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Comment Re: Summary is so broken (Score 1) 135

And when a game is running, isn't the OS basically sitting around doing not much at all?

On consoles the operating system provides a lot of the features a game uses. For example the multiplayer components, audio chat, gameplay video recording, etc... So resources are reserved for the operating system to be able to handle these tasks.

On my PC I can use all of my cores when I play a game even though the OS is much more bloated than on a console.

I'm not sure what you mean by "bloated" in this context but when you're running an application on your desktop generally any operating system tasks are run as low priority backround threads and only when resources aren't needed by priority tasks. The OS also doesn't generally provide you much game-specific functionality that is required as a high priority when the game is running.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 754

Yes, because MS Windows is totally "Unix Philosophy" and is all about choice and modularity.

No, the "UNIX philosophy" has nothing to do with it. It is about choice but not about modularity but that is because choice in applications is what is most important to computer users. Do I care what desktop environment or init system is running behind Maya or Photoshop or Solidworks? Of course not, it's completely irrelevant. But I certainly care about whether the operating system can run those applications.

Choice in applications is the most important thing to the vast majority of users, Microsoft themselves are finding this out the hard way with their mobile platform.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

You mean there are no ideas of interesting things to do with GIMP ?

No I mean that the things that need doing are not exciting to anybody with the time to volunteer to do them. Sure I'd knock some of those off that list if somebody paid me to do it but I'm not interested in spending my free time doing it, there's more fun things to do in the world of software than that. Seems most others share that view too.

Once the volunteers get bored the projects stagnate because the model of users paying devs to add features for them doesn't really work. The case where it does work is when those users are large corporations that can afford to employ and manage contract developers or their own software development department, but of course proprietary software vendors listen to those customers and often act on their requests as a high priority so the customer doesn't have to worry about software development.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

It also brings GIMP in line with a lot of professional software.

I totally agree with you. I just find it bizarre that for all the pontificating about the greatness of Free Software these discussions are actually taking place and on a site like slashdot no less. It really shows that FOSS has a long way to go before people get it, even in the geek community.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

So fork the GIMP repo and patch it then just merge from the mainline on the major releases. Seriously what is the point of open source if all people are going to do is whine about how the developers aren't doing exactly what they want?

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

Wait, Free is supposed to mean getting users to pay? I guess I'm old fashioned because to me "free" equals "not paid for".

Yes I think that has been a huge problem for free software, the confusion over the meaning of the word "free" (particularly when you have things like "freeware" in the mix). Because, by it's nature, Free Software can be freely shared it is usually free of cost to obtain which further confuses people. Instead of always having to explain it as "free as in freedom" they should have just called it Freedom Software.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

The day GIMP started trying to force people to save in its own proprietary format (to the great unhappiness of a large portion of its user base) rather than the format the file was OPENED in pretty much marks its death.

Which would be a problem if it were closed source yet this is exactly the reason we always hear that programs should be open source, so that things you don't like can be changed and/or improved.

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 1) 352

because some smartass decided the save option you actually want should be ^E instead of ^S.

It's open source! Changing the shortcut for Save and Export would be trivial and you could just merge your patch into your private branch on each release. What is the point of open source if this is actually a genuine complaint?

Comment Re:Sadly.. (Score 4, Insightful) 352

I think it's more that the excitement is gone from a lot of these projects, the work they require is maintenance and minor feature upgrades to try and keep up with the proprietary competitors - Photoshop in this instance. Developers that spend their free time doing development want to do interesting things, not mundane ones. You need a revenue stream to get developers to do the boring work done, FOSS is supposed to provide this through users paying to get features implemented and bugs fixed but this just isn't reality in the vast majority of cases so ultimately the projects stagnate and users abandon them rather than pay them.

Comment Re:Fork (Score 3, Informative) 352

Yeah, problem is there's just too many people that like it, so even though it is possible to fork very few distros would switch to it.

Why does an image editing program have to be bundled with the operating system? If the fork is better then people will use it, if people aren't even willing to install it separately then obviously it isn't very good.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 2) 461

The Apple Music player app on IOS used to be at least usable. Now I have to google to figure out how to turn shuffle on and off. Everything is obscure and hidden where it used to be at least semi obvious.

The new music app is one of the most annoying changes in iOS recently. It's down to those little things that chase aesthetics instead of usability like the alphabet scrollbar, instead of being visible immediately you actually have to start manually scrolling to make it appear and then you can use it. It's just a pointless decision that makes no sense in the context of usability.

They did a similar thing with desktop safari some time ago where the close button for the tab wasn't visible until you hovered the mouse over it, so you actually had to know where the control was before you could make it appear and use it. Again chasing aesthetics over usability.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz