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by KeenEmpire
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:34
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Linux Adventures
Replies: 117
Views: 51944

My question was more "do we have to go to software.opensuse.org and install a new repo everytime we want a different kind of package"? That was what really turned me off: the first few things I tried to install, e.g. "zypper search xmonad" turned up nothing, and I had to go download it from the webs...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Jan 31, 2015 21:39
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Starting out in programming
Replies: 13
Views: 6417

Thanks! I got hit by nostalgia and decided to come check out the forums. From what I've gathered, the most relevant difference is that emacs is much more customizable because: It's a Lisp Machine running over a very thin C-layer, unlike vim (and... most everything else, I suppose) which is a C syste...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Jan 31, 2015 20:07
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Linux Adventures
Replies: 117
Views: 51944

Bridge's website would have to be one of the worst out there. Indeed. I avoided it at first in favour of Antergos, but it drew me back in because it supports both LXDE and Xfce, while Antergos has an Xfce version but no LXDE. I'm using the Xfce edition on my development PC, but plan to do some Arch...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Jan 31, 2015 19:44
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Starting out in programming
Replies: 13
Views: 6417

Something nobody's mentioned yet is: Use a real IDE (Integrated Development Environment). Notepad does not qualify. (Notepad++ is a decent-ish choice if your language has no real IDE.) Debugging tools - breakpoints, watches, edit-and-continue, live variable inspection - are absolutely 100% essentia...
by KeenEmpire
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:32
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

Paramultart: not sure why you're so bothered about this. You could've clarified any terms you were unhappy with. Indeed, but again, why argue? It's not that important. I don't know why you're arguing. I only pointed out your brought-up sources (up to and including the bare assertion of thesis) were ...
by KeenEmpire
Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:11
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

You know the weird thing about science? There's multiple viewpoints in it and argument and discussion. As it is there's even argument as to how QWERTY came about, was it typewriter jams or from feedback from telegraph operators? ( http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/design/2013/05/fact-of-fiction-the-l...
by KeenEmpire
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:47
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

Isn't it interesting that the commentary against dvorak seems to be perpetuated by economists rather than ergonomists? See here . The claim of QWERTY "inadvertently satisfying" an ergonomic principle falls apart under serious scrutiny (or even unserious scrutiny; go to any one of many layout analyze...
by KeenEmpire
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:38
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

Those are gross overestimates of how flexible a hard keyboard would be. I'm not suggesting smartphones provide different keys for each purpose. The same keys can be used for different purposes. It doesn't matter to me if it's a Qwerty keyboard or a Gameboy I'm playing the games with, as long as it h...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 18:23
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

And what do touch screens do to improve that? They don't. Touchscreens are only the hardware, and, as you've pointed out, not particularly user-friendly hardware. What does lead to improvement is using a layout (like messagease) designed from scratch for the touchscreen, rather than just naively sq...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 14:50
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

I didn't say it was like Swype, I said it doesn't read your thoughts. Well, anything that interfaces with your fingers rather than brain will not read your thoughts. Once trained, you will be able to type syllables pretty much "at the speed of thought", though. Think how you may have immediate musc...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 14:19
Forum: The Theater
Topic: 500 Years of Christmas [Spoilers for...]
Replies: 7
Views: 9967

We still call him the eleventh doctor. Don't know why. He calls himself the eleventh doctor. Still don't know why. As for granting extra regenerations - the time lords did the exact same thing for The Master loads of times, reviving him from his half life (see whatever the Tom Baker episode with the...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:32
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

Actually, the more common use is in courtroom transcriptions. Because keyboards can't type those quickly enough. This system relies on intense memorization and AI to guess or determine the word. It's no more "thoughts to text" than the Swype keyboard on mobile phones. If by "AI" you mean "a phonetic...
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:42
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Eventual smartphone/desktop merge
Replies: 103
Views: 43206

Paramultart wrote:Keyboards truly are the best input device. Everything else is sub-par.
Hardly; steno gets you 100 more wpm with more accuracy.
by KeenEmpire
Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:35
Forum: The Theater
Topic: 500 Years of Christmas [Spoilers for...]
Replies: 7
Views: 9967

It was hardly an epic solution to the regeneration conundrum Yeah, the entire conundrum was introduced then solved by Gallifrey ex machina over the course of a few minutes. They didn't have to make eleven the last regeneration; they could've left it for an incarnation that was more believably despe...
by KeenEmpire
Fri Dec 27, 2013 19:06
Forum: The Theater
Topic: 500 Years of Christmas [Spoilers for...]
Replies: 7
Views: 9967

500 Years of Christmas [Spoilers for...]

Spoilers for The Time of the Doctor. I was half-expecting something like this to happen with the Ponds' departure. The Doctor, realizing that New Jersey was just too lame , would himself follow Amy and Rory into the angel's arms, live out their life with them, and show up in the graveyard a few mome...