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Comment Desktops - Wow!! (Score 1) 317 317

Just saw the first quicky intro on cnet. Fantastic! there are *desktops* to which you can switch! ... and when Gnome 2.0 did away with workspaces, last century, and I complained, the answer was - like the famous need of the numbers of computers or the RAM - that *nobody* ever needs workspaces.
And when I watch that clip, W10 looks like an enhanced version of enlightenment combined with a smartphone interface. But I'm too old to actually give a damn any more, people are just plain wxyz.
"It doesn't look like Windows" is what I have been told the last quarter century, trying to evangelize a proper OS, any proper OS, except that one.
And now Windows looks like a second-class copy of some desktops we had - or could have had - 10 years ago, and everyone yells: "Oh, wow! Windows 10!"

Once upon a time, a PC was supposed to be a servant, sitting on my table to do what I want it to. The way it is presented, is more like a sex object, you drive it with mouse and cursor, may even touch(!) it; and most of all it has taken the center of a desktop, the master guiding through one's daily work.
At least, this is how it looks to me.

Comment KDE - disappointing (Score 2) 44 44

As a KDE person, I find the demo clip rather disappointing. So I have nothing against KDE, to the contrary.
But what we see is totally off the shelf, a phone applet being pretty blunt, other apps, very much skeleton apps. I believe it does what it should do, but there was no visible refinement to a staple diet, basic interface.
It looks as if the underlying software was the standard KDE software, so that would be fine, if we had an ecosystem that works on 32" as well as on 4.5". Does it? Thanks to Qt it ought to.
So we see something of a rather academic interest?

Comment Astroturfing - Come On, Slashdot! (Score 1) 302 302

If the link shows W10 (or, as they use to say, "Windows"), it is an overall very lousy design. To me it resembles slightly to Unity, with all the bad items carried forward from W8. Look at an almost full-screen simple interaction box: "Continue" on 70% real estate. On childish blue.
1001 *nix desktops had a nicer default background, to start with. It all looks awfully flat, I'd advertise it as "Finally real 2-D!". Navigation? A bunch of overlapping windows, seemingly arbitrarily placed on the desktop. Navigation? I see no structured clustering of applications, actually reminding me of that famous W3.x

I can imagine that it will appeal to the average art-agnostized SMS-speaking audience though; those who consider IKEA to be the most fashionable, creative and most inventive furniture shop. To those who run about brandishing their tattoos by wearing spaghetti shirts and hot pants.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940 940

As much as I hate to, I have to second your notion on the values of dictatorships.
I used to stay in one of those Franco-induced flats, and quite happily so.
Much worse, when I read all the posts above on 'freedom', democracy, (free) market, I feel the need to even beef up on your thoughts: I also knew the real situation in the dictatorship-place of the former East Block (before 1990, that is). Everyone had food and shelter, for pennies. Not that I would have loved to live there, for fear of being arrested for watching the wrong TV station. But the ordinary citizen was fed, had a reasonable roof over their heads, a place for their kids in the kindergarten, and - if gifted and sufficiently pro-government - a free education until PhD.
If I had to make a choice between semi-homeless in the Bay Area and the enormous pressure to earn the food to be put on the table in combination with the (limited) freedom of an American citizen, and living in the former East Germany where my basic needs are catered for easily and allow me to live relatively stress-free, I'd reluctantly chose the latter.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

Some nice arguments.
However, I'd unify the first two, because the first is the same as the second, and both are only instances of rx/x. Which is always r, except for x=0. So the lim is the same from both sides, 1/-, : r.
The other alternative is the last one: 1/x. Here the function values from both sides are infinitely different.

I agree with the 'most stupid question ever asked on Slashdot', because it is clear that x/x for x=0, or any division by 0 is simply a mathematical indefinite.

No wonder we have so much of lousy software!

Comment Uuuh wow! - Uuuh no! (Score 1) 45 45

I was very excited reading the post, went there, and probably missed the sufficient nerdyness to actually appreciate what was shown in a low-resolution video clip of less than 1 minute. Okay, yes, it is moving, as high-rise buildings show. The rest is static, way way below Google Earth. What the heck! I said to myself and went to write this post.

Comment Re:Elop just fulfilled his destiny. (Score 1) 121 121

For tablets, the Windows 8.1 Metro look is actually better, while for laptops, the Windows 7 look is.

Exactly. I am a *nix person who recently acquired a Lumia because I consider it the most intuitive of the two in the reasonable price bracket.
While 8.X is simply c**p on the desktop. And once you've seen it both on desktops and small gadgets, it is totally clear that the designers had tiny touch screens. Desktops usually don't -> that's Windows 8 for you!

Comment Re:Elop just fulfilled his destiny. (Score 1) 121 121

Alas, wrong on a number of accounts.

Me, and a good number of other people, including *nix-people, have recently acquired a very competitive Microsoft Lumia. I guess, it gets subsidized by MS for all that it has included from the side of hardware as well as software. If they keep offering prices below comparable phones of the two major competitors, price alone will make them one of three equals.

EMC, Oracle, RedHat have income beyond the consumer market paying for OSes, while MS lives on income through OS for customers and some notorious office suite.

Comment Another one ... (Score 1) 558 558

[Despite of the lousy approach of putting numbers and facts in free floating UTF text instead of a database:]
Lenovo T410s
i5 2,4 GHz
6 GB RAM
256 GB SSD
1 TB HD
WWAN and GPS
on docking station
32" 1920x1024 monitor
Logitech Bluetooth keyboard with touchpad, SG

All this is recent, and a result of concentration of my several machines into a single one, for all purposes, as desktop (docking) as well as for travel, containing all and everything that I need in one machine to carry, and sufficient for my purposes as desktop. I always hated all the laptops with cables extended and pulled and plugged from all sides and corners, the docking station is perfect for me.
A smaller partition of the SSD has W7, for the odd application that doesn't run on *nix, and the larger part *buntu 14.04. The 1 TB carries media files. All other data are in the cloud.

Over 5 years or so I expect to be able to migrate this single machine into some sort of phone that does everything as above, including the docking (that is a real keyboard plus touchpad like now when docked), plus phone functions, to carry around in my pocket. I am still waiting for a proper k*buntu, eventually on Qt6 / Plasma 6 to be as much of a great phone interface as a standard interface with a large monitor like above. With the current sizes of 1 TB SSDs this should not be a problem. Rather, I am afraid the OS or its versatility might still be lacking. Just look at Windows 8.1: it is really great on the phone (and I am a *nix person!), while it still is butt-ugly on a larger screen, AFAIAC. Still hoping for improving sanity with the KDE devs in this respect.

Comment Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528 528

See, just impossible. Dozens of beers on tap, if they are anything but an artificial cocktail of chemicals, that wouldn't work. A tap beer that doesn't flow continuously tastes like p**. Or the hundreds of sorts on bottle. How long does a good beer take storage and transportation?

When I drink beer, I want some of the Deutsches Reinheitsgebot. This is an old regulation and stipulates that you may use 4 ingredients only to brew beer: water, hops, yeast and barley (for the malt). While this has been watered down during the last 20 years, there are still plenty of beers available in Germany brewed like that. Now ask a chemist, how long the 'living' product of this can last, despite filtering and pasteurization?

Comment Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528 528

Sorry, and not trying to patronize you, nor wanting to dictate 'taste' to you, but yours is awfully spoiled by US-American chemical industries.
I do agree with you that between 'Bier' and (American 'beer') is a huge difference, though not ordinarily to the favour of the latter.

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