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Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 102

I used CDE (and thus Motif) for many years. It may look outdated now, but it was years ahead of its time. While it may not be as usable as, say, GNOME 2 or KDE 3 were, it's actually still managed to be better to use than GNOME 3 or KDE 4+ have been.

I have seen CDE a few times (e.g. on Solaris), and found it very unusable, so much so that installing KDE or GNOME was much easier than trying to just use CDE.

While KDE 4.0 was very rough, and 4.1 only addressed the roughest edges, from 4.4 KDE has had almost complete feature-parity with KDE 3. At least they aren't applying non-optional Mac-like interfaces (where the menus are 100s of pixels away from the Window they apply to like GNOME 3). It's quite frustrating using GNOME 3 apps (about the only one I use is simple-scan, as I'm not aware of a KDE scanning app that scans to PDF).

Plasma 5 and KF5 are now also very good and quite polished.

Submission + - Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use ( 1

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.

Comment How do bitcoiners define money? (Score 1) 268

The wikipedia definition of money[1] ("Money is any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context") is basically identical to the defintion of legal tender[2] ("Legal tender is variously defined in different jurisdictions. Formally, it is anything which when offered in payment extinguishes the debt.").

The guidance document for virtual currencies by the South African treasury only refers to 'virtual currencies', never referring to them as 'money'. Virtual currencies effectively have the same (or less) standing in South Africa as (or than) external currencies (including e.g. the Zimbabwean Dollar).

So, what do bitcoin proponents claiming 'Bitcoin is classify as money' define 'money' as? Obviously something different than the rest of the population.


Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 155

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Re: Bitcoin is not money (Score 1) 268

The document from the South African treasury about virtual currencies you linked to states:

"Due to their unregulated status, virtual currencies cannot be classified as legal tender as any merchant may refuse them as a payment instrument without being in breach of the law. In addition, virtual currencies cannot be regarded as a means of payment as they are not issued on receipt of funds. The use of virtual currencies therefore depends on the other participantâ(TM)s willingness to accept them."

So, I don't think that qualifies as being "money".

Yes, about two online shops in South Africa accept payment in Bitcoin, but I don't know how they comply with FICA regulations in this case ...

Comment Re: isn't that a German thing? (Score 0) 429

"We all emigrated, by your ridiculous hypothesis, to everywhere in the world once we left Africa."

And then some of us returned to our homeland, and 300+ years later their descendants are still called "colonialists" by those who didn't emigrate, and they blame us for all of their problems (such as lack of education).

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