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KDE KDE developer Pinheiro revealed his ideas on the next KDE menu, dubbed 'Raptor'. "What is Raptor? Raptor is a an amazing project I have been working on in the last few days. It tries to be a fresh new way of finding your desktop applications, and interacting with its users." A design document (containing more screenshots) is also available [.pdf].
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RE[3]: OT/FYI: Katapult
by oomingmak on Sun 7th Oct 2007 20:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OT/FYI: Katapult"
oomingmak
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2006-09-22

"One of the users I support said to me, a while back (while speaking of GWeather), that he couldn't believe that Linux defaulted to degrees Celsius and kilometers, instead of degrees Fahrenheit and miles. (You know, the *real* way to talk about temperature and distance.) I had to *explain* to him that people who use the British units are in the minority on this planet. "
In Britain we use Celsius, not Farenheit.

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RE[4]: OT/FYI: Katapult
by sbergman27 on Mon 8th Oct 2007 04:24 in reply to "RE[3]: OT/FYI: Katapult"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

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In Britain we use Celsius, not Farenheit.
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Yeah, well maybe you've reformed. But you guys are the ones that taught us the bad habits in the first place. ;-P

Seriously, though. When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, I knew that the "metric system" made more sense. But *to this day* my brain still *thinks* in terms of degrees Fahrenheit, miles, feet, inches. I religiously keep my desktop settings on the SI units. And my brain keeps taking those numbers and doing the whole "times 9, divide by 5, add 32" thing before it really *understands* what the number means.

Edited 2007-10-08 04:24

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RE[5]: OT/FYI: Katapult
by oomingmak on Mon 8th Oct 2007 04:44 in reply to "RE[4]: OT/FYI: Katapult"
oomingmak Member since:
2006-09-22

"Yeah, well maybe you've reformed. But you guys are the ones that taught us the bad habits in the first place. ;-P"

Well we certainly never taught you that weird backwards date thing - lol.

You're on your own on that score.

:o)

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RE[5]: OT/FYI: Katapult
by MamiyaOtaru on Mon 8th Oct 2007 07:51 in reply to "RE[4]: OT/FYI: Katapult"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

But *to this day* my brain still *thinks* in terms of degrees Fahrenheit, miles, feet, inches.

Oh man, no kidding. Tell me the height of a mountain in feet, and I can tell you how it compares to the tallest mountain in the states (mainland, and including Alaska), or to the Andes, or the Matterhorn or Everest or Australia's highest (Mount Ksomething or other), Antarctica's highest etc. Meters? Not so much. For me, the difference between 14,000' and 16,000' is a lot more memorable than the difference between 4,300 meters and 4,900 meters.

Same goes for distance between cities, long jump and high jump records (including my personal bests), height of the worlds tallest buildings and so on.

I understand 0C quite well, as it's easy to think of it as 32f, but start getting up into 30C and I want to know is it 90? 100? I don't know just how hot it is. 0-100f matches well with typical really hot and really cold as far as I'm concerned.

I'm cool with Metric, and think it should be used exclusively in scientific settings, but I'm not about to relearn the masses of numbers I know (some of them approximately) and retrain my brain to get used to them.

Yeah, well maybe you(the British)'ve reformed.

Not entirely. Road signs are still in miles and mph. At any rate, they should at least understand our reluctance to go with Metric, IMHO their attachment to the Pound over the Euro is similar. It's typical that two of the countries I visit most often in Europe are the UK and Denmark. The continent's common currency doesn't help me much ;)

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