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GNOME 3 Wins Linux Journal's Readers' Choice Award

waferhead Re:This sounds familiar... (378 comments)

When you design your interface in such an annoying manner that it creates emotional pain, it becomes ingrained in the victims memory and the experience never goes away - and then you win! You win, Gnome! Win!

I felt the pain from the very first release, and after awhile, the only time I spent in Gnome was trying to figure out where Redhat had hidden the desktop switcher... this time. I could never understand why they would make THAT fugly, buggy, cartoonish and damn near unusable GUI (that managed to incorporate a Windows-like registry for settings, for gods sake) the default, with crud for other options.

Sorry, not meaning to troll, but I have ALWAYS loathed Gnome, all versions.

One of the main reasons I grew away from Redhat many, many moons ago.

So much for internet polls, eh? The sheeple rule.

about 3 years ago
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HP Making webOS Open Source

waferhead Enterprise tablet? (169 comments)

I never quite got why HP never pushed the Touchpad for enterprise use.

I can't think of another tablet that had Java SE available to install.
(Ignoring the Win7 versions running on x86, mostly reskinned keyboardless netbooks)

There are a ...few... companies that use Java for many internal apps, (or at least user facing portions) and given the tablets specs it seems a natural.

I'm still hoping to score one Monday assuming HP still does the Ebay dump, the (sold) prices for the 32gb seem to have been hovering around $250, with some occasionally going for ~$150 for no apparent reason.

Perhaps HP will end up doing something "like" IBM, in the way IBM makes ...a few bucks... off Linux, perhaps WebOS will get some traction and provide some return.

about 3 years ago
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HP Making webOS Open Source

waferhead Re:Obvious question (169 comments)

Yeah, if they want to avoid fragmentation, BSD seems the way to go. (CCL == BSD, I think?) 30 years later and we don't have distributions of BSD, we have 'branches'.

Absolutely, and all 5 users of each branch love it. >;-
(come on, you know you wanted to say it )

about 3 years ago
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

waferhead Hopefully HPs Chinese suppliers will be pissed... (368 comments)

Hopefully HPs Chinese suppliers will be pissed enough to release this hardware for sale at a sane price, with Ubuntu/Android dual boot.

WebOS LOOKS excellent, and Debian/Ubuntu chroots are well done, and the hardware specs are top of the current heap.

Someone also supposedly has Honeycomb running on it.

more than 3 years ago
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

waferhead Re:It's a quest (368 comments)

I tried from 0930 central time online and around Dallas with no luck...

Well, they DID have some in Durant OK but they wanted $499 for it, and didn't care what Walmart.com said the price was.
(Tried everything, store magnager... all inbred)
I would have bought it if I had $499 free/available today, as sooner than later that idiocy would be cured.

more than 3 years ago
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Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

waferhead Re:Replicator (633 comments)

Actually we have more than enough food to go around right now. We don't have a food shortage problem we have a wealth inequality problem.....

I have to slightly disagree... Large portions of the earth have very innefficient>no trasportation infrastructure, resulting in huge inefficiencies in getting crops from where grown to where needed, resulting in the vast majority of fresh food spoiling.(worldwide)

OTOH, that's largely the result of wealth inequality and corrupt politician issues you referred to.

Just giving everybody in Saharan Africa a fat check will not fix infrastructure issues though.

(Look to Ireland for inspiration, the EU spent huge money on Irish roads to great effect)

more than 3 years ago
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Mystery Missile Launched Near LA

waferhead Re:YEEEEEHAAAAW (858 comments)

Slim Pickens was simply playing a defense contractor in a tech support ride.

You do what you have to do to get the job done. >:)

more than 4 years ago
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$2,000 Bounty For Open Source Xbox Kinect Drivers

waferhead Re:Is reverse engineering still legal ? (274 comments)

Aye. A Kinect would be a great tool/controller for a computer.

Then again, maybe that's it - they don't want the computer to have one more way to compete with the 360.

Aye. A Kinect would be a great tool/controller for a computer.

Then again, maybe that's it - they don't want the computer to have one more way to compete with the 360.

No, it may mean MS is subsidizing the units (at least initially) and doesn't want to lose money on extra sales that aren't linked to an XBox.

more than 4 years ago
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Interactive Text Adventures Come To the Kindle

waferhead Re:I can has good textadventure? (84 comments)

I still have hope that one day, one of the star authors (Stephen King, Ken Follett etc.) will write a "Choose your own Adventure" book, or a text adventure. I mean, the concept is so great, but all we get are "You are the hero fighting the evil wizard" style books.

I agree, we totally need more "Evil Wizard kicks everyones ass and takes over the world" books/games ;-)

(Love the idea of a King et. al. text adventure)

more than 4 years ago
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US Says Plane Finder App Threatens Security

waferhead Re:Yes, let's all focus on the iPhone apps... (524 comments)

Also note that the iPhone app works because THE AIRPLANE IS BROADCASTING THIS INFORMATION CONSTANTLY. If this information is a security threat, why did they create an air traffic control system where this information is public? If you can't be arsed to encrypt your own broadcasts, is it really shocking when someone actually reads them?

Slight correction---The aircraft is broadcasting this UNENCRYPTED information constantly.

There, clear definition of the real problem.
If the Iphone can track it, making something else track it is likely trivial.

more than 4 years ago
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Does A Company Deserve the Same Privacy Rights As You?

waferhead Re:No. (379 comments)

Wasting a mod point to reply... Yes.

I have no issue giving the corporation the right to vote as an individual... One vote...
With the same limitations as to contributions an individual has. (one person) and prohibition of lobbying expenses over some trivial amount.

Corporations have "owned" politicians for ages. Thats what must end.

Here's what a "person" can contribute... Lobbying expenses perhaps should fall under these caps.
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepoliticalsystem/a/contriblaws.htm

more than 4 years ago
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UK Pursues Tax Evaders Using Stolen Bank Details

waferhead Re:Two Wrongs. . . (315 comments)

I'll take a shot at it... at least based on how the US legal and tax system work. (sort of inherited from the British, at least loosely)

There would likely be protections from criminal prosecution (inadmissible evidence or such) at least until they found enough evidence OTHER than the list itself.

BUT---The tax man doesn't really care much to prosecute you.
He wants his money. ...You give him the money, or he takes it forcibly.

You aren't likely to make much if convicted/in prison, so it's sort of a twisted win-win...

If you spent/lost it all and cannot pay him, then you may have a problem.

more than 4 years ago
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The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

waferhead Re:Floppy drives anyone? (630 comments)

Right, but Netflix sends DVDs, not Syquest discs.

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

waferhead Re:You would need one nuke per mountain valley (279 comments)

Besides, don't we have to scrap a bunch of them for the new START treaty?

They have a "use by date". Cmon... ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

waferhead Re:You would need one nuke per mountain valley (279 comments)

That's an expensive way to kill goats and scare the crap out of the guys that left the place two days ago and pisses off the neutrals downwind enough for them to take up arms.
The idea fails on every single level even if you have zero morals.

The FAEs don't have fallout... and can have almost the same effect as a tactical nuke, particluarly so if you are hiding in a cave in the blast zone.

Some people cannot appreciate a decent ludicrous example when they see one. ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

waferhead Re:How could they not know their job? (279 comments)

The entire point of American warfare is to expend as much ammunition as possible so to stick the American public with the biggest bill possible. A 13 meter margin of error means you can justify using three guided missiles instead of one. How does a military contractor not see the benefit of that? How are they supposed to create business for you if you're tying them up in court!

These clowns can't possibly think they're actually looking for WMD's and Osama Bin Laden could they? They're looking for an intractable enemy to spend billions trying to irradicate, and they've found them in the Taliban, just like Isreal found the Palestinians. Spooky sneaky "bad guys" are literally booming business.

The enemy is only intractable due to the fact that we still have some morals and desperately try to keel collateral damage to a minimum.
This is also what drives the expensive drive for new toys.
If we could just nuke or FAE then bulldoze the whole place it would be cheaper.

The Taleban do not have any regard for human life, so they don't have that issue...quite the opposite.
Drug dealers are like that.

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

waferhead Re:Let me see if I have this straight (279 comments)

1) US creates military drones used in Pakistan.

2) Drones are controlled using software.

3) Software company that writes drone software is bought by IBM.

4) Software can now, potentially, be outsourced to IBM development personnel in um, Pakistan.

Is it just me, or is something wrong with this picture?

Don't ask me, before I followed the links, I was trying to figure out how IBM bought the CIA ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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CIA Drones May Have Used Illegal, Inaccurate Code

waferhead Re: Confounded (279 comments)

They showed us the dangers of exposing the ruling class to lead for generations.

They also highlighted the effect of close inbreeding in the ruling class for generations...

(the southern republicans should take note ) //troll ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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AMD One-Ups Intel With Cheap Desktop Chips

waferhead Re:? Do you really think Intels are 4x faster (362 comments)

If you buy a 200euro amd you get the best bang for your buck. If you buy a 800 euro Intel you get more bang but pay more bucks per bang.

That's all very well, but how many bangs could a bangbuck buck if a bangbuck could bang bucks?

Pathetic losers, everyone know the answer is 42 ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

waferhead Re:Floppy drives anyone? (630 comments)

When was the last time you used the DVD drive? We're close to not needing them as it stands today.

Every time I ri---err... watch a DVD of course ;-)

more than 4 years ago

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Ultimate in recycled housing? Shipping containers

waferhead waferhead writes  |  more than 5 years ago

waferhead writes "Found this in a link via the "Wooden condo design survives 7.5 earthquake" article, but IMHO this has more potential for single and multi family homes.

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/03/demaria-shipping-container-house/

Shipping containers as LEGO?

I've wanted to do something like this for many years, but my new house would probably end up looking like a bunch of stacked... shipping containers."

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