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Comment Re:Free speech zone (Score 1) 416

You have to employ your superior knowledge into actual competing projects in order to be taken seriously.

OpenRC already exists, does everything we want it to do and (more importantly) nothing we *don't* want it to do.

As such our superior knowledge can be spent in direct and vocal opposition to systemd because everything it claims to solve are issues none of its opponents consider to be actual problems.

Comment Re:No way (Score 1) 517

Back in the NT4 days, if you wanted to download service pack 6 off the Microsoft web site, there was a specific javascript that looked for Netscape and then ran a for loop for some huge number (of doing nothing) before loading the page. It took a couple minutes to run and wasn't even well hidden. Right in the source of the page itself.

Thankfully the script was removed shortly after the issue was reported but as far as I'm concerned, it shows that being a mega-corporation does not make you immune to petty or childish behaviour.

Comment Re:"very telling" indeed (Score 1) 157

I think a good point is being made that corporations are a lot better at telling the government what to do than the citizenry. Interestingly, that also boils down to corporations caring a lot more about protecting their interests. Maybe they understand what the masses do not: Ultimately, your very existence depends on it.

Comment Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (Score 0) 254

and climate research are among the application areas on the table.

See, they already know the magic words that get millions of dollars squandered on very silly research. Chances of success or usefulness are irrelevant, they'll get the grants and avoid starvation until the next crackpot idea springs up.

There's a lot of money spent on pretending to care about climate change in both government and industry.

Comment Re:Desktop (Score 1) 635

In a similar vein... I still like to use a GUI that lets me see more than one window at a time.

Despite all the trendy claims to the contrary, I do not get confused from it, even when they overlap! I must be some sort of genius. I've also found myself able to click on icons and buttons that are smaller than 1/16th of the screen, navigate drop-down menus and even read text composed of characters less than 80 pixels high. I also possess the superhuman ability to notice interface elements that aren't surrounded by vast, empty space.

Interface designers nowadays are the large oafs stomping on my LEGO Technic to offer me a box of DUPLO.

Comment Re:Does this mean no more Gnome desktop? (Score 1) 693

Well, they sort of did... About as much as Windows did the Start menu. They added a layer of extensions on top of all the crap you don't need to give you back the features they had removed because they decided that you weren't using your computer properly.

What I'm having trouble figuring out is how this thing can be so very sluggish and memory hungry when all they appear to have done is remove stuff the stuff Gnome 2 users were actually using. Of course, you need to spawn all of Webkit and Spidermonkey to have Gnome Shell running so that might have something to do with it. I also have to congratulate them on their ability to waste more screen space by making the interface simpler. One would expect a simpler interface to leave more room for your work, not less.

Oh well, I've decided to spend my efforts adding the few little things missing from LXDE rather than trying to tame Gnome3 back into becoming usable.

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer

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