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Comment: Re:Useless Art Project (Score 3, Insightful) 162

by Threni (#48880229) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

The rites of spring by stravinsky has no "real life applications" other than the usual art stuff. You know, making life bearable in a pointless, hateful world where the best thing you can say about it is that you're going to die eventually, and beyond that everything in the universe is going to ultimately run out of energy and go dark and cold for ever and ever and ever. I mean, you're right; it would have been better had it improved the speed of an internet search or something practical like that, but sadly, no. Just pointless art.

Comment: Re: Ubuntu 14.04 (Score 2) 210

by Threni (#48729419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

It was specifically designed to target tablets, because there was already a perfectly good ui for the desktop, but which was not considered suitable for tablets (and phones). So they created one which was equally unsuitable for desktop, phone or tablet. It's quite telling that you question whether they even attempted this; Google for yourself if you don't believe me.

They believe that they're going after regular computer users rather than traditional Linux users, but nobodies heard of unity or Ubuntu outside of the Linux community and, in the uk ar least, there's zero marketing that I'm aware of for Ubuntu phones/tablets, if any devices actually exist, so canonical have next to nothing to show for this 5 year experiment apart from a massive exodus of previously happy Ubuntu users to mint.

Comment: Re: If ubuntu installed (Score 1) 210

by Threni (#48729335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

But windows has a better interface than Unity. And it's trivial to surf the Mint site and choose which ui is for you. No sane person would chose unity over any of them, and I'm at a loss as to what canonical was thinking when they imposed it on all the previously happy in l Ubuntu users without any option to revert back if they didn't like it.

Comment: Re: Touchscreen + Linux... (Score 1) 210

by Threni (#48729321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

I'd use one of my android phones or tablets to help but the functionality keeps completely changing so as soon as I relearn how to run a program or get on the internet they change it again, and I'm unable to do so. But one day they'll slip up and leave it long enough between completely changing the functionality for me to figure it out, at which point I'll be right with you.

Comment: Re:This is nothing new for me. (Score 1) 164

This is aimed at companies like Amazon or Google who are "based" in whatever country lets them avoid tax. Now they'll have to pay tax. This is good, right? Yes, there's some paperwork involved. So, do the paperwork and there are no problems. It's the cost of doing business. They can always give up and do something else; someone else will step in and somehow struggle through all those bits of paper so that they can import boxes from china, pay the staff minimum wage etc. Frankly I'm surprised there's not a company you can go to that does all this for you; you could just surf some site, select the items you want to see, pick a name for your shop and arrange the rent etc and tell the company the address and they'll sort out the staff, imports etc for a cut. I'm not actually sure what differentiates different stores these days.

Comment: Re:This is going to cripple their outsourcing (Score 1) 78

by Threni (#48709163) Attached to: India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

Why do you think there's such an emphasis on reusable code, formal proof and test driven development? Before too long you'll be literally able to get actual monkeys to more or less randomly hit keys and have a guaranteed working program out the other end. Well, working in terms of meeting some sort of spec, anyway; no guarantee that's correct.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.