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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

marsu_k Re:Layered exposure? (167 comments)

Also, recently I tested Chakra and was impressed by how agile it was on an old machine. I guess it can be attributed to not loading gtk libs in memory at any time, since it just uses KDE/Qt apps (which, btw, makes it unusable to me as I need Firefox due to smartcard needs -- not even Chromium will do).

It's been many years since I used Chakra, so I can't verify how well they work ATM, but while Chakra does thrive to be Qt/KDE-only you can install bundles, which provide Firefox among other things.

yesterday
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

marsu_k Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

- Firefox on iOS isn't even an option.

And this is the fault of Mozilla how, exactly? Apple doesn't allow alternative rendering engines in the App Store, should Mozilla dedicate resources to just jailbreakers?

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

marsu_k Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

I'm saying that if problems with NFC cards would be an even slight issue here, my bank would inform me of it - hell, they always inform me of the latest badly translated phising emails going around which basically no one replies to (and even if they did, the scammers would probably end up with nothing, they'd need to get two one-time codes out of 300 possible, not very likely - but I digress). But they don't. So I'm saying the threats seem to be on the same level.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

marsu_k Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

It might not be an obscure possibility, but you make it sound like it would be a common problem, with criminals just waiting in line to suck your account dry. Which it evidently is not. Oh and regarding fingerprints, they are not so secure either.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

marsu_k Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Right - so if hackers can just sniff this protocol, and with NFC cards being quite common nowadays here in Europe, why aren't we hearing about the widespread abuses? I know there haven't been any erroneous payments on my NFC-enabled card for the ~2 years I've had mine (unless the hackers have also managed to hack my bank statements, those bastards).

about two weeks ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

marsu_k Re:Unless... (133 comments)

I don't know if it's the level of caffeine in my bloodstream I'm used to (I'm a Finn after all), but I find a single cup makes me a bit drowsy, even in the evening. It takes at least a few to get me going.

about three weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

marsu_k Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

I find it very telling that even you, who seems to enjoy the movie much more than I do, refer to the characters as Bullock and Clooney. I think that's really what irks me about the movie. Those two are not the right actors. Clooney plays George Clooney very well, but not every movie needs a George Clooney. Don't get me wrong, some movies definitely require him, and then he excels. But George Clooney the astronaut? Doesn't work. Him dicking around in a MMU at the beginning of the film, just wasting fuel? This wouldn't happen.

As for Ms. Bullock, I think she did a good job, no complaints. Nothing spectacular, but nothing really irritating either. But perhaps I've been too conditioned into thinking how Hollywood works - if there are two A-list stars in a film, and one of them dies, there's no way in hell the second one will as well. As such, the rest of the movie is basically watching how Bullock will eventually survive. There is no great surprise. When she hit the ocean I almost walked out of the theatre - get it over with already!

If they would have toned down the action, and had a no-name (or less known even) cast it would have been much more effective. Yes, space is a terrifying place, no need to try to make it more so. As it though, they were almost there (as said, the visuals and sound design were very good), but missed the mark.

about a month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

marsu_k Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

But I found much of the tension to be very artificial. For example (spoilers ahoy!), when Bullock and Clooney reach ISS, both being tethered with a rope. And are no longer moving. Yet, Bullock is forced to cut the rope, because of... what, exactly? (yes, their characters had names, no longer remember them)

about 1 month ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

marsu_k Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

I have to agree, I really don't understand why Gravity is held in such high regard. Yes, visually it was very good. I also liked the audio design (apart from the fact that there's too much of Sandra Bullock breathing heavily). But as a movie I found it rather boring.

about 1 month ago
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China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access

marsu_k "F-Secure Oyg"? (64 comments)

I'm thinking that should probably be "Oyj", although that typo is not so easy to make (was it in the original article - how am I supposed to know? 'tis /.). But what that means (in Finnish, F-Secure is from .fi) is a public company. And whether the company is public or private is quite irrelevant in this context. Just call them F-Secure like everyone else.

about a month ago
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NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

marsu_k Re:I've been watching this (52 comments)

I had a Transformer Infinity (TF700 is the official moniker, I think), also powered by a Tegra 3. Combined with a 1920x1200 display (that was great though) the results were not good. This is due to memory bandwidth on a Tegra 3, which is simply not enough for that resolution. I'm not saying they haven't improved since - I certainly hope so - but I'll wait for actual reviews (not just a few benchmarks) before getting excited. That, and my 2013 Nexus 7 will probably serve me well for a year or two.

about a month ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

marsu_k Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

Actually you only need to ignore the first half of season 5 (the whole "Tragedy of the Telepaths" subplot was more a tragedy of the viewers), but I think there are some great episodes in the latter half. "Fall of Centauri Prime" is a personal favourite of mine.

about a month and a half ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

marsu_k Re:The only good thing (511 comments)

So... you're not sure you've ever felt the effects of coffee, yet you are easily distracted after consuming it?

about 2 months ago
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KDE Releases Frameworks 5

marsu_k Re: It looks awesome! Totally awesome! (87 comments)

While I agree with you in general terms - this is an issue that has bugged me ever since migrating to KDE4 and apparently I'm not alone. Still waiting for a proper solution (adding another input field in settings doesn't seem to be that big of a deal, configurability is what KDE is about after all, but I'd be willing to edit a text file by hand if that's what it takes; but no progress on the issue so far).

about 2 months ago

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