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Comment: Re:Ouhhh, that hurts! (Score 1) 62

by Parker Lewis (#49486145) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements
Try Canonical Unity. I never liked Gnome, while I was OK with GTK programs. Then with Unity, I'm pretty fine. It has good defaults. I was a KDE user since version 2, loved 3, but I faced annoying bugs, even with the latest 4 releases (like systray icons leaking memory, every KDE upgrade disabling Oxygen theme, icon-only taskbar freeze issues, etc). Then, after Ubuntu started this own shell, I gave a chance in 12.04, which was fine, and a way improved in 14.04. I.e., while some people left Ubuntu due change to Unity, I started to use it for this reason.

Comment: Re:If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It! (Score 2) 207

by Parker Lewis (#49468947) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh
I have a degree in Computer Science, and I'm in software since 1998. If you do a proper refactoring, at the end of the day, you'll get a much better code, probably better performance, and now that you have more background in the subject, a smaller code. If you're using a code repository, so you'll never lose anything. And if you have a bug regression always coming back, you need a proper test/spec to cover that. So, refactor is really good when: you have a way improved background in the subject, code repository (i.e., history), and tests to cover the recurrent bugs and the main features.

Comment: Re:Never understood the PHP hate (Score 1) 182

by Parker Lewis (#49326939) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices
The core is broken. While you have namespaces and patterns to apply inr your code, PHP core functions still don't have namespaces, class, don't even have a pattern in their names/parameters (to not blame the real lack of classes for strings, by example). This only to start. If you want to get deeper:

Comment: Re:Oh dear. (Score 1) 193

I think you're wrong to suppose that an open source product will be bug free. What an open source software will provide is a high chance that bugs will be discovered soonner and in high number than the closed ones (as you'll have less people watching the code and most important, with less passion).

Comment: Re:No we shouldnt (Score 1) 287

by Parker Lewis (#48744175) Attached to: Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?
Yes, and just to remind that a lot of modern devices and technologies we have in all places now came from R&D from space programs: wireless devices, technology that is now used in devices for detection of heart problems came from the water detection devices used by NASA, the current glass lenses manufacturing process, a lot of the modern aviation technology (including runway, the tower and the airplane), and some minor ones, like modern running shoes, infrared thermometer, the foam used in those "NASA pillows", drinking fountain, modern smoke detectors (that don't trigger with false positives), etc. So it's not "just that scientists want to science".

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research. -- Wilson Mizner