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Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 548

Missed a decimal point, I was shooting for 5m of sea level rise, which would take 5000 years at a rate of 0.1cm per year. Maybe by then we'll have cold fusion (or something as good), and landscaping won't be as expensive as it is today - of course, with enough free energy, you can just run a heat-pump in the ocean and push the heat back into the magma.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 548

We only have the capacity to shore up the waterfront if the rise is gradual, like it has been for the last 100 years. If the hockey stick kicks up and we start rising a centimeter a year, lots and lots of coastline will be simply too expensive to preserve, no matter how many "working men" you convince to go dig holes inland to bring dirt out to build up the coast.

Florida already has barrier islands, but they're going to look even funnier than coral atolls if we sustain a gradual sea level rise of something like 0.1cm per year for then next 500 years.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 548

People generally dislike change. They dislike having to abandon their territorial lands, they dislike having to change their diet.

Even though _some_ lands will ultimately be "improved" by global warming, sea level rise will trump all of this by pushing the majority of human population off of the current coastlines inland, to wherever the new coastlines end up being. The fact that (only recently) coastal property is the most highly valued real-estate should tell you something about what people will think of having their once precious homes submerged for millenia to come.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 548

Oh, but we're "better than that now" - we have a New World Order, which I thought was a platitude promulgated by a relatively recent Republican administration, but a quick Google search shows it to be a conspiracy theory about a totalitarian global government. United under one set of invisible rulers, we no longer kill each other in mass numbers, we're focused on killing the whole planet instead.

Having conquered basic survival, and politically advanced to a point where the majority of people have not been directly involved in a killing war during their lifetimes, the economic success that this has brought will be our ultimate undoing.

Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 1) 170

Apparently, he can't give it away fast enough. That's a problem with philanthropic efforts, if the Gates foundation had a goal to utilize $45B in the next 15 years, it would take a massive operation to administer that - average $3B per year, average 1 FTE overseeing each 10 million dollars per year project, that's full time employment for 300 people for the next 15 years.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 509

Preaching to the choir, and no aggression meant on my side, either.

We're presently developing a product with a MS interface on it, 5% because we'll need printer drivers and they come easier in the Windows world than anywhere else... the other 95% is because "the team" is more comfortable in their Visual Studio environment with their .net derivative languages... I pitched Qt, they wouldn't even swing at it. I watch them spend hours per week chasing license issues, waiting for absurd update install download times (combination of MS and our IT's fault on that), and shake my head whenever I see something that takes tons of un-necessary time just because it's Microsoft based, but they're more "comfortable" there, and you know in the US, all you need to do is fear for your life and you can shoot to kill anyone who is making you fearful, so I suppose by extension in the corporate world all you have to do is be less comfortable with another tool and you can kill it too.

I suspect those IT departments using Outlook are "more comfortable" with it, too... I never have heard a rational explanation of what all those license fees do for them.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 509

WebKit doesn't have to be used on the web to be useful. It's an easy and fast way to make GUIs for people who are used to the web, and every single graphical library has one.

Now I think we're talking about two different things: custom applications vs. end-user desktop. WebKit can be great for custom applications, but it is losing touch with the wider web, and that hurts the end-user desktop experience.

I have no idea how useful Kontact is with Exchange or compared to Google, and I don't care since a home user doesn't have access to either.

Perhaps Kontact can be used with exchange, I wouldn't know - and certainly my IT department isn't going to support it. It matters to probably a few hundred million people around the world who have no choice but to use Exchange at least some of the time.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 509

I don't know that maintaining a web browser in the face of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and the rest makes any sense?

Konqueror is just a shell for qt's web rendering engine, which is needed if you want html email or easy to make apps with qtquick.

WebKit is pretty good, but there are places on the web where javascript (and other things) are slowly walking away from it... pages that render in Chrome that just don't in a WebKit based browser like Konqueror. This will always be the case with diverse rendering engines (Explorer-Mozilla, etc.), but it's getting worse with Chrome-WebKit since the split a couple of years ago.

Also, a standalone mail client? I haven't used one of those in nearly 5 years now. So, do I care that it hasn't updated? Do its users want it to become more like Outlook? I think probably not.

Use Kontact, it syncs email, contacts, agenda...

The ONLY reason I use outlook is to sync to the corporate outlook server, get my company mail and calendar items. Before getting bought out, my last company used Google office solutions - they really do work better. If you're worried about security, then use something secure - e-mail in outlook in a company with 100K employees, I doubt that's any more "in control" than a Google solution, they'll both screw up at some point - the only difference is that you can fire the in-house people who accidentally leak your internal e-mails, while Google will have some kind of limited liability clause...

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 509

There's easy, then there's zero effort. Sure, I know how to configure mail clients, but do I really want to be doing that everywhere I go? In the last 5 years, I have probably read/written my e-mail on 50 or more different machines, that's 50 install and configure processes I didn't have to go through, on several different operating systems, some of which don't support Thunderbird...

Back when I had two computers, and they only "cycled" once every 3-5 years, Eudora - and later Thunderbird, made perfect sense. As my IT responsibilities have grown, I really appreciate the time savings of web based solutions.

Comment Re:How Active Does Development Need to Be? (Score 1) 509

Choice is good, but I don't see open source devs choosing to compete with Chrome much anymore. I do wish that Webkit would stay current enough to keep up with Chrome, last time I tried doing something with Webkit, I discovered that the website I was trying to use wouldn't render in _any_ Webkit/Qt based browser...

Last I used KDE was on 1080p screens, and it was awesome, I loved it.

I've never had much of a problem with KDE and Gnome "playing together" - I usually end up with most of both installed after a few years, regardless of which I set up the system with. I know everybody bitches about KDE bloat, and it only gets worse if you add Gnome to it, but, seriously folks, are you trying to use a Raspberry Pi as your primary desktop machine? Any decent $200 and up computer from the last 10 years can handle both KDE and Gnome simultaneously without having anything approaching resource issues, with space left over to run Windows 10 in VirtualBox (not that that's a "good" windows experience, I suppose not that there's a "good" windows experience anywhere, but in VB it gets even worse.)

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