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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

DadLeopard Re:This raises some questions (172 comments)

Had a PRS-505, now have a PRS-T1, never used the Sony store after the original registration. All my content is in epub, pdf, rtf, etc. all acquired from places like and my public library. Get Calibre to use as your ebook library software and it will manage your books on your computer and your Sony PRS-T3. The biggest advantage to the Sony Readers that no one mentions is the ability to sort by more than the title of the books, When you have 500+ books on the Reader, it is nice to be able to sort by series, (which the Sony calls Collections), author and date added as well as just the title.

about a month ago

Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

DadLeopard Waterless No Flush Urinals (83 comments)

Well, the Waterless No Flush Urinals will make the perfect collection device! At least as long as they can keep the idiots from throwing their cigarette butts in them! Just connect the plumbing to a collection tank instead of the sanitary sewer system!

about 3 months ago

German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

DadLeopard Re:Why not just self-driving? (73 comments)

I can't wait to see what happens when then they hook this up to the person with ADD, "Oh, A bird", crash! Possibly only Zen Masters need apply?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

DadLeopard Re:In a related trend: (253 comments)

To be fair to Ubuntu, it is free and you can buy support from canonical!

about 4 months ago

Nasty Security Flaw In OAuth, OpenID

DadLeopard I've been seeing this a LOT on Facebook (18 comments)

I've been seeing this a LOT on Facebook. I myself am not stupid enough to log in to a site I am already logged into, but this has bitten a whole lot of my less savvy "friends"! Seems to be a regular Phishing feature where there is slightly risque picture and when you click to see full size they want you to prove you are over 13 by logging in ! Hah! Not happening!

about 4 months ago

Gary Kildall, Father of the PC OS, Finally Gets His Due

DadLeopard I remember him for GEM (99 comments)

The GEM Graphic environment manager, would have been the world standard, well expect for the "Look and Feel" Lawsuit that Apple brought against it when it was released for the IBM PC and Clones. After the settlement it was so neutered as to be fairly useless! It was a dream to use in it's full implementation on the Atari 1040ST. Drag and drop and a windowed environment way before Microsoft got around to it!

about 5 months ago

Bug In the GnuTLS Library Leaves Many OSs and Apps At Risk

DadLeopard Wasn't this fixed on the 27th? (231 comments)

Seem to remember an update to gnutls for this problem! USN-1752-1: GnuTLS vulnerability and a standard update fixes it! Whoopty doo! Kind of why I like that Ubuntu doesn't wait for an arbitrary day of the month to issue updates and patches!

about 6 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

DadLeopard The New "Standard" business Model (769 comments)

Sell device at or below cost, make sure it only works with your highly, or moderately over priced (ink cart, eBook, razor blade refill, coffee pod, or whatever)!! I this case, I own an espresso machine and can hit the brew button for a second double shot of water for cafe Americano in about the same time as a K-Cup machine! For every day I'll stick to French press and grind my own beans, I own a pump pot carafe, so good to go for the whole day!!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

DadLeopard Re:You mean other than what is installed by Defaul (531 comments)

That is the expected behavior in Calibre! When you open a file with it, it adds that book to your Calibre Library. If you only want one copy of the book delete the file in the original location. It is after all, primarily an ebook library management system. The conversion feature is really secondary, though very welcome since i don't need an extra application just for that! The editing and creation features have been greatly enhanced lately also! If you care to dig into it, it can do some pretty amazing and complicated things with ebooks, most of which Thankfully I don't need to do!!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

DadLeopard You mean other than what is installed by Default? (531 comments)

That would be Thunderbird, followed by Calibre and Skype. I don't care for Evolution, so Thunderbird which is nice and simple to use! Calibre since I have a Sony Reader which uses epub format, since Calibre can convert just about any eBook format to just about any other one, as long as they are not DRMed, it also keeps my eBook library nicely organized. Skype is because one son lives 800 miles away and another 6,157 miles away right now, and Skype works with MS, Apple and Linux OSes so we can keep in touch and see each others faces once in a while!

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How do you delete accounts that have no obvious way to do so?

DadLeopard Have you heard of "Burner" Phones (1 comments)

Just for places like that, you make a "Burner" email address. There are many places you can set up a free email account that you can access through your main account, and if it turns out to be a problem, just remove it from the ones you watch and let it fill up and start bouncing stuff back!

about 7 months ago

GOP Bill To Outlaw EPA 'Secret Science' That Is Not Transparent, Reproducible

DadLeopard Re:"Not Reproduclibe" (618 comments)

OH, My God! Are you suggesting that the GOP and the Laws they pass should be held to the same level of scrutiny as the EPA, and that no laws should be passed that can't be backed by transparent and reproducible scientific data! You just know that idea is not going to fly!

about 7 months ago

Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

DadLeopard Re:good riddance (304 comments)

You never "Bought" the book, you just bought a license to read the book on the allowed device, or devices! You want to "Buy" an ebook, buy non-DRMed ebooks, then you "Own" them and can do anything with them you can do with the dead tree versions, except a few things like start the fire in the wood burner stove!

about 7 months ago

In Greece, 10 Months In Prison For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page

DadLeopard Not here! (324 comments)

Thankfully the Separation of Church and state is still "mostly" intact in the USA. Though Texas and several other States like Louisiana and Missouri are working to change that, and a couple have been bitten in the butt by their attempt to get state funded religious Schools mean that ALL religions get to have them!

about 8 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

DadLeopard Pretty much like every Blah website out there (1191 comments)

Pretty sure most of us come to Slashdot for the content and not the Pretty. Lots of wasted space on the Beta page and the comment section could be a whole lot better than it is, I'm probably in some kind of minority now, but I don't use the screen on a phone to read Slashdot, and that is the only way this new layout makes any sense! It's made for mobile users!

about a year ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

DadLeopard Re:Digg version 2.0 (1191 comments)

All well and good, but it does have the advantage that you can click on a topic while you are anywhere on the page without having to scroll all the way to the top to get to them!

about a year ago

Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

DadLeopard I don't need to be able to understand the source c (199 comments)

I am not, and never will be, a programmer or one that is able to go through the source code and assure myself that all is well. I do have to depend on the Thousands of people out there that have this ability, to get my peace of mind with my chosen OS and the Software that runs on it! This is a lot more assurance than anyone using a closed source OS can say! Not perfect for me, but way better than the alternatives!

about a year ago

Nissan's Autonomous Car Now Road Legal In Japan

DadLeopard Re:Curiously? (205 comments)

Seems that is a problem that has been thought of a long time ago! There is a Federally mandated not for profit organization that is a clearing house for all that data and helps industry to come up with clear standards for the collection, distribution and utilization of this kind of information and many others. Check out It's been around for quite while now!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: 4G Networking Advice For Large Outdoor Festival?

DadLeopard Re:Why not WiFi (140 comments)

Excuse me, but a 4G Hotspot supplies Wi-fi to several devices. How many depends on the Hotspot used! Best bet is to walk around the area and do a survey to find out which carrier has the best connection in each part of the venue, and yes a repeater would probably help, that is if you can get a good signal to it in the first place!

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