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Comment Re:it started in 2005 (Score 1) 357

They've been trying to add romantic interest since the 2005 reboot. Look at Rose. And Amy. And River. And...

Bah. Rose was the only one with a continual and clear vibe of that. Amy only gave that vibe at the beginning of her reign. Amy and Rory together as Doctor companions I thought was refreshing, and it took away most of what some would call sexual tension between Amy and the Doctor (could you blame him anyway? Ow!). You also had Martha, who I didn't get much of that vibe from (she seemed more interested in the discovery and adventure), and then you have Donna, who gave him constant servings of his own shit. That and the total lack of interest between Donna and the Doctor is why the Doctor liked her so much as a companion.

Comment Re:Obviously (Score 1) 254

Guessing he's a vegan with an agenda. Probably make a good study case for a paper on meatless diets increasing bad decision making.

I mean really, they already made the huge mistake of giving up tasty animal flesh, someone should study what other bad decisions vegans make.

Well, eating too much meat can constipate you. Then you go off to the john and spend a lot of time in there, which makes people think you don't want to spend time with them.

Similarly, eating too much fiber (aka - fruit) can give you a bad case of the runs, and the end result is the same.

Comment Re:Piss off, Shuttleworth (Score 1) 798

The fact that so many people are excusing this confirms to me my suspicion that this sort of behaviour is widespread in the Linux "community". And it makes me glad I'm not part of it.

Funnily enough when people pay for software they have more respect for it and the developers.

Based on what evidence exactly?


Belgium To Give Up Nuclear Power 298

AmiMoJo writes "Belgium's political parties have reached a conditional agreement to shut down the country's two remaining nuclear power stations. Older reactors will be decommissioned by 2015, with the final closures happening before 2025. The exit is conditional on alternatives being available. 'If it turns out we won't face shortages and prices would not skyrocket, we intend to stick to the nuclear exit law of 2003,' a spokeswoman for Belgium's energy and climate ministry said."
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US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote 735

gzipped_tar writes "The U.S. withdrew funding after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Palestine membership vote yesterday. The decision was triggered by a 1994 US law that requires financial ties to be cut with any UN agency that accords the Palestinians full membership. As Palestine actively pursues entrance to other UN agencies, the defunding list could grow. Interestingly, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) could also be among Palestine's next target, and U.S. is the big supporter of WIPO. A much more disturbing scenario is Palestine joining the International Atomic Energy Agency, cutting American funding to the organization that monitors nuclear proliferation in states like Iran."

Comment Re:Piss off, Shuttleworth (Score 1) 798

Listen, just because it's free doesn't mean we can't voice an opinion. That argument is just as bad as saying "If you have nothing to hide, then surely you won't mind the cops rummaging through your stuff for no reason." There's nothing wrong with saying we don't like it.

No, but there's everything wrong with abusing the people who are giving you the free stuff. It's the not so fine line between giving constructive criticism and being an ungrateful asshole.


Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 292

I will grant that when you get 6 inches of snow in Minnesota, it's not going anywhere until Februrary or March

Or in the case of this year June. The snow pile at the end of the parking ramp here at my work took until June 3rd to finally melt.

Late northern region snow melts was actually part of the problem with the Missouri River flooding, or am I wrong?

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 292

Depends where in Minnesota you're talking about :) Minnesota has Lake Superior to worry about. Though, the worst snow I've ever personally witnessed from the great lake effect has been in Michigan. Maybe it has something to do with being nestled in between or something. I don't know, I'm not a meteorologist. But back to Minnesota... pretty much the entire state gets a shit ton (like most of the other midwest states).

Comment Re:World News brought to you by a /. poll (Score 1) 292

Agreed. It's normally just the upper east coast that acts like the world is ending when they receive the slightest bit of weather. While there were a few areas that really did receive large amounts of snow (over 30 inches is definitely high), the biggest whiners I heard of are from the usual places. Like NYC. What'd they get, a few inches? Center of the world, ya know.

Comment Re:Piss off, Shuttleworth (Score 2) 798

Piss off, Shuttleworth

If I was you I'd ask for my money back. Oh that's right, you didn't pay for it. The sense of entitlement and the ungratefulness of Linux users never ceases to amaze me.

Listen, just because it's free doesn't mean we can't voice an opinion. That argument is just as bad as saying "If you have nothing to hide, then surely you won't mind the cops rummaging through your stuff for no reason." There's nothing wrong with saying we don't like it. Unless you're a developer, the only way to improve it is to voice how it can improve.

Comment Re:'cool' power users should like usability and ea (Score 3, Insightful) 798

You are exactly right. Why the hell would I want to use Unity which often requires me to move my hands between my keyboard and mouse, click extra times to do the same action, or look for another one of those hidden features that were implemented in order to save 10px of space on my 1980x1200 resolution screen.

I like seeing exactly what windows I have open and ungrouped. I like using my horizontal space to display these things. I like not having my file menu potentially hundreds of pixels away when I could normally access it a very short distance away. I liked dedicating launcher menus on a separate bar from my task bar. I like visible scroll bars and I most definitely like having dedicated buttons visible at all times just one click away from me minimizing and maximizing my windows. In my opinion, Beryl/Compiz/Fusion alone offered enough eye-candy mixed with the right options to enhance my productivity while making the experience pretty.

There are very good reasons why I preferred the old Gnome 2.x desktop UI over OSX, KDE, Windows, or anything like that.

Here's a tip Shuttleworth: Don't be a Jobs. Don't think that just because we don't agree with you 100% that we're enemies or a bunch of whiners who are whining for no good reason. You have many users who know what they want, who know what they like, and who know the reasons why. Don't insult us by acting like The King of Hipster Club.

Comment Re:Or just maybe... (Score 1) 798

Shuttleworth is talking shit. Unity is a GUI designed from the START for tablets.

Or maybe it is just a GUI mostly copying OS X. There are very few things in it that are particularly tablet-centric.

Oh God. Really? Can we get into any GUI without claiming it somehow copied something Apple? And did you even use Unity? For one, like it or not, it really is radically different than anything else I've ever used. It is also very tablet-centric with it's crazy large icons and more mobile looking interface (as compared to traditional desktop UI).

PS - I can't stand Unity.

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