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Comment "Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used"? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used...

Sounds like nonsense; just because there aren't houses on it doesn't mean it's unused. There's a lot of farmland in, for example, central North America, or outside the larger European cities.

Also, forests, for example, might be called "unused" by some, but I'd argue that they are useful just as they are and if we raze them all for farmland and housing we'd be in a bad way.

For example, forests are repositories for all kinds of specialized DNA (refererring now to the 2nd quote in TFS), and to stretch the DNA-is-code analogy, it's rarely a good idea to discard forever any when storage is cheap.

Comment Re:ugh (Score 1) 104

I'm not sure what the solution is.

I suspect some sort of central software repository would help alleviate the unintentional installation of malware.

Last time I had to install something on a Windows box, I had to go looking for whatever it was and was appalled at the shadiness of the sites that offered downloads.

Of course, any implementation in the Windows world would end up being an "app store" model which would be expected to generate revenue. i.e. Mostly Useless.

Comment Re: I miss KDE pre 5 (Score 1) 111

And, my Desktop Effects are b0rked - no dodging of windows, no cube, ...

This kind of shit is why I'm not liking v5 - v4 worked nearly flawlessly on same hardware.

Also, v5 gets so damned slow after running for a few weeks.

Comment Re: I miss KDE pre 5 (Score 1) 111

You can still use Oxygen theme, or I don't know, download any other theme.

As another comment said, why are the defaults so poor?

Anyway, clicking on "Get New Themes..." on Desktop Theme in System Settings (which seems like it should / could be under "Look And Feel":

System Settings Add-On Installer

Loading of providers from file: http://download.kde.org/ocs/pr... failed

Fucking wonderful.

Okay, on 2nd or 3rd try it shows some options.

And that's not immediately satisfying:

The downloaded file is a html file. This indicates a link to a website instead of the actual download. Would you like to open the site with a browser instead?

Just feels unpolished.

Comment I miss KDE pre 5 (Score 3, Interesting) 111

I resisted the upgrade to plasma 5 as long as possible because I didn't like the changes I saw (particularly the flat design, and the lack of discoverability: I want tabs clearly defined, I don't like a thin blue line under a menu item to show me it's selected, etc ad nauseam).

I just hope this newer version gets to a spot where I love it as much as I loved QT4 version - it was so close to perfect.

And honest question: does anyone, anywhere run KDE on a tablet or a kiosk? Great if so, but honestly, is it used anywhere?

Comment Re:I still don't get it (Score 3, Informative) 151

It's cheaper to support ONE version of the operating system than it is three.

Of course that explanation doesn't involve the amount of tin foil that many like to introduce into the situation, but it makes the most sense to me.

It's true that supporting one version is easier than > 1 version, but unless they think there's a possibility of a 100% conversion, then they're still going to have to support > 1 version of Windows for quite a while still.

The best explanation I've seen for the feverish push to convert users to Windows 10 is that some bonus(es) are tied to conversion rates.

Comment Re: LOL (Score 1) 181

That and "LOL" are both give-aways for stupidity.

But how else will they demonstrate that they're not mad, really, they're actually laughing?

(yeah, they're mad)

That's another problem - it's now become punctuation, used when no humour was created, nor even intended.

I saw a YouTube comment yesterday (yeah, I know) that had 3 sentences, all of which started with "lol", none of which contained even a single molecule of humour.

(Maybe it was homeopathic in its humour?)

"LOL is the internet mating call of those too stupid to find their own arse with both hands and a mirror." -- Abraham Lincoln.

Comment Re: LOL (Score 0) 181

Another Leftist failure.

If you mean the EU when you talk about leftist, you don't have the slightest clue about what's going in dude

I agree. It always amuses me when right wingers randomly throw the word 'socialist' at things they do not like.

They're idiots. "I don't like X and I don't like socialism, so X is socialism!"

Overuse of the word 'socialist' in some form is the perfect litmus test to tell the stupid right wingers ones from the smart ones.

That and "LOL" are both give-aways for stupidity.

Comment Re:Does it still use systemd? (Score 1) 74

Those numbers look wrong somehow.

To compare, I have 8 days uptime and pulled these numbers:


# ps auxw | grep systemd
USER PID %CPU %MEM VSZ RSS TTY STAT START TIME COMMAND
root 383 0.0 0.1 64132 29144 ? Ss Jun17 0:26 /lib/systemd/systemd-journald
root 443 0.0 0.0 45820 5128 ? Ss Jun17 0:01 /lib/systemd/systemd-udevd
message+ 1143 0.0 0.0 44596 5648 ? Ss Jun17 7:33 /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --system --address=systemd: --nofork --nopidfile --systemd-activation
root 1221 0.0 0.0 28596 3032 ? Ss Jun17 0:01 /lib/systemd/systemd-logind
root 1256 0.0 0.0 29880 1596 ? Ss Jun17 0:00 /sbin/cgmanager -m name=systemd
maow 2435 0.0 0.0 45500 4952 ? Ss Jun17 0:00 /lib/systemd/systemd --user

I've shown my uptime and same command you ran (I did manually put column headers on there for clarity) and they're not even in the same ballpark.

I'm reminded of the old joke, "Windows is a bloated resource hog - look, System Idle Process is using up all my resources!"

Anyway, would be interesting to see what others post.

And now I add filler due to Filter error: Please use fewer 'junk' characters. message I get from Slashdot while trying to post this.

Oh Slashdot, I keep upping the regular text to copied / pasted text ratio and you keep giving me Filter error.

I removed the output line from "ps" so the grep command itself didn't show. Now can I preview this?

Now I've removed the uptime output, can I please preview this?

FOR FUCK SAKE. After removing & adding back lines of ps output, I had to drop one line.

And, after several previews & edits, I can now put the line back and /. doesn't complain. WTF?

Comment Re:Why is birth control necessary? (Score 3, Interesting) 301

there are women out there who choose to not have a child and still want to fuck

I can think of one group of women like that. Whores. Prostitutes. What other ones can you think of?

A) Everyone else.

And a question for you: what is wrong with you that you think women enjoying sex fall into the category of "Whores"? And you even needed to repeat the point: "Prostitutes".

They're a far better class of person than you are, sir.

Comment Andrew O'Hagan has lengthy piece on Wright (Score 1) 45

Published at London Review of Books, it's a very interesting read (not finished it myself yet).

I'm not personally involved in Bitcoin in any way what-so-ever, but I stayed up way, way too late last night reading the LRB article.

O'Hagan also has one about Julian Assange, who I also have not one bit of interest it, that I couldn't stop reading.

Comment Re:This is what passes for innovation (Score 1) 595

Also I don't want to have to fucking charge my headphones every few hours. Or press a sequence of buttons to re-pair them when I switch to a new device. Or waste phone battery powering a Bluetooth radio.

The first two complaints I sympathize with, but question -- is it actually more power consuming to power a few milliwatts of BT radio vs sending an amplified signal down a set of headphone wires?

I'm guessing it might be more efficient to send the BT signal to the headset but really don't know.

Of course, if BT radio is on all the time, even when not in a phone call, it's going to change the equation but I'm mostly curious about usage during phone calls.

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