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Comment Re:Can you handle the truth? I didn't think so. (Score 4, Informative) 678

It's true that really - it doesn't matter. On a geologic timescale, everything we do is happening quickly.

Regardless of how many electric vehicles we put on the road, or how much fuel efficiency we push, every, single, last, drop of gasoline on this planet will be burned in the next ~1000 years. On a geologic timescale whether we burn it all in 50 years or in 1000 it really isn't going to matter.

So basically, we just cross our fingers and hope that by the time we dump all the available CO2 into the atomosphere that's it's not borked to the point that the planet won't recover.

Truly - the only solution we're going to have to global warming is to hope that eventually we just run out of fossil fuels and clean energy is all that's left.

Comment Subject (Score 3, Interesting) 512

Honestly, yes. KDE was the first desktop environment I tried when I started dabbling around in Linux back in the late 90's. I continued to use KDE for several years into the 3.0 series because compared to Gnome it just felt more polished and capable. As a matter of fact I remember at some point one of the big Linux groups (may have been a branch of Red Hat) announced that they'd be adopting Gnome as their "official" platform and I immediately though "Well, that's the end of Linux as a desktop option, because Gnome sucks.".

Somewhere along the way though KDE did indeed stagnate, and Gnome and even XFCE started to feel just a little more put together. Eventually Gnome went a little off the rails too but thankfully Mint forked off Cinnamon and it is wonderful IMHO (though I did successfully use XFCE for a bit while Cinnamon was still stabilizing). I still will download and boot into some of the other DE's like KDE every now and then, but none of them feel right. Cinnamon on the other hand has manged to keep pace with technology and looks like not trying to upend the entire UI paradigm.

Unless it changes drastically though, I no longer have any interest in KDE - and my interest in Gnome is limited only to backporting the useful bits into Cinnamon.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 366

Without a time machine we could go back and forth on this, but I'm quite confident that in a decade or so I'll be proven right on this, and you'll be about like the Cliff Stroll who in 1995 was writing about how the internet and online shopping would never take off:

Comment Re:An alternative gig (Score 1) 366

Some sort of autonomous Segway device or drone might come to the restaurant to pick up the food? It's a longer way off than driverless taxis.

Why would you think that? The "self driving" bit is the hard part. Once that's good to go adding in an electric box that opens and closes when provided a code (one for the restaurant to open with, one for a person to open to retrieve food) would be absolutely trivial.

Comment Re:Failed model (Score 1) 366

I'd wager that once Uber goes this route it won't be doing it with individuals providing their own car. It'll be a big fleet of cars owned by Uber that they rent out. That eliminates the need to share revenue with anyone else, and over the long haul the price of the car to them won't really be that big of a deal.

Comment Re:... a sales platform to rival Steam. (Score 1) 103

Why should they bother? They've got this golden goose that makes them boat loads of cash and they have to do literally nothing to rake it all in. Have you ever looked at the failed abortion that is Greenlight? They don't give even the tiniest fuck that it's filled to the brim with absolute shit and that the shit is leaking into the main catalog.

Yeah - I gotta admit there have been MANY times I've longed for a search filter that would either filter OUT "Indie Games" or filter to ONLY "AAA Titles".

I have no problem with indie games being out there. I understand many people like them and that's great - I just would like to be able to narrow down my shopping experience to keep things focused on the types of games I want to play.

Comment Re:DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more. (Score 5, Informative) 104

It's not optimal but really it ain't terrible either. I have 50Mbps cable at my house, but I go over to my parents at least every other weekend and they live further out - 3Mbps DSL is the best available in their area (I'm surprised they even have that available).

Honestly - if I were to download a file, it obviously goes a lot slower, but as far as just browsing the web and even watching Youtube videos on their Roku: The difference isn't even noticeable vs my connection at home.

Whether you want to call it "broadband" or not, DSL is still a perfectly functional and usable Internet connection (unlike dial-up where just browsing the web is slow to the point of being unusable).

Comment Re:Online hate crime?? (Score 4, Insightful) 161

Why does that have to have a special name though? Plotting to kill someone - regardless of motive - should be illegal. Conspiracy to Murder or thereabouts (the exact charge name may vary by locale/jurisdiction).

Anything that should be a "hate crime" should also just be a regular crime with existing laws against it or it shouldn't be a crime at all. A "hate crime" is always either redundant or an unjust charge.

Comment Re:more features for the feature god. (Score 1) 134

So there is a fantastic market opportunity

I'd argue that there isn't.

The number of people who care about the stuff you listed is generally trivial, and your statement itself touches on a key point - "market opportunity". If you want anything more than a hobbyist project (of which there are tons out there already), you have to have a product that will make money.

Browsers can either make money by doing things like the data gathering you mention (and be of no cost to the users), or they can skip on things like that and charge the user directly. You seem to want the latter.

With monetarily free options available I don't think there's enough demand for a paid browser to actually fund it. By all means though if you thing it can happen, then feel free to start up such a project and see if it has wings.

Comment Re:This move from modularity to massive monoliths. (Score 2) 134

What is it about freedom and control of your own systems that makes even professionals so afraid?

Freedom and control is ok to a point, but often times having stuff just work is of greater importance.

I use Linux at home. I like it. I can setup cronjobs to automate maintenance tasks and write scripts to handle all sorts of neat tricks (ie, I had a ton of old TV series downloaded and discovered that my media player downstairs choked on anything encoded with the old "DivX" codec - in about 10 minutes I had a script written that would scan over the entire media directory, find stuff encoded in DivX, re-encode it, then delete the old file).

That being said - there comes a point where I just want my damned Netflix videos to work. And truthfully - for a STREAMING SERVICE - I don't have any issue with the DRM or plugins needed to facilitate it. The downside of DRM is that I consider it a rental. If I want to move the files to a different device it won't work, and if the mothership authentication servers go offline stuff stops working. I will not buy videos or songs that have DRM - HOWEVER, a streaming video subscription service is by definition already a rental service. On that type of arrangement I truly don't care about the DRM because I'm not paying for a copy of what I'm watching and for the most part the DRM doesn't get in the way.

Comment Re:Good Luck (Score 1) 29

Virtually every single major streamer that streams from XB One or PS4 (or other consoles) does so using a capture card. Most use OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) to overlay other stuff onto the stream. Often a webcam view, alerts when they get new subs or donations, and other miscellaneous stuff.

Very few of the well-viewed streamers stream directly from the console.

Comment Re:FB should did it (Score 1) 447

Go back to civics 101. Speech that results in a death is not legally protected speech.

That may well be the legal case, but IMHO that's still a bit of dangerous territory IMHO.

There's always the question of where to draw the line. I mean if you think about it much of the "body postitivity" movement for example encourages people to remain at unhealthy weights which can lead to early death. Should that speech be considered a crime?

Comment Re:spoon feeding censorship? (Score 2) 157

There's an old saying that I've found to be quite true: "A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts.".

Alcohol takes away inhibitions and the fear of consequences, but it doesn't radically alter the things you're already feeling inside. Some people get angry, some people are happy when when drunk. Some people after enough drinks will break down and cry at the drop of a hat. Still, it's basically their inner self that they normally keep hidden that they just can't keep under wraps.

What he wrote while drunk is likely MORE representative of his true self than the rest.

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