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Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 687

by Teckla (#46750633) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

It's not the comments that have decreased in quality, it's the moderation. Ever since the whole beta thing people seem be less willing to spend time moderating and meta-moderating the site.

I would moderate more if I could, but (1) I browse /. on my iPad a lot, (2) I use the standard desktop view of the site on my iPad, not the mobile view, and (3) When I open stories in new tabs, it forgets that I'm logged in, thus I can't moderate.

If /. ever fixes that long-standing bug, I would be happy to try to do my part to moderate posts objectively and fairly.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 1) 218

by Teckla (#46676323) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

It often happens in a conversation about one thing, particularly a complex and nuanced thing, that it will bring up other similar things because they are related in some way. The resistance of some to this natural conversational process never made much sense.

I could speculate that you have a loyalty to Google that you cannot realistically expect them to reciprocate (you do know that, right?), except I've seen lots of people display this tendency who obviously had no such motivation. Some people just like to complain.

Your speculation is incorrect. Pointing out that Google may have issues in no meaningful way adds to the discussion regarding Facebook's well known issues. It's a rhetorical trick to distract from the fact that Facebook has issues.

I'm happy to discuss Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc. But when someone clearly points out people don't trust Facebook, and for good reason, no value is added to the conversation when someone says, "But... Google!"

Comment: Re:Beta Sucks (Score 1) 116

by Teckla (#46175635) Attached to: Amazon's Double-Helix Acquisition Hints At Gaming Console

By now, a professional organization would have at least acknowledged the complaints. Slashdot hasn't yet, and I'm willing to bet they never do. For a site that posts so many stories complaining about what other people do, they're remarkably slow to admit when they make a mistake.

Continue to turn the comments threads into a trash heap to drive people away. And don't forget to turn on your ad blocker. Do what you can to get their attention until they publically acknowledge that this is a mistake -- because they're not going to pay attention otherwise.

I can't even get them to give us an option to turn off fucking autorefresh. It seems rather hopeless. :(

Comment: Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (Score 1) 204

by Teckla (#46173425) Attached to: Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Except that in that brave new future, the keypresses are navigating a round trip - see "google instant search" or just about any textbox now having "completion suggestions" which respond to each keypress...

But that's just one potential solution, it's not the fault of the technology itself. In addition, at least your key presses show up instantly, rather than making a round trip before they show up. Low latency is nice.

I stand by my assertion that equating X11 and the web is wrong, not that it stops the haters and/or the ignorant from parroting it (and getting modded up for it).

Comment: Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (Score 1) 204

by Teckla (#46167865) Attached to: Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

In the brave new future, we're now going to run our software on virtual cloud servers while the display goes over the Internet to our web browser, using Javascript instead of X11.

And the difference is enormous. HTML / CSS / JavaScript can do a lot. Even something as seemingly minor as key presses not having to navigate a round trip is a huge win.

It's popular to equate X11 and the web, but it's wrong to do so.

Comment: Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (Score 5, Interesting) 635

by Teckla (#46006003) Attached to: U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Yes I drive a lot less than I used to 10 years ago, but it less to do with the Internet and more to do with the price of gas....

I'm not sure why your comment and link to an ancient article on gas prices (2004?!) got modded insightful, but when you factor in inflation, gas prices aren't particularly high. They're at a pretty normal level compared to historical prices (again, inflation adjusted).

That being said, the inflation adjusted income of the middle class has been going down for decades. That's more likely to be your culprit.

Comment: Re:There are a lot of people eating their hats (Score 3, Insightful) 321

by Teckla (#45813881) Attached to: Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

The way netbooks were killed was always sort of fishy.

Microsoft killed netbooks by only licensing Windows 7 Starter on netbooks that were underpowered to run Windows 7 well. Thus, people ended up having a lousy user experience.

Google revived netbooks in the form of Chromebooks by ensuring that Microsoft could not sabotage them.

People never really stopped liking netbooks -- what people didn't like was underpowered netbooks (which was Microsoft's fault) running Windows 7.

Comment: Re:There are a lot of people eating their hats (Score 4, Insightful) 321

by Teckla (#45813855) Attached to: Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

Everyone else kinda stopped selling netbooks didn't they? I would have preferred a netbook with roughly the same specs as a Chromebook and for roughly the same price, but such a thing didn't exist. Just a few years back there seemed to be plenty of different options.

Microsoft knowingly, willingly, and successfully killed netbooks, by only allowing Windows 7 Starter on netbooks that didn't have enough resources (primarily memory and CPU speed) to perform well.

So the people that got them had a bad user experience, bad mouthed them to everyone they knew, and never bought one again. Those people should have blamed the true guilty party -- Microsoft -- but they blamed netbooks in general instead. Thus, Microsoft successfully killed off netbooks.

The original idea of netbooks was something closer to what Chromebooks are... and they are very successful. Google was smart enough to rename them (netbooks -> Chromebooks) and smart enough to include an OS and browser that Microsoft can't sabotage.

And now we see that netbooks are actually a success, because Google went back to the original successful formula (no fat and slow Windows, no asinine limitations on hardware). Oh, and renamed them from netbooks to Chromebooks since Microsoft's anti-netbook campaign was so successful that everyone hates "netbooks" now... even if they actually do love them in the form of Chromebooks.

Comment: Re:Online banking and other financial activities ? (Score 3, Informative) 321

by Teckla (#45813789) Attached to: Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

You are using an OS specifically designed as spyware and you are using it for online banking and other financial activities?? Seriously??

Are you actually suggesting it's safer to do online banking with your typical malware ridden Windows system than with a Chromebook?? Seriously??

Real computer scientists don't comment their code. The identifiers are so long they can't afford the disk space.

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