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Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by geminidomino (#46749299) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Those laptops are likely going to be something like 50% of laptops sold by 2015 or so.

Having actually used touchscreen laptops (as opposed to tablets), I question that assertion. They've been saying that since touchscreens entered the consumer market, and it always comes down to the same problem: ape-arm. Even more, now that tablets exist to fill the "touchscreen media consumption" niche, touchscreen laptops don't even have a real use case anymore.

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by geminidomino (#46744321) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

. I don't think there is much play in the x86 space but on the right hardware Gnome 3 will be far far better than stuff like XFCE.

You can keep saying that, but you acknowledged yourself that they lost the battle for the "right hardware," but they haven't cut their losses and gone back to a position that makes sense. Instead, they've stuck their fingers in their ears and screamed "lalalala" while people continue to make excuses for them, and just keep compounding their mistake.

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by geminidomino (#46743929) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Then that just underlines thier incompetence even more clearly, since approximately 0% of the "growing phone/tablet market" has any interest in any linux that's not twisted into Android, and they released a "usable" (and I use that word very charitably) desktop installation before any tablet release.

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by geminidomino (#46743595) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

For a product that still hasn't found much marketshare, go where the growth is made sense.

Except that desktop machines are the wrong place to put touch-friendly interfaces, and GNOME is a desktop machine project. They're entirely different use cases, and what they're doing is precisely backwards.

Except the story was poorly written. They aren't having a donation problem they are having a cash flow problem because their women's programming initiatives are too successful.

Who cares? I'm just glad they're failing (that's what schadenfreude is).

Comment: Re:I'm disapointed in people (Score 1) 665

by geminidomino (#46742213) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Ultimately we need a good quality touch enabled desktop / tablet OS for Unix far more than we needed a slightly improved keyboard and mouse experience

"Touch-enabled interface is more important than keyboard/mouse for a desktop?" You're one of those UX bullshit artists, aren't you?

That's the kind of thinking that's got me soaking in the schadenfreude from this story.

Comment: Re:I dropped Dropbox (Score 1) 75

by geminidomino (#46735031) Attached to: Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

. If you are simply storing and sharing files with a select few then Google drive gives you 15 GB which is a huge amount of storage in comparison

Unfortunately, a big part of the objection to Rice is the fear of DB becoming even more hostile to the concept of user privacy. Extra space aside, google isn't a particularly viable alternative.

Comment: Re:I don't think he means that literally/absolutel (Score 1) 570

by geminidomino (#46726271) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I find the implication that coal miners are somehow too dumb to learn anything else mildly offensive.

Where, exactly, was that implied, outside of a few AC d-bags that you're not posting a reply to? The point is that Zuck's a dipshit, and his Patrick Starr "problem solving"("Take all the miners, and teach them to code") is imbecilic.

Comment: Re:There are right-of-center comedians (Score 4, Informative) 193

by geminidomino (#46721695) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Nah, Dennis miller is a conservative former comedian. Back when he was still doing comedy, it was pretty centrist, with the social aspect leaning a bit to the left.

After 9/11 made him shit his pants, he started being conservative, and stopped being a comedian, opting to move his "big words and obscure references" style into punditry, where it works about as well as you might expect.

Comment: Re:Should be objective, not biased... (Score 1) 447

by geminidomino (#46717959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Ever heard of the Sunk Cost fallacy?

The one that's not actually any sort of "fallacy" and certainly has no bearing on replacing hardware that still serves its purpose?

Even if you're right about the software, it makes more sense to wait until one of those "must have" packages goes 64-bit only in "a year or two", since the new hardware will be more current than doing it now for the sake of, as a poster above put it so well, "ooh, shiny!"

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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