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  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    No argument there. It's good that there are ways for people to get work done without remembering a bunch of arcane incantations. I once opened up a command-prompt window on a friend's computer that I was treating for a ransomware...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    My typical Windows session involves at least a couple of Cygwin xterms, one PuTTy terminal and one or more command-line windows for my data and image manipulation software; I've lived most of my working life on the command line, going...
  • Commented on The regular holy war ...
    I'm interested to see a Mac aficionado hating Unity. For me, it was the superficial mac-likeness that drove me up the wall; I'm a Windows, Solaris, and Gnome user from way back, and the Mac interface does not mesh with...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    Re outliners -- have you looked in the mindmap aisle? Freemind and Xmind, for example, can be used for outlining purposes. Freemind never seems to have progressed beyond version 0.9-something and is a bit flaky in my experience, but it...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    I do some editing (somewhere between line- and copy-editing) for a scientific journal in a field where LaTeX is the default. I work on the PDF output, but my heart always sinks when I have to deal with a manuscript...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    Telepresence helps, but doing it across eight time zones still messes with the circadian rhythm, and if you try to bring together people from the western US, the UK and Japan it's going to be at a weird time for...
  • Commented on The jet lag game
    I lived in the western US for years, and I think it does make a difference; coming back to the UK I could be home by lunchtime, nap in the afternoon and be more or less functional the next day,...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    > 12.04 is a long term support. Why not keep using it? It was an error of judgement on my part -- 12.04 had been kind of flaky for me latterly, and I thought it was worth a try --...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    Jay@30: What's wrong with 12.10? Compulsory Unity3d, for a start -- no more 2d. (And what amounts to Amazon ads built into the Dash, though those can be turned off) Combined with an open-source driver for my (low-end) nvidia card...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    This morning, I'm tweaking a short scientific paper into a submission-ready state (which currently involves downloading and processing a whole new version of the data it was based on) and crunching data for a different project. Also on today's agenda:...
  • Commented on Life With and Without Animated Ducks: The Future Is Gender Distributed
    I think my mother's current twin-tub (the third in forty-odd years) only dates back to the 1990s. It has a "by appointment to HM the Queen Mother" label, but that probably relates to the brand in general rather than that...
  • Commented on Life With and Without Animated Ducks: The Future Is Gender Distributed
    >>> I don't think I've ever actually encountered a 'Garbage Disposal'. >> +1. Also, why would you particularly want to do that? >+2 here. I'm British (snip) +3. I'm British, and the thirteen years I spent in a cheap US...
  • Commented on En route
    Soon after we moved to a new house in the mid-70s, my father found something unidentifiable and partly metallic in the back garden, and had the police out to look at it. In our case it turned out to be...
  • Commented on Nanowrimo
    I'm hoping to break a three-year block by having another crack at Nanowrimo. I have an outline rather better organized than usual thanks to a little program called yWriter, I've limbered up my typing fingers to the point where I...
  • Commented on Design changes
    I usually seem to find myself reaching for "View latest posts" on forums and "view=flat" on big LJ threads, so I vote for keeping the status quo....
  • Commented on Scary Monsters (and Super-Creeps)
    I read horror by a rather select group of authors -- you, Barbara Hambly, maybe a couple of others. In almost every case, they're authors I already trust and enjoy, and and I read their horror for the same reasons...
  • Commented on Lunch with the Astronaut
    I'm watching Atlantis being towed home right now, and feeling a little melancholy, even though from my point of view NASA does a lot of things that are cooler and more scientifically useful than manned space flight. I've watched a...
  • Commented on Rule 34
    American on the left, British on the right. The left-hand one looks like my US-edition Halting State; also, it's dominated by a human figure, which is far more common on US covers than UK ones....
  • Commented on Virtually there
    That is very neat. (And it does emacs, too, which is good because I never could get the hang of vi.) It reminds me of my first brush with Linux, which really was running on a 486 -- dual-booted off...
  • Commented on Reality check
    I can carry a ten-inch netbook in a purse that's only a little larger than average, and seven-inch one (which is basically the same size as the nine-inch models that came along a few months later) even more easily, so...
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