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Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 317

God I hate this flat button craze that is infecting all software, let me see what is a button, if it looks like a button, I know I can click on it.

Good point. Skeuomorphism is fine if it actually works on a computer, such as buttons you can click on. A worse example would be a rotary knob on music software, since you cannot actually grab and turn it. It's somewhat OK with a mouse wheel, because you have some kind of rotation going on, but even that's stretching it.

IMHO, the point of doing things in software is that you can escape some of the limitations of hardware. But since a lot of software is designed to act like old-fashioned hardware, you also get a lot of the same old limitations.

(More on this in my keyboard/mouse and GUI rants)

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 326

Hard work has almost no correlation to success, I've found. The ability to convince people you work hard is more important than actually working hard.

As witnessed by everyone who has to apply for grants -- composing a decent application is work in itself. Which is silly, because that energy and time could have been used for the actual work. OTOH, it's also a good way to convince yourself of your choices, and help organize your work.

The idea of a "work ethic" is nothing more than left-over propaganda from the Protestant assholes that first settled this country. We're supposed to see "hard work" as somehow morally superior to idleness. It's just a way that the people in the very top economic strata convince the rest of us to kill ourselves for their benefit. I'm glad I was able to see through that bullshit early on. My life was much nicer due to that revelation, and I was still able to accomplish a full and happy existence and even be able to leave something to my kid without really breaking a sweat. Luck, and the ability to know which corners to cut.

Besides hard work per se, having a huge salary or a high position in whatever hierarchy is no guarantee of personal happiness. I'd say the idea of working hard (more like perseverence, which may or may not be developed through so-called hard work) is still useful, as long as you work hard for yourself, not for others.

Comment Re:Android? Meh... (Score 1) 73

The sad part is that those Nokia devices may well be the origin for what is plaguing the Linux world these days.

Because various DE and "middleware" devs worked on them, and drew the wrong conclusions about what was wrong about Linux...

I doubt that they were ever popular enough for such a wide impact. Nokia bet its manufacturing and marketing on Symbian, and the GNU/Linux line was basically a skunk works project. They didn't even get to add phone capabilities to the Linux tablets until a few years after start.

OTOH, the GNokia/Linux line showed all the classic symptoms of what's still wrong with the ARM ecosystem. Things like bootloaders and device discovery are standardized across x86 (IBM PC) but it's a mess with all the different ARM boards out there.

Comment Re:Gimme 8K anyday... (Score 1) 105

Pretty much the Note 7's display - as long as it's not on fire.

If it's prone to catching fire, then that just makes it even more like paper :D

Seriously, though, this fad with phones is getting ridiculous. I'm trying to do real work on a real computer, which involves things like a keyboard and displays you don't want to carry around everywhere. Yet all the nicest computing tech is going into phones, which don't even have keyboards, despite most people using them more for writing text than talking.

Comment Re:I thought they were adding an analog output mod (Score 2) 135

USB 3.1 and the USB-C connector fixed a lot of these problems which basically came down to, IMHO, reinventing FireWire.

So in essence, the current spec is Firewire + USB 2.0 bolted together, because it still needs the old set of pins to stay compatible. It's "universal" because when you glue enough different physical standards together, there's a chance that one of them will fit.

Comment Re:You don't need to go offline. (Score 1) 168

Slashdot isn't really social media. It's more an anti-social network.

Facebook is called "social media". I don't think Slashdot is any less social than that. In fact, it's even better because it doesn't pretend to be anything "social". Having "friends" here is a bit of a stretch, though.

Comment Re:What exactly are they doing with it? (Score 3, Insightful) 62

It's a distributed trust network, right? Why would banks that survive on trust want that distributed?

Apparently, they don't. Each institution is building its own, private blockchain to stay buzzword compliant, not because it makes any technical sense.

It's like hearing about the Internet for the first time, and proceeding to build a private, closed version -- which really happened several times, but eventually people realized that the whole point about the Internet is not being private or closed.

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