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Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 377

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47925527) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
It is a matter of taste; but the proliferation of 'widescreen' has really made multiple orientation setups more attractive. In particular, the ubiquitous 1920x1080 is cheap as dirt and nice and wide; but actually throws fewer vertical pixels than a nasty old 1280x1024 17' from about 2001. If you read or write a lot of text, or code with reasonably short lines, taking a cheapo 1920x1080 and rotating it gives you a 1080x1920: this is handy because it's still wider than 1024(so even old and horrible programs/layouts generally won't break, since anything that old and horrible probably expects 768 or 1024 pixel wide screens); but provides more vertical resolution than even substantially more expensive monitors in their native orientation.

I prefer my 'primary' monitor to be unrotated; but the amount of vertical resolution you can get for the money, without totally sacrificing width, from a rotated secondary monitor is pretty compelling.

Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 62

In this case, you might want to go after the vets before the doctors...

It's not an accident that they were looking at agricultural workers (rather than, say, elementary school teachers, who would be seeing the worst of it from antibiotics-for-the-sniffles patients), nor is it an accident that there are 'livestock-associated' drug resistant strains.

Comment: Matrox had one that actually worked, unlike MS (Score 1) 377

by dbIII (#47924713) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
Matrox had one back then that was half decent but it got broken by later versions of MS Windows. Nvidia still has a multiple desktop thing packaged with Quatro cards which has gone in cycles from perfect to flaky and back again. The MS one was proof of concept and may have worked initially but it turned into a certain blue screen timebomb a while after it had become abandonware. There were various others that worked for a while but nothing you could use for the long term.
It's almost as if it was a purchase requirement for a sale and abandoned later, but I suspect it's more a series of projects that were not maintained.

Comment: One major reason (Score 1) 377

by dbIII (#47924633) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
To use more memory. Admittedly you can solve that with the 64 bit XP if you have hardware it supports, or you can get server 2003 which is similar to XP, or you can roll back to Win2k to get away from the fucking stupid memory ceiling in XP if you have more than one core (I've still got a 6GB Win2k machine lurking in storage to run some legacy software every couple of years).
If you don't need more memory, as with a couple of receptionists computers in my workplace, XP does the job up to at least MS Office 2010.

Comment: Re:COBOL: Why the hate? (Score 2) 130

by Jane Q. Public (#47924493) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

However, since if it is still being used, then it still has some capability that is not available in other solutions.

No, no, no, no!

COBOL is still in use because because mid-to-large corporations spend many millions of dollars on systems that WORKED, and now it's far cheaper to keep them working, the same old way, than it is to do it all over again with modern equipment and languages.

This is called "installed base" and it's a particular problem for COBOL because that was one of the first business languages, and has one of the largest, large-corporation "installed bases".

COBOL has nothing to offer that newer languages don't do better. Not. One. Thing.

Comment: Re:The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 2) 130

by Jane Q. Public (#47924475) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

Every professional workplace has an expectation of a formal atire.

No, they don't. This is a statement made by someone about ready to REtire.

Most high-paying tech jobs today do not require a suit and many not even an office to go into. Often you can work at home in your pajamas, if you like.

Yes, really.

Comment: Re:KDE will fork (Score 1) 28

by Kjella (#47924471) Attached to: Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

And? Part of being a cross-platform toolkit is that you must keep up with the underlying platforms, if you start failing to look native or behave native or integrate nicely or lack interfaces to new functionality you'll quickly cease to be useful for that. It'll still function as a toolkit for building KDE though since they define their own native, but then it will gravitate back towards being a Linux-only thing.

P.S. Despite Qt being cross-platform, most KDE SC applications don't seem to be. There's been an ongoing project to make them cross-platform for years, but many still have trouble compiling or working correctly.

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