most people start work at 8am
No they don't !
What kind of slave-drivers do you work for ?
American slave-drivers, by any chance ?
Over here in Europe there are all kinds of work routines, largely depending on the type of climate. And in my experience there are always at least two major groups: those who like 8am-4pm, and those who like 10am-6pm. The first group claim they get a lot done early in the morning, but on the rare occasions I was in that early (all-nighters, go-lives) I noticed a lot of chatting or reading news among that group
Personally, I don't get out of bed till 9am, and find mid-to-late-afternoon the most productive, after the fire-fighting and routine meetings are done.
PS: given the traffic overload on transport infrastructure these days I think it's a very good thing that arrival & departure times are staggered throughout the start and end of working days.
Once upon a time, all organisations of any significant size had an in-house 'Computer Department', with systems analysts, and programmers, and computer rooms, and operations teams
Then, along came the Big Bad articles in CEO magazine, which convinced the CEO to liberate herself from the need to employ all those IT weirdos (with their strange clothing, incomprehensible jargon, and salaries that offended the HR department), by simply outsourcing the organisation's IT needs - usually by buying an off-the-shelf ready made suite of software (often from SAP Corporation) that allegedly could perform any conceivable kind of business function
This off-the-shelf ready-made software is known as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, and it never does exactly what you need it for, but the CEO and the ERP sales consultants all get to have huge bonuses, and three holidays a year, and the actual end-users get to 'blame the computer' for the rest of their lives. Only a few old-timers still whisper in the canteen about the days of The Mainframe when Things Just Worked.
Oh, and the redundant in-house IT staff, who used to work on the bespoke custom application systems, get to have no cookie
These days I dust and polish my old COBOL-74 manuals in the shrine in the attic, tell my nephews and nieces lurid tales of paper-tape punches and systems that were taken down every Wednesday morning for hardware maintenance, shake my head in disbelief at all the J2EE-framework websites that litter the Interwebs, and stare into the distance a lot.
Did I ever tell you about the time th....NO CARRIER
Torvalds responded "no" while shaking his head "yes," as the audience broke into spontaneous laughter.
Torvalds also admitted that while he as a full life outside of Linux he couldn't imagine his life without it.
While Torvalds has a full life outside Linux, it is at the core of his existence, he said. "I don't see any project coming along being more interesting to me than Linux," Torvalds said. "I couldn't imagine filling the void in my life if I didn't have Linux."
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"I fixed the Internet"
[oblig]: Handy fact: "miles-per-gallon" (Imperial gallons mind you) is equivalent to "furlongs-per-pint"
I'll get my coat
I have a workstation at home sporting a Phenom II X4 3.2GHz CPU and 8Gb 1333MHz RAM, running a Linux host OS using LUKS to provide FDE. This host OS is running VirtualBox to provide various VMs (Windows, Linux) and the performance of all VMs is pretty much instantaneous on all UI requests, and pretty damn zippy at workloads such as compiling.
The WinXP VMs (I give them 2Gb of "RAM" and 1 CPU core) are faster than any WinXP I've ever experienced on Real Hardware; boot to logon prompt takes 10 seconds, & shutdown from being logged in takes 8 seconds. I use one of those WinXP VMs for all my Youtube and DVD video watching needs, without any stutter of any kind. I run KDE4 in several of the Linux VMs, and it's very fast. I don't have any Win7, but a Win8 Preview VM takes 12 seconds to boot, and about 3 to shutdown [once you've figured out how to request shutdown that is
Whatever the performance hit of the FDE is, I'm really not aware of it.
It's the least we can do to make up for the lousy moderation he's quite rightly complaining about.
What about Clearfield wheat or any of the other non-GE crops bred for herbicide resistance? Why should that get a free pass? And what if I want to know the conventionally bred genes found in my non-GE food? It is very inconsistent to single out one method of crop improvement and ignore the rest
I'm a physicist by education & training, and I'm anything but anti-science (I'm all in favour of the space programme, never mind the cost, because we need that off-world colony asap) - but the idea of fiddling with the oh-so subtle machinery of a species' DNA, which has taken at least 2 billion years to evolve (I'm not a flat-Earther Creationist) makes the hairs rise on the back of my neck. There is no way we can possibly safely understand the full implications of inserting a fish gene into a tomato to improve shelf-life.
My objections to GE (and those of many others) have nothing to do with imagining that the resulting food will be in some way "unsafe to eat" or "bad for me" - that's just the way the anti crowd are painted with pitchfork'n'torches hysteria by the GE companies' PR teams. Protein is protein is protein. No, for me it's all about the rash folly of fiddling with that double helix and messing it up. It's a very clever molecule.
That conventionally-bred gene manipulation you mention, while resulting in similarly granular effects to that of the GE, has the benefit of using mechanisms and pathways which have stood the test of those 2 billion years without resulting in catastrophic species loss or damage - *that's* why it gets a free pass
I hesitate to invoke Hawking style religiosity but I will: Genetic Engineering is "playing God" (no, I'm anything but Christian) when IMHO there is no way we are anywhere near competent yet to exercise such ability. We need to exercise more humility instead. This beautiful planet is the only one we have, or are likely to have for some considerable time to come, and it should be treated with kid gloves.
NB: I'm not dogmatic about this - I'm deadly serious, and I'm always willing to be educated, so teach me if you will - that's the scientific way
every time something nuclear comes up, there is a slew of OH MY GOD NUCLEAR BAD!!!
Nuclear *fusion*, on the other hand, produces no dangerous waste at all
I love KDE but I don't understand activities
I feel exactly the same - I have no idea what an activity is, what it's for, or how to use it. But I have figured out (I think) that you have to edit activity settings in order to change the wallpaper or screensaver
Still, at least in 4.8 you can now edit the window decoration theme for the KDM login dialog without having to know the arcane binary name of the 'System Settings' utility to run via KDESU.
One of the key missing components in current KDE is some good documentation about many of the features. Maybe I need to get off my ass, learn, and then contribute docs back