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Comment: Eat healthy anyone? (Score 4, Insightful) 625

by bsdhacker (#47227339) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability
If this goes through, they should mandate a strict diet of vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fish and water for the duration of their benefits collection period. If this could somehow be enforced, very few of them would be on "disability" for long. By the same token, getting drunk should be considered for disability. The solution is simple. Stop eating processed garbage and eat lots of whole foods instead.

Comment: Good move IMO (Score 1) 617

by bsdhacker (#33058030) Attached to: School District Drops 'D' Grades
I find this to be a very good move - assuming A,B,C still represents the same grading scale. You either take school seriously, or don't bother. *Anyone*, regardless of intelligence, who puts in an honest effort will be able to get a C in any class. This is already how it's done in college engineering degrees. Anything below a C (and sometimes a B-) is considered failing.

Comment: What about KMail/Kontact? (Score 1) 368

by bsdhacker (#31082644) Attached to: KDE 4.4 Released Alongside Website Redesign
I tried KDE 4.3.5 for a few months, but had to revert back because KMail/Kontact crashed constantly. If I can't use Kontact in KDE, then I've lost half the benefit of using KDE. I wonder if these problems were included in the 7000+ bugs they claimed to have fixed in 4.4.0. Now I'm back to my ol' tiling window manager - Awesome (which also crashes from time to time :/ )... Maybe I'll give xmonad a try.

Comment: Linus' Attitude (Score 1) 909

by bsdhacker (#28876673) Attached to: Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"
Linus' responsibilities require him to be very strict. If he wasn't so hard-nosed about regressions and code quality, Linux wouldn't be where it is today. Unfortunately, he's also a jerk (or "git" if you'd rather). I've worked with similar people, and they make you want to pull your hair out. There is no excuse for Linus to be so inconsiderate. Alan has contributed an enourmous amount of work to Linux, and the least Linus could do is show him a little courtesy when conversing with him.

Comment: Why are people surprised? (Score 1) 378

by bsdhacker (#26571071) Attached to: Survey Says C Dominated New '08 Open-Source Projects
I don't understand why people are so surprised that C is still very popular. C is the king of performance and likely always will be. Many amateur developers don't like it because it takes a bit more effort to learn and use correctly. C > C++ > C# > Java They may have combined C and C++ staticstics, but to include C# would have been completely obsurd.

Comment: Dvorak vs Qwerty (Score 1) 663

by bsdhacker (#26512895) Attached to: Dvorak Layout Claimed Not Superior To QWERTY
I switched to Dvorak 2 years ago. Before that I had typed Qwerty for about 20 years. I feel that I have a good sense of the strengths and weaknesses of both. On paper, Dvorak looks great and Qwerty looks terrible. But Dvorak isn't without its warts, and Qwerty isn't all that bad for those who don't experience discomfort from it. In my experience, Dvorak relieved the pain in my hands and wrists (although the right pinky took some time to stregthen). My hands and fingers would tire very easily when typing Qwerty. As for speed, I feel they are roughly equivalent, although my speed has increased approx 10 wpm. I know some very fast Qwerty typists (~160 wpm), and some very fast Dvorak typists (~165 wpm). As for me, I peaked at about 95 wpm. As a side note, Dvorak isn't the only alternative layout that I have worked with. I also spent some time on modified version of the carpalx BULPKM layout and stuck with it until I was up to about 60 wpm. That layout was extremely comfortable to type on (noticeably better than even Dvorak), but it was apparent that comfort was the goal as opposed to speed.

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