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by Iranon
Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)
Replies: 119
Views: 59555

Re: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)

Most Linux distributions come with fairly conservative defaults, to run on diverse hardware. Power settings, i/o scheduling and possibly drivers (especially if you have strange hardware, or the distro is serious about software freedom in which case you'll also have to install things like flash and m...
by Iranon
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 35224

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

Ouch, this hits close to home.
I've gotten used to notation being horribly butchered in the social sciences, to the point where reading things as intended is the hardest part of most problems.
by Iranon
Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is self-propagating malware any kind of problem these days?
Replies: 25
Views: 22925

Re: Is self-propagating malware any kind of problem these da

Low market share helps, but security needs to be not terrible.
Classic Mac Os had a bit of a malware problem. Not that all that much was written for it, but it was enough to become a bother.
by Iranon
Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

TWM had an iconify button on the left and a resize button on the right. CDE had a window menu button on the left, minimise and maximise on the right. FVWM, one of the oldest and still most powerful WMs, inherits much of CDE's style and functionality in its defaults. CDE was actually a very well thou...
by Iranon
Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

Faster USB speeds are quite useful for live systems, which I like very much.
by Iranon
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)
Replies: 119
Views: 59555

Re: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)

Mice aren't necessary for precision, if a stylus isn't good enough a light pen ought to be. Main problem that led to abandonment was ergonomics, similar to the problems with vertical touch screens. Shift from CRT to flat panels also created a temporary technical hurdle, but only after interest waned...
by Iranon
Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)
Replies: 119
Views: 59555

Re: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)

If one day we're plugging stuff directly into our brain, I'd be really wary about proprietary firmware and hope Debian is still around :) I think entering the future means stepping back a few decades and starting to rent computer time again. We're already letting the Borg take care of our data and s...
by Iranon
Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

Aero Snap is a moderately nice idea. Generalise it (drag-to-somewhere action triggers, predetermined window movement/resizing on convenient and intuitive triggers, mix and match at will) and it's well on its way to awesome. The best interface is one built to do tricks beyond what the original creato...
by Iranon
Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

A few thoughts: In The Interface Formerly Known As Metro, what we're left with in the primary window is of an appropriate aspect ratio for "fullscreen" work on a 16:9 monitor. True fullscreen would require excess eye movement (if the screen takes up most of our useful field of vision. If i...
by Iranon
Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47303

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

The example I heard relating to this was of a very rare disease that affected 1 in a million people, and a test for that disease that's 99% accurate. If you get diagnosed with the disease, what are the odds you have it? Somewhere in the region of 1 in ten thousand, as you're most likely in the misd...
by Iranon
Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47303

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

That mistake is depressingly common. You just got mugged by a redhead in a dark alley. Chances are it wasn't a redhead. You have a cold and consult your physician, because you're worried about uncharacteristically severe symptoms that are a telltale sign for something serious. You need to compare (c...
by Iranon
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why Do My Laptops Keep Dying?
Replies: 8
Views: 8625

Re: Why Do My Laptops Keep Dying?

Laptop lifetime seems to vary a lot. I have a 233MHz Dell Inspiron that's seen 15 years of heavy use and has been dropped a few times (not by me). Plastic cover of one hinge broke off, but it still feels as solid as ever... the only real issue is that battery life is down to slightly less than a min...
by Iranon
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

For what it's worth, things become less visually distracting when you turn off unnecessary animations and turn off transparency to boot. I don't usually mind a little eye candy, but the effects clash horribly with the signage aesthetic and the animations for home screen/various corner actions are ov...
by Iranon
Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 132965

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

Depends on the game and whether vertical mouse movement usually feels like "aiming/pointing equipment" or "looking/aligning myself".
So what I pefer may depend on level design as much as the engine... I can adjust to either though.
by Iranon
Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

How is that reassuring? Human rights don't apply to interns, they could have brainwashed him any way they choose. More seriously, Windows 8 shipping with a ton of different additions depending on hardware vendor may lead to some hilarity going by my experience with Windows interface tweaks. Microsof...
by Iranon
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

Windows 8 is doing it worse in my opinion: In Ubuntu, hitting the Penguin key starts an open search with everything enabled, you can apply filters if you want. In Windows 8, the search is categorised from the start. Basic uses need more keystrokes than necessary, and it's neither here nor there: hie...
by Iranon
Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

Windows has a different approach to font rendering. OSX: Render fonts faithfully. If it can't be rendered crisply without distoring shape and weight, some blur is acceptable. For weight, it renders colour accurately (i.e. how dark the text appears) rather than line width; so if things get blurry the...
by Iranon
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

One-time thing that doesn't alter future behaviour in KDE, nothing between this and putting several client into 1 tabbed window. E16 (which has fallen into some obscurity) allows grouping windows so you move, resize, close them together. There are a lot of good ideas implemented on GUIs for the X wi...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

KDE has a dynamic tiling mode of the sort you don't like, and it's mostly an afterthought. Two predetermined layouts available (half-screen master + horizontal slaves, spiral), "moving" a window exchanges positions with another one. More useful: Drag-to-edge/corner "poor man's tiling&...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

It's a bit of a shame that sophisticated window management generally comes bundled with minimalist presentation or geeky configuration contortions, but Metro to end cluttered desktops is massive overkill. Unclutter KDE a little and you have something sufficient for most people's needs without scarin...
by Iranon
Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

If you're referring to subpixel font rendering, that has been available since Windows XP and enabled by default since Windows Vista.
by Iranon
Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 95732

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

Windows' menu trees have always been an illogical mess, as such a search-based interface instead of having to click on something totally unrelated on the way helps. Integration between Metro and the traditional desktop is beyond clumsy (inefficient, visually disturbing). There's even more confusing ...
by Iranon
Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 52844

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

True, but people don't suddenly talk about luxoscriby instead of photography because they decide they like Latin better than Greek. English is quite bad about mangling Latin, but there are SOME standards. Foreign words and loanwords are fine, hypercorrection isn't. Hardly exclusive to English though...
by Iranon
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 52844

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

Close. If we wanted a truly latin word we'd have octopes, plural octopedes.

Which would be entirely artificial - As I mentioned, Latin speakers used the greek loanword polypus, plural polypodes.
by Iranon
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 52844

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

Octopi chafes my linguistic sensibilities in a place they haven't grown calli yet. To my knowledge, Romans would have called them polypodes (analogous to octopodes, also a greek loan word but they don't need to count how many feet the slimy things have) and octopodes feels most natural to me. Octopu...
by Iranon
Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 56777

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

I agree with pretty much everything you say (mostly including this). But I think there actually is a real case for a gender-neutral pronoun (I'm no expert on the matter, but as someone who shares your general views and who's nonpartisan on the issue, I'm hoping you'll consider my claims as credible...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 56777

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

I don't have any hard data on whether people living under extreme risk/adversity joke more or less, but gallows humour certainly exists. This may also vary a fair bit across the world, but "people wouldn't joke about it if they were at risk themselves" strikes me as a ridiculous claim. Reg...
by Iranon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 56777

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

I personally think there's too much pussyfooting about to avoid offending anyone who may have a lobby behind them, and unthinking discrimination against people who don't. Pronoun issues: I'd generally use whatever is appropriate for apparent sex, without regard for gender identity. If that offends, ...
by Iranon
Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 56777

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

In this context, I care that there are equal standards. If "African-Americans only" is acceptable, so is "Whites only" How so? I could see the argument that if you allow "Blacks only" that you should have to allow "Whites only" as well, even if I disagree wit...
by Iranon
Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

And frankly, even users who think they're smarter than everyone else are only marginally likely to be. We know what's comfortable, but that's often just a reflection of what we're comfortable with, which means we're not likely to try new things (or, if we do, they'll often be workarounds within the...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 100574

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

And you had to resort to uncouth shouting because you don't grasp obvious relevance to the argument at hand or hold more than 1 thought at once? Anything you've done for long enough becomes second nature. Doesn't mean it's elegant or efficient. Also, I've had it with being asked to elaborate, then y...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?
Replies: 83
Views: 56777

Re: Basically Decent or Politically Incorrect?

In this context, I care that there are equal standards. If "African-Americans only" is acceptable, so is "Whites only" and probably "No women, no dogs no children" too. I wouldn't like this to be common, but I think heavy-handed legislation to stop it would be intrusive...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 100574

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

Sorry, I don't do junk food... and I'm glad you consider my posts weighty :) Plain version: HJKL (actual keys, not corresponding home row positions) on Dvorak keyboards is an obvious artifact, the software was written for QUERTY. There ought to be something more economical, intuitive, ergonomical. M...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 100574

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

Strangely, the world doesn't revolve around you. I was making a general point.
HJKL on Dvorak is using a crutch you no longer need as a dinner fork.
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 100574

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

QUERTY keyboards are arranged to prevent jamming of early mechanical typewriters, which was easily caused by neighbouring arms being depressed in rapid succession. It has as a lot of hand-alternating sequences in English by design which is at odds with comfort and accuracy at speed. Alternative layo...
by Iranon
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 100574

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

HJKL is neither here nor there: a slightly more efficient way of using an utterly inefficient keyboard layout.
by Iranon
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

I love how rather calm "Linux vs. Windows vs. Mac" holy wars have a high chance of turning into passionate "Linux vs. Linux" infighting with everyone else watching in bewilderment. :) And I say that as a willing participant. Free software is at its best when focusing on tweakabil...
by Iranon
Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

You left out hot corner fun. Important point since I recall reading recently that it is biomechanically easier to hit points in a certain order: the current mouse location, bottom right corner, top left corner, top right, bottom left, then the rest. I rely quite a bit on corner actions. Does this m...
by Iranon
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

The best way of doing things usually depends on little details. As a rule, I prefer to avoid permanent desktop furniture - more space, less distractions. Autohiding docks and taskbars are a possibility, but both make concessions to look good when always visible: taskbars are too stretched to find th...
by Iranon
Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux vs Windows vs Mac
Replies: 276
Views: 126430

Re: Linux vs Windows vs Mac

Dock going all the way up and panel starting right of it would make a little more sense, as it is things just look strange with maximised windows. It'd still be a limited, bloated, fragile, patronising and (imo) ugly mess. 2d version is on its way out, which is going to spell fun whenever a graphics...

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