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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

theolein Clichéd but what about the media? (625 comments)

I recently had the opportunity to compare modern American comics with Franco-Belgian comics( "Bandes Dessinées"), and one thing that struck me almost from the beginning was the way that the majority of American comics seemed to involve fantasy characters and worlds that had very little whatsoever to do with reality, especially with respect to the physical universe.

I realise this doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it did certainly make me wonder.

about 7 months ago
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Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

theolein Re: unresolvable issues (93 comments)

I use it as well. Very nice for a Debian distro and none of the hassles.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

theolein I find Mint very mint (93 comments)

I too dropped Ubuntu for Mint. Much happier now.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior

theolein Re:Orwell (312 comments)

I wish Microsoft lots of luck trying to find talented employees after they implement this.

more than 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE 12.1 Released

theolein No Registry (174 comments)

That alone should make you a happy panda.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein You're wrong (685 comments)

Take a look further down that page to the section Breakdown Per OS, Non Mobile. You'll see that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS eclipses all the other Ubuntu versions by quite a healthy margin (an order of magnitude, in fact). 10.04 was the last version to use Gnome 2 and it's the last version that was non controversial and extremely popular.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein Ahmen (685 comments)

Even Fedora is set to overtake Ubuntu. Bye, bye, Mark.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein Re:Mint - very good (685 comments)

I wish I could mod you up. You've stated almost everything I wrote in a post further up, including MS and Shuttleworth's panic stricken chaotic run to mobile paradigms because Apple and Android were successful instead of sitting back and making small but useful steps. According to distrowatch, Ubuntu is about to be overtaken by Fedora of all things, and stability and usability aren't even its hallmarks. As for MS, the conceptual chasm between the Metro side of Windows 8 and the classic Windows dekstop is going to make MS many, many enemies in big enterprises, where they've already eroded a lot of the entrenched CIO support because of the Vista debacle and the retraining needed for the Ribbon interface. I can easily predict that those enterprises which can migrate apps to the web will do so and the march towards things like ChromeOS will only grow.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein Bye bye, Shuttleworth (685 comments)

Mint is currently the only Distro that is both easy to use, looks good and offers users choices that other distros don't. On top of that, the choices that Mint offers are polished, something which only Ubuntu did well until the clusterfuck that is Unity arrived.

Taking a closer look at the distro watch stats, I see that there are a number of distros that are going to overtake Ubuntu in the near future. Even Fedora with its Gnome 3 mess and its buginess is starting to overtake Ubuntu. That is how unhappy users are with it.

The sad thing is that Mark Shuttleworth will ignore all the signs of decay until developers start not bothering to package or test for Ubuntu and business partners start not returning calls because they're back to talking with Red-Hat or maybe even the Mint people. It blows me away how stubborn the man is. The signs are so clear that Unity as it is currently implemented is a failure and he refuses to budge and thinks that tablets or mobiles will use a clunky, broken GUI paradigm when Android and Chromium OS already have the open source mobile market cornered.

Sad, truly sad.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein Me too (685 comments)

Mint is where it's at, right now. I'm on LMDE and XFCE and staying there, but Clem and the others are making enormous strides in making MSGE everything that Gnome 3 wasn't.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

theolein Re:How about Fedora? (685 comments)

I wish I had mod points to mod you up. Yours was one of the most balanced posts on the whole UI/Distro episode I've read in a long time. I'm an XFCE Mint user, simply because I need to work and the way Ubuntu keeps on jumping around with new and more painful ways to do things slows me down and wastes my time, I feel.

Personally, I think Ubuntu is heading towards the death spiral. They're still very popular because of word of mouth inertia but it's pretty obvious that that is slowing down and Ubuntu's wish to head for tablets and mobiles ignores the fact that Android dominates the open source tablet OS market completely and is in no danger of being overtaken by Ubuntu ever.

We'll see what happens.

more than 2 years ago
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Cringely's Lost Jobs Interview: Coming To a Theater Near You

theolein Re:Boring. (206 comments)

And unhealthily close to the obsession of a cult as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Pursues Business Accounts, But Falls Short On Privacy Laws

theolein Re:Doesn't matter (122 comments)

It doesn't matter until their are legal complications. Then it matters a lot.

more than 2 years ago
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Superluminal Neutrinos, Take Two

theolein Re:Helpful but not that helpful (98 comments)

I think the OPERA team, judging from the various responses to criticisms, have been very thorough in avoiding the most obvious mistakes, such as GPS frame dragging etc.

My initial thought is that perhaps the GPS distance calculated between the two points uses an arc, i.e. along the curve of the earth and that the neutrinos traveling along a straight line caused the error, but I'm pretty sure that something that obvious would have been noticed after they repeated the experiment 15'000 times.

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

theolein LG should be suing Samsung (988 comments)

The body shape of that LG Prada looks astonishingly like a Samsung Galaxy SII, which Apple has gotten banned in Holland and is trying to get banned elsewhere.

This blows my mind. Did Apple pay off the judges or something?

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

theolein Power corrupts the mind too (988 comments)

I think Steve Jobs was very taken in by his own mythos and had gotten used bulldozing the opposition out of the way by way of his power to persuade. I think that the idea of having something he couldn't control was pretty alien to him.

more than 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

theolein A tale of Two Steves (988 comments)

It's more than a little ironic that both Steves had apopleptic fits when confronted with Google, one because Microsoft couldn't fuck Google search over the way they fucked over everyone else until then and one because Google had the temerity to make its own phone in competition to Apple.

Now, fast forward a couple of years and one Steve is dead and the iPhone is behind Android in the market and the other Steve, while not dead, has messed things up so badly that no one takes him seriously any more.

Is this where the saying, "Killing two birds(Steves) with one stone(Google)" comes from?

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

theolein Re:YES (270 comments)

And not a fuck was given that day.

more than 2 years ago

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The impact of Apple's dropping 64 bit C/C++ API

theolein theolein writes  |  more than 6 years ago

theolein writes "I would like to add my voice to those querying Apple's dropping of support for 64 bit Carbon. As a developer and system administrator I find it disturbing that porting any application from Windows or Linux to OS X will now involve a major re-architecting and rewrite of the code, into Cocoa/Objective-C++. Apple knows full well the import of this decision on major software like Adobe's creative suite, most 3D applications and even Apple's own Final Cut Pro. There will be no 64 bit version of Adobe's coming CS4 suite on OS X and the timeframe for the CS5 suite is open as no one knows how long it will take to port such large applications. Porting these code bases is prohibitively expensive and time consuming. I work in a media firm of 40+ employees which uses OS X and Adobe software almost exclusively, and we are now seriously questioning whether we made the right decision when we decided to move to Macs, as many of our users run up against the 32 bit barrier daily. This decision was, I assume, most likely made by Steve Jobs personally, in an attempt, one assumes, to get more people to develop in Cocoa or to channel development for the iPhone, but I seriously question whether this decision is not going to come back to hurt Apple, and by extension, its customers. It would be good to know what slashdot readers think of this question."
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theolein theolein writes  |  more than 7 years ago

theolein writes "The BBC has an article up on a recent study that concludes that Europeans are now on average taller than Americans from being shorter some 200 years ago. It seems that Americans have grown about 1 inch in that time, whereas Europeans are between 3 and 6 inches taller than they were 200 years ago. The study does not include Asian or Hispanic immigrants to the USA and makes no conclusions about why this is, but states that factors, such as dietry, social and economic factors may play a role in the results."

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theolein theolein writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I see that I can disable advertising now. Normally, I wouldn't really care as Slashdot earns money through advertising and the Advertising is nowhwere nearly as bad as at most other sites. However, yesterday I was confronted with advertising from Scientology. I was extremely offended. I know that it is free speech and all that, but really, what the hell got into the advertiser's minds when they decided that that particular organisation, on a technology site, was a good idea. Or was it just the stuff that got into the advertiser's pockets?

In any case, advertising is now disabled.

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