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

by westlake (#47953791) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Simplification (UI design): the act of removing or transforming discoverable, one-step, procedures in opaque, 3-step-after-reconfiguration procedures. See Gnome, Windows, OSX.

In other words, a tiny fraction shy of 100% of the desktop market.

The only sensible conclusion to be drawn from this is that almost no one strays more that a half step away from the system defaults.

Comment: Re:Why does this always happen? (Score 1) 260

by westlake (#47949741) Attached to: TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

It's not a commercial product so who cares if some PHB who thinks the name of an application is important doesn't like it?

If the geek wants encryption to become universal, he has to remove any and all barriers to adoption, both technical and psychological. That implies reaching out to the PHB, the home and SOHO user, and so on.

Comment: The geek walls himself in. (Score 1) 177

by westlake (#47947423) Attached to: Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

We can only hope... eventually the walled gardens will be an effective quarantine and we can have our Internet again.

Your Internet was defined by the dial-up modem and a multitude of clients that fromed the basis of an Internet suite and were barely one or two steps up in convenience and functionality from the BBS of 1980 and Telnet, circa 1969.

Comment: Re:Finally! (Score 1, Flamebait) 177

by westlake (#47947227) Attached to: Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

It almost seems like an accident, though. They need to move to HTML5 because Microsoft supports its technologies like high school students support their relationships.

12 years for Win XP.

What is the difference between mainstream support and extended support?

Mainstream support --- Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.

Extended support --- Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product's general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Comment: Be careful what you wish for. (Score 0) 177

by westlake (#47946291) Attached to: Native Netflix Support Is Coming To Linux

I'm not even sure why you'd want to use any web browser at all for this kind of thing.

The general purpose web browser is becoming an afterthought.

You can live very comfortably within the walled gardens of Amazon, iTunes, Netflix and the rest --- and while the geek won't want to hear this, this is where most people are spending their time now.

Comment: Re:Thought crime (Score 1) 165

They have only thought about it. So they are being prosecuted for a thought crime.

It's both a pity and a blessing that Orwell didn't live long enough to see the geek in full flight.

The organization and planning of a crime, the recruitment of others to assist you, is more than thought, it is action.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 2) 165

While the IS stuff is rather a hot news item, I do not agree that slashdot is really the place for it.
One of the reasons I look at Slashdot is to get a nice newsfeed without 5 items per day about wild muslims.

The problem is that the Slashdot geek seems increasingly resistant to any story outside his comfort zone.

You see this most clearly when a story cuts close to the bone on issues of race and class and gender in tech --- but it comes through elsewhere as well.

Comment: Argh. (Score 1) 334

by westlake (#47933307) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

New keyboard. New Problems.

I think it is a safe bet that the folks back home are running Windows and that is all their local dial-up ISP can reasonably be expected to support.

Local support is the only answer here.

Not the once-a-year parachute drop --- and not the trans-oceanic telephone call that has to be scheduled across five or six time zones, perhaps more. There is no joy in that even when it is IT Pro to IT Pro.

Comment: It.s not about you. (Score 1) 334

by westlake (#47933179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Some desktop environment that hides anything unrelated to connecting to the net and accessing their account (dial-up software, email client, web browser, exchanging files between their hard disk/email attachments and USB drives). By "hide", I just want the rest to be out of the way, but not entirely removed, so that if necessary, I can guide them over the phone.

I don't see enough thought being given here to how his parents use their computer besides sending and receiving their emails.

Technical support by telephone across multiple time zones does not appeal.

Comment: Re:Standard remote access (Score 1) 334

by westlake (#47933013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Use a SSH or VNC server, and also use a dynamic DNS client so you have a hostname instead of some random IP address, Then you can control the machine directly when it's online....

His parents live overseas and he visits them only once a year.

To me that suggests that they are living in time zones at least six to eight hours apart, perhaps more.

Comment: Weasel worded. (Score 2) 97

by westlake (#47932057) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

There are also thousands of artists today that equal the top handful of masters of old times, it simply isn't acknowledge because it is subjective, and appreciation is inherently relative

1 Make a bold, dramatic assertion.

2 and. in your next breath, argue that is useless to offer any proof.

Such a talent is wasted in tech, You really ought to go into politics.

Comment: Yiu haven't answered my question. (Score 2) 389

by westlake (#47930841) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

Your right gas cars are total non-perishable and never wear-out or need replacement parts, and gasoline can be recycled as well.

I need to know what an electric car is going to cost me over its projected service life. I need to know the up-front cost of replacing a battery. I do not want to base my purchasing decision on "green" energy subsidies that may disappear after the next election.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins

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