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Comment Re:Keep your MUFFIN out of my face (Score 1) 173

The link to see it is the very first like in the summary, the 'announced' link: https://blog.documentfoundatio...

There are 4 screenshots of what MUFFIN is, and it appears to basically be 4 types of toolbars, one of which is essentially a ribbon. This isn't really anything revolutionary, they just made up a stupid word to describe maintaining 4 types of UIs for people.

Honest, this is why Linux can't have nice things. Yea I know many people hate the MS ribbon-style stuff, or the OSX menus, but at least it's consistent (for the apps made by the same developers following the rules) and easy to maintain. I can guarantee that this MUFFIN approach will just result in 4 quasi-usable scenarios, each with bugs, rather than 1 well tested scenario that 80% of people like.

Comment I have this problem and Apple LIED to me (Score 1) 29

I own an iPhone 6S (among other phones), and this exact issue happened to me (and my phone is within the serial numbers posted above). What's really fucking irritating is that it started only 8 months after I got the phone. I immediately contacted Apple online support who ran a "diagnostic" through iTunes and said everything was perfect, followed by several trips to the "genius bar" where they said everything is fine and unless it shuts off above 80% (it was shutting off at 40%) there's nothing they can do.

This has been going on all of this year, and I continually tell them there must be a hardware issue since it's significantly worse in cold weather, however the latest word they gave to me was "Apple is aware that there is a small software glitch that will be fixed shortly for this issue."

Then, suddenly today, they admit this is a hardware defect and my serial number is included. Are you fucking kidding me? I cannot believe the disrespect this company has for their clients, and I can't wait to never buy any of their products again. I'll stick to my Nexus 6P.

Comment Re:Gaming (Score 1) 191

Yea, I take issue that you seem to suggest that 99% of those requiring photoshop / illustrators are not professionals. In fact, I'd argue that the MAJORITY of those who require these tools ARE graphic artists. It's only the few hobby-ists with a DSLR that can get away using Gimp and Light studio or whatever.

The fact that you truly believe that "99%" of those requiring these tools don't need it is the very core of my issue: you're just making shit up in your mind to wrap reality to how you see it, to make Linux seem acceptable to the masses (99%). Anecdotally in your circle of Linux-friends I'm sure they can get away with Gimp; and I also bet not one of them is a professional graphic artist.

Comment Re:Gaming (Score 2) 191

Show me one professional graphic designer who actually makes quality work and can use Gimp and .. I don't even know what the illustrator alternative is on Linux. Inkscape? It's awful.

They use macOS and Windows for a reason. The real tools are Adobe's (at this time), and no professional takes Gimp seriously. The fact that you suggest it just re-iterates what the problem with Linux zealots are.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 1) 535

What also prevents problems, is simply buying hardware that works fine with Linux. Instead of trying it on some random machine not (initially) purchased for that purpose.

I'm pretty sick and tired of hearing this counter-argument to my "problems." The majority of hardware I've ever bought has worked "out of the box" with Windows and Mac, I'm talking older scanners, brand new graphics cards, keyboards, mice, etc. The few that didn't immediately, were either solved in Windows by "automatic driver download", or by going to the vendor's website or using the provided disc (last ditch resort). I've never actually come across hardware that:

a. didn't work, or
b. required me to screw around with source code, and re-compile a kernel

And, you appear to be speaking to me as if I don't know how to use Linux. I do, I've been programming for the last 20 years and working with all 3 platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux). I respect Linux, but at some point the community, including Slashdot, has to admit that my experience is fairly common (even if you anecdotally haven't had it) and you can't expect 'regular' people to want to deal with this. I'm in the tech field and even I don't want to deal with this! Why? I have a family, my time is valuable, and while I can screw around for ours with my OS, I don't want to. Make it "work" without having to screw around, or at least admit there's a problem, and then we can start to get somewhere.

Comment Re:Not me (Score 1) 535

I had a hell of a time installing Linux Mint on an HP Envy M6 and I posted about it in their forums (which was 100% ignored):

The tl;dr of it is this, to get it installed I had to:

  • - Find custom network drivers because the ones that came with it (RT3290) did not work at all. This involved getting source code and re-compiling because the deb package failed on line 1 with an error... why, why would should that ever be necessary for a professional desktop OS (not a hobbiest machine)?
  • - The EFI installation for the bootloader would continually go in the wrong directory, so it never worked. It took me several hours to realize this was the issue and manually fix it
  • - Suspending has never worked when the lid closed. When it comes 'back' it would just have an error and X would be dead
  • - Battery life was awful until I followed a well known "guide" to fix it... again, why?
  • - After a few weeks a new Linux Mint version came out and there was no upgrade path. The only option is to format and re-install. At this point I just gave up because that's unacceptable. Every new version of Windows (7-10 even), and Mac OSX (10.4-10.8 as an example) do not require a format and will just upgrade. Why can't Linux?

I love "playing" with Linux, but until it works on a desktop like MacOS and Windows without requiring screwing around, re-compiling, and format / re-install for major version upgrades, nobody who doesn't have time for a Linux-hobby can use it.

Comment Re:Allo? FB Messenger? (Score 1) 143

Seriously? Allo has failed, it doesn't even have 200k installs after over a month of being out. Compare this hangouts at 2.7m, which they ABANDONED for no good god damn reason and removed threaded SMS view (which was essential graceful SMS fallback). And do you know why? Because Google can't get their shit together. If you buy a Pixel on Google Project Fi, it comes with Allo, Duo, Hangouts, and Messenger. Do you understand how frustrating it is to a consumer when every product created gets dropped? Even /r/Android no longer has any love for Google's bullshit in regards to their messaging apps. The WORST part about all of this is they already had the product: Google Talk. Remember that? Could use it on desktop, had video calling built-in, chat logs. everything except SMS fallback.

As for Facebook messenger, again no SMS fallback and nobody really uses fb anymore for a variety of reasons including security concerns.

There is currently no good Android SMS+messenger app which is why WhatsApp is still so popular, especially in Europe (which I doubt anyone can ever overcome), or Kakao products in Korea. iMessage would be met with happiness by most Android users because despite all the BS Apple does, iMessage is a good product, and is only missing a web interface (or Windows desktop app).

Submission + - WikiLeaks has their internet intentionally cut off by a 'state party' (

DirkDaring writes: "Julian Assange's internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans." Wikileaks mentioned in a tweet early Monday morning. The internet is one of the few, if not only, available ways for Julian Assange, who has been locked up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than four years, to maintain contact with the outside world.

Submission + - WikiLeaks says Assange's internet link was severed by 'state party' (

retroworks writes: WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet link was severed by a “state party” and that “appropriate contingency plans” were activated.

The website’s announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers. Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said that the numbers triggered a so-called “dead man’s switch,” which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist,

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