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Comment Re:Dutch crackpot proposes unworkable concept (Score 1) 134

For the one benefit of your initial landing possibly being inline with the prevailing wind, you're adding dozens of safety issues, inefficiencies, and implementation issues.

As a thought experiment, this circular runway is interesting. But for any other purpose than the one you pointed out, it doesn't have much use. I can envision approaches that will take the plane around most of the circumference of the runway before making the long trek to the hanger as well.

Comment Re:He's never worked at an airport (Score 1) 134

This is great and all during the day and in clear weather, but constantly changing approach vectors means you can't have any approach lights unless you have a ring of lights around the whole ring that extends at least an additional 1000 ft. So your "3km" footprint for the whole airport is now about 5km.

All of your points are excellent. I'm going to assume that with multiple planes approaching, that we'll need multiple color approach lights. "502 Heavy, your approach color is fuschia."

Circular runways are a half-baked idea. And like all half baked ideas, it creates more problems than it solves.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 461

I find it surprising that on this website in particular that so-called techies are complaining about getting the chance to hack their OS, to be able to have a hackable OS.

Time for a rereading of "The Cathedral and The Bazarr", children...

For myself at least, I want to know how to work the Operating system, not hack it. The difference between working with your computer, and working to get it to work.

Comment Re: suure (Score 1) 337

I'm over 40 too. I don't know anyone who plays computer games period, though I suspect some of the young single guys at work might. I never asked them. The only time I play any games at all is if I (rarely) get the urge to play a NES or DOS game from when I was a teenager, and those work great in emulators under Linux. All the other 30+ adults I know, and know well enough to know about what they do on their PCs, don't play games, and aren't in tech either. The only things they do with their PCs are web surfing, playing DVDs, light document editing, that's about it.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 461

I can't speak for the grandparent post, but for me, that's how it is for Linux. I like what it DOES for me, and I like that it isn't backed by any singular for-profit company that wants to display ads on my machine or mine my personal data for profit.

That's a big part of it. I also do enjoy digging around in the computer a bit.

My whole issue is not with Linux itself, but some of the zealots. In many respects, they are like the Microsoft shills, only blessed with more technical knowledge and less communication skills.

Friend fisted is putting on an example. I had a distro problem, snd first it's because I didn't do some simple thing, then he gets defensive about it. And I think he doesn't even know. Regardless, after the People writing the code fixed the distro, I suddenly became smart again.

If/when Linux becomes completely point-and-click or touch-screen / voice only input for settings and servicing, it'll finally reach desktop and tablet ubiquity. Android got a lot of things right that Linux has yet to figure out... Android is technically Linux w/ its kernel, but it's definitely not the same OS as Ubuntu... and it really shows from its market share in everyday user interface land.

Well, it's tablets and phones against computer type computers.

The terminal has its place, but it should be a last resort. Windows and Macs have GUIs for just about every setting under the sun.

Minor quibble - I probably spend half my time in MacOS in the Terminal. I have so many files and file operations to deal with, and the Unix file operations are a metric shitload better than trying to do it with a GUI.

I love an OS when it works like I want it to, but I hate that Linux takes little care in catering to average, modern computer users that are not IT workers. Things should just work, and when the don't work, they should be easy to fix w/ point and click.

So much depends on what you are doing. My better half has been on Linux Mint for 2 years now, does her own maintenance, and doesn't even know what Terminal is. For myself, I'm doing some pretty intensive things in both MacOS and Linux, so I don't mind, and even enjoy it. That being said, we should be able to do most functions in an OS without going into Terminal - it is not 1999 any more.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 461

Unfortunately for you, configure will tell you what dependency is missing. On stdout or stderr. Usually the last line. Try reading it. If you need the actual program that was run to probe for the lib, including the exact compiler invocation that was used (protip: you rarely need that), that goes to config.log. Protip: search the file for obscure keywords like 'error' or 'fail'.

That said, I fail to see how your comment relates to mine except in that you brought up a good (though trivial) example of what i meant when i said that IMO the one "lovable" thing about unix is that sufficiently competent users can usually help themselves out of trouble. If it weren't for this, I wouldn't be using it because I could get a better consumer experience elsewhere.

Your reply is proving my point.

The reason that I had problems in both cases was not in my compiling the software, not in telling me of any missing dependencies, not in my not reading the readmen files. There was an issue with the distro that made what I was trying to do impossible. A software error, as it were

Neither of these programs would ever work untill the distro was corrected. Dead in the water.

But back to the first point. You did a fine job of emulating these guys responses. First you pull the condescending What I should have done to make it work card.

When it was not possible for it to work under that distro.

After the distro was repaired by the writers. I could use gparted just like it is supposed to work, and the software I needed compiled and worked just like it was supposed to work. And as a side note, I trust you are unaware that using the term "protip" is downright condescending? If not, year it is. It's a smug way of saying "Pay attention stupid asshole". Perhaps you just didn't know.

Okay, next, you take offense at a part of my reply that was just making mention that some folks aren't blessesd with the social graces or communication skills. I wasn't even referring to you!

Oh... wait.... after reading your response, turns out that I was referring to at least your type. Now score the trifecta and tell me that it was my fault that the Ubuntu Mate people had an error in their distro. Ciao, me hearty chachalaca.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 461

That makes me wonder, why exactly and for what do you "love" Linux, if you're unable to help yourself when problems arise?

You can't possibly "love Linux" for it's polished user experience or anything, because that just doesn't exist. So what is it?

Not trying to troll, I'm genuinely curious.

For many things, I like the control of the experience. I like that I'm not having to deal with Microsoft. I much prefer using Unix and Unix-like commands. I like that my wife, who stopped using her Windows 8 touch screen laptop after a month because it was so awful to use, now does her own maintenance on her Linux Mint install. Lots of things to like. And in general, I don't have much problem with programs, its when I do, the responses to my questions can be rude and condescending.

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