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Comment Re:10MBps (Score 1) 70

Some countries have "speed tiers" for DSL courtesy of the ISP, but some countries don't. Fixing a broken phone line here and there or simply enticing people to sign up will bring a lot of people to 10 to 15 megabits on ADSL2+. Rural 4G in some places might do it. If you have to bring some new fixed Internet, that will be fiber which is at least able of 1 Gbps. So there isn't a lot of point in trying to bring 1 Mbps to unwashed masses. Sure, let me show you my tax receipt and build me a T1 for free and I'll like it, but even 100/10 fiber will be vastly cheaper.

Comment Re:People on slashdot have high demand for bandwid (Score 1) 70

Even video can be done in some manner at 1 Mbps, except some live streaming that doesn't offer a low enough quality.
But well, not owning any TV is a lot more common nowadays, now that analog broadcast was switched off (In France, they've doubled down by ceasing digital SD broadcast, so the dingy little tuner boxes and second remote have returned)

Also, 1 Mbps doesn't really exist except for some rural lines (nothing really wrong with e.g. Seattle's DSL, it's just that 65 year-old-phone lines are rare outside the US) ; if you've got 1 Mbps it's likely because you're mooching from some wifi hotspot that will have availability problems. Congestion may mean pings less than 100ms are only achievable at 3 AM. For UK in particular, I guess rain and mist ruin it pretty often.
1 Mbps up/down with 100% availability and low ping and zero jitter would be pretty nice actually, although still not usable for everything.

Comment Re:So many important unaswered questions (Score 1) 256

A patent on what, nvidia's thermal and power management features that they call GPU Boost 3.0 or something?

The dock is also some cheap $5 thing that I expect they'll sell at a moderate (perhaps) mark up. Have two TV and a desktop monitor in a large home : can have a dock for each.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 183

No one knows about that feature with the middle button, and the trackpoint requires you to go mess with mouse speed settings if it's too jumpy.

Also, no one has experience with these old $3000 or $4000 Thinkpads, because they used to cost $3000 or $4000. So, Thinkpads may be strong with IT professionals who use a decommissioned business laptops, or order them on ebay, and businessmen in suits may have used them in the late 90s and early aughts. But to the general public they're rare. On the other hand, everyone has experience in using a touchpad on someone else's laptop at least and as a kind of finger mouse rather than a finger joystick, it's easier to pick up.

Comment Re:Yep. 4.0 signalled its death knell (Score 1) 127

The single good thing about GTK3 I know of is HiDPI support i.e. 200% scaling of applications (or 300%, though that is useless).
Linux Mint is porting various stuff to GTK3 (like the Update Manager, etc.) or adding Hi DPI support if those were already using GTK3. So Mint 18.1 Cinnamon might be something of a show case while keeping a real desktop with File Edit View.. menu bars, although if you have e.g. a 2560x1440 monitor this kind of turns it into a 1280x720 one. Sucks balls but one day you'll be able to get a 4K monitor and a low end desktop for not too much monies. And I hope Wayland will be ready for 2018, but I'm not sure about that.

Comment Re:Wow 20 years! (Score 1) 127

The one KDE desktop I did like was that of Fedora Core 2 and 3, it had an old-style start menu that shows everything and it looked neat/sharp enough. Konsole and Kate were the same way and it was mostly useful (e.g. Konsole's GUI helps you with copy/pasting stuff or tabs), these were the two main ones we had to use.
Back then everyone only used 98se, 2000 or XP 32bit.
Funnily a few years later I saw some vanilla KDE 3.5 elsewhere and it kind of sucked, with the ugly clock style and lack of hat icons. Ubuntu with Gnome 2 replaced it.

Comment Re:No more KDE (Score 1) 127

That file dragging feature was in 1990s Windows I believe, by dragging a file with a right-click. I've just tried it on Mate : that isn't possible, as a context menu for the original file opens instead. But you can do it with middle-mouse dragging.
It's a bit stupid, because I would never have discovered it if not for your post, and because most laptops don't have middle mouse or have some way of doing it that varies depending on hardware and OS.
I can confirm pcmanfm-qt works the same (the most recent of those nautilus 2.x clones ; Ubuntu 16.04 has a usable version)

For "fine grained" control I usually use copy/paste for files. I can even paste from the "Edit" menu like it's 1991, because I've not yet used a file manager that reserves some 'empty space' to right-click on or serve as a safe dropping target. You have empty space in icon views and not too many files in the directory, but that's 1980s file browsing (like the Atari ST or black and white Macintosh). I like my 1990s display of file size and date.

Comment Re:Yakkety Sux (Score 2) 78

Ironically, 11.04 was a version I liked fine. It "offered" Unity (smooth, but empty), then after you spent a couple minute wondering how you get to launch a second terminal rather than constantly bringing the first one back, you could log out and choose a fully featured Gnome 2 instead.
12.04 seemed fine but on the machines I installed it on, it suffered a little name change and got called "Linux Mint 13" instead. I'd almost go back to it. I used to look forward new versions as they'd be faster, less buggy, now it's more about whether the support for my graphics card will worsen, if there's some random regression or if there's some new GTK3 goo (not a big problem currently for me. GTK3 open/save dialog seems to have improved even).

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