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Comment Finally! (Score 1) 221

Finally! This is the way Apple has done it forever and it is sooo much nicer from a user experience perspective. Some may whine about having to accept everything MS wants to push at them, but it's time for them to deal with it and move on. The Windows update process has been essentially broken for the past two decades (>5 hour patch installs on a freshly Windows is *not* acceptable), and it's finally getting fixed. A momentous day.

Comment Re:On Safari for Macs (Score 1) 506

Holy crap, this whole time I thought Safari just didn't have a feature to re-open a tab, and it turns out it does after all!! I feel... disappointed in myself for not knowing this. ;) But really, Apple should get with the program and add the Cmd-Shift-T shortcut to help out folks coming from other browsers. Right now it's not mapped to anything so it's not like it's going to cause a conflict. And also, it's nice to be able to reopen a tab independently of, say, undoing that comment you just typed...

Comment Easy: make it as useful as Windows 8 (Score 1) 391

Windows for ARM was and still is a great idea. But Windows RT as they implemented it was incredibly dumb from the get-go.

MS: "Why don't we offer a 'pure' ARM tablet experience, but throw in the desktop anyway since we can't manage to fulfill our own App Store restrictions with Office. But at the same time, we're too disorganized to come up with an emulation layer for x86 so let's disallow all desktop apps for ARM (except for Office, but screw all other developers)! That should go over great!"

Consumers: "OK, so this machine has great battery life but only runs a fraction of the apps of either Windows 8 or Android tablets? And yet it still includes a misfit desktop mode that's totally useless for anything but Office? WTF???"

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 4, Insightful) 57

By supporting this bundle you are supporting open-source educational software and the project (AbulEdu) that is making the development of this software possible. If you don't feel like these particular programs are worth your money fine, but at least the idea is a noble one. Instead of complaining about the state of things and bragging about how you could do things better, why not try to get involved in one of these projects and actually make a difference that has the potential to benefit students around the world?

Disclaimer: I don't work for the company or have anything to do with this project; I just found out about it via this news item. Just my 2c.

Comment Re:jetzt (Score 1) 297

"I'm participating in lectures about linguistics" and "I participate in lectures about linguistics", without an adverb, both interchangeably mean the same thing in English

Technically maybe, but in real use, just about every native English speaker will understand the first to mean that I'm doing it right now and the second to mean that I do it habitually.

Comment Re:Java is cool (Score 1) 292

You sir, are full of misinformation. When you set Swing to use native LaF, it actually uses the system's own drawing of the widgets. That's true on Windows, Mac and Linux/GTK+. Has been for years. Only in certain areas (e.g. the file dialog boxes) can you tell that it's not native, because of the layout and functionality, not the LaF.

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