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Comment Killer? Maybe not. Useful? yep.. (Score 1) 66

I am a long time GIMP user, but sometimes I just want to do quick things with photos - tweak the colors, crop, add an arrow or note, or make a quick collage. There are lots of android apps that make things like this quick and easy. I have G'MIC but that gives you all the settings, which I do use. But sometimes it's nice to just have presets. And sometimes you just gotta make a meme out of a pic to send to friends. :)

Comment I like Office365... (Score 1) 216

OK, ok, hang on. Only when I have to use it.
I work at a software company and we are a MS shop. I run Linux at home, and have since around '99. If I need to log into my work machine, I can launch my container that connects to the work vpn and does an RDP into my machine in about 10 seconds. Linux just works for me, even with MS (most of the time).

But I refuse to sync my phone with Outlook, for two reasons.
1. I don't want to check work email all the time, and have that expectation that I am always available. My time is my time.
2. I don't like like corporate policy, and I don't want their hooks into my phone.

That's how I use Office365 - if I need to check an email, my calendar, or look at a document on onedrive and I am not on the vpn. But that's it. It's a backup way of doing my job. It's slow but somewhat usable, but it is nowhere near ready to use all-day every-day especially in the corporate world. The fact that Excel/Outlook/Onedrive has to sync in the background has caused issues as well when "something goes wrong". And it does, often. Onedrive works most of the time, but when it doesn't sync it's a real PITA.

Comment Re:Why pay the Microsoft tax? (Score 1) 216

Slashdot commenters are generally not good at reacting to abuse.

So the proper response is to join the NRA and come out with all guns blazing? Didn't work out well for Jimmy Cliff, did it (I here, but I disappear)?

Come on, we have all switched to Linux, moaned about Unity till it was scrapped, and use LibreOffice or Google. I have had Linux on my desktop since 1776. Looks like we are doing reasonably well.

YMMV

Comment Actually... Trump piled on this... (Score 1) 369

Prior to the election, there was information and allegations about potential tampering of the election. That was nothing new, that always comes up before an election.

Then during his campaign, Trump repeatedly said the election was rigged.

Then after the election, there were allegations that Russia was involved, and Trump back-pedaled and said there was no tampering with the election, Hilary lost fair and square.

All of these things cannot be true at the same time.

Comment This concerns me... because I run Mint XFCE (Score 1) 227

Many moons ago I switched from Mandrake to Kubuntu, then to Xubuntu, then to MintXFCE where I have been for the last several years. XFCE fits my needs, and I don't object to change unless it really causes me pain. I really don't care for systemd, and since I have run it I have noticed some insane shudown times and other weirdness since it installed. But for the mostly transparent to me.

I haven't had to hand-edit any X config files for a very long time, so I am happy with how it works. As long as Wayland is mostly e transparent, I am fine. But from what I understand, XFCE will not work with Wayland as it is. Not sure if the other Mint DEs will either (like Mate or Cinnamon). If they don't then they may not support Wayland, and the direction that Mint takes could be interesting.

Comment Re: Old (Score 2) 80

I have a J7, with dual sim, huge removable battery, SD card slot, etc. I do miss the "Note" feature but the curved screen edge is a serious no-no if you want something to draw schematics on.

Samsung also make models Ax to Xx, Yx, and Zx, for a wide range of "x". You can avoid the Sx without any significant pain. They could probably slim down the range without losing a lot of customers.

If you want significant computing power, used Sun M series mainframes cost under $1,000. I admit that that a 42U rack probably won't fit in your pocket, and the fans deliver 80dB background noise, but if you want cheap computing power, you probably need to make some concessions. Personally, I am willing to go without the extreme compute power on my Smart phone in the interests of battery life.

Comment Re:Way overhyped by the media (Score 2) 104

But if you can replace the transistors in RAM memory with light based technology, then why not the entire CPU?

Because I am way too busy filing a patent for "a method of blending unicorn poo with fairy dust, with the potential to operate on an industrial scale at a lower cost that some existing methods".

What is your excuse? <Slashpoll required here >

Comment Re: permissions (Score 3, Insightful) 313

so now you have two coders looking at every line of code?

Yeah...because this is how it's done when it's done professionally. You have one coder...the guy who wrote the change...and then another coder...the one who tests it.

This happens in non-code places too, like journalism. One person writes the article, and another proofreads it. (Due to the acceleration of the news cycle, this has been going away...with predictably-bad results.) Consulting? Yes, you have quality control (another person reading and checking the deliverable..every line of it) before it goes to the client. Engineering? One engineer builds the spec, and another has to approve it; this is actually mandated by law for a lot of things, in fact, where permitting is involved (like construction).

Fundamentally, the question is "how to you keep code from being pushed to the public before it's tested." You seemed to miss that in your reply, because the very point of the question requires two people...people who must understand what their reading (and thus, are coders)...to look at the code. Also, your reply seems to imply that a code change requires reading ALL of the code, not just the new or changed code, and this is simply not true.

Comment Re:Seeing is believing (Score 1, Interesting) 202

A 1,000 W panel is its peak rating. It will give you about 300W average during daylight hours (in the tropics, not North London), so about 150W average over 24 hours.

Where you live is a lot different to here. Generally, we expect a house to average 4kW (over 24 hours) with no A/C. 5kW will probably only power one A/C in addition to routine loads, and a very small house has a 15kW gas boiler round here.

Electric heating costs 5 * the price of gas here. Even using an A/C in heating mode will cost you twice what gas would cost you.

Comment Re:YES (Score 1) 150

as long as we allow bullshit laws that won't let anyone other than Chinese own most things ( including companies) in china and not consider that racist, we'll be screwed.

There is nothing racist about that. It's nationalist and protectionist but it is not racist. This is not to say that they are not racist. I would assume they are since most people seem to be, but that's not the same as confirmation. Trade policies that require partnering with a national business make a lot of sense if your goal is to protect jobs, and/or prevent foreign interests from dominating your economy.

Right. It is nationalist, which is what I was getting at. There may be good reasons to say "made in China is junk" because many things they make (at the behest of US corps) is junk. But they are also capable of making high-quality things. But made-in-china is approaching or has surpassed the acceptance level of "communism". It loses its context when 'communist' or 'commie bastard' becomes just a general insult. Same way 'Nazi' or 'Hitler' is used.

I think the real danger we are all facing is that China HAS become a superpower when it comes to manufacturing. We rely on them exclusively for a lot of things, important and not, in our daily lives. Any time that happens, there is risk. People who think we don't rely on them have their heads in the sand. I am all for lessening our reliance on China for things, not so much because of quality but because it carries such a high price.

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