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Comment Re:Target audience (Score 1) 223

They have a group of people who appreciate their site so much that they bought an app to improve the experience. It stands to reason that the same people - at least some of them - might be prepared to pay for a subscription.

I'm sure this business model will work out for you in the long run.

I don't see why not. It's not like the "customers" they lose are bringing in any revenue.

Comment Grey text on grey bg. Missing/inconsistent chrome (Score 1) 53

I really appreciate how the designers have gone out of their way to make me hate it on sight. With just a few choice usability bloopers on the first screenshot I see, they've ensured that I will never, ever consider it for anything. I am spared any ambivalence, spared from wasting any time trying it out or even reading reviews.

Thank you, KDE designers! I am in your debt!

Comment And the butchering of language continues (Score 3, Informative) 39

When they created stereoscopic 2D technology, they marketed it as "3D", even though it was nothing of the sort.

So now, when they're creating actual 3D technology, they have a marketing problem, they can't call it 3D movies even though that's what it is, because then people will associate it with the earlier, inferior technology. So now they want to call it VR??

It's not VR. It's a movie format with a fixed viewpoint. Sure you can look in all directions from that viewpoint, but you can't move around in this "world", because there's no actual virtual world to interact with. It's just a movie, not VR, don't call it VR.

Comment Dawson found a bug in gcc 4.3 as well (Score 2) 239

Dawson points to an 'optimisation' in gcc 4.3: constant folding is done using the higher-precision MPFR library. At least the gcc developers seem to think it's an optimisation, but unless it's disabled by default, it is actually a bug. In the absence of undefined behaviour, optimisations must not change observable behaviour. And, as Dawson demonstrates, this one does.

If you need MPFR precision, you should use MPFR explicitly.

Comment Re:Safety vs Law (Score 1) 475

If you bump into something at 90MPH, there's a significant risk that you will get into a swerve and lose control. That doesn't happen at 45MPH, you just brake. But at 90MPH it takes 4 times as long to brake, and your braking distance is 8 times as long.

That's essentially what your patrol officer observed: Slow moving vehicles recover, fast moving vehicles crash. That holds regardless of who caused the accident; physics doesn't care about that.

Also, you should know that a 89/90 impact is 2.01 times as hard as a 44/45 impact. Twice the speed is four times the kinetic energy.

Comment Re:What's the big deal about win8? (Score 1) 346

And why do you think those animations are there? Probably because MS's trial users reported back that they couldn't figure out how operate the damned thing, and instead of fixing the UI to make it discoverable, they added training.

I've never seen those animations, by the way. I didn't install the OS on any Win8 computer I've used, so why would I?

Comment Re:user error (Score 3, Informative) 710

I do leave my computer on 24/7. However, being I moved to an area that is predominantly powered with clean energy ...

Which they sell to other areas when there's a surplus, and then that other area can cut fossil fuel use.

The world's marginal fuel is lignite. No matter where you live, if you spend more energy, you're gonna burn lignite. If you spend less energy, less lignite will be burnt. Shut down you damn computer!

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