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Comment: Re:Virtual reality is coming (Score 1) 171

by hoggoth (#47466879) Attached to: Is the Software Renaissance Ending?

Because fascinating games with depth don't look like pretty like a Michael Bay movie. Go play Dwarf Fortress or Minecraft for a while and wonder why you look up at 5 am wondering where the night went. The same problems have hit Hollywood; When big money is involved you get people who are following the money without any passion for the craft.

Comment: Re:KDE? (Score 1) 132

by hoggoth (#47166349) Attached to: Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

Will someone explain to me why I would choose "Cinnamon" or "MATE" or "Xfce" or "LXDE" etc etc etc?
One would be for an old underpowered laptop, the other for a reasonably modern desktop.

It's really off-putting to hear how great Mint is, then go to the site and the first thing you need to do is decide which environment you will choose with no explanations of what that choice will mean to you. Are there programs that will only work under one environment and not the others? Are we just talking about differences in the file browser and config/update system?

Comment: Re:Sad, and not black and white either (Score 1) 351

by hoggoth (#46706247) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Yes, actually I did. I pointed out that he could get off the canoe right there and live in a hut and it wouldn't cost him a dime. His savings would most likely be enough to pay for whatever logistics he needed (plane tickets to visit home once a year, food, some clothes, etc). But he would be giving up the "normal" life he was used to. He thought about it for a moment and said he really wants to retire "in style" and not in a hut, and that he would have to "work his ass off" for a few more years to do that. At least he acknowledged what his priorities and trade-offs are.

Comment: Re:Sad, and not black and white either (Score 1) 351

by hoggoth (#46704953) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

I was on vacation on a remote island in Fiji, taking a canoe ride with some other American tourists. A man in his 50's sighed and said 'I hope I can afford to live like this one day'. The irony was totally lost on him that the people who's life he was jealous of woke up in their huts, had a little food, then played soccer and fished all day without owning a single penny.

Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced. - John Keats

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