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Comment: Uh oh (Score 1) 161

by Tailhook (#47956163) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

This worries me. The "usability" folks are at the plate again, wanting to "simplify" things.

Just so you know, I regularly and routinely use advanced features in KDE. I have at least a dozen applications with very specifically configured window positions and decoration settings. The panel is carefully configured to behave how I need it; grouping control and changing the order of applications manually is absolutely essential. I routinely change pager options to suit my current needs at any moment. I have customized the crap out of key maps, file associations, Konsole, Dolphin and Kate.

Notice how I make zero mention of "activities," nepomuk, baloo or akonadi.

If you need to hide some of the "advanced" features behind an "advanced" button to satisfy your notion of aesthetics then that's fine. Two things: 1.) Do. Not. Remove. Features. 2.) Once I've enabled "advanced" features somewhere don't make me do it again.

That way the added burden I face is hitting each "advanced" button once, and only once, and never thinking about it again.

Done right I can imagine a gentle reorganization of configuration being a small benefit to KDE. If you indulge configuration hating zealots that remove capabilities and dumb down KDE you will breed an army of haters. You will live in a world of haters hating on your work for the rest of your adult life.

Keep that in mind as you "simplify."

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 4, Interesting) 315

by Tailhook (#47948545) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Tax subscribers. Obviously. The funds will be pissed away giving Canadian cable executives better bonuses

Is Canada still taxing blank media to subsidize the "victims" of "piracy?"

Whatever. Enjoy your cable monopoly Canuckistan. You deserve it. As do we.

Comment: Re:so the story goes (Score 4, Interesting) 221

by Tailhook (#47931951) Attached to: Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

From UT Austin: On the Cusp of an Ebola Vaccine

Bush built that lab (Galveston National Laboratory) as part of the $5 billion Project Bioshield Act of 2004, one of two, the other being at Boston University Medical Center. These are the places where actual research on ebola, dengue, hemorrhagic fever, SARS and others has been happening for years while you perfected your Bush derangement syndrome narrative.

Ass monkey.

Comment: Re:It did? (Score 5, Informative) 129

by Tailhook (#47904789) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Here is a post from the Chromium Blog that explains how 64 bit improves Chrome. Incidentally this applies to software generally, not just Chrome. The key part of the post that explains the expected improvements:

64-bit Chrome has become faster as a result of having access to a superior instruction set, more registers, and a more efficient function calling convention. Improved opportunities for ASLR enhance this version’s security. Another major benefit of this change comes from the fact that most programs on a modern Mac are already 64-bit apps. In cases where Chrome was the last remaining 32-bit app, there were launch-time and memory-footprint penalties as 32-bit copies of all of the system libraries needed to be loaded to support Chrome. Now that Chrome’s a 64-bit app too, we expect you’ll find that it launches more quickly and that overall system memory use decreases.

While you may appear to be using more RAM because the 64 bit Chrome processes are larger than the 32 bit, the net memory usage should be the same or less because 64 bit Chrome will not pull the 32 bit stack into RAM to operate. ASLR is a security technique that mitigates vulnerabilities that appear in applications and libraries; lack of a form of ASLR is among the reasons Heartbleed became a thing.

So stop quibbling and use modern software. If you are experiencing a RAM shortage — as opposed to obsessing needlessly over monitoring tools and being difficult — then get more RAM or use a less demanding browser; Chrome use more resources than its contemporaries and makes no apologies for it.

Comment: Re:This is not a new or unique problem (Score 1) 124

Now, the real trick is how to measure performance.

They've already done that. It's right there in the summary; "the best performance in recent memory and, perhaps, in its entire 224 year history."

So obviously they are rigorously measuring their stellar performance ... otherwise how could they make that sort of claim?

What? You don't think that's credible? You must be one of those tea bag knuckle-dragger anti-government types. The rest of us know better than to question the noble creatures inhabiting our sacred government.

<sarcasm, you dolts>

Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 108

by Tailhook (#47898557) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

they have to constantly produce it an improve it

Netflix told shareholders it's currently filming eight new and continuing series, two of which are big hits with fans and drawing subscribers by themselves, of which there are 50 million as of Q2 2014. I noticed in that list they omitted at least one Netflix property of which I'm personally a fan, so it's not comprehensive.

You're arguing with success here, for some strange reason. Yes, Netflix doesn't have Warner Bros. or Paramount profits. That's not a bad thing. Their operating income is ~$228e6 and they employ about ~2000 full time. It's a cost effective operation that can't milk its famously cost sensitive customer base and become another media behemoth. They're commoditizing media and I can't think of a single thing we're going to lose as a consequence that I'm going to miss.

Comment: Re:US policy: first arm them then bomb (Score 1, Informative) 215

by Tailhook (#47845283) Attached to: New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

That is nonsense. The US government provided arms to the Iraqi government. The Iraqi government lost control

The US began arming Syrian rebels with small arms and other supplies almost a year ago.

Back then your MSM still had you cheering for the "Arab Spring" and Assad was the bad guy. Remember that? The narrative then was the noble and oppressed peoples of the Middle East rising up to topple puppet dictators and NPR et. al. were thrilled. So we gave these noble fighters weapons.

Yay!

Predictably, however, the Islamists started filling trenches with the bodies of infidels. The "Arab Spring" meme had to be quietly abandoned and now you're taught to fear the terrors of ISIS.

ISIS, IS, or whatever, are the exact same violent atavists we were arming twelve months ago; they move freely across the Iraq – Syria border, pursuing their Caliphate using both weapons we've supplied directly to them and weapons they've managed to capture.

It's also going pear shaped in Libya, the place we "liberated" from the Qaddafi regime with airstrikes. Soon those Islamists will start filling trenches with infidels and photos of Hillary posing with them will vanish when we start dropping bombs.

Watch for it.

Many of us understood all of this back when the "Arab Spring" started. The elites took a little longer to figure it out.

There are no recent examples of extended power-sharing or peaceful transitions to democracy in the Arab world. When dictatorships crack, budding democracies are more than likely to be greeted by violence and paralysis. Sectarian divisions — the bane of many Middle Eastern societies — will then emerge

These are cultures that can not govern themselves peacefully. They indulge Islamic extremism and they're not slaughtering infidels only when a dictatorial strongman wields enough power to keep the imams and muftis under control.

The rulers that prevailed during the Cold War understood this and worked to keep a lid on this mess. Those policies are now believed to be "imperialist" and so we've become schizophrenic; we indulge Islamists as the nobel oppressed right up until their nature is exposed by their atrocities and then we start dropping bombs.

Personally, I hope for change. Real change. Like ISIS, IS whatever overrunning Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, etc. etc. until they reach the sea in all directions. Then, at least, there will be no more nasty little low-intensity squabbles as we try to referee this crap and all doubt about the threat Islam poses to the species will be gone.

One can dream.

+ - LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend->

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An anonymous reader writes "LLVM 3.5 along with Clang 3.5 are now available for download. LLVM 3.5 offers many compiler advancements including a unified 64-bit ARM back-end from the merging of the Apple and community AArch64 back-ends, C++1y/C++1z language additions, self-hosting support of Clang on SPARC64, and various other compiler improvements."
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