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Comment: Not so much winding down as becoming moot. (Score 1) 56

by aussersterne (#48151411) Attached to: KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

The Linux desktop wars mattered when Linux was the future of the desktop.

Now that the desktop has a much smaller future, and Linux clearly doesn't play much of a role even in this drastically reduced future, it's just that KDE and GNOME really don't matter much.

Desktop Linux is a niche product, and it behaves like one—adoption is vendor-driven, and clients use whatever the vendor supplies.

For individual Linux users, things haven't moved in half a decade or more. Linux is still a mostly complete operating system with mostly working desktops. None of it is very polished (polish, as always, is just a couple years off in the future). Significant time and customization are required to make any stock distro+DE work well, things are generally cluttered, kludgy, and opaque, and for the hobbyist that fits the profile—the sort of person that will actually put up with and use this kind of computing environment—one or the other (KDE or GNOME) is already a clear favorite and this isn't likely to change.

Of course there is also the developer group, probably Linux's largest cohort of "serious" users on the desktop, but they just plain don't care much about which DE is installed. They're much more concerned with toolchains and versions of environment components.

So the KDE vs. GNOME thing is just plain...not that big a deal any longer, for most anyone.

The only possibly interesting development in a very long time is Elementary OS, which appears to have adopted a different philosophy from the one traditionally associated with Linux development/packaging groups. But whether this will ultimately translate into an important operating system and user experience, with its brand that supersedes the branding of the desktop environment itself, remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 2) 135

by Vitriol+Angst (#48125733) Attached to: Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

It's funny how our media chooses something a few times a year that can tell a story and scare the public. Usually it's something from overseas, that we have to start behaving differently and checking on people coming across the border to prevent.

I just heard a story of some moron who yelled "I have Ebola" on an airplane, and they sent him back home. Why the overreaction? Is someone shouting nonsense MORE likely to have a disease after they say; "just kidding?" than the person next to them on the plane? How about people who get sick of stupid TSA nonsense and act out?

If someone shouted "I have C dificile" on a plane, everyone would say; "sit down and shut up?" Right, nothing would happen. It's almost as dangerous as someone shouting "I have the flu" that kills even more people each year but it's already here -- not something on a plane that requires a background check. Ebola and Al Qaeda are just the latest Pavlovian words that we must respect, otherwise someone needs to over react. It's OK that more Americans die each year from coal pollution or police shootings -- as long as it isn't the "bad guys" from over there. We blow up thousands and a few people get beheaded on TV and everyone MUST DO SOMETHING -- let's spend another trillion dollars without question.

It's so damn old and tired now how like clockwork, we get scared about some existential threat each fall. It's like our local TV stations pretending they've got hard hitting news and investigating a strip club, or the mechanic who replaces your old auto part with another old auto part and RIPS YOU OFF! Ignore the over draft fees from the bank and the hundred and one overpayments you make to a monopoly.

I don't know if this is a plan to distract us, or just an organic process of brain dead 24 hours news chasing the last safe stories that don't hurt the feelings of a paying sponsor -- but it damn sure seems the stay away from topics of real interest regardless of whether they are paid to or not.

Comment: Re:Colors really matter? (Score 1) 43

From my experience (I Am Not An Eye Doctor) Eye fatigue can be seriously affected by the light in the room around your monitor. The fact that most people now have flat panel displays, mitigates some of the problem. People used to have CRT monitors and often they were at 60hz. The other problem is that we often have florescent lights and those are at 60hz as well. We perceive consistent light, while in fact the light in the room is flickering on and off all the time. And your eyes can in fact respond to these constant changes faster than you can perceive them and that causes a lot of the strain.

The other factor in strain is staring at the same position in space all the time; our eyes are designed to be constantly looking at objects that are both near and far and not doing so makes them weak. If you just remember to focus your eyes at an object about 15 feet away for a few seconds a few time an hour - this can do a lot to prevent "eye strain" -- in fact it's probably eye focusing weakness while the pupil is getting strained.

Dark room + bright monitor = not good. Have a bit of fill light around your monitor (not florescent) is better.

Having full spectrum light or something to look at behind the monitor -- YES that can help. But knowing how your eyes are getting weak is also part of the issue.

Comment: Re:The article is on (Score 1) 546

by Vitriol+Angst (#48104719) Attached to: Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Actually, having a Job Hunting website give the heads up on which languages are dying makes perfect sense. Who else is going to first notice; "nobody is asking for a Perl programmer?"

It's like the Housing market as a bell-weather for the economy. More building starts means more money in circulation. More jobs in a programming language means there is demand for that skill set.

It could be a puff piece purchased to get clicks and then resumes, but I just posit the notion that collecting data on job positions is not a bad way to read the tea leaves.

Comment: Re:Both are guilty (Score 1) 208

by Vitriol+Angst (#48103041) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

A problem with this statute is that it allows people we know to be guilty to get off.

Well I don't agree. People with power to incarcerate you following the rule of law and checks and balances is FAR MORE important to me, than some dark net distributor getting away with it.

Some things are legal and some are not -- and I can see many examples of where that decision was not informed.

It's better that a thousand guilty go free than one innocent go to prison. The guilty will commit another crime and we may catch them. But an abusive justice system scares me more than Al Qaeda.

Comment: Re:Incompetent Administration (Thanks GWB) (Score 1) 424

by Vitriol+Angst (#48095521) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

This post got modded up?

1) The violation was of a UN resolution. The DAY it would expire. When was the last time the US cared about a UN resolution? All I can remember is that one time. So there was no violation found and no probable cause.

2) The US supports all kinds of dictatorships.

3) We were responsible for the deaths of many thousands. At least 2 million people were dispossessed of their homes. We didn't collect numbers on these deaths we caused because the lady charged with collecting that data was killed by friendly fire in the green zone on her way to the airport. The fact that "other Iraqis" killed even more people does not dismiss the fact that this would not have happened had we not bombed and invaded their country, destroyed their government, let the soldiers go home with their weapons, left the ammo depots with a couple padlocks on them and sometimes a guard or two, and generally set the country up with two religious factions and designed to fail.

The people in charge are responsible, and we were in charge while about 100,000 or more Iraqis died and 2 million more displaced, and thousands of birth defects which were likely due to depleted Uranium.

Anyway; invading another country is not trivial, and there was no reason to. Other than putting some oil companies back in the country and having the same production sharing agreements as they had before Saddam kicked them out. Is it a coincidence that our 14 fortified embassies are all located on the path of the oil pipeline? It was a resource war; plain and simple. It's just now that we have an internet, more people realize this than when we had the Spanish/American war.

Comment: You're mistaking "we" in "we need." (Score 5, Insightful) 283

by aussersterne (#48088317) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

You mean study something that enhances profits for the very, very wealthy.

Academic research works on an awful lot of problems that *the world* needs to solve, yet it makes no money for the propertied class, so there are no investment or funds available to support it.

Many fighting this fight aren't fighting for their pocketbooks; they're fighting to do science in the interest of human goods, rather than in the interest of capitalist kings.

Comment: Teleportation WITHOUT data. (Score 1) 107

I imagine that teleportation of complex objects would be a technique that did NOT require gathering data independent of an object. I figure anything transported would either have the "space around it" reassigned -- kind of like a carrier wave, or they would be smashed into a super dense object that had to transfer 100% of the energy to a receiver. Basically, you use the "equal and opposite" properties of physics to guarantee data transmission. However, you may have to jump on another pad if you are uncomfortable with suddenly being left handed.

Comment: Re:Snowden leaks: NSA data now used by DEA, others (Score 1) 191

by Vitriol+Angst (#48057893) Attached to: Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

Often, I see TV shows that dramatize the hindrance of proper procedure to convict a "bad guy". But what threat does Silk Road represent versus government agencies that use illegal data collection and secret information to convict people? More people die from legal prescriptions than illegal -- but regardless of what anyone believes about Silk Road's activities, they bypass laws that are designed to protect people (whether they do or not). While the justice system is bypassing it's own rules, or eroding legal protections.

Look at it this way; if all data is collected, and there are so many RULES we can break - then with enough data mining, all people at some point are breaking a RULE even if it does no harm to anyone else. Everyone is guilty. Enforcement then becomes merely a process of picking and choosing where you bother to enforce the law.

Silk Road isn't the "little guy", nor the big bad guy -- but I don't like the idea of secret information in any court case. It's the end of free expression because anyone who offends the system is already guilty. The trial is merely a formality.

Comment: Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (Score 1) 482

by Vitriol+Angst (#48056355) Attached to: Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

So basically you can have your confident prince charming who sweeps you off your feet, and then take the risk of them continuing their princely conquests, or you can ask a guy out who is not so confident, and complain that he's not that exciting one day.

These are simple facts of life, but the take home lesson I think is that women are going to complain and wonder why stuff isn't working. Not to be a chauvanist but a realist. I think at least the non-macho Men like myself have a more realistic expectation of reality.

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