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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

kbrannen Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Gotta agree that's stupid. First, you can only hire people that are available with the skills you're looking for. So if you don't have "diverse applicants", you'll never get "higher numbers".

Second, I hope he doesn't mean it, but it sounds like Cook want to be more diverse to look more politically correct. If I were a stock holder, I'd be upset. I wouldn't want him be "diverse" so he can look good; I'd want him to hire the best qualified people in a completely "blind" way. If that means 90% are male, or 80% white, or 85% female, or whatever the numbers work out to be because those were the best people to get the job done, then so be it. If the PC-crowd doesn't like it, then they need to encourage more minorities to get the required education and get qualified.

about a week ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

kbrannen Re:I for one, (108 comments)

I also really appreciate the work the KDE developers have done over the years. I'll go look at KDE5 to see what's coming.

However, I really Really REALLY hope they've found a way for you to install KDE and not have to have akonadi or nepomunk installed on my system. For the longest time, they've been force installed because of dependencies and I don't want them on my machine because I never use them and their daemons just suck up resources. Seems like there was something else like this, maybe amarok, but I'm having a hard time remembering. I like KDE in general, but I don't want all of it.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

kbrannen Re:I recommend (176 comments)

VMplayer would work too

about 2 months ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

kbrannen Re:Even better idea: (135 comments)

How about we follow the money for him to see if he's getting "contributions" to say this. Perhaps that's why he's using other's ideas.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

kbrannen Re:I'd rather not use (521 comments)

a text editor that is so error prone that *needs* to autosave constantly("continuously"). Or software in general, for that matter.

You've got it backwards--it ain't an error-prone text editor, it's an error-prone human. Even conscientious, process-driven users make stupid mistakes and forget to save their work (especially when they're on a roll.) This protects us from ourselves, not the machines we're working on.

Now, you may be among that handful of people who never forgets to save--in which case, I congratulate you on being in one of the outlier cohorts that software engineers really shouldn't ever spend their time worrying about. :D

What programs are you using that doesn't intercept that quit where you have unsaved work and prompt you to save or acknowledge that you'll lose work? Other than my browser where I'm filling in a form, I can't think of anything that allows you easily lose your work ... power outages ignored for this as they're realtively rare and a UPS handily gives you time to save before the machine goes down.

Generally speaking, I don't like auto-save because there are many times where I work for a bit to try to figure something out and when that idea doesn't work, reverting to where I started is easy, or if the idea worked out then I can save. With auto-save, that revert ability becomes a lot harder or else impossible if the undo buffer is not large enough. Now, if it wants to auto-save to a temp file to prevent lose of work and make recovery easy if the something bad happens (like vim does) while the real file remains unaltered, that's great and something I'll welcome ... all other forms of auto-save need not apply. :)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

kbrannen Re:OneNote (170 comments)

Once your stuff it in OneNote, there's no easy way to get it out.

Seriously? You haven't found the export (save as) feature? They give you Word, PDF, XPS, and MHT formats. If it all goes bad for you, you can always copy-n-paste it out. It's not hard to get info out of OneNote. If you're trying for mass export, as in you're trying to move away from OneNote, I believe they also provide the API so you can write your own export filter (haven't tried it though).

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

kbrannen Re:paper...pencil (170 comments)

If I was taking a class (or whatever) with a high ratio of drawing to text, then I'd agree. However, I'm rarely in that situation; most of my notes are text only.

I can type faster than I write, even with abbreviations (which I can do while typing too), and my handwriting has decreased over the years, so typing is almost manditory unless I really slow my handwriting down, which is the opposite of what I need to do while taking notes when someone else is speaking.

That's how it is for me, perhaps your situation is more conduction for pen and paer ... mine's not.

about 4 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

kbrannen Re:Lobbying aside (423 comments)

The withholding system works because it causes the least economic distortion -- the more a tax "hurts," the more adverse an effect it has on day-to-day economic decisions, the more it's liable to cause people to make bad economic decisions, like saving huge lump sums in the bank instead of investing or consumption. A tax "hurting" might be good politics (for some people), but if it causes people to have irregular cash flow or makes it significantly harder for them to make planning decisions it will hurt economic growth.

You're ignoring his point to go off on a tangent. Sure, it would change the current economic model in play today, but his point was that people need to see what they're giving to the government, and some pain with that *might* cause them to get more involved (this last part is probably wishful thinking on my part).

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will Older Programmers Always Have a Harder Time Getting a Job?

kbrannen Re: Yes (379 comments)

You would prefer Perl to Python if you know Perl but not Python. :) Then again I've heard it said that if you abandon one to go to the other, you're just trading one gnarly scripting language for another.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

kbrannen Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

If you're doing this for a company that wants to keep it's data more priviate, and I can appreciate that, then get the company to set up it's own SharePoint server. You should be able to sync OneNote to that and not MS's servers just fine ... or so I'd think because I haven't tried it.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

kbrannen Re:Reminder: Software as a service (208 comments)

Stop and really think about how you'd do that and you'll quickly figure out that it's far, far easier when you can use a protocol tuned to your needs.

I've recently started working on Basket Note Pads (a note taker for Linux) and syncing to a server is the next project I'll take up with it when I finish my current task. I already know that syncing to a server is going to be non-trivial and tricky to get right.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

kbrannen Re:Comparison to EverNote (208 comments)

No, that year old comparison on pcworld.com is full of crap. It goes on and on about how Evernote can do XYZ and OneNote can't, but OneNote can do almost everyone one of them. The guy either is really biased or doesn't know much about OneNote.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

kbrannen Re:Next they'll give internet explorer free (208 comments)

The best competitor to OneNote on Linux is Basket Note Pads. It does the basics pretty well. It just needs a little help for the more advanced stuff, which some of us are trying to give it.

about 5 months ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

kbrannen Re:Gaming and security don't mix (212 comments)

If I had mod points, you'd get an insightful for this. There's no reason for your gaming box and your general computer box to be the same hardware.

about 5 months ago
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Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected For 7 Years

kbrannen Re:Spyware techniques and code? (98 comments)

Can we use (sadly) this as yet another reason Flash must die? How many examples of bad security will it take before kill Flash forever? (Yeah, I know, marketing doesn't care about security as long as it looks good.)

about 6 months ago
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Hackers Steal Law Enforcement Documents From Microsoft

kbrannen Re:Betting time! (53 comments)

How about (C), a new form of "Freedom of Information Act". :)

about 7 months ago
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1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

kbrannen Re:How many downloads? (131 comments)

I finally found "Flashlight", by Devesh Parekh. It requires no perms and just turns your whole screen bright white; hit the back button to turn it off. Really simple and it fits the needs, even if you don't have a camera flash.

about 9 months ago
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1.2% of Apps On Google Play Are Repackaged To Deliver Ads, Collect Info

kbrannen Re:How many downloads? (131 comments)

Yes, I went thru that last week. My Nexus 5 didn't have a flashlight app, so I had to go find one. It took like 6 tries to find a flashlight app that didn't require network access, my email, or something else it didn't need. I mean really, if I'm fumbling to find a door lock in the dark, am I really going to be looking at an ad on my phone at the same time?

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

kbrannen Re:It's a CPU hog (243 comments)

The way I kill nepomuk is: sudo chmod 000 /usr/bin/nepomuk* /usr/bin/akonadi*
then reboot. Better still, put the chmod in your /etc/init.d/rc.local and then that will keep them under control even after updates.

about 9 months ago

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