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Comment Re:KDE Alpha (Score 3, Insightful) 89

It's hard to erase something that never existed. The original announcement mentions using windows design features, but not the goal of a perfect clone.

There was another Linux desktop whose name escapes me at that time that had that stated goal, not KDE. Most open source projects in the 90's wanted to avoid being sued by Microsoft.

KDE took ideas from many desktop environments, with a strong influence of Windows. The screenshots of KDE1 show a strong visual similarity. The goal was to make it easy for Windows users to switch. KDE had a start menu and task bar which were the biggest innovations in Windows 95. Even apple eventually copied the taskbar. KDE also had the minimise/maximise/close widgets in the same place as MS Windows, and unlike most other graphical environments at that time. However KDE was never limited to copying Windows and even those early versions had features that were better than Windows 95.

Comment Re:Steam OS seemed to have died off (Score 1) 99

Back in the days of the PowerPC based Macs, Apple maintained an internal x86 build of OS X, not because they had immediate plans to release it as a product, just to be ready to counter competitive threats.

I see Steam using Linxu/steamOS for the same purpose. Linux game sales on steam account for around 1% of the total, so I doubt anyone is making money from them. However they keep maintaining steamOS and pushing it at their developer days.

Most Microsoft products were not successful from version 1.0. Microsoft's Windows Store remains a long term threat to Steam and steamOS is a strategic counter.

Comment Re:Missing golden opportunity... (Score 3, Informative) 174

You can't currently charge a Nissan Leaf at a Tesla supercharger. The Nissan leaf uses the japanese CHAdeMO charging standard for DC fast charging. Teslas can also use CHAdeMO chargers with an adaptor. Teslas don't charge as fast on a CHAdeMO charger.

Elon Musk has spoken about opening up the Tesla charging stations to other models of EV in the future once a billing mechanism was in place. This was the motivation behind his release of Tesla patents so that other manufacturers can use them at no cost. He wants to other car makers to build Tesla charger compatibility into their cars. As yet there are no signs of any other manufacturer doing this. Japanese manufacturers have put a lot of investment in CHAdeMO over many years.

Musk could also convert his charging stations to support multiple charging standards. At the moment there seems to be an impasse when it comes to charging compatibiltiy.

Comment Re:OPerator not telling the whole story (Score 1) 307

> Yes, the pilot claimed 200 feet - but that's past the effective 40 yard range of most shotguns.

Effective range depends on what effect you are trying to achieve. In hunting terms, effective range is the distance at which you can expect a humane kill of the creature you are hunting. Quadcopters are fragile things so I would expect the effective range to take one down to be much higher than the quoted range for hunting birds.

Comment Re:Do not want! (Score 2) 85

The corporate office where I work has many meeting rooms with projectors or TV screens. Typically there are two connectors wireed to the meeting room table - VGA d-sub and HDMI. I will never get the time back which I have spent watching presenters faff around with getting their display working.

More generally, the problem for the device owner is to have a connecting cable which will work with any foreign display they need to present on. I'd rather use DisplayPort myself, but the most commonly available digital port is HDMI. The sad reality is that USB-C HDMI output is going to be the most frequently used display output from next generation devices.

MHL uses the same physical connector as HDMI (at the display end) and the average punter isn't going to know if a given display supports MHL. I forsee that in the future, people will have the same problem with USB-c connections. They same physical port supports so many display standards that people who don't read the manual are going to become frustrated figuring out which ones are suppoted on a given device.

Ideally, I would like to see some sort of wireless display standard that's easy to pair and widely adopted, but that's not happening any time soon.

Comment Re:LaTeX (Score 1) 349

It could be either.

If the cell is General format rather than Text, excel can interpert what is typed in as a date or numeric format it it matches certain patterns.

When using the import wizard, to import text files, you can chose how Excel interprets each column (General, Text, Date or Skip) on the third step of the wizard. If you click Finish on the second step excel will default to general and perform conversions.

Comment Re:cost reduction (Score 2) 595

absolutely NO ONE outside of 1 Infinite Loop REALLY knows

Assuming Apple is sticking with it's regular September release cycle, there will be workers in a Chinese factory making the phones right now who will have a strong suspicion. Also people in the supply chain who may or may not have received their annual order of 3.5mm components.

Of course Apple might test the waters by having only one new model without the 3.5mm jack. Regardless, when it comes to the iphone7, the decision would have been made months if not years ago,

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