393 posts • joined 20 Jul 2010
I agree. I have used Mint with the Cinnamon desktop for the past few years and it works great. Lately I've playing with KDE and decide to switch desktop environments, but decided to go with Mint/KDE after test-driving openSUSE and Kubuntu and being rather underwhelmed.
Re: As a lesser mortal...
...may I just ask what anyone does that requires more than 16GB of ram that doesnt involve running 8VMs on a laptop?
CAD tools. AutoCAD, Rhynoceros, etc. Damn things eat memory like bacon.
Only in Japan
In fact there are plenty of handheld computers being made and marketed today. All you need do to get hold of one is visit a consumer electronics shop... in Japan.
Here they're called "denshi jisho", or electronic dictionaries. Like the case of "computer", the name hasn't accurately represented what the devices can do for a long time now. Some still sport monochrome screens, but there are many that have color displays and enough processing power to play videos. Extras include integrated digital TV receptor, touchscreen and Wi-Fi. Most double as personal organizers, and all have some sort of mechanical keyboard, the notebook-alike clamshell being the most popular form-factor.
Could these ever be successful outside of Japan? I dunno. Smartphones have already assimilated all their functions plus making phone calls, playing games and taking pictures; in fact I'd reckon it's only the conservatism of Japanese consumers that continues to make them viable here (accordingly, most models come from traditional Japanese companies, such as Sharp and Casio). I guess that much as we may lament it, unless someone comes up with a truly fresh take on the form-factor, the age of the handheld PC is pretty much over. All hail the handheld fondleslab (aka the smartphone).
It's known that the brain is more able to adapt when young so I wonder if you fitted extra limbs to a child, if the brain would automatically learn to use them, controlling 3 arms totally naturally?
It's likely, yes. In fact Prof. Miguel Nicolelis' research achieved just that in simian test subjects – you'd expect his results to hold for humans.
Is there only one Satoshi Nakamoto on the planet (...)?
Not to mention that this Satoshi Nakamoto is conveniently an American citizen living in the US... Because, you know, Japanese citizens, what do they know about computers anyway?
Heads I win, tails you lose
Hack walks over to bloke and asks "are you <insert random claim here, e.g. 'the creator of bitcoin'>?"
If bloke says "yes", that's the story right there.
If he says "no", the story is "Mr. so-and-so denies he's <random claim>".
Journalism: because the truth is out there, but Hell if I can be bothered to go and take a look.
Re: Is it just me..
(...) [I]s IT ignorance becoming the equivalent of 'the dog ate my homework'[?]
I don't know about IT ignorance, but IT in general has been a staple of poor performance scapegoating for quite a while. Where I come from, "sorry the system is down" has been the standard no-service excuse for well over a decade; according to an anecdote I heard, people have been even denied hospitalization on the grounds that the hospital's check-in system was off.
So yeah, this whole computer revolution of ours is turning quite convenient for slackers the world over...
Re: And so Yahoo! continues
Come on, Marissa, you should know better than to become a pale copy of Google.
I always thought she was brought in to "Googlify" Yahoo!
Why did they even give her the job then?
Re: Developing nations
The big uns like that will continue to receive help/updates from MS
I doubt it. Enterprise has become MS's most important market, so it is in Redmond's best interests that the "big uns" let go of XP. And those are pretty much the clients that need to be prodded: ordinary consumers will upgrade automatically the next time they buy a PC, but big companies with IT departments can always get new machines wiped and refitted with Windows XP, for as long as the drivers remain compatible.
Re: Could have been worse
So now we would have a laptop from a privileged lineage, no understanding of what an average user needs and absolutely no experience for its job function?
Having neglected to clarify what Osborne I was talking about (it was this one, just so you be sure), I was afraid someone would conjure the image of a large-boned Heavy Metal singer falling on top of people, but this is even worse.
Oh Internet, you never cease to surprise and terrify me.
Could have been worse
A mere thirty years ago that laptop could have been an Osborne.
Who'd have guessed the day would come when our obsession for ever slimmer, lighter gear would actually save lives?
Re: Welcome to the cloud
You make it sound like there's something wrong with taking up an offer of free storage. Why?
No particular reason, just the conventions of the form.
Then again I am a freeloader too, I use Google Drive and Dropbox and pay for neither.
Chill off dude, the week's just about started.
Welcome to the cloud
Where freeloaders are the product and applications can disappear from under the feet of paying customers.
I start by installing hte HTTPS everywhere Firefox plugin everywhere I can. When I have the opportunity, I do more. It's all I know to do. What ideas do you have?
That would work in the context of a truly oppressive, technology-aware regime? None that I can think of right now.
And even if I did, security as we all know is a game of cat-and-mouse: someone would eventually develop a counter for them, and force "us" to think of something else.
Which I guess is the spirit of our time: no clear-cut solutions, and often the best we can do is stall for time, waiting for something to show up.
The more traffic is encrypted the less encrypted traffic stands out.
But if (as the AC says) the mere use of encryption can be enough to get you in trouble, then a lot of people won't dare to. So even if widespread adoption is a solution, how to get there from here?
Re: Not sure what to think
Typical "computer geek who knows zero about the law" statement.
Indeed I am a computer geek who knows zero about the law. I do, however, know a thing or two about objective reality. For example, if a man breaks a non-disclosure agreement by telling it to his daughter, but she doesn't tell anyone, then it's not like lawyers can use their magical powers to find this out; without evidence they'd have no basis to go back on the settlement.
So "I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement?" is very well a relevant question. No bragging, no Facebook posts, no evidence, no problem.
Now a question for you: if a man breaks his non-disclosure agreement in the forest where no-one can hear him, do law geeks still get to enjoy the sound of their own keyboards as they brag about how knowledgeable they are?
Not sure what to think
I wonder if her father made it clear that they couldn't tell others about the settlement? An adult could be expected to know babbling about it would be a bad idea regardless, but teenagers are known to brag. Of course the smarter children figure early the virtue of keeping them traps shut, but not everyone can be "smarter", right? In fact I'd dare say most people have ran their mouths off at least once, and only then learned the value of thinking before spouting their hearts out. Usually though, that won't sting to the tune of 80 grand.
Also, that Facebook was the vehicle of their ruin also gets me thinking. Ten years ago the girl would have to be somewhat tech-savvy to reach beyond her real-world friends, but now, with smartphones and social networks, anyone can let the world know how immature they are at a moment's notice. It's a bit like what gun ban proponents say, if it's so easy you can do it without thinking, someone's bound to do something they'll come to regret.
Profits are for sissies
Money? Such a quaint concept!
My boy, WhatsApp is a post-profit enterprise. They have no intention of ever making any money – in fact their whole business plan was carefully crafted to avoid such a nefarious occurrence.
But receiving money, now that's a completely different proposition, which they approach by building a pretend business that looks like it could turn over a profit eventually, but (such clever chaps!) never does.
Re: Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results
C++ seems to have done pretty well for itself last time I looked.
You misunderstand. It's not that C++ isn't powerful, or successful. It is.
It's also a God-awful hodgepodge of redundant (and sometimes contradicting) features. This should not surprise anyone, it's what happens when you try to bolt several additional programming paradigms onto a language (C) that was never very clean to begin with.
Re: Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results
Indeed, why use C++, when Java or C# are available for application level programming?
The perverse bit about C++ prominence is that it's self-reinforcing. There is a lot of useful C++ libraries around, so a lot of people end up learning C++, and most modern languages provide some way to interface with C++ code, so writing a library in C++ is the best way to ensure a large audience, so there is ever more C++ libraries around. I should know, I am guilty of this very same crime myself.
If I have to choose between C or C++ then
I'd rather drown C++ it is. But yes, when I can really choose, then it's either Java or Python.
Insanity is doing the same thing again and expecting different results
Haven't we learned anything from the Goldberg machine that is C++?
Apparently not. Sigh.
So they finally found a practical application to the Boids algorithm?
YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED MEATBAGS
Of course sports wouldn't be half as fun without human contenders to suffer horrible injuries, go into drugs in a disastrous attempt to stave off the effects of aging, protagonize acrimonious divorces, or generally make a huge mess out of their own lives. KUKA's objective is not to win the competition per se, but to demonstrate how skillful their robots are – a robot that can match the level of eye-hand coordination of a professional table tennis player can be employed in many scenarios where swift and precise motion is required.
Re: Some tricks up his sleeve?!
You might be on to something there nevertheless. Back when Kasparov
chickened out lost to Deep Blue, it was said that much of Kasparov's success as a chessmaster was due to his ability to employ tactics that threw his opponents off. Not only was the remorseless machine immune to such mind tricks, it would sometimes pull off its own baffling yet effective exploits.
So yeah, this match could definitely prove interesting.
None of that is likely to be easy but again, it's really a software/sensor achievement right?
That's a big part of it, yes. But even when you know where each part of the robot is in space (itself no mean feat), getting those parts to move towards precisely the desired destination in exactly the desired moment would be hopeless if the machinery itself isn't very accurate. So beyond the software trickery, there is certainly a fair amount of engineering might involved.
Brains beat brawls
Strangely enough, every time a robot one-ups a human I don't feel particularly humiliated myself. If anything I feel vindicated: the bleep-bloop machines of my childhood matured and are now taking over the world, just like we knew they would. Take that PE teacher pets of the world!
Now can we get that upload stuff working?
High end devices? so they expect people to buy a premium phone that has absolutely none of the usual apps that are available on all other platforms (yes, even WinPho!)
My guess is that they don't really expect to sell phones to "people" at this point, but to developers – who will hopefully be enticed by the concept of a "real" Linux-phone. These will start writing apps, mostly for their own use, but more importantly they'll grow familiar with the platform. As the number of skilled developers increase, Ubuntu will become a more accessible option for larger handset companies, who already have all but forgotten how to write a mobile OS (if they ever knew at all) and might be weary of GMS licensing costs. Initially I'd expect it to be used in budget models, and slowly but surely climb up the model line ladder.
So if my crystal ball is not failing me, Canonical's plan is to sell the platform to developers first, then to companies, and only finally to "people", as in the common-or-garden punter in the street. Whether it'll work is anyone's guess, especially given Mozilla seems to be going along much the same route, but it's not without logic.
Re: I'm excited!
as in, dock the phone, full desktop experience
I've always liked the idea of a mobile device you could plug into a desktop cradle / laptop body.
I wonder why it's been tried so rarely, never successfully? Even Motorola's try (which produced many approving noises among critics IIRC) apparently flopped. The concept looks good, what does it take for people to buy in on it?
Re: In the words of Ron Swanson:
However, a dog with less than 50lbs still thinks like a dog.
Whereas cats think they can do as they damn well please – regardless of weight, but clearly can get harder to oppose as we go from, say, house cat to tiger.
Master System 3D port
I remember playing the Master System port, goggles and all, and I loved it. In fact, after all these years I've never been so thrilled as when I first played a Master System 3D game, though I accept this is not a widely accepted account.
My first thought was much the same, but then I pondered, hell what do I know – maybe there are 50-plus unique ways people relate to their reproductive organs, and it's just me that haven't been keeping up. Guess I'm just an old fart that can't let go of the outdated ways of yore...
A dog with 15 owners
Back in Brazil there's a saying: "a dog with two owners starves to death".
Now Tizen has an additional 15 "owners", each one expecting that some of the others will throw the squalid platform a hardware bone.
For my money, this will go nowhere but down.
Funny that just yesterday I was reading about Plan 9 from Outer Space.
It's just a coincidence, of course. The day before I was reading about the Charlemagne Division and there were no news about nazi French that I've been aware of.
Paris because I have about as much of a clue of what's going on in the world.
Re: Moderator note
In a way he's right you know, just not the one he meant.
This is what happens when you base your platform on open-source code such as Linux: Google can control access to its own applications and services, but cannot control who uses the base Android OS, nor how they use it. Though it does appear that the Chocolate Factory is slowly extending the scope of its proprietary additions at expense of the free parts... Or so I hear.
If this trend continues, with Google progressively scrapping the free bits of Android in favor of proprietary solutions, maybe in the not-too-distant future we'll see manufacturers giving the likes of Replicant a try? Because this is also what happens when you use Linux: if the current provider is giving you a hard time, you can always switch.
As fate would have it, I installed it just days before it was pulled off. And it is pretty addictive.
I don't think it deserves to be called a "crapp". If this were an Apple product people would be calling it "minimalistic" and "unobtrusive".
It is a very simple game to be sure, but it doesn't seem to have been written poorly – in my experience it is very stable and responsive. Since its very point is to be insanely hard, that the UI is minimal also contributes to the experience: you can fail and restart play faster than it takes to reload an Angry Birds stage. The learning curve is pretty much non-existent, you get the mechanics of the game within seconds of first playing it. From then on it's a test of skill, pure and simple.
Alas, such ignominy to poor Nguyen, we barely knew him. Flappy Birds has the hallmark of an accidental success, so I doubt he'll ever get another one like this – but I hope he can hold on to the craft.
Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"
I ain't Spartacus,
I really ain't.
I also ain't got no idea why you're all so attached to those exercises. Yes, they're a perfectly reasonable and justifiable operation, and South Korea has been real nice and upfront about it. Why, they've even brought the Americans along – we all know those guys aren't likely to start a shootout without very good reason now, are they?
Hey, maybe you're right, they're right, and that's all that matters. I mean, they're a sovereign country operating within their own borders, sure nobody can fault them, right? Right? Just like, oh I don't know – the Cubans had the right to furnish their own country with whatever defense systems they deemed necessary? That certainly looked plenty reasonable for everyone, didn't it?
Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"
There is only one destabilizing force in East Asia and that is NK.
I'm sorry, have you been following the news about East Asia recently?
Little things like China's unilaterally declared new air identification zone? You know, the one that nicely pairs up with their claims to islands in the area?
Or that Japan cannot so much as express its intention to step up for its allies without the South Korean government acting pissed?
Yes, the Norks are governed by a bunch of deranged fools that push it every other day – but then the people around aren't models of common sense exactly.
The US-SK military exercises are legitimate, and let's not forget these are annual exercises, not some special show of force, and this is not a matter of "dick-waving", but of security.
I know I didn't spell it, but can't you figure on your own that's part of the reason postponing it would be a gesture of goodwill, at a moment when negotiations are taking place?
Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"
they were within rights (remember they are still at war) to bomb the living hell out of NK military positions.
Yes, when they have reason to attack they hold back, when they have the chance to talk they wave rifles. It's almost as if they wanted to keep this state of affairs indefinitely, without resolution one way or another, isn't it?
No they couldn't. Military training exercises are planned months in advance and cost a lot of money.
Yes, military training costs a lot of money.
You know what costs a lot more money?
So it would make sense to postpone a military exercise if it increased the chances of avoiding actual conflict, wouldn't it?
Then again, this was the point I was trying to make in the first place – how sense (common or otherwise) seems to be absent from both sides at times.
"[N]othing is ever straightforward"
To be fair to the Norks, sometimes I wonder what's going on in the heads of their South counterparts as well.
Take for example the news of the deal to allow families split across the border to meet at the border – from which the North might back off at any moment, what with the joint "exercise" the South and US armies are planning to do, ostensibly to prepare (against, for) an attack (from, on) the North (delete as desired).
Really, what's so urgent about running around with guns that it couldn't be scheduled for after the meeting? Regardless the reason or whether the Norks' own actions can be taken as justifications for these muscle-flexing numbers, is it really so surprising they might be put off by the sight of armed troops playing D-day on the other side of the trench? The US troops could perfectly take the wait, it isn't like their wars are going anywhere anyway.
People love to call on the North for their many, undeniable faults; but really, when their purportedly peace-loving and level-headed neighbors can't postpone their annual joint military dick-waving fair for the sake of a goodwill mission, we cannot say it's all their fault either, can we?
Re: But a big trusted partner like Microsoft....
You justify this by thinking that Microsoft would never pull the rug from under you and support your technology till infinity.
I haven't developed for Windows in a long time, but given the succession of development platform debacles Microsoft oversaw in the last ten-odd years (VB6, XAML, Silverlight, Windows Phone 7, etc etc) you'd have to be quite deluded to still believe that.
To be fair, most of the tech MS threw under the bus these past years was either bloated legacy or never any good to begin with. But of course that's beside the point – if they peddled those things to developers in the first place, they might as well provide some migration path to the next great thing, rather than just ditch support and leave their customers to scramble for a way out. And how about drawing up a sensible technology roadmap and sticking to it while they're at that?
Alas, to each one their lot. Me, I should be looking into a replacement notebook for the wife...
Must have been those $50,000 a day
I hear a man can be crushed under the pressure of making so much money.
Not that I'd know it myself, mind.
Re: Company of the people?
Company for the people? What a complete pile of steaming...
Just like Shell and their eco-friendly marketing campaigns, this is just how they want to be seen – reality needs not add up.
Yet another correlation / causation fail
Yet again trick-cyclists fail to consider that correlation doesn't necessarily mean causation. Why, it could just as easily be the case that being aggressive, dominating, working as CEO etc. is what causes your head to become wider than it is tall, what with your rivals pounding it with clubs and the like!
Re: Church's Thesis
The reason it is referred to as "Church's Thesis" is that it seems impossible (in the mathematical logic sense) to prove that all (classical) computers are essentially the same (i.e. have the same theoretical computational power, implementations differing by being bounded by things such as memory, processor speed, efficiency of compilation etc.)
When Church / Turing say that all Turing-complete computational models (not "computers", that's something else entirely) are equivalent, they mean that in a theoretical sense – namely that, given infinite time and resources, all such models can / can't achieve the same things. In that sense quantum computing is no exception – you cannot, for example, compute a solution to the halting problem using a quantum computer.
Then there is the caveat that even this theoretical equivalence (which concerns Turing-complete models alone, remember) is only valid under the condition of infinite time and resources. This is an important restriction: there are many things that can be done with a Turing machine in theory (such as proving a theorem by enumerating and checking all possible proofs) that in real life would take too long, our require too much storage, to be practical.
Only when we take into consideration real-world limitations – time, space, viable implementations – is that Turing-complete models differ on what they can achieve, and then of course some tasks will be feasible for some models / implementations but not for others. In the theoretical sense a trained clerk with paper and pen is as good as a supercomputer, but what one can do in hours the other won't accomplish in their entire life – but that's a practical difference, not a theoretical one. Give the clerk unlimited years and unlimited stationery, and there's nothing a supercomputer can do that they can't.
"raising a thumb for nvidia"
Coming as it does from Linus, I'm not sure if it's honest praise or just a different kind of threat.
Re: "...the non-profit military contractor..."
Yeah, when I read that my first thought was "wait, what? So they work to advance military tech out of an altruistic desire to help the army?"
Boy, ain't this world got no end of surprises.
Re: Acid bathing of human cells?
Lars, what makes you believe that we (homo sapiens) fucked them (neanderthal)? Maybe they raped us!
Actually I was thinking much the same thing. From the article:
The researcher also focused on areas where Neanderthal markers were missing and found a striking lack of the genome in the X chromosome. This suggests that humans underwent hybrid sterility. When two organisms are distantly related, the genes related to fertility, inherited on the X chromosome, can interact poorly with genes elsewhere, rendering males infertile. Modern males who inherited a Neanderthal X chromosome often may have been unable to have children and therefore pass on the same X chromosome.
Humans – well, all vertebrates really – inherit the X chromosome from the mother and the Y chromosome from the father. So this necessarily means all us part-Neanderthals descend, however distantly, from a female modern human who was shagged by a male Neanderthal. Forcefully or otherwise, it's anyone's guess – I for one am as hairy as it gets (even the midsections of my fingers sport a couple hairs) and I didn't have to force my wife once. Honest.
Larry Page is excited
"Both the Moto G and the Moto X are doing really well, and I’m very excited about the smartphone lineup for 2014." [^]
Don't you all just love when business people and PR mouthpieces use words like "excited" in the middle of announcing a write-off?
"Why, I'm so excited we could ditch this dead weight for a third of the price we paid for it, I can barely hold on to my pants!"
If one morning I woke up and realized I took a decision that flopped to the tune of $6 billion, I guess I'd be many things, but excited wouldn't be one of them.
Must be nice to be obscenely rich...