desktops run Linux. Note that Chromebooks run Linux. Most servers run Linux.

In our house 2 adults & a teenager:
3 Linux desktops
1 Apple Desktop
2 Linux laptops
2 Linux phones
1 Apple phone
Note: no Microsoft computers

Comment: Re:No, UI designers went crazy. (Score 1) 503

Well if they had called it something else, like 'Fashionista' or something, and had actually maintained GNOME 2 (as far the user functionality was concerned, all they really needed to do was add back in the useful functionality they had dropped!). It would not have been so bad, but it was definitely not an upgrade to GNOME 2.

My hardware is fairly modern, Haswell processor, 32GB of RAM.

I have 35 virtual desktops, I have a grid of 5 rows by 7 columns in my top panel. I tend use the virtual desktops in a consistent fashion, and I have about 5 relating to different aspects of my main project.

Within one virtual desktop: often I want to look at at 2 or 3 windows in quick succession relating to what I am doing in just one aspect of my project. I frequently want to look at a browser tab, type stuff into an editor, & then execute a command in a terminal (additionally, check an API in another browser instance).

To get at applications, I use several methods depending on the nature of the app & how often I use it. For update & installs I use yum in a terminal, more control & get more useful feedback, instead of the GUI version.

Ways I use to launch an app:
        icon on a panel
        menu on top panel
        right click menu on a window (e.g. to get a terminal for the directory window I'm on)
        icon in a pull down drawer
        typing the first few characters in a terminal and then pressing tab
        hot key combination

I have hot key combinations for:
a terminal,
pluma (text editor),
LibreOffice writer,
& Seamonkey.

I have an Android phone with version 4.4.2. I find the interface cluttered, and would like to remove most of the Apps. However. I am happy to use a different GUI on my phone than my desktop - though a built in terminal would be nice (in case I have to log into a server while I'm out).

I found the arguments for the changes in GNOME 3 unconvincing, to put it diplomatically. I hate this dumbing down approach, dumb people can always go to Apple.

All the simple programs have been written.