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Comment Re:and this is different from other platforms... h (Score 1) 948

Firefox has always had Windows as its primary GUI and target platform, with Linux added as an afterthought

Firefox is Phoenix, which has always been cross-platform, being a stripped-down version of Mozilla.

From the Phoenix 0.1 release notes:

Phoenix is a redesign of the Mozilla browser component, similar to Galeon, K-Meleon and Chimera, but written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform.

Comment Re:and this is different from other platforms... h (Score 1) 948

They start writing some big, ugly, messy Windows application (hello, Firefox), and then they moan and groan when porting it to Linux

Mosaic was originally designed for UNIX / X Windows. Mosaic Netscape (->) Netscape Navigator -> Mozilla -> Phoenix -> Firebird -> Firefox.

It's been cross platform for a very, very long time, and it definitely didn't start as a "big, ugly, messy Windows application".

Comment Re:Same S***, Different Pile (Score 1) 227

Writers are lucky to get $1.00 a book sold, that's if you signed a really good contract. I have 3 books published, I did what many writers consider career suicide. I told my publishers to go pound sand and I started self publishing. I now make $10.00 per book sold.

So the question then is: Are you selling more or less than 10% of the quantity of books you would be if you had a publisher working for you?

Comment Crackers, not hackers. (Score 1) 162

I'm not new here, but seriously: since when is Slashdot a completely clueless news source that confuses crackers with hackers?

Hackers are the good guys who, you know, hack away on free software.

Crackers are the bad guys who think they're cool because they know enough to get around security holes and whatnot.

Comment Re:Restoring the balance (Score 1) 374

The consumer benefit of standardization is in having all (or most of) the cell phone manufacturers using it. Your reasoning works for situations where one manufacturer can, working on its own, meet consumer demand -- e.g. if people want purple polka dot cell phones, someone will come out with purple polka dot cell phones. In other words, producers have incentive to give consumers what they want in these typical cases. The adapter plug standardization in question is different, because each individual producer has incentive to create incompatible plugs.

Comment Re:Twice as fast... (Score 1) 226

Certainly better performance is a Good Thing, everything else being equal, and in some projects execution speed is vitally important. For a great deal of purposes, however, Ruby's speed is more than adequate. Its benefits easily outweigh the cost of irrelevantly being slower than some other languages in such cases.

Comment How is this stupid? (Score 1) 1654

I'm seriously confused as to why so many of you consider this woman stupid. Yes, the solutions to her problems are obvious to us, but that doesn't make them inherently obvious. I know many people who I consider quite intelligent who don't know what an operating system is -- not because they're stupid, but because to them, computers are just a tool. If you didn't know what an operating system is, you'd expect a new computer to just work, and to work like you're used to.

I think the real problems highlighted here are not the woman's intelligence, nor the functionality or usability of Ubuntu (or Linux in general). The problems are 1) Verizon for some reason has an installation CD that requires Windows, and 2) her online classes for some reason require MS Word.

The first problem is silly, because there's no good reason for it. Comcast is very easy to set up with any browser on any OS. You plug in your cable modem, connect it to any computer (any architecture that supports an ethernet card will do), fire up your browser, plug in some numbers, bam. No need for custom software.

The second problem is also silly, because with standardized file formats and several cross-platform, stable, open-source office suites that support them, it's ridiculous for a school to require students to use proprietary, expensive software.

In short, many of you are being judgmental assholes who don't even seem to understand the situation.

Comment Re:Wow, great news (Score 1) 828

I'm pretty sure (almost) everyone who knows what GTK is knows that. The only people that don't know it are those who use Windows or a Mac and have never heard of GTK, anyway.

In any case, what does that have to do with making a Qt version of the GIMP? If it's an idea with technical merits, I'm sure the GIMP developers would consider it, regardless of the history behind their current toolkit.

Comment Economy of scale (Score 3, Insightful) 211

I didn't RTFA, but what a lot of commenters seem to be missing is the concept of economy of scale. The great idea here seems to be that using "off the shelf", mass-produced car parts to create an incubator with equal functionality to that of a standard incubator saves a great deal of money. Plus, the car parts have been better tested and are apparently more reliable. So this is kind of like building a software system by combining lots of preexisting, well-tested components rather than custom designing everything in-house.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark