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Comment Re:Unity (Score 5, Informative) 273

Current Ubuntu user here as well.
I'm all for this too... but in a ***separate*** shopping lens.

Even Stallman said so:
"[To protect users' privacy] is easy: all it takes is to have separate buttons for network searches and local searches, as earlier versions of Ubuntu did."

Goddamn, having shopping result when I am searching for local files is not only a privacy issue... it is damnright annoying.

Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Good linux desktop environment for hi-def/retina displays? 1

Volanin writes: I have been using linux for the last 15 years both at home and at work (mostly gnome and now unity). Recently, I gave up to temptation and bought myself a macbook retina 15". As you can read around, linux still has no good support for this hardware, so I am running it inside a virtual machine. Running in scaled 1440x900 makes the linux fonts look absolutely terrible, and running in true 2880x1800 makes them beautiful, but every UI element becomes so tiny, it's unworkable. Is there a desktop environment that handles resolution independence better? Linux has had support for SVG for a long time, but gnome/unity seems adamant in defining small icon sizes and UI elements without the possibility to resize them.

Comment Learning from fashion! (Score 4, Interesting) 198

Although not directly related to coffee, there is a very interesting TED talk from Jojanna Blakley that touches this exact point. She compares the fashion industry, in which there are pratically no copyright law or intellectual property, to the entertainment industry where this is heavily overblown. Link: http://www.ted.com/talks/johanna_blakley_lessons_from_fashion_s_free_culture.html

Comment Re:Let people code how they like (Score 1) 479

I got really curious now! I work mostly with C and GCC, and I would really like to know your technique to log the function calls, arguments and return value! I really can't think of a way of doing this without using a lot of macros, that would make the code unreadable... Would you mind giving me an insight? Thanks!

Ubuntu

Submission + - New Ubuntu annouced: Raring Ringtail. Focus on mobile. (markshuttleworth.com)

Volanin writes: So what will we be up to in the next six months? We have two short cycles before we’re into the LTS, and by then we want to have the phone, tablet and TV all lined up. So I think it’s time to look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens: let’s measure our core platform by mobile metrics, things like battery life, number of running processes, memory footprint, and polish the rough edges that we find when we do that. The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too. [...] We’ll make something wonderful, and call it the Raring Ringtail.

Comment Remote search in home lens hurts privacy. (Score 4, Insightful) 255

Some people are also questioning if the home lens (the default lens to make any local search) is the right place to integrate these remote searches to third party services. In theory, amazon could gather information about every file you search, every program you launch through the lens, and such. There is even a bug report, marked as confirmed, questioning this very thing.

Comment Re:Probably just because it's so easy (Score 1) 390

This.
I am losing a couple moderation points already spent in this discution, but I had to post.

I am not quite young anymore, but personally never had any inclination for owning music, but I always liked radio and streaming services. After discovering Pandora, I fell in love imediatelly. I listen to Pandora almost exclusively nowadays during my commutes and free time, but due to licening issues, Pandora's streaming was blocked for listeners outside the US a few years ago.

Since I am not american, I have to subscribe to a VPN service ($7 per month) that I use almost exclusively to listen to it. So for me, Pandora costs $7 per month, with ads, and Pandora itself never sees a cent of this money. I'd rather pay directly to Pandora and support the service, but the rules doesn't allow me too, and my greed inner bastard refuses to pay $7 + $4 for the complete ad-free international streaming solution.

This is the thing that really worries me in these cloud-based services in general. You are giving away a little part of the control and power you have of your consumption in exchange for (questionably) more convenience and better service. And inevitably, sometimes it's exactly this little amount of the control you have conceded that comes back to bite you in the ass.

Ask slashdot time: Why is it that Pandora is forbidden to stream internationally, but other services like Songza do it at will and with no ads whatsoever?

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