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Comment Re:Tried it, couldn't use it (Score 1) 348

...they were so bitterly reticent about it.

Are you sure about that? Single-window mode was the top "new feature" that the GIMP team highlighted in the version 2.8 release notes. It seemed like it was a feature they were excited to have, not something they were trying to quietly implement without anyone noticing.

Comment Re:Tried it, couldn't use it (Score 5, Informative) 348

When you open GIMP, it throws up so many Windows that I just get totally confused

This complaint has cropped up several times on this thread already. That is somewhat incredible, because GIMP has supported a single-window interface for years. Select "Single-Window Mode" from the "Windows" menu, and the "so many windows" will become one window.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 348

The day GIMP started trying to force people to save in its own proprietary format (to the great unhappiness of a large portion of its user base) rather than the format the file was OPENED in pretty much marks its death.

Have you even used GIMP recently? If you open a file in GIMP that is not in GIMP's native XCF format, there is an "Overwrite image_file_name" option in the "File" menu that does exactly what you want (i.e., does exactly what the "Save" option used to do).

Comment waiting for the reality show (Score 1) 129

I assume this means that a new Discovery Channel/Animal Planet "reality" show is just around the corner. "Underwater Gold", "Robot Miners", or something like that. It will be a nice complement to "Bering Sea Gold", "Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice", "Ice Cold Gold", "Prospectors", "The Gold Rush", "Jungle Gold", "Yukon Gold", etc. (Yes, those are all real television shows. And yes, that is how stupid Discovery Channel and Animal Planet have gotten.)

Comment Re:Cause meet effect, effect say hello to cause (Score 1) 393

You are asking us to believe that they actually care about this cause?

I'm not sure I understand your question. I am suggesting that they might be primarily motivated by increasing their own profits, and that creating an excess supply of coders is a means to that end. What "cause" are you referring to?

Comment Re:Cause meet effect, effect say hello to cause (Score 1) 393

not a cynic, a conspiracy theorist.

I don't think you understand what those terms mean. It is a fact that wealthy tech business leaders (Gates, Zuckerberg, etc.) are funding and lobbying for "everyone needs to code" initiatives. There is no question of whether or not those people are "conspiring" to push these initiatives; it is a well-publicized fact that they are. They only question is what their motivation might be. A cynical viewpoint is that their primary motivation is to flood the market with a glut of "coders" in an effort to drive down wages and increase profits (as many other slashdotters have also speculated), hence my original comment.

To review: "Conspiracy theorists" question which individuals or groups are behind a series of events. Cynics question the motives behind peoples' actions and usually believe that they are motivated by greed.

Comment Re:Cause meet effect, effect say hello to cause (Score 1) 393

Then you have depressed pricing for the labor of people who earned a degree.

The cynic in me wonders if that was the intent from the very beginning: Create a narrative that "everyone needs to go to college", create loan programs so that just about anyone can go (and rack up massive debt in the process), then sit back and watch as the value of having a college degree, and the wages of workers with degrees, both decline. At the very least, that is surely not a disappointing outcome for wealthy business owners, CEOs, etc.

A cynic might also wonder if that is the intention of all of the recent "everyone needs to learn how to code" initiatives, too.

Comment misleading headline (Score 1) 131

In case it was not clear to everyone reading TFS, "GPS Always Overstimates Distances" is incorrect. The point of TFA is that, on average, distances are overestimated. GPS distance estimates are subject to random error, and the random error is biased. So more often than not, the estimate will be too large, but not "always". A better headline would have been, "GPS Usually Overestimates Distances". Less sensational, but more accurate.

Comment conflict != being a jerk (Score 1, Informative) 93

As others have pointed out here before, constructive conflict/disagreement in the workplace does not require acting like an asshole. If you read any of Sarah Sharp's comments on this matter, it is very clear that she had no problem at all with technical criticism or disagreement. Her problem was with unproductive and demeaning personal attacks. The summary seems to just lump all of this together, suggesting that Linus telling people that they are worthless and should kill themselves is an example of productively harnessing "conflict in the workplace".

Also, from the summary: "...Linus can get away with being somewhat prickly because he's a genius." Perhaps, but it could also be because he's in charge and has more power than anyone else on the project. There are plenty of really smart people who work on the Linux kernel, but most of them probably couldn't get away with the same kind of behavior because of their position in the power hierarchy. This further emphasizes why public, personal insults directed at subordinates are decidedly not an example of "harnessing workplace conflict" for productive ends.

Comment Re:Unconvincing about qualitative differences (Score 2) 120

There's plenty of material in the rest of the article that is even less convincing. Consider this:

"...the American Midwest is an agricultural breadbasket, not a large swamp, because railroads provided the link between that farming region and the demand of the East Coast..."

Does the author actually think the midwest was "a large swamp" prior to the arrival of settlers and the conversion to agriculture? Because it most certainly was not, unless the author thinks grasslands, savannas, and deciduous forests are the same thing as "a large swamp".

TFA was filled with sweeping generalizations like this, and mostly failed to substantiate any of them with references or other evidence. I imagine that this "large swamp" example wasn't the only case of pure BS.

"People should have access to the data which you have about them. There should be a process for them to challenge any inaccuracies." -- Arthur Miller