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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Phil Urich Re: Fundamentals of AGW (282 comments)

Edison wasn't really a scientist, he was more just a cutthroat businessman who jumped in at the tail end of the right discoveries.

about two weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Phil Urich Hear hear! The view out a plane window is unique (286 comments)

There's no other time and place I get to look down on cities from above, soaring past, or gaze out at a landscape composed of clouds. I wouldn't want to give that up. I can sit around with my laptop or smartphone or e-reader anytime; I can only see such a view during a plane flight, and I wouldn't want to give that up. If airlines started introducing such planes, i'd go rather far out of my way to avoid them.

about a month ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

Phil Urich Re:I don't read it (71 comments)

Yup, their policies are considered left-wing, and entirely divorced from the hero-worship of the names, so much so that if you rattled off their policies you'd probably get the retort "well that kind of Anti-American nonsense wouldn't have flown back with Nixon or Reagan!"

about a month ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

Phil Urich Re:Gabe Newell is perhaps the biggest driver of th (77 comments)

Linux has had 20 years to prove itself, clearly it is not the right solution, or it would have made some traction at this point...

Yes . . . and it has. Hell, even demonstrated by the article in question here, or does "a big enough audience to justify day-one releases of AAA games" not count somehow?

about 1 month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich Re: Why (529 comments)

The best part is, one of the few things we *could* do better is keeping track of guns like that which was used in this incident, but the present administration not only discontinued the long gun registry, but ordered all the records destroyed. Last I had heard, that was being fought in court; it'd be interesting to see if those records still exist and have bearing on this case.

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich Re: Why (529 comments)

You deserve all the positive moderation (and maybe a seat as an MP, since I have a sad feeling we'll desperately need rational and moderate voices very soon).

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich 9/11 changed everything (529 comments)

You're right, the definition didn't change in 2003...it changed in 2001, because 9/11 changed everything, haven't you heard?

about a month ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich GNOME OS (993 comments)

He's long talked of "GNOME OS", and the kernel as a mere "implementation detail". So honestly, you might not be far off.

about a month and a half ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich Kindof suspicious timing (993 comments)

I'm sure it's a coincidence, but I still can't shake the timing of Lennart's rant. Right when Linus goes incommunicado for traveling, eh? Hmm.

about a month and a half ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich Great for laptops, shit for servers (993 comments)

Indeed, like much of what the Red Hat / GNOME camp have created (NetworkManager being a perfect example), it's great technology for personal laptops and absolutely shit technology for servers.

about a month and a half ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Phil Urich Or howabout IMAP? (74 comments)

Surely just using a non-web client would solve this too, no?

about a month and a half ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Phil Urich I actually really like my smartwatch (181 comments)

I have a Pebble Steel, and it lets me choose between a lot of cool looking watchfaces (or write my own fairly easily, although I've lazily failed to get around to that), shows me the current weather on my wrist if I want rather than having to launch an app on my phone, and being e-ink it works perfectly fine in the brightest of sunlight.

Now, convincing me that an LCD touchscreen watch makes any sort of sense, that's another story. The Pebble is, generally, just everything a normal watch is with a little bit of extra on top. Anything that sacrifices outdoor legibility or battery life, however? Yeah, that's just companies desperately hunting around for the next big boom market because our insane society has decided that profits must always increase, and stability is somehow death.

about 3 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Phil Urich Re:Gamer Masochism vs Self Interest (86 comments)

Dammit, I thought that was included in the season pass.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Phil Urich There was a brief, shining moment... (259 comments)

Alas, electronics have not yet advanced to the point where it is reasonable to have one phone with support for all combinations of bands and technologies.

Right before LTE started rolling out, and before Nokia was forced to adopt chipsets approved for Windows Phone rather than using their own, the high-end Nokia devices developed had pentaband 3G and quadband 2G, which covered nearly everything (sure, some rural places in very few countries were CDMA, but this was already rare). It seemed then like other manufacturers might catch up. Unfortunately, with LTE we've re-fragmented, and manufacturers have used it as an excuse to go back to selling different models for different markets/carriers.

about 6 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Re:One question (94 comments)

See https://community.kde.org/KDE/High-dpi_issues. In fairness, most (in fact, the overwhelming majority) of elements within KDE are resolution independent (hell, KDE has been using SVG icons since well before the KDE4 days), and basically every element can be changed and tweaked as desired, it's just that it takes a shit ton of annoying manual tweaking.

You're right though, it Isn't There Yet (tm). But it is in fact a focus of much of the development; this is generally on the minds of KDE devs, and is being worked towards for Plasma Next, as well as for specific applications; for example, the Yakuake developer is changing the theming engine specifically with resolution-independence and high-DPI screens in mind. So upcoming versions of KDE will be, at very least, closer to supporting high DPI and resolution independence, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if a version or two into Frameworks 5 we get a nice centralized control for scaling the UI.

about 6 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Notifications have improved greatly recently (94 comments)

I'm using Kubuntu and have seen the notifications look+feel improve greatly lately, and have never seen the issues you describe. So, not to jump on the "you're using the wrong distro" bandwagon (which is probably used as an excuse more than it deserves to be, and often deflects from real issues), but . . . yeah, I'm going to say you should try another distro and see if there's a difference for you.

about 6 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Re:It doesn't look that different (94 comments)

But will I ever get Kasbar back?

A lot of the features of Kasbar are built in to the default or alternative taskbars; considering how easy QML is to work with, you might even want to look at hacking away at it yourself.

Personally I'm 100% satisfied with the options currently available, and all the quintessentially awesome KDE stuff I missed during the initial port---Filelight, Yakuake, etc---all made it back in by around 4.4. I honestly never used Kasbar much myself, so I only have dim recollections of it alongside basic descriptions on old websites, but again, people have done some crazy things with Plasma and it's getting easier as things shift towards QML (you can already code mode things in QML in Plasma-Current, AFAIK, but the Plasma-Next development has made this all easier and they've run into the edge cases and lack of features that they've then had to implement to shift towards pure QML themselves, so there should be fewer 'gotchas').

about 6 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

Phil Urich Umm, accepting only similar folks != no prejudice (283 comments)

More over it takes time to assimilate. At first you feel like an outsider, but having lived in Japan for a while I'd say I'm not pretty well integrated. It's hard to explain but now I think and act that way I find foreigners stick out like a sore thumb as well. They often talk too loudly, or just position themselves awkwardly or ask un-subtle questions. Once you settle in though somehow Japanese people can just tell (and now so can I), and treat you without prejudice.

But . . . isn't that the entire problem, that they're prejudiced against anyone who doesn't talk and act exactly "correctly"? I think pretty much by definition people aren't prejudiced against people who are like themselves. Once you adopt every social convention and mannerism they no longer act so xenophobic towards you? That's not something to boast about, and you aren't really convincing anyone that the Japanese are tolerant of differences if it takes skillful, concerted effort in concealing and obliterating those differences before they're tolerant of you.

Personally I find the idea of everyone having to adopt specific thoughts and actions lest they be judged to be horrifying (and the same reason I often feel quite uncomfortable in small towns in North America). And one of the things I will definitely judge a culture for is its intolerance of differences (see, again, small town North America).

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Phil Urich Bought one for $5 the other day (702 comments)

Obviously a hell of a lot harder to dial, but sounds great (both in terms of call quality, and that brilliant mechanical bell ring).

about 7 months ago

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On the subject of Freaks

Phil Urich Phil Urich writes  |  about 9 years ago I was just reading the comments, lurking as per usual on Slashdot, when I noticed someone's sig (more specifically here. "I have gotten my first slashdot freak. My life is now complete." Hmm, I thought, I wonder if I have any? I checked, and yup, I've got one myself. On a complete whim, I proclaim a "I have a freak club", consisting of anyone wanting to join that has apparently been listed by someone else as a foe. Come one, come all!

I figure a good indication that a person saying something that could be worth saying is if people are outwardly objecting to them; if everyone agrees, what's the point in saying it, right?

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