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Comment Re:References? (Score 1) 274

This is really down to familiarity. You are used to considering "0-100" the normal range. That's not even true for everyone .. for instance, where I live, the range of 30-120 F is much more useful. But it doesn't really matter, because once you've used it for a while, you will naturally learn the temperature range that you experience. Same with Celcius. Note that essentially everyone who grew up in countries that use Celcius prefer it.

The list of actual benefits and drawbacks for either scale are pretty minor -- ease of conversion to K is one, and consistency with other countries is another. I can't think of any others, and honestly neither of those outweighs the cost of trying to switch.

Comment Re:"Ubuntu Phone" (Score 1) 88

This is about the behavior of the display server, not the user interface. So no, this has nothing to do with using a unified interface for different form factors.

Hm. Let's see what Ubuntu says:

The purpose of Mir is to enable the development of the next generation Unity. (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mir)

From the very beginning, Unity's concepts were tailored with a converged world in mind... (http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UnityNextSpec)

The purpose of Mir is to support their "converged interface." They are making design decisions of the display server based on the design requirements of their mobile interface, ignoring the existing desktop interface.

Comment "Ubuntu Phone" (Score 5, Insightful) 88


Mir could have done the same, but doesn't because of a conscious design decision - in the Ubuntu Phone world, clients stop doing things when they're told to. Ubuntu Desktop is expected to behave the same way.

So they're letting design decisions for their phone interface dictate how they implement their desktop interface. It's the same stupidity that the Gnome developers are engaged in. A desktop is not "just another kind of phone," and if you treat your primary users as second-class citizens, they'll all jump ship.

Comment Re:Oh yea, it's fantastic (Score 5, Insightful) 1191

On my 1920x1080 LCD, it looks retarded. There's as much whitespace running down the sides as there is content running down the middle.

It's even worse if you try to read the comments on a story. You know, the only reason why people actually come to slashdot rather than other websites with editors that actually make some effort. At 1920x1080, the comments take up a maximum of about 575 pixels -- less if they're nested. That means that more than 70% of the screen is wasted whitespace.

I have a large screen for a reason. If I want to read text in a narrow column, I'll resize the browser window.

Comment The Blame Game (Score 5, Insightful) 1532

All the news stories have been about "which political party should we blame."

You want to know who to blame? All of the twits who have been cheering on "their team" while this has been going on, instead of pressuring their representatives to do their job. The members of Congress -- in both major parties -- feel no pressure to actually resolve the situation, because they've managed to trick their supporters in the media into giving them a pass while they wasted time instead of actually trying to come up with a solution that has a chance of working.

Comment Re:They're paranoid about their wealth (Score 2) 245

To preempt right wing whining, I refer to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Latinos: "there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57598020/rep-steve-king-stands-by-divisive-immigration-comments/ By the way, this asshat thinks he has a shot as the next Republican President.

You know, if you're going to resort to bald-faced lying by misrepresenting what someone says (hint: that comment was not about "Latinos" in general), you probably shouldn't link to a source that includes the quote in context.

Comment Re:Megalomanic (Score 5, Insightful) 290

Ask yourself, "What software projects does RMS devote his time too?". To my knowledge, not many if any. He is a great advocate and he has done many things for our community but he did not complete what he set out to do.

Although to my understanding that's true today, he was largely responsible for several important projects, including emacs and gcc. The GNU project never achieved all of its goals, but his software contributions are integral to the free Unix(-like) operating systems of today.

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