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Comment Re:The times they are a changin' (Score 1) 170

How is that so? on gnome 2 you had alt+f2 if you weren't using an application launcher (launchy/gnome-do/synapse). You could run without compositing (better performance on some games), you didn't have animations unless you wanted to.

Also it's not the only reason, some of the things that drove me away was the simplification of the individual apps (specially nautilus), the mania with integrating everything with online accounts, and bugs, many bugs sometimes critical (killing the entire session ).

Many things that gnome 3 did well (I documented some of them back then on my blog After all my eventual shift to i3 wouldn't have happened if I didn't went through gnome 3.

i3 is for me Gnome minus the resource load, load of bugs with my current hardware and many things that I frankly didn't use. As I said I don't bash gnome now that the initial "anger" is gone, but it's just not for me anymore. I run i3 with caja (old nautilus), moc for music, emacs.

Comment The times they are a changin' (Score 5, Insightful) 170

I was a former Gnome user and I ditched it, but to be honest, new users seem to like Gnome 3, for the obvious reason that touch interfaces are more familiar to them. They are more used to "slide to unlock" behaviours and such, big icons for rapid identification.

Sometimes it's worthy to make a little of self-criticism and realize that many of us aren't from this era of interfaces. I recognize that I hardly use a computer in the same way the average person uses it, I often rely on the terminal, I tend to remember programs by name rather than icon, and my workflow is probably way different than those born in the "apps" era.

It's Gnome for me? not anymore. Should it be? no, why should I force developers to do things as I like.

Gnome 3 is a good thing to have, because it enables free software to reach people that otherwise wouldn't be interested. Luckily for us, there are a plethora of options if you are fond of the old interface, and they seem to keep getting better and better (MATE, Xfce , KDE).

Comment Amusing reactions (Score 2) 371

I like how people are outraged by this idea, but somehow it's perfectly okay for cheerleaders on other places like football teams. When put into the "nerdy guys place" suddenly there is a whole sexual air to it, I see comments like: "they are like hookers", "poor girls how they suffer surrounded by nerds", "this is sexual abuse".

I think is valid to question western society (specially in the US) why it's acceptable to have "cheerleaders" showing their asses on public television before a football/basketball match but it's so outrageous have girls are hired motivate workers on one of the most profitable and stressful industries in the world.

To be honest programming is a stressful environment, and it's way better if you have motivation, somebody telling you you rock, you can do it, makes you work happier and better, doesn't even have to be a woman. I don't see it more outrageous than a cheerleader show before an NBA game in my opinion, which is in fact directed more at the public than the actual players so it's even more questionable in is necessity or usefullness.

Sorry for my crappy english.

Comment Re:uh (Score 1) 429

Also, these nitty languages aren't universalized and the GUI you can produce with them often cannot hold a candle to simple CSS done well which can flex across multi-dimensional displays easily.

Yours has to be the most clueless comment I've ever seen. Are you aware that there is more to software than the webpage of California based start up? Do you know that there are many mission-critical systems with specific needs that actually sparked interest in creating new languages? Erlang was born out of the need to handle several telecommunication systems by Ericsson and it's still rocking in that field.

I can't help but picture you as the typical Javascript hipster pushing to use NodeJS since he doesn't want to learn anything new.

I really hope I won't be around when you guys rebuild all the software that controls atomic ICBMs in Javascript + Reactjs because we will be fucked.

Comment Re:MOOCs: my worst education experiences ever. (Score 1) 46

Totally contrary to my experience (but I fall in the qualification of thirld-worder ). I started the course not for the credentials but for the skills to learn. I didn't frequent the forums since I find the social aspect of education way distracting, but the times I entered I found:

- tools to help doing the exercise (without cheating/giving away the answers)
- good explanations for some excercises and the problems arising
- further research of a specific topic

There was also some people asking for certification, but they might have been so insignificant that I can't even remember one in particular. Perhaps some courses are more prone to this, but not the one I entered ( Cryptography I by Dan Boneh BTW, amazing content).

The good thing is that I noticed I was lacking in some aspects ( mainly calculus) so that motivated me to study it on my own, to improve my understanding on the matter, next time I'll probably jump on module 2 of the course or a machine learning course that's really interesting.

I think that online courses are great, specially for guys who don't feel comfortable anymore hanging out with freshmen students, but if you go there for the certification then it's obvious they never will be as acceptable as formal in-campus education, so you're wasting your time.

Comment KDE looks pretty neat (Score 1) 43

I've been always a Gnome user until the 3.x fiasco. I must say KDE now looks extremely nice. It seems that they finally managed to streamline the user experience while retaining all that configurability.

I'll stick to i3 however, but it's nice to see that there is still a sane desktop experience out there.

Kudos to the KDE team.

Comment Why work if there is abundance? (Score 1) 319

The video says that automation is good because it produces abundance if there is abundance what is the point on needing to work? Why we don't just organize the production so every human person can benefit from the work of the machines, and pursue their own interests. Most of our governments and corporations say they just want the best for the people, why they don't start using automation to improve the life of millions of people for free?

Comment The state is a lost cause (Score 3, Interesting) 316

I've worked on a state office migration project before, it's no surprise for me that this kind of efforts always end up with the same outcome. The thing is that migrating a state office is a painful process, and tends to generate discomfort on many people, from the office workers to the technical staff.

Here in latin america we may have particular problems regarding that.

Many office employees don't want to fully disclose their working environment because: oh surprise! they hardly do any work at all! They just sit there in their computer and complain when their favourite radio stream which uses proprietary technology from the 90's. I wonder how much of these "propietary files" were actually mail-forwarded .ppt/mp4 files and flash games.

Technical staff has to be trained, and usually that doesn't go well, they are not cooperative and feel the migration process as a personal attack on their capacity and skills.

It doesn't help either that internal politics get involved in the process when some office workers think they're being audited, and actively seek to shut down the migration process through political means (which they usually have way more experience than the guys doing the migration work).

Overall the employees feel migration processes as a unnecessary burden, an attack to their perceived right to do what they please with the state's resources without answering anyone and a challenge to their competence. It also prevents high-ranking bureaucrats to get all those juicy commisions from propietary software vendor's.

Comment Yeah... (Score 1) 207

after that don't complain about the avalanche of COD clones all with the same engine but sporting "engaging storyline" which will probably include: explosions, sex, cars and stupid stereotypes in the same line of Hollywood blockbusters. Or perhaps colored puzzles that annoy all your friends with stupid requests.

"I have five dollars for each of you." -- Bernhard Goetz