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Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 124

Then we have the desktop environments. KDE isn't too bad, and there are some lightweight alternatives that a quasi-usable. But the former star of the Linux desktop environments, GNOME, has pretty much destroyed itself with its GNOME 3 effort. This is one of the most stunning failures ever seen when developing software. The user experience has been ruined in a way that many thought would not be possible. Yet it has happened.

See, this illustrates a big problem. I guess it's a problem with human nature, I'm not sure exactly, but it's a big problem somewhere.

You point out a big problem (and I agree, Gnome3 is a big problem; it sucks. The user experience is awful, just as you say). Then you even mention a solution: KDE. KDE isn't perfect, but it isn't too bad, just like you say. Personally, I like it, at least better than anything else I've ever used. I wish they hadn't wasted so much effort on that "semantic desktop" crap with Nepomuk etc., but otherwise it works well and lets me configure it to my heart's delight. It's reasonably fast on my older hardware and does everything I need to do. I constantly read people complaining about some mis-feature or missing feature in Gnome3, and that thing is always not a problem in KDE, either because it's easily configurable (without having to download some extension) or just isn't architected that way.

But for some reason, no one wants to switch to KDE. They just gripe about Gnome3. And many of the larger distros keep pushing Gnome3 for some odd reason (Fedora and RHEL are the most notable examples, but Debian pushes it now too). It's utterly baffling. I thought Linux was supposed to be all about giving users choice and being hacker-friendly. Gnome3 is the opposite of that; it's made with the same philosophy behind the MacOSX UI. Heck, I think even Macs are more configurable than Gnome3.

and even ads have been injected into the browsing experience!

Now you'll have to provide a citation for that one. I'm always using whatever the latest FF version in the Mint repos is, and I haven't seen any ads. And it's a lot faster and more memory-efficient than Chromium, which I've also spent plenty of time with. I'm no fan of the new UI, but the only time I really see that is when I click on the configuration button, which isn't often.


3 Category 4 Hurricanes Develop In the Pacific At Once For the First Time 57

Kristine Lofgren writes: For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes were seen in the Pacific Ocean at the same time. Climatologists have been warning that climate change may produce more extreme weather situations, and this may be a peak at the future to come. Eric Blake, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center summed it up with a tweet: "Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record!"

Comment Re:billionaire is a hard set of shoes to fill (Score 1) 464

When you are a billionaire, you are not free to do whatever you want to. You cannot travel freely, you need an armed security detail EVERYWHERE you go.

No, you don't. That's ridiculous. Yes, if you're a billionaire in some shithole in Central America that would be correct, but you certainly don't need to worry about that kind of thing in western Europe. There's lots of billionaires these days; they don't all have armed guards. Most people wouldn't know most billionaires if they saw them on the street. A few famous ones like Donald Trump and Bill Gates, sure, but most regular people wouldn't know Elon Musk if they saw him at the mall (and even he's famous in tech circles).

Comment Re:give $100 million each to best friends & fa (Score 1) 464

That's the problem, it's a toss-up.

Also, your results are likely to be very different based on several factors, such as the geographic area you're in (and the political leanings there), and state law.

What state/region are you in? And how bad was your wife? The typical complaint is that the only way men get full custody is when the wife is basically a crack whore, judged mentally incompetent, etc.; cases where it's so completely obvious the woman is unfit for custody that they have to give it to the man or else put the child in foster care.

Comment Re:give $100 million each to best friends & fa (Score 1) 464

These days, the milk is free anyway if you know how to get it. No reason to buy a cow when you can grab one off the street for free.

And how exactly do you get it for free anyway? Some men are just much more gifted with talking to women than others; AFAICT, getting "it" easily as you say seems to involve spending a lot of time at bars, and being outgoing and confident. When you don't drink and are introverted, this isn't so easy to do. It's still not hard to get free sex even if you're an introvert who doesn't like alcohol or socializing that much: you can just use Tinder, but it requires lowering your standards a lot. and "liking" all the women who are 20 years older and/or 200 pounds heavier than you. I'd rather play Minecraft.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say that it's impossible to meet a nice and attractive woman as an not-terribly-social introvert and create a permanent relationship with her, but you're talking about quick sex or a "hookup" as they call it these days, something altogether different than a typical courtship.

Comment Re:First things first. (Score 1) 464

They'll ask where you live and you'll tell them, "Just out of town, near the river," hoping that they won't ask the next question, which is, "Oh! How many acres? Three? Four?" You'll lower your voice as you start apologetically - "A hundred and sixty. But we have horses..." It's not the sort of attention an introvert enjoys.

It's easy. Have you seen the movie "Ex Machina"? Just do what that guy did: build a really nice house on some island which is only accessible by helicopter, and live there by yourself. Don't build any artificially-intelligent robot babes though, that'll only lead to disaster.

Comment Re:F that (Score 2) 464

Depends on the animals. Cats are extremely low-maintenance. You could leave them alone for a week with an automatic litterbox and food dispenser. Or hire someone from Craigslist to check on them every few days. Some of them actually travel really well too, so you could always bring them with you. The main problem is finding hotels that'll take them, but you can always just sneak them in if they're not very vocal.

What I really don't understand is why so many people have dogs, and not just any dogs, but big dogs. There's no way you can get away when you have one of those things. They have to be walked at least once a day, they have to be let outside several times a day to relieve themselves (since they can't use litterboxes), if you live in a subdivision that means you need to accompany them outside so you can pick up the poo or else get fined (or you let them into your back yard and pretty soon the place looks like a Mad Max scene but with piles of dog poo all over), you can't easily take them on a plane (cats go in carriers under the seat), when you do take them they need a giant cage, and then frequently the pilot forgets to turn on the cargo bay heat so the dog freezes to death during the flight. The food cost is huge because they eat so much of it, so count on $50-100/month just for that, and on top of that now your house stinks and is filthy unless you invest a ton of time into constantly cleaning both the dog and the house (since they apparently can't keep themselves clean). You can board your dog when you travel, but that costs $30-50 per day, which adds up fast. Hiring a pet sitter from Craigslist is also doable, but most likely isn't going to work well because they can't visit often enough to let the dog out before it shits on the carpet or in his cage. You can't even spend an unplanned night at someone's house with a dog, because there's no way to arrange a pet-sitter that fast unless you have some very accommodating neighbors (and it's not good to assume they'll be around to take care of your dog at such short notice).

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 464

But if you live in Atlanta or Charlotte or Phoenix or Omaha or Kansas City you're probably doing pretty well on 100K.

Yeah, but then you're living in a shithole, at least in the case of Phoenix. Plus you have to deal with temperatures over 100F every day and night for 9 months out of the year.

Comment Re:For starters... (Score 1) 464

Exactly. Even with $2.5B, this guy can't afford to pay off everyone's mortgage in the US. So if he pays off some neighborhood's mortgages, he'll have everyone else screaming for the same thing.

Doing it anonymously is the only way. Unless you're a fame-seeker like Trump, having that much money can be a real PITA because it'll bring so much attention to you, and you won't be able to have a normal life or normal relationships; everyone will be after you for your money. That's gotta make it impossible to get a decent girlfriend too: you're going to be a magnet for the gold-diggers, and won't be able to discern the quality women from them. Again, just look at Trump: you think Melania hooked up with him because of any true love?

Comment Re:No surprise (Score 1) 97

The big difference between Obama and Rubio is that I have a good idea where Obama actually stood on those issues. Yeah, he said he opposed gay marriage, but did anyone actually believe him? Whereas with Rubio, I could easily see him switching parties to democrat if that were convenient.

On the other hand, I'm not really sure what Hillary would do as president, either.

Comment Re:Do No Evil.. (Score 1) 116

The problem is, everyone has their own definition of evil. If you ask Bill Gates, he'll say he did no evil (and has said that hobbyists are immoral). If you ask Steve Ballmer, he'll say he's done no evil, that everything he did was fair and by the rules. Google doesn't feel that spying on people is evil.

I don't know about Larry Ellison, he might take 'evil' as a badge of honor.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst