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I started trying to go through the Wheel of Time again, and wondering why I always seem to wind up stopping in about the same place. This is what I came up with.
If you're not familiar with the Wheel of Time, the series created by Robert Jordan and finished by Brandon Sanderson, this article won't mean a whole lot to you. I'm writing this primarily for other people who have read the series, primarily because I'm curious as to whether they can see the ...
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When I was reading through I skipped one and thought, hmmm, that's a bit of a time plot jump but not enough to stop reading because parts were an almost seamless continuation despite skipping a whole book.
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In today's Help Desk the judge is given the proper inducement to return. https://www.eviscerati.org/comics/comic/hd/2016/01/Gag-Order
VIKTOR SCHRECK: Well, I'm happy to report the crisis has been averted. LAWYER: He's coming out? VIKTOR SCHRECK: Yes. His fellow judges decided he lacked the necessary support to do his job, so they rallied to the cause. He now has all the support he needs. JUDGE: (BOUND AND GAGGED) Mph.
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the other judges tied him up and delivered him to the Bench,  because if he escaped, one of them would have to sit and listen to the Ubersoft vs [insert foe here].
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Today's Help Desk has not moved any of your files. 
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"We may have removed all installation references to the programs you use to access those files, but the files themselves are perfectly intact and waiting for you. Once you figure out which apps to reinstall, you'll be able to use your files again. Honest!"
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Kubuntu is no longer a thing, I guess? Time to find a new KDE distro. Sigh... 
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Hope they didn't get into a fight with upstream, then...
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Curveball Issue 26: Echoes and Consequences, is now online!

...and now I'm going to bed.

https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Curveball/novel/Issue-26-Echoes-and-Consequences
Echoes and Consequences: Part One · Echoes and Consequences: Part Two · Echoes and Consequences: Part Three · Echoes and Consequences: Part Four · Echoes and Consequences: Part Five · ‹ The Chains We Forge In Life, Part Four up Echoes and Consequences: Part One › ...
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Excellent as always. Once again I am rendered impatient for more, and cursed with the knowledge that the next update may be anywhere from one to six months away.
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Curveball Issue 27, Project Recall, is now up! In this issue you actually learn what "Project Recall" is. I PROMISE.

You are here. Home; » Fiction; » Curveball; » TOC; » Issue 27: Project Recall. Issue 27: Project Recall. HOME · TOC · PODCASTS · ABOUT · ON TVTROPES · BUY IT. Submitted by Christopher Wright on Tue, 2016-02-02 07:52. Story: Christopher Wright Cover: Jamie Robertson Logo: Garth Graham ...
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So in college I took a class on Lewis and Tolkien where I wrote an essay positing that humans in Middle Earth had come to dominate the Third Age because they were monogamous and mated for life, while the elves were waning for exactly the same reason.

I was kind of a jerk in college. 
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If I were forced, mostly against my will, to become a Verizon customer (because all other providers have terrible reception in the area) what android phone should I get? I prefer phablets. 
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+Gary Tyrrell​ I'd completely forgotten about that. Yeah, that's a solid four strikes against them. 
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For those of you who are interested in such things, there will be a new Help Desk up tomorrow!
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A bit behind on your holiday shopping? Looking for something that captures the essence of the holiday spirit?

... er... well, I can't help you with that last part. But if you think the person you love might be interested in a story featuring a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking superhero in a trenchcoat AND they already have all the Hellblazer comics you might try Curveball!

Available in ebook and trade paperback formats. Also available on B&N, Kobo, and a few other places I can't remember offhand, but the Amazon link is handy.
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Google changed the Google+ app on android and I can't figure out how to view my streams any more. Seriously. It's like they removed that option. Maybe I'm an idiot and it's staring me right in the face, but I just. Don't. See it.

There are five options in the menu:

Profile
People
Locations
Events
Settings

PROFILE shows me my profile, and all the posts I've made under it. OK, that makes sense.

PEOPLE has three different views:

- "Find People," which gives you a list of suggestions of people to follow (based largely on your phone contacts, ugh) and allows you to search for people on G+

- "Following," which lists all your circles and shows you what people you have added to them

- and "Followers," which lists all the people who are following you, I guess

None of these options actually show you your G+ stream.

LOCATIONS requires you to turn on location sharing to use, so I don't.

EVENTS simply shows you what events you have created and/or been invited to.

And SETTINGS...

... oh. It has a checkbox called "Display Circle Streams," and if you check that, your streams show up in the menu.

Why would that be turned off by default? That doesn't make sense. OK, I solved my own problem as I was writing this post. I'll post it anyway as a public service, in case other people are having the same issue.
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You know what, a while back I posted about Plasma 5 and thought that it was actually pretty cool, but it had some features they needed to add and some bugs they need to work out.

They're now on Plasma 5.4.2... and I don't understand what happened.

There are things I expect a desktop with a long, long history of having near-100% customizability to do. The ability to customize your desktop is why people freakin' use KDE in the first place. KDE has apparently decided "well fuck all that, we're gonna start ripping shit out and locking shit down." And now we have a desktop that doesn't support...

... wait for it...

screensavers.

That's right. It doesn't fucking support screensavers. I mean I know the screensaver isn't the most integral part of an operating system these days -- they're more for eye candy than anything else -- but the ability to run a screensaver has been around for a pretty long time, and Linux has been somewhat unique among OS's that you can run some really cool 3-d screensavers when you want to. My favorite has been a 3-d rendering of a city skyline that you zoom around (it's especially cool across two monitors).

But as of Plasma 5, screensavers are no longer supported, and I guess the official reason is "because fuck you is why" because I haven't actually seen an official reason that makes sense.

Other things you can't do in Plasma 5:

 - if you drag an icon to one of the KDE panels and want it to be a folder (instead of a widget - so basically it just opens up Dolphin) you can't customize the icon

 - if you decide to use the Folder View widget instead, the rollover text is not the name of the directory, it's just "Folder View" and there's no way to change it. So right now I have sixteen goddamn folder view widgets that I'm glad I recognize by sight because they all fucking say "folder view."

 - The login screen allows you to customize your background. Your desktop allows you to customize your background. Your "we have a lock screen instead of a screensaver because fuck you" lock screen allows you to customize your background. The splash screen that loads when you first log in doesn't let you customize fuck all, and not only that your only two options in the settings panel are "this splash screen we came up with that you can't customize, or not a goddamn thing."

 - Every time I try to add new fonts, the font manager crashes.

... I'm going to stop here because this is supposed to be a rant, not my own personal Ninety-Five Theses, and I want to note that all my complaints can rightly be pointed out as superficial and having to do with customization rather than functionality.

And you're right. They are. That's because the only true functional difference between UIs these days is customization. Any modern computer can give you the functionality you need, regardless of operating system -- yes, even fucking Windows. What distinguishes them is your ability to customize your environment to look the way you want and respond the way you want. The only real difference between any UI, be it Windows 10 or Android or OSX or Gnome or Unity or KDE, is how you can arrange things to taste.

KDE apparently decided the only way to evolve their desktop was to throw a lot of that stuff away, and I am super not impressed.
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And why we've had a trending of glitzy stuff without real thought in design  is due to people trying to make the current year, "The Year of the Linux Desktop" and other silliness.  Do things better than Windows and OSX.  Doesn't matter if you do it the same way or do it a different, more optimal way.  Just don't try to be "different" for the sake of being so.
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