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  • Gnome.

    • The workflow is amazing once it "clicks" (but in the few days it takes before that happens, man it's annoying. You end up asking yourself time and again why don't they just copy Windows like everybody else)

    • With the exception of ElementaryOS, Gnome seems to be the only DE that really cares about design, especially in terms of consistency. Random bits of text in different sizes, different fonts in different places, inconsistent padding, improper handling of rounded corners, etc all really bug me. Most people don't seem to notice or care (probably because MS has trained us not to care about UX consistency lol), but for me it wears me out and makes me hate using PCs. Gnome is a polished UX and it feels like everything was designed very purposely, with a lot of thought.

    • There's a good ecosystem of GTK4/Libadwaita apps.

    • Probably have the best accessibility features.

    • It's really stable for being a modern DE.

    • I respect the devs for having a vision and sticking to it, despite getting hate/death threats for it. It's led to a different and very functional DE, unshackled from the traditional Win95 UX paradigm.

  • GNOME Shell & Mutter Broke Their Good Faith With Ubuntu
  • I'm with the Gnome team here.

    Sure, "point" releases with Gnome are generally only bug fixes, and Canonical likes that because they just merge those changes without doing much, if any, testing.

    But it's also worth mentioning that:

    • Gnome is extremely pro-wayland. They've suggested it as default for non-nvidia hardware since 2016. Of course they're going to rush explicit sync support out, and they've done a good job getting it ready in a short space of time. What, are they just supposed to wait until September/October, just for the benefit of Canonical?

    • This was literally never an agreement in the first place.

    • This is a bugfix, in that it fixes the flickering issues with Nvidia hardware. So even if there was an agreement, I wouldn't consider it broken, really.

    • There are distros other than Ubuntu, and I imagine they want this fix ASAP.

    • Gnome is run by Gnome devs. Not by Canonical. If they don't like it, fork it or go back to Unity or something. It's not like Canonical doesn't have the money.

    I fear people will interpret this story as "ugh gnome devs being gnome devs!", like they always do. But as usual, there's a reason for Gnome making this choice, and in this case they're unquestionably correct, IMO.

  • I'm with McCoy here
  • I see what you mean, but in my mind the chances of that would be so astronomically low that I personally wouldn't be put off by it. To me it's a bit like asking "what if the plane blows up?" or "what if the plane gets taken over by terrorists?"

    Like yeah it's a possibility, but if the risk is low enough I'm still gonna go ahead with it for the convenience factor.

  • Steam Deck game library now 29% larger than that of Nintendo Switch
  • Uhhh yeah of course it's a cash grab, it's a product from a for-profit business. They want to make money from it. Valve is trying to grab cash too.

    And eh, the deck isn't better in all departments. It costs significantly more, it's far bulkier, you can't share your physical game cartridges with friends/family, the battery life is worse, couch gaming isn't as refined, detachable joycons are great, the switch is better at split screen gaming especially considering you don't need to buy any extra controllers to do it, etc.

    I have a Switch and a Steam Deck, I've played on both for thousands of hours. They're both good devices.

    Liking one doesn't mean you have to hate the other one. They're not even directly comparable. Sure they seem similar on the surface, but IMO they're pretty different devices with less overlap than you'd expect.

  • I'm with McCoy here
  • Personally, as long as it's provably safe, I'm fine with it.

    As far as I'm concerned, if my consciousness is intact, and my body is a carbon copy, that's me. I place more weight on my consciousness being me than those specific atoms being me.

    Besides, we all shed all of our atoms and replace them with new ones dozens of times throughout our lives. So we've already died in that way, I guess? But then again, it doesn't happen all at once, it's more of a Ship Body of Theseus type of thing.

  • Male birth control breakthrough safely switches off fit sperm for a while
  • Man if this is effective in both cost and a high efficacy rate, then I'm so down, assuming I don't experience awful side effects.

    I had the unfortunate experience of a manipulative woman lying about using protection, and it led to me developing a fear of others doing the same. It severely effected my dating/sex life all through my 20s.

    If either party (or both!) can take easily-attainable birth control, it'd be so much better than we have it now.

    It's a shame that male birth control has been so much more difficult to develop, probably due to the male reproductive system not relying on a cycle that can be quite easily interrupted.

  • Linux Inventor Says He Doesn’t Believe in Crypto
  • You're not understanding. Real money isn't only numbers on a screen. It can be physical or not, it doesn't really matter. What matters is that it's universally backed and usable.

    Crypto isn't. It's just numbers on a screen without the backing of government, business, or most people.

  • China's BYD Could Apply Pressure to European EV Industry With Inexpensive Seagull Hatchback
  • And all it took was state subsidies and slave labour.

    Puts me in a weird position because car prices are insane, but I also don't want to support a genocidal regime using slave labour and is purposely undercutting foreign industries in order to kill them, with the long-term goal of ramping up prices and having the west be even more reliant on China.

    We've seen from Germany/Russia that becoming dependent on a hostile state is a disaster waiting to happen.

    I'll just stick to my ancient Octavia for the time being, thanks.

  • Semiconductor manufacturers in Taiwan can remotely disable their chip-making machines in the event of a Chinese invasion.
  • No, I was dismissing your assertion that Chinese fab companies are at the same level, or ahead of, TSMC. The truth is they aren't even close. This is something that even China themselves openly admit.

    That's a second time you've strawmanned me. I don't appreciate words being put in my mouth.

    Samsung? I'm sorry, are you keeping up with the industry at all? Samsung isn't matching shit. They're a node behind Intel and 2.5 behind TSMC. What development are they matching?

    And yes, a multitude of Chinese manufacturers do need Taiwan. China in general does. Will that be true in the far future? Who knows. But it's certainly true now and in the short term.

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