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Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 535

by houghi (#47924323) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I use workspaces AND multiple monitors. No, not in Xinerame.
e.g. when making a webpage, I can work on one monitor and see the result in another.
I can then still switch on one monitor to some other set of tools and not change the second screen. So why not both?

This is also the main reason I use XFCE and not KDE/GNOME because if it is possible to configure it, it is darn hard to do and much easier to just use XFCE where it works out of the box. Last time I checked, KDE and GNOME use something similar to Xinerama, which means that when I switch on one monitor, the other changes as well.

Small downside of how I do it. I can't move a program from one site to another and I need to have two profiles for Firefox, because you can not otherwise lauch Firefox on each screen.

So I say: do both and leave the choice to the user. I have three monitors and 6 desktop on each.

Comment: Re:Get a Radio (Score 1) 40

by houghi (#47918741) Attached to: Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies

Instead of a battery powerd AM radio, go for a Crystal radio. If you still want one with batteries, use a cranck radio, so you can charge the radio when you need to and there is no power. Something like this right here.Solar power, hand cranck, USB charger for your phome.

I am sure that if you search, you will find other models as well.

Comment: Re:Because when I say Google it... (Score 1) 156

by houghi (#47918181) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

This might come as a shock, but this is not about you. This is about using a brand name as a generic word.
Most people when they say "Google it" what they mean is "Do an online websearch with the searchengine of your choice."

Most people will indeed use Google. The fact that some people do NOT use google when you ask them to "google it" is all the more evidence that it is generic.

Just like when people used to say they had a Walkman, what they were saying was not "I have bought a specific device from Sony." They were saying "I bought a mobile cassette player, regardless of the brand."

Language changes over time. Hacker does not mean anymore what it used to mean. The same is happening with "google it". In Belgium a 'Bic' is not brand related anymore, it can mean an expensive golden Dupont as well as the cheapo pen with the brandname 'bic'.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 901

by houghi (#47900985) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Once in a while I read Even If I DID Believe ....

Now this talks mainly about the God that Jews, Christians and Muslims believe in, but will apply to any religion. As a sidenote: it always amazes me how many people don't know those religions worship the same God, but fight over the details on HOW to do just that.

Comment: Re:what ? (Score 1) 74

by houghi (#47862927) Attached to: $10 Bet Brings Researchers Closer to Industrial Scale Graphene Production

You need to learn a bit more about human behaviour. This is more about preasure then about money. Basicaly what he was saying was "Chicken!" in a more adult version.
This is like the bet in a pub, where you know you will losse, but you still pay up the beer to see the trick.
This is just people goofing around a bit, like people do when they interact with each other. I know, this is /. so the concept might not be something people know, but people goof around when they work together.

Comment: Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (Score 1) 363

by houghi (#47844925) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

You have to start thinking that the book is just one side of the sory. So the reference of what would happen is just again telling the same side.

As if you are watching only Fox News and use "The O;Reilly Factor" for opinion on what might have happend.

Comment: Re:Is the history he teaches incorrect? (Score 4, Interesting) 363

by houghi (#47840801) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

Nothing more so then in teaching history.

When I was 15 I moved from one country to another in Europe with (almost obviously) overlapping history. It amazed me how differently the outcome of wars would be explained, depending on what side they wanted to let me learn.

Even though all facts were correct, the emphesis on what happend was greatly different. Often it was more about battles and not so much wars.

What it learned me was that I should ALWAYS doubt what is being said and get information from at least both sides.

So much so that I wonder if the story of LotR is not so much that the winners wanted segregation (of hobbits, elves and other races) where the losers were fighting for unity and equality and were just represented in an evil way by the winners.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe