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Comment Re:..all versions of Android after and including 2 (Score 2) 120 120

What are you talking about? What does being in Canada have to do with it? I have rooted, unlocked, and installed CM on several devices including my Virgin Mobile Galaxy S1 and a Kudo Galaxy S2. And all the carriers here allow you to bring your own device if you wish. I brought my unlocked S2 to Telus.

Comment Re:Meta data? (Score 2) 292 292

Well if things said about the law are used by lawmakers and judges to interpret the laws then yes, they should not be copyrightable. If a Harvard law textbook was being used by lawyers and judges to prosecute the law, then that textbook's copyright should be null and void also. Otherwise the law cannot apply equally to all.

Comment Re:Lies and statistics (Score 1) 265 265

Sure and you spend even more money raising children, buying food, paying income tax, driving to work. So what? $370k over a lperson's ifetime for a school that benefits the society as a whole isn't a horrible thing. Schools are essential, and they have to be paid for. It's part of the society that we live in. Part of the social contract. The whole point of taxes is that they are amortized over time and the entire population, for the benefit of the collective society.

Some people spend more than that on cigarettes over their lifetime. And if you add up all the useless things we buy (junk food, toys we throw away, clothes we throw away), I'm sure that's a huge number also. So I'm not really sure what your point is. Public spending is always bad? Taxes are always bad? Having a civil society with a social contract is bad?

Comment Re:gnome (Score 1) 267 267

Mate works very well for me on several different distros. So you can have your Gnome 2 back, and even better it is being updated and improved while being true to the original paradigm which works great for me.

When I first got into Linux I was a Windows 95 refugee, and I wasn't too familiar with how Linux actually worked. I messed around a bit with FVWM95 but that never worked for me. Then KDE 1.0 was released and that made Linux work for me. That was the last time I ever used Windows. The single-click thing drove me nuts though. It took until KDE 2.0 to get that to be an option. Somewhere along the line I started using Gnome 1.0 which sucked horribly (unstable) but I stuck with it for whatever reason. I've tried to use KDE along the way v2, v3, v4, but I always came back to Gnome. Not sure why. I think it's because KDE never looked right to me. Which is odd because I use a lot of Qt apps that look great with GTK themes! I jumped from Gnome 2 to Mate though. Tried Gnome 3 but it doesn't work the way I do and I don't want to learn to work the way it does. Why should I? A computer is just a tool, not an experience.

Comment Re:Linux and systemd (Score 1) 69 69

That's a bit odd to say as systemd was first proposed to solve a number of pressing server problems including issues with rapid spin up and spin down of virtualized containers, increasingly complex and dynamic storage subsystems such as fiber-channel fabrics and attached storage arrays, dynamic networking and routing configuration as is common in virtualization and containers, service supervision, and increased logging and auditing. The fact that it is also ideally suited to desktops and laptops is nice.

If you face none of the more vexing configuration management issues on your servers, then count yourself lucky.

Comment Re:Faster UI changes (Score 1) 208 208

Man what a day to not have mod points! Hopefully mods will see your post and mod it to +5. Seems like most of these mistakes are made on purpose these days for some value of "because it's so cool." I see this happening all the time these days, particularly on web-based applications, even here on slashdot. Discoverability of UI functionality is at an all-time low and the removal of obvious functionality is happening all the time (the read more link, dice? Come on guys). We're just expected to already know what everything does even if its changing all the time. Read the fine manual... oh wait there is no documentation. I've seen plenty of horrid user interfaces made by engineers and people like me who think obscure command-line flags are intuitive, but now it seems like even the UI experts (no wait they aren't UI experts, they are user "experience" experts) are doing it. I wonder what will happen when all the current generation of UX experts hit their cognitive decline years later in life. I suspect that if the present trend continues, computers will be all but unusable for many people who can no longer keep up. Progress you know.

How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored power tools.