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Google Reader Being Retired

badpazzword Re:Alternatives? (386 comments)

Psssssst. Picasa is most likely getting the axe in the next cleanup.

about a year and a half ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

badpazzword Re:Math (576 comments)

Next elections however there will be a third form of uncertainty: feedback loops. If people start really buying into fivethirtyeight predictions, they will react to them to inform their voting. This feedback loop already does exist indirectly with the underlying poll data, but next elections the loop will be much tighter with no guarantees of stability.

about 2 years ago
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Google Drive Goes Live

badpazzword Re:Forget this garbage (323 comments)

That's precisely what they're planning to do.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/02/20/connecting-your-apps_2c00_-files_2c00_-pcs-and-devices-to-the-cloud-with-skydrive-and-windows-8.aspx

more than 2 years ago
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For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu

badpazzword Re:Validity? (370 comments)

I took all of ten minutes to discover and pick up the new window managing gestures in Windows 8. All, um, three of them?

more than 2 years ago
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For Windows 8 Users, Stardock Revives the Start Menu

badpazzword Re:Validity? (370 comments)

Have you actually USED the thing? It's much more better than you make it up to be.

Also, type to search still works and is faster and more reliable than Windows 7's implementation.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME Shell No Longer Requires GPU Acceleration

badpazzword Re:I like Gnome Shell (237 comments)

I enjoy Unity and/or Gnome Shell. I'm the 1%

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (798 comments)

So you either end up with the GNOME recipe of arbitrary categories ("I just installed a time tracking application! Does it go in Tools or Office? Oh wait, neither: it's a panel widget. Clearly. I'm so stupid."), or the Windows recipe of free for all ("Yeah, let's default the installer to put the shortcut under our company's name. What kind of person would forget PopUpBlocker was made by PlastrolTech?!")

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Power users should like usability and ease.... (798 comments)

"seems to have fixed almost all of the problems with UAC's implementation"

I really doubt it was UAC that changed much there - what really did change was everything else as it was adjusted to not assume everything runs with admin privileges. Also - nothing game changing? Really? The fucking search box in the start menu is *nothing* new on the table? Every time I have to use WinXP again, I really do long for it.

Windows 7 is just rebranded Windows Vista after everybody had the time to readjust.

"Honestly though I do have to say, there is absolutely no feature in windows 7 that I find a huge improvement over XP"

Search in the windows menu. The new and improved taskbar, and the death of the quicklaunch bar and its abuse. A system tray that's no longer in your face, and no longer abused ("OH HEY! I R RUNNING! BETTER PUT AN ICON THERE!"). Being able to run Windows as a limited user. An actual 64 bits version. A new and improved driver model. Window compositing.

An operative system that wasn't built ten fucking years ago.

What do you want more? Prancing ponies? Telekinesis? Then what is it that WinXP added to the table that Win95 didn't have?

Windows 7 has so many little nice extra touches (like inbuilt support for ISO files), but the above just is a killer deal already.

"it by default eats more resources, it's interface requires a ton of getting used to, but when you're done adjusting to it, you can finally access things at a similar speed as you could before"

You've got to be kidding me. Putting in a simpler version of terminal with smarter tab-completion in the hands of everybody, that IS a massive improvement to looking into a list of application sorted by arbitrary categorization ("I just installed this time tracking tool. Will it be in Accessories? Will it be in Office? is it here in the first place, or is it a panel widget?).

"Oh but I can make shortcuts!" Well it's still more efficient as you don't have to switch to the desktop to activate them! Provided you do know how to switch back to the desktop and manage those pesky windows. "Oh but I'd put them on the panels!" Grats for being the 1%; pinning things to the taskbar (be it Windows 7's or Unity's) is way more easy to make, manage or use - it's more usable.

Also - back to Unity. I really have to wonder what changed performance wise. Unity is a compiz plugin. Ubuntu already did ship with Compiz. So almost all of the graphics legwork is in the GPU, which is barely used on a normal workload anyway. Ubuntu no longer does indexing either (files are entered into the Zeitgeist search system as you open them, AFAIK). What's left to consume more resources?

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (798 comments)

TAB completion is there already - they replaced TAB with waiting for suggestions to load. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Missing option (798 comments)

"Luckily I figured out I could use the Spotlight-esque search thingie to bring it up, but FUCK... no wonder everyone is complaining."

Pretty much everything is "hidden" behind the Spotlight-esque search thing because the Spotlight-esque search thingie IS the main way to access everything in Unity. And Vista. And Seven. And KDE 4. And GNOME 3. And OS X. And probably iOS too, if iOS had a physical keyboard.

So it's definitely not hidden. Welcome to five years ago, when we realized that listing all the apps in a menu doesn't cut it anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Really guys? Come on!? (798 comments)

"Yet if you can show your friends a shiny looking UI they suddenly think your nerd operating system is pretty cool. Wobbly windows and spinning cubes impress people, and people in the community feel the need to impress their friends outside of the community"

And yet, Unity has no burning windows, no spinning cubes, no sparkles, no genies, no wobbly windows.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Power users should like usability and ease.... (798 comments)

So that's why many geeks are swearing by Windows fucking XP today, after they sworn by Windows 98 as WinXP launched?

Windows XP stagnated the operative system markets just as much as Internet Explorer 6 did, but no one seems to mind as much.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Why Unity/Gnome3/Windows8... (798 comments)

Apple does it? If I had to look at Apple's lead operating system, iOS, and its basically flat application listing spanning for screens and screens, I wouldn't quite claim that.

Yes, there is a search screen, but it can't work as a default mechanism to launch apps without a physical keyboard.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Power Users Too Cool For Ubuntu Unity?

badpazzword Re:Long time Ubuntu User here (798 comments)

You do realize that now pretty much all modern window managers (OS X, Windows Vista+, KDE 4, Gnome 3, Unity) are abandoning the browsing paradigm for searching + pinning because we have so much stuff installed right now, flat lists don't cut it any more?

more than 2 years ago
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Markets For IPv4 Addresses Emerging

badpazzword Re:This is most horrible (157 comments)

Whoops, forgot to login. Please reply to this comment, instead of the parent.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

badpazzword Re:Use C# (709 comments)

<OT>Yes, I know mutable objects are a no-no as a default parameter; copying doesn't help. I said it was legal python, not good python.</OT>

more than 3 years ago
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Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

badpazzword Re:Use C# (709 comments)

Whitespace is only meaningful when it separates statements (newline) and it structures code (spaces/tab for indentation). Although the Python coding style suggests against lining it, you can line things up to your heart's content.

This is legal Python:

def my_func_params_let_me_show_you_them(
            foo = 1,
            bar = False,
            egg = None,
            spam = [][:],
        ):
    pass

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME

badpazzword Re:I agree... (514 comments)

1. Ubuntu will still use GNOME -- just with a different way to switch between applications.
2. GNOME Shell ain't ready till it's ready. The delays however are not the point.

more than 3 years ago

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MS's CoApp to help OSS devolpment, deployment

badpazzword badpazzword writes  |  more than 4 years ago

badpazzword writes "Microsoft employee Garrett Serack announces he has received the green light to work full time on CoApp, an .msi-based package management system aiming to bring a wholly native toolchain for OSS development and deployment. This will hopefully bring more open source software on Windows, which will conversely bring OSS more users, testers and developers. Serack is following the comments at Ars Technica, so he might also follow them here. The launchpad project is already up."
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