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Comment: And if we're ok with this? (Score 1) 691

by RMingin (#46749497) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

"Those wishing to support the GNOME Foundation can become a friend of GNOME."
And if we just want Gnome 3.0 and Unity and friends to catch a clue and toddle off? Is there a "Gnome 2.X was good, but the current garbage is just that" organization? I think it would get a lot of supporters. Maybe we can get Cinnamon named the official successor.

Comment: Re:Problem is the interface (Score 2, Insightful) 64

by RMingin (#45213835) Attached to: Surgeon Simulator: Inside the World's Hardest Game

Like many others, myself included, you have misunderstood. It is not a surgery simulator. It's not simulating you performing surgery. It's a SURGEON simulator. It simulates you performing a surgeon.

It's deeply broken and bad, and Steam refused to allow me to return for refund, so I watch people play it on Youtube sometimes, and it's in my library. Worst 6$ in recent memory.

Comment: Re:Time (Score 5, Funny) 530

by RMingin (#45212661) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

"Time, we know, is relative. You can travel light years through the stars and back, and if you do it at the speed of light then, when you return, you may have aged mere seconds while your twin brother or sister will have aged twenty, thirty, forty or however many years it is, depending on how far you traveled. This will come to you as a profound shock, particularly if you didn't know you had a twin brother or sister."

Comment: Re:Great (Score 1) 116

by RMingin (#45201721) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch On a Nexus 7: "Almost Awesome"

I wish you were correct, but it's not so. While there are a few very open Android devices, the great majority need many binary blobs to function, and not just for graphics. Some need binary blobs for touchscreen, WLAN, GPU, more.

I don't know of any truly free and open devices, which don't require any binary drivers to fully function. I'm sure some exist, but they're not the devices you're thinking of.

Comment: Re:They Just Can't Catch a Break (Score 2) 178

by RMingin (#45178679) Attached to: Windows RT 8.1 Update Pulled From Windows Store

I'm sorry, I was excessively brief so as to be approachable while still somewhat informative.

Balmer had his shitfit several years ago, as I'd pointed out. Around that same time, WinPhone went from being a second class citizen to being a major focus again. More recently, Microsoft flat out bought Nokia. That better?

Personally, I think MS bought Nokia in order to continue the current WinPho or Bust plan, which seems to be trending strongly towards "or Bust". The Nokia stockholders seemed not to care as long as it meant a payout. MS needed that "partnership" to continue, in the worst way.

Disclaimer: I hate all cell phones and wish they'd go away. If that makes me an MS-hating troll, clearly you haven't read my other posts, where I more clearly lay out my reasons for disliking Microsoft. Their meddling in the cell phone market ain't it.

Comment: Re: Of course... (Score 1) 419

by RMingin (#45178357) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

If you're not willing to do any work at all, run the fully stock distro. Debian even makes discs with the most essential non-free bits (firmware for WLAN/LAN) built in. Anything beyond that, you may need to do a very small amount of work, or hire a nerd.

If you're not willing to do any work at all, hire a nerd to help. If you're not willing to work at all, and you're not willing to hire a nerd, run Windows.

If you're not willing to work, not willing to pay, and not willing to run Windows, you've backed yourself into an impossible situation due to your contrary nature, and you deserve the bootyass-raping that life will eventually give you.

Comment: Re:They Just Can't Catch a Break (Score 5, Insightful) 178

by RMingin (#45178113) Attached to: Windows RT 8.1 Update Pulled From Windows Store

I have. It reminded me a lot of my first generation iPad when I got it. Potential maybe, but stifled by lack of non-basic apps that people want to use. Apple got through that stage by being the only serious players in the market. MS is going up against two deeply-entrenched and not-deeply-retarded adversaries, I don't see it working out as smoothly.

Comment: Re:They Just Can't Catch a Break (Score 3, Insightful) 178

by RMingin (#45178099) Attached to: Windows RT 8.1 Update Pulled From Windows Store

Not forced, no. I recall Ballmer throwing a minor shitfit a few years back when he walked around the MS office campus and noticed that EVERYONE was using an iPhone.

Of course, right after that he bought Nokia and forced WinPho8 down the world's collective throats, so it may have changed since, but it's likely that it's encouraged but not required.

Comment: Re: Of course... (Score 4, Insightful) 419

by RMingin (#45176939) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

While I agree that "FOSSies" can be detrimental to some proposed feature additions, I disagree with your general sentiment that they are detrimental to all progress.

If you take the opposite point, that anything should be added if it adds to the user experience, you'll end with a distro that is Windows. Fully binary, almost impossible to support or troubleshoot, but it has SOO MANY shiny things, also binary-only.

The FOSSies may be extreme, but they built and maintained the sandbox up from nothing. While you think you have grand plans for that sandbox, you MUST respect those who set the original rules, or you will not be welcomed in their sandbox.

For a real world example, I run Debian on my laptop. In it's purest post-install form, it is lacking quite a few things, a very few I consider essentials (needs binary blobs to make the Intel WLAN go), and some others that I very much like but could live without (Chrome with all the Google services instead of Chromium). I even installed a few things that would make the Debian purists cry (Steam, which is binary-only, and on my desktop, the binary-only Nvidia driver).

What's the point? With a few minor tweaks, I can add any binary-only shinies that I'd like. Debian doesn't stop me. It just doesn't offer them out of the box, which seems to be your preference. The difference between us? I accept a little adjustment and tinkering to make everything Just So, and acknowledge the POV and desires of the DFSG or FOSS purists, even where I disagree or don't feel as strongly, while you mock and deride them and seem to expect the distros to package things YOUR WAY and support YOUR vision.

If you don't understand why the GPL is important, you're still free to use and abuse Linux. Just don't expect anyone who DOES understand it's importance to care about your POV.

Comment: Re:Glad (Score 1) 184

by RMingin (#45101773) Attached to: BBC Unveils Newly Discovered Dr.Who Episodes

If you weren't alive (and therefore most likely not paying the license) when it first aired, then you weren't paying for it then, and have no rights to watching it now, unless you'd like to purchase a retroactive license. I'm sure the beeb would be happy to come around and collect 20+ years of back dues from you, adjusted for inflation.

Comment: Re:Who cares about? (Score 4, Interesting) 262

by RMingin (#45052399) Attached to: Microsoft Makes Another "Nearly Sold Out" Claim For the Surface Line

You know, I keep hearing this, but MS's vision for tablet computing was very, very different. I actually owned several examples of MS's tablet PCs, and then owned a first gen iPad. I now have a Nexus 10, in case anyone wondered.

The Tablet PC (TPC) was big, heavy, had horrible battery life, and almost always was a convertible laptop as well. They pictured the laptop becoming a portrait orientated clipboard lookalike, with the full processing power, heat, noise, etc of the laptops of the day.

Apple launched the iPad and it was thinner, lighter, cooler-running and longer-lasting than any major laptop of the time. Laptops were just starting to hit the 5 pound mark and still be usable, iPad was around 1 pound. laptops were still pushing 15-16" displays very hard, the iPad was right around 9 inches diagonal. Laptops were generally between 1 and 2 hours run time, the iPad did anywhere from 8 hours on up, depending on how you had power management set up.

Sure, the broadest strokes of your statement are true. Microsoft announced tablet PCs years before Apple and everyone yawned. However, it wasn't (only) because it was from Microsoft. It was because the idea was premature, and the MS version we were sold sucked rather hard.

To do nothing is to be nothing.