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Comment QtQuick is killing KDE. (Score 1) 512

I had a conversation on this just Friday, so weird that it's on /. a day later. As a KDE user and Qt developer (who uses Qt). The widget's-only Qt of old was solid. The QtQuick that KDE4 was based on didn't really fit. It's a transition that's still being made. Couple that with Aaron Siego, who I called out for making non-user-centric design decisions, was more intent on showing off what they *could* now do rather (plasmoid rotation? what's the use case?) than using QtQuick to better the UI. Couple that with some integration problems between the classical widget/Quick environments, it was not the best of all transitions.

Unfortunately, that transition is still going on today. It results in a paralysis of direction and focus. Qt used to, with widgets, have seamless theme management so that a KDE App would look native. Unfortunately, the QtQuick primitives that were initially released don't. The higher order QtQuick Controls, came later, and with not the best license or quality. Internally Qt has been pulled in many directions and a changed hands several times. Trolltech, Nokia, Digia and now the Qt Company.

That being said, I think we are there now, finally, 6 years later, to really do software transition to QtQuick. QtQuick 2 is amazing and up-coming Qt 5.8 will be that release which is the completion of the concept.The 5.6/5.7 that is out now is really great, 5.8 will be the last bit of polish.There are still some holes, there always will be, but QtQuick is something so new and different it took a while to figure out.

As a developer who uses Qt, and has been using Qt professionally since 2004, QtQuick makes it trivial to write applications. The next easiest was with PyQt.

In addition there is a port of QML (the language of QtQuick (Javascript with markup)) to Wed, called QMLWeb. This has the capability to revolutionize web development - no more HTML or CSS, bringing the ease of app development to the web.

Comment Meanwhile chrome 52 breaks videos everywhere (Score 1) 68

So people started restarting Chrome today, and the latest version breaks videos if they dont habe SAR (source aspect ratio) metadata in the file.

If you view the raw video in chrome, it appears the same in chrome 51, but if you use it in a page its weirdly stretched - for our site it came out wide.

Anyone else notice this? It's fixable if you use ffmpeg to set SAR to 1:1, but that's a lot of reprocessing.

Comment Re:Why not Python? (Score 1) 109

To the people who modded me troll, I really what to know why, given the substantial similarities, he chose to create Yet Another Language which only minor changes to an existing one, and created an entire other community which fractures the industry into yet another shard again. There is an existing plethora of OOP languages. I just want to know why he felt his was the right course of action.

On a personal level I think it's immoral from an industry perspective to fracture the community (and the productivity) by adding yet another ecosystem.

Comment Re:How many are dead ending win Win7 and Win8? (Score 1) 272

Well, I've been using Mint Linux for years now. 17 is very good, 18 just came out. The only downside is the confusion of MATE or Cinnamon, a distinction that is lost on normal users.

I use OSX for work (surprisingly), I use Win 7 in passing, and Linux Mint 17 at home. Out of the three, Linux is the best, which I found to be surprising. I thought the panacea to Windows would have been OSX, but OSX consistently comes up short namely because it uses and inferior BSD kernel. This BSD kernel has trouble unmounting remote drives if the connection has dropped (and seemingly can't reestablish them), the multitasking is terrible. My Pandora will skip when I compile (and I'm on a magnetic disk, quad core i5, 8g). Finder only got "Rename" as a context menu option in El Capitan, the general interface paradigm of that menu at the top is broken. There is no "real" Inkscape for OSX. "Open with" is too damn slow.

Meanwhile on Windows, you don't own your computer anymore.

Linux suffers from the usual suspects: Top-end hardware is not very well supported, Adobe apps are noticeably missing. These are generally not a problem if you don't by state-of-the-art, and can find replacement apps, which isn't too hard to do these days.

As the ultimate test, I set my retired neighbor's laptop up with Mint 17. He knows nothing of computers apart from how to use the internet, which his kids taught him. I was fielding too many Windows questions from him, so I set him up with Mint and he loves it. Nothing changes. Meanwhile, I get a call about his Vista desktop every now and then. But the Mint laptop keeps on working. Not a single issue in 3 years. His GF (yeah, he has one after his wife passed many years ago) was able to connect the Mint laptop to her Wifi, with no questions to me about how.

Comment Selection bias (Score 1) 72

The majority of who I know that ride share, ride share intra-city. The odds of being picked up while driving drunk in the city are much lower than someone who commuted 20 miles into the city, gets drunk, then has to drive 20 miles back home.

In addition you still have the issue of getting back down to your vehicle the next day. So you're ride share back? That means you're paying double. I think with the impairment of already being drunk they just decide to chance it probably deal with that back and forth headache?

Comment I don't think it is a valid question (Score 2) 364

At what point will the vehicle suddenly find itself in the trolley problem. It's doing several hundred restatements of the scenario per second. It will have started to react far sooner than this theorized last moment decision. In sort the question isn't valid because you're applying a human trait - distraction - to the computer.

Sure there are potential scenarios vehicle crosses into on-coming traffic, a bolder rolls down a hill and lands in front of you, or a sink hole opens as you drive over it and you have to deal with it, but these are easily decided. It's decided by liability, and we already have a framework for that. The liability will sacrifice the person in the vehicle. It will do this because involving a bystander is a liability to the vehicle's insurance company. Meanwhile, in the existing legal framework, you are sill responsible for the operation of a computer operated vehicle. You legally speaking, have only yourself to blame. However even in these dire circumstances, I would trust the vehicle to use real-time data to try to make the accident as survivable as possible, for everyone. I expect it's ability to exceed my own. And I think eventually public opinion will come to believe that too - that autopilot survivability is better than human control in all circumstances.

Comment History Channel - Repetitive Content Edits? (Score 1) 296

I've noticed that there is a LOT of repetition of content in History channel content. Don't laugh, but Ancient Aliens, The Curse of Oak island, etc. all feature at least 6 repeated graphics per episode, and in the same context each time. I'd almost pay for a channel to edit it down to the unique content. I bet there's only 15 minutes of original content per episode.

In addition after every commercial, they repeat what they said before commercial.

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