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Comment Re:Responsibility. (Score 2) 191

There is also a strong correlation between Democrat governance and crime. Think about that the next time you vote.

You had me up to there. It's actually more that 1) There's a strong correlation between population density and Democratic governance (and its emphasis on shared services), and 2) There's a strong correlation between population density and crime. Might as well say something like "ice cream causes violent crime" or something. Yes, you said "correlation", but "causation" was strongly hinted.

Comment Re:It's been dying since KDE3 (Score 1) 507

I didn't want to debate whether Gnome was a failure or a success with GP. That's subjective depending on what exactly you mean. I think had Maemo been a success Gnome would be on a few billion devices. Gnome itself isn't to blame for the failure of Maemo but it certainly contributed. The fact that Android doesn't run Gnome and that Tizen is based on EFL is what the Maemo failure cost them. They are cut out of the market they wanted. Sure they are dominant in the Linux desktop market but during the Gnome 2 days they saw how limited that was and would be.

  Mobile is about 4x the size of desktop. Linux desktop is a tiny share of desktop (about 1%). Getting most of 1% of 1/5 of the market, depends on your point of view.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 1) 507

-- If you want to see responsiveness try gnome2 applications either locally or remotely and compare them to the current ones locally even with a video card accelerating things for you.

Sure. Try your experiment. Have several video streams going in different windows and rapidly move the windows relative to one another. Or try anything else that requires a high framerate and lots of video information.

-- Blaming network transparency is just a distraction from losers who wouldn't know how to get their stuff running well on any platform. It never had anything to do with responsiveness because local applications get to use local sockets.

Network transparency in the proper sense doesn't exist on modern interfaces. If you mean how they fake it then yes that has an impact on performance. We've talked about this before. You can't safely directly render to X11's compositor without a high risk tearing. The application can't tell the compositor how to render and so half rendered content gets displayed. That's not ignorance it is deep design. To solve this applications render to a buffer and then do a memory copy. The speed of the memory bus is going up, but much more slowly than resolutions so this problem has gotten worse not better since Wayland started.

High performing applications need to control the rendering process cheaply.

Comment Re:How to advocate for desktop dev in a phone worl (Score 1) 507

The foisting of mobile on everybody was a solution to how to leverage network advantages over a huge range of physical typographies. Whole classes of problems like maintaining phone contact lists (what's Bill's mother's phone number since he goes over to her place every other Wednesday night) are simply gone. Literally billions of new people have a programable high powered digital device in the last decade who did not before. Among the 1st world who had computers they not only have a computer somewhere in the house but they have a fully internet capable device with them 24x7.

Newer in this case is vastly better. Its not even remotely close. Mobile is the source of the massive performance gain. Now desktop now has to adapt to mobile. That's not some pointless quest for shiny but rather trying to keep desktop relevant.

Comment Re:It's been dying since KDE3 (Score 1) 507

Gnome transition was a different thing. Gnome foundation made a clear choice after Maemo's failure that flexibility for mobile not parity with Windows was the top priority. You may not agree with the choice but that wasn't just bells and whistles. Gnome 3 may be a failure. But the success of iOS shows that their idea could have worked were it better executed.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 1) 507

Users like systemd its old school admins who are throwing a fit. Users mostly want graphical responsiveness it is old school Unix guys that don't think responsiveness is worth losing network transparency (which they don't really have anymore even with X). Users want mobile integration it is old school Linux guys (hey you are old school now) that want a more classic desktop.

The problem isn't users but a small subset of users that are disproportionately on /.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 1) 507

The canonical hacker breed if fine. The kids are doing all sorts of exciting web based stuff. They grew up in an environment where windows was stagnant, and the desktop apps on it were cumbersome and deeply entrenched. Web was vibrant, mobile is vibrant and the gaming platforms are vibrant. Same way our generation doesn't have a bunch of the mainframe / mini hackers who loved to reconfigure the OS directly because well by the time we came up mainframes and minis were dying and no one was letting a 12 year old play with one.

Comment At UMinn (Score 0) 225

UMinn was the center for gopher. I remember when the WWW came out I figured that built in indexing (think the Yahoo of the 1990s) was more important than graphics and Gopher would remain the dominant platform. Some school loyalty but mostly one of the worst predictions of my life. Gopher was quite good. The web would be a more educated place today had it remained gopher / nnews. But porn and advertising were too much for good content to beat.

Comment Re:With recent experience, I agree (Score 1) 234

You took all that time to create a detailed, well formatted post, but didn't name and shame the manufacturer and model? Please let tell us how to avoid the pain you've gone through.

Agreed. This is the sort of detail that you won't often find on a regular online review. I'd love to have this info, if anything to at least add to a list of manufacturers to avoid for a while, even if the model goes away.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

THIS. It's probably an even more significant issue in terms of mortality stats. We're not just dealing with "Average Joe" here -- these guys were generally chosen because they were in top physical and mental condition... physically probably in the top 5% of the population, if not higher. It shouldn't be surprising at all that most of them live to their mid-80s or more.

Sibling post by someone else points out that they used the low-Earth and grounded astronauts-in-training as a control group, so I now assume that accounted for that. BUT: your/our point still stands that you'd expect astronauts of any mission to generally be in better shape than the general population, and live longer in general.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 4, Interesting) 157

Just pointing out that life expectancy at age 40, which is when these astronauts flew, is 79.9 years.

No mod points today, so just reinforcing your statement.

The life expectancy figures cited by grandparent are based on a starting age of "zero". A lot of kids don't make it to age five, many due to car accidents. Once you've made it to age five, the "average life expectancy" of the remaining pool has gone up quite a bit.

As you move up the population pool age brackets, you have already lost the people who were going to bring down the average. To state otherwise brings you to the situation where you're introduced to an 85 year old man and say to him "you should have been dead five years ago!" In the case of astronauts, you're also dealing with a bunch of guys who are in relatively good shape - you've already weeded out the morbidly obese, drug addiction, etc.

The IRS actually has tons of tables in the XLS format for figuring this sort of thing out. They're used primarily in figuring out distribution of retirement benefits over time, but have other uses.

Comment Re:Saturation (Score 1) 170

I think we do have that kind of software.

1) Presentation software, sales systems like powerpoint are way more advanced
2) Interactive books (iBooks)
3) Photo viewers and browsers to replace albums
4) Shopping experience websites (tablet users love the interactive shopping experience)
5) Tablet gaming
6) Note taking

I'd say that's a pretty successful. Apple's statistics show that their tablets are still heavily used. Where they have had problems is creating incentives for upgrades.

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