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Comment: Re:Ok but if that's your attitude (Score 1) 1501

by cronot (#44294783) Attached to: Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

This.

The impression I'm getting here is that people is siding with Linus without really understanding what the discussion was about, and how it really unfolded. It's like people are painting the girl who started it as a diva who gets offended at cursing.

I read the whole thread though (gasp!), and it was a rather civil, insightful, and even funny discussion, at both sides of the argument. Ironically, I think the girl who started the discussion cursed even more than Linus during the discussion. Reading the thread, I've got the impression that the subject wasn't so much about cursing and being disproportionately mad at times, but just "toning it a bit down", and minding to whom Linus would burst out, and I can she has a point. The problem is, Linus tends to burst out at top-level developers (because of their greater responsibility, making mistakes for them are more damaging), and this tends to scare away inexperienced developers, while also impacting morale and reducing top-developers authority. And it's hard not to agree with that - there's only so much abuse a top-developer can take (Alan Cox anyone?).

I'm not sure I'm really siding with the girl either though, because I can see Linus has some valid reasons for acting like that, I could see *myself* acting the same way in his position, and I'm a generally a laid back guy. That's the kind of discussion that it's not all black and white.

Comment: Unimpressed (Score 3, Informative) 95

by cronot (#44035283) Attached to: Cerulean Studios Releases Trillian IM Protocol Specifications

There has been a lot of backlash on their blog about this: Why didn't they just go with XMPP? What their protocol have that XMPP doesn't, or couldn't be extended to support?

Personally - just a guess (also, btw, disclaimer: I'm a subscriber) - I think they're dying. Their client haven't been getting any significant development for the past year, current issues with some protocols have been going unaddressed, and new features like Lync protocol support (which there are working OSS implementations) have been going completely ignored despite many people clamoring for it.

So, they have been silent for a long time, and now this. It's fishy.

Comment: Re:And STILL No 64 Bit (Score 1) 93

by cronot (#42988671) Attached to: Google Releases Chrome 25 With Voice Recognition Support

I agree with this argument on Windows. On OSX though, 32-bit chrome is a problem incidentally because of Java: on recent updates (past year) the 32-bit Java plugin on OSX was disabled. You can say what you want about Java, its vulnerabilities and shortcomings as a platform, but the fact is that many sites (banks or such) still require it, and that means I have to use Safari for those sites. It's not a big problem, but it's incovenient, and OSX, compared to Windows, has a much higher ratio of software and system components with 64-bit binaries than Windows, so there's very little reason to keep Chrome clinging to a legacy binary format on that platform.

Comment: Here's prior art for you (Score 5, Informative) 214

by cronot (#41352239) Attached to: Microsoft Patents Whacking Your Phone To Silence It

Oh, so you want prior art?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.eversource.shake2silence&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImJyLmNvbS5ldmVyc291cmNlLnNoYWtlMnNpbGVuY2UiXQ..

Last update was on December 2010 - so it's a fair to assume the first version was submitted even earlier. And that's just one example I could find quickly, of course. It wouldn't surprise me it there are many more other apps (for Android or iOS alike) that does the same thing and was made before.

And yeah, as rolfwind said, just because the idea was implemented only after 10 years after Microsoft entered the smartphone market, doesn't mean it's patentable. The technology needed for this idea wasn't ubiquotous on smartphones until some 4 or 5 years ago anyway, so you should rather start making the math at that point in time.

Comment: Re:Mint is nice, but... (Score 1) 114

by cronot (#40029873) Attached to: LinuxMint13 RC Is Available For Testing

Well, for starters, LMDE is related to Debian Testing, not Squeeze (which is currently the Stable distribution). So you should get more updated packages on LMDE vs. Squeeze, yes, and contrary to Debian, LMDE's packages should be updated more frequently and often to the latest upstream software releases.

Basically, LMDE is Debian Testing with some specific Mint packages (that usually are intended to improve and simplify user experience and add the "Mint" branding over Debian) overlayed on it. You should read my reply above to wrook detailing how on the latest snapshot releases LMDE is not really using the Debian Testing repositories directly, but you can easily make it do so and there shouldn't be any problems by doing that - I haven't tried myself though, so YMMV; I'm quite happy as it is.

Comment: Re:Thanks for mentioning that (Score 2) 114

by cronot (#40029583) Attached to: LinuxMint13 RC Is Available For Testing

I tried using it at the end of last year and I didn't get *any* updates for the 3 or 4 months I was using it. Not even security updates.

That's because since the penultimate snapshot release of LMDE (which was at some time on the last quarter of last year) they've switched the repositories to use their own copy of a snapshot of Debian Testing, and every 5 months or so they release what they call "update packs", which is basically a more recent snapshot of Debian Testing with the packages therein more throughly tested for bugs and such. Before they started doing that, LMDE used the standard Debian Testing repositories.

The intention on having a "snapshot repository" is to try to get the best of both worlds of rolling releases distributions and version-based distributions (i.e. Ubuntu). It's certainly not perfect, but works well enough for me, I don't mind it. Anyway, the maintainers says it's fine to swap out those Mint "snapshot repositories" with the standard Debian Testing repositories on sources.conf - of course, you're more likely to stumble into problems from time to time, and hence should be prepared to work around them or muddle through with them, but it shouldn't be any more problematic than using plain Debian Testing.

Comment: Mint is nice, but... (Score 5, Informative) 114

by cronot (#40020513) Attached to: LinuxMint13 RC Is Available For Testing

Mint is nice, and it's the Linux flavor I'm using currently (although I use LMDE, not the standard Mint) after having left Ubuntu when they transitioned to Unity. The best thing about it is that the maintainer(s) actually listen to users regarding development directions, which was what drove them to develop Cinnamon and adopt MATE as an option - as opposed to Ubuntu / Canonical, that just forced down the users' throats their ideas and UI decisions, alienating a large part of their user base in the process.

Having said that, there's still one thing that keeps me from recommending it to new users or users migrating out of Ubuntu: lack of automated upgrade procedure to newer major versions - one thing that Ubuntu has and generally works nice there. On Mint, the official procedure is to backup you files/settings using the backup tool, install the newer version from scratch on top of the existing install, and then restore the backup after. That's just too cumbersome. Yes, it's possible to upgrade without reinstalling by manually editing the sources.list file and upgrading manually with apt-get, but it's considered unsafe and error prone by the maintainers and hence not recommended. I did it anyway on a past install, and sure enough I had hiccups - I still had a working install, but there were a lot of rough edges and inconsistencies on the upgraded install. Because of that I ended up installing LMDE so I didn't have to worry about major version upgrades anymore. It's not a fully smooth ride either, but it's far more manageable, and having previous experience with Debian, I'm totally at home with it. But it's obviously not something I'd recommend to casual / new users either.

Comment: Re:It's change for the sake of change (Score 1) 1040

Well, I disagree. I think the motivations and some of the changes are quite nice, but they are badly misguided. Both Ubuntu and MS are making the mistake of trying to cram UI concepts not suitable to the environment they are going to be used:
- Metro UI: Awesome for tablets and touch interfaces in general - I'd go as far as saying it's the best UI concept on these cases, better even than iOS. But that concept just doesn't make any sense and it's counter-productive when you're interfacing with your device using a keyboard and mouse.
- Unity: Same thing, doesn't translate well to desktops, but it's worse because this UI doesn't really work well with touch interfaces either; it really was made for and works well only on a dying breed of devices: Netbooks.
- Gnome 3: I'll refrain from too much comment on this one because I haven't really used it yet, but from what I've seen, this is the one that's actually the saner of the other two in the sense that they are not trying to jam a square in a peg hole like the other two are doing - they are really trying to redefine traditional UI concepts on the desktop, and maybe other environments too. That's not to say that they're on the ball though: I think they've really gone way too radical there. What I'm really saying is that Gnome is the less bad of bunch.

Comment: Google is being dumb here (Score 5, Insightful) 210

by cronot (#36920236) Attached to: How Google Killing Accounts Can Leave Androids Orphaned

I don't like that my G+ profile shouts my real name everywhere too. So I was looking around in my profile, and guess what: There's a "Nickname" field in there - but the profile form explicitly says that it won't be shown in the profile. Why the hell are they doing that? Why have this field if it's not going to be used?

The dumb part is that Google could be fixing this problem in a much less disrupting way: Make the "Nickname" field actually useful, make it the default field shown for the public, or have the user setup if he wants the Nickname to be shown or his real name. Hell, if Google is so bent into real names, at least make the Nickname the field to be shown to the public, and the real name only to your friends / circles. What a waste.

Comment: Re:Moto's crippled bootloader (Score 5, Insightful) 297

by cronot (#35353840) Attached to: Can the Atrix 4G Really Become Your Next PC?

Being able to download the kernel, driver, and Android sources directly from Motorola, the maker of my Droid phone, is so prohibitive.

Good luck getting your recompiled kernel+driver+Android sources past the well-locked-down bootloader on any Motorola Android device newer than the original Droid.

Fair enough. However, this is not Android's (the OS) fault - the bootloader locking mechanism is hardware based, so only Motorola's to blame here. As always in these cases, all you can do is vote with your wallet: get a HTC or some other brand that doesn't lock you out of your property.

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