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Comment: Re:Because KDE 4 was terrible (Score 1) 818

by ickpoo (#40286617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Focus-follows-mouse is exactly the setting I use. KDE 4.8 supports this no problem without annoying auto raise or click to raise. In fact it supports the slightly better than the old sloppy focus-follows-mouse (mouse isn't in a window, focus remains on the previously focused application). If anything KDE supports all the various focus policies nicely and well.

For copy / paste I'll agree with you. KDE does support Windows style and X style copy paste. It does this at the same time and the combination often doesn't work correctly, particularly when interacting with an application that only supports X style copy paste. But, I'm not actually sure that the issue KDE and not the various applications. The pinch point for me has been copying from google-chrome and pasting into Emacs. It seemed that google-chrome was inconsistently marking the source and Emacs was failing to use to Windows style copy paste buffer. It annoying me for a long time until I finally switched Emacs to use the DE copy buffer instead of the X buffer.

Comment: Re:My personal opinion (Score 1) 195

by ickpoo (#39478809) Attached to: Why Microsoft's Keeping the Next Xbox Under Wraps

It seems that MS is trying to blame accounts getting hacked on people sharing their password online. My son had his account hacked while he was playing a game, they purchased $90 in points and transferred them to another account. It took him a month to get his money back from MS and have his Live account reactivated and that was only after his pleading to get refunded. MS appears to be denying this like they denied red rings.

Comment: Re:Just One Question: (Score 4, Informative) 183

by ickpoo (#37975896) Attached to: B&N Releases Nook Tablet To Rival Amazon Fire

I chatted with the Barnes and Nobles sales guy via their website and asked that same question. They said it will be rootable. (Gave me the warning about voiding warranty). So, I'm guessing that it is, although the sales guy is likely ignorant and just repeating what he has heard.

Comment: Re:Fragmentation is mostly FUD (Score 1) 211

by ickpoo (#32425420) Attached to: Android Compatibility and Fragmentation

I'm not sure Google needs to do anything about it. Instead carriers need to. I personally am a bit pissed that my G1 is stuck at 1.6. When I replace it (fairly soon), one of the requirements will be that it is on the current Android release and that it follows the current releases for at least awhile (G1 followed for 4 months?) If the carrier cannot do this I'll just go to a different one.

I suspect that most people will feel the same way, so, it is only a matter of time before it becomes the standard (hoping).

Comment: Re:Good hygiene, don't be a know it all. (Score 2, Insightful) 842

by ickpoo (#32145066) Attached to: How To Behave At a Software Company?

Failing gracefully is very important. Typical software projects are complicated - you will be assigned too much work, assigned work that has such poor requirements that you wonder who was gathering them, have co-workers that fail to deliver their parts of the system in a timely manner (might not be their fault either), and be completely surprised when new requirements appear as if from nowhere. Make sure you keep good notes (lessons the surprises), keep your boss informed of what you are doing and any difficulties or successes you are having (so he knows if you are overloaded, if there is any assistance you can be given, or if you need more work from someone else). Keeping the boss informed is important even when you are senior as you tend to get more complicated work that requires more interaction with other people.

So, simply, communication.

Comment: Re:Why write something people give away for free? (Score 1) 393

by ickpoo (#31877052) Attached to: Oracle Wants Proof That Open Source Is Profitable

Why would they replace the code that already works with different code? I can sort of understand the not invented here, but that is a plain waste of money.

They already owned the code, rewriting it would just introduce bugs and take lots of time. I'm sure they have modified it extensively, but rewritten, no.

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.