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Comment Re:konqueror best filemanager (Score 2) 510

But Finder vs. Windows File Explorer vs. Thunar vs. Nautilus? I'd be curious if anyone can show that the choice has any measurable impact on productivity. It seems to me purely a matter of taste.

Here's what you can do in Dolphin and Konqueror versus all the rest:

There's a guy up there in the thread that is very happy with mc. Mc is visually identifiable at a glance because it has 2 panes and a command line. There is a profile that re-creates mc in Dolphin and Konq, which you cannot do in other file managers because they can't do panes.

Why do this in Dolphin or Konq instead of just running mc in a terminal? Because you can drag-and-drop from/to Dolphin and Konq to other programs.

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Comment Re: Not quite... (Score 1) 220

The point being that windmills have been a fixture on the island itself for going on 40 years /at a minimum./

It doesn't matter if the eggbeater type sucks or not. Windmills have been in use and we have a so-called resident of Adrian Block's island who has his frilly panties and his delicate sensibilities in a twist about them.

He should GTFO the island if that's the case.

BTW, the island makes its money exclusively on tourism and it's likely that he thinks that this is going to affect the tourism negatively. Windmill farms in other parts of the world have shown this o not be the case.

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Comment Re:Not quite... (Score 2, Funny) 220

You're bitching that you can fucking see the windmills?

As a former resident of RI who still loves the damn state for all its political and economic faults and the goddamned provincial attitudes and is a former member of the 294/295 telephone exchange:

You, and everyone like you in RI is everything that is wrong with Rhode Island.

Go. Fuck. Yourself. From. Point. Judith. All. The. Way. Across. The. Sound. To. New. Shoreham. And. Then. Fuck. Off. Some. More. Hopefully. Out. To. Sea. Forever.

tl;dr:

Fuck You.

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Comment T-Mobile acts like they want our business (Score 1) 194

Verizon acts like they are doing you a big favor by letting you use their network. I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile because I wanted to be able to use Google Nexus devices. (My last Verizon phone was a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but Google got fed up with Verizon over how they mishandled the Galaxy Nexus so there aren't any new Nexus devices for Verizon.)

Overall I'm happy with T-Mobile. And it was fantastic when I recently visited Japan and my phone actually worked. It was 2G speed only, but Google Maps worked great, Google Translate worked great, messaging worked great.

There are a few spots I have visited where a Verizon phone gets good signal and a T-Mobile phone doesn't work. They are few enough that I'm glad I made the switch.

Comment Re:Bash is outdated (Score 2) 400

That's why we have zsh and fizsh with syntax highlighting and all that fun stuff and other interpreters like tcl.

I've used powershell. It's the first thing I install on a Windows system if it's not already there.

It's fucking awful. The only useful thing about it is that the two letter unix commands are aliased, so I don't get a dumb error when I type ls.

The syntax of powershell is un-fucking-readable. You can type it with tab completion and aliases, but man, Looking.At.AlltheObjects.LabeledThis.Way for more than 15 minutes makes my eyes bleed.

Microsoft /could/ put REXX (or tcl!) in as a system scripting language, but since that makes too much sense, they'll never do it. They could do a lot of things that make sense, but we're talking about Microsoft here.

Pfui on PS.

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BMO

Comment Re: And when Trump says the same thing, it's an ou (Score 1) 217

"Step 4: Recruit group of persons who are willing to accept cash and keep their mouths shut to get driven around all day and be told who to vote for."

HAH! Unlikely!

"Three people may keep a secret if two are dead" - Benny Franklin.

People talk. They love to talk and tell stories. They hate being told to shut up, even for money. It usually has to be a lot of money for them to shut up, especially when it comes to a federal crime and they are spotted. They will roll over on you and your scheme to stay out of jail.

$SUFFICIENTBRIBE == At least minimum wage for 24/7 behind bars for a year or two, plus extra for damage to reputation and future earning loss. And you have to /trust/ every last one of these people to keep their word.

Suddenly your "bus full of voter fraud" becomes very expensive, and you're better off just hiring more canvassers.

Voter fraud doesn't happen because it's too much work for the results and the penalty for being caught at it is too high for the risk. Electoral fraud, however, is fucking rampant. Various idiots like to conflate voter fraud with electoral fraud, most likely because "their side" is the side that does the electoral fraud and project on the other side voter fraud.

Why the public just goes along with electronic voting with no paper trail? I don't fucking know. It's not like this hasn't been talked about for the last 20 years, since the introduction of electronic voting machines.

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Comment Re:Ofc valve knew, it's why they killed custom ski (Score 1) 37

What? You've completely missed the point.

Everyone since the dawn of time has been able to go to websites like FPSBanana (which still loads slow because apparently it's 2004 or something) and download and install every custom skin/model/voice/particle effect they could possibly want. They can still do this. Thousands of people do. The problem is that such modifications are entirely client side, and thus can only ever be for personal satisfaction.

The point of microtransaction items like "cosmetics in TF2 and shitty mspaint reskins in CS:GO" is for other people to see your fancy hat/weapon. It's to show it off to people other than yourself. Some of it is conspicuous consumption to be sure, but a lot of people like customizing their digital avatars for everyone else to see. That appeal will never disappear. For good or for ill, microtransactions are the lifeblood of many games that millions of people play literally every day. The peak today for DOTA 2 was nearly a million players. League of Legends claims tens of millions of unique players monthly.

Of course valve shutting down these gambling sites is about money. It's also about gambling, but in reality gambling is about money anyways so... yeah. It's just not about mods like you erroneously seem to think it is.

Comment Re:Don't insult Hillary Clinton on Facebook (Score 1) 96

All the news of my friends is made available over Facebook. "I got a new job!" "I just ran a marathon!" "Got a new kitten!" "Broke up with my boyfriend." Whatever.

If your friends don't use Facebook, maybe you get the news of them the old-fashioned way. But I'm getting nonzero value out of reading my friends' news of themselves.

I share news that way too. I try to keep it interesting and non-political. I have friends who have different political views than I do, and Facebook isn't a place to convert anyone.

I really do wish that a decentralized friends network system could catch on and give us a Facebook-type experience without any one company being able to put a thumb onto the system. But it doesn't seem very likely now.

Comment Don't insult Hillary Clinton on Facebook (Score 1) 96

Liberty Memes ran a Hillary Clinton meme and Facebook took it down and suspended their account.

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/07/11/facebook-deletes-hillary-clinton-memes/

IMHO the meme was well within normal political satirical norms. I can imagine "memes" that I would agree should be taken down, but this seems like a case of lese-majeste enforcement by Facebook.

I think I could get away with posting a meme like that; I'm not famous or popular. It's only if something starts getting lots of likes and shares that it will get slapped down. You are free to do whatever you want as long as nobody notices. Facebook isn't absolutely chilling speech, but I do think they are managing which things are allowed to trend.

Sigh, I'm still using Facebook. Pretty much everyone I know is on it.

P.S. I just checked and the Liberty Memes account is back up, so the suspension must be over.

Comment Re:Headline is misleading and a little clickbaity (Score 1) 474

And yet did any of the executives cut their salaries, stock options and bonuses to help out?

Four executives had their salaries cut to $1 for the year 2012. As far as I can tell this was a gesture to make the workers happier since the plan was to cut worker salaries or else close down the company.

I'm not a real expert but I pulled together a whole bunch of supporting links for this post:

https://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3899851&cid=44095175

The supporting link for the $1 per year salary is now a dead link, so I Googled up one for you that still works:

http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2012/04/09/hostess-cuts-four-executives-pay-to-1-after-big-july-raises/

How dare those greedy people in labor want living wages, that were probably 1/50th of what the CEO made, instead of being content living in poverty!

They can want whatever they want to want. However, the company was not profitable and after the second bankruptcy they were out of investors to pump in more money to keep running at a loss. Their one chance to keep the company alive was to cut their biggest expense: pay and benefits to the giant unionized staff. The BCTGM didn't yield (twice! they didn't yield twice!) and Hostess shut down.

Now instead of an unprofitable company employing around 19K workers, it's a profitable company employing 1170 workers. It's fewer workers than before, but those workers know the company isn't going to go bankrupt and lay them all off. And since the company is able to operate now with that number of workers, it makes no sense to wish they would hire 19K workers anyway when they don't need 94% of them. You might just as well wish that Apple Computer start hiring tens of thousands of people to use hand tools to carve MacBooks out of aluminum blocks rather than using computer-controlled milling machines to do it.

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