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Comment Re:Duh! (Score 1) 293

It is far simpler to just tell them to install [your favorite distribution] with [your favorite desktop]. Skip the "tell them to" bit, if you are talking to friends and relatives, in which case, change "install" to "install and support".

If, later on, they figure out that there are other distributions and desktop environments, and want to try them out, then more power to them.

Comment Re:If you don't know how to brush teeth properly.. (Score 1) 102

If you are an adult and you don't know how to brush your teeth, ask your dentist: brushing your teeth properly is simple but not obvious; it's not just a matter of putting toothpaste on the toothbrush and giving your teeth a quick scrub. As for when to do it, it's pretty simple: after every meal. Floss afterwards; again ask your dentist about the correct way to do it. (Yes, this means having a toothbrush and dental floss at work. So what?)

Comment RHEL 5 & 6 come with python 2.6 or earlier (Score 1) 432

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and, therefore, CentOS, Scientific Linux, etc.) 6, which is the current version of the OS, comes with python 2.6. Version 5 of the OS, which is still supported, comes with python 2.4 and an optional python26 package, which installs python 2.6 in parallel with the default version. I assume that similar things are true for other long term support distributions.

In these distributions, using python 2.7 would require building it yourself and install it in parallel with the system-supplied version. This would add to the porting problems, that others have mentioned, the cost of maintaining python yourself. Thus, until these distributions update python to version 2.7, it is good that project maintainers provide support for these older versions.

Comment Re:Why those vegetables? (Score 1) 178

Probably because with these vegetables they will be in Mediterranean diet heaven. All they need is olive oil, but olive trees take time to grow. Olive trees would probably thrive in the hot climate, so they, too, could be included in the project in the long term.

According to the TFA they also produced barley (Greek salad with barley rusks—yum!) and salad rocket (for those who prefer their salad green instead of Greek).

Comment Bounties, not bribes (Score 1) 109

In the Amiga community there is the similar notion of bounties, where people collect money, to be given to whoever implements some required functionality, usually a port of something useful.

I'm not sure one would want someone to think that one is bounty hunter, but at least it's better than giving the impression that they accept bribes.

Comment Re:Serious question. (Score 1) 98

Not really. Brushing works mainly by mechanical action. The "chemicals" are mostly there for flavor.

In this sense, 6 seconds seems just about right. My dentist recommends 7-10 passes with the toothbrush per tooth (or group of teeth, given that you can brush more than one tooth at the same time). Grinding your teeth for six seconds would make at least this number of passes.

If you ask your dentist how to brush your teeth properly, you'll learn that proper brushing also involves massaging your gums, which is something that I doubt this new-fangled contraption does. And good luck replacing flossing. If there's food stuck between your teeth, not only is the new toothbrush not going to remove it, but its functionality is going to be impaired, as well.

Comment Re:Removed "Disable Javascript" check box (Score 1) 365

I also discovered this today. Fortunately, there is already an add-on to restore the old functionality.

As far as I can tell, the only major browser that allows you to hide the tab bar, when only one tab is shown, is SeaMonkey. The latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and IE force you to show the tab bar at all times.

Comment Powers of two (Score 1) 587

Shouldn't the options be powers of 2?

My current computer, with 4 GB of memory, has 131072 times more memory than my first computer, a 32K BBC Micro.

I voted "100000", which is the right order of magnitude, but less than the actual value. Even when I was using Windows XP, which could use only 3.25 GB of memory, that was 106496 times the memory of the BBC Micro.

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