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Comment I've declared Shenanigans on Google already (Score 1) 395

Google is constructing a complicated matrix of permissions to render the existing permissions system irrelevant. So my specific declaration of shenanigans was because your photos from the Camera app sends the photo to Google Maps. Camera has GPS permission turned off, but I can't use Maps without it. In order to disable the Camera/Maps off, I have to turn location history off which also disables Map's arrival time estimations. Meanwhile disabling web search history removes the ability for me to tag "Home" and "work" locations.

It's time we get a third phone OS, accountable and controlled to no one. Linux Phone OS anybody?

Comment QtQuick is killing KDE. (Score 1) 515

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.

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