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Comment: Fantastic! (Score 1) 121

by Vthornheart (#27092789) Attached to: Congress Mulls API For Congressional Data
This is a fantastic idea! It would resolve a great deal of transparency problems with how our government works... yes, you can pour through Thomas, but Thomas is only a barely usable system, and its versioning capabilities definitely don't give the kind of information that would actually be useful to people trying to figure out who put line X in bill Y. If such an API existed (and was made truly useful in the ways being spoken of with versioning and robust searching), I would consider that a great victory for freedom of information.

Comment: Focus efforts on presentation... (Score 4, Insightful) 791

by Vthornheart (#26711311) Attached to: Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux
Perhaps instead of worrying about the specific distro being worked on (and distro-specific apps), developers could unite to improve the libraries, services, and interfaces that are used universally. Gnome and KDE, for example, are the "face" of Linux to the average user. And let's face it... KDE is modern but broken in many ways, and Gnome is stable but behind the times in many ways. The specific distro being improved is less of a concern if the focus is on bringing stability, visual appeal, and new user interface innovations to the frontend of Linux itself: the GUI interfaces that the average user works with on the system. Working on that aspect would make every distro benefit.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.

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