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Comment Re: Android is Linux (Score 2, Informative) 224

"When someone says "I installed Linux" or "I use Linux" they mean an operating system"...

The often do, and they are often wrong. Which is why you have people always pointing out that actually it's GNU/Linux that they are running. Technically 'Linux' only refers to the kernel, people should really just state what distro they are running, that would be more accurate.

Comment Re:Easy answer (Score 3, Insightful) 489


Over the past year I've (for the first time) used Mac OS X on my laptop, I find it much less useful, and frankly much less user friendly, than Gnome 3 (and even Gnome 3 hides too much information because it assumes its users are technophobes).

One can understand Microsoft and Apple designing user interfaces primarily for technophobes, because in the modern world the majority of their users are people for whom the full power of a computer system is too complex for them to understand, much less use; and, seeing that they have in effect a duopoly, the fact that their more technically able users are not well served by their user interfaces doesn't matter, because there aren't enough of us to be a significant market, and most of us will be told what to use at work in any case.

But I really don't understand the Gnome designers' reasons for hiding so much, for making even moderately technical things so awkward. In practice, almost everyone who chooses to use Gnome is a geek. Having said that, if it really annoyed me I could either switch to something else or get under the hood and modify it, and I don't.

For me, Gnome 3 works with niggles. MacOs X is really annoying, but I can use it. Windows 7 is tolerable. Windows 10? Just let's not go there.

Comment Re:White space (Score 2) 489

Then it's poor responsive design.

Seriously, there is a limit to the width of a column of text that it's comfortable to read, so for continuous text on large screen there may be reasons for having large amounts of whitespace. And, again, for continuous text, having a proportion of white space around the text is easier on the eyes. There can be good ergonomic reasons for using significant whitespace in design.

Good responsive design is hard; to have the same page layout on a two inch wide mobile phone screen as on a 24 inch monitor, and have it attractive and easy to work with on both requires a great deal of thought, and often some compromise. Making the compromises at the small end of the range doesn't work because on a very small screen pages that are not well adapted are completely unusuable, whereas if you make the compromise at the big end of the range you end up with a page that looks ugly but still works.

But the challenge of responsive design is to respond to a wide range of screen sizes and be functional and elegant on all. It's a significant challenge, and too many designers design to one fixed size or a small range of fixed sizes.

Comment Re:Warranty Support? (Score 1) 193

You can only claim debts from the company to the limit of what the company has. And once that's gone, *poof* the company is gone. The people that started the company have their personal assets outside of the PTY LTD company which is kind of the point.

Comment Re:Top down decision (Score 1) 258

I disagree, I want a cashless society. In fact we're in a really uncomfortable place right now, in a semi cashless society tending towards cashless. At the moment I often find myself with no actual cash on hand because I can *almost* live my life without it. Consequently it's a real hassle when I actually need coin or note for parking machines or tickets or whatever. Life would be easier without physical money.

Comment Re:In all fairness (Score 1) 254

In different parts of the world road laws seem to have different levels of importance. For example: in Australia the speed limit is near to absolute, if you're over you get fined. In the USA the speed limit seems to be a suggested limit where you're really expected to go about the limit +10mph at least on the freeways. Where in the USA some things seem to be more absolute. In some places "one way" might be absolute, and in others it might be more of a suggestion. I mean even compare city to rural driving...

Comment Re:Makework (Score 1) 1145

Or figure out a way to control population growth. Because you can't continue to "give them money" forever; eventually the well will run dry. Then what?

Why not? It's not like money is a finite resource. Money represents access to resources but if those resources run out that's going to be a problem for everyone.

Comment Re: The Republicans want to make everyone work (Score 1) 1145

The only question is what that does to inflation and whether that creates a de facto "tax" on the economy.

Luckily that question has an answer - printing more money the the (only real) cause of inflation and it will act like a universal tax on everyone, as everyone will pay through the devaluation of their earnings. Inflation is possibly the *most* unfair tax that there is.

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