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Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 301

``With JPEG you get horrible colour blocks and banding artefacts. It ruins most pictures.''

Maybe... but only if you choose the lower quality image settings on your digital camera. Do you really do that? I know of nobody who does that. Nobody. If you were worried about "artifacts" you'd be selecting the highest quality image settings on the camera. Or, even better, you be shooting RAW images.

Comment Benefits the non-mobile web as well (Score 1) 95

I strongly suspect that the majority -- maybe the vast majority -- of the data that is being retrieved by my web browser is not related to viewable content at all but is devoted to snazzy menu functions and, well, crap that I might not even choose to view. It like having the entire set of encyclopedias delivered to your door when you want to look up one simple thing. (Yeah... I remember encyclopedias.)

I would welcome eliminating the glitz and dancing bologna that litters most web pages today.

Comment Re:The question is (Score 1) 569

``The only difference is that if the US company get's in too much trouble, the company just heads to bankruptcy court and reorganizes.''

Bring back the corporate death penalty. If memory serves, no state has used that option since the '50s. Used to be that corporations were were required to act in the public interest in return for their being allowed to form in the first place. Nowadays, when you listen to some people, their only obligation (widely parroted by the major media outlets) is to make money for the shareholders. I say it's time -- heck, way past time -- to bring back the requirement that corporations be accountable to the public that granted their charter. Can't live up to that as a corporation? Goodbye charter.

(Corporate apologist? Go ahead and flame away. I'm outta here.)

Comment Re:A mistake versus a fraud (Score 1) 569

``The cover up that (maybe) happened later might be worthy of charges depending on whether it was deliberate or not.''

How does one ``accidently'' engage in a cover up?

I seem to recall that GM was/is in hot water because there was some internal communication that pointed out the cause of the problem but that management chose to `downplay' (nice way of saying `cover up') the problem. Recalls cost money, ya know.

Comment When someone posts about bad news on FB... (Score 2) 127

... isn't it just a little more appropriate to post, you know, an actual comment expressing your condolences? I realize that we're all pressed for time and have dozens of cute cat pictures to "like" while on FB but if clicking on a button is the extent of your response to someone's loss, illness, etc. ... That's pretty pathetic.

Comment Office 365 is "computer science"? (Score 1) 21

So now teaching students how to use MS Office 365 counts as computer science? Really? I'm sure that'll let them bypass the first-year CS classes when they go to college and learn real computer science. This seems like nothing more than a scheme to get the schools to buy MS products with taxpayer money. Besides, what evidence is there that this will actually benefit the education these students are going to receive? There was another article mentioned a day or two ago (maybe here; can't recall) that putting more computer equipment in schools was not improving the students' learning but was actually harming it.

Comment How long would that warming last? (Score 1) 261

As I understand it, Mars has virtually no magnetic field so it receives the full brunt of the solar wind without much resistance. I recall reading (somewhere) that was theory as to why Mars doesn't have much of an atmosphere any more. If you release all/most of the CO2 in the polar ice caps, what's to stop the solar wind from stripping that away, too? Plus, what little atmosphere is left on the planet -- still enough to produce the occasional dust storm -- would then producing storms with an exciting new ingredient: radioactive debris created by the nukes. Great.

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 2) 867

``Other than Linux failing to suspend and resume correctly on a laptop.''

Both "Sleep" and "Hibernate" options work like a charm once I upgraded from openSUSE 12.2 to 13.2. Granted, it was hit or (mostly) miss prior to the upgrade but it hasn't failed once since I took the time to update the OS. I have nothing to tie my personal computer use to Windows. Left that atrocity of an OS behind ten years ago.

Comment Re:A more interesting question... (Score 1) 889

``A good command-line SSH program that fits into the command-prompt like the telnet program does.''

What about Cygwin and the software package/subset that includes ssh/sftp? (AFAIR, it's not installed by a basic installation and, sorry, I've forgotten which one you need.) I'd much rather have that on a Windows box than Putty.

Cygwin runs fine on the missus's Win7 laptop. Not sure about anything newer.

Comment Re:GIMP (Score 1) 889

``I believe GIMP introduced the single-window mode in version 2.4 or 2.6; the multi-window mode was just a PITA.''

Yes. GIMP began offering the single window interface a couple of point releases ago. As for the multi-window PITAness you mentioned... having a single honkin' window must be be something you like about Photoshop. I've been using GIMP for years in multi-window mode and find the single window interface is just not my cup-o-tea. We all has our druthers.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga