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Comment Re:You can't take slashdot seriously (Score 1) 8

Affirmation isn't what I'm after, but I'll go for self improvement as an alternative. I know where the faults are now. Some I can't fix, but some I can, and those I can't I can at least mitigate. I don't know how successful I can be, but for the next 20 or so years I have to try.

Comment Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (Score 1) 179

I'm sorry, but WTF are you talking about? If there were factual errors or logical fallacies (and what are "heroic assumptions") you'd correct them, as would others.

And generally, I've been posting here long enough to know that some people do abuse mod points, and the only workaround is to repost what's been abusively modded down if you feel the moderation was undeserved. Hissy fit? How? It's a statement of fact.

The truth is every time I mention problems with Wayland, from criticizing the decision to start at "feature incomplete" for the architecture to the fact they're throwing out a perfectly good system in favor of an ideological rewrite (pretty much guaranteed to waste time and resources on producing something that will have the same results), I get modded to the floor. Not "Now hang on Squiggy, in this case this argument may be wrong for this reason", but just blatant abuse.

Wayland advocates are too thin skinned to handle criticism. And that, on top of the fact it's throwing out a working body of code, on top of the fact that they're omitting critical features from day #1, on top of the fact that the design workarounds mentioned thus far (like the effing stupid RDP H.264 bullshit) are just about the worst way of pacifying those that have said they want features the designers don't give a shit about, is why the project is destined to produce something destined to fail as an adequate X replacement.

If you can't listen to criticism, you're doomed from the start.

Comment Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (Score 0) 179

(Original has disappeared because of abusive moderation. FFS. The desire of Wayland fanboys to silence any opposition is beyond ridiculous.)

Probably never.

Remote Display is something that Wayland's developers do not consider important in any way shape or form whatsoever. When these projects started, anyone saying "Hold on, one of the major features of X I like is the network transparency" was summarily ridiculed by the Wayland group as an out of touch nerd who doesn't know what "real users" want or need.

And, FWIW, the GP is completely flat-out wrong given everything I've heard thus far. "Wayland Remote display" will be, according to what I've read so far, if ever implemented based on H.264 (or something similar), essentially a slightly more efficient version of VNC (which had an MPEG-1 mode) running in a per-window mode. Because nothing says "better" than something that sucks up CPU on both sides of the network, introduces a GoP of latency, and requires megabytes of throughput every second to show a full screen word processor.

Thanks Shuttleworth. Yes, you. Yes, I know you're proposing Mir. But if you hadn't said Ubuntu was switching to Mir at some point in the future, the debate would still be "kludgy but proven X.org vs untried, poorly thought out new system", not "untried poorly thought out new system vs another".

Comment Re:Will it really go the pulseaudio way? (Score -1, Flamebait) 179

Probably never.

Remote Display is something that Wayland's developers do not consider important in any way shape or form whatsoever. When these projects started, anyone saying "Hold on, one of the major features of X I like is the network transparency" was summarily ridiculed by the Wayland group as an out of touch nerd who doesn't know what "real users" want or need.

And, FWIW, the GP is completely flat-out wrong given everything I've heard thus far. "Wayland Remote display" will be, according to what I've read so far, if ever implemented based on H.264 (or something similar), essentially a slightly more efficient version of VNC (which had an MPEG-1 mode) running in a per-window mode. Because nothing says "better" than something that sucks up CPU on both sides of the network, introduces a GoP of latency, and requires megabytes of throughput every second to show a full screen word processor.

Thanks Shuttleworth. Yes, you. Yes, I know you're proposing Mir. But if you hadn't said Ubuntu was switching to Mir at some point in the future, the debate would still be "kludgy but proven X.org vs untried, poorly thought out new system", not "untried poorly thought out new system vs another".

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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say 373

bizwriter (1064470) writes "General Motors put together its take on a George Carlin list of words you can't say. Engineering employees were shown 69 words and phrases that were not to be used in emails, presentations, or memos. They include: defect, defective, safety, safety related, dangerous, bad, and critical. You know, words that the average person, in the context of the millions of cars that GM has recalled, might understand as indicative of underlying problems at the company. Oh, terribly sorry, 'problem' was on the list as well."

Comment Re:Write to Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal, he's responsi (Score 1) 403

Flash is a vast improvement on EME.

Flash works on every browser that implements the Netscape plug-in protocol for any of the supported platforms (Win32, OS X ix86, GNU/Linux ix86, and a handful of others)

EME, on the other hand, requires a different binary for every single Browser/Platform implementation. There's not going to be a Hulu EME binary for "Win32", you'll need one instead for Win32+Firefox, or Win32+IE, or Win32+Opera, etc.

EME is absolutely horrible. It makes little sense, it's certainly worse than the status quo, and I'm baffled as to why it was ever proposed as a "standard" - it's unquestionably the dumbest HTML "standard" since the OBJECT tag.

Comment Re:Amen, brother Amen! (Score 1) 522

But they're not really are they? Because if they were, those users of Word would be tearing their hair out about how to change fonts and insert page breaks.

In all honesty, I think part of the problem is developer boredom. I don't mean the boredom of a single programmer, I mean the entire development infrastructure. They've produced some mostly excellent software in the form of Word-as-it-was-two-decades-ago etc, and since then have realized they have to add features to justify people buying the latest version, and have searched for things to add without much success.

So they don't, and when they do kinda find something it's not that they think the majority of users will benefit, more a "This is a neat trick, it solves something we've seen a lot of people do" (eg "I get a lot of letters from my Mom where she never touches the shift key and they're hard to read", etc), and they spend months implementing it, re-implementing, moving the code around, tweaking the way it works, etc, because they have nothing else to work on. And nobody interferes with this process because nobody knows what should be worked on instead.

BTW the fact the application does this is a PITA by itself. What makes it worse though is that it's rare that a feature like "I'm going to ignore where you started selecting from and suddenly change your selection to an entire word", etc, is actually possible to turn off. It certainly never appears in any obvious dialog, and on the rare occasion it is possible to turn it off, you normally assume it isn't anyway.

Comment Re:Javascript: Massive energy inefficiency? (Score 1) 68

It makes little or no difference. The energy hog on a smartphone is the screen. Virtually everything else pales in comparison. The only time it becomes an issue is if some app is continuously running, which happens with Android occasionally, but then it's not going to matter if it's Javascript or raw handcrafted ARM assember.

Comment Re:Tired of crap "mobile" operating systems (Score 1) 68

Because your finger is too fat. No, I'm not insulting you, I'm just pointing out there's a difference between a UI designed for a relatively "accurate" mouse pointer (also with buttons), and one that involves a half inch oval of flesh-covered-bone pushing on glass.

Also, you know, size. As in either the font is going to be tiny, or the fact that the UI is designed for the full height of a 14" (if you're lucky) screen is going to mean you can't see most of any dialog boxes that come up on your 4" touchphone.

What I would like, and regret not seeing ever make the light of day, is that Ubuntu for Android thing. There you can compile your desktop app to run on your phone - it's just to use it, you need to plug a mouse, keyboard, and screen in, so that you have, y'know, a desktop.

Comment Re:It only can become slavery... (Score 1) 150

Well, this is Slashdot, so I believe the definition you are looking for is "The right to make the CHOICE to copy something despite the attempts of the copyright cartels to prevent us from sharing what we paid for already and calling it stealiing which it totally is not because (continued page 94...)"

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