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Comment: Passing a left turning cyclist on the right (Score 1) 286

by tepples (#47901823) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

Better enforcement of "drive right". (on the highway, you pass on the left, drive on the right, it is safer than what we do in the US, which is to drive all over the road at random speeds)

Except on those parts of a highway that are inside city limits and have city speed limits. There you're likely to see a cyclist in the left hand lane for a block or so before the cyclist makes a left turn.

Comment: Re:If anything that's a strike against Windows (Score 1) 398

by tepples (#47896423) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

If Xbuntu has a fighting chance, I imagine you should feel quite comfortable letting the market decide.

Xubuntu is Ubuntu with Xfce on top, backed by Canonical. It would have a chance were it not for abusive contracts with Microsoft that all major laptop producers other than Apple sign.

I doubt they have the unity needed to appeal to commercial vendors.

They have "Unity", just not the right kind. In fact, the kind of "Unity" that Canonical has been pushing on Ubuntu since late 2011 is why I switched from Ubuntu to Xubuntu in the first place.

Comment: Re:Ya well (Score 1) 207

by tepples (#47894919) Attached to: Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

there wasn't any sort of demo up front [...] Likewise the indy titles that had a demo

What do you mean by "demo"? Is a video of 10 minutes of gameplay enough, or is a downloadable Windows binary necessary? Not all game genres are ideal for the desktop or the touch screen, and someone might be using a KS campaign to determine whether to go through a console maker's developer qualification process.

Comment: If anything that's a strike against Windows (Score 1) 398

by tepples (#47894411) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Most folks cannot be bothered to learn a new UI just to browse the web, write documents, and send email.

Let's face it. Windows 8 has been a failure. Even something like KDE Plasma Desktop or Xfce feels more like Windows 9x through 7 than Windows 8's Start Screen and "immersive" apps do.

Let's just say I got my Grandma a tux laptop purely out of principal. What window manager should I set her up on? Gnome? KDE? XFCE?

When my grandma's Windows XP got trashed by fake AV that I couldn't remove normally, I just rescued her files, put on Xubuntu, and called it a day.

It would be hell trying to teach my grandma how to apt-get

Which is why modern distributions include a GUI for package installation and updating.

or how to escalate permissions to super user.

You don't need to. Apple had the equivalent of sudo in OS X even before Microsoft taught people how to "Cancel or Allow" in Windows Vista.

Comment: Signal strength button (Score 1) 79

by tepples (#47894123) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

With analog you have a gradual variation in quality and can tweak your antenna to get it as good as you can. With digital if your reception is on the edge you get [...] multi-second breakups

Better receivers, such as the box I bought in the coupon era, have a button on the remote that pops up a signal strength meter. I don't know whether that just means raw level of the signal or the actual SNR, but it has helped me aim the antenna to minimize signal dropouts.

Comment: "Goat" machine? (Score -1, Flamebait) 205

by tepples (#47894055) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Don't use your own machine, use a honeypot

I F with them using Xubuntu 14.04 "Trusty Tahr" on my own laptop. Not one of those furriners has managed to make his way through my Xfce install over the phone, even if I do humor them by opening the applications menu when they ask for the Start button.

goat machine

I hope you don't mean goat

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