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Comment Too little, too late (Score 1) 3

In its day CDE was great, but that day was a long time back. Open sourcing it might have done some good 10 years ago, but time has passed it by.

As for not fully open sourcing OpenMotif at the same time, it just makes me shake my head.

Submission + - Another "Active Shooter" kills 7 in Wisconsin Sikh temple (

Penurious Penguin writes: Just as the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado begins inching more comfortably into the past, another "Active Shooter" event has occurred in Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This time not in a crowded theater, but in a Sikh temple where seven people died including the shooter. How could two horrible events occur so close together? Is it even practical to ask why these things are happening?

Is there a way to avoid these situations? Without further eroding our liberties and surrendering to Big Brother, how can we? Do we put our selves empathetically in the position of those unfortunate victims involved and act accordingly — or do we accept the casualties of an experimental and complex society and move on? What can we do?

Comment Re:Missing the point of a DE... (Score 1) 535


The good news is you aren't alone being about the way that wallpaper changing didn't transfer from dcop to dbus. is a patch someone's created for adding this functionality back into dbus. Hopefully it will make it into an official version of KDE sometime before the heat death of the universe.

Comment Re:Missing the point of a DE... (Score 4, Informative) 535

I'm a KDE user so don't directly experience this, but I went through similar pain with KDE 4. I hated it when it came out, and I still don't like it as much as I liked the earlier less ambitious versions, but I did eventually get used to most of it, especially once I found out how to replace its menu system with the classic view.

It beats me why developers of alternate desktops feel the need to repeat the worst mistakes of the market leaders.

Comment They Probably Won't Run On 3.11 Either (Score 2) 2

Microsoft aren't going to support obsolete versions of the OS forever, no software vendor does. Try installing recent major FLOSS programs on Yggdrasil Linux if you don't believe me.

Sure you can say they should give XP a little more time, but eventually they will need to stop supporting it and maybe, just maybe, that time is now.

There's definitely something weird happening today, this is the second time I've defended Microsoft. I might need to do a few Hail Stallmans to repent

Comment Re:InfoWorld at it again (Score 1) 284

SSH didn't even exist when I was 16 (nor 32, for that matter) but I have used it most days since the late 1990s.

Keep your mind open and new tricks and tools will find their way in then use the maturity gained by experience to filter out the dross and keep the ones that are useful to you.

Comment Re:Some added insight... (Score 2) 236

Add to that the way that with on-line recruitment sites, when you place a job ad you get hundreds of responses from people who have training and experience only tangentially associated with the role you are recruiting and any easy way to reduce down the number of applicants you have to study in depth is welcome.

Obviously with a .jp domain name and a registered office in Japan, Japanese courts are going to have a difficult time believing that Japanese law doesn't apply.

Comment Re:Fraud (Score 1) 212

Because they are in one country and try and defraud people in a second country.

To put them in jail it would be necessary for the police in the target country to do a lot of paperwork and liaise with the police in the source country.

As each crime is only for a couple of hundred dollars each time the police probably can't be bothered with making the effort.

Comment For me, always the first doctor (Score 1) 655

I was 6 years old and I was so scared of the Daleks I had to watch from behind my mother's chair.

In the 70s I was a teenager & the show was still pretty juvenile and had become self referential so not only did I outgrow it but it sowed the seeds of its own demise.

The 200x-201x version is much more aimed at an adult audience. I'd suggest starting with it.

Comment phone book for mobile #'s (Score 2) 459

Strangely enough there used to be which is why to this day my mobile has a confidential, unlisted number.

Sometime around 1993 to 1995 I bought my first mobile. The telephone company had this weird idea of publishing a paper white pages directory of mobile numbers and as in their minds mobiles were only for business use back then wanted me to pay to be in this directory.

When I said I wasn't prepared to pay the nice lady at the phone company call centre discovered that the only way to drop me from this directory was to make my phone confidential & unlisted where it stays to this day.

This means caller-id doesn't work on voice calls, but does show up on text messages. I suppose one day there could be a negative to this but until then I can't be bothered spending an hour on hold to have it done.

BTW I don't have the same phone, nor exactly the same number but somehow the setting always transfers

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