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Comment: Antiquated question (Score 1) 1154

by street_astrologist (#41265903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

1. There is no singular "Linux Desktop" as posted by many others already, there are multiple competing desktop environments, package managers and distributions.

2. Desktop computers have now been surpassed by mobile devices in usage for things like Facebook (http://allthingsd.com/20120508/average-facebook-mobile-use-beats-desktop-access/) and email (http://www.returnpath.net/blog/intheknow/2012/05/email-in-motion-how-mobile-is-leading-the-email-revolution/). You know, those things that most people use the Internet for.

3. Android is the successful Linux Desktop with nearly 40% market share on mobile devices - almost twice its nearest competitor (http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/gadgetbox/android-market-share-surpass-40-percent-year-122857).

4. Supporting Windows and Android apps natively in Linux distributions is an important way for distro projects to remain relevant for those who prefer to use Linux, but who need to interact with the rest of the world or share experiences with them.

5. This whole conversation is beginning to sound like a greybeard echo chamber. I must be one of the greybeards, because I'm posting from a Linux desktop...

Comment: Re:It seems good (Score 1) 591

by street_astrologist (#37059064) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

Actually, the WoW server emulators are near flawless at this point for the 3.x series. 4.x support is shaky due to better obfuscation of opcodes on Blizzard's part, but you can play on an emulated Wrath server at this point and not know it's not legit. Diablo III presumably will follow WoW 4.x lead in making this less easy for the emu crowd.

Comment: Re:It seems good (Score 1) 591

by street_astrologist (#37058826) Attached to: Reaction To <em>Diablo 3's</em> Always-Online Requirement

Fortunately, the odds are that you'll still be able to play single-player without a net connection, by applying a 25K patch made by some kid in Brazil the day after the game comes out.

Or, you could check out the excellent Torchlight series instead for much the same gameplay and no always-connected requirement.

Comment: Re:Let's Hasten the Decentralization of DNS (Score 1) 214

by street_astrologist (#36660912) Attached to: US, UK Targeting Piracy Websites Outside Their Borders

I can confirm that Namecoin is highly relevant to both this thread, and to the interests of Slashdotters in general. Anyone who is serious about decentralization of DNS should familiarize themselves with the project.

As an added bonus, it's a generalized namespace - so domains are just one possible application.

Comment: Re:think lateral (Score 1) 435

by street_astrologist (#32815046) Attached to: Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms

Hell, we've got footage of a pipe under the sea pumping out gallons of oil, but you think they're doing something else that's not only worse, but also visible only up close?

As one example, there have been numerous stories of additional large oil/gas plumes forming underwater near the ruptured well. However, it seems that getting near enough to these plumes to figure out what's going on will be difficult when there is an Exclusion Zone set up for a large distance around them.

The cynic in me notes that proper estimates of the leakage into these plumes could increase the official tally of the amount of oil/gas escaping into the Gulf and thereby increase BP's financial liability.

Comment: Re:FINAL VERDICT: Not much has improved. (Score 1) 164

by street_astrologist (#32358120) Attached to: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

broken for me where it worked in 9.10(stupid random versioning).

The versioning is anything but random. It corresponds directly to the year (2009) and the month (October, the 10th month). Every single Ubuntu release follows this convention. Releases are on a six month cycle. Thus 10.04 is the April 2010 release.

Comment: Re:FINAL VERDICT: Not much has improved. (Score 1) 164

by street_astrologist (#32358108) Attached to: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

It's easier than that, just select the brown theme in Appearance. Don't have to download any extras.

On the topic of default themes: I find it highly interesting to see what people choose in terms of leaving the default, or perhaps going to an earlier appearance (this was common when WinXP came out).

The desire to change the window decor is not correlated directly to technical ability; rather, it's something about certain people being distracted/displeased by certain window decorations, and feeling the need to change them, period. What is that in people? Why can't we leave well enough alone?

Comment: Re:FINAL VERDICT: Not much has improved. (Score 1) 164

by street_astrologist (#32357650) Attached to: Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Benchmarked and Reviewed

I've been using win7 fairly heavily for half a year with zero crash problems. At this point, any fatal crashes are unacceptable for a primary desktop machine. The bar is much, much higher than it was back in the bad old days of Win98 and MacOS 9.

I feel obliged to add that the best way to have a stable experience with Ubuntu (or Linux in general) is to match the hardware to it, and ensure proper support before buying/building your system. A little homework goes a long way.

Comment: Re:KDE users say: DO NOT WANT (Score 1) 249

by street_astrologist (#32357628) Attached to: Sneak Preview For Coming KDE SC 4.5

Criticism on the KDE message boards is, for the most part, deleted by admins, so we have to go to other websites to vent and discuss why we don't like what the batty KDE devs are doing.

If true, this puts a Very Bad Taste in my mouth. I expected better from KDE (and open source in general).

Egotist: A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me. -- Ambrose Bierce

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