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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Purity Of Essence Re:Windows (611 comments)

I've never liked that setting. It doesn't really make anything any easier for me and just slows down the Start menu (at least with earlier version of Windows). It also doesn't change that fact that so many things have been pointlessly renamed, muddled together, and hidden away. It takes 3 or so extra clicks to get to the settings of a network device. Why can't I just right-click the system bar icon of an active network and select properties?

about 4 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Purity Of Essence Re:Windows (611 comments)

More or less the same, though 98 is better than 95 and NT4 is better than both.

I preferred 2000 over XP but accepted XP once I configured it to be more like 2000. With time I considered XP to be marginally superior.

I strongly resisted 7 over XP but accepted 7 once I configured it to be more like XP (thanks in large part to Classic Shell). With these changes I consider it markedly superior to XP but remain annoyed by some changes to infrequently used tasks such as the navigating the control panel. In most ways it is more user friendly and capable and much less glitchy.

Excepting missteps like ME and Vista, Windows has generally improved with each iteration. I'm not so hopeful if it comes to using 8 but admit I don't know much about it.

about 5 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Purity Of Essence Re:How can you trademark a color? (653 comments)

It's called "trade dress" and it isn't uncommon. Seven Towns claims ownership of its Rubik's Cube color scheme for example. Recently Apple successfully sued Samsung on trade dress grounds for the visual similarity of their products. It's look-and-feel infringement. If the claimant has a powerful enough brand and can show enough similarities, they can easily prevent competitors from diluting their trademark with a trade dress infringement argument.

about 7 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

Purity Of Essence Re:Lenz v. UMG (268 comments)

That confirms that the claimant should act in good faith, believing the material to be infringing. The court merely found that counter-claims of notices believed to have been sent in bad faith cannot simply be dismissed.

DMCA 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)(v):

(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

The perjury clause is specific to only a portion of the next subsection (emphasis added).

DMCA 17 U.S.C. 512(c)(3)(A)(vi):

(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

about 8 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

Purity Of Essence Re:Stop using Youtube (268 comments)

If you can find such precedent, I would very much like to see it. Thanks.

about 8 months ago

YouTube Threatens To Remove Scientist's Account Over AIDS Deniers' DMCA Claims

Purity Of Essence Re:Stop using Youtube (268 comments)

Automated perjury with no repercussions? Please.

If he has good reason to honestly believe that his rights were violated, it wasn't even perjury.

The perjury clause only applies when the claimant is not the owner of the original content or a legal representative for them. Whether or not the new content infringes -- in belief or in fact -- has no bearing on the matter. There is no penalty for flagging any and all content, no matter how clear its fair-use.

about 8 months ago

How loud is your primary computer?

Purity Of Essence So loud (371 comments)

Seven hard drives, eight fans, basically fucked.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting an Uncooperative Website To Delete One's Account?

Purity Of Essence Re:Do what you can (171 comments)

It doesn't imply anything. It's very clear.

From Nextdoor Member Agreement:

Content. You retain all ownership rights to the text, photos, video and other content you submit to (collectively, your “Content”). We can publish your Content in your neighborhood website or to nearby neighborhoods as described in our privacy policy.

From Nextdoor Privacy Policy:

In some cases, we may limit your ability to edit or remove Content from

about 10 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

Purity Of Essence Re: meeses (361 comments)

I liked my Logitech Performance Mouse MX a lot and the original Logitech MX Revolution was perfect. Before those I swore by the Wireless Wheelman series that is more or less their spiritual progenitor.

The problem? The first mouse lasted 5 years, the next 3 years, the next 18 months, the next 1 year, the next couple six months. The failure point of all of those were the switches (and the charging in one case). I wrote a utility to track click errors and calculated that they wasted about 8 hours of my time a week.

The quality and design of Logitech's mice really took a nose dive after the MX Revolution. If I'm going to have to replace a mouse every six months, I'm not going to continue dropping that kind of bread on them.

I've switched to a cheap Logitech M100 wired mouse. This mouse has served me well for almost two years, so maybe the quality control has improved. Wireless was nice but charging generally sucked and became worse with each new model. And going back to a wired mouse after 10 years wasn't annoying like I expected. The free-spinning wheel of the MX series was fun, especially on the original MX Revolution, but it's a feature I can live without. The tilt-wheel was cool but I don't really miss it.

about 10 months ago

Humble Bundle Launches Online Store For Games

Purity Of Essence Re:Ten percent of purchases will go to vital cause (93 comments)

That's how Humble Bundles work. The Humble Store is different. It has fixed prices and the customer has no control over how their money is used. It is possible developers have a say but this has not yet been made clear.

about a year ago

Ford Showcases Self-Parking Car Technology

Purity Of Essence Without the driver inside? (233 comments)

Don't know about your area but around here it is illegal to leave a running vehicle unoccupied.

1 year,10 days

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

Purity Of Essence Re:Not surprised (745 comments)

Only 57% of those eligible voted at all.

1 year,11 days

Ask Slashdot: Prioritizing Saleable Used Computer Books?

Purity Of Essence Fundamentals (219 comments)

Save anything that is foundational or fundamental to any particular field. Any book that continues to be cited academically or has increased in value on the used market should probably be kept.

My local public library system foolishly trashed some true classics in algorithms, graphics, and fractals simply because they were old. Now all you find in the stacks are books focused on instruction for specific software applications, books which are certain to be obsolete in a few years.

1 year,27 days

Ask Slashdot: What To Do When Another Dev Steals Your Work and Adds Their Name?

Purity Of Essence Re:I got nothing (480 comments)

If you are a contractor, you are not an employee.

If you are not an employee, it is not work for hire.

If it is not work for hire, the author retains the copyright.

about a year ago

White House: Use Metric If You Want, We Don't Care

Purity Of Essence Not disappointing (1145 comments)

The White House respecting the First Amendment is not disappointing. Unexpected, maybe.

about a year ago

AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

Purity Of Essence Re:An iPhone just to make calls? (798 comments)

I own a 3GS and use AT&T for my other phone. I wanted to switch over to my 3GS because this "feature phone" I have is an absolute piece of shit. I was told I'd have to buy the data plan. I have WiFi, I don't need or want to spend another $30 a month for a terrible service I'll never use.

about a year and a half ago

Current favorite still-image camera type:

Purity Of Essence Re:Favorite, or what I use? (316 comments)

Similar dilemma: I love the primal quality of film and working in the darkroom, but practically speaking, a good DSLR is everything I need. I voted for practicality.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Purity Of Essence Re:Yes (712 comments)

Technical pens are for drafting and would be a nightmare for everyday writing.

They are not agile and require a high degree of control to use. They need to be held absolutely perpendicular to the writing surface at all times, and only work when held vertically with the nib pointing down. They don't write well or at all on certain kinds of paper, often damaging the paper. They are easily broken and are difficult and messy to fill, clean, and maintain.

Don't get a technical pen.

about 2 years ago


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