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Comment: Not true at all (Score 1, Insightful) 318

What makes people ignore the homeless is the fact that there are hundreds if not thousands of them roaming the streets of major (and not so major) cities. When I was in Regina, you couldn't walk 4 blocks without being accosted with demands for money, cigarettes, etc.

After a year or so of living there I used to just give them the finger and keep walking. It's not that I'm heartless -- I just don't care to be badgered everywhere I go when these lazy fucks could go on welfare and be housed like anyone else. Aside from that, I'm on disability -- I have no more money to spare than someone on welfare after I pay for my meds. Adding to that, I'd actually stopped to talk to and gotten to know a few of them, and found most of them were *on* welfare and did their begging to pay for booze and drugs, not because they needed the money to survive.

Sympathy. You'll find it between "shit" and "syphilis".

Comment: Thank you, but no (Score 2) 687

by msobkow (#46742149) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

Gnome has become an abysmal piece of drek not worth the effort of spitting on. The only reason I ever use it is because some configuration options for various distros are only released for the Gnome desktops on those distros. I use KDE day to day, with the sole exception of the Rhythmbox music player (which itself is just a "lesser of evils" choice -- every Linux music player I've tried sucks in some way or other.)

Gnome 2 was usable. I liked Gnome 2. I would have happily stuck with Gnome 2 and reasonable enhancements to it.

But nooooooo, the development team for the Gnome project knew "better" than everyone else how a computer should operate. They totally screwed the power user with Gnome 3, creating an unholy abortion that doesn't work well with mouse and keyboard and doesn't work well with a touchscreen. It is the worst of "both worlds", and even implements a number of widget metaphors that testing showed people didn't like as far back as 1990.

The Gnome dev team is full of egotistical idiots, and I, for one, can't wait to see them all hit the curb.

The software is open source. If the project dies, the useful bits will be picked up and forked, and all the drek they've shoved down user's throats can wither away and die a horrible, painful, screaming death as far as I'm concerned.

Comment: Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (Score 1) 193

by Phroggy (#46724379) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

steven colbert doesn't even have an 'act' without his schtick.. and with or without it, he's gonna crash and burn, conan-style, in the big chair. i give it a year, tops, before someone else is brought in and colbert is chased back to cable.

He doesn't have an act, that you've seen. Have you ever seen him out of character? The man is brilliant, and I'm excited to see what he does with the new role.

Comment: Re:PCs aint expensive (Score 1, Informative) 451

by msobkow (#46719885) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?


The last company I worked for had some very seasoned Linux people, and shipped a half dozen Linux servers (pre-loaded with our software) a week. The developers ran Linux; the office staff ran Windows and OS/X.

We the developers had to tweak and fiddle with our boxes for a couple of days every single time the AD server was patched or updated. We never did find drivers for the colour printer. Only one scanner out of four would work for us.

We had to run Linux in order to do the development for the servers we shipped, because each developer's workstation was an in-development image of the server software.

But from an administration and overhead position, it was a freaking nightmare.

I run Debian at home on one box, and Windows 7 on a laptop. I don't have problems with it because all the hardware I own was specifically chosen for Linux compatability. I don't have AD problems because I just let the Windows box access read-only Samba mounts from the Linux box, and don't map my drives in reverse.

But there is no way in hell I would ever recommend a shift to Linux unless it was for the entire company and they were willing to bankroll the time and effort it would take to properly set up Linux-centric file and print services.

It's just not worth the pain.

Whatever you save in licensing and hardware upgrade costs will be eaten by tech support costs in six months when you're only doing a partial/small-scale migration such as is being described.

If a subordinate asks you a pertinent question, look at him as if he had lost his senses. When he looks down, paraphrase the question back at him.