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KDE Rebrands, Introduces KDE Plasma Desktop

mopslik Re:Wrods for mare mortals (364 comments)

no amount of marketing money would make a name like GIMP gain wide acceptance.

So... you're saying I should reevaluate my KDE Ultimate Network Tool then?

more than 4 years ago

GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

mopslik Re:What are you talking about? (900 comments)

1) Make selection
2) Open "Image" menu in main menubar
3) Click "Crop to Selection"

It's even easier than that these days:

  1. Make selection using the Crop Tool.
  2. Click the selection.

Done in two. I have no idea why OP is having such a difficult time.

more than 4 years ago

Low-Energy Laser Etching May Replace Fruit Labels

mopslik Re:We don't need no stickers at all.. (475 comments)

At my local grocery store, they sell three different types of bananas: "standard" (49c/lb), organic (79c/lb) and fair trade (89c/lb). Without some form of labelling, the cashier cannot distinguish between the types.

Of course, the self-checkout lanes make this entire argument almost moot...

more than 4 years ago

Sneak Preview of New OpenOffice 3.2

mopslik Re:Faster... (377 comments)

You know, I used to think it was solely an issue, and while the application certainly could be snappier and less bloated in some areas, I don't think it's nearly as bad as people make it out to be.

As the only Computer Science teacher at my high school, I often inherit lots of older hardware. The other day our local technician gave me three old Celeron 600MHz laptops that he was just going to throw in the trash. I decided to turn them into workstations for my students who did not have easy access to computers at home. As they were slow machines, I set them up with a basic Ubuntu install running IceWM -- it runs quite snappy, and is a bit more user-friendly than say DSL.

I considered installing AbiWord for a word processor, but chose OO.o mainly because we have it installed on the school servers anyway. The result? It takes about 6-7 seconds to load up, and responds quite well. As a point of comparison, the 2GHz Pentium 4 machines running XP and Word in our department office launch Word in approximately 5-6 seconds, so it's pretty much on par.

I know that OO.o is a beast sometimes, but my experiences have been fairly positive.

about 5 years ago

How IBM Plans To Win Jeopardy!

mopslik Re:Jesus (154 comments)

I know you were going for funny, but in reality Jeopardy never uses one(or two)-word answers.

They often do, but they're typically framed within a narrow, specific category. For example, the category might me "National Drinks" or some such thing. Typical Q/As might be Japan (Sake), Russia (Vodka), and so forth. Jeapoardy! also has a few other categories (anagrams, for example) that frequently use one or two words.

more than 5 years ago

Psychologists Don't Know Math

mopslik Re:You know who can't do math? (566 comments)

If you are sick on a Friday or Monday...

I frequently hear this argument, but it presupposes a truly "random" sick day. I suspect that the dates are indeed biased, with more people being "sick" on a Monday or Friday. I know that would certainly be my choice.

Somewhat related, it's like flipping a coin 999 times and coming up heads each time. What is the probability that it will come up heads again? If it was truly random, the probability would be 50%. More likely, however, the coin is weighted on one side and biased toward heads. Bias is definitely a factor.

more than 6 years ago


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