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Comment Re:konqueror best filemanager (Score 1) 515

I think the idea that it shouldn't be used as a file manager just because it was designed as a browser totally silly. Can you name any other POSIX file manager that does the arbitrary horizontal/vertical tiling combined with all the other awesome features Konqueror has? What feature makes Dolphin better than Konqueror for you?

I don't think there is anything wrong with "right tool for the right job". My POSIX file manager is Konqueror, as for me it beats anything else hands down. So it's my one and only tool for the job.

Comment Developers want to have fun, users suffer (Score 1) 515

I think a general problem in KDE (may be true for other software projects, too) is that the developers are always driven by stuff that's challenging and fun to implement, but they (understandably) don't enjoy taking care of the "easier" but more time consuming details. They start out with great plans and change everything from scratch, but they totally underestimate how much work it will actually be to get everything right again, so they run out of time to do it.
The loser in all of this is the end user, who wants to have a working desktop. Whenever it is working "too well", the developers come up with some great new plan how to do it all better. But in reality, this means that 80%-90% of the time the users will have to put up with a system that is broken to varying degrees. Seems just like a broken design model to begin with. It was like this in both KDE3=>4 and 4=>5 transitions.
And when the users complain, they are told that it's all the work of volunteers and that they should not have any expectations. They are told to fix it themselves, because it's all FOSS. But from a user's point of view, one could say that it's the developers who actually broke it. The ambitious developers get to steer a project into a certain direction, even if the community suffers from it. That's a very fundamental unsolved problem.

Comment skype? -- Re:someone's spying on you (Score 1) 252

Actually, I have seen something similar recently on a kubuntu 12.04 machine. The web cam just went on on its own. If I remember correctly, it went off as soon as I killed skype. I am not sure whether this makes it more or less concerning, but my guess is that skype is involved.

This machine is fully patched and uses pretty strict firewall rules. Of course, this his my wife's machine, and my guess is that her browsing habits are not very safe. She me told that the cam went on and off on its own several times before...
GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Google

Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Comment Way to go, E! (Score 1) 114

I think this is goddamn just awesome. The only question I have is: why didn't someone think about this before?

I often find myself switching between CLI and GUI, either of which has usability advantages depending on the problem at hand. This one has a good chance of combining the some of advantages of both and come out as a solution outperforming either of the two traditional options. Nice job! So inspiring. Very creative! Way to go, E!

Comment Re:KDE (Score 3, Interesting) 73

...they also seemed to have a rough spot in the past months. For months, there was no stable version available for ubuntu Precise, which is an LTS. Last month, they finally released 3.5.13.1, with support for Precise. I also had trouble accessing their web page and repos for many days in a row. Not exactly the kind of stability I would expect for my main DE.

By the way, KDE 3.5 was my first Linux experience. It was my DE of choice; it worked well and I liked the configurability. But I always found it butt ugly. Looked way old-fashioned and outdated compared to OSs/DEs. Tried a few different themes, but that only made it worse. I still stayed with it for its functionality. But I always found it totally unsexy.

Comment Re:Found at 125 GeV (Score 4, Informative) 396

It's because of what someone else explained further above: Higgs field is a quantum field, which fluctuates constantly. Particles spontaneously emerge and disappear all the time. Same thing is true for photons: even in a perfectly dark room, you have spontaneously photons appearing and disappearing. This leads to the so-called zero-point-field. Even when there are no "real" photons in a dark room, the electromagnetic field is not zero. It fluctuates around zero due to these so-called "virtual photons". Same is true for every quantum field. To generate a "real" Higgs particle you need 125 GeV. Virtual bosons come and go all the time (for free). Interaction with "massive" particles gives them their mass.

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