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Comment: Re:can we have ONE non-dumbed down GUI please? (Score 1) 153

by mister_playboy (#47953621) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

When I recently did a Mint XFCE install, I was actually surprised by how much the current look mirrors KDE. It is less resource intensive, but not by much... perhaps 20% less RAM usage.

LXDE is the clear go-to for minimal requirements, too bad Mint doesn't have an offering with it as the default.

Comment: Re:more direct connection to producers (Score 3, Insightful) 187

by mister_playboy (#47952011) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

And yes, they also have a Paypal type service, but it would have to clear a large number of hurdles to become trusted in the US.

Lack of trust certainly hasn't kept Paypal from being popular.

Just read the countless stories... they can do pracatically anything they want with the money in "your" PP account.

Comment: Re:TI-89 is allowed (Score 1) 359

by mister_playboy (#47828715) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

It's all about the timeframe when talking about this subject. 89 came out a year later than 86, that alone could be the reason.

In my case it was that our textbooks assumed an 86 so that's what we used. One girl used a hand-me-down 85.

The TI-83/86/89 Jr high/Sr high/College market segmentation proved to be too much, with the 86 eventually being squeezed out.

Comment: Re:Yes we can improve calculators (Score 1) 359

by mister_playboy (#47828619) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

There is no reason a calculator cannot offer both RPN and algebraic notation and let the user choose. This isn't like the Querty vs Dvorak keyboard argument.

What's the difference? In both cases the variants are handled entirely in software and thus both should be available.

Comment: Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (Score 1) 359

by mister_playboy (#47828445) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Since HP basically got out of the calculator business, the HP 50G, which in my opinion is a better calculator anyway, has been available to the public in software form for free. It uses the actual ROM code from the 50G, which HP donated to the public domain.

You have to look around a bit, but versions are available for Mac, PC, and Linux.

Got a link? I'm not seeing any evidence for your claim of public domain'd 50G code.

The closest I found was this uncited part of a Wiki article:
In 2003, the CAS source code of the 49G ROM was released under the LGPL. In addition, this release included an interactive geometry program and some commands to allow compatibility with certain programs written for the newer 49g+ calculator. Due to licensing restrictions, the recompiled ROM cannot be redistributed.

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