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Comment Re:Winamp (Score 1) 267

Unfortunately, a metadata "database" is only as good as the data you feed it. This may be limited by how much effort the end user is willing to put in.

Adding metadata to an existing music collection can be a huge PITA. For anyone tempted by the idea of doing it for their collection, I thoroughly recommend taking a look at MusicBrainz Picard. It's a cross-platform application that can analyse your music albums and attempt to match them against entries in MusicBrainz's vast database, populating your MP3s / FLACs with appropriate ID3 tags and cover art when it finds a match. If you have a large collection, it will still take some time and effort to get right, but you'll end up with something beautifully organised afterwards.

I still keep all my music (~20,000 tunes) in a simple folder / file structure, but every album and song is tagged correctly, along with cover art, so that I can also feed it to Clementine, Kodi, DNLA servers, Google Music, etc. Best of both worlds.

Comment Re:Terrible article (Score 1) 425

Can you be more specific as to what you're calling bullshit to? I didn't make any bold claims as far as I can tell.

Burning 500 calories for a 2 hour walk is a reasonably conservative figure for an adult human. For most humans it will be more, for some it will be a little less. The greatest influence on that figure is body mass. And with each step requiring energy to lift your body mass (that is not recovered on the down step), to a certain height (dictated by leg length and stride), a minimum amount of energy required can be calculated. That's just physics, no way around that. Any in-efficiencies will only increase that number. If you can find an adult who can walk for 2 hours and burn substantially less than several hundred calories.... well, you won't.

So going back to my original reply, a human that takes in 1000 calories a day and burns ~500 calories a day through exercise, has only ~500 calories of energy intake left to power their body's everyday activities. Considering that an adult's basal metabolic rate is typically in the 1,500 to 2000 range, you'll need to be burning your body fat, and eventually muscle, to stay alive. If for some unlikely reason your body was in fact storing fat under those conditions, you're going to be very ill, very soon.

Comment Re:Terrible article (Score 2) 425

Sorry to be presumptuous, but that can not be right. Assuming by exercise you mean something at least as vigorous as walking, two hours of that will burn ~500 calories alone. That leaves you with around 500 calories of energy to keep your body alive. Your body would not be able to cope with that for extended periods of time, and there's no chance it would reserve those precious calories as body fat.

Comment Re:I'll have to give it another look.... (Score 3, Interesting) 111

I'd agree that some of the community doesn't think about stuff like that, but on the whole, KDE is the least frustrating desktop environment I've ever used. And I've probably used more than most.

I'm not saying it's not without its faults, but KDE actually has plenty of very thoughtful touches, sane defaults and UI polish. OS X is generally pretty good and then there is Windows, 'nuff said.

All just my personal opinion of course. When it comes to things like GUIs, different people will always favour different ways of doing things.

Comment Re:I'll have to give it another look.... (Score 2) 111

It's one of the little "fit and finish" things that Windows and OS X do so well

I'm not sure I'd say OS X does it well, from my experience at least. It seems to work fine most of the time but some of the core utilities, especially Finder, 'forget' their window size on seemingly ransom occasions and it annoys the hell out of me.

On the other hand, most (if not all) of the GUI applications I tend to use in KDE remember their size and position without a hitch. Things like Dolphin and Konsole, that I am very particular about in their arrangement, open up in the same layout every time. Granted, that's probably down to the apps, not the OS, but I can't say it's ever bothered me.

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