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Comment Re: It's a hacked Deja Vu (Score 1) 153

Journalists are not developers

Exactly, you can't possibly expect journalists to do any research for the story they're writing, I mean that would be crazy.

so they wouldn't know there was anything after Courier New. Heck, they didn't know there was a New version to Courier.

In any case New Courier never really took off, it was replaced after only a few months by Courier Classic (which was really just standard Courier re-branded).

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 93

The entire FreeBSD ports tree had in Q1 2015 a bit less than 7000 commits from 163 developers

That's because they have a small, focused developer group, not a global clusterfsck where everyone gets to stick their dick in.

(Yeah, I know, this'll get modded flamebait, but I'm trying to make a serious point, a small focused group typically does a much better job than a Monglian horde).

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 93

We're getting to the point where the Linux kernel itself is superb, but everything built on top of it is becoming utter shit.

Don't worry - in one of the upcoming Systemd releases, the Linux kernel will finally be 100% replaced.

I've always wondered when they're finally going to rename it everythingd. The closest equivalent I can think of is svchost.exe, which is at about the same level as everythingd.

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 93

No, GNOME3 and Unity pretty much take the cake for sucky UI, the one on Windows 8 a distant third in suckiness.

Have you actually used Win8? I know there are all sorts of opinions on Unity (particularly earlier versions), but I can take J.Random user (with previous computer experience) and sit them down in front of a Unity desktop and they can use it. Sit them down in front of Win8 and they're completely lost, the interface is so alien that they don't know what to do any more (that's from actual experience with various users).

It really is hard to think of a desktop/laptop UI that's worse than the Win8 one, it sort of defines the extreme end of a scale that goes from, for argument's sake, Snow Leopard at 9.5 (can't think of a 10 really) to Win8 at 0. I'd put Unity at maybe a 3 or 4.

Comment Re:How many people to thank? (Score 1) 93

According to this:

Each Linux release includes more than 10,000 patches from more than 1,400 developers and more than 200 corporations.

That's not that impressive, this open-source project has 48,000 patches contributed by tens of thousands of people (they don't record individuals vs. corporations so I don't have figures for that).

Comment Re:The Unicode Consortium (Score 1) 243

These things are holding Unicode back. There is a reason why, for example, airlines and hotels are using software that avoids Unicode.

It's because they're using legacy software that goes back, in some cases, to the 1960s, not because of some evil anti-Unicode conspiracy. Heck, I've been to hotels where they're restricted to 7-bit ASCII only, and they just make do. These industries' primary business is offering hospitality services, not of correctly rendering Mojibake-San's name in the guest register.

Comment Re:Who proposed tem? (Score 1) 243

In my lifetime, the obvious example of repurposing a charitable organization is the March of Dimes. Polio was cured, so after a mad scramble they chose birth defects, which has the advantage that it will probably never be cured.

That sounds like some Internet standards groups, of which TLS and X.509 spring immediately to mind:

Is the Internet secure yet?

No? Well then keep standardising, dammit!

Comment Re:Who proposed tem? (Score 1) 243

It has four digits in the mid-5000s allocated some 20 years ago and since they're up to ~46,000 now that makes me an Internet alpha male.

Huh, I have a three-digit one. Some of my closer neighbours in the IANA list have email addresses that are bang-paths.

Oh gawd, if you're in Internet alpha male, that probably makes me an Internet dinosaur, just one step removed from the fossils with two-digit ones.

Comment Re:Betteridge's law of headlines says ... no (Score 2) 243

We got enough glyphs -- we don't need a fucking symbol for every idea / concept / etc.

I would agree with you, but not before they introduct an emoji for "Ah fsck, I know I went out to pick up some more nappies and baby formula but they had a discount on beer right next to the entrance and after I got that I forgot about the baby stuff because they had beer nuts as well, those little crunchy ones where you can eat a ton of them without them making you feel sick, and then I ran into Joe, you remember Joe, we were at school together, and what with one thing and another I completely forgot the nappies so I'm heading back again now to pick them up, which is why I'll be late". Then you'd need a few variants to deal with things like running into your friend Alex instead of Joe, the beer nuts actually being pretzels, and so on. As soon as they add the emojis for those critical communications, we'll be done.

"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA