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Comment: Re:This is not news; it is also not PC (Score 1) 427

by sskang (#46397801) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

I assume you're aiming this dig at women

If you read the the grandparent a bit more carefully, you would have noticed it was about feminism, not about women.

Oh, I read it carefully enough. The goal of feminism is to provide equality to women in society, and this includes distributing the responsibility of child-rearing to both genders.

Nice strawman though.

You appear to be unclear on what this term means.

Comment: Re:This is not news; it is also not PC (Score 1) 427

by sskang (#46396487) Attached to: All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

Taking months or years off for child raising, or working only part time, or refusing to travel - none of these things should affect your career or your pay. It ought to be possible to drop out of the workforce at 25, raise your kids full-time for 20 years, and then rejoin the workforce as a senior manager.

I assume you're aiming this dig at women, when the truly enlightened nations extend this courtesy to both men and women. And nobody takes paid parental leave for 20 years, sorry. Everyone who goes away for that long comes back at an adjusted career level, and I'm sure you know that. Why stoop to hyperbole?

It makes as much sense as the rest of the progressive agenda...

Let me guess - over the age of 50? You are being left behind, just like your parents were left behind on such progressive concepts as the end of colonialism and racism. It's not something to be upset about, it's just how civilization works.

Comment: Re:And for those older machines? (Score 1) 187

by sskang (#33080664) Attached to: KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing

All you people complaining about the state of Akonadi and the interconnectedness of KDE are missing an important part of the picture.

No matter what OS or desktop or GUI apps you have been using for the past 20 years, all of them have an implied conceptual data model underlying the collection of apps that you are using. For the most part, the "implied" bit has followed the old X11/Windows 2.0 "shared nothing" model, where bits and pieces of the data has been either replicated or ad-hoc shared (apps explicitly being aware of other apps and sharing data with them). This has worked okay for a long time, since users have assumed that this is the way it will always work.

Some of you folks may remember PalmOS, or are using Symbian and/or Android phones now. These platforms make the data model explicit, and all apps are aware of them. On an Android phone, the SMS, IM, Calendar and Contacts apps all know how to access the user's address book without knowing anything at all about each other. If you write a contacts sync backend, you don't need to care about any of those apps - you know how to access the contact data already from the database API.

What ends up happening is that YOUR DATA becomes the central focus of the platform. Not the app's data, or its storage format or anything like that. The apps are relegated to being clients of the larger data model. This is the correct approach for the future of the UI.

The KDE project has had its eye on this model of the future UI for a decade now. There has been bumbling and disorganization, miscommunication, dozens of key people coming and going, cat-herding and unfinished code. This is hardly surprising considering the size and nature of the KDE development team and its organization. Despite your irritations with the current state of a given KDE release, I think it's worth remembering what is being attempted here.

Of course, everyone's threshold is different and you may decide that being part of this massive experiment is not worth the headache. For you folks there are plenty of alternatives and I don't think anyone is going to be upset if you go back to the 80s-style UIs of other desktops such as KDE 3.x.

At the same time, don't be surprised if the KDE project doesn't make it a high priority to enable picking bits and pieces to run elsewhere; it's worthwhile, but it comes with a high opportunity cost that dilutes effort on the larger goals of the project.

Government

Professor Posts "Illegal Copy" of Guide To Oregon Public Record Laws 318

Posted by timothy
from the hey-man-I-paid-for-that dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Copyright law has previously been used by some states to try to prevent people from passing around copies of their own government's laws. But in a new level of meta-absurdity, the attorney general of Oregon is claiming copyright over a state-produced guide to using public-records laws. That isn't sitting well with one frequent user of the laws, who has posted a copy of the guide to his website and is daring the AG to respond. The AG, who previously pledged to improve responses to public-records requests, has not responded yet." The challenger here is University of Oregon Professor Bill Harbaugh.
Announcements

+ - Germany planning 400 billion euro solar center->

Submitted by mrwolf007
mrwolf007 (1116997) writes "Several large german companies are planning the worlds largest solar center. At an estimated cost of 400 billion euros the center is supposed to provide 15% of the electricity for Europe. The center will be built in Africa and use parabolic mirrors to heat a special oil which in turn powers large turbines. The center is planned to be operational in 10 years. Original article (in german)."
Link to Original Source
Programming

+ - Why Parrot is Important ->

Submitted by
Martin Streicher
Martin Streicher writes "Parrot lead developer Allison Randal explains why Parrot, the open source virtual machine for dynamic programming languages, is a fundamental advance in programming language research and development. With Parrot, a language developer need not reinvent the wheel. Parrot provides garbage collection, objects, a parser, abstract syntax trees, and all the tools necessary to create a rich programming language in weeks not years. Further, because Parrot can mix libraries from multiple languages, one can combine the best of every language that runs on Parrot. Parrot 1.0 is available now."
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Comment: Re:Haven't these people learned? (Score 1) 580

by sskang (#27896123) Attached to: German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting
The other hero is the shepherd, who has bred the sheepdog since he was a puppy, has likely shared his home and food with him and made him part of the family, but will not hesitate to take him out the back with a rifle the moment he goes feral. We have plenty of sheepdogs, wish there were better shepherds around.

Comment: Unmentioned benefit of KDE 4 - Xorg+drivers (Score 5, Interesting) 455

by sskang (#27386011) Attached to: Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

One of the major effects KDE 4 has had on the free desktop has been to light a fire under the metaphorical asses of Xorg and driver development. There has been tons of work going on in Xorg since the split, but until KDE 4 came along and proved that stuff like Composite could have a real effect on user experience (Compiz came first, yes, but that was more or less just bling until apps started using composite), there was not as much pressure and expectation from free desktop users.

Turn on desktop effects on any system using KDE 4 and if you have Xorg with good drivers, the difference in experience is startling.

The rate at which Xorg and some of the drivers are getting better is exciting, as is Qt and KDE itself, and this is in part due to the expectations that KDE 4 has set in the minds of free desktop users. Kudos to the Xorg and FOSS driver devs for stepping up. The next couple of years are going to be fun.

Comment: Re:Kontact is cool. (Score 2, Insightful) 249

by sskang (#26675785) Attached to: Exchange Comes To Linux As OpenChange

KParts is a non-unique concept implemented pragmatically, leading to KDE devs actually using it.

The entire framework, from querying, instantiating and integrating KParts is optimised for the common case, ie shared libraries used in-process on the local machine, which means it's easy to learn and use.

Other attempts such as Bonobo and the erstwhile KOM/OpenParts were designed for maximum flexibility but didn't catch on because they made developers' lives difficult for these common cases.

Education

+ - Human presence linked to Corel Reef deaths

Submitted by cagrin
cagrin (146191) writes "From the article: "Scientists have known for years that humans are killing corals indirectly and directly through global warming, overfishing and pollution. Many reefs off populous coasts have been decimated, while those near uninhabited areas are often thriving. "For some reason, when you put people next to reefs, they die," said microbiologist Forest Rohwer of San Diego State University at a recent symposium at the American Museum of Natural History here. A 2004 study found that 70 percent of the world's reefs had been destroyed or were threatened by global warming and other human activities." Link: Herpes Virus Killing Coral Reefs"

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.

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