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Comment: Re:min install (Score 1) 120

by geminidomino (#47970517) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

Ubuntu is actually a very poor example, since it's one of the oldest offenders of just the sort of thing the guy's complaining about: Things like resolvconf, for example, have no place on a server (It's for helping the machine transition between nameservers when it changes networks) but it still installs on every -server install (at least as of 12.04)

Comment: Re:Simplification, n. (Score 1) 182

by tepples (#47968495) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

But there's all sorts of simple instructions like "no onions" you can tell a clerk that you can't tell a computer. If you go to Whopper Lab you can see all the options

Doesn't the existence of Whopper Lab mean you can tell a computer?

I generally prefer an expanding/alternate dialog

Until you use a 10" screen. They were common in the netbook era but have since returned on laptops like the Transformer Book by ASUS and Aspire Switch by Acer. Some dialogs don't fit and I have to use the window manager's keyboard shortcuts to move the top of the window above the top of the screen to see the OK button. Or by "alternate" do you mean more tabs?

Comment: Playlists and MTP (Score 1) 68

by tepples (#47968305) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Don't people just drag MP3's from their computer to their phone in Windows Explorer? I don't understand the need for music transferring software.

If you want to transfer only the subset of your MP3 collection contained in a specific set of playlists, then you may need software to construct the copy job, even if it's just a shell script that parses the m3u files. And until very recently, you needed to install software to connect an Android 4.x phone to a PC because some operating systems didn't come with MTP automounting.

Comment: CDMA2000 in the United States (Score 1) 68

by tepples (#47968241) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Then please, please stop buying branded phones from operators.

Good luck getting any service that way if the only cellular carriers with a usable signal in your area are CDMA2000 carriers like Verizon and Sprint. I'm under the impression that they won't just sell you a CSIM for an unbranded CDMA2000 phone.

Comment: Let the Android Market decide (Score 2) 68

by tepples (#47968221) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I'm sure they would prefer to let the market decide that bloatware is bad.

Then why doesn't Google let the Android Market decide by including a line in the CDD stating that if you include X, Y, or Z your phones won't get Google Play Store? Google already does that for certain variants of multi-window mode because Google wants to enforce an all maximized all the time use model even if your 10" tablet is as big as two Nexus 7s or four Nexus 5s.

Comment: It has to be really cheap to succeed (Score 1) 43

by Animats (#47966675) Attached to: SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

This service has to be really cheap and fast to succeed. Iridium and GlobalStar already offer a satellite-based service. Iridium really does cover the entire planetary surface; GlobalStar has most of the planet, but not the polar areas. So it's all about being price-competitive.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz