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Comment: Re:pardon my french, but "duh" (Score 1) 256 256

Go back and read... my entire post was based on adding new functionality as required by the user.

The confusion may have come in because that's the exact opposite of what the original article is about (that is, you mention the users that require change, rather than the ones that require stability). That brings up the point that there are dueling requirements; some users implicitly require the interface to stay exactly the same, even at the cost of not introducing new functionality. Other users explicitly require new functionality to be added, even at the cost of relearning a new interface. We need ways to serve both demographics.

What if most of your users want the new feature, but a few don't?

Well, Firefox allows a fair amount of UI customization. Some websites do, as well. I also like the idea of a "basic", "lite", or "classic" interface, where the most common functions are easily available and don't change around much, along with an "advanced" (but less stable) interface that gives easier access to all the bells and whistles.

Comment: Re: Systemd (Score 1) 109 109

Because a project thrives when it has users interested in it and (more importantly) using it. Projects that don't give users what they want, or which start doing things that users *don't* want will lose their mindshare to another project. Now, if it's just a case of developers scratching an itch and having users doesn't matter, then that's different, of course.

Comment: Re:Please please stop with the MONOLITH (Score 3, Informative) 109 109

386 is supported up to the 3.7 kernel, and the 3.8 kernel was widely announced (and designed) to break 386 support. I've got an ARM system with 128MB of RAM, and it runs GCC 4.2 just fine. I can't imagine that an X86 version would be *that* much heavier that it wouldn't run. Of course, if I try to compile large, modern projects (with output binaries in the hundreds of MB, sometimes), it goes to swap *really* darned fast, but what did you expect? If I'm compiling the size of project that will actually run in the amount of RAM available on the system, without swapping, it works just fine.

Comment: Re:Kernel size and compile reduction (Score 1) 109 109

Because it sucks when you realize that you don't have enough USB ports to plug in the full variety of external hardware that you might want to use in the system, and that'd be a goofy requirement anyhow. Either you have to plug in all the hardware you want to support, or you're back to enabling hardware one piece at a time manually in the kernel configuration.

Basically, it's a neat concept, but it might not be practical, and if you're at the point where you want/need to compile your own kernel, then it's reasonable to assume that you *will* know what hardware is in your machine, that you'll do the research to figure it out, or at least that you'll discover it by trial and error.

Comment: Re:Try and make an OS that viruses couldn't target (Score 1) 458 458

The problem is that we probably don't have perfect Windows emulation.

Of course we do; the emulator just emulates PC hardware, and Windows runs within that environment. Did you mean that we don't have a perfect open implementation of every Windows API?

Comment: Re: I'm retired now (Score 2) 376 376

About 14 years ago, I used Linux for the first time, after having used various versions of DOS and Windows starting around 1993. There was so much different about how you use the system, how things get done, and new mindsets to get used to. On top of that, discoverability of device paths, standard Unix utility names, etc is pretty terrible. So yes, "Learning" seems like the appropriate word.

Comment: Re:So that's what it was!!! (Score 1) 62 62

This is my biggest problem with smartphones. The hard stuff about providing voice and SMS service is handled by the radio. My Nokia candybar running a microcontroller-like CPU can flawlessly handle the basic functions of the phone. So with a smartphone I gain some extra capabilities, but only at the expense of the core communication functions of the phone.

Comment: Re:There is a bug in google SMS+hangout? No! (Score 1) 62 62

I was born around the time the first MicroVAX came out (heh, yes, username data leakage). The icons and interfaces don't bother me much, when they're "discoverable", at at least follow patterns that I've seen before. The things that bother me are services (like Hangouts) where the service itself doesn't work intuitively. For example, where is the contact from? Some e-mail address harvested from a gmail message, a phone number that I manually entered as a contact, a gchat username, or what? If I message them, will it go to their phone, some background e-mail tab in their browser, or what? It's like Pidgin (a mutliple-protocol instant messaging program) reimplemented by a brain-damaged monkey, taking direction from Google's marketing team.

Comment: Re:I gave up on some Google Apps (Score 2) 62 62

I have limited access to Hangouts, but is there a way to insert a carriage return into a message?

There's a little button for smileys. If you hit shift, the smiley button becomes a carriage return.

Also, how to remove the stupid fucking smilie face icon from the keyboard?

The keyboard isn't really part of Hangouts itself, and you can use an alternate keyboard. There are at least dozens of options available, and probably more. Swiftkey is fairly popular, I believe, but it has the same smiley icon (although it *does* show a carriage return as the long-press action for that button). I don't have any other keyboards installed at the moment to compare.

Comment: Re:Not all programmers are web frontend devs (Score 1) 125 125

It sounds like a gripe about the wording in the summary:

But given its prevalence, jQuery is probably essential to know,

It's clear enough that they're talking about web UI development, but when do you not hear someone complaining about assumptions made in the summary?

Comment: Re:How to find such a friend? (Score 1) 940 940

Then how does one go about finding such a friend willing to offer such charity? Perhaps it appears easy to you, but a lot of people remain homeless because they lack certain social skills. This could result from autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, past abuse, or any of several other conditions.

If they're as disabled as you're describing, they're likely to be eligible for state mental health programs. Staying with family or friends would probably be a better option, but if mental issues or circumstance preclude that, then options are limited. These are the people who couldn't have signed lease papers on their own, anyhow.

No one can rely long-term on staying in shelters because it is too likely that on a given night, there are too many people there.

Shelters aren't meant to be a long-term solution. The mentally ill and physically disabled ought to be provided for by the government. In many countries, they are. In the United States, there is some limited level of help (previously mentioned state institutions). Children that fall into homelessness may be forced to enter the foster system, which sucks, but I don't have a better answer, based on the available options that I know about. Physically and mentally able adults should be able to find some kind of work, and will probably qualify for government assistance, besides that.

And I was assuming that the lack of sit/lie laws in those half-dozen nearby cities would not last forever because those half-dozen nearby cities would want to try to shake that perception.
Then how should somebody who is already homeless go about researching which nearby cities both A. lack a sit/lie law and B. are highly unlikely to adopt one in the next twelve months?

Isn't the homeless guy hanging out in the library all day a cliche? Information is more available now than it ever has been, and word of mouth is just as powerful as it ever was.

We don't have a perfect system, and there are "holes" that aren't well-handled. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on how to handle homelessness and mental illness, and how we can improve our current system, but I think we've gotten pretty badly off-topic from the statement that you originally made, and which I took exception to:

In cities that have criminalized homelessness, failure to own or rent an enclosed place in which to live lands a person in prison.

I might rephrase my reading of that as "All people who live in cities that criminalize homelessness, and who fail to own or rent shelter, land in prison". I think that I've sufficiently supported my objections to that statement. If you made a weaker claim, like that it "tends to land a person in prison", I probably wouldn't have replied, because I think that's a more reasonable claim, backed up by statistics.

But I think that this isn't even the argument that you're interested in making. I think that the root of the matter is that you're more stuck on the idea of whether sit/lie laws are governmental coercion with the non-choice to sign a rental lease or be thrown in jail, and whether any specific lease entered into under those circumstances could be considered to have been entered into of both parties' free wills. Is that a fair assessment, or have I missed the mark?

Comment: Re:Drug tests? Seriously? (Score 1) 179 179

My first employer out of college did, and presumably still does. I've never seen it as a downside. They offered higher pay and better benefits than any of my other job offers did, and so the company itself was quite attractive. I consume a fair amount of alcohol and caffeine, but nothing more exotic than that. In a 70,000 person company, and even among the 300 in my office, I'm sure that there are some that partake. I don't know anyone that would have a problem giving up an illegal habit for a short time to get a job, provided that the offer was attractive enough.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.