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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

GiMP Plot of Continuum (534 comments)

This is basically the plot of Continuum [], which is currently in its third season.

I know this is a tangent, but there is a pretty good intersection of interests here on Slashdot between science-fiction and rights of the people versus government. The show makes it interesting because the viewer is meant to basically hate both sides, plus it has time-travel.


about 2 months ago

Arduino Gaming: Not So Retro Any More

GiMP Re:no (53 comments)

Get off my lawn.

about a year ago

Owner of Battery Fire Tesla Vehicle: Car 'Performed Very Well, Will Buy Again'

GiMP Re:Kind of on topic (232 comments)

Nobody should intend to film in portrait mode except in rare conditions that do not apply here with phones. The reason people do it is because it is the natural way to hold the phone, not because it is the natural way to watch the video. The phone should fix their mistake by cropping the image down to landscape or square. I don't understand what you mean by "sensor space that would rarely be used". With a square sensor, the recording would ALWAYS be square regardless of portrait or landscape orientation. It might be different than what users expect, so the cropped area on the display could show application icons for various features that are often hidden in pie menus.

about a year ago

Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

GiMP The USA is just one of many bad eggs (406 comments)

Even if the rest of the world did this, too many other countries (notably those part of FIVE EYES / FVEY) will simply share data back to the USA. Then, you have the problem that other countries such as China, Israel, Singapore, and Korea will simply do the same sort of surveillance as the USA is doing today. In fact, if you think those countries aren't already engaged in such activities, even if only to a smaller extent than the USA, you're living under a rock.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

GiMP DRM to protect servers (684 comments)

My employer as well as our direct competitors are looking to use what might be considered DRM to protect servers that run hypervisors for untrusted VMs.

We use SecureBoot to make protect against attacks against our unattended installation / provisioning layer. We use it to make sure binaries aren't seeded into our environment. I.E. we're using trusted computing.

about a year ago

If I could change what's "typical" about typical laptops ...

GiMP Build Quality (591 comments)

Not an obvious one, but build quality would be first. With computers becoming "good enough" for most people and purposes and being viable for more and more years, I'd really like to see build-quality improve.

about a year ago

DNA Confirms Parking Lot Remains Belong To King Richard III

GiMP Re:Why? (212 comments)

The suspicion was based on where they were digging and the presence of a humpback. Interestingly, many believed the hump was a fabrication by his enemies and used a tool of propaganda. Turns out: he really did have one.

about a year and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Are You Preparing For Hurricane Sandy?

GiMP Yes and no... (232 comments)

Basically, I haven't done so yet, but I need to get serious about storm preparations tomorrow. I'm in Philly where we expect to get hit hard, and my wife is 9 months pregnant.

We're electric everything here without any gas backups. I'll run out tomorrow and grab propane for the grill, and I've got charcoal and cast-iron, if I need it. We've lined up a generator rental, since we can't find one for purchase, and we're discussing if we want to go forward with it. More likely, I'll get myself an indoor-rated, portable propane heater and some extra tanks.

Not much in the way of dry and canned foods, but I'll pick up what I can tomorrow at the store. Perishables tend to go quick, but the items that actually matter such as cans and UHT pasteurized products, don't go quickly at all. UHT milk will stay good on the shelf for >6 months. Plus, we have enough to last us the next week if I rationed (my wife can't, being pregnant)

Overall, not prepared, but will be... I hope.

about 2 years ago

Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?

GiMP Re:OpenStack - fully buzzword compliant (152 comments)

You could argue that Linux hardly works out of the box. You run a distribution. Several distributions are being built, some will be open source (keep in mind that OpenStack is Apache Licensed).

Unfortunately, very few distributions have actually be released into the wild as of yet, and those that have have looked more like Slackware than Ubuntu.

about 2 years ago

Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?

GiMP Re:Is the OpenStack buzz justified? (152 comments)

The KVM bits do seem to be most tested. The Xen stuff works, people use it, but I do question if it is as polished.

CloudStack supports XenServer very well, but it also suffers from all of XenServer's architectural faults and many of its own as well.

(Xen itself is well architected, in my opinion, but the closed XenServer introduces a few oddball design patterns that made sense in a small rack deployment that aren't good for scale out patterns)

about 2 years ago

Does OpenStack Need a Linus Torvalds?

GiMP Re:What it needs is some beef (152 comments)

Cinder provides EBS-like functionality with an OpenStack-native API and support for the AWS api, too.

This is a direct port/rename of the old nova-volumes code. The project is only really gearing up now for serious forward development. Expect more from the next stable release (April 2013).

about 2 years ago

Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

GiMP Swype and lefties (267 comments)

I've found that Swype is a notable exception to the original article's statement that mobile is better for lefties. What makes Qwerty so good for lefties on a keyboard is what makes it so terrible for Swype.

First, the most common keys in Qwerty are on the left, which benefits from the angle at which a right-handed swype-motion attacks. Secondly, when using the right-hand, the keyboard is not as frequently obscured. The thumb always covers the least-used keys, exposing the more frequently used keys (those on the left) for navigation and selection. Still, with Swype, the right-thumb will eventually obscure keys for the right-handed user, but it is never as bad as it is for the lefty.

Lefties using Swype will most frequently cover the most frequently used keys, leaving the right-hand-side of the keyboard exposed, where the least-frequently-used keys reside. Also, the attack angle of the left-thumb is more likely to trigger false selections, both because of the nature of the angle itself, and (I presume) a bias in the software toward a right-thumbed attack angle.

These problems aren't so bad with two-thumb qwerty software keyboards, since they're intended to be used with both hands. In that case, it really don't matter, no more than with a standard keyboard. In fact, like with standard qwerty, the lefty might be at an advantage. Still, as a lefty, I haven't had much success with on-screen keyboards, so I do wonder if all those righties that have no problem have some hidden advantage that I haven't quite figured out yet.

about 2 years ago

Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

GiMP very left-handed (267 comments)

I consider myself to be very left-hand oriented. I write, use my mouse/trackpad/trackball in my left, play a left-handed guitar, and golf lefty. I'm a switch-hitter in baseball, but prefer my left, and throw lefty. My shotgun is bottom-eject, because I shoot lefty, too.

Right-handed tools are the bane of my existence. I hire contractors to do all my home repairs/upgrades that involves power tools. I won't risk it. As a computer-oriented professional, my hands are too important to lose them, or any of my fingers, in an accident.

The problem with mice isn't that left-handed mice aren't available, it is that schools and businesses will blindly purchase right-handed mice. Even worse, none of the operating systems make it quick and easy to change the mousing preferences. This should be a clear and visible option on the login screen, but it isn't. In all Linux distributions, in MacOS, and Windows (through to at least 7), you can't switch your mouse binding without digging into relatively obscure options, that can only be accessed through use of the right-handed mouse, or relatively arcane keyboard-oriented knowledge. That is assuming the school/business hasn't wired the mouse in a way where it is difficult or impossible to use it on the other side of the keyboard. The average user will default to learning how to use the mouse right-handed before they figure out the mouse can be used left-handed, or spend the time to configure every public access-terminal.

The anarchist in me has left public computers configured for left-handed use after using it, for the sake of the next left-handed person, and for the education of the right-handers. If they can discriminate...

In the USA, businesses and schools are not required to provide left-handed computing facilities or otherwise assist left-handed employees, contractors, or students. The ADA does not protect left-handedness as it is a physical characteristic, and not an impairment. However, culturally, left-handed people ARE impaired and would benefit from government mandated accessibility in schools and businesses.

about 2 years ago

Your Favorite Technology That Didn't Come To Pass

GiMP Flying cards and Jetpacks? NEVER (317 comments)

The iconic idea of flying cars and jetpacks shouldn't happen. It is of a bygone age of suburban sprawl, cheap and plentiful energy, and a disregard for the future of society. We should not and really cannot consider flying cars or jetpacks with any current means of energy generation. Even then, it is really a solution seeking a problems.

What we need is better public transportation, a virtual cottage where telecommuting replaces physical transportation, etc.

Everything else already exists in some form or another, except food in pill form (and that could be argued), and an underwater city. An underwater city would be neat...

about 2 years ago

Android 4 Coming To the Raspberry Pi

GiMP Re:Are desktops in the Android CDD yet? (99 comments)

Does it matter? This will enable developers to build applications to run on the RaspberryPi that will be portable to other Android devices. They'll also be able to use their existing knowledge of Android programming to write their apps, or if only learning, will be learning a skill that is transferrable to other hardware environments. That in itself is an amazing and useful thing.

No, I wouldn't recommend you make this your desktop. You could make it a set top, if you write your own apps or install open source applications available outside of the Play Store. In fact, for a set-top box, you'll probably want to write your own apps anyway, because you'll want things like IR receivers which are not part of the standard Sensors library. You'd need to integrate your own custom Open Accessories to sense/control additional hardware (say, for instance, through the GPIO pins)

about 2 years ago

Order Limit On Raspberry Pi Lifted

GiMP Re:Still waiting... (204 comments)

The RaspberryPi actually seems to max at about 2MB/s per my tests at a 1500MTU, and over 4.4MB/s at 1492MTU.

Many protocols such as SSH have high overhead, but a low-overhead protocol can expect these numbers.

more than 2 years ago

Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer

GiMP Re:Citation needed (144 comments)

You hit the nail on the head. I'm sure that a hand-made shoe could be made just as well as these, they'll just be more expensive. Bespoke shoes aren't new, and I can't imagine they'd be a new thing to runners, either. This will just lower the bar for amateurs.

more than 2 years ago

Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer

GiMP Re:Citation needed (144 comments)

I believe this can be true versus standard off-the-shelf running shoes. However, the advantage may not be that they're a radical new design than that they're bespoke. They just happen to be a very cost-effective bespoke shoe, rather than at the several-thousand-dollar-value mark that I imagine must be paid by Olympic athletes (or their sponsors).

more than 2 years ago

Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

GiMP Re:Maybe it'll just mean fading out ActiveX (423 comments)

ActiveX was already on the way out for IE users, being replaced by Silverlight. I'm not sure it is really a much better option, but at least there is a Mac plugin. The Linux alternative (Moonlight) is dead, however.

more than 2 years ago



Universal Binaries for Linux

GiMP GiMP writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GiMP (10923) writes "From the website, FatELF is a file format that embeds multiple ELF binaries for different architectures into one file. This is the Linux equivalent of what Mac OS X calls 'Universal Binaries.' FatELF lets you pack binaries into one file, seperated by OS ABI, OS ABI version, byte order and word size, and most importantly, CPU architecture. Work is focused on GNU/Linux, but this could be applied to most modern Unix systems: the BSDs, Solaris, etc. Distributions no longer need to have separate downloads for various platforms. Given enough disc space, there's no reason you couldn't have one DVD .iso that installs an x86-64, x86, PowerPC, SPARC, and MIPS system, doing the right thing at boot time. You can remove all the confusing text from your website about 'which installer is right for me?'"
Link to Original Source

GiMP GiMP writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GiMP writes "CNET reports that their very own James Kim has been found dead after surviving 7 days within the snowy wilderness of southern Oregon. "Kim, 35, left his family's stranded car Saturday morning searching for help and never returned. Kim apparently traveled in an 8-mile circle and was found less than a mile, separated by a sheer cliff, from where his family's station wagon got stuck in the snow." Kim had been a senior CNET editor and a veteran of cable's TechTV. He is survived by his wife and children. His story shows a man of courage, fearlessness, and devotion to save his family, risking and losing his life in the process."


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