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  1. Last 7 days
    1. I've already said this, but if you think the average desktop computer user thinks a sentence beginning "I just make a chroot..." makes any kind of sense, you haven't been paying attention to the level of intelligence of the general public.
    2. Well, that user can safely stay with Windows. Hiding these things from me makes wish that.
    3. Linux on the desktop won't take off until it is equally easy. Snap may be dumbed down, restricted and all the rest of it, but for ordinary users it's easier - and more secure - than the alternative.
  2. Jan 2021
    1. Most users frankly don’t care how software is packaged. They don’t understand the difference between deb / rpm / flatpak / snap. They just want a button that installs Spotify so they can listen to their music.
    2. In addition, PPAs are awful for software discovery. Average users have no idea what a PPA is, nor how to configure or install software from it. Part of the point of snap is to make software discovery easier. We can put new software in the “Editor’s Picks” in Ubuntu Software then people will discover and install it. Having software in a random PPA somewhere online is only usable by experts. Normal users have no visibility to it.
    3. While you may have some objections due to your specific setup, please consider you’re not the usual use case. Most people install Ubuntu on a single drive, not separate /home, and not multiple disks. Most are quite happy with automatic updates - in line with how their phone is likely setup - both for debs (with unattended-upgrades) and snaps (via automatic refresh in snapd). Experts such as yourself are capable of managing your own system and are interested in twiddling knobs and adjusting settings everywhere. There are millions of Ubuntu users who are not like that. We should cater for the widest possible use case by default, and have the option to fiddle switches for experts, which is what we have.
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  6. Jul 2020
    1. "Other office suites are focusing on the 'power user' which is a valuable market, for sure, but the real power and range for an open-source office suite alternative is the vast majority which is the 'rest of us. Sometimes we all forget how empowering open source is to the entire world."
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  8. May 2020
    1. However, distributing such Ruby apps to inexperienced end users or non-Ruby-programmer end users is problematic. If users have to install Ruby first, or if they have to use RubyGems, they can easily run into problems. Even if they already have Ruby installed, they can still run into problems, e.g. by having the wrong Ruby version installed. The point is, it's a very real problem that could harm your reputation.
  9. Dec 2019
    1. There’s the command prompt version, which is extremely useful for anyone who is constantly in the command prompt. But don’t panic if you’re not a command line fan, because it’s not the only tool available to you—there are great todo.txt clients for every platform.

      Just because you don't like one client doesn't mean you should rule out all clients of text-based to-do lists from consideration. (Similar issue with hledger: there are GUIs available for plain-text accounting software too!)

      Just because there are tools/features for power users doesn't mean it can't also work for more casual users.

    1. But that number is already known to be about 55 segments

      If talking a single generation, this would be the number to use. That is, the 55 segment scrambling that your parents got will be passed on to you.

    2. Whether the input number of segments is initialized as higher or lower, the number of segments tends to converge around 97.5

      I was talking with someone about having different ancestry from one's siblings. I was unsure of how frequently chromosomal gene swapping occurs. This answers the important question, which is units of inheritance. That is, instead of calculating inheritance as 23 units, slightly less than 100 appears more accurate. This makes percentage DNA almost precisely the expected value, but the standard deviation should be such that rare cases of one sibling being e.g. Jewish while the other sibling lacking that ancestry may occur.