Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:50 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Gnome The day is finally here, the day that the GNOME team releases GNOME 3.0, the first major revision of the GNOME project since 2002. Little of GNOME 2.x is left in GNOME 3.0, and as such, you could call it GNOME's KDE4. We're living in fortunate times, what, with two wildly divergent open source desktops.
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RE[7]: Sigh...
by cmost on Thu 7th Apr 2011 01:11 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Sigh..."
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Despite what the studies might say, not *everyone* is utterly incapable of multitasking. Some people are actually more productive with it. Are those people supposed to stoop down to the majority's level? If so, why even buy computers with gigabytes of RAM? And tabbed browsing? Get rid of that too--can't have too many Web pages on your mind, now. Might as well go back to 512MB-1GB, tops, if we're going to throw effective multi-tasking out the window. It's a good thing GNOME has tons of competition.


I hate to break the news to you bud, but no matter how much you might think you excel at multi-tasking, it's utterly impossible for a human being to multi-task. Period. Sorry. While you might be able to efficiently switch between tasks, you're incapable of true multi-tasking, as is everyone. I only wish I could convince others, like the ones hurtling down the expressway at 80 mph while yapping on a smartphone, of this fact.

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RE[8]: Sigh...
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 7th Apr 2011 01:37 in reply to "RE[7]: Sigh..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I hate to break the news to you bud, but no matter how much you might think you excel at multi-tasking, it's utterly impossible for a human being to multi-task. Period. Sorry. While you might be able to efficiently switch between tasks, you're incapable of true multi-tasking, as is everyone. I only wish I could convince others, like the ones hurtling down the expressway at 80 mph while yapping on a smartphone, of this fact.

Okay, second person to take it this way. Clarification: Multitasking, as in computer multitasking. Not using both hands and feet to do various things while listening for things with your ears and eating food--simply switching between tasks in a multi-tasking computer environment. Which takes only one or two hands depending on mouse vs. keyboard or both when using a GUI that is decently designed for multitasking, and can be done at will.

How the hell did a thread on computer multitasking and GUIs get misinterpreted and turned on its head to be about human multitasking? Seriously?

Edited 2011-04-07 01:46 UTC

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RE[8]: Sigh...
by unclefester on Thu 7th Apr 2011 08:34 in reply to "RE[7]: Sigh..."
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Aviation experts confirmed decades ago that humans can't multitask. That's why airliners have two pilots and a seperate cockpit without a stereo.

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by roverrobot on Thu 7th Apr 2011 23:12 in reply to "RE[8]: Sigh..."
roverrobot Member since:
2006-07-23

Aviation experts confirmed decades ago that humans can't multitask. That's why airliners have two pilots and a seperate cockpit without a stereo.


Those who claim that mere mortal cannot multitask and apply to computer usage is, what can I call them? retarded?

The multitasking in computer sense are not limited to you do your work while listening to music, while responding to chats, while posting on facebook. Even these, people do so all the time. Now what, you are saying that those people are retarded and they are going to kill themselves?

But even for a single piece of work, you may need to open a web browser with gazillion tabs, an email client, a word processor or editor, and a file manager. We are not multitasking, we are performing a single task that requires multiple sources of information and multiple tools. So you suddenly want us to type in a word processor for 30 minutes, take a rest, google for 30 minutes, rest, then reply email for 30 minutes, so that I am not multitasking so to speak in computer usage sense?

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