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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Geeky Re:Nothing to do with hole size (393 comments)

I think golf can count as redneck when the Masters was won by a man called "Bubba" :)

yesterday
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Geeky Re:...news for nerds.. (393 comments)

Or just one of you is left handed...

2 days ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Geeky Re:...news for nerds.. (393 comments)

At the Masters, the winner gets to choose the meal for the champion's dinner the following year. Does that count?

I actually like watching golf, it's almost hypnotically boring (and I mean that in a good way!). I do count it as a sport - it might not be as physical as some sports (you don't get out of breath), but skill and strength are required. A top player couldn't drive without getting worse injuries than they currently do without good physical conditioning.

2 days ago
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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Geeky Re:Why? (126 comments)

There are other reasons they're more expensive than purely artistic. They cost more to make for a start, but also give you benefits such as a brighter viewfinder and the ability to take pictures in lower light. The last is less relevant now, because high ISO performance is modern DSLRs is so good, but even so, more light getting in helps the camera focus in low light.

2 days ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

Geeky Re:Amazing Insight (161 comments)

Funnily enough, I upgraded to an LED TV from a CRT just last week. My old TV was 14 years old, still a good picture and the sound was better than the new one (would need a soundbar to match it). I only did it because I was getting fed up with watching streaming stuff on the PC, and was finding that subtitles, scores etc are now displayed so small that they were hard to read (broadcasters expect you to have a bigger TV now, obviously).

I could have upgraded much sooner. I buy toys when I want them. There's nothing for me to save for, really. Interest rates are so low you're almost losing money by saving. I have a house, and the jump to upgrade that by moving would be too great (and bring too little benefit). So I agree, in the main - might as well have what I want when I want it.

And in context of this article, I'm an android user. Just prefer the interface. I prefer having live widgets on the home screen, and there are some useful apps that don't exist in the iOS world due to the sandboxing of applications. I like the auto backup of SMS to email, for example, and don't think an equivalent is possible in iOS (may be wrong, but couldn't find anything).

about three weeks ago
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Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

Geeky Re:Umm safety? (305 comments)

Since he's already said he's in the UK, is it that much of a stretch to just assume that over here we call them brake pipes? A quick google search will confirm that, with UK based retailers selling brake pipes.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Geeky Re:Facebook bought WhatsApp to kill it (257 comments)

But if you have a dumb phone, WhatsApp isn't an alternative anyway, so you're stuck.

I never saw the attraction anyway. I've been using email on my phone for the same function - push email works well enough that it's more or less instant, you can attach pictures (straight from camera with most modern phones) and it's automatically archived for reference. I can't really see the point in using WhatsApp.

about 2 months ago
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Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Geeky Re:Same problem, different solutions. (118 comments)

CentOS refers to RedHat all over their site.

From the first entry in their FAQ, "What is CentOS Linux?":

CentOS Linux provides a free enterprise class computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS Linux releases are built from publicly available open source SRPMS provided by Red Hat, Inc (often referred to as "Upstream" or "The Upstream Vendor (TUV)") for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (often referred to as “the upstream product” or RHEL).

They don't use the branding, but they are completely open about building from Redhat provided sources.

about 2 months ago
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Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

Geeky Good engineer does not equal good manager (312 comments)

It may be true that good engineers don't have to become managers because they get the benefits (usually financial) while being able to remain technical.

However, bad engineers don't make bad managers. The best boss I ever had worked his way up from programming. He was a completely hopeless programmer, but he recognised good talent and was a fantastic man manager. He sought out a quality team to work for him, and insulated us completely from the politics coming down from above. If anyone in the team cocked up, he'd never place blame in public, just discuss it one to one. He trusted the team, and we trusted him.

Management is just such a different skill set it can't really be compared.

about 2 months ago
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Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa

Geeky Re:The mammoth in the room (120 comments)

There was a land bridge at the time - in fact until quite recently.

about 2 months ago
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If UNIX Were a Religion

Geeky Re:BeOS? (392 comments)

Hinduism? Shinto?

And what about Windows? Is that Scientology?

about 4 months ago
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Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

Geeky Re:Make it nearly 70 (521 comments)

The transit is a van. Equivalent to the Econoline in the US, as far as I can tell, with both passenger and cargo versions.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Geeky Re:I'm in the same boat (370 comments)

Interesting point. So far it's not a problem - he's 70 next year and physically stronger than me (that's the IT lifestyle for you!) and doesn't have trouble with fine motor action. My grandfather did computer courses at the local library in his late 80s, maybe 90, and he did suffer from arthritis but still managed.

At this point I'm more worried about the software limitations. He may decide he wants to write a letter, and a tablet would be a pain for that (and printing - again, any cheap printer will do with a PC but there's more to consider for tablet compatibility). I just don't want to hit a point where he's frustrated at having spent his money on a tablet that can't do what a laptop would do for around the same sort of money.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

Geeky I'm in the same boat (370 comments)

I'm in the same situation with my dad. He's finally decided that there are too many things that really need internet access, such as shopping and booking holidays. After much discussion, we've decided that a laptop would be better for him. Tablets are great for browsing, but as soon as you need to do things a proper keyboard wins. OK, that's partly my preference as well, but I don't want him to hit a limitation.

He may also want to do some basic photo editing. He likes photography, and has been getting by with a printer that has a card slot for his SD cards. The ability to do basic edits and back up his photos will be useful.

And yes, I'm going Windows for him. I can't justify the cost of a Mac, and his peers all have Windows so they can swap advice. For someone who hasn't used it before, Windows 8 is fine - he won't have that learning curve of everything being different.

about 4 months ago
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Sailfish Can Officially Be Installed To Android Devices

Geeky Re:sailfish eats ice cream sandwich (118 comments)

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, Sailfish, Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, Ubuntu.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

Geeky Re:Cannot upgrade or repair? (477 comments)

Happened to me but what's worse is it that the spark plugs had only ever been touched by the main dealer as part of a routine service (as required to maintain the service history). So even the "trained" junior mechanic managed to screw it up. Spark plugs actually popped out while driving, stripping the thread in the process.

I wouldn't trust them to fix it, but the little local garage round the corner rebored and inserted a new helicoil and replaced the spark plugs, all for about £130. Next day, whereas the main dealer wanted to charge twice that and do it the following week...

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Geeky Re:Dear world (961 comments)

With senility, in various forms, it's no longer you suffering. You are not you any more. The memories, thoughts, experiences are all gone. You are just an animal. An empty physical shell. Probably sitting in your own shit.

No, I'd rather die. The trouble is I can only make that decision for myself while I'm still physically capable of implementing the decision, even though at that point I have some quality of life left.

about 5 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

Geeky Re:Why not? (961 comments)

Oh come on. Just. No. Suffering from which you recover, even partially, is one thing. Suffering of a largely senile old man? How can that be important?

The cat has more dignity because it isn't made to suffer.

I saw both my grandparents go through it, confused, in pain and - in their lucid moments - praying for the end to come.

about 5 months ago
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Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

Geeky Re:Webmail is a goddamn disaster. (292 comments)

Unless you want to run your own server, internet available, it's a way to have access from wherever you happen to be. Web interface, phone... whatever, wherever.

I use gmail, download all of it to my PC inside Thunderbird for archiving, and get the best of both worlds. Permanent local copy, plus ready access to incoming mail on my phone when I'm out.

about 5 months ago

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Google buys Nik Software

Geeky Geeky writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google has bought Nik Software, makers of various tools and plugins for manipulating photographs such as Efex and Sharpener.

I'm wondering what this means for the standalone products. Presumably they will be integrated into Picasa, which could even point to Google taking on Adobe in the image editing stakes. An online image editor to go with the office suite perhaps?"

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Are Iranians banned from buying iPads?

Geeky Geeky writes  |  about 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "From the BBC website, an Iranian-American was prevented from buying an iPad due to the Apple store staff's overzealous interpretation of export policies. Just poor training or just plain dumb?"
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New look for gmail

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Google are rolling out their new look and we probably won't have any choice. I'm hating it — it seems to waste a lot of space, and who thought red was a good idea for buttons and links? Red says warning or error to me, so I keep thinking I've got a problem with the page.

I guess this is the downside to using this sort of free service, but I wonder how paying google apps users will react

What's the overall verdict? Good, bad or ugly?

What I can't understand is why they won't be able to maintain the old style — surely it's just a theme?"

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O2 filtering internet for UK mobile users

Geeky Geeky writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Geeky (90998) writes "Not new news but I hit the block yesterday for the first time — and not for a site that should have been blocked. Attempting to access the site redirects you to Bango, thus exhibiting all the symptoms of a malware or virus infection that has hijacked DNS. I'd never heard of Bango — why would I give them my credit card details?

The filter is also useless — Google image search works just fine, so adult content isn't hard to find. Does that make O2 liable if parents rely on the filter? What about claims from companies who might lose trade through being incorrectly flagged as adult?

Time to move to another provider or do they all do it?"

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