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Comment: Re:That's impossible (Score 1) 317

by Zaurus (#49279195) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

It's not impossible at all -- Spartan is a copy of the IE engine code, repackaged as a Metro app and will be updated on an ongoing basis through the Windows App Store model. Anything that doesn't work in that space like ActiveX/COM, Browser Helper Objects, etc. are all stripped out.

IE11 will also remain in Windows 10, with good ole' MSHTML.DLL and all that other cruft that developers (and parts of Windows itself) have been taking hard dependencies on for 15+ years. It will receive security updates, performance improvements and so on, but it will not be updated at the pace of Spartan.

Maybe shipping two browsers with the OS will upset some people, but this should actually work out pretty nicely.

Intriguingly, I cannot tell whether you mean to be serious, funny, or sarcastic. I simply don't know enough about windows to tell...

GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment: Stop the heterophobia (Score 1, Interesting) 1174

by Zaurus (#43086187) Attached to: Orson Scott Card's Superman Story Shelved After Homophobia Controversy
I think that "anonymous reader" is a hypocrite. I believe it is "stupid" and "hateful" to call someone stupid and hateful for sharing their personal belief that homosexuality is damaging to the nation.

I'm sick of the heterophobia and hypocrisy that's so popular in the media these days. "If you don't believe that homosexuality is a normal thing that's absolutely wonderful for everybody then WE ATTACK YOU! ...but don't you dare attack us. That violates our rights."

Guess what? I believe that homosexuality is flat out wrong as well. So flame on.

Jerks.

Comment: NIH (Score 4, Funny) 1154

by Zaurus (#41265375) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?
(Sigh) I guess I'll just have to rewrite the whole thing from the ground up. I'll just avoid making any bugs or bad design decisions, and make sure everything loves all aspects of everything I code. I'll just write a new bootloader, kernel, drivers, utilities, compiler toolchain, windowing system, desktop productivity software, and some cute cat apps.

Should take a week or two.

Comment: Re:The Patdown Procedure Was Horrifying For Me (Score 1) 219

Though I select the scanner in my case, I completely identify with your feelings -- I had them too. It was overwhelming. Thank you for your comment. It prompted me to write a letter requesting my elected officials help eliminate this new terror, a copy of which I sent to both my State's senators and to my representative in the house.

Comment: Finally (Score 5, Insightful) 601

by Zaurus (#39137577) Attached to: State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches
It's about time the pendulum starts swinging away from the abusive, oppressive practices that the terrorists have set in place over our society.

America is supposed to be the land of the free, home of the brave. Not the land of the willing to consent to invasive and abusive practices because of drummed up fear.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 4

by Zaurus (#29852997) Attached to: Apple discontinues ZFS project
Well, if you consider the web site, the repository, the Apple employees on the filesystem and kernel sides, and the macosforge branding as "the project" then they can certainly kill it.

But you're right, we've got copies of the open source code, so in the sense that the code is the project, it lives on.

What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?

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