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Comment Re:My FreeBSD Report: Four Months In (Score 1) 471 471

KDE on Fedora isn't too awful. It's gotten a lot better since about Fedora 19. In fact, it works much better for me than the default GNOME option. I believe KDE is handled by a dedicated team, so it's certainly not the afterthought it used to be. As for patented codecs, I just make sure RPM Fusion's non-free repo is enabled and I have access to cleanly packaged codecs as needed. Just install the gstreamer packages and you'll have everything you need.

You'll have a hard time finding a US-based or other major distribution supporting aac, h.264, and similar directly because of software patents that require payments to the license holder. It's why Ubuntu and Fedora both ship without that kind of support.

Comment Re:Could elect not to sell any vehicles in Califor (Score 1) 462 462

I have a 2011 Mazda 3 and am in California. My car doesn't have Daytime Running Lights. As far as I am aware, it's never been a legal requirement here, and likely not anywhere in the US. Some manufacturers offer them because of "safety", but it's not legally mandated.

I do agree with you on the light placement, some new models just aren't well designed in that area. Then again, I'm used to drivers not actually using their signals, so placement doesn't matter for that.

Comment Re:Google more restrictive than Microsoft (Score 1) 194 194

I'm not sure about the changes made with EFI booting, but for "classic" BIOS-mode booting, Windows does support multiple OS from its own bootloader. Check out info on the boot.ini (NTLDR). Heck, there's even a tool, EasyBCD, that will help you set up the booting options.

Of course, since most people that use desktops run only Windows, almost nobody has actually seen the Windows NT bootloader menu. Some of the people who used NT 3.51 or 4 might recognize it. In addition, since no consumer version of Windows until XP (the merge between the classic and NT codebases) supported multiboot, it's not a huge surprise that people don't know about this. That doesn't discount the practical issues too: editing boot.ini requires writing to an NTFS volume, which only really became possible on Linux with NTFS-3g, or you have to boot into Windows. If you were going to be using Linux primarily, it was much easier to just use lilo or grub for the bootloader.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 944 944

Three-way incandescent bulbs are still going to be sold under an allowance for specialty bulbs.

Modern LEDs are actually really good with dimmers, as long as you don't go for the ultra-cheap models. The cheap LEDs can't go as dim as the mid-price ones. I replaced some PARs in my hallway with store-brand Utilitech (Lowe's) LEDs and they work great with the dimmer I installed.

Personally, I can't complain about the color spectrum. If you're picky, Cree has their TW series that are really solid and project light just like the standard A19 incandescent to which people are familiar. The Cree bulbs even have real glass.

Comment Re:Overrated (Score 1) 218 218

Keep in mind that with Fellowship, especially in the beginning, Tolkien was aiming the writing at children. The story started as an extension of The Hobbit, and got more serious as Tolkien developed the plot. That's why you have some really weird stuff like Tom Bombadil at the beginning. Of course, the writing remains awkward, but it loses simplicity quickly.

Comment Re:what is it supposed to be (Score 1) 442 442

Wacom actually makes screens you can draw on, it's called the Cintiq. They are, however, quite a bit more expensive than the Surface Pro. Of course, the Surface Pro won't replace the larger model Cintiq devices.

The real problem is that the RT, which is the subject of the article, is a fancy tablet with a nice keyboard cover. There's no legacy application support, for obvious reasons to anyone reading Slashdot. There's no Wacom digitizer functionality. It does have Office, in the Desktop view. Microsoft failed on the RT by not having any obvious advantages over the major competitors in the space and by creating confusion between the RT, the Pro, and plain Windows 8. If a potential customer isn't sure which Windows tablet they need, they are just as likely to get an iPad or Android tablet because of the ecosystem those have.

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