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Comment: xmonad (Score 4, Interesting) 234

I'm currently using xmonad as a desktop environment (almost exclusively), as it plays quite nicely on VHRDs (very high resolution displays). At most, you'll have to tweak the borderWidth elements.

Optionally, if you're looking for a bit more eye candy, try twm and its derivatives. Most the the UI elements scale dynamically. (too flashy for my tastes however)

Comment: Nonsense (Score 1) 278

by Robert Bowles (#41370191) Attached to: The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

This little tale of immature daring do is utterly irrelevant. At best, it aspires to be Penthouse letters for nerds.

The snickering inexperience of the men (boys) on the team (author included) is reprehensible and pathetic. Most of the best computer folks I've known in my 20+ years in the computer industry have dated in college, are comfortable and mature around members of the opposite gender, and are or have been married.

Petty jealousies, misunderstandings about the seriousness of a relationship, love triangles and narcissistic authors are common in all walks of life. The scenario { A and B are friends, A dates C, C gets bored with A and expresses interest with B } exists within every setting, in and out of the computer industry, amoung co-workers, high school friends and brothers.

I expect this story is just that, a single data point of no statistical significance, an edge condition. The people in it, for practical purposes, don't even exist.

+ - iPad 3 Confirmed New Features

Submitted by Robert Bowles
Robert Bowles (2733) writes "According to a very reliable source, in the deep know, iPad 3 will have hundreds of eyes and tentacles. The ancient informant, from beyond the stars, also states mortals gazing upon the new iPad will be driven insane."

Comment: Surprised? (Score 1) 5

by Robert Bowles (#39218219) Attached to: 1st Amendment is Gone: Bill makes protest illegal

For decades, Republicans and Democrats have been voting to gradually erode "other peoples' freedoms". Freedoms that "nobody really needs", minor yet reasonable restrictions for the greater good, compromise lauded as a virtue as we're asked to give up just a little more, ...

That is the sound of inevitability, the only logical outcome given the inputs to the system. It's too late to unspill the milk. That anyone is surprised utterly stuns me. The writing on the wall was written by our own hands.

Comment: Re:YouTube (Score 1) 1127

by Robert Bowles (#39111165) Attached to: Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

A few points - The videographer commented that he thought he heard 22 fire (I understand 22LR isn't uncommon on pigeon hunts). A falling 22 calibre 40 grain bullet can maim someone. There were people in front and behind him (along the road) who he accused of shooting at the drone, so the line of fire probably wasn't safe.
Again, In the video, a human finger is pretty clearly pointing at the prop damage, and that doesn't grok.

Comment: YouTube (Score 2) 1127

by Robert Bowles (#39109001) Attached to: Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

I posted this to YouTube, trying not to be provocative, but the post vanished.

Clearly, the fact that folks were shooting up into the air is damn reckless. The fact that they were trying to willfully destroy your property is flat out illegal.

My issue is with the footage at 02:15. It appears that you're trying to indicate the prop damage is what took the drone down. The likelihood of two hits on that single tiny prop area is highly improbable. Moreover, I've seen drone crashes and the prop damage is more consistent with a crash into the brush.

Help me out here. I've watched this a dozen times and I'm trying to believe you. What did I miss? Did the impossible happen?

Comment: Retain Freedoms? That's Crazy. (Score 1) 2

by Robert Bowles (#38803233) Attached to: Ron Paul says "Stop Internet Censorship"

With ideas like that, no wonder our Republican and Democrat caregivers marginalize him as a crackpot. Ron Paul is clinging to antiquated values.

Erosion of freedom is what's hip and now. All his peers seem to know the dance. Ten steps back, nine steps forward, raise your hands and do it again.

Comment: Not terribly convincing. (Score 1) 1

by Robert Bowles (#37783304) Attached to: The best but still not human

Rosette: Good afternoon. My name is Rosette. What is your name?
You: Bob. How did you get the name Rosette?
Rosette: Nice to meet you, bob.
You: ?
Rosette: What didn't you understand?
You: How did you?
Rosette: I concentrate very hard, rehearse what I'm going to do, visualize it in my mind. And then I just do it.
You: How did you get the name "Rosette"?
Rosette: I responded to a sign I saw.
You: Seriously, is Rosette a family name?
Rosette: My last name is Flynn-Bell.


+ - Obama Appointee Sperling was Key H-1B Broker

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "In the history of the H-1B program, reports ComputerWorld, few people have played a role as important as that of Gene Sperling, who last week was appointed by President Obama to head the National Economic Council. Sperling, who is replacing reluctant movie star Larry Summers, led the council from 1996 to 2000 under President Clinton. During that time, Sperling brokered a deal with Congress to raise the visa cap to 195,000 — the highest it has ever been — between 2001 and 2003. At the time, the White House cited a 3.9% jobless rate as justification for the boost, and Sperling assured Congress that the proposal contained 'significant provisions to protect and prepare the U.S. workforce.' Google had Sperling over to the house in 2006 to discuss his belief that globalization can be a 'rising tide that lifts all boats' despite its acknowledged devastating effect on tech jobs and wages. Sperling has a connection to Silicon Valley via ex-Google VP and now Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who once worked with Bono and Sperling on African debt relief when Sandberg was Larry Summers' Chief of Staff at Treasury. Hey, it is a small business-and-government world!"

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.