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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

Apostata Widescreen movies (139 comments)

How would it be "less useful" for widescreen movies? You'll have some letterbox matting to compensate for the aspect ratio difference...that's about it. It will play movies. It will play widescreen movies. It just won't play them edge-to-edge on the screen.

about 7 months ago

Please No, Not a Blade Runner Sequel

Apostata Re:I've got a better idea (585 comments)

Not only that, but the Mr. Blue, Mr. Orange, etc. shtick is lifted directly from "The Taking of Pelham 123".

Treating "originality" as a sacred goal is a one-way ticket to getting nothing accomplished. This isn't to say that we should be openly plagiarizing, but that a narrow-minded focus on originality itself will only lead to frustration.

about 6 years ago


Apostata Re:Nope. Never. (395 comments)

Since when is second-person narrative (in and of itself) necessary to make a book "more of a literary novelty than a good novel"?

So, I guess writers like Italo Clavino ("If On A Winter's Night A Traveller"), Jay McInnery ("Bright Lights, Big City"), and Günter Grass ("Cat and Mouse") just wrote "novelties" then?

about 6 years ago

Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma

Apostata Let's hope he's not using a Mac (374 comments)

RIM's support for OSX is hideously outdated. It's basically a set of bandage solutions so that you can do the minimum amount of syncing and media management...but not at the same time.

about 6 years ago

The Recession

Apostata Re:Self-Driven Fear-Mongering Recession. (688 comments)

I've seen some of this with suppliers I work with: hiring freeze, no overtime allowed, etc.. Is it "prudent"? Yes, but - particularly for companies who trade (or whose parent companies trade) on the stock market - there's been incredible pressure to appear "fiscally responsible", which in some ways is another way of saying "risk averse".

It really depends on the industry.

about 6 years ago

In the next 12 months, the Middle East will be ...

Apostata Only On Slashdot... (1067 comments)

would the first 50 posts about conflict in the Middle East concern itself with the semantics of east-west notation on a sphere.

about 6 years ago

Trick or Treatment

Apostata A poor review (713 comments)

The author of the review makes it hard for me to take him, the book, or his review seriously for the following reasons:

- he is incapable of using an apostrophe.

- independent of the book's context, he uses language which displays an existing bias (or, perhaps "hatred" is a better word) against the subject matter ("EBM shows that homeopathy and other bogus cures are of no value").

- the intent of the review (I can't speak of the book as I haven't read it) seems to be nothing more than "all alternative medicine and their practitioners are dirty cheats. All of them".

- the comparison to the current economic crisis which bookends the review is rather thin and clumsy.

more than 6 years ago

Earliest LHC Restart Slated For Late Summer 2009

Apostata Re:Won't Ever Work (229 comments)

Gordon Freeman, ladies and gentlemen. Put your hands together.

more than 6 years ago



Super Bowl Porn Hacker?

Apostata Apostata writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Apostata writes "According to this article on CNN, Tucson AZ's broadcast feed of last Sunday's Super Bowl was interrupted by 10 seconds of porn. This only affected Comcast subscribers and is being actively investigated. The question remains whether this was a hack...could such a thing be possible?"
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RedHad To Abandon MS Competitor

Apostata Apostata writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Apostata writes "You've probably received this already, but in case not, Red Hat has officially abandoned their Global Desktop initiative, which sought to compete directly with MS on the PC. Most of the articles (WSJ, CNN) are rather dry, whereas — despite it's leading title — this article is more in-depth."
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The Kludge

Apostata Apostata writes  |  more than 10 years ago [Taken from the reply The Sky is not Falling , from the Slashdot article What If Dark Matter Really Doesn't Exist? ]

There's nothing wrong with a kludge, aesthetics aside. Every evolving line of discovery needs it's necessarily flimsy connectors of reason. It's only when we allow our pride/ignorance/greed etc. to deny that the kludge is just a kludge: this is where mistakes are made, and thus we fail to evolve.

The fact that the universe may not boil down to 3 categories of matter is not earth-shattering. If we discover something to the contrary we must look at it plainly.

The problem with kludges is that it's only a kludge when it's a theory that is revealed to be inherently flawed. Before this realisation, it's just the best theory we have at our disposal. Just because something is revealed to be inelegant doesn't mean it wasn't serviceable, or simply the limit of our reason at the time it was presented.


How to get customised colour fonts in Konsole

Apostata Apostata writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So, you want to trick-out Konsole so that no one will ever think you're using a stock Schema, eh?

Well, you'll find you can change all the colours, transparencies, etc., however how one customises the font colour is a bit of a mystery...UNTIL NOW!

1. Customise and save a good schema (albeit without the font colour you want) and save it.

2. Go in your personal directory (~/.kde/share/apps/konsole/) where said schema is saved (let's call it 'me.schema').

3. Open said schema with whatever flavour of text editor you use.

4. Look for the following lines:

# note that the default background color is flagged
# to become transparent when an image is present.

# slot transparent bold
# | red grn blu | |
# V V--color--V V V
color 0 119 123 110 0 0 # 0 - Foreground Colour

This first line ("slot" 0) determines your font colour in Konsole.

5. Using whatever colour-chooser you prefer (KColourChooser, albeit a terribly contrived name, is a good one), find a good colour and simply copy the RGB info to the *.schema file.

6. Save the schema file, and you are now on your way to freedom, riches, and rewarding friendships.



A disregard for objectivity

Apostata Apostata writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Linux has problems - yes. Frustratingly, many are not specific to Linux per se, but rather what happens in the creation of a 'distro' (a modern-day Utopia, I feel, and just as unattainable).

However, one has to step back and see that the writer is a victim of a market, virtually monopolised by a well-marketed OS with the complicit partnership of many hardware manufacturers, still ravaged by it's own demise.

In time, I see no serious hardware manufacturer avoiding Linux, if only because - logically and naturally - competition in any system is vital to it's survival.

[from Linux's Achilles Heel Apparently Revealed ]

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