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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

CrashNBrn When it was Dial-up, in Europe & the UK (474 comments)

Users in Europe/UK had to pay per-minute telco charges on top of the cost for the dial-up service (which itself was time-limited). Pretty much everywhere else in Canada and the US had free local-calling, so you only had the extra-fee of the dial-up service (which was usually time limited). One of the services I used (in Canada, early 90's), gave free time on off-peak hours 10pm-8am for ~$25.

Most of the people I knew from Finland, UK, Norway, were pretty jealous of our unlimited phone service.

2 days ago

Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

CrashNBrn AMD is not so bad (117 comments)

Aye. I got a 17" HP Pavilon, AMD A8-5550M Radeon HD, 2.1Ghz with 8GB Ram (single-stick, 2 slots) for $450 (@Office Depot). I'll add another 8GB of RAM and an SSD this year (into the DVD slot). While it certainly wont win any races, or run recent Triple-A PC games... then again who wants to run recent Triple-A games ?? ;-)

2 days ago

Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

CrashNBrn Re:Already Better Than New Opera (158 comments)

I have little to no interest in Opera 15+, but they continually contribute to the Chromium/Blink codebase, which can be easily seen in the Opera 15+ changelogs.

As far as Firefox being state of the art, give me a fucking break. They've been working on multi-threaded FF (Electrolysis) for going on 6 years now, and every time it gets force-enabled in FF Nightly it breaks _EVERYTHING_:

UserCSS, broken
UserScript (Greasemonkey), broken
LastPass, broken
TreeStyleTabs, mostly broken
RequestPolicy - and every other extension of its ilk, completely borked.

The only thing it appears to do, is make it "seem like" FF is responsive, except it still takes just as long to load a large session. Except all the tabs just say "New Tab" for ages, until they actually get their title.
Now the one thing that e10s (Electrolysis) CAN do, is close a window without locking up every FF window for an extended period of time.

So FF seems like it is responsive, but that's just a sham. It just isn't "not responding" during the time while it loads a large session. I have tabs loaded in the background, so only the single tab in a given window needs to actually be loaded, yet it still takes 5-10 minutes to load a large session (restore their title, favicon, and tab position). WTF.

Mozilla expenses for software development in 2012 was almost $150,000,000. --- does that sound like "small development team" to you?

4 days ago

Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

CrashNBrn Re:Already Better Than New Opera (158 comments)

You mean, Windows, Mac and Linux, BSD, and OS/2? Because Opera 5 supported all of those, and was 2.2MB download then, when Netscape Communicator was a 25MB download.
Opera Archive, v3.x thru v12.x

[DIR] Meego/ 01-Nov-2011 12:46
[DIR] WeTab/ 21-Mar-2011 14:26
[DIR] Win7/ 21-Mar-2011 14:23
[DIR] android/ 14-Feb-2011 06:18
[DIR] beos/ 27-Feb-2004 14:12
[DIR] cdk/ 11-May-2011 09:13
[DIR] custom/ 20-Oct-2010 15:16
[DIR] emulators/ 10-Aug-2012 12:31
[DIR] epoc/ 04-Jul-2001 03:34
[DIR] extras/ 28-Oct-2002 13:21
[DIR] info/ 14-Jan-2002 22:00
[DIR] linux/ 15-May-2014 08:56
[DIR] mac/ 15-May-2014 09:00
[DIR] nokia/ 24-Jun-2003 10:50
[DIR] os2/ 21-Oct-2002 13:01
[DIR] panasonic/ 22-Mar-2004 14:13
[DIR] psion/ 14-Feb-2003 12:21
[DIR] qnx/ 08-Nov-2002 10:27
[DIR] samsung/ 22-Mar-2004 14:13
[DIR] sdlbream/ 29-Oct-2012 16:41
[DIR] sendo/ 09-Sep-2004 10:51
[DIR] series60/ 15-Jun-2009 07:01
[DIR] siemens/ 23-Sep-2003 09:15
[DIR] sonyericsson/ 07-Jun-2004 09:28
[DIR] source/ 03-Sep-2013 13:18
[DIR] symbian/ 20-Oct-2008 07:29
[DIR] tvemulator/ 14-Dec-2011 22:04
[DIR] unix/ 06-Feb-2013 09:37
[DIR] win/ 15-May-2014 08:57
[DIR] winmobile/ 15-Mar-2010 20:24
[DIR] zinfo/ 31-Aug-2009 13:20

4 days ago

YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

CrashNBrn So they've finally fixed Pause & Resume? (224 comments)

Every time I've tried the "HTML5 video" on YouTube, it would:
1) lose sync, or just stop loading,
2) wouldn't let you pause/resume, and
3) didn't properly cache so you could "rewind" without streaming (download the same bits) again.

Or is YouTube yet another site that's now "Best Viewed in Chrome" (TM) ?

4 days ago

Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

CrashNBrn Side Tabs, Bookmarks, Notes (PANEL)...Holy Shit... (158 comments)

A goddamned side panel. So how was that too difficult eh Opera?
Bookmarks are more functional than Opera 20-whatever. Side tabs are too big, but that will be fixed. Email client to come.

I am thoroughly stoked! I saw mention of a browser about a year ago, but never heard anything since and never thought much more about it.

4 days ago

Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

CrashNBrn Re:Why not strncpy or strlcpy (211 comments)

Back in the olden days, that was one of the first things we did to a Diku-Mud code-base: add reusable memory pools (plus debugging output for failed in-game scripts - which eventually was replaced with a more robust scripting language - for in-game events/actions, that didn't rely on void pointers for everything).

The stability difference was like night and day.

4 days ago

Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

CrashNBrn Re:Already Better Than New Opera (158 comments)

Opera 12, is a 12MB download...__12__

Once more, __12__. Nearly 1/5th the size of Mozilla's Firefox, about 1/3rd the size of Google's Chrome.
Unfortunately, the dev's completely hosed the JS engine in Opera 12 (compared to pretty much any prior Opera version). Opera 12 is also the least stable of any Opera release to date, including the clusterfuck of Opera 10.11 - 10.6 --- it wasn't until nearly the final release of Opera 10.64 that you could give up Opera 10.10 without suffering major regressions.

At the very least Opera could of switched the rendering engine/JS for __web-content__, and kept Presto-and-co to render/deal with Opera's GUI. Maybe that wasn't possible? Seems like they were a bunch of bright folks, they could of figured out a shim to get Karaken (JS) to "talk" to V8 as needed.

Christ it took the Opera Dev's 18+ months to get functional bookmarks (and its still crippled compared to Opera 12). I sure as hell don't have any faith in that AD-company (FYI that's what Opera ASA is). When they switched to Blink, they gutted their official company vision too. I forget the comments thread where the two Mission Statements were compared, but the new one is laughable at best.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

CrashNBrn Re:Performance Mouse MX (429 comments)

Thats pretty close, shape-wise to the MouseMan, which was one of my first mice.

When the MouseMan died I went to some cheapy compaq mouse, got carpal tunnel in my right hand. After realizing the cause, settled on the MX518 as others have mentioned (no carpal tunnel since). I primarily use a G500 now, but that has a horrible cable (on my second one in a little over a year). Logitech doesn't even manufacture the G500 any more; it's not listed on their site, AND doesn't have a single mouse with a similar button layout. The G502 is the closest, but is missing the top button (above the scroll wheel). I use that with AHK for various tasks (browser -> Ctrl+W)

The Logitech G700s should of been good, but the top button layout is horrible, it's nearly impossible to press the top-middle button without pushing down the scroll-wheel free-roll button. The top-left buttons require too much force, and aren't easy to choose between. The 4 thumb buttons generally aren't distinctive enough to use as Ctrl, Shift (plus 2 other functions) and accurately press the one you intended (unlike the G500's 2 thumb buttons).

about a week ago

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

CrashNBrn Re:Good news (420 comments)

I think that one is a toss-up, depending on what aspects you liked?

I enjoyed the actual "acting" in Enterprise. Both shows (Enterprise & Voyager) relied far too heavily on "temporal anomolies" (the core basis of each were pretty much centered on them). The difference?

Voyager's plots (and there were a lot) that dealt with "temporal anomolies" used the sitcom-effect, "whatever awesome or terrible event that occurs at the beginning is obviated by the end of the show" -- due to it being a "temporal anomoly".

Enterprise's plots that delved into Time Travel were used as an actual plot-device instead of a throw-away story.

about a week ago

Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

CrashNBrn Re:Good news (420 comments)

Maybe he meant: TOS > DS9 > TNG > anything else > anything else > anything else > Voyager

about a week ago

Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

CrashNBrn Re:Well if that happens, it'll be bye bye Samsung. (241 comments)

As an owner of a Samsung Monitor I can confirm. No physical buttons, touch - that may or may not function when "touched" and the actual control of the OSD feels like it was designed with Asian literacy in mind (RTL). You will almost always press the wrong "buttons" in the wrong sequence, and even if you pressed the right "button", since it may or may not work - you'll probably press the wrong one next.

about two weeks ago

Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

CrashNBrn Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (329 comments)

Opera 12 followed that ideology.

Opera1217_en_Setup.exe ---------- 10,046 KB
Opera1217_en_Setup_x64.exe --- 11,327 KB
--- Then a few versions back, it wasn't much larger either, and basically had a WebServer built-in.

For some unknown reason Chrome/Blink requires ~35MB, and FireFox ~50MB.

When I first started using Opera in the late 90's, it was ~3.5MB, Mozilla with a Mail Client was over 25MB.

about two weeks ago

Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

CrashNBrn Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (180 comments)

These AMD-based boxes are a steal compared to the "barebones" NUC's that Intel is pushing. Although HP showed off a half-decent Intel based micro PC at CES (value/$) --- when it comes to on-board GPU you are almost always better off with an AMD solution.

about two weeks ago

SystemD Gains New Networking Features

CrashNBrn FYI: FreeBSD now available on Digital Ocean (553 comments)

I asked a few months back now, about the possibility of BSD on Digital Ocean due to all of the SystemD shenanigans of late. Got an email notification today that FreeBSD droplets are now available on Digital Ocean. It will be interesting to see if other VPS/Linux providers follow suit.


about two weeks ago

Sony Hack Reveals MPAA's Big '$80 Million' Settlement With Hotfile Was a Lie

CrashNBrn Scared Broke (117 comments)

It is sad, and somewhat scary, just how accurate Marilyn Manson was in his interview in Bowling for Columbine. The gist being, "keep the masses afraid. scared people spend money."

about a month ago

Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

CrashNBrn Corsair Raptors (190 comments)

I've been pretty happy with the non-mechanical Corsair Raptor K40. Corsair also has a mechanical keyboard line with the same design but with cherry switches. Unfortunately, the price has jumped up to the Logitech price points --- previously the K30 was ~$40, and the K40 was ~$50-$60 (when it was stocked by Amazon LLC, instead of 3rd parties).

The only "short-stroke" keyboards that I've seen are pretty much just laptop-style derivatives.

about a month ago

Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

CrashNBrn Re:Do Not Track never meant anything (145 comments)

I think we might see some improvements to some browser extensions and will get some control over the font situation.

One possibility that could be enabled today with a UserScript even:

Choose which fonts to allow the browser to see/use, make it an array, filter the page's HTML, replace any fonts that don't match with Arial.

Beyond that you would probably want an extension that has functionality like RequestPolicy, so you could allow some sites access to "all fonts", or one could get even more finely grained down to which individual sites can use which font.

Although it could even be done at the OS level. It will be interesting to see who does it first. If the browser is truely caged and segregated, then it should only have indirect access to system level folders.

about a month ago

What Canada Can Teach the US About Net Neutrality

CrashNBrn 5 Main Canadian companies (80 comments)

In Canada there are 5 "main" companies.

Telecom: Telus, Aliant,
Cable: Shaw, Rogers, Eastlink

Much like the US, you will never have overlapping Cable service, and Telus and Aliant don't compete with each other either.

about 2 months ago



The Pirate Bay R.I.P.

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "We have heard rumblings of The Pirate Bay going the way of the DoDo Bird. The possibility that the current owners were considering selling. This has indeed occurred.
According to BetaNews, "Wayne Rosso, former president of Grokster has been working with Global Gaming Factory X, the Swedish firm that recently bought the Pirate Bay, to turn the service legit and legal without changing the user experience at all."
Rosso said, "I'm calling this new model 'resource supported'. In short, the more computer resources the user contributes to The Pirate Bay, the more his content consumption is subsidized. I won't drill down any further due to commercial confidentiality, but it can actually work. And if it does, it will be huge."

While the piratebay blog goes on to say, "If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That's the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And — you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That's awesome and will take the heat of us."

Color me skeptical, but it should certainly be interesting seeing the fallout from this."

Link to Original Source

Apple Declares War on Palm Pre

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Fairly brief blurb on Gearlog, regarding an iTunes Support note on how Apple doesn't guarantee third-party syncing with iTunes... "because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players". Considering the timing of the support note and the Palm Pre's release, it looks like a passive agressive attack on the Pre. Interestingly, Gearlog mentions the Pre was designed by a number of ex-Apple employees — which I hadn't seen mentioned elsewhere before.
Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox states, "If Apple chooses to disable Media Sync in a future version of iTunes, we just think it will be a direct blow to their own users""

Judges upholds $107,834 award against RIAA

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn (1143981) writes "Judge upholds $107,834 in attorneys' fees award against RIAA
In the long running saga of Atlantic v. Andersen the judge has awarded the exonerated P2P defendant over $100,000 in attorneys' fees. Her malicious prosecutio lawsuit against the RIAA is still pending."

Link to Original Source

MacBook Pro external drive... and Windows?

CrashNBrn CrashNBrn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

CrashNBrn writes "My GF has a macbook pro, does Video and Music editting on an external drive. She inadvertently formatted it to Fat32, which in this case is next to useless. The problem as it stands, the drive will periodically need to interface with Windows machines. NTFS as I've read is not natively supported by Mac, and Mac's filesystem is not supported by windows. Is there some middle ground that doesn't rely on the Windows machine in question to be running WebDav or the like?"


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