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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Jerry Re:KMail's not that bad (184 comments)

I've been using KDE since the 1.0 beta was released with the SuSE 5.3 distro in September of 1998.
I've been using KMail since I left Thunderbird about 10 years ago.
I am currently running the latest version on Kubuntu 14.04 fully updated, with filters, encryption, etc...
It has been and is running fine.

about 4 months ago

KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Jerry Opening an old can of worms? (184 comments)

Remember when KDE4 was released?

The developers opened it up to any and all suggestions and because of the power and rapid ease of development using the Qt API they went through a whole series of experiments interfaces and appliations. One volunteer, who was in grad school at the time, offered a web page to explain the new apps and features. He was crucified by those who abhorred change. Their attacks got personal. Some of the attacks were drive-by shootings by people masquerading as KDE users. He quit in disgust and devoted that time he used to his wife and graduate studies.

I suspect that the same thing will happen with this venture. My recommendation is to continue to polish the KDE UI and remove conflicting dialogs, fix the things that don't work properly, or don't work. Like this problems mentioned in this YouTube video: http://youtu.be/N7-fZJaJUv8

Above all DO NOT hide the current power and flexibility of KDE, i.e., "dumb it down", under a plethora of "useful" or "helpful" buttons, menus or dialogs. Windows does that. So does Unity. If I wanted that kind of interface I can use one of them. We saw what happened to GNOME2 when it was dumbed down to make it "easier to use". Is it possible to make a GUI "idiot proof"? Idiots are extremely ingenious, but simple interfaces are, well, simple. As in not powerful.

KDE dev team: IF you insist on shooting yourself in the foot with this scheme would you make it so that the user, during the installation process, could select the type of interface the users wants, say a mutually exclusive check box offering either the "Experienced User GUI" or "Novice Use Interfacer"? Either that, or make it easy for distro developers to select the kind of user GUI that want to default to and make the alternate option a Muon choice.

about 4 months ago

Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice In Antarctica

Jerry Re:OMG! It wasn't puzzling (236 comments)

When a theory cannot be falsified because ad hoc adjustments explain every discrepency, it has become a belief.

about a year ago

The Data Crunchers Who Helped Win The Election

Jerry Is the secret ballot a myth? (208 comments)

"and voting records"???

Aside from party affiliation from registration records, which says nothing about whom the voter actually voted for in the Nov election, just HOW did the DNC get a hold of individual voting records?

Is the secret ballot a myth?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Place To Relocate?

Jerry Re:US (999 comments)

The question is, where is the best state to live in the US when the break up occurs.

It's obvious. The state with the greatest amount of natural resources: oil, metals, wood, rich soil, wildlife, and a low population.
Southern Alaska, close to the Pacific Ocean.
That it has a large supply of military weapons, including nukes, is a side benefit. It's big enough to be a nation on its own, and enough power to ward off potential invaders.

more than 2 years ago

US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed

Jerry Power and Arrogance -- a poisonous combo (530 comments)

ALL the branches of the US government have become corrupt outlaws who have no clue as to what the Bill of Rights means. It's behavior for the last 8 years is a dictionary example of "power corrupts", made worse by the insufferable arrogance they display.

more than 2 years ago

Cyanide-Producing GM Grass Linked To Texas Cattle Deaths

Jerry Grasses producing cyanide is not new or unknown. (305 comments)

Tifton 85 was bred using PI290884, from South Africa, and Tifton 68, which is a cross between PI255450, from Kiboko, Kenya, and PI293606, from Nairobi, Kenya.

See Fact Sheet - Cynodon Dactylon

Some varieties have the potential to produce high levels of prussic or hydrocyanic acid (HCN), especially when high levels of nitrogen are applied. However, instances of prussic acid poisoning in cattle grazing C. dactylon are rare. Although levels of total oxalate of >1% of the DM have been recorded, there is no experience of detrimental effects on grazing cattle. Frosted C. dactylon can cause photosensitization.

What happened at ELGIN, Texas, is just an example of a RARE event. That the field in question has been in production for 15 years, and no other sites using Tifton 85 have reported animal deaths from cyanide, proves how rare the event is.

Tifton 85 has nothing to do with the laboratory manipulation of DNA (Genes).

more than 2 years ago

NRC Chairman Resigns

Jerry Re:Next (100 comments)

Not any stranger than Westinghouse claiming that a non-existent reactor is the safest ever made. IF you had read the PDF you would have noticed that what was being pointed out was that the AP1000 reactor core has only a single wall of isolation from the environment, whereas previously built reactors had two. Yet, despite having two walls, past records show that the NRC was ignoring leakages and failures in other two-walled reactors in order to fast track approval for the AP1000. IF the documented leaks in two walls prove they lack sufficient safety it gives cause for concern about the safety of only one wall.

more than 2 years ago

NRC Chairman Resigns

Jerry Re:Next (100 comments)

He's never offered one genuine, unqualified note of concession about any of it. Everyone else is wrong. "I believe strongly in safety" is as close as he's ever gotten to an explanation. Turning the NRC board of commissioners into a snake pit is somehow supposed to promote safety. ...
  and he oversaw the certification of the AP1000 reactor.

Believes in "safety", eh? He should read this.

more than 2 years ago

SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Tenenbaum Appeal

Jerry Re:The Supremely Stupid Court (420 comments)

You can understand now how all those "Trips for judges" paid off for the RIAA and other corporate slim.

It's an old report, and things have gotten MUCH worse, but from the 2000 report on the Tripsforjudges website:
"The framers and attenders to our judicial system have taken many steps to help foster the notion of the integrity of its judges. Some relate to smoke and mirrors --the high bench, the black robe, the "all rise" custom when the judge enters the room. Some, like life tenure for federal judges, the codes of conduct promulgated for all judges, are intended to create the climate for integrity.

All of those steps become meaningless when private interests are allowed to wine and dine judges at fancy resorts under the pretext of "educating" them about complicated issues. If an actual party to a case took the judge to a resort, all expenses paid, shortly before the case was heard, it would not matter what they talked about. Even if all they discussed were their prostate problems, the judge and the party would be perceived to be acting improperly. The conduct is no less reprehensible when an interest group substitutes for the party to the case, and the format for discussion is seminars on environmental policy, or law and economics, or the "takings clause" of the Constitution."

Greed and corruption by our elected officials are destroying the infrastructure and liberties of this country. When the votes of millions can be negated by a "campaign donation" of millions voting because useless. The John Edwards court case illustrates the kinds of folks who are running for office these days, and the corporate donations are making it impossible for any without corporate funding to get elected.

All three branches of our system are corrupted and broken, and thus the "checks and balances" are broken as well. Both political parties are cesspools of greed. It is essentially impossible for a citizen to redress grievances, and those using civil disobedience to do so have a Socialist agenda as their goal, not the restoration of Constitutional principles, and all that really needs to be done is to shut down corporate (private or public, or 5013c) influence in politics.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Physicists Achieve Quantum Teleportation Over 60 Miles

Jerry Re:That's nothing (216 comments)

The Chinese didn't do that, our Congress did when they passed NAFTA then opened the boarders so any remaining jobs could be farmed out to undocumented aliens willing to work for nothing and with no benefits. Either Congress did it deliberately to destroy the economic base of this country, or they were too stupid to realize what NAFTA would do to our economy. I believe it was the former.

more than 2 years ago

Report Finds Google Supervisors Knew About Wi-Fi Data Harvesting

Jerry The NYT didn't read the Fed report either... (197 comments)

They spent a year and tens of thousands of dollars "investigating" Google and couldn't find any violations of the law, so the make a bogus claim that Google "didn't cooperate". Why should Google? What the Feds wanted was for Google to unilaterally admit to some crime.

Those who claim Google was "stealing data" have no clue as to how wifi's work and what it takes to collect data with a "Street View" van. Mostly they are victims of Apple's and Microsoft's anti-Google FUD campaign, since they both collect the same kinds of data.

Most wifis have a radius range of about 300 feet. Traveling at 25mph a van can pass through 600 feet in about 16 seconds. It takes several minutes to crack a WEP and even more for a WPA encrypted connection. The van won't have enough time to crack into secured access points. That leaves OPEN access points. How many packets could a van collect in 16 seconds for an 11Mb/S connection? About 10,600. A typical 1500 byte packet has a maximum of 842 bytes of payload, which would total to about 9 MB of data. That "data" will be HTML code, web page elements, LOTS of graphics and tons of trivia. It *might" contain pieces of someone's email. All from Joe and Sally Sixpack who don't have enough sense to, in affect, close their blinds when they undress for bed at night, or shout all of their telephone conversations, or leave their cars and houses unlocked and the windows down or open. So, what are folks to do when they pass by, plug their ears and close their eyes for 600 feet?

Besides, ESSIDs can and often do change without notice, so they mean nothing. MAC addresses would identify hardware and Google could connect a MAC to an IP address, but gathering that information is not illegal. Besides, names, telephone numbers and house addresses have been linked together in phone books for a100 years. I can record your license plate number and look up your name and address in our state auto registration database after paying a registration fee of $50. Ditto for your house records: year it was built, how many times it was sold and for how much, the amount of taxes you payed and what is due, even a floor plan.

IF you don't want someone eaves dropping in on your wifi traffic then use WPA and/or encrypt your email and connect only with https websites.

more than 2 years ago

Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act

Jerry Re:Let this be a message to the unpatriotic (338 comments)

I see your Poe and Godwin and raise you Alinsky's 5th rule -- attack through humorous ridicule. As Saul said, it is almost impossible to counter with facts because the truth usually isn't as simple as a lie.

Take the ridicule against Palin. In an interview she said "There are places in Alaska from which one can see Russia." A TRUE statement. The Left "quoted" her as saying "I can see Russia from my house."., Being good researchers, some on the Left consulted maps and noticed that one can not see Russia from Palin's house. So the mockery began and was repeated endlessly and recycled in the forums and blogs on the Left. Repeat a lie often enough, Right or Left, and the faithful believe it as fact, even to the point of self-righteousness, quoting the lie as proof of their intelligence. It really gets interesting when psychological terms are thrown at "unbelievers". Terms like "denier", etc...

more than 2 years ago

The Supreme Court To Rule On Monsanto Seed Patents

Jerry Evil (372 comments)

Monsanto is the classic poster child of an evil corporation.

If the wind, blowing pollen from a Monsanto field causes the crop of an independent farmer to be pollinated by Monsanto's pollen, and the farmer is found guilty of theft, then why isn't Monsanto guilty of trespass for not confining its pollen? If a Monsanto bull left its property and fertilized the cow of another farmer then Monsanto would the court then rule the farmer guilty of theft of sperm?

Corporations have bought off all three branches of our government, which is now nothing more than a Cabal.

more than 2 years ago

Flying Car Makes Successful Maiden Flight

Jerry One half the range of a Cessna 152 (249 comments)

but all the other specs are about the same: Cessna 152 specs.

A 152 can take off in 500' and land in 100'. It's Vne is 110mph and it burns fuel at about the same rate.

As a driver or passenger in this Pal-V I would not want to be in a auto collision. They don't seem to offer much protection against hitting or being hit by other cars, and being as narrow and tall as it is I suspect that it would be vulnerable to tipping over due to later wind gusts.

I used a private pilot license as part of my consulting work. It is IMPERATIVE that one makes one hour of preparation for each hour of flight, in order to identify the height of every object along the intended flight path and all secondary paths, where the emergency landing airfields or other places are, and to compute flight envelope conditions as fuel weights change with distance for a given load. The pilot also has to determine the possible weather along his intended flight path as well. The FAA isn't very tolerant toward folks who get trapped into flying into sucker holes.

To not make these plans is to commit suicide. A pilot just doesn't hop into his plane and take off. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are NO old, bold pilots.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

Jerry Re:The Most Secure Mobile OS (291 comments)

The greatest contribution to Win7's security is their obscurity. Win7phone has less than 2% market share, and falling. Microsoft used to own 15% of the mobile phone market share. To fall to 2% means that even their former customers are leaving their products for what they perceive as better ones.

One of the biggist dismissals Windows fans used on Linux was to say that there weren't many threats to Linux because not many used it. That logic can apply to Win7Phone as well.

more than 2 years ago


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