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Comment: Re:Gnomeification? (Score 1) 166

by frisket (#47960707) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity
I thought KDE was touted as being more "Windows-like" than Gnome, but maybe that's just my ignorance (I did use KDE once, many years ago, in the early releases of RH/Fedora). If it needs simplification, they have only themselves to blame. The problem with all GUI approaches to configuration is that they present what the designers believe are the options most people want, but I see no evidence that this has ever been tested or quantified. Usually the one key option you need fixed is absent, meaning you have to dig through the ludicrous syntax of dozens of config files. If a GUI is going to be presented as THE way to configure things, it has to be comprehensive (eg Evolution, although half of that seems to be broken still because it's immature, but a good start). Otherwise the designers need to get off their high horses and agree of one single common compulsory syntax and vocabulary for ALL config files, preferably in something obvious like key=value or XML.

Comment: Re:Black letter law (Score 1) 109

by frisket (#47960671) Attached to: Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

Whether or not they have implemented anything yet, "addresses concerns by the likes of Microsoft and other tech giants" should read "addresses concerns of non-US populations"...about the ability of the US Government to pry into the private affairs of non-US citizens.

Not that the US Government gives a flying fuck about the views of non-US citizens. If the US Government finally starts to behave decently and respect the views of non-US citizens (even for the most bogus of corporate-funded reasons), it's a start...

Comment: Re:You wanted his strategy... (Score 1) 30

by fustakrakich (#47959821) Attached to: Heh

Yes, it's just a thing that everyone goes through, everything dissolves back into from where it came... but it hasn't yet, while you are here, in your non-dirt phase, make the best of it. And you should be impressed with what nature does with dirt. It created you and me out of it (who ever thought that dirt could daydream and fantasize? Yet here we are), and both you and I will return to that exact same state, leaving everything about this life behind, resistance is futile. Gruesome and gross with all the gristle and fat, but still tasty. Purpose is yours to make or break.

And don't forget, dirt is just another high level "abstraction". You gotta break it down to the base.

Comment: Re: Any news on the first stage landing tests? (Score 1) 89

by bill_mcgonigle (#47959517) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Came here to ask the same. Somebody is patent-troll threatening them from testing landings on a barge offshore which was the sensible thing to do before actual land - for safety, not ease (waves). I'm planning to drive the family down for the first land landing, and it looks like imaginary -property knaves are doing their best to screw up this trip (and retard the progress of science and the useful arts, as usual).

Comment: Re:Style (Score 1) 102

by fustakrakich (#47959493) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

"Sanctions" are merely a method of stimulating cash flow from market to market, like any other trade deal, if you don't have "favored nation" status, you are being "sanctioned". This is how prices are determined. The fantasy of "supply and demand" doesn't even come up in meetings. It is tidal, cyclical in nature, like seasonal weight gain and water retention. Please get the silly politics out of your head, *Mr. Beal*. If you would like to know why the Russians appear a bit "pissed" these days, this should point you in the general direction of what makes the world go 'round. The Obama administration is amongst the most accomplished ever to the people that matter. I can assure you they have no complaints about his "foreign policy".

Comment: What About Jobs Developement Style (Score 1) 76

by LifesABeach (#47959149) Attached to: 'Reactive' Development Turns 2.0
Step 1. Basically have a childish snit in front of Engineers, insult and threaten them with their jobs and reputation. Step 2. Go to a special room to smoke pot. Step 3. Repeat till product is finished. Step 4. Out source project. Step 5. Make good on statements generated in Step 1. Step 6. Profit! Step 7. Go To Step 1.

Comment: Re:Manufacturing (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#47958357) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I think you have no idea what you are talking about. Drilling one hole with a laser isn't too hard. Drilling millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability IS as difficult as "rocket science". (as if that is some sort of valid comparison...) That's exactly what make manufacturing hard.

No, he's right. The benefit of laser cutting is that it is predictable and repeatable. It's far easier to laser-cut millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability with a laser cutter than it is to do it with a mill, provided that the surface being cut lends itself to laser cutting. The problem of positioning the laser is no more complex than the problem of positioning the part on a mill (arguably, it is less so) while milling the holes adds a significant number of additional complexities which are not present in a laser cutting system. That's why laser cutting has become so popular, to say nothing of its ability to handle materials which cannot practically be machined. Then again, laser cutting a fat billet isn't really practical either, so clearly both approaches have their benefits. I imagine that's why both approaches are used by Apple on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:This is why you outsource manufacturing. (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#47958307) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Outsource to a big company like Foxconn or Solectron that has already invested in all the expensive equipment and processes (in both cases, some of it actually paid for by Apple), and have them do your manufacturing for you.

The problem with that notion is that you can and will be pushed aside if Apple wants to do a bunch of manufacturing right now. You are last in line for the big guys. You need to be matched with the appropriate manufacturer.

Comment: Re:Dont forget! (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#47958295) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I wonder if some kind of fair trade system could be developed for electronics, just like we have for food products?

The simplest fix is to charge a tariff to offset the benefits of cheap labor. Then you get money and eliminate the benefits of slavery, without actually outlawing trade. In order to prove that you're unfairly assessing these tariffs, they have to prove that they're not oppressing their people, so the process drives transparency.

It won't fix the low value of human life in China overnight, but it will apply pressure in the correct direction. Sadly, it's not even on the radar.

Comment: Re:It is doable. (Score 1) 361

by drinkypoo (#47958281) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Until you get really sick or run off to Argentina with Miffy, and then the remaining staff hasn't a clue about how to run or fix all the custom contraptions.

The complexity of equipment we're talking about here is nothing like software development. You do realize that even machine tools only have a handful of moving parts, right? Tools which hold animals (or cut, smash, or otherwise affect them) can be apprehended simply by dissasembling them. Then you measure some distances center to center, and maybe the bore and stroke of some cylinders, and do some simple math (as in, even I can do it, and I have issues with numbers) and et voila, you know how it works. Especially if they have more than one of them, and replacement parts can be copied from another machine. Farm equipment is regularly repaired by people who don't have a manual.

"Pull the wool over your own eyes!" -- J.R. "Bob" Dobbs