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Comment "New Interface?" (Score 2) 224

"The issue is that users didn't want to learn a new interface"

No. My issues with the ribbon are:

  • Keyboard shortcuts?
  • "Responsive" design moves the icons around as you're using the product... e.g., shrink the window to work on two docs side-by-side
  • Cryptic icons require hovering over or clicking on to figure out what they do, icons change between versions of course
  • Screen real-estate wasted displaying 80% of features I rarely or never used
  • Features given prominence which sabotage the use of styles and screw up documents
  • They removed the menus (In Windows)

Comment Re:As someone with a masters in this -exact field- (Score 1) 339

"If you are a true master, you should be able to explain concepts in a way that even a child can understand. "

This isn't needed to be a master in a field and it isn't necessary unless you're speaking to novices or people outside the field. Sagan, Hawking or Feynman are good examples of this. Einstein was a real aberration, where even some of his papers were written with disarming clarity.

For Trump, I think you're mixing this up with the Dunning Kruger effect, where a person's inability to understand what's going on around them makes them think they have a better understanding than the experts.

Comment Beer? (Score 2) 172

BSD is free like the Grimm fairytales.

Sometimes you're shared the stories and you're allowed to reshare them, e.g. from Gutenberg. Sometimes you're not. E.g. from Disney.

BSD gives you the freedom to take it, modify it, distribute it and not allow the recipient the same benefit.

"Free as in beer" doesn't imply the knowledge nor right to start a brewery and produce your own. It's ridiculous to say Linux is free as in beer.

Comment Re:Marketing to the Cult (Score 4, Informative) 168

"True, it's the only smartphone on which you can't install an application unless approved by the phone manufacturer. Nobody had that idea before."

Other phones at the time didn't let you install an application, updates, ringtones or anything unless approved by the TELCO.

So yep, opening it up to the manufacturer to sell you apps was a huge move forward. It meant strong-arming the telcos with overwhelming demand else they wouldn't carry Apple's new little product.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 470

The assertion of em drive is not based on theory, but alleged observation.

Conflicting measurements are evidence of experimental error. China's trying a new experiment, hopefully their measurements agree with some others. I think we both expect the outcome to be "no thrust".

It looks like a fun experiment. Not sure why they feel it's worth investigating, but maybe it's related to another project and not a high cost item for them.

If it works, you can propose your unicorn attractor constant.

Comment Re:Not at all fake news (Score 1) 600

No, the "fake news" of the last few months has been the fabricated news pupping up hysterical memes so as to generate millions of dollars in ad revenue. It's genuinely fake. The people writing it don't even believe it.

This is an example of a well-shared fake news story on a fake news site:

"Denver Guardian is Denver's oldest news source and one of the longest running daily newspapers published in the United States. With a focus on local content, the Guardian thrives to maintain a non-partisan newsroom making our content the most reliable source available in print and across the web. "

The Denver Guardian isn't a real newspaper.

Comment Re:aka PgDn "trick" (Score 1) 309

They're what Mac users use because in the interest of ease-of-use, they have no home or end keys, but have two-extra modifier keys (Fn and Cmd). Ctrl-a => home (Windows), Ctrl-e => end, Ctrl-k => shift-end, delete.

Cmd-a => Ctrl-a.

I think some of these keys derive from ancient Unix days. Jobs being reluctant to even put arrow keys on the Mac. They are basic and have been around forever, but only if you're a Mac user or ancient Unix guy.

Comment Re:So.... Yik Yakked? (Score 1) 71

It distracted kids in schools and got used for bullying etc. It also got picked up by people who wanted to talk to kids in schools, which is not good either. Yik Yak blocked the app at schools in the U.S....

"As for how the blocks will affect Yik Yak’s user growth, the company isn’t concerned, saying that the app is still doing “very well” at colleges and the publicly cited user numbers have been grossly under-reported."

I would guess the kids who used it and were blocked, graduated as kids who forgot it existed.

Comment Re:I needed something simple and (Score 1) 288

An interesting keyboard hack came up for the T430 :

The T420 (which I'm using heavily as a lab machine (16G RAM, 512G SSD, 1TB HDD, + empty ultrabay) has a CPU which runs a bit hot and has poor battery life. The T430 changed the keyboard layout, but better CPU, the T440 has an insanely bad touchpad design with no physical buttons. This meant for a while if you wanted a reasonable touchpad and keyboard on a Thinkpad, you had to look backwards to the T420.

Compared to other manufacturers though, the T440 and T450 at least have home/end/ins/del/pgup/pgdn and prtsc reachable without fn-key combinations, Why they put prtsc next to ctl is beyond me though, but at least they stopped screwing with the design for a while, refined the T430 design instead (grouping function keys by 4s etc.) and they didn't follow the Apple to put the power button next to backspace. the T460 threw out the ins key... I think for an oversized delete and oversized escape next to all their already undersized function keys. "Improvements". Maybe they'll fix it in the T470...

Comment Re:Asus UX305CA (Score 4, Interesting) 288

Running the kernel is no problem.

Having working sound, volume controls, 3d support, wifi, touchpad w. multi-touch, Bluetooth, suspend, hibernate (and resume), etc, etc. is another matter.

For me, having a keyboard which doesn't mix up Fn and Ctrl (with no abilty to remap), or disposes of home/end/pgup/pgdn in favour of putting prtscr next to Ctrl, or forward/back buttons over the arrow keys, keeps function keys as function keys and possibly has a mouse with three buttons... these are the difference between an crappy Linux laptop and an ok Linux laptop.

Give it 8h battery life (genuine 8h, not pretend 8h), upgradable RAM, upgradable storage, and a high resolution display with good viewing angles, HDMI out (or similar)... then we're talkign a great Linux laptop.

This might only be the XPS13 or circa 2011 Thinkpads.

Comment Opensteetmaps, Apple Maps, Google Maps (Score 1) 44

I'm in a major North American city and Google maps has almost no data on the construction in town. Some of it weeks after it began.

I also don't trust Google maps for traffic. They seem to mark a route "Red" as heavy traffic faster than Apple maps, to the point that I ignore their statements on traffic density... the roads are usually not as bad as they say they are.

Apple maps are quicker to read, faster to load, give me better traffic. OpenStreetmap gives me better detail on streets, walking paths, geography and cycling paths. Google maps are better than all of these at finding addresses, and nobody has anything better than Google Streetview.

We can't forget that Apple is making money, and a lot of money, selling phones. You're paying for that mapping sofware. Google is an advertising company, they make money selling your location and other information about you. The privacy reasons keep my feet out of Google as much as possible, but the alternatives have advantages.

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