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Comment Re:Do not blame the tool(s), blame the workman... (Score 1) 148

My 4th grade English teacher used to say, "A bad workman blames his tools."

Sounds relevant to me here.

Apparently your 4th grade English teacher has never tried to use a hammer covered in spikes that arrived in a box labeled "Screwdriver".

You found Windows! Don't forget that the handle's splinters each carry a different painful virus

Comment Reaching out to Change Makers (Score 5, Insightful) 181

For anyone who's been paying attention, the new pope has been working hard to put the service and social commitments back to the front of the Church's mission... Reaching out to people who can and do make disruptive waves can mean a lot. There's so many cases where an app with the right niche in mind has revolutionized life for remote communities, and so many places where even small incremental changes can mean life or death for people...

They have a lot of skepticism to overcome, but I would like to believe they're trying to help the right people reach the right needs.

Comment Plan9? (Score 4, Informative) 58

This looks like it's an attempt to resurrect the 9P philosophies, bolting on a wider security framework.

A quick look at contributors confirms Rob Pike and Dave Presotto among them, who was among the key personalities at Bell Labs working on Plan9, all but confirming the lineage. As I recall, some of the same folks are behind Go.

What are the odds this has a different future than Plan9?

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 288

But there isn't anything I can't do on it that I could do on linux.

sure there is - You can't sanctimoniously complain about manufacturers not supporting your Freedom!

Apple is a leading OSS contributor, and on top of that makes the best hardware in the business, especially when it comes to laptops. Putting a Macbook of any line next to a Dell, HP, or Asus, comparing the fit/finish/polish, makes any other brand feel like toys.

I use Mint KDE on a Thinkpad at work, and while it's a perfectly adequate solution, it never feels as solid as a Macbook, and no other OS compares to macOS.

Comment Re:Escape (Score 1) 524

Thank you for pointing that out - I was skimming to see if someone had before doing it myself. I normally remap caps-lock to control though, and the reach to Esc already had me doing the ^{ more of the time anyways... Even on a smaller keyboard the F-keys and Esc are farther than you should have to reach from home row.

Comment Re:will this be compared to MAC BOOK Touchpad? (Score 4, Interesting) 183

Many years ago Apple acquired Fingerworks and got the best engineers of touch-pad and gesture-navigation in the business... And it shows. PC manufacturers are largely buying the cheapest, oldest tech they can for wherever they can get away with it, so they can race to the bottom on price and still hope to have some kind of margin... And pointer devices are one place where it shows.

Comment Re:BS on the bokeh (Score 1) 551

And yet, everyone and their brother will be slavishly attempting to copy the effect on other devices within months...

Tilt/shift is another physical effect that has been recreated with software to decent effect... For those of us who don't have the budget for extreme glass, software is easily good enough.

Submission + - Public Schools, The Canadian Public School Technique (translationserviceonline.com)

LynggaardBernard9 writes: Now in 21st century all countries rely on other people to exist as a nation because today all countries without having exception they need the merchandise of other countries as raw components or items for that men and women require for this cause the planet is in a steady economy and transfer energy to develop this people need a worldwide language to facilitate these transfers, a worldwide language may possibly be English since this is the most studied language and is the language of the 1st planet power. In regard to the role and status of

Submission + - Facebook Engineers Crash Data Centers in Real-World Stress Test (ieee.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook's VP of Engineering Jay Parikh described the company's Project Storm--regular takedowns of Facebook's data center intended to stress test the company's disaster recovery efforts. The first few didn't go so well, he reports (perhaps doing a test during a World Cup Final was not such a good idea). Months and months of planning went into the initial effort, though up until the actual moment, other Facebook leaders didn’t think he’d actually take out an active data center. Parikh recalls: “I was having coffee with a colleague just before the first drill. He said, ‘You’re not going to go through with it; you’ve done all the prep work, so you’re done, right?’ I told him, ‘There’s only one way to find out’” if it works. (Parikh made the remarks at this week's @Scale conference in San Jose)

Submission + - Explosion Rocks SpaceX Site At Kennedy Space Center (translationserviceonline.com)

Hagen18Junker writes: Witnesses reported seeing a fireball, hearing numerous explosions, feeling shock waves in buildings several miles away at Kennedy Space Center and seeing aplume of smoke rising from Launch Complex 40 just soon after 9 a.m. If America is behind and are unhappy about it, then the combined US space agencies want to push ahead a priority to perfect their own space taxis. Could all this be a coincidence, surely but coupled with the Chinese stock marketplace crash the day before and the explosion of the SpaceX shuttle four days ahead of,

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