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Comment: Re:Wake me up when they release a new 1.x (Score 1) 100

by mattcasters (#40994957) Attached to: Amarok 2.6 Music Player Released

I disagree. You can still easily search your collection and adding to a playlist has become much better than it was in the 1.x days. The rest of the "monster" features you mentioned so trollfully are configurable, easy to disable with 2 clicks of the mouse.
I'm still on Amarok 2.5.0 but I'm looking forward to 2.6.

Comment: Re:Thank god we have the EU here in Belgium (Score 1) 130

As for Telenet is concerned: you can prie that 100Mb/s connection out of my cold dead hands. It's great value at a good price. Every time I go abroad (US & EU mainly ) I'm shocked at the bad performance of the networks compared to Telenet. I'm sure you're advocating more oversight and more competition and I sure don't dissagree with that. Just don't exagerate like that, it's not all that bad, trust me.

Also, fellow "Belgian", the EU laws mentioned in TFA are planned to be implemented as law at the end of this month (says the newspapers). The slow adoption is blamed on the slow formation of the Belgian government. So if you want to blame somebody, blame your socialist friends for fscking up your country, not NVA.

Comment: Re:Beginning of the end for KDE? (Score 3) 356

by mattcasters (#38951937) Attached to: Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

This has very little to do with KDE or the quality of KDE. I think Canonical simply sees too many people migrate from Unity to KDE so they distance themselves since it's not where they want to go.
I'll follow KDE to another distribution but I already have Ubuntu ppa's installed to automatically upgrade KDE to the latest stable versions so I don't know what the big deal is. When Canonical starts to actively block inclusion of packages like kde-desktop then I'll start to worry. In the worst case scenario I have a few hundred MB of worthless Unity/Gnome crap on my disk. I'll live.

Comment: Re:For such a vital system. (Score 1) 402

by mattcasters (#37769338) Attached to: Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

It's actually great to see your viewpoint. I think that in general Europeans still remember the "100m off" incident and put that in the anti-US context that countries had back then. That sentiment itself was fueled by a silly "freedom fries" attitude across the Atlantic.

As is usually the case a lot of the reasons are not technical but political or irrational. That being said, I'm not at all opposed to extra spending in space technology in Europe even if it is for dubious reasons ;-)

Comment: Re:For such a vital system. (Score 3, Informative) 402

by mattcasters (#37760260) Attached to: Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

Fact remains that GPS is controlled by the US (military) and that restrictions are in place for civilian usage as far as accuracy, speed and altitude are concerned. I also still remember quite clearly that during the Iraq war all GPS receivers in Europe were off by about 100m at some point. I do not think that was an accident.

As far as shooting down GPS satellites is concerned: according to Wikipedia that completely irresponsible comment was a threat made by US officials:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_(satellite_navigation)#Tension_with_the_United_States

Comment: Re:Cloud cloud cloud (Score 2) 91

by mattcasters (#36380418) Attached to: Cloud-Based, Ray-Traced Games On Intel Tablets

CTO: Well, what've you got?

Vendor: Well, there's servers, cloud and clients; software, hardware, cloud and peripherals; networking and cloud; servers, software and cloud; clients, software networking and cloud; cloud, software, networking and cloud; cloud, peripherals, cloud, cloud, servers, and cloud; cloud, clients, cloud, cloud, software, cloud, networking, and cloud;

Consultants (starting to chant): Cloud, cloud cloud cloud ...

Vendor: ...cloud, cloud, cloud, software, and cloud; cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, services, cloud, cloud, cloud...

Consultants (singing): Cloud! Lovely cloud! Lovely cloud!
...

Life is difficult because it is non-linear.

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