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Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Last week, the Ubuntu guys released Ubuntu 8.04, named "Hardy Heron". Instead of posting 24408 news items pointing to different reviews of this new Ubuntu release from all over the world, we decided to collect a few of them over the weekend and present them all in one gulp. I have a feeling some of you might like not seeing three Ubuntu items every day.
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Crono
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2006-11-08

Sorry, but this is just wrong. Think of a hammer: this is a tool that is extremely simple to use, just grab it and bash away. Do only fools use a hammer? Think of a blacksmith. A good tool should enable fools to get the work done, and experts to deliver exceptional results.


A blacksmith is not a fool. A blacksmith is a professional. And I know some people who are definitely not able to get a nail into a board without deforming it (that doesn't really have much to do with the blacksmith but w/e).

Also, comparing operating systems to things like that is... unfitting.

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orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

Hmm, Start of Rant:

The blacksmith very likely had a good teacher, when he was the apprentice, if he became an expert. If he wants a new generation to become equally expert, he'll put aside some time to pass on the skills. This time he might spend crafting exquisite works, through which his own fame might be spread and strenghthened, but it's a price worth paying, since the profession is after all greater than he is, and he does owe it something. How will he achieve the skilling of the apprentice? Will "OMFG, naaah, not like that you f*ckwit" do, or something a tad more encouraging and instructive?

The attitude frequently evident on this site by certain individuals is "Jeez, I did it myself so there's no way I am gonna help anyone else to figure it out". I am sorry, did you learn to speak, read and write on your own? it's possible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Wright_%28linguist%29 - Wright is said to have taught himself to an extent by deciphering the upside down Bible, i.e., as it would have been presented to him on the knees of his Sunday School teacher, if memory serves) but the illogical attitude is, nonetheless: "I ain't gonna speak to anyone else in case they learn this language thing too, they gotta work it out for themselves."

Therefore I am not at all surprised that recent studies have shown a correlation (albeit non-exclusive) between increases in autism and the computer-wielding classes in the States, and presumably elsewhere:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2192611.stm

(and yes, the opposite side of the coin is that many with autism are enabled in their communication through computers: http://current.com/items/88847568_mute_autistic_girl_finally_speaks...)

Hey, we are social beings, and the anti-social don't belong to the species by definition. Still, this micro-Eureka makes it clear to me now why the cry of simultaneous triumph and derision is more often than not "RTFM", since hardly any self-respecting, or perhaps self-styled UeberGeek is going to say with meekness rather - "Actually, I did this with someone's help"


PS - Don't you just love the beautiful serendipity of the Internet. Looking up Eureka just now, I discovered that the word not only literally means "*I* am in a state of having found it" but also that it's the State motto of California...."

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