KDE decided that icons are unnecessary
The last time I created a new profile, kde opened with a folder view plasmoid on my desktop -- so it's not full screen files like Windows, but the icons are still there. I can even navigate to other folders from that folder view without opening Dolphin (or another file manager), which I find wonderful. But if I actually did want the old behavior, all I have to do is right click on the desktop, select desktop settings, and choose "Folder View" in the layout dropdown.
KDE has a reputation for being customizable (someone described GNOME as being customizable in these comments and I about snorted laughing), and the default desktop they give you (with the plasmoid) gives the user the idea that "hey, I can put these little things on my desktop, and a silly folder view doesn't take up the whole thing." Just giving a desktop-hogging folder view wouldn't well represent the customization KDE4 is capable of.
But yeah, if you don't like new features, things that change or a desktop that actually looks nice, use IceWM.
Ageist much? Do you really think that a CEO like Zuckerberg wrote, demanded or even approved something as simple as a "spice up the login error page" project?
Anyway, the guy is 26. He can buy booze, fight for his country and successfully run a multi-million dollar company. Most of slashdot, even adult slashdot, cannot claim all three.
Finally, I really don't know what all the commotion is about, I just logged out of Facebook and tried logging back in with my email address and a bad password; I got the standard "bad email or password" error.
“It’s different from phone to phone and operator to operator,” says Keith Nowak, spokesman for HTC. “But in general, the apps are put there to meet the operator’s business and revenue needs.”
So in essence, carriers are doing with Android phones what they've been doing with other phones for ages, installing stuff that makes them money with minimal added utility for the user. Color me surprised.
Consequently, the solutions are what they've always been: modify the phone in some non-supported way, or buy a non-carrier-branded, non-contract phone for loads more than what you'd pay otherwise. And like most of everything else on
This horribly wrong use of technical terms really should not be showing up on the site that proclaims itself as "news for nerds, stuff that matters".
Have you been living under a rock? Fodder like this has been the vast majority of slashdot for years, it feels. Being about an Apple product just means it got to the front page even quicker.
Ok, so we suddenly now have a way to make really reliable online polls? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't trust a party with no real platform and outsourcing all policy decisions to whoever has the best poll-spamming software.
This is worse than the current system, in which only the richest people are able to influence policy? At least this lowers the bar, anyone with a $300 computer and a $20 internet connection can spam votes.
A 2006 investigation by the Discover America Partnership found that tourism to America had sunk due to “a climate of fear and frustration that is turning away foreign business and leisure travelers from visiting the United States and damaging America’s image abroad.” No less than a third of tourists vowed never to return to America after experiencing the treatment of Homeland Security officials at ports of entry.
Indeed, it's bad enough as a citizen; I can't begin to imagine how it is as a foreigner. On returning from vacation from Montreal (flew as I live in the midwest), I couldn't believe the amount of grief the woman at border patrol was giving me. I'm an American citizen, I'm innocent until proven guilty and I certainly can't be compelled to incriminate myself, so stop treating me like a criminal. Of course, if I were to mention any of that, I'd immediately be further probed, so I was polite and answered her questions. Some beacon-of-freedom country this is, and electing the so-called man and party of change to power hasn't seemed to help.
Anyway, it was bad for me, as an American citizen. I completely understand when friends abroad hesitate to come to the US.
They can't just do it the way, say, PayPal, does it and make a very small debit (or deposit) with a unique authentication key in the memo line? I've done this with a couple of different companies, and I really can't imagine doing it the way you describe, it just seems silly. Just accounting for all the different ways a bank could do an HTML login process (mine will ask you a series of personal questions if you haven't authenticated with the same computer recently and told it to remember the computer) would be a nightmare.
Granted, they way PayPal now does the above process reeks of dung, as they process a small debit with the key and when you authenticate they credit that amount to your PayPal account instead of sending it back to your bank, but that's just an implementation detail.
but I'm not eligible due to a stupid law.
This pretty well sums up the entire program. It looks like more of an Obama government PR stunt, being able to claim "hey, we paid $4,500 of your new ride!". Of course it will have little real benefit in the long term, just as Bush's stimulus check to every house didn't make an ounce of difference. And hell, I voted for the man (although buyer's remorse has long ago kicked in).
And honestly, the fact you can even buy an SUV or light truck with this money is insane. A 2 mpg increase is nearly statistically insignificant, and one or two extra MPG on a 30 gallon tank is 30 or 60 miles. You're still using a lot more gas (and petroleum) to get you, your spouse and your 2.2 kids around town than you would with a nice Camry. Hey Obama government, if you want to use tax dollars to fund our automobile addiction, at least try to legislate some morality into it. The soccer mom SUV is a pinnacle of the self-centered, sedentary American lifestyle.
Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...