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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Review

Spewns Re:Does it even matter? (255 comments)

How about just enjoy what you have without trolling?

How is stating a fact trolling? Google's own numbers show ~90% Android users still aren't on 4.0+, and it's been almost nine months since ICS was released. Good luck with your defense though.

more than 2 years ago
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Patent 5,893,120 Reduced To Pure Math

Spewns Re:A really simple argument: (323 comments)

For an idea to be patentable, it should not be obvious to someone skilled in that technical area.

Sounds like an incredibly shaky, arbitrary foundation upon which to build a system. I'd like to see someone come up with concrete, objective definitions of "obvious" and "technical area".

more than 3 years ago
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Playstation To Restore Services This Week

Spewns Re:It started way before that (174 comments)

Most people like the Playstation because it's superior to the other gaming platforms.

It's so superior, its Network goes down for weeks at a time while it and your credit card information are compromised!

more than 3 years ago
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PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

Spewns Re:There's some karma for you, Mikey (404 comments)

A one-week outage does not make Xbox live better.

Uh, it doesn't? What other console have you owned that locked you out of playing games for a week?

more than 3 years ago
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Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

Spewns Re:Umm... (562 comments)

How does this advance the Republican goal of balancing the budget?

Since when is that the Republican goal? See: military/war/offense spending.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board

Spewns Re:Why is it being removed in the first place? (319 comments)

I should care but I dont.

Eventually they will step on something you care about, and it'll be too late by that point since you'd already conceded so much ownership and control of the device you paid money to take home. Shortsighted, unprincipled, and arbitrary responses of "Sony better not remove something I personally like, but it's okay if they remove something I don't use" are great for Sony's objective.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Should Pay For OtherOS Removal, Says Finnish Board

Spewns Re:Why is it being removed in the first place? (319 comments)

Those in favour say "and? I bought the console, I can do what I like." (These people make up the bulk of /. commenters, but by and large are in a minority if you look at various PS3 forums).

Rational people generally are in the minority like that.

more than 3 years ago
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5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study

Spewns Re:Them new DE's, man (468 comments)

There is a pretty simple solution to that:

1) Make everything configurable via config files
2) Only include a small level of that configuration in the GUI config tools.

Or you could even have a "customization" level slider in the config tools that shows/hides more options based on how deep you want to configure.

Or like Firefox, where some configuration is in the Edit->Preferences menu, but ALL configuration is on the about:config page.
Or even like Windows, where you have some configurations that are nowhere visible in the GUI, that you can adjust them by directly editing the registry.

That isn't a "simple" solution. Adding that much configurability adds a lot of complexity to code, and in the end you have something like KDE anyway - a gigantic mess of unnavigable menus and GUIs, all for configuration of every last piece of minutia. If you like that, then just use KDE.

But honestly, anyone looking for personalized, super configurable desktops shouldn't even be using GNOME (which I do) or KDE. They don't exist to serve that purpose. You should install something like Arch Linux, install X, and begin perusing all the standalone window managers, taskbars, docks, launchers, widgets, etc, and you can mix-and-match them in any way you want, until you have exactly what you like. That's the unique, personalized *nix experience - many independent programs working together. (And eventually, once you get sick of maintaining all that, you can come back to something like GNOME or Unity and appreciate how much easier it makes your computing life.)

more than 3 years ago
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5 Out of 11 Crashed Unity In Canonical's Study

Spewns Re:That's not the worst about it (468 comments)

It's not terrible like Gnome 3

I was skeptical about Gnome 3 too until I started using it. (Fedora alpha)

more than 3 years ago
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Who Killed Spotify?

Spewns Re:What A Disgusting And Vile Statement (257 comments)

In short, copyright infringement is illegal and wrong no matter how you try to justify it.

The bolded is just, like, your opinion, man.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Uncloaks 'Java Killer': the Ceylon Project

Spewns Another samey language (623 comments)

Oh look, another language that's practically identical to 99% of other languages in syntax, features, etc.

What an innovation! Time and money well spent by the folks that developed it.

(See: masturbation. "Look, we can recreate C++/Vala/Java/C#/etc. too! Just like everyone else has!" And this is why programming sucks. Only fringe academic groups are trying to take programming languages anywhere interesting.)

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

Spewns Re:Last words... (481 comments)

So that's where Eric the Midget came from.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

Spewns Re:The will to be free (648 comments)

PulseAudio has worked well for more than a year now. The problem is, people got used to blaming PulseAudio for problems back when it was broken, and now they just can't break the habit.

I've heard people saying this about PulseAudio before. But Ubuntu 10.10 came out almost a half a year ago now, and I was having PulseAudio problems with it. I don't have any reason to believe it's any less broken now than it always has been.

more than 3 years ago
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Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

Spewns Re:Maximize profit (591 comments)

Sure it is, just not for the CDs they're selling. A full CD by a decent artist could easily be worth that much.

Sure, if you're a casual music fan - CDs are priced for you. $12-17 per CD doesn't sound ridiculous when you only spend it a few times a year.

If you have a real interest in and passion for music (especially once you start exploring back through the decades) and aren't filthy rich, you'll likely take a different perspective. You'll have an epiphany and realize that there's no reasonable, rational, affordable way to pursue your legitimate interest without torrents and filesharing websites.

more than 3 years ago
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Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One

Spewns Re:Maximize profit (591 comments)

Look, It might be reasonable for a Music CD to cost $12 to $17 bucks in the US

Let's be honest - it's not reasonable to charge that much for a CD anywhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

Spewns Re:Just rename it! (435 comments)

No title bar, no status bar, bare minimum configuration, fancy useless UI animations => Chrome => safe to ignore.

"I only use browsers that attempt to clutter my screen to max capacity. I need persistent menu bars and status bars that take up space 24/7 even when they aren't presenting anything useful at the time. I don't want people to make smarter UIs to display the same amount of information in more organized and efficient ways, because I've never used a netbook or small-screen computer, so I don't understand why freeing up viewing area would be desirable."

Am I getting this right?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

Spewns Re:De-bloated (435 comments)

My main complaint? No status bar. Seriously? What braniac decided that this was a good idea.

Why exactly wouldn't it be a good idea to remove it? It was an almost-always-nearly-blank toolbar that mostly just took up space (like the classic menubar that was also axed this release for the same reason). The small amount of useful info it did occasionally show has been moved to various other parts of the UI. It might not be something you immediately appreciate on a 1900x1600 screen, but if you think of netbooks or other devices with small[er] screens, it makes plenty of sense.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Day Later

Spewns Re:Worth upgrading? (435 comments)

Welcome to, what, 5 years ago? You've had so much time to learn what it is, how it works, and how to use it by now (and it isn't a particularly complicated feature...) - it's your own fault that you haven't. It's honestly time to get over it. The Awesomebar has been useful and working well since day one.

more than 3 years ago
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China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence

Spewns Re:Foolish? (366 comments)

From what I've read, the Chinese people generally support their country's censorship

This is an amazingly hilarious line.

more than 3 years ago

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