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Comment Complainers gonna complain (Score 2) 100

And when Chinese tech companies are forming partnerships with American firms that have ties to the American military, critics complain that they will get crucial technology and sneak in backdoors, which could inadvertently improve the fundamental technology capabilities of the Chinese military — or worse, harm United States national security.

Comment Re:Slashdot Is Dead (Score 1) 127

You guys didn't post one article about the new Star Wars trailer yesterday, and you are barely late to the game on this [snip] story (It's been weeks in the making).

I have a feeling of déjà-vu. Did you time travel from 1999 ?
I can't wait for the dupe later this week.
By the way, today is 'Back to The Future' Day on this side of the Atlantic.

Comment Hint (Score 0) 131

Hint: If you're going to argue that fracking is safe or even actually good for health, you can pick plenty of arguments from yesterday's discussion.

I mean, if the arguments dismissing your favorite source of cheap energy as being the cause of 20x-50x higher rates in some health issue are working, they certainly should work even better for 30%-40% increases, right ?

Comment Re:Multiple desktops for OS X? (Score 3, Informative) 125

If you don't use full-screen-as-a-separate-space, it only requires a little tweaking of default parameters to get something usable, even if not to your liking. (By the way, is there some setting so that the default action is zoom and the alt/option one is full screen ?)

In settings -> mission control, deactivate automatically rearrange spaces, which is probably why you think that some applications appear on multiple spaces: actually, it's only on a single space (by default), but the spaces keep being rearranged.

If you want a space to span all monitors, I guess you can do it here too, but I'm a fan of distinct spaces on distinct screens, a feature I had 15 years ago on X11 (but which implied the inability to move windows between screens). Note that GNOME 3 does (did?) something "interesting" by default, which is a single desktop on the secondary screen, and virtual desktops on the primary one. Probably useful on laptops in presentation mode. (Is the default over-ridable) ?

In settings -> keyboard -> shortcuts, activate Mission control per-space bindings, so that you can swap between spaces with ctrl-(number). The catch is that you have to organize your spaces by task. You can then bind applications to some spaces. You can do that by alt-clicking in the dock and looking in options. Older versions of Mac OS X with Spaces (instead of Mission Control) had a list of assignations.

The space selection widget is gone though, if you won't use shortcuts, it's F3. Each space is rendered as a thumbnail on the top, you could choose a different background for each space if it helps you. The bottom part is all of the windows in the currently selected space. What is not very obvious is finding the currently selected space, depending on your color scheme: the white border is not very visible on white background.

Comment Really ? (Score 0) 125

You forgot to profess your love for Visual Studio, and how you used to program with vi or emacs.
Because apart telling us than Windows 10 now has virtual desktops and how bad a job you're doing at organizing them, I don't know what was your point.
If you can't keep your stuff organized, try invoking $MOTHER, because your issues are not technical in nature.

Comment Re:I don't see anything different. (Score 1) 132

The old one wasn't Comic-Sans-y enough.
They still need to add bad kerning, however.

Yes, and Facebook did the same two months ago.
In related news, Donald Knuth has been heard saying that he was starting to work on a new social website and a new web search engine.

Comment Re:Try NextStep (Score 1) 354

I like the original idea behind AfterStep - to make an open source implementation of Obj-C and the Foundation, and Appkit frameworks to make porting OpenSTEP applications to Linux or other open source operating systems easier.

You're thinking of GNUstep (which by the way is not limited to OpenStep's original floating menus).
AfterStep started as a configuration file and some applets for fvwm, before forking.
Window Maker was written from scratch, and they wrote the WINGs toolkit for it. As the toolkit name says, WINGs Is Not GNUstep.
I'm writing this on a Window Maker desktop :)

My mother is a fish. - William Faulkner