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Asus Joins Tablet PC Race

moogsynth Re:Android (235 comments)

They were "persuaded" to go with Windows instead of Android. source. Make of that what you will.

Taiwan companies making tablets are being "persuaded" by Intel and Microsoft to promote x86-based tablets over ARM models, according to a controversial claim today. Both ASUS and MSI had made it clear they were producing Tegra-based ARM tablets with Android at the start of the year but have suddenly shifted much of their attention for the Computex show in early June to systems using Intel's chips, usually Atom processors, with Windows 7 as the OS. ARM-based tablets would still be at the expo and ship in the summer but would be secondary focuses at most.

more than 4 years ago
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Sneak Preview For Coming KDE SC 4.5

moogsynth Re:Get out of my way! (249 comments)

I use activities to keep groups of applications separate. For instance, I keep all my development apps in the one activity screen, and all my internet apps in another. Structuring your workspace in this sort of advanced hierarchal way does a lot for productivity. I work faster, and my machine is uncluttered and easy to navigate even with dozens of programmes running. It's good, you should try it.

Yes. Why are your applications not showing up in the tray? Maybe there is a problem with your brain.

You can either have a standard desktop with icons all over it, or have them appear inside a Plasma widget. It's up to you. I decided not to have any icons on my desktop at all, and no widgets. Icons look ugly and there's usually applications running on top of them any way.

Modern KDE doesn't get in the way of your applications unless you want it to. To say otherwise is to be wilfully ignorant.

more than 4 years ago
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Sneak Preview For Coming KDE SC 4.5

moogsynth Re:I try every new KDE4 release, but... (249 comments)

The Plasma desktop doesn't crash for me. Maybe you need to check with your package maintainers about that. But you know what? The bitterness about 4.0 comes up in every single goddamned KDE thread. But it just doesn't matter any more. Seriously. KDE 4.4 is stable enough, and it looks like 4.5 is going to be even better. It's okay. You can let go.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome 5.0 For Win/Mac/Linux

moogsynth Re:Can it accept add-ons yet? (347 comments)

Yes we all know it has extensions. But Chrome doesn't have Noscript. It does have Javascript-blocking and whitelists but it's an all or nothing choice for each website, which is less than ideal. Chrome also has an adblocker, but it isn't a proper adblocker; it just hides the ads. So clearly, the you are wrong, and Chrome is still not a good choice of browser for the GP.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases Chrome 5.0 For Win/Mac/Linux

moogsynth Re:Correction (347 comments)

No, you're wrong. Chrome's deb installer automatically adds the Google repositories, so Linux users get updates for it like they for any other package.

But there really isn't any point in running Chrome instead of Chromium on Linux any way. They're the exact same thing except for the logo and Googe's stalky tracking system, and Chromium usually has better package management.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates's The Road Ahead, 15 Years Later

moogsynth Re:How are these misses? (280 comments)

Almost everything Gates wrote about the web in that book was added in the second edition. Before that, it was only mentioned in passing. But it just so happened that was the year the web really took off. So he and his publishers sought to fix this glaring mistake. It isn't really very difficult to predict something in retrospect, is it?

more than 4 years ago
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Asus Budget Ultraportable Notebook Sold Sans OS

moogsynth Re:"Traditional Operating System" (263 comments)

I'm curious as to why they even bothered to say anything but "without Windows" when they clearly meant "without Windows".

Because netbooks are also sold with Ubuntu or Xandros installed on them. Netbooks are commonly sold with instant-on environments and a general purpose operating system on the hard disk. But hardly ever are desktop computers and laptops sold with nothing on them at all except for an instant-on operating system environment. Hence the use of the term "traditional".

more than 4 years ago
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Climate Change and the Integrity of Science

moogsynth Re:No mention (1046 comments)

I was thinking the same thing. Apparently, subverting the peer review process to keep contrarian papers from being published is OK; complaining about it in public is EVIL.

You're right. Here are some of the conclusions the scientists have made about climate change.

  • (i) The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.
  • (ii) Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
  • (iii) Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth's climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-induced changes.
  • (iv) Warming the planet will cause many other climatic patterns to change at speeds unprecedented in modern times, including increasing rates of sea-level rise and alterations in the hydrologic cycle. Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic.
  • (v) The combination of these complex climate changes threatens coastal communities and cities, our food and water supplies, marine and freshwater ecosystems, forests, high mountain environments, and far more.

Well go on then, refute them. I eagerly await your reasoned discourse replete with accurate facts and figures explaining why it is all, in fact, a crock and a sham! If the evil money-grabbing scientific conspiracy community won't accept or peer review your findings, then I'm sure Slashdot will. What have you got to lose, eh?

more than 4 years ago
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Second Inquiry Exonerates Climatic Research Unit

moogsynth Re:Sadly... (764 comments)

They look around, find scads of data that fits their model, and with enough data, declare the "debate is over".

Don't forget that if the data _doesn't_ fit your model, you get to 'adjust' it until it does.

'Global warming', sorry, 'climate change' is now potentially a multi-trillion dollar global industry if the banks get their 'crap and trade' laws passed. Does anyone really think that a little thing like the truth is going to be allowed to get in the way of those fat profits and bonuses? Ten years from now we'll be shivering in the dark because the price of power and heating has been massively increased to make fat-cats like Al Gore even richer, sorry, to prevent 'global warming'.

Goddamn straight. After all, everybody knows there's no money to be made in oil. It's in goddamn WINDMILLS and shit.

more than 4 years ago
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IE Market Share Falls To Historic Low

moogsynth Re:The great thing about this: MS doesn't know why (472 comments)

Obviously Microsoft is doing this in an attempt to gain some market share again.

If that were entirely true, then the browser would be made to work on XP systems. XP is still the most widely-used operating system on planet earth, remember, at least for a few years yet. I understand that Windows 7 is the best OS they've come out with and all that, but a lot of people aren't looking to upgrade to 7 any time soon. Desktop users and businesses alike. It's hard to see how much marketshare they can claw back by making it Vista+ only.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Wikipedia Articles Vary So Much In Quality

moogsynth Re:Missing role: deleters (160 comments)

It's much worse than that. Articles aren't deleted because people assume no-one will want to look at them. Articles with hundreds, even thousands of hits a month are commonly deleted because they are seen as not being notable enough for inclusion. The reasons why are usually because there aren't enough sources to prove that the article in question is notable, or the sources are of a sketchy nature (blogs and the like). The actual guidelines themselves say that articles should have the best citations that people can find--often enough mentions on blogs simply have to do. The notability guidelines are being taken as literal truth by a huge number of wikilawyers, who will mercilessly use it as a weapon to nominate articles for deletion. They'll then use other trollish guidelines as absolute law to rubbish the citations people dig up to try and save the article from being deleted. I've seen it happen way too many times now, and I just don't have the patience to dealwith these sorts of fuckwits.

more than 4 years ago
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New Linux-Based Laptop For Computer Newbies

moogsynth Re:no training wheels (198 comments)

True, but software of a very poor or insecure nature is usually unlikely to make it into most Linux distributions. Well-maintained repositories and package managers pretty much ensure users don't install buggy pieces of crap (for most purposes, any way). People install badly-written software for Windows by combing the web for dodgy-looking downloads; that just doesn't happen in Linux. Well, except for new users who have difficulty reconciling themselves with the limitations of repositories, any way.

Then again, many distributions are starting to include features for one-click installations of random software and repositories. At least on the one hand it'll stop people from complaining that "omg installing software too hard in loonix", but on the other maybe we'll start seeing people suffer from buggy, cruftinated Linux systems.

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

moogsynth Re:This makes sense (502 comments)

Only because terribly written software was used to writing all over the place all the time. Vista only requires root for the same kind of things linux does. The only other complaint was that it showed an inordinate amount of alerts for the same thing, file copying into protected folders, which was fixed in SP1. I'd still prefer the Vista SP0 4 dialogs to what Nautilus does (i.e, tell me to get fucked.)

One of the major reasons for having the UAC dialogues in the first place was to try and stop developers from writing applications that needlessly require to be run as admin. In that sense, it has been at least somewhat successful. There was a similar purge of root-hogging daemons in Linuxland about ten years back.

more than 4 years ago
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"Three Strikes" To Go Ahead In Britain

moogsynth Re:they need something based on the rules of crick (294 comments)

I'd been trying to make this joke all week, but despite reading the wiki page on Cricket, I couldn't write the joke to make it sound like I knew what I was talking about. Three strikes and I suppose now *I'm* out.

Don't feel so bad about it. The OP got it wrong too. If you get bowled leg-before-wicket (LBW), then you're already out.

more than 4 years ago
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Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

moogsynth Re:Continuous Shufling Machine (597 comments)

That seems just as snide as catching the counters with machines, possibly worse. People like to play Blackjack because they know it can be beaten. Whether they actually will beat the house is another matter entirely (and most probably won't). Having enormous, permanently shuffling decks completely blows that illusion away. I can see it turning more people away than bringing them in.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Games For Non-Gamers?

moogsynth Linux is awash with FPS games (460 comments)

If you like FPS games there are many you can try. Sauerbraten, Nexuiz, Tremulous, Warsow are a few to get you started.

It sucks for me, though, I hate FPS games. For my Linux gaming I've always used emulators. Install ePSXe, Mednafen and dgen, then eat your heart out on old games console titles.

more than 4 years ago
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FTC States Bloggers Must Disclose Paid Reviews

moogsynth Re:Astroturfing. (310 comments)

Maybe the astroturfing garbage will finally stop... or at least be more obvious.

That's pretty naive. Of course it will continue. Although it will be obvious to you or me, it will still be somewhat deceptive. They'll probably try and portray the freebies themselves as positive endorsements for Company X. "Luckily for me they even included a stylish bag to carry it around in! These will be sold separately and I must say they look super stylish!!!!1"

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day

moogsynth Re:FUD (706 comments)

So now Microsoft spread FUD about their own products? Colour me impressed.

more than 4 years ago
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Chrome OS Designed To Start Microsoft Death Spiral

moogsynth Re:Start the Microsoft death spiral? What again? (817 comments)

Huh? They've increased revenues for 5 straight years now at around 10%. And they're last year net income grew 25% over 2007. Yeah, that's a real death spiral. Gee, I wish I could run a company in a "death spiral" that generates 60 billion in revenue and almost 18 billion in net income.

I'm sorry, but 2007? Really? I can't tell if it's just a typo or what, but either way, how about some up-to-date news on that? Is that too much to ask?

Microsoft reported a disappointing 29 per cent slump in fourth-quarter profits after a year in which its revenues fell for the first time ever since 1986. The company's earnings sank to $3.05 billion, or 34 cents per share, from $4.3 billion, or 46 cents per share, in the same period last year. Now the company plans to go on a 'crash diet' programme where it plans to curtail all expenses to go slim.

about 5 years ago
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Encyclopedia Britannica Loses Information-Retrieval Patent Ruling

moogsynth Re:To all people seeking software patents... (95 comments)

Do you honestly believe the computer you are typing on now would exist without patents or be afordable enough that the average person could own one?

What might surprise you is the fact that the computer industry was doing just fine for forty years without patents. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates (patent maximalists by anyone's standards) have said many times that if patents had been more prevalent back in the day, neither would have succeeded with their businesses.

about 5 years ago

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IP protections for climate change

moogsynth moogsynth writes  |  more than 5 years ago

moogsynth (1264404) writes "Buried in section 329 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R.2410), voted in recently, are measures to oppose any global climate change treaty that weakens the IP rights of American companies. Peter Zura's patent blog notes that "the vote comes in anticipation of the upcoming negotiations in December as part of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.""
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