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Comment: Re:I like the ghost town. (Score 1) 146

by rdnetto (#49195933) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Nobody I know is using G+.. and everybody I know is using facebook, in all age groups - including my whole family(between age 7 to 66) that I like keeping in touch with. Many people abandoned all other styles of communication (emails, IMs) and just use facebook and fb messenger. Until Google get's all those people to use G+ .. I for one am not interested, because the point is to 'connect' with people and G+ don't have any.

It's not an either-or. I use FB for keeping up with friends and family (i.e. people I know in real life), but G+ is a far better platform for following hobbyist groups (e.g. distro pages) and celebrities (e.g. Linus Torvalds), because it allows non-reciprocal connections. That is, I can follow Torvalds' public posts without him needing to follow me.

Comment: Re:Xfce 5 should be based on Qt. (Score 1) 91

by rdnetto (#49193967) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released

When you have to work with this stuff, in the end you realize that it is mostly about what was best for the team at the time they started the project (availabe skillset, docs, etc) and at this point both frameworks are the best the open source world has to offer.

Which means that the most useful data points are the projects which went through the effort of migrating between libraries. e.g. Subsurface which moved from GTK+ to Qt, and written by Linus Torvalds (among others). The reasons for doing so are given here. This is particularly interesting given that both Linus and Dirk prefer C

In my experience, the Qt libraries and tools are just as easy to use as .NET Framework + Visual Studio, which I think is excellent (and particularly impressive, given that Qt definitely doesn't have the same resources as Microsoft). I haven't used GTK+, but looking at the Hello World tutorial for it, it doesn't seem particularly intuitive. (e.g. why is the button label set with a callback?) Admittedly, there is some bias due to familiarity here, but I think my point is valid.

Comment: Re:I love old laws (Score 1) 389

by rdnetto (#49185457) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

They are the best. Old laws were written way before all of the 'politics' which happens today.

There were politics back then too, it's just that the money was in different industries.

New laws are complex, and complexity is fraud. Some old laws are wrong, and have been thrown out, but if the longer the law has survived the better it is.

Two words: survivorship bias

Comment: Re:So live underground (Score 1) 135

by rdnetto (#49185275) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

I'm not sure if it's the same study, but the 25-hour rhythm is addressed in the article:

But Charles Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard and chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discovered that the 1970s finding of a 25-hour natural circadian rhythm for humans was wrong. The original study allowed test subjects to turn on artificial light whenever they wished, unintentionally resetting their bodies’ circadian rhythms.

At about the time Pathfinder landed, Czeisler and his team began conducting studies at the hospital’s special laboratory that shielded study subjects from all outside influences. With their test subjects in isolation, they simulated the Martian sol to see how the test subjects adjusted to the longer day. “What we learned was none of the people adapted their circadian rhythms to the Martian day,” Czeisler said.

Comment: Re:Biggest Problem (Score 1) 514

by rdnetto (#49167195) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

Yes, dumb users are unable to exercise choices meaningfully, especially if they are unaware they even have a choice. But that doesn't mean that choice doesn't exist, and can't be exercised by even somewhat competent users. Googling "ubuntu change desktop environment" returns easily followed instructions for doing so via the GUI, so the only requirements are knowing how to use google, and what a desktop environment is (if they don't know the latter, they could easily find out by posting on the forum, or asking whichever person told them to try Ubuntu in the first place).

DE-specific releases don't exist because they're the only way of installing a DE, they exist because most people want to have a DE out of the box, but disagree which one to have.

Gnome 2 was released in 2002, and supported at least until the release of Gnome 3 in 2011 (9 years). In contrast, the WinXP was current for 6 years, and the Vista interface for 5 years until Win8. KDE has had a major release every 6 years, comparable to Windows. Xfce has been on version 4 for 12 years. Additionally, KDE4 is still supported, as is Gnome 2 (under the MATE project).
So by the numbers, the popular Linux DEs are at least as stable as Windows in terms of UI.

Now, if you want to argue that Linux is more fragmented in terms of UI because of this, that's a different discussion, but doing an apples to apples comparison shows that it is as stable/disruptive as Windows in the worst case (KDE), and significantly more stable in the other cases (Gnome and Xfce).

Comment: Re:HiDPI (Score 1) 514

by rdnetto (#49162457) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I guess operating systems acquiring HiDPI support is one of the reasons going for the flat look. Vector graphics are easy to scale. But maybe some genius will eventually come up with a system that both scales well and looks cool.

KDE4 uses vector graphics for all of its icons, and none of them look 'flat' to me.Most of them have shadows, perspective, or some other kind of depth cue.

Comment: Re:But can we believe them? (Score 1) 99

there is zero chance they could recover the cost from GCHQ

Interesting thought: we normally regard investor-state dispute settlement clauses negatively, but this is an actual case where they would be helpful in compensating Gemalto for the harm caused to them. Requiring the NSA, etc. to pay compensation for the harm caused could do a lot to curtail their actions.

Comment: Re:Battery life (Score 1) 141

by rdnetto (#49155493) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter

Yes, an individual render operation is always going to be more expensive. But it's not necessary to always update the screen - given that watches are usually held in a specific orientation when being read, you could easily reduce power consumption by an order of magnitude if you only rendered the time when it was actually being read. There's also the possibility of drawing power from the wearer's movement, similar to an automatic.

Comment: Re:Non-readers love "real books" (Score 1) 260

by rdnetto (#49155437) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

A librarian that does not value paper. That is like a cardiovascular surgeon that eats a pound of bacon every day.

Librarians value knowledge, not paper; the paper is just a medium. Also, saturated fat isn't bad for your heart (in fact the evidence is leaning towards it being good for your HDL/LDL ratio), and bacon is actually a common occurrence in low carb breakfasts.

I want my children and grandchildren to have the books I purchased and read. Those digital formats will be gone in just a few years while I have books older than my country.

PDF and ePUB aren't going anywhere. There's a distinction to be made between ebooks and DRM, in much the same way as there is between digital music (MP3, AAC, etc.) and DRM.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.

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