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Comment: Re:Layered exposure? (Score 1) 164

by marsu_k (#47953743) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Also, recently I tested Chakra and was impressed by how agile it was on an old machine. I guess it can be attributed to not loading gtk libs in memory at any time, since it just uses KDE/Qt apps (which, btw, makes it unusable to me as I need Firefox due to smartcard needs -- not even Chromium will do).

It's been many years since I used Chakra, so I can't verify how well they work ATM, but while Chakra does thrive to be Qt/KDE-only you can install bundles, which provide Firefox among other things.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 1) 730

by marsu_k (#47866367) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
I'm saying that if problems with NFC cards would be an even slight issue here, my bank would inform me of it - hell, they always inform me of the latest badly translated phising emails going around which basically no one replies to (and even if they did, the scammers would probably end up with nothing, they'd need to get two one-time codes out of 300 possible, not very likely - but I digress). But they don't. So I'm saying the threats seem to be on the same level.

Comment: Re:Trust us with your payments (Score 1) 730

by marsu_k (#47866039) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
Right - so if hackers can just sniff this protocol, and with NFC cards being quite common nowadays here in Europe, why aren't we hearing about the widespread abuses? I know there haven't been any erroneous payments on my NFC-enabled card for the ~2 years I've had mine (unless the hackers have also managed to hack my bank statements, those bastards).

Comment: Dear Timothy (Score 1) 55

Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

Survivors' blood holds promise as Ebola treatment, but draws critics

Following Slashdot via RSS feed isn't without some level of cognitive pain.

(or as Tim would put it: Following Slashdot Isn't Without Some Level Of Pain, Via RSS Feed)

Comment: New class definition (Score 1) 76

by Anonymous Bullard (#47783143) Attached to: For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

"The DeepFlight Super Falcon (pictured above) was our first positively buoyant craft. If you get in one, and you've previously flown an aircraft, you'll realize that you're flying an aircraft, just in a different but very similar medium: water. The Dragon is effectively an aircraft. I know we can't use that name, but it is in fact an aircraft for the water."


Comment: Re:Informative winners list (Score 1) 180

by marsu_k (#47732171) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards

I find it very telling that even you, who seems to enjoy the movie much more than I do, refer to the characters as Bullock and Clooney. I think that's really what irks me about the movie. Those two are not the right actors. Clooney plays George Clooney very well, but not every movie needs a George Clooney. Don't get me wrong, some movies definitely require him, and then he excels. But George Clooney the astronaut? Doesn't work. Him dicking around in a MMU at the beginning of the film, just wasting fuel? This wouldn't happen.

As for Ms. Bullock, I think she did a good job, no complaints. Nothing spectacular, but nothing really irritating either. But perhaps I've been too conditioned into thinking how Hollywood works - if there are two A-list stars in a film, and one of them dies, there's no way in hell the second one will as well. As such, the rest of the movie is basically watching how Bullock will eventually survive. There is no great surprise. When she hit the ocean I almost walked out of the theatre - get it over with already!

If they would have toned down the action, and had a no-name (or less known even) cast it would have been much more effective. Yes, space is a terrifying place, no need to try to make it more so. As it though, they were almost there (as said, the visuals and sound design were very good), but missed the mark.

Comment: Re:Informative winners list (Score 2, Insightful) 180

by marsu_k (#47720747) Attached to: The 2014 Hugo Awards
But I found much of the tension to be very artificial. For example (spoilers ahoy!), when Bullock and Clooney reach ISS, both being tethered with a rope. And are no longer moving. Yet, Bullock is forced to cut the rope, because of... what, exactly? (yes, their characters had names, no longer remember them)

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