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Comment: Re: Waaaaaa! Call me a WAMBULANCE! (Score 1) 101 101

If you're saying you paid for Google services because you bought a phone with then, then you bought a smartphone, and since it has a calendar app it then can provide you notifications even without a network connection at all. So I can't see how this could possibly impact you unless you're entering events on a computer which has a network connection, yet are for some reason refusing to allow your phone to sync over that same network connection while you're doing so and are instead relying on SMS notifications. And if you're doing something that draft then I think you have bigger problems.

Comment: Re:Force his hand..."Sue me! Sooner than later..." (Score 1) 379 379

My advice: Follow the parent's advice and appeal to the school board. Pissing off the principal can get him to easily call in the SWAT team...

Sure, but won't appealing to the school board piss the principal off? Sounds like it's lose/lose (and extra loses for each additional option) for the kid here.

Comment: Browser stats: IE performs mostly poorly in 2015 (Score 1) 133 133

There's a good Wikipedia page that breaks down the usage shares of web browsers, along with addressing the difficulties and complications of getting accurate data on this. is the page. From there you can see that the best IE can get is in some of the stats and only when counting purely desktop browsing. Net Applications has IE at nearly 58%. Yet, almost every other measure finds them woefully behind. For example, visits to Wikipedia in March 2015 have IE at less than 11%. StatsCounter has them at less than 20% of desktop browser share from April 2015 to now, with Chrome at nearly 53% and Firefox nipping at IE's heels at 18%.

For my own part, I look after a company website that's oriented towards industrial computer applications, and the industry in question is very Microsoft centric. And yet, looking at the last 30 days, Chrome has 58% of sessions, IE only 25%, Firefox 6% and Safari 5% (all others are

Comment: Re:Careful (Score 1) 94 94

I surmise that, since the HTTP protocol contains provisions for a "Not Authorized" response, and barring any clearly and previously agreed-on terms, not receiving such response can be construed as implicit authorization.

Rationality and common sense agree with you. Unfortunately, US and UK case law (amongst others) does not . . .

Comment: Re: They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 612 612

I submit true Communism, which imagines no central government (hence why, even in their Stalinist bullshit, the regime that grew from the Bolsheviks only claimed to be Socialist; they were ostensibly working towards Communism, although we all know better than to believe that for a second).

Comment: Plasma 5 is hardly stable yet, don't expect it (Score 1) 229 229

It's not as bad as the 4.x transition, but it's definitely true that the KDE devs have been somewhat bad at communicating that it's still at the stage where things are being reimplemented, so by no means is everything there yet. Honestly though the change from 4.x to 5.x has been far smaller than most, and apart from stuff missing because it just hasn't been gotten to yet, I can't think of much that's really regressed---at least as of the latest version of Plasma 5 that went into the Kubuntu beta last week or so, which also finally handles high-DPI without weirdness. But honestly, it's another transitionary period, if you don't want things randomly changing on you then don't follow it via a rolling release, because things WILL be broken and there WILL be wonkiness as the development goes through various systems and functionality and rewrites them for the newer frameworks.

Systemd, however, is another matter. It seems great on mobile and embedded devices, but I entirely agree with you that the layers of abstraction and automation make it really hard to figure out what the fuck is going on, especially when something is going wrong. I guess that's kindof their goal, though, at least indirectly, since the "GnomeOS" guys seem to want to emulate Apple, and that's exactly how Apple stuff is, it "just works" up until it "just fucking doesn't WTF" and it's just a black box of pain.

Comment: Re: Everyone loves taxes (Score 2) 173 173

And knowing they'll always squeeze as much as possible out of us and then decide that another place will bend over even further, why make those concessions in the first place? We need to be encouraging systems that are above subsistence.

Comment: Because Apple's tradeoffs are perfect, duh (Score 1) 85 85

So... why exactly do you need a PCIe SSD for watching videos again?

Because any above-average part that Apple includes is what makes their devices superior to the rest of the market, and anything they exclude or go for below-average on is superfluous, of course.

Unix: Some say the learning curve is steep, but you only have to climb it once. -- Karl Lehenbauer