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Google Nixes Some Calendar Features and Other Software Offerings

Daengbo Re:New features (235 comments)

Sigh. Slashdot used to be a FOSS / open standards blog. Moving away from an MS protocol to an open one would have been cheered. I wonder what happened to /. over the years?

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

Daengbo Re:This is the price of going "thermonuclear." (247 comments)

There is no rational definition under which Apple is losing anything right now.

Umm, they lost $35B in market cap just a couple of days ago. That's something. Their stock is down about 23% from a couple of moths ago. They're losing something.

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

Daengbo Re:What wrong has Steve done to you? (247 comments)

Well, I'm going to guess that about 40% of the patents filed in the last 30 years have already expired ("been invalidated").

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

Daengbo Re:What wrong has Steve done to you? (247 comments)

This is my first time posting to Slashdot in a while, I guess, and I just noticed my old sig from 2 1/2 years ago. I guess Google has done a bit of that identity integration with Chrome already. Yay! IT's tied to Google. Boo!

about 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

Daengbo Re:What wrong has Steve done to you? (247 comments)

Steve Jobs merely tread upon a road well worn by those that came before, and he charged as much money as he could to those who weren't in the know.

Wow, that works both specifically and generally. I'm impressed with what you did there.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

Daengbo Re:Quality (319 comments)

So ... how's OS X on that old hardware you were complaining about? Significantly better than Linux?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

Daengbo Re: (319 comments)

Follow up: Why don't you have a Nexus-style hardware program (promoted on the front page of Ubuntu.com) where hardware partners produce Ubuntu desktops / laptops that are certified to receive working updates for 3 years?

about 2 years ago
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Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling

Daengbo Re:This stunt by Apple (743 comments)

Because he zoomed out.

more than 2 years ago
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Electric Velomobiles: Urban Transportation For the Future, Available Now

Daengbo Re:Legal considerations (201 comments)

50ml is actually a pretty common limit for unlicensed combustion-powered bikes. Electrics appear to be around 300-500W, but higher and lower limits exist.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

Daengbo Re:My experience: possibly eGroupWare or SOGo? (189 comments)

Yes, I was thinking that he should host an eGroupware instance and use the sync options available there. Mail, calendar, contacts, docs storage: I think it has just about all of what he wanted.

Disclaimer: I haven't used eGroupware for about five years. It's still actively maintained, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

Daengbo Re:Good Question (189 comments)

I'm surprised people still come here. I'm at work on a Sunday. That's my only reason for being on Slashdot anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Building a Personal FOSS Cloud?

Daengbo Re:don't trust others... (189 comments)

Yes. In fact, it dedups at the bit level.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Facing $147.2 Million Patent Verdict

Daengbo Re:Obvious is obvious (77 comments)

Obvious (as I understand it) means that I would have solved the same problem in the same way, no matter how much work it took

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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What services should go on an identity server?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Daengbo (523424) writes "If every person on the Internet had a hosted server for identity purposes, what services would it need to have? (e.g. Should it be minimal, with just an OpenID server, or should it have a large set of services including microblogging, e-mail, galleries, file hosting, etc.?) How should it be configured? What technology should it be based on? Write from scratch or duct tape existing stuff together? Single-user or multi? What are Slashdot's thoughts on this matter?"
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HP to Buy Palm

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Daengbo writes "HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications."

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What Extensions for a FoxOS?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daengbo writes "If you had to try to create Chrome OS using only a basic X setup, a WM, Firefox, and extensions, what WM and extensions would you include? Would you use FF3.0 or 3.5?

How do you leverage everything on the net without a file browser or local apps? Without downloading, saving, and uploading to a new service?

These last two are probably the kinds of questions that Google engineers have been asking themselves and something I struggled with last year as I tried to make it 30 days without any apps but a browser."
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Norhtec's Gecko Surfboard -- a Prototype

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daengbo writes "Michael Barnes, the owner of Norhtec, was nice enough to forward some pictures of a rough prototype they're working on — a PC in a keyboard similar to the eeePC Keyboard PC. Whereas the Asus model will run $400-600, the Norhtec one will probably run a more modest $250-300, but with a compact number pad instead of the eeePC's 5" mounted LCD.

The system will be based on the same 1GHz, 1.2 watt Xcore86 system on a chip (SoC) that the Gecko EduBook will be based on (Xcore86 is also owned by Michael Barnes). It's likely to have similar specs, too: 512MB RAM upgradeable to 1GB, with the possibility of Android coming as the installed OS. The EduBook comes with Ubuntu Netbook Remix so we'll see what comes when the final announcement is made. The SoC design means that the system will be fast and energy efficient when compared to other x86 chip/motherboard combos running at the same speed.

Micheal Barnes is a former Sun employee who started NorhTec eight years ago. The company mainly focuses on small form factor computers and thin clients running ARM and Atom. His newer company, Xcore86, has an x86 system on a chip product. He is a long time Free software advocate and promotes Linux and FreeBSD in his descriptions of products, with many having those OSes pre-installed.

Thailand has a large number of electronic fabrication facilities."

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Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha4 Destroys Windows 7 Beta in Test

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daengbo writes "Windows 7 is said to be leaner and meaner than Vista ... a sign that MS is moving in the right direction. Several programs were ripped out of the OS and made optional. Despite all this, A Windows 7 install weighs in at about 5GB, while Ubuntu 9.04 takes up about 3GB. In addition, the Ubuntu release boots 30% faster, shuts down 40% faster, uses 40-60% less memory both at boot and with apps running, and benchmarks significantly (17%) higher. See the real numbers here! (Yes, it's my blog and I ran the benchmarks.)"
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Psystar wins a round against Apple

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Daengbo writes " Computerworld reports 'A federal judge last week ruled that Psystar Corp. can continue its countersuit against Apple Inc., giving the Mac clone maker a rare win in its seven-month-old battle with Apple.

He also hinted that if Psystar proves its allegations, others may then be free to sell computers with Mac OS X already installed.'

Apple is currently suing Psystar over its sale of Mac clones."

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Making bittorrent clients prioritize by geography?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  about 6 years ago

Daengbo writes "While I live in S.Korea and have virtually unlimited bandwidth in and out of the country, not all my Asian friends are so lucky. Many of the SE Asian and African countries have small international pipes. Even when a user has a high-speed local connection, downloads from abroad will trickle in.

Bittorrent clients apparently don't prioritize other users on the same ISP or at least in the same country. Why is that? Is it difficult to manage? If I were to write a plug-in for, say, Deluge, what hurdles would I be likely to come across? If this functionality is available in other clients or through plug-ins, please chime in."
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The Adobe Flash Specification is Now Open!

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Daengbo writes "As of today, May 1st, 2008, Adobe has removed the restrictions on the SWF and FLV specifications. Formerly, these specs could be used to make IDEs, but not players. Projects like Gnash and SWFdec can now use the official documentation to write compliant players for Unix-like systems. Linux users may not need to stay 1-2 Flash versions behind for eternity. Thanks to Adobe for this move. Download the specs."
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Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Daengbo writes "I recently sold my old laptop to a friend, and she asked me to keep Ubuntu on it rather than installing Windows for her. To help her with the transition, I wrote two intro lessons for her, but we've hit a stumbling block. The iRivier Clix (4GB) she's been using syncs with Windows Media Player. My research shows that the model has both an MTP for the sync and a UMS mode which acts as a mass storage device. Rhythmbox's "Scan Removable Media" doesn't pick up anything from the USB mass storage device, and although Syncropated claims to support these types of devices, it doesn't find any supported devices.

Unless you use an iPod, this appears to be a real weak point in the Linux desktop. Do Slashdotters sync their mass storage devices and music players? What do you use?"

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I'm Signing Off

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago I've come to Slashdot probably 340 days a year for the last eleven years or so. I used to get my news from it, but since Digg and now Reddit appeared, there hasn't been much point to that. Instead, I read the comments, which were filled with Goatse, Diarrhea trolls, and useless memes, but which had some really bright and insightful people posting.
The place used to be caustic, but donning a protective suit was worth it.

I don't get that anymore. As one poster put it yesterday, "Has Slashdot become Yahoo! Answers? Kill me now!" I totally agree. "There are no stupid questions" has replaced "Read 'How to Ask Smart Questions' or GTFO!" I liked the old way. Slashdot isn't a support forum where we need to have a code of behavior, is it? We're geeks: If you do, say, or ask something stupid, own up to it, learn, and move on.

Anyway, I'm one of the last few of the old guard from the '97-'98 era still frequenting this place (this is my second ID). I don't think I have it in me anymore.

Does anyone know a site where jerky curmudgeons like me sit around and discuss the news? I don't, and recommendations like Reddit don't really pass muster.

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Google Apps Certification is Pointless

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

I just got my Google Apps for Education Qualified Individual certification, which cost US$90, and which includes the most useless set of tests over nine hours. I have been married to Google Apps for fours years now and admin two basic domains, and yet very few of the questions had any relevance to administrating or using the products. They were multiple choice, T/F, or cloze.

Google really needs to give us a demo domain and ask us to complete various tasks, similar to how the RHCE works. People respect that cert. Instead, I got a cert modeled after the useless and disrespected MCSE.

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How do i get slashdot to work with opera mini?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  about 4 years ago

I have tried to use it, but the browser doesn't work with the javascript interface and no option is visible to revert to html. Thoughts?
Solution: in opera preferences, choose to prefer mobile interface.

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Why so much NIH?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm still confused as to why Microsoft, Yahoo! and Google don't agree amongst themselves to use their own services + XMPP + some plugins to openly replicate Facebook and immediately become big players in the social business. When your competition is eclipsing you like FB is, you need to start making some hard choices. There's no collusion if it's an open platform, right? Old and slow. Old and slow.

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How bad is the U.S. public school system?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I started working in the worst school in one of the worst districts in the U.S. a few months ago, and the level of brokenness of the entire system is shocking. I won't go into too much detail, or talk about the insane assumption that teachers will purchase supplies for their classes, something I have never witnessed in other professions. Instead, I'll talk about something that makes we want to cry.

I got a new student last week: she's a refugee from a Central American country. Her father was killed by the gangs there, and when her family fled through Mexico, they were kidnapped and raped for weeks. She speaks no English at all, yet she makes more effort than 98% of my other students, and I can teach her algebra and geometry in half the time it takes the other kids. Wonderful, right? The only problem is that she's going to be deported in a few weeks because her family has applied for refugee status, but they won't get it because the people who want to kill her don't work for the government.

Meanwhile, about 15% of my students are known undocumented aliens (read that as illegal), but schools aren't allowed to talk to immigration.

Summary? The kid who really needs and would profit from staying in country won't be able to (and will likely be killed when deported) because her family tried to follow the law, while people who didn't make any attempt to and merely sneaked into the country are staying.

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Computer Tech Club Suggestions?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I'm planning to start a computer tech club at my school, oriented around receiving donations of parts and putting computers together for poor families (possibly of other students). Of course we'll need to put a free OS on them.

Any suggestions on what organizations would be likely to donate or how to approach them? What pitfalls should I avoid? Do you think this is a reasonable way to get kids involved in the hardware side of computing? I've never done anything like this before.

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Google Voice Invites?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anyone have any invites? (Flashback to trying to get a GMail invite.)

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Things I want

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

  1. I want a WYSIWYG HTML5 editor the uses two CSS files (one for print format and one for flow format) and a simple tar.gz or zip file to hold the HTML, images, and videos.
  2. I want XMPP and identity in my browser.
  3. I want NOT to have to race Slashdot's loading of more articles when I got to the bottom of my journal page in order to click "Write in journal."

Thank you.

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Graphing Calculator Recommendations?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I've got to buy a graphing calculator for a teaching competency exam I'll be taking in about two months. Despite doing 2 years of engineering, I've never used one of these things (they weren't useful for my courses in the 80s), and I'll have to become proficient in that time, as well. Does Slashdot have any recommendations for an inexpensive, easy-to-learn graphing calc?

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Glad to see the blink tag is alive and well

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) in Thailand announces the Thailand ICT Contest Festival 2010, and the announcement page uses tons of blink tags. OK. Not Really. It uses animated GIFs to do basically the same thing. I thought that shit was dead.

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Goy's in Love with Firefly?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago

We just got around to watching Firefly for the first time, and Goy can't stop talking about it or whining that it got cancelled. She's not really a sci-fi kind of gal, normally. Quite strange.

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What Does Ubuntu Need to Put in a Developer CD?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago Quickly is a new(ish) platform to help developers get into developing Ubuntu applications,* but right now it's mainly a command-line program that calls Glade and an editor when necessary. I believe Ubuntu would profit from integrating Quickly, Launchpad PPAs, and Bazaar into GEdit, supplying all the necessary documentation and Python modules*, and putting the resulting system on a special developers' CD.

If Ubuntu were to put out a developers' CD (specifically in order to attract new developers to the platform), what should they include in the distribution CD?

* Quickly isn't limited to Ubuntu or Python, but those areas are the main focus now.

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TOEFL and the Neanderthals

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago I was listening to someone prepare for the TOEFL exam, and a practice listening question was about Neanderthal man and inter-breeding as a possible reason for extinction. I'm pretty sure (off of the top of my head) that this theory is no longer believed, but the listening selection made me think.

What if interbreeding became popular, the offspring were sterile, and they were excluded from the homo sapien society, but not the Neanderthal one? Or the breeding may have occurred primarily between human males and Neanderthal females, for whatever reason. The breeding rate for the Neanderthal group would be greatly reduced, and the population would drop precipitously within two hundred years. No DNA evidence would be evident in modern man.

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Learning JavaScript

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 4 years ago I know. You're asking "Why?!?"

I decided there was an itch I wanted to scratch on the GNOME desktop, and I had to choose a simple language to use. Seed (JS over GNOME libs) seemed appropriate. Since I haven't really learned anything since 1988 or so ... I thought I'd keep it simple and (I say hopefully) useful. It doesn't look too overwhelming so far, but I don't have a good background in things like algorithms and am hoping that most of that kind of work is in the GNOME libraries.

Douglas Crockford makes it all seem so simple. Watch his JavaScript lectures at Yahoo! if you have a few hours.

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Ask Slashdot: Reinstalling over a running system

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I have used chroots several times to install new systems alongside running systems before, finishing by rebooting into the new partition. For the first time, however, I find myself wanting to reintall over a running system, and changing arch'es, too. This sounds impossible to my ears, so I'm calling on some help from my friends here. Any ideas on how to make this work?

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Why are Thais Poorly Educated? Their Textbooks Suck.

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago From a college-level textbook in the introductory course "Life Skills:"

  1. Dogs and cats can be said not to be able to think because when we tell them to go to the refrigerator to get us something to eat, they don't understand and don't comply.
  2. Computers can be said to think because computers can defeat humans in chess, but the computer doesn't really understand what it is doing.
  3. Therefore, it can be said that only humans and angels can think.

Let's test your understanding using a quiz from the book. Which of the following is true?

  1. A dog thinks when it puts shoes in the trash because the shoes stink.
  2. A boy doesn't want to go to school because he doesn't understand the teacher.
  3. A human defeats a computer in calculations.
  4. A fish comes to the surface of the water when it is called.

The answers? 2 and 3. 1 and 4 are false because animals don't think.

This isn't some dinky seminary, folks: it's the state open university. Wow. Just ... wow. You've got to love state religion.

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Constant Moderator Points

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I keep getting moderator points. I'll get ten or fifteen, then another set a day or so after the expiration date of the first set. This has been going on for over a week. I think I'm on my fourth set of mod points in a row (though I obviously didn't start counting immediately).

That, and the random redundant mods on my old posts continue.

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Amazon Music Store Breaks Banshee Plug-in?

Daengbo Daengbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

A couple of days ago, I saw on a Banshee developer blog that an Amazon music store plug-in was intentionally broken by the Amazon Store. Does anyone know what this is about? There were no details in the blog and it wouldn't accept comments so I couldn't ask.

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