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Comment Business (Score 5, Informative) 209

The big piece of information that always gets neglected in these articles is that they didn't sue because he was throwing a party, but because he runs a business which hosts party events and then used Pokémon to promote such an event. Here is the company's trashy Facebook page. "Fans" and "Businesses" are NOT the same thing. https://www.facebook.com/Rucku...

Comment 25mbps (Score 1) 280

Considering that the FCC changed the definition of "broadband" to 25mbps, I think the article needs updating. Maybe 10mbps "high speed" (bullshit marketing term) is enough for general usage, but "broadband" is an official term governed by the FCC. 10mbps simply doesn't meet this requirement, therefor it isn't even broadband.

Source: https://www.fcc.gov/document/f...

Comment Condescending Attitude (Score 5, Insightful) 241

It is mostly ignored because of the condescending attitude that too many programmers have. We're supposed to be encouraging young people to get into programming, and in the same breath belittle people who dont understand why it would be on the 256th day of the year?

I'm going to link an obligatory XKCD reference now: https://xkcd.com/1053/

Comment What is "Useful"? (Score 0) 80

What is really deemed "Useful" though? For instance, my phone is a business phone and the only apps running in background are all either communication tools for other business personnel I work with, or notification services for server infrastructure issues. GREAT! Now I can install an app to disable all that important functionality! Server goes offline? No biggie, my phone battery is at least marginally more awesome, I guess?

Comment UX/UI of the OS (Score 1) 889

For me, it isn't the applications themselves, it is the UX/UI of the Linux desktops themselves. Microsoft did something very VERY nice in the early 90's, and that was building Common Dialog Box API. This handles file open/save, printing, color picker, and a few more. With most applications relying upon this one single API, as the dialog's interfaces are upgraded, the applications gain the same upgrades. All applications have the same dialogs, regardless of which application they are or who made it. Open a Windows 95 era application in Windows 7 or newer, use the open/save dialog boxes, and they'll have all the modern file browsing features of the current OS. These windows are resizable and easy to navigate. They're quite feature rich, and generally keep getting better and better with each release of Windows, thus making the applications that use them better and better.

Comment Re:VBA (Score 1) 429

Had a client insist on using Excel for data entry into a database... wrote an entire fucking SQL front end using VBA in Excel, which in itself was tricky since Excel's SQL access is "supposed" to be read-only (just SELECT statements). Discovered an exploit in Excel 2003 (maybe earlier now? I can't remember) that allowed for INSERT and UPDATE statements to process through as well. The exploit still worked in Excel 2007 when we switched everything over to XSLX files which could be directly processed by the server so no more need for hackish bullshit. (tho, if it were MY choice, we're fuckin ditch Excel a decade ago for what we're doing)

Comment Gigabit isn't everything... (Score 1) 253

Gigabit isn't everything... My locally owned ISP is considering the same thing with DOCSIS. The problem? It is only Gigabit DOWNLOAD, with still shitty upload. Why is this an issue? Remote storage backups and generally uploading large content (like videos) to the internet. Sure, the slower upload "works for most uses", but so does the slower downloads. The whole point of more bandwidth is to open up the availability to more types of applications. We already have the download bandwidth to stream 1080p content and possibly 4k content on the connection I have with my current ISP. The only advantage I'd get with the faster download at this point is quicker downloads of massive content that isn't streamed (Linux ISOs and packages for example). So unless they give us that sweet glorious Gigabit UPLOAD like Google has, this really isn't doing that much to change end-user experience.

Comment How Many Libraries of Congress? (Score 1) 114

How many libraries of congress is that!?!? Oh wait, we're not talking about network traffic here. But, we ARE talking about archiving and searching through tweets. So the question comes up: the library of congress is archiving all public tweets. Do they honor the fact they're deleted off of the source material? And how easy would it be to search the library's archive vs Twitter's archive?


Comment Re:B2B only (Score 2) 82

Secondly, they're only talking about B2B Apps (as in phone apps or little web tools). The freemium model has been working out well for VMWare with their "Player" product encouraging people to get "Workstation" and their "Hypervisor" product encourage people to get the full "vSphere" suite. Oracle is doing this with the acquisition of Sun and MySQL server, trying to convince users to switch over to their Enterprise Server products. There are plenty of other examples in this space, too.

Comment Color Support (Score 1) 233

Serious question since I've not touched GIMP in years (or any other Linux graphics utilities), but one of the primary reasons why I've stuck with Windows/Photoshop is simply for color management. Does GIMP+Linux support proper color management, ICC profiles, 10/12-bit displays, 16/32-bit per channel within images, CMYK color, Adobe RGB color space, and ProPhoto RGB color space? These are all tools used in various aspects of professional graphics design. Also, designers love to hand me AI files instead of PSDs, can GIMP open and render these too? Photoshop can at least import and rasterize AI files, as well as PDF documents.

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