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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Dwedit Windows 8 (723 comments)

Windows 8 basically handed Linux an opportunity on a silver platter. Now they just need to make the desktop significantly better than what Microsoft is currently offering.

about a week ago

$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Dwedit Re:Always lock your phone! (231 comments)

Probably the $5 wrench solution to unlock the phone.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Dwedit Documentation can be opportunity for code review (199 comments)

If nothing else, making documentation ensures that you get to check that your features are sane and make sense. Nothing like documenting something then realizing how stupidly it was written, then you can fix it so the documentation can be simpler.

about two weeks ago

Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

Dwedit Charge + Ethernet (191 comments)

If I can power my laptop and get a network connection (powerline ethernet) over the same cable, that would be really sweet.

about two weeks ago

Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Dwedit Re:Hm (97 comments)

Adblock has element hiding, so if the web designer makes a <div class="adbox"> or something, that's really easy to override the CSS on to make it invisible.

about 1 month ago

Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

Dwedit And then when we elect that politician... (209 comments)

"Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!"
And he kept the corrupt political system of big money. It should have ended that day, but evil was allowed to endure. There's no strength left in the world of Men. They're scattered, divided, leaderless.

about 2 months ago

After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

Dwedit Re:Space (170 comments)

If you can't have space, you can have international ping times. Generate keys, deploy one in one place, one in the other, and keep bouncing messages off of each other.

about 3 months ago

OpenPandora Design Files Released

Dwedit Why Non-commercial? (65 comments)

Why not release it allowing commercial use, and let anyone manufacture it? Availability problems have always been a huge problem for the OpenPandora team.

about 3 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

Dwedit Spreadsheets destroy data (422 comments)

Spreadsheets tend to mess with strings that look somewhat like a date, it will automatically convert it to a date when it sees things like that. You need to be really careful about spreadsheets automatically reformatting your data, make sure you properly indicate whether a field is Text or not.

about 3 months ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Dwedit Paging file? (85 comments)

Okay, stupid question time...
If someone took a disk image during the time when the virus was in the process of encrypting files, would it be possible to find the key in the paging file?

about 5 months ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Dwedit Final Hallway 13 (195 comments)

So how did this game compare with Final Hallway 13?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Reviewing 3rd Party Libraries?

Dwedit ILSpy (88 comments)

This is not a security analyzer, but ILSpy is the .NET decompiler that I currently use. Red Gate .NET Reflector went commercial only, so this is what's left.

about 6 months ago

FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Dwedit Why does Wikimedia hate batteries? (235 comments)

Mobile devices have efficient hardware support for codecs like H.264, and using something else takes a toll on battery life.

about 6 months ago

Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users

Dwedit Jumped the shark (182 comments)

Firefox has jumped the shark.

about 6 months ago

Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Dwedit Re:Still using it (155 comments)

You must be exaggerating, since GW-BASIC required you to manually type in line numbers, just like on an Apple II. Eclipse may be bloated and sluggish, but at least you don't need to type in line numbers.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Dwedit Re:HOSTS file (731 comments)

But in practice, they're not. Ads are distinguishable from the content, and that's why Adblock works.

about 7 months ago

Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

Dwedit Re:Almost there.... (102 comments)

Sometimes, you need to look at one thing and type into another, and that would just get in the way.

about 8 months ago

Asm.js Gets Faster

Dwedit How about making the Canvas tag not suck (289 comments)

How about making the Canvas tag not suck?
Seriously, you can give it the most simple test (draw an image every frame, or fill a rectangle), and it will run unacceptably slow. For comparison, a simple Win32 program that changes the background color of a maximized window once per frame has very low CPU usage, but a simple Javascript program that flashes a canvas red and blue every other frame uses 100% CPU usage if the canvas is 1024x768.
Until the canvas isn't the bottleneck anymore, Javascript graphical programs will continue to suck, and no amount of ASMJS magic will help with that bottleneck.

about 8 months ago

IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

Dwedit Happy with core 2 duo (393 comments)

I'm still happy with my Core 2 duo machine, and don't have a dire need for anything newer.

about 9 months ago


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