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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

lobotomy Re: My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

Hilarious. How did we get on the subject of mythology? Or have we moved into the Theatre of the Absurd?

about 5 months ago

Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

lobotomy Require nothing (313 comments)

I recommend that children learn nothing about computers beyond how to play games and use Facebook. Don't learn programming, hardware, operating systems, or networking. That way, I'm employable for the rest of my life.

about a year ago

Illinois Politician Wants a Kill Switch For Anonymous Speech Online

lobotomy Re:How Are They Going To Enforce It? (522 comments)

I was going to use:
Elwood Blues
1060 W. Addison Ave.

about 2 years ago

Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

lobotomy Re:Model 100 (231 comments)

I was visiting San Luis Obispo, CA last week and saw a guy sitting in a coffee shop typing on a Model 100. I still have one in my garage. I need to see if it works (my dad left batteries in and they leaked). I new reporters who loved them: instant on, compact, quiet typing.

more than 2 years ago

Fedora 16 Alpha Released

lobotomy Just say "no" (111 comments)

No thanks. Not going to try Fedora 16, ever. I am staying with Fedora 14 for the next few years. Maybe then I'll evaluate the state of desktop interfaces and see if anyone has come to their senses and stopped trying to foist some hipster-designed tablet interface on us. I have work to do with my computer, thank you very much, and that abomination known as Gnome Shell will not allow me to do it.

more than 3 years ago

Interview With GNOME 3 Designer Jon McCann

lobotomy Re:More time? (294 comments)

You need to be modded up to +100. I could not agree more. I plan on running Fedora 14 until long after its expiration date. I refuse to run that tablet interface known as Gnome Shell and I don't see a usable alternative right now.

You will get my Gnome 2 when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Or something like that.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast's 105MBit Service Comes With Data Cap

lobotomy Re:Misogynist analogy (372 comments)

So you're married, I see. After a while, even once a week seems like an unobtainable dream. Eventually, you long for the comfort of the grave.

more than 3 years ago

Advocacy Group For the Blind Slams Google Apps

lobotomy Re:GMail HTML version (287 comments)

Well there's your problem: hidden is not a valid value for the display property. hidden is valid for the visibility property. According to the WebAIM training that I just had, both "display: none" and "visibility: hidden" should hide content from screen readers. I don't know for certain as I have never used one.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

lobotomy Re:Clean Power (1049 comments)


Also, CFLs will not work with dimmers, nor fit in all enclosures, nor work with all lampshades. They are not a direct replacement for incandescent bulbs. I use CFLs where I can, but still need incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs also have similar problems with the added problem of the light tending to be too directional.

I'm all for a more efficient light bulb to replace the venerable incandescent bulb. CFLs are just not it.

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

lobotomy The fan (715 comments)

It is always a fan that fails. You can't buy a high-quality fan for any price. I have 30-year-old equipment with fans that have never been replaced. Current fans are all crap.

more than 4 years ago

Asus Promises 12-Hour Battery Life In New High-End Laptop

lobotomy Re:Vendor promises (190 comments)

"Protection" in the same way that the Mafia offers "protection". You do want it, don't you? Do you know what happened to the last guy who refused it?

about 5 years ago

"Home Batteries" Power Houses For a Week

lobotomy Re:Boom. (325 comments)

No only could they help avoid using natural gas, but they could themselves be used as peakers, with the utility drawing off power from your batteries during peak load times and paying you for it.

more than 5 years ago

Startup Threatened Into Settling Over Hyperlinking

lobotomy Re:RTFA, it's not about hot linking (333 comments)

Yep, but the judge in this case is the even bigger idiot. Who is he? I'd like to give him a piece of my mind — and I bet so would a lot of other people around her.

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

lobotomy Microsoft? (856 comments)

Are they that confident or that desperate?

more than 5 years ago

Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

lobotomy Re:remember not to fall for "liquidation sales" (587 comments)

Yep. I went into CC and saw 20% off on all Blu-ray disks. Then I looked at the prices that they were giving me the discount on: almost all of them were $35. No thanks. I left the store empty-handed.

about 6 years ago

Streaming the Inauguration In a School?

lobotomy Bring back the MBONE (201 comments)

Multicasting could have solved this problem. Too bad the MBONE died.

about 6 years ago

Godwin's Law Invoked in Linus/Gnome Spat

lobotomy Re:different desktops for different people (828 comments)

And you are not doing these people any favours by telling them they should use some other environment instead, because if Gnome is 95% perfect then KDE, Xfce, Blackbox, etc. will all be worse for them.

Too bad that +5 is the highest moderation you can get. I think this one sentence sums up the situation better than all of the other posts I have read. I, too, am a Gnome user and do not like the direction it is going. The two most common scenarios I see are:

  1. A Gnome user complains about the direction Gnome is going and is told by the developers that

    sorry, but you are not the target user.
    Their target user appears to be someone who has never used a computer before — basically, no one who has been using Gnome since the beginning.
  2. Someone complains about Gnome in a public forum and is told

    if you don't like Gnome, use KDE.
    If I had wanted to use KDE, I would. KDE thinks that if 5 options are good, then 100, poorly organized, poorly documented options are that much better. I detest KDE.

So where does that leave us, the dispossessed Gnome users? I wish I knew.

more than 7 years ago


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