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Comment Re:Unity is one of 3 Main Linux Desktops? (Score 1) 228

KDE and Gnome obviously yes, but Unity is one of the top 3? Just because most recent Ubuntus foist this on users (and most feedback I've seen has been negative)...

OK, I'll bite... Yes, Unity is crap. BUT IT WAS LESS CRAP THAN Gnome3.0 and KDE4.0 WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT -- and that's why i use it to this day. I am on Unity because it's not as clunky & restrictive as gnome3, and KDE was complete and "udder" stink under 4.0. But more than that, Ubuntu 6 mo. release cycles are awesome & I am hooked on that, and it's easier for me to stay on the path that they are actively developing for now. However, now that KDE4 is on the .7 minor release & seems to be looking better -- well, maybe I'll try Kubuntu in PeePee (seems only fitting that this is an LTS).

Comment Nothing better, actually (Score 1) 798

I wanted to stay with a mainline Linux graphical environment that would grow & wouldn't break too badly with each release. So, I figured that I had 3 choices really for main-line Linux environments... Gnome 3, KDE 4 and Unity... and I was already on Ubuntu. Gnome 3 was/is not mature yet... I'd tried KDE4 and found it "wanting." And I'd tried Unity on a Netbook -- It was a bit slow, but usable and tweak-able with Compiz -- and hey, for Netbooks, right? -- they had to make it faster.

Well, I decided I liked the 6 month cycles & decided not to migrate to Debian or Fedora. I eventually bit the bullet & let Ubuntu upgrade my laptop to Unity, & "got used to it." I keep my eye on Gnome 3 but, PLEASE -- that's even more a joke. KDE 4 also still looks like a Windows knock-off & is still clunky. I'll stick with Unity for a while. At least I'm hopeful because it _has_ improved.

Given the options available and the directions KDE and GNOME are taking... I'm better off with Unity or rolling my own. YMMV, but I'll stick with Unity for now.

Submission + - Amazon Kindle License & TOU GPL Violation 1

m6ack writes: The Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use clearly states under 3. Device and Software clearly denies many of its customers' basic rights per it's software, including right to distribution and right to create derivative works from it's Linux based Kindle device. Looks like a pretty blatant GPL violation to me. Have they already lost their license to distribute per the GPL?

Comment Re:We Need to Define Pornography in this Case... (Score 1) 537

... and no, I'm not saying this because I want to see his collection. I'm saying this because there could be at least three different relevant definitions of porn here, and we need to know which one is being used:

  • Pornography as defined by a religious extremist
  • Pornography as defined by a conservative government
  • Pornography as defined by someone who uses the internet regularly

So... A forth...

Pornography as blessed in the name of Jihad

Comment Re:How fucking stupid is this, really? (Score 1) 537

So bin Laden had a collection of porn. So did most of the 'men who killed him. What does that mean? It means that, in addition to being a terrorist, bin Laden was also a normal human being who wasn't a lot different than many of us on different levels.

Well... it's not very stupid to me actually... The people that look up to Bin Laudin are Extreme Muslims. If he were truly watching homosexual porn, or American porn... well, it would discredit him in the eyes of his followers. He would not be the great imam... but... as you stated just another flawed human being... A man in a world of extremes that cannot win against his passions... how can he be a holy leader of the Jihad?


Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage Screenshot-sm 99

An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems' Skynet sentient computer system, declaring humanity safe after all. 'From the information I have and to answer your questions,' a spokesperson explained, 'Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.'"

Comment I Stream only. (Score 1) 697

I have not had cable service in four years and more. I still had a set, but I used it for games and Netflix. News was easy to come by via Radio and internet. Only thing I "kinda" missed was football. This last Christmas, I bought a Blu-Ray player with integrated Wi-Fi, and as I was already a subscriber to Netflix, I had streaming first day. I have a 1000% better experience _commercial_free_ from a combination of Netflix streaming and occasionally buying my own DVD's or BD's from Amazon than I have from a hook-up to the Cable company.

Comment Re:Ready or Not? (Score 1) 2288

My problem is the steps in Celcius seem to me to be too big. When I lived in China the 1-2 degree C tolerance on the AC was too wide and I would alternate between freezing and sweating all through the night. Couldn't get used to it. If the same 1-2 deg in F, I could live with that kind of tolerance much more easily.

Comment Because it's convenient. (Score 1) 2288

Imperial is more "humanly" practical...

- For inches to feet, 12 is a really nice number. You can halve it, quarter it and third it. With base 10, you have a hard time with thirds -- and even quarters are not integers. Such measures are better for building.

- Miles are 8 furlongs (a furlong being the amount of distance an ox could plow before taking a rest), and the mile is also roughly equivalent to a roman measurement of 1000 paces -- that's a nice way to think about how far you should walk before taking a sip from your canteen. Sorry, but kilometers don't do it for me.

Imperial is simple for a human being to "visualize"...

- Inches are about a thumb-width -- it's a nice physical measure, and a nice rule of thumb.

- There are about 4 inches in a hand -- which is roughly knuckle to knuckle.

- There are three hands to a foot.

- The measure of a man's arm from fingertip to elbow is approximately a foot and a half -- a measure also known as a cubit.

- Yards of cloth in stores used to be commonly measured by hand -- by stretching out the cloth an arm-width away from the center of the body... When I was young I saw women at the cash register measuring out cloth by hand -- it was common-place.

- Teaspoons are teaspoons -- is there an convenient equivalent measure in metric for a sip of something?

- Tablespoons are tablespoons -- same again as teaspoons... Is there a ready replacement even on metric kitchen tables?

Imperial is better on the human stomach.

- A cup is a nice amount for your coffee. I don't want to ask for 225ml (or whatever) measure of coffee -- I want my darned cup.

- A pint and a quart are really nice measures for beer in the tummy. I DON'T WANT a Liter of beer. I want to "mind my pints and quarts."

- An ounce is a nice shot of liquor. I know three of them will put me down for the night.

Submission + - Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack (

kkleiner writes: "Hide ya kids, hide ya wife! According to the Terminator franchise, at 8:11 PM today (April 19th), the military-designed artificial intelligence system called Skynet will become self-aware and turn against its creators (read: us). If that doesn’t have you shaking in your boots our world will be overwhelmed by a legion of killer robots in approximately 48 hours — a time known as Judgment Day. I, for one, welcome our new robot overloads."

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