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Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 1) 237 237

because you rarely see the OS anyway

That is true of any area of work, if you are working correctly.

Not so fast.

Under Linux, a terminal with the standard shell is immensely powerful tool.

On Windows there is simply no alternative. And if you use the huge big name tool - PhotoShop or Visual Studio - then the OS is useless to you anyway, since Windows provides only bare/no tools for the specialized tasks. And the big tools tend to eventually reimplement huge chunks of the OS inside of them, making the user often oblivious to the OS.

On Linux, you (can) have bunch of command line tools. And you can do (and automate) one hell out of literally any specialized (or generic) task using the same OS interface: the shell.

Taking DTP as an example, one of the first times I have seen Linux outside my office was a publishing agency. They had used the GIMP scripting interface from the command line to automate processing of the huge batches from the photoshoots. (PhotoShop gained the batch capabilities much much later.)

Under Windows, it might be true that seeing the OS means you are doing something wrong or inefficiently. But under Linux, the OS is a huge bonus.

Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 2) 237 237

I create graphics for educational materials.

DTP was always a branch on its own. Most of the time you just start PhotoShop/etc, and pretty much never switch to another application. I'm not sure how Win8 could have improved (or changed) your workflow, because you rarely see the OS anyway.

In a way, it is similar to the Internet surfing workflow. The only time you see or use the OS is to start the browser. After that, everything is done inside the browser, which is largely OS independent and can be used to the same effect under literally any OS.

Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 4, Insightful) 237 237

Interfaces are dumbed down for touch UI. That's the main problem.

Application are also getting increasingly dumber and dumber. Because from perspective of some, if you can't make feature "beautiful" for the touch UI, then there is no point in providing the feature.

Comment: Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 4, Insightful) 237 237

The modern OSes, including Win10, as if competing who can make a bigger clusterfuck out of the UI.

Some say it is because of the touchscreen support. But in my experience it sucks even more with the touchscreen. Unless you play movies or listen to music. Because even moderately involved browsing (say going through the bug tracking) is already rather tedious.

At least under Linux, I can replace the UI with something user-friendly like Xfce or LXDE. Useless with touchscreen - but fully usable with the mouse and not fucked up.

Comment: Re:Why on Slashdot? (Score 1) 176 176

I do not see any relevance to - or deep profound effect on- IT/etc.

Really? IT people design and make the "social engineering" software that makes things like Uber possible!

Oh please. Business intelligence is one of the oldest types of software in existence.

That's basically how/why the computers were commercialized. Otherwise they would have stayed a toy of scientists and a tool of military.

Comment: Re:UK needs to be run by corporations like America (Score 1) 266 266

I'm not sure in what kind of barbaric anarchy you are living to give you that perspective, but you can't be more wrong.

The tax police in Germany is a fact of life that people have to deal with there and ratting out your neighbours is a national past time.

Again, Germany is highly individualistic. Respect for privacy is very high here. What you say is simply fictitious because most neighbors have no idea what other neighbors doing, because they do not poke nose in others affairs - not without an invitation.

But yes, if you do openly something illegal, just like in any other country, you would be reported to authorities. That's because law (which is the same literally all around the world) makes you an accomplice if you do not report crime.

If you were ever convicted in Germany, that might explain your sentiment.

I prefer societies that realize that the individual is more important than the collective personally.

Germany is highly individualistic. Yet, if you put individual over society, than it simply means that there is no cohesive society. And the society is there to deal with global problems of which there were plenty in recent times.

It is hard to find and it is not a society bound by nation borders, it is a society above such notions and limits.

Mafia? Organized international crime syndicates? Fit your requirements perfectly.

Comment: Re:UK needs to be run by corporations like America (Score 4, Interesting) 266 266

Europe does tend to go a bit to far in being pro-worker, and anti-corporation.

I do not think it is anti-business per se.

In one German book about business, in the basics, I have read that business is like a privilege bestowed for the benefit of the society. And imagine that: there were no mention of money nowhere near the definition.

In other words, it is not seen as a device for personal enrichment. And it is handled as such, at the very least, to cause no harm to people and society.

In the end, I do not see the lack of an overcrowded tech town as a shortcoming. If a packed tech community is your thing, then there are several cities with strong tech sector - Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden, Nuremberg, etc, their satellites - which provide enough opportunities for businesses and workers.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1064 1064

Finally, you're free to think that math is a human invention. My personal feeling is that we discover math more than we invent it, [...]

That is not uncommon opinion.

But IMO the opinion is biased by the human perception.

For example, some interesting areas of algebra are so weird and require such level of (let's call it) free thinking, that the normal human brains simply refuse to work with them. Or the brains simply fry after too much trying. The tales about mathematicians degenerating as human beings as they advance in the math, have unfortunately a lot of truth to them.

[...] but I guess we'll never know for sure.

My personal counter-argument to the opinion: show me a "1" in the nature. Because even a singular particle isn't really "one".

And the question is much easier on normal people, compared to: show me a 0 in the nature? The very concept of the zero - of what it represents - is unnatural.

Comment: Berlin (Score 1) 410 410

Shameless plug for Germany.

Though I do not have personal experience working/living in UK, over the years met lots of people who were simply orgasmic after the move from UK to Germany. Especially the London with its outrageous rent prices.

Munich is good place too. And if you are in the financial software, Frankfurt am Main is the place to go.

Much better living standards than the UK in general and London in particular.

The language in large cities in general is not a problem too. Some companies (esp international) require the fluent English, and often offer help to those who just move from abroad.

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