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Comment: Red Cross is non-political (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by Njovich (#47748091) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

The Red Cross is non-political for a reason.

If they pick a side they will endanger countless of workers from the Red Cross. The goal of the Red Cross is to provide humanitarian aid and emergency relief.

ISIS may be a bunch of evil maniacs, but let the judging be done by other organisations that don't have to help civilians in the frontlines.

Comment: Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (Score 2) 375

by Njovich (#47728067) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Spain will veto their EU plans (over their own want-to-breakaway regions doing the same thing in the future).

Only England wants to play dirty games against the Scottish, the rest of the EU really doesn't care that much. Spain has already stated they will not veto Scotland. Why would other countries like Netherlands or Germany be interested in keeping Scotland out of the EU? It is a wealthy area, there are many business interest, and the people are *already* EU citizens.

Comment: Re:Tiny bumps in JPEG performance (Score 1) 129

by Njovich (#47465447) Attached to: Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

so we know a much better format than WebP is technically available *now*. [...] It doesn't seem like a good idea to try to move to WebP when we know a better format is coming fairly soon (probably within a couple of years).

So what you are saying is that for the next few years (plus the past 4 years), WebP was available for you to use, better than mozjpeg is even now (and having a bunch of extra features like lossless compression, animations, alpha channel), but you will not use it because you are waiting for some hypothetical file format that may exist in a few year and will provide better compression?

Can we please have the old Mozilla back that was more interested in building a great browser than having petty conflicts over formats?

Comment: Re:KDE becoming more rococo every day (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by Njovich (#47406073) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5

The word plasma was never mentioned in my comment.

A better "run command" dialog, a much improved window manager with amazing compositing, better screen management, bluetooth support, network management that didn't suck, hotplug device support, a more configurable taskbar that also includes launchers ('pinned' apps), pervasive search, shells for small-screen devices .. I could go on and on .. and that's only Plasma. The libraries also delivered huge improvements all over the place.

Sorry, I had most of this stuff in KDE 3.5? Yes, it was under different apps, some of them not part of KDE, but worked fine for me. And if all of this is so much better, why does it work so much worse?

Of course, for people who have made up their minds to rag on the 4.x series will make ridiculous claims like "rotating widgets were the only new thing". Get with reality, even if it .. no, ESPECIALLY if .. it runs counter to your pet ideas.

Ah yes, the user is wrong. Well, do as you see fit anyway, this discussion would have been useful a couple of years ago. Your side with the 'user is always wrong, lets change it anyway' has won, and now KDE (and also Gnome, with the exact same reasoning) has become irrelevant for all but a handful of users (actually, I am one of these users that still uses KDE 4 daily, mostly because kioslaves is great). Hope you enjoy your victory!

However, one thing I want to make clear, I have been using KDE4 for years exclusively (right up to this day), I have liked it a lot despite all the shortcomings. I went to the conferences, I contributed to KDE Look (remember that? That actually had good content back when there were still users), etc. And only now that I've been back to KDE 3.5 for a bit, I realized just how shitty KDE has become compared to what it was.

Comment: Re:KDE becoming more rococo every day (Score 1) 87

by Njovich (#47405701) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5

Exactly, I recently needed some files from an old hard drive and found myself in a KDE 3.5 installation. It was absolutely brilliant: fast, stable, no 'usability improvements' that removed features. Apps like Basket that never had a stable release in KDE4. I honestly don't know what it is that we have gained with KDE 4. Rotating widgets? Anyway, I still love KDE 4, and KDE is still (IMHO) the best desktop out there, but was it worth the transition to 4?

Comment: Don't (Score 1) 64

Just use images with a proper license and a company that is willing to license to you under terms that are not so fuzzy. CC sucks because it is so unspecific and creative types just don't understand the ramifications and limits of their choices. The sad thing is that the world would be a better place if CC never came into existence, because then you would at least have had a chance for proper public licenses to evolve.

Otherwise, you are a company, so you could probably just open up a sixpack of lawyers if you ever get into problems.

As for your stated problem, if you documented it for yourself that this was some specific license, then the courts can probably entice Flickr to just state what license was valid at the time.

Comment: Re:the ultimate mesh network (Score 5, Informative) 474

We have this stuff here in Netherlands at one of the biggest providers (Ziggo). It seemed great to me at first, but turned out pretty much useless.

The problem is, these are home routers inside homes, this means they are low powered, not at ideal locations (not many homes in the mall, highway, train, etc), and also inside usually thick walls that stop a lot of the signal. It's just a frustrating experience, with your phone often falling in and out of connection and such. The 4G network gives a much better experience.

Comment: Re:Economics of a triopoly? (Score 1) 158

by Njovich (#47175049) Attached to: Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

Actually it can get worse, especially if they have a relatively even split. There are different reasons for it, but the most obvious way that works is that it 'looks' more like a free market situation, tricking people into believing they are paying a fair price, and making it hard for monopoly watchdogs to do something to a party that has a minority share.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?