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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

Oh and as for your signature, MS Office is a standard - found in the majority of offices with computers. MS Office is proprietary. Hence at one time, it was a proprietary standard. As far as I know, the latest versions of it's file formats still are closely regarded secrets lest Libre/FOSS software be "openly" competitive as standards should facilitate. But they aren't as competitive, as they have a proprietary "format standard" to deal with.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

In what way did the original poster prove your point? I suppose the "Microsoft Tax" is fantasy.

Anytime it is impossible to get an alternative of something, obviously many like their current option. No one said it was a fantasy, and I didn't say it is how they tried to keep their lock, just that is how they go it. Capisce?

It is not a matter whether people liked or disliked Microsoft Windows it is basically all they get when they purchase a new PC. .../snip/ That does not necessarily mean they like it or hate it for that matter since they normally can't or won't compare against other OS's.

It certainly matters! If they hate it, they won't use it. They will find another way, another job, install Linux and KDE, something. You don't have to like everything about something to like it enough to use it. When you say, "Well it is dominant! I have no choice!", and then you use it, you also say that you like the dominance and what it brings to the table, or you would refuse to use it. Remember, we always have a choice once our parents stop literally holding our hands, and we vote with every public action we take.

As for DOS you have to be kidding.

Do you know where Windows came from? It originally ran on ... wait for it... DOS!

And get this, people didn't delete it! They ran this newfangled program called Windows because they actually ... wait again for it... liked it!

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

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In my career, including consulting with a variety of companies with their own IT people, I've known maybe one or two that seem to be trying to hide things to create "job security".

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Above you said you never come across one. Maybe you're now being honest, or I helped you think outside of the box. But they undoubtedly make things harder, and almost always unwittingly. No matter if they're a mechanic, executive, secretary, pool boy or whomever; eventually, they lose in the long run. It pays dividends to be ethical.

... sometimes the IT guy picks the path that seems less scary. That's more or less what I mean by "the path of least resistance".

Isn't that everyone? From a Christian who has faith that GOD will support and back them up in righteous causes, to the victim that finally or never stands up to abuse, to the asshole that curses you out so that you complain and post a bad review online because he knows it will drive search engine traffic, all do what is "less scary" and deemed easiest.

And that is why wisdom is more precious than rubies. It outperforms intelligence any day, if only because you can be smart and stupid at the same damned time, often because your wit is known to you and leads to undeserved confidence.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

There's a problem with this idea of intuitive. "using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive."

I'm curious about how a computer is supposed to be intuitive.

With a certain level of knowledge, one is able to proceed. Why do you think the "Start Menu" was labeled as such?

I fear we've run head-long into this case where we expect our tools to do the work for us rather than allowing us to work more efficiently.

Isn't that what any tech does, the brunt of the "work" for us? You could cut grass by hand or even yank it up, or you could use a sickle. I too am troubled when we try to completely remove the human operator however in many things, from driving to farming. Efficiency is subjective to your measurements. One man may be able to reap and sow an entire farm, but is it making people healthier?

I'm seeing 'simplified' interfaces slapped onto complex machines that end up overlooking the details. I'm seeing this idea that the tool needs to to the job, that the user need not understand how the job is done. That is not a good thing.

Some details should be overlooked and just get in the way, sometimes they need to be hidden from view, but readily accessible. Perhaps the concept is more important than actually knowing how to do the job from scratch, depending on the application. It bothers me that so many people have a driver's license, and yet don't have a clue there are many small explosions that happen rapidly, or any other number of parts. That doesn't mean I think they should be able to rebuild an engine.

Computers don't have the potential to change the world, they already have. Unfortunately, as a direct result of how deeply they've changed the world, we no longer feel it necessary to actually learn what we're doing.

We just want the computer to do it for us.

And computers continue to change the world. I don't blame computers for us (and certainly not a direct result) feeling it necessary to understand what we're doing. That blame lies more with our education system. Don't forget, computer's do what they're told/programmed to do.

As far as education, we don't learn concepts as much as we often are taught to memorize steps to complete an action. A monkey can do that, that doesn't mean he can fully appreciate what he's done, and use creativity when needed to adapt to a different situation utilizing said experience and knowledge.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

That certainly helped tip the balance, but if no one liked it for whatever reason, they wouldn't use it. Can't we be honest about this? When we do, then we can finally say, "Ok, how do we beat them at their own game?"

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

As a Gnome user, I wish it was a little more like KDE, and so I reckon I'll add my two cents. In the case that I'm heard, they've then possibly picked up another user(s). Since you're paying attention, I'd hope you'd make an intelligent point where appropriate and help them out. But you're right, it's quite likely you need to sit just where you are at. You'll know.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

Never have, never will. Having said that, I'd like to add, we have to smart and use our talents, not be stupid and trudge along. Hacker and engineers adapt, which requires study.

Microsoft DOES do some things right. Much of they they do is just cheap decisions, that further their monopolistic goals. If all we do is hate, and don't appreciate our enemies, then we are doomed to be at their mercy. Maybe FOSS/Libre needs a marketing department?

I actually loath much of what MS stands for. I am a hardcore FOSS/Libre advocate, and use Trisquel as my OS. I'm just sick and tired of the stupidity and being limited because of such. Does this answer your question Zontar?

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

No. Just no. That is flat out incorrect. Windows got a lock on the desktop because you bought it with every computer whether you used it or not, and joe blow secretary or the old-school executive did not *PREFER* it to other options, s/he did not typically understand there was any alternative. And because MS has always been willing to use their position today to acquire or destroy any company that might get in their way tomorrow, of course.

Look, I don't like Microsoft's tactics, but people liked Windows for whatever reason, or they wouldn't have used it, whether there was a viable alternative or not. Many end users do not like the flawed details of many *nix alternatives.

Arent you glad that the system *allows* you to do this manually, instead of insisting on hiding all the details and just giving you an unchangeable 'view' that enables only the most commonly used options rather than confuse you?

I haven't used KDE in forever. Taking your word for it, if it is customizable easily, that is a plus. Having a standard ("unchangeable view" you might say) is also a plus. Balance is the key. Unless of course, all you want is geeks and nerds who want to be able to say, "I don't only use the terminal!"

In short, make it easy, while allowing those experienced to dig further in, or you limit your user-base, adoption, and overall contribution to everything (including KDE) in FOSS/Libre land

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Of course they can't seem to get anything done, because the IT guy has their computer down.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Why not get real smart, and use both, when most appropriate? (Not sure exactly what you are referring to..) Icons can be great, if you have any idea what they represent. Hierarchies are great, if they are organized and labeled well.

I remember the first time I checked out Compiz again. It didn't have too many effects the first time, so the menu wasn't that bad, but the second go round, man was there a lot of stuff to wade through. You had the basic top menu of icons, and then you clicked through and you had a sea of everything. Was really hard to find what you were looking for, even though it was categorized, just due to the size and amount of scrolling to get to something. I always felt that could have been done much better. It wasn't a priority obviously, and I think that was a shame and hampered it.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

MSWind became dominant because the people who made the purchasing decisions trusted IBM. Not because people who used the computers liked it. Most of them didn't. Now most of them do, because they've become habituated, and the thought of putting in that much effort again terrifies them.

Sure they liked it, I remember using Windows on DOS, and thought, this is cool! (I was too young and stupid to realize it was not cool to be that lazy...) People like their habits... if they didn't, they would quit, like you did Apple. We generally don't do anything that we absolutely don't like. I might not "like" my vegetables, but I like eating them if it means I get to go outside and play.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

That is what this article is speaking on, to an extent.

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Perhaps it is rooted in system admin's job security fears?

I see this kind of idea floated in various situations, and it always seems bizarre to me. As someone who has worked in quite a few IT roles in quite a few different companies, I don't think I've ever run into a sysadmin who was making things more difficult for the sake of job security.

I knew one, he didn't have enough to do obviously. He preferred to be lazy and spend his resources coming up with excuses on why things couldn't be done, instead of learning something new. That is what he was best at, and why after I left he was finally replaced for his ineptness. As the sole IT person on site, he would often change things, only to change them back. But he was needed "a lot" by the "pretty ladies" when those changes were made. There was a lot of things wrong with him.

I once tried to show him that having the favorites toolbar in I.E. with a folder for every client and links to all their important information, such as policy and procedures, memo's etc would limit calls to supervisors and others, making things work more smoothly, including for him. Anytime an agent in the out-sourcing call center would have to reach out, there was that more likely of a technical issue popping up. Sometimes it was just jealousy that he didn't come up with it, I think. He'd try to BS me, but I knew better, and he'd have "an emergency" he'd need to attend to come up.

So either way it's work, and it'll require someone with expertise. And no matter what, it's not going to quite work properly. We're usually just looking for the path of least resistance.

Least resistance to what? THAT is the question.

about a month ago
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Once Vehicles Are Connected To the Internet of Things, Who Guards Your Privacy?

Aldenissin Re:Fight the cartel! (130 comments)

People will need to rip these out and bypass them like seat belt alarms. But then that will be illegal of course. So, have them only transmit when in range of the cop (who will see you anyway). But then they will put a "cop receiver" on every corner. I just don't see how this will not been seen as violating expectation of privacy with any honest judges. Oh wait...

about a month ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Aldenissin Re:Poison Ivy (36 comments)

While I like the way you think, I have to agree that it would probably better serve as a chemical weapon. Although, I suppose one could try to engineer it to grow "faster" and in more environments, but as it is a plant, it just grows too slow and under too-specific conditions to do much more real damage than it already does. It'd mostly serve as a distraction and harasser, which isn't to say it wouldn't have value. It does have many more disadvantages though, like that many are not allergic to it.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:Drones are just a distraction (166 comments)

We must learn from the enemy, but we must not become the enemy. What about instead, "honest" websites start collecting what information they can do so legally, and then asking people if they can do what they wish with it, including forwarding it to their mothers. Maybe even ask for their Google/facebook account login (sneakily as the unethical do, teaching them in the process how this happens), and then asking, "Is so and so your mother/wife and would you like to forward this to them?"

We must get creative. The "media" aren't going to spin this into the public's favor, too much money involved.

about a month ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Aldenissin Re:enh (166 comments)

Street view stays on the roads... generally. Drones can go to the second story where someone's open window is *while they're naked.

Oops..

What the hell kind of system rips your clothes off when the window opens?

Well funded, blackhat pornographers?

about a month ago
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The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

Aldenissin Re:It's already been decided.... (120 comments)

In the US it will be a conditional issue and corporate lawyers/lobbyists will win. People won't speak in public for fear for the adverts they might trigger.

I doubt they will "win" like you suppose, They are to smart for that. Perhaps they should, and people may start to push back...

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Aldenissin Re:WTF? (184 comments)

"Simplified" doesn't mean user friendly and feature rich, bringing end users successfully with the features that KDE provides, you trolling coward. It's the selfish gits like you that expect others to go out and sift through 800 versions, but not you, is what is wrong with modern computing.

And you don't know what caters to me. But I would like to use and support something that is easy for everyone.

about a month ago

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TRISQUEL 5.0 RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "In what we can now call it a tradition, we celebrate the Software Freedom Day by publishing our latest release: Trisquel GNU/Linux 5.0 STS, codename Dagda.

Today we publish both the standard GNOME based, and the lightweight, LXDE based Trisquel Mini editions. Current Trisquel 4.5 users can upgrade using the update-manager application, without the need for reinstallation. Advanced installations -server, RAID/LVM, encrypted, etc- can be done using the netinstall images. Two more editions, one based on KDE and other using the educational environment Sugar are on the way. The standard edition includes, among many others, the following packages:, Linux-libre 2.6.38, GNOME 2.6.32, LibreOffice 3.3.3, Abrowser (our unbranded Mozilla based web browser) 6.0.2.

We would like to thank the FSF, and their campaigns intern Jonathan Nadeau for helping us improve this releases' accessibility support. Among other changes, our international DVD boots now with a screen reader on by default, allowing blind users to run or even install the system without assistance. This change will also be applied to the system loaded in the FSF membership cards.
Download it now, and spread it around!
And remember, you can help this project continue by donating, buying a gift in our stores, or by becoming a supporting associate member."

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Are We Mistakingly Praising Ability Over Effort?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes ""You learned that so quickly, you're so smart!"; "Look at that drawing. Are you the next Picasso or what?"; "You're so brilliant — you passed that exam without really studying!"

They come across as precisely the kind of confidence-boosting statements that should be given to children or, indeed, anyone else. Such phrases are used in homes and classrooms every day, particularly with exams looming. But are they benign? Or could they unlock the reason why so many children are failing at school and elsewhere?

To find out we need to take a quick detour into the science of expertise, and ask a question. Where does excellence come from? For a long time, it was thought the answer to this hinged, to a large degree, on genetic inheritance. Or, to put it another way, it is all about talent. It turns out that this is mistaken. Dozens of studies have found that top performers — whether in maths, music or whatever — learn no faster than those who reach lower levels of attainment — hour after hour, they improve at almost identical rates. The difference is simply that high achievers practice for more hours."
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Next-gen Low Latency Open Codec Beats HE-AAC

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "From the Xiph.org developers, Opus is a non-patent encumbered codec designed for interactive usages, such as VoIP, telepresence, and remote jamming, that require very low latency. When they started working on Opus (then known as CELT), they used the slogan "Why can't your telephone sound as good as your stereo?", and they weren't kidding. Now, test results demonstrate that Opus's performance against HE-AAC, one of the strongest (but highest-latency) codecs at this bitrate, bests the quality of two of the most popular and respected encoders for the format, on the majority of individual audio samples receiving a higher average score overall.

Hydrogenaudio conducted a 64kbit/sec multiformat listening test including Opus, aoTuV Vorbis, two HE-AAC encoders, and a 48kbit/sec AAC-LC low anchor. Comparing 30 diverse samples using the highly sensitive ABC/HR methodology, Opus is running with 22.5ms of total latency but the codec can go as low as 5ms."

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100% Libre, Trisquel 4.5 STS "Slaine" Released

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Trisquel 4.5 Slaine comes with a new boot manager for the live images, an improved installer which showcases the project highlights, and new programs like the Remmina remote desktop client, the social network client Gwibber or the backup tool Deja-dup. The web browser received several changes to improve attibutes like speed by enabling http pipelining and other methods, privacy with blocking third party cookies and moving to Duck Duck Go search engine — both as default, and usability with the preinstalled FlashVideoReplacer plugin that allows watching videos from YouTube, Vimeo and many others. The main packages include: Linux-libre 2.6.35, Xorg 7.5, GNOME 2.32, Mozilla based web browser 3.6.15 and OpenOffice.org 3.2.

Slaine is based on Ubuntu 10.10, and as always with Trisquel, it contains just free software. Available are 32 and 64 bit flavors, and being an STS release it will be supported for a year. This release will be the "live" operating system included in the Free Software Foundation member cards from now on, in replacement of Trisquel 4.0."

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Drug Dogs False Alert Over 200 Times In Study

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "The accuracy of drug- and explosives-sniffing dogs is affected by human handlers' beliefs, possibly in response to subtle, unintentional cues, UC Davis researchers have found.

    The study, published in the January issue of the journal Animal Cognition, found that detection-dog teams erroneously "alerted," or identified a scent, when there was no scent present more than 200 times, particularly when the handler believed that there was scent present.

In other words, at best, dogs are responding to the subtle non-verbal cues of their masters to find drugs or explosives where the human thinks there should be drugs or explosives. The cop suspects you have pot so his body language makes the dog alert. At worst, the cop is purposefully cuing his dog to alert when he wants a handy excuse to violate your 4th Amendment rights."

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Facebook Billionaire Gives Money to Legalize Pot

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  about 4 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Dustin Moskovitz confirmed that he has recently given (an additional) $50,000 in support of Proposition 19, which is seeking to legalize marijuana in California this November. He had previously donated $20,000 to supporters of the act, which would allow people 21 years old or older to possess, cultivate or transport cannabis for personal use and would permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial production and sale of the substance. Asked for a comment as to why he’s backing the legalization of marijuana, Moskovitz just sent this statement:

“More than any other initiative out there, Prop 19 will stabilize our national security and bolster our state economy. It will alleviate unnecessary overcrowding of non-violent offenders in our state jails, which in turn will help California residents.”

An irony here is about a month ago Facebook refused to take FireDogLake’s ‘Just Say Now’ pro-cannabis law reform ads"
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T-Mobile Censors WeedMaps' Commerce.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  about 4 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "With over 90 million Americans living in the states with medical cannabis laws a cool application like Weed Strain Exchange is getting short-sighted and imprudent blow back from one of the country's biggest Telecom providers, T-Mobile, who has decided it is going to censor WeedMaps' commerce and is blocking their short code from showing up on T-Mobile devices.

The matter of a major cell phone provider blocking lawful information about lawful commerce is now in the federal courts where a number of public interest groups (notably Public Knowledge) are supporting WeedMap's efforts not to be discriminated against by T-Mobile by establishing federal laws that treat text messaging (and other short codes) with the same privacy protections as all of our phone conversations enjoy (which can't be interfered with unless a judge signs a warrant).

  (I for one hate pretty much any form of censorship, as information needs to be free. If this website can be censored, what will be next?)"
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The meaning of open, for Google.

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Aldenissin (976329) writes "Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Product Management for Google, starts his blog post "The meaning of open" with:

"Last week I sent an email to Googlers about the meaning of "open" as it relates to the Internet, Google, and our users. In the spirit of openness, I thought it would be appropriate to share these thoughts with those outside of Google as well.

At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. Many companies will claim roughly the same thing since they know that declaring themselves to be open is both good for their brand and completely without risk. After all, in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means. It is a Rashomon-like term: highly subjective and vitally important."

  Will Google's definition of open influence others who make the claim of openness and even those who do not?"
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How do next generations eponentially impact us?

Aldenissin Aldenissin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Aldenissin writes "How would the world be different if software companies decided to support and maintain actively used (and viable, not hopelessly insecure) software, instead of forcing an upgrade to something non-backwards compatible? Some that come to mind are Microsoft and possibly anti-virus vendors. Would the same theories apply to all companies, like for example auto-makers? Imagine if you could buy virtually the same car brand new you have now in 3-4 years, and/or be able to upgrade an older model to the same specifications. What would be the efficiency factor, if any?

If companies were shown hidden (existing?) incentives that allowed for a more "natural" capitalistic market, where would human civilization be now? Vista has obviously shaped the path of companies plans for software and hardware upgrades. Is it possible to estimate the time and resources, from end user, to IT, on up to CEOs that it costs everyone (even those that deal with you that hold back) for something like moving to Windows Vista? Even better, is it possible to calculate a total cost benefit ratio?

Could we as consumers begin to influence if company "x" is selling us "exponential value" and not just manufacturing externalized costs that we all will pay for in an effort to increase their sales? I understand that at the basics bigger sales=bigger economy, but does bigger economy=stronger economy? How have any failures of Vista literally affected our economy?"

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