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Comment Not Turning Them Off Here (Score 2) 125

> Having to close and reopen tools forces you to cut down on context switching. At least for me, that helps productivity.

Good for you. For me, it guarantees that thoughts will be dropped before they can fully form, so it's deadly to productivity.

Maybe it's the fact that I don't always have control over context-switching. I don't control when somebody shows up in my face with a demand for attention; pushing what I've been doing aside, with all the contextual cues I can marshal, by switching to another desktop to bring up the tooling needed to service the interrupt, means a much greater chance that I can go back and resume what I was doing, without backtracking (or, worse, working through a context crash to retrace my own thinking up to where I left off).

The times when I do have control over context switching are often when vagrant thoughts coalesce suddenly into ideas which are potentially valuable but irrelevant to my current effort. I want those ideas securely noted somewhere appropriate (even if it's just in a loose-notes catcher) and dismissed quickly so I can resume the task I'm trying to keep my focus on. I keep text windows open on other desktops partly so I can bring up a notes editor for that. Sometimes those ideas need a quick look at my filesystem; I keep ytree poised in those text windows for that

Then there's the full-screen shuffle. I remember my Windows days, when I had to minimize and iconize and shuffle things out of the way to get a clear view of a browser or other Internet tool. These days, there's IM, an etherape viewport on my LAN, another browser pointed at intranet tools, and all of them maximized because bringing them up to full size takes too long when I need to respond to a situation. I couldn't do that on one desktop, in fact I use 8, and often fill them all (though some assignments, like 2 for synaptic, are reservations so my habits know where to put things so I don't need to consciously think about it).

Single desktop discipline works for you and your work habits. It's needless frustration for me and mine.

Comment Congratulations, Marissa. (Score 1) 83

In your quest to 'revitalize' your user-base by throwing out the loyal veterans, you pissed off people who have been members since eGroups and OneList by throwing that purple-abomination Neo web-interface at them... but still they refused to go away, they just relied more heavily on their 90's-style mail clients for access.

This strikes at the heart of that persistence. I do believe you've found a way to get rid of your remaining loyalists. Well done.

Comment TDE, the one you'll probably love (Score 1) 51

I loved KDE 3.5, and would spend weeks customizing everything to look exactly like I wanted.
It worked perfectly, I had all the right applications and buttons at the right place.

Then you should be quite happy with the Trinity desktop, which is the KDE-approved and-assisted maintenance/improvement fork of KDE 3.5.10. I am. They're up to now, with release 3.5.14 in the works.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 0) 445

It's not so simple. I approached the FBI with a proposal to use the military's already proven laser guidance and tracking systems to detect and rapidly respond to these threats. They apparently filed it under "kook" and never responded. The FBI is not interested in actually solving these cases. They're interested in finding someone to make an example out of and hopes that'll provide enough deterrence.

It won't.

Comment Re:"hoy" is a perfectly cromulent word (Score 0) 98

Merely punctuational errorification:

They should have synergized their market paradigms more to create a more linguistically diverse user experience. It's only gonna get worse though... once Beta consumes the site, all that'll be left is the outward appearance of a badly edited blog.with comments enabled.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 0) 578

It's a 118 year old tradition that happens to have copied the name from a 2790 year old tradition that ceased to exist about 1600 years ago. The ancient olympics have been gone 16 times longer than the modern olympics have been going. It's a tradition. It's just a bit of a stretch to say it's a 4000 year old tradition.

It started in 776 BC. 776 + 2014 = 2790 ... Not so much of a stretch.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 578

And why is it that you are owed free content?

I suppose a 4000 year old tradition of having an open and international series of games to bring about peace and cultural tolerance/friendship might confuse some people into thinking that as a global event, the ability to view and participate in them would be something not controlled by a single group of greedy profit-oriented people who don't care to hear the clamours of said participants. Sorta like Slashdot beta....

Comment Hmm (Score 0) 93

I wonder if we'll have to use emergency generators and radio receivers to recover from Dicepocalypse...

This is an emergency public service announcement... a zombie infection has broken out and it eats the brains of those affected. So far, only about two dozen people, all middle and senior managers of content aggregation websites, have been infected. If you see one of these husks, contact authorities immediately and do not approach them... This is an emergency...

Comment Re:I'll keep saying (Score -1, Offtopic) 175

Anyone else notice that management's solution to the great slashdot uprising is to create dummy accounts and mass downmod everyone? Yeah. Like it just ended yesterday evening.

Slashdot Managers: Fuck you. You've lost another user. After this week, I'm done. Game over. Goodbye. Hope your Web 2.0 beta mcbullshit was worth it.

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