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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Re:Broken as always (250 comments)

And that Easter Egg qualifies as discoverable how? GNOME developers have repeatedly said that laptops are their focus. I think we should believe them. Then again, they also say that discoverability is important and then you look at bug reports. My issues with GNOME run much farther than this, but I think it appropriately illustrates the narrow vision of GNOME "designers."

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Re:Citation Needed (250 comments)

As I get older I find I have less desire and time to shop Desktops. KDE 3 was (and probably still is) my preferred Desktop. I followed KDE 4 for quite a while but two years in it was still a huge regression for me. At that point I am done. I'm not going to try every 6 months, I'm going to cut my losses. At this point, I am thinking about trying KDE again. The thought that users will smile about not having something usable for two plus years and then will happily and immediately come back might be a fallacy. However, I have just as much evidence for my point of view as you do. :-) At this point, having been on Windows 7 (because I thought GNOME 2 was too limiting) I will give MATE, Cinnamon and KDE each a short audition and then make my choice for the next few years.

about three weeks ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

efitton Re:I thought Gnome was the default desktop already (403 comments)

The better SystemD integration is a bit rich as it feels like the reason Debian went to SystemD was as a favor/benefit to GNOME. GNOME needs SystemD lets default to it, now we need to default to GNOME because it has the best SystemD integration.

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Re:Broken as always (250 comments)

Extensions suck: http://soylentnews.org/comment...

That said, I really dislike a DE that relies on an overview mode as the flashing really aggravates my ADHD. I use minimize to move windows to the back of alt-tab (hey I need to edit a conf file and install another extension), but that is now broken because McCann thought something else looked ugly, so broken by design, a blocker. And I want a file manager that hasn't been neutered. And what I miss most on Linux is Kasbar (the best taskbar ever) and I don't get any taskbar in GNOME. I am not a prospective GNOME user.

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Re:Broken as always (250 comments)

In forums and bug reports people have asked how to suspend and are always told that the preferred way is to close the lid. See: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/sh... for one example. But GNOME developers have said the primary target is laptops so I guess I should be surprised.

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Re:Broken as always (250 comments)

Then why are lusers told to shut the lid to their monitor to suspend? I know that isn't going to work on my workstation.

about three weeks ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

efitton Citation Needed (250 comments)

GNOME most popular desktop, needs a citation. GNOME marketshare _really_ needs a citation as I am guessing that there is no dominant desktop on Linux at the moment.

I don't care if it is designed by Hipsters or not. Minimize no longer moves a window to the back of alt-tab, a blocker issue. And anyone with a hint of ADHD can't use a desktop with an overview mode. Sequence of flashes is seriously distracting. Closing my two monitor, large tower in order to suspend is also fricking hilarious (albite not a blocker).

about three weeks ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

efitton Re:What a fitting name! (469 comments)

There is a huge difference between allowed and done by default. The it is only a line or two in the configuration file isn't exactly what I am looking for, I just want it to work. Maybe I'm just at an odd spot where I am technical enough to read the logs and get an idea of what is going on if things break and yet not having the desire to google the configuration and setting it up. Yes I _can_ do it, but I just want to be a user and have my computer work. I suppose that truly nontechnical people wouldn't know about the logs and couldn't use them anyway, and truly technical people just edit the configuration file; I might just be an outlier. That said, there is a reason text is so beautiful and so often used in Unix and Linux and I have not seen a single reason for binary logging.

about three weeks ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

efitton Re:What a fitting name! (469 comments)

The students I have seen using Linux are mostly running Cinnamon or KDE. One loves Unity. None are on GNOME. Not a random sample but apparently Cinnamon and KDE are the clear winners in their tech classes at a Career Center (pulls students for part of the day from around the area).

Apparently it depends a great deal on where you are at. Would be interesting if LinuxCounter or something ran a survey as we know how worthless internet polls are. A random sampling from lwn.net or LinuxCounter would carry a lot more weight but probably never happen.

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

efitton Re:What a fitting name! (469 comments)

Most users could care less about running GNOME. We will see if Cinnamon, Mate and KDE make SystemD a hard requirement.

I know I do not have enough knowledge to critique SystemD, SysV or UselessD. That said, I want text logging to disk with no configuration. If I need to learn new commands to read the logs, I'm just not going to do it. At most I will have one Linux box running at home. Pushing 40 with a kid and another on the way configuring my computer has become a hassle and a headache that I don't need. Was there a time when I compiled kernels for fun? Yup, but that ship said over a decade ago. The few times I've needed the logs it is simple just to less or vi and just read the thing. Hopefully Mint will default to giving me my text files. I'm actually about to install Linux again after a multiyear break related entirely to desktop unusability.

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

efitton Re:Reading Logs / Binary and Text (613 comments)

Given the size of text logs I am guessing this isn't the actual reason. But the best I can come up with is: "Oh, Shiny!"

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

efitton Reading Logs / Binary and Text (613 comments)

I know next to nothing about systemd. I can't argue for or against. However, at most I will have one system at home running linux. Before on the rare occasion I had a problem I could type "less log" and look at the log. With systemd I have to do something more complicated. It might be better for an admin but I just don't have the time or inclination to learn syntax for reading a log, even assuming a shallow learning curve. It isn't my occupation, vocation or interest; especially as I hope to be looking at the logs no more often than once every year or two. Possibly the text logs are propagated automagically and most of my argument happily goes up in smoke; however, why the hell is it a binary log in the first place?

about a month and a half ago
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Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

efitton Re:I hope not. (113 comments)

A book, a worksheet, etc. are not common core. Common core is a set of standards. Things like: "being able to solve a two step equation." Your school bought a crap book. This happened before common core and will happen after common core. And there is no way that is a common core rubric (I have yet to see a common core rubric), that's your teacher.

about 4 months ago
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Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

efitton Re:What a joke (113 comments)

Bite me. I came to teaching after 7 years in the private sector. I work harder now, including the summers.

about 4 months ago
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Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

efitton Re:I hope not. (113 comments)

Teacher here. I have no idea what you are talking about. It certainly doesn't apply to mathematics at all. In fact the standards line up 95% with the previous state standards I used.

about 4 months ago
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Is K-12 CS Education the Next Common Core?

efitton Re: I hope not. (113 comments)

Teacher here and as a high school math teacher it has had very little impact on me or my students. The standards are almost the same as the previous State of Michigan standards and are close the NCTM standards. I'm using a book published in 1992. Lets not confuse the standards with crappy worksheets (because that is new) or with other different initiatives (and meddlers).

I'll absolutely agree that too many people have their fingers in the pie and that not only is not everyone going to be a coder, but the coders are going to be better served taking math and logic first. And the two tests different states are starting to use, while well intended, are an absolute disaster with little to no practicing teachers having input.

about 4 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

efitton Re:Do not want (81 comments)

Having taught in both inner city, predominantly black schools and rural, predominantly white schools I will cop to being paranoid about racism. I see the looks, and hear the comments when people hear where I have taught. I am well aware that many racists know that they can't explicitly verbalize their racist thoughts and so couch them in a slightly twisted way and give a nudge and a nod and a "you know what I mean." So I will cop to be a bit sensitive to matters of race (maybe even a bit paranoid). That said, I am consistently surprised by how naive and sheltered most of the Slashdot membership is about racism. Or maybe they will also tell me that the Confederate flag isn't a symbol or racism. I enjoy that one every damn school year. As for assuming the grandparent was racist, how the hell is that racist? It has nothing to do with the race of the grandparent, it has everything to do with what they said and how they said it.

And it is possible that I am missing a level of sarcasm and satire with the grandparent. Maybe they are actually advocating for gun locks with biometric recognition. That said, my experience with people who say "you know who I mean" has been universally negative. In an actual conversation I frequently need to wait for less than five minutes before you hear about how "those people don't know their place anymore."

about 5 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

efitton Re:Do not want (81 comments)

You honestly read the grandparent and don't believe they weren't stereotyping? The fact that the grandparent was moderated to "funny" is a separate, disturbing fact in and of itself.

about 5 months ago

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