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Comment What path have we chosen? (Score 3, Interesting) 617

I'm beginning to think that those distributions which have chosen systemd are now beginning to think, what have we done to ourselves?

systemd is on the way to turning a sleek, efficient Linux distribution into one loaded with awesome bloatware.

And it looks like there is no stopping Poettering's ego now that it's been unleashed.

Comment Re:quality engineering (Score 5, Insightful) 617

Poettering is following the philosophy that has created nearly every piece of bloated software that is in existence today: the design is not complete unless there is nothing more than can be added. Bloated software feeds upon the constant influx of new features, regardless of whether those new features are appropriate or not. They are new therefore they are justified.

You know you have achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Comment From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 4, Interesting) 169

...Horn and his team have managed to achieve a 22% reduction in file size for JPEG images without any notable loss in image quality....

Without any notable loss in image quality.

Hmmm... that does not sound like "bit-exact" to me.

Comment Re:Shipping on Amazon (Score 1) 254

Amazon sits on those orders for nearly a week before they are shipped.

Only if you explicitly select their slowest shipping methods.

Yup. I am not a member of Prime, and I select the free shipping, which is the slow method you mention.

I can order the same item elsewhere for a price+shipping that is cheaper than Amazon, and get it in a day .

Thanks for agreeing with me.

Comment Re:Life after Amazon (Score 1) 254

So your statement is demonstrably false.

Or your test was demonstrably incorrect, as it does not test the concept I stated. You showed that the shipping changes when multiple items are purchased. You did not show that the price of the mouse has shipping costs built in already, and that you were paying extra for shipping you had already paid for.

Comment Re:Does it remember size and location of windows? (Score 2) 43

I think so? I feel pretty confident about it

I'll do my usual of installing the new version to see if the KDE developers have finally come to their senses. To be honest, I don't hold high hopes, as I have seen comments from the developers in the past indicating they were opposed to implementing this simple concept because it made it difficult for them when implementing the [comparatively] little-used feature of going to sleep on one device and waking up on another device. I have trouble imagining the need for that capability, and I have even more trouble seeing why that would be justification to not implement the "remember windows size/position on closure" feature.

So I really hope the KDE developers have come to their senses on this.

Comment Does it remember size and location of windows? (Score 3, Informative) 43

So far, all of the previous versions of KDE that I have used do not remember the size and location of windows when I change those attributes by moving and resizing the window.

I've looked but have not been able to find a global parameter (i.e. affecting all windows) that says, in effect, ~remember window size and location when the window is closed~.

Has such a parameter finally been added to KDE?

Comment Life after Amazon (Score 2) 254

I've all but stopped buying at Amazon. Yeah, the free shipping for orders over $35 is nice, but at what cost?

Amazon sits on those orders for nearly a week before they are shipped.

The "shipping cost" is built in to the price of each item. So if you buy more than one item, you are over-paying for shipping.

I recently purchase a WiFi Access Point from At that site shipping is extra. However, the cost of the item plus the cost of shipping was still less expensive than Amazon's price with "free shipping". Plus ProVantage shipped the item the same day as I ordered it. Since I am in UPS's next day delivery zone for ground shipments, I got the access point the next day, instead of waiting the 10 days as Amazon drags its feet.

For me, it's life after Amazon, and it's a happy life.

Comment Comcast lies (Score 1) 253

They recently said they would be deploying 2Gbit, and that has failed to materialize.

Comcast is trying to look like a leading-edge ISP with these press releases about vapor-speeds, speeds that never seem to materialize.

If you want to see the real Comcast, look at areas where Comcast has little or no competition. US$50 per month for speeds that are DSL-like (about 6mbit/sec).

Comment It depends upon the company (Score 2) 154

I've worked for companies where such decisions were made with the considerable input from what the summary called "hands on keyboard" technical people.

I've also worked for companies where such decisions were made by solely by the CIO. The CIO in one of the cases was not a technical person, and got the CIO position because of whom he knew.

The success of the project seemed to be directly related to the amount of discussion and information exchange among the "hands on" technicians and management (including business management).

The more discussion and information exchange, the better the outcome of the project.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith