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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

Skarjak Re:That's not how science works (95 comments)

This comment is severely underrated. The GP is a pedantic explanation of the scientific process. The use of the word "proven" is quite adequate here considering how rock solid our evidence for the sun's fusion processes are.

6 hours ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

Skarjak Re:Transcript... (115 comments)

I honestly have to agree. I mean, it's kind of neat to hear form an old timer, but it's mostly just him bitching about life. There is some entertainement value from hearing and old dude bitch about life, but not much education value.

yesterday
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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

Skarjak Re:Sad (58 comments)

Before anyone else gets the wrong idea, you should really watch this video, which explains why Twitch has become so big: Why we watch It was a response to a really biased report on this by the BBC. This is more than just "a bunch of nerds watching people play games".

2 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

I think the gamer market will keep the desktop model alive and well for a while. Most serious PC gamers want to build their own machine. Though the "one mobile device to do all" approach will certainly be a big thing eventually.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

I'm using archlinux with Awesome WM, a tiling window manager. The width of my screen allows me to have a tall window on the left, where the main file I'm working on is, while keeping two terminal windows open on the right for various uses. The width of my screen is being fully used. :) Also, none of the things you said invalidate what I wrote. Are there still some things you need desktops to do? Yup. Unless you've found a good way to develop software on a tablet... Or play games at high resolution and 120 fps. Or do video processing. Or write novels. Or make spreadsheets. You get the point. People need to do these things, so they need desktops. If anything, you're basically making an argument for why the year of the linux desktop is close: Microsoft no longer respects the desktop, but it is still very important to linux.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

I disagree. Fridges haven't really been getting any better for a while, but no one claims that industry is dead. You'll have to buy new desktops because like everything else, they'll eventually stop working. And I wouldn't be so quick to say extra power will never be needed. The average computer has been fully capable of doing all tasks the average user needs to get done for a quite a few years now, but they keep getting stronger anyway. That's because you can find new things to do with that power. And of course, work computers or gaming computers can absolutely make use of extra power. Finally, companies can still work to make computers more silent or power efficient. I think there's still room. What we'ere seeing is a diversification of ways to interact with technology, which inevitably means a reduction of market share for the older products, but as long as these products are still needed, the industry will be in good shape.

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

I am getting shit done! Correcting people who are wrong on the internet is a noble and worthy endeavour. :p

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (723 comments)

I'm not sure why people are looking for a cause. It's obvious why Linux isn't number one: momentum. Windows managed to grab a dominating share of the market first, and it's going to take a lot to change that. This is true in any industry. Linux will only be #1 on desktop if the others really screw things up. Most people don't choose an OS based on their merits, they just buy a computer and use the OS it came with cause it works. There won't be a "year of the linux desktop". There might be, however, a year of the "OK this time Microsoft has really dropped the ball".

about a week ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Skarjak Re:Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

I'm always puzzled to see these kinds of posts. Do you do your work on a tablet? "Desktop is dead!" is a lame cliche the media came up with that everyone can parrot to show how "knowledgeable" they are about the industry, when a simple inspection of the facts shows desktops aren't going away any time soon. I'm writing this from a desktop, with a confortable mechanical keyboard, a good mouse and a widescreen monitor, cause that's what you need if you want to get shit done.

about a week ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Skarjak Re:But Jezebel IS a blog (299 comments)

That Schrier guys actually posts on NeoGAF, a gaming forum, and he complains that people won't let him live this down, even though he later apologized. The "apology" was basically one line of "ok, I shouldn't have called the artist a hormonal teenager, but..." and then he just talks about how right he is. Personally I'm glad to see people lose credibility in the long term for their clickbaiting. Games are starting to be important enough that people discuss them as art and talk about their social impact, we don't need people destroying the discussion by shouting their poorly-reasoned opinions to get more clicks.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Skarjak Re:Moderation? (299 comments)

It's honestly really nice. Usually these kinds of discussions are dominated by people loudly making appeals to emotion, but here, it's mostly reasonable comments that are visible. I'd say it also has a lot to do with the kind of people who visit this site.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Skarjak Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

Even if it weren't, you know what it means, so clearly this non-word is doing its job.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

Skarjak Re:Jezebel? (299 comments)

The fact that they are openly celebrating this is quite disgusting and removes any credibility they might have had. Yeah, put me in the camp of people who aren't going to cry if people stop visiting this site.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

Skarjak Betteridge? (262 comments)

So, does Betteridge's law of headlines apply here?

about two weeks ago
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New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Skarjak Re:Wyvern = Wyrm (306 comments)

Yup, the NSA is insane or stupid if they think people will trust this.

about two weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

Skarjak Re:and linux aswell (267 comments)

Your post makes me sad. I have been adding --ignore skype to my package manager update commands since version 4.3 requires you to have pulseaudio. I game on my machine and pulseaudio causes issues in multiple games, so I'm not about to install that. Especially since pulseaudio is such a pain when it comes to starting on its own. I'll stick with ALSA. I guess that means I'm going to have to uninstall skype. Will use the tablet until I can convince people to use another solution... So basically, damn you Microsoft for trying to force me to use pulseaudio! ALSA was doing a perfect job, not sure why they dropped support.

about three weeks ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

Skarjak Re:Seriously can you blame them (115 comments)

Yes, I should have added "proprietary" in there. Although we should still be vigilant even with open source, it's very realistic I think that they might be trying to subtly add vulnerabilities to open source software.

about three weeks ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

Skarjak Re:Seriously can you blame them (115 comments)

Good point. How can anyone trust hardware and software coming from the states? Although when it comes to software, I'm sure that the NSA's people will be quite busy with trying to find security holes into whatever the Chinese decide to go with.

about three weeks ago

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