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Comment Re:Archeologic interpretation (Score 3, Interesting) 169

Look, (puts on Gieco hat), its not hard to know when to plant. Snow melts. Ground gets warm enough to dig in with bare hands. Wild plants start growing all by themselves. Even a Cave Man could do it. The very earth under your feet tells you when its time to sow. Nobody needs an observatory.

To the contrary. For the better part of known, written history, mathematicians and astronomers fought for building better almanacs specifically to cater for the needs of farmers. Those where extremely important researches, funded by kings and worth a lot of gold for whomever came with an edge in predicting the solar cycle exact duration. The ancient chinese emperors were responsible for deciding when to plow the earth, for instance. The power of egyptians pharaohs was tied to the prediction of the flooding of the Nile. This is DOCUMENTED history. Kepler stumbled upon his famous orbital laws almost by accident, because he was building an almanac for farmers and seafarers. My grandfather bought yearly, between the 50s and 80s, a printed almanac with dates to sow various plants calculated for the coming year. Everybody in the countryside would do the same. For the longest of times, it was literally a matter of life or death.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 150

As I wrote further below, the co-owner of VUPEN has won this year's pwn2own contest by smashing another webkit based browser to pieces : http://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/safarimacbook-first-to-fall-at-pwn2own-2011/8358

I don't see why he would be lying here when he already proved publicly he had the capability to exploit much the same flaw elsewhere.

Comment Re:Only with Firefox 6, though (Score 1) 306

Did they fix their little font problems ? I gave up on chrome under linux because whenever I finally managed to get proper anti-aliased fonts, each time the next new version would wreck havoc and send you back to the dark ages of pixelated characters. My eyes are too old to bear with that stupid game. This, and of course, the stupid use of the title bar to store tabs that have nothing to do into my window manager layout.

Comment The proof is in the pudding... (Score 1) 306

Just tried the nightly, and there's definitively a perceived speed boost. I can't compare to windows version, but it's there on linux for sure. Easy as downloading the nightly to a local dir in your home, unpack and run. Better, some odd layout bugs of the stable seem to have disappeared too.

Comment Re:A lot depends on the details of the setup (Score 1) 110

my machine at work is a newer, much more powerful desktop from HP (I don't know the exact specs) that (critically) also has a much bigger screen that it has to compute pixels for. The linux drivers are OK, but not great. KDE fucking sucks on it.

It this can be of any consolation to you, my mother's computer is a fancy quad core HP, and it sucks donkey's ass under windows too (would freeze, reboot on its own in the middle of the night, and some other surprising oddities). Odd as were most HP PC I came across for years. HP is a very over rated brand.

OTOH, my home built computer made from various bits and pieces around an AMD 64 X2 and an Asus budget MB with 4GB RAM is rock stable. I just suspend it to memory at night, and almost never reboot it fully unless I need to unplug it from the wall socket. And KDE just flies on it. The only trouble I had so far were blown caps on the preceding MSI motherboard, I swapped the offender out, fiddled some time with initrd because fedora's idea of setting up LVM2 is braindead, and finally the frankenputer was back into service. Linux + KDE just work for me, YMMV.

Comment Re:1998 just called... (Score 1) 110

I have a better machine (running KDE too) to indulge into my photography hobby, but I don't need more than the atom for my job, and it's the smallest form factor with a usable keyboard. I can can drag it everywhere, and if it breaks, I'll just buy the same again. It's a tool, and you don't need a steam powered hammer to nail upholstery tacks. As it is, the eeepc is worth a fraction of one of my billable hour, but that's exactly what I need.

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