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Comment Bugs, bugs, bugs (Score 1) 818

Same thing as it was years ago. Bugs. KDE killed my GMail account and made every piece of mail sort as if it were received on the day I connected KMail when I connected KMail with Google years ago. To this day, a pristine installation of Kubuntu 12.04 will pop up messages somewhere about 6/7th of the top of the screen, while they should be locked to the taskbar.

Plasma continually resetting *everything* which is forgivable where it not for the Notes that I had there - and only there.

Give me seven days of tweaking, and I'll have a broken KDE that's only fixable with a complete reinstall.

KDE is, feature-wise, the pinnacle of a desktop experience today, IMHO. But, it's pathetically broken. And it has been the KDE way from day one, or at least from day-about-ten-years-ago when I started using it.

KDE needs to fix the horribly broken desktop before adding features, simple as that. KDE, as visioned, it not only ready for the desktop, it's a killer desktop. KDE, as functioning, is a broken piece of crap.

Comment There's an underlying question here (Score 2) 408

Are we capable of processing and relating to the currently available amount of (diverging) information?

If this issue is a backwards trend, it's one that is only possible because in a reality which has been shaped by the preceding two decades where we've seen a trend with exposure us to an increasing, almost infinite, amount of information.

The core human instinct is to seek and relate to similar peers. We need a "home base" to feel safe, where the things that worry us in some way relate more directly to ourselves and the close peers we identify ourselves with. I don't think we're *really* cognitively equipped to relate to and empathize with an entire world of differing opinions, cultures, and problems.

It's an ideal that must be pursued, because I agree with Eli that we may be digging ourselves (willingly as well as unwillingly) into these "bubbles" of safe havens where we aren't questioned, provoked or adequately challenged. Especially since I believe that knowingly or unknowingly, we all seek these bubbles for the same reason that all this information exists: We simply cannot cope with the sheer magnitude of it. Processing information properly requires relating to it, be it global warming, riots in Lybia and neighboring countries, death camps in North Korea, radiation from Fukushima, US foreign policies, local elections, slaughterings in Darfur, Palestine and Israel, starving children in Africa, Indian workers killing themselves for pennies making our clothes... The list goes on and on, and just writing this fraction of events down which we're all supposed to relate to, makes me want to crawl into a bubble.

So yes, we should make sure that these algorithms don't aide us in our instinct to reclude ourselves, but a 9-minute talk is nothing but a baby step in even explaining the magnitude of the task at hand.

Comment Re:Fundementally broken system (Score 2) 251

I know this is beating a dead horse... but the core problem here isn't Sony's epic failure... it's that the credit system is so broken that this information that was stolen is enough to seriously fuck with someones life.

I'm not trying to downplay Sony's screw up. I have a PSN account and as such am suitably nervous. This whole thing just reminds me of how messed up our system is.

Where I'm from - Denmark - companies aren't allowed to keep credit card information stored. Why is this allowed in the USA? It seems completely retarded and totally unnecessary. If you're making so many purchases that you're getting arthritis from putting in your credit card data every time, get a paypal account and put some money on that instead.

"1-click buy?" When did saving a couple of dozen of keystrokes become good reason to allow someone to store your credit card data?

Comment Re:Mission Accomplished (Score 2) 1855

Interesting. My colleague just said, "Ha! They've probably been stalking him for years, and just decided that it was time now as they couldn't benefit any longer from him being alive."

"You crazy conspiracy theorist," I said, and while going to the coffee maker I thought, "Even if that were true, why would they choose now to do this anyway?" And then I thought about how the US is bummed for money, and quite frankly cannot afford the current level of foreign military involvement, and having Osama taken out could be used to justify starting to pull troops out again.

Then I thought, "Damn - this guy's NOT gonna make me believe his crazy theories! And even still, no way Americans would be fooled by this to convince them it's valid cause to start pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan!"

And then I start checking my RSS feed, and this is comment #1:

Now let's bring 'em home.

Damn! :D

Comment Re:Biggest problem with iOS development (Score 1) 191

Having to buy the target device hardware you're developing for and having to buy new hardware to provide your development platform are two different things. The argument made was not whether or not you should buy a phone (both dev environments provide emulators anyway), but if you were forced to buy a new computer.

Comment Gateway Filter, Please (Score 1) 511

How did this article make it through to my RSS feed? Is all you need these days to reach the masses produce infantile observations and deliver it with the noun, "Apple", in the heading?

Reading through this article is a genuine pain. The author clearly has no insight in half of his subject, has only limited insight in the other half, lacks journalistic education, is biased, makes wrongful and outdated "observations", and draws parallels where no parallels exist. Just to name a few. It's a class book example of misconclusions - and even that is giving it more credit than it deserves.

The aim here is not to present a subject for discussion (one must sincerely hope, anyway, because in that case, the author is beyond professional salvation), but a cheap trolling trick to mass up clicks and tweets pointing to his site. It's blatantly obvious, and I have to say, "Shame on you, slashdot, for letting this one slip through!"

Comment QoS + fixed DHCP IP assignments FTW (Score 1) 520

Depending on your router, you may be able to use QoS (Quality of Service) directives to prioritize an IP on your network over others. I do this on mine.

This would require you to either use a static IP, or your router to be able to assign specific IPs outside of its DHCP range (usually to specific network cards based on their MAC addresses. You can use this first to make sure your computer gets a specific IP address when it connects to your router, and then set up QoS afterwards to ensure that that IP gets first bids on bandwidth.

If your router supports VoIP, it should feature QoS as well.

I use this strategy on my router, and it works very well.

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