Re: Innovative sundials?
I use a torch to look at mine at night. As long as I stand in the right place, the time is spot on.
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1. No desktop clutter
2. Easy app launching (only one mouse click or one to two keyboard actions)
3. With Wayland, apps can run across mixed HiDPI and standard DPI devices scaled on the fly
4. Good useful set of Gnome-associated apps
5. No scrolling around endless menus.
That's a few off the top of my head. Petty issues, you may think, but they are key to my desire for a simple and mess-free environment.
I originally spent a long time originally pitching KDE against Gnome to make my decision and I found KDE to be a most frustrating experience.
My environment uses only three Gnome extensions although there are stacks available for the dedicated hacker, all that can be enabled directly from a web browser.
Cinnamon is OK, but like KDE, is based on the same type of experience as WIndows passim and Gnome 2.
I really don't think it helps for the constant DE bashing that seems to populate these pages - people simply can't accept that their choice is not necessarily the One True Choice.
I prefer Gnome - if someone else prefers something different, that's fine - I'm grateful that we can make a choice that works as we would like. Unlike poor Windows users who have to live with what they're given.
"as all business has a duty to its share holders to maximise returns, so they spend a fortune looking for ways to bypass the existing law"
Not so. It's up to shareholders collectively to decide on the business strategy, however done, and maximising returns does not have to be the sole mantra. Suggesting that spending a fortune on ways to bypass the existing law is therefore a non sequitur and is disingenuous to many organisations.
"Just as 50% of schools will be below average no matter what we do".
I accept your sentiment, but the statement is incorrect. If I have 4 gifts priced at £1, £9, £9 and £9, 75% are below (cost more than) the average of £7, while 25% are (is) above. Conversely, if they are £1, £1, £1 and £9, 75% are above (cost less than) the average of £3, while only 25% below.
As always, it depends what you are measuring and how it is being reported. There will, however, always be at least one school below some specified average - unless all are equal.
@oneguycoding Thought I was alone in this echoing chamber of anti-Gnome3 sentiment.
For me, Gnome 3 sets the standard for all desktops - Mac, Windows and backwards-harking things like Cinnamon and Mate (Ok, I'll let Mate past as it's useful for stuff with old CPUs and teeny RAM).
Even in its first incarnation it was refreshingly new, with a clean intuitive interface. Now, it's even better. But if you like squillions of icons, folders and files slapped all over your hi-res desktop, it's not the interface for you. If, however, you want something that doesn't get in your way, or impose itself on your work, it's spot on.
I'm sitting waiting for the ready stream of downvotes, but I'll win.....
"Dedicated currency keys that I (would very much like to but still can't) use right there on my laptop next to the arrow keys - do they work in Linux?"
Um... yes. You said so yourself: "There is some help scattered around on how to chase the codes through several OS layers and get them correctly mapped under X".
The point is that the Munich IT team produced their own distro which means the end user doesn't need to be concerned with any such configuration - it's a standard in-house release specifically set to their corporate requirements. All necessary software and privileges can be pre-installed. Once set up, a simple "dd" to install to a new PC is all it takes.
"I mean why does Windows Explorer take 30 minutes to unzip a file that 7Zip can manage in 30 seconds??"
And why does it unzip first into a temp folder then copy into the destination? What's wrong with putting it straight into the target? Saves space and time and avoids yet more crud in the temp folder.
"We had a split vote, and we now have a split society when at this time, we should be rallying around each other more than ever."
We're split because those that didn't vote to leave (62.6% of electorate) are watching as those few that did vote to leave cause havoc on our society.
I have cut off contact with some of my relatives who voted almost exclusively on the basis of "immigrants out". One even tweeted that he'd decided to vote "leave" because the Eurovision Song Contest always ignores the UK. That's how intellectual their argument was. Oh - did you know that "they" are going to build a mosque that's larger than St. Paul's in the East End?
Utter f*ckwits. And you expect me to rally together with people like this??
"My money's on the pound in the long run."
And I predict there will be a man on Mars in the long run.
The damage to the economy from a long-running decline in sterling and leaving the EU will, in the meantime, be extensive and costly.
If you voted for it, enjoy the increasing cost of living you selected.
If you didn't - like 62.6% of the electorate - weep.
"Waiting for the 'community' to build something that exactly matches their requirements is never going to happen".
Funnily enough, all my company's specialist software is written for Windows, yet runs quite happily on the Linux desktop. Firebird replaces MS SQL Server for the database, but even this may not be necessary if MS releases the Linux version in 2017 as proposed.
So no need to wait in many cases unless the software uses specific Windows hardware drivers.
> Only in Skype I think?
No - I get regular "notifications" asking me to try Office 365 for 30 days for free". Are these really notifications? I think not.
The start menu is littered with soft ads - Candy Crush, MS Solitaire Pack, and a few other doorways which lead to items for sale.
One may argue that I got Win10 for free, so MS are entitled to push ads. However the price of the laptop (or desktop etc) included the MS licence, and so is not really free at all.
If it were just ads - offered in a small quiet corner of the OS - I might, just might, go with it. But it's the data gathering that accompanies it that really bothers me, so I use Win10 as little as possible, and certainly avoid Cortana.
On a positive note, whilst I still prefer Win7, Win10 is miles better than Vista and 8.x.
I mostly use Linux OSs these days, but need the odd (virtualised) MS device for apps that only work that way. If it weren't for my work, these VMs would go too.
Of course, a majority DIDN'T vote "out" - only 37.5% voted "out". Conversely, only 34.7% voted "Remain". The correct statement is that 51.9%, OF THOSE WHO VOTED, voted to leave the EU.
A more correct strategy for referenda is to count the non-voters in some agreed way. Typically, they may represent "status quo", or other proportion. This would then be used to set a benchmark point at which the result carries validity. It may be that the valid pass mark was then 60% or 65% in either direction as seen appropriate.
Nigel Farage tried to make this point in a rather cack-handed way by suggesting that if the outcome was close, "say less than 5%", that a second referendum should be held. Clearly he's gone quiet on that now as he has the result he wanted.
But parliament can still make a suitable judgment on whether they agree that 37.5% does indeed represent the "majority" view and choose to accept or ignore the result.
@alcalde You make some good points and then spoil it with the Dawkins Effect - taking a good argument and extrapolating it into areas in which you have either no evidence or no knowledge.
I also suspect that you have absolutely no knowledge of whether Facebook, Google et al use Delphi and are simply adding this in to support your argument. Unless of course you've worked for both of them so can vouch for this. Now, I'm quite prepared to believe that they don't use Delphi, but I certainly have no knowledge as fact. It was reported some time ago that MS do indeed have some in-house Delphi stuff in use, whether ingested from an external source or created inhouse. This doesn't surprise me at all - both companies were in the market of supplying development tools.
Similarly, I believe you have little knowledge of the current real-world use of Delphi in mainstream industries. From personal experience, and with evidence, I can tell you that 85% of all commercial radio stations in the UK and Ireland are being run with some currently developed and supported Delphi systems. Without them, there would be no advertisements on radio (I'll let you pick that one up....). One of the largest insurance companies uses Delphi for its endowment policy management system. And I've bumped into Delphi in use in some quite surprising areas during my many years of working in radio, manufacturing and hospital systems.
But your basic message - that Delphi is less popular that Python - is, IMV, sound. So don't spoil a good message for a ha'porth of tar - just focus on the key message and leave out the Dawkins Effect as you're much more likely to avoid the inevitable backlash. Unless that's what you were trying to garner?
@LawAbidingCitizen: Both Dell and HP will sell you a lappie without Windows preinstalled (I'm using just such a beast - an XPS13). Intel will sell you a NUC without Windows, and several PC builders (e.g. PC Specialist) will build you something to your own specification without Windows.
You don't save a great deal of dosh, but you do get some smug satisfaction.
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