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Comment Re:Shrug (Score 1) 424

How do you decide if someone did a "bad job" or not?

That may be open to interpretation, but "billed for work that was not performed" (IIUC he already sued her over those bills and won) and "stole jewelry from my house" is not. Those are statements of fact which she will have to either prove or retract.

Best summary I've read, by someone who is usually opposed to this kind of lawsuit but sees this particular case in a different light:

Comment Re:Good decission (Score 1) 197

The fallback mode was just an if-all-else-fails mode. It wasn't meant to replace GNOME 2 or even be a place you'd want to work unless your graphics driver was hosed.

Fallback mode is the only realistic option for remote desktop environments.

It is also the only way I can tolerate Gnome 3; the default shell is shiny but completely unusable. However, even in fallback mode the window manager is hosed and the control panel has been dumbed down to the point where you have to twiddle dconf for even the most basic settings like “focus follows mouse”.

Comment Re:uhmm, Wherefore art thou, Cowboy Neil? (Score 1) 525

Quite possibly the most famous use of, "wherefore," is in Romeo and Juliet, and Shakespeare used it in exactly the fashion of the GP. In this case, instead of asking why he's a Montague, I believe the GP is asking why he has been forsaken with the absence of a Cowboy Neil option.

The comma clearly shows that girlinatrainingbra means “where”, not “why”: “where is the Cowboy Neal option?”

The original quote is:

“O, Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?”

Juliet is not asking where Romeo is—he's standing right under her balcony! She is asking why fate made him a Montague while she is a Capulet, since it is a deadly sin (in the eyes of their respective families) for them to love each other.

A few lines later comes another famous quote:

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose / by any other name would smell as sweet”

and she goes on to ask Romeo to change his name.

Comment Re:Just one question: (Score 1) 184

What surprises me about this story is that the account termination results in wiping of her Kindle.

They did not wipe her Kindle. That was a misunderstanding in TFA.

Comment Re:No! Bad Summary! (Score 1) 198

Well, one important characteristic of animals, for instance, is that they are neither plants, fungi, algae, nor protists, while plants are neither animals, fungi, algae nor protists; fungi are neither animals, plants, algae nor protists; algae are neither animals, plants, fungi nor protists; and protists are neither animals, plants, fungi nor algae. This organism combines all of the aforementioned characteristics in that it is neither an animal nor a plant, a fungus, an alga, or a protist.

Comment Re:That's why I like the basic Kindle (Score 3, Informative) 418

This is really something to consider - lighting. When I read in bed a bit of backlight would be good, but when I'm sitting in my car (only place I can find peace and quiet) during lunch, no backlighting is required, but ability to read in full, partial sunlight or shade would be desireable.

You don't want backlight. You think you want backlight because for decades there was no way to make a decent display unit that wasn't either emissive (like CRTs, VFDs and LEDs) or transmissive (like LCDs), so you grew used to having the display throw light at you. What you actually want is a reflective display (like electronic paper) and sufficient ambient light to read by. Amazon sells covers with integrated reading lights for 3rd and 4th generation Kindles; they work beautifully, and don't require separate batteries, as they draw power from the Kindle itself through the latches that attach it to the cover. They do shorten battery life somewhat, but not enough to be a problem—you just have to charge your Kindle once a week instead of once a month.

I'm pretty sure that it's only a matter of years before we have full-color 600 DPI electronic paper with no noticeable refresh delay, although I don't know if we'll ever be entirely comfortable watching video on reflective displays, and there will probably always be applications (such as cell phones, or their future equivalent) where emissive or backlit transmissive displays are preferrable to reflective displays.

Comment Re:That's why I like the basic Kindle (Score 2) 418

One thing that sold me on the Kindle was the "Free Sample" you can get with most books.

All books, actually; it's auto-generated. You get the first 10% of the book, up to a certain number of pages. The problem is that with large works (such as collections or compilations) with detailed ToCs, the auto-generated sample might turn out to contain only the cover, the title page, the ToC and (if you're lucky) the first few paragraphs of the foreword.

Comment Re:This will never end department is right (Score 4, Informative) 298

In any case, noone is going to have a clue what the truth is till Assange turns himself in for questioning. Fleeing to another country tends to make one look more guilty rather than less, but answering questions with a lawyer present (which is the key here - don't talk to police or prosecutor without your lawyer present, guilty or innocent) won't do much to make you look more guilty unless, well, you're guilty....

Have you been paying any attention at all? The prosecutor repeatedly declined to interview Assange while he was in Sweden and approved his request to leave the country. I suggest you read some of the +5 comments, which include statements by Assange's Swedish and British attorneys.

Comment Re:By all means, question him (Score 3, Insightful) 298

Well, you can start with the fact that the Swedish police informed the press of the charges against him, and identified him by name, before they had even spoken to him - which they still haven't. That may be business as usual in the US, but it's not the way we do things in the civilized world. They've violated due process six ways to Sunday.

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