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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels

JickL Pretty nice for an overnight stay (269 comments)

I stayed in a couple of capsule hotels during my trip to Japan in 2006. The good ones, such as one I can't remember the name of in Hakata, were great spa-like experiences which were still rather cheap. The worst one was actually in Shinjuku in Tokyo, where the capsules were badly ventilated and the in-hotel restaurant gave me food poisoning (cow-stomach ramen did not go down well in my own stomach, apparently).

more than 4 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

JickL Re:Linux, Macs, and Windows PCs (1147 comments)

... and my 20 month old Macbook Pro was delivered with a faulty hinge (they replaced the whole screen with one that has a stuck pixel and very uneven backlighting), has a failing graphics card (though that's mostly Nvidia's fault I guess), beeping noises from the headphone port, and a lousy trackpad button. Oh and a month or so ago the keyboard and trackpad suddenly died on me, the "fix" was to wedge some folded up napkinds between the battery and some trackpad cables. AND ONE LAST THING, the used iBook G4 I bought just before the MBP developed a glitchy logic board, and is now resigned to server duty at home, as any flexing of the case will freeze it up. All this combined with the strides desktop Linux has been making since I bought this thing has made me decide to sell it and get a Lenovo or something instead. I never use iWork or iLife anyway, so good riddance...

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 In Benchmarks

JickL Re:So what (781 comments)

Boot up and Shutdown times are equally irrelevant. I shut the PCs down on weekends. Am I going to notice or care that it takes a few more seconds for a machine to boot up or shut down.

At times I am astounded how hard it seems to be to add a disclaimer such as "In my opinion" or "I think" to statements like these.

In my opinion, using Linux-based OS:es mainly on an EeePC, which drains the batteries pretty quickly in sleep and is used daily in school, where I might need to haul it out of the bag and use it quickly, OS boot time is very important. (I also happen to have a stationary computer with a glitchy powersupply that turns power right on again after a soft stop, such as after a hibernate. Quick bootups are nice there too).

Oh and thanks for helping out the environment by keeping your PC turned on all week.

more than 5 years ago

Apps That Officially Support Wine

JickL Re:Spotify (354 comments)

Yup, I've been using it a lot on my Linux boxes.

But of course it won't be mentioned in a hurry in the discussions here on Slashdot, as it hasn't been released in the US yet. :P

more than 5 years ago

Second Netbook Wave Begins

JickL Re:A bit too heavy IMHO... (318 comments)

Huh? To clarify; If they can put a huge battery like this in a "cheap" laptop where the primary concerns are (or at least should be) size and weight and where we already have pretty good battery life, why aren't there more cheap but heavy 15-inch notebooks with batteries like these as standard? Usually you won't get more than 2 hours of effective battery life from those, in my experience.

The extra weight of the battery wouldn't make as much difference on a larger machine.

more than 5 years ago

Second Netbook Wave Begins

JickL Re:A bit too heavy IMHO... (318 comments)

I really don't give a shit about weight. All I want is a browser, a real, full-sized keyboard, (none of that function nonsense) and a reasonably sized display. Also a bash shell, but that goes without saying. I want this for around $200, and I want it to last me at least 3 years. I don't need power, I don't need it to be lightweight, I don't even need it to work for more than an hour without a cord. These things are nice, but I'm just looking for something that's reliable, ergonomic, and cheap.

Ok! Now I know what to get you for christmas.

more than 5 years ago

Second Netbook Wave Begins

JickL Re:use an eraserhead already! (318 comments)

Actually I prefer the trackpad on my EeePC 701 to the one on my MBP. I find it more precise and I prefer the texture of it. Have I lost all credibility now?

more than 5 years ago

Second Netbook Wave Begins

JickL A bit too heavy IMHO... (318 comments)

1.45 kg is just slightly too much in my opinion. I love my 701 weighing in at just over 900 grams, I'd prefer a model weighing 1.3 kg or less. But that's just me! Also why aren't we seeing huge batteries like these in the cheap 15-inch laptops that would really need them? This pretty much proves that it can't be the cost that's prohibitive.

more than 5 years ago

Difficult Times For SF Magazines

JickL Re:Online uptake? (218 comments)

The introduction to the Baen Free Library really is a quite excellent comment on how piracy actually works and how to take advantage of it. Check it out!

more than 5 years ago

The First Moon Map, and Not By Galileo

JickL Copyright? (82 comments)

Who is this Lord Egremont who apparently owns the copyright to the photographs(?) of the drawings? Surely the original drawings aren't under copyright?

more than 5 years ago

Charter Launches 60 Mbps Service

JickL Re:Meanwhile.. (299 comments)

Yeah, it would be nice with some less US-centric summaries!

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Beta Released To Public After Delay

JickL The visual clutter... (848 comments)

After two years with OS X and some time with GNOME, Xfce and the like I just can't stand all the colours and fiddly little buttons that are EVERYWHERE. I'm in my early twenties; I can't imagine what it would be like for my 60 year old father. Luckily for him he's now enjoying Ubuntu, and he's commented more than once on how uncluttered it is compared to XP.

more than 5 years ago

Breaking Down the Dropping Parts Cost for Sony's PS3

JickL Re:asdf (302 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

JickL Their fault? (664 comments)

Is it their fault that the music companies are willing to let Amazon sell DRM-free music to have a bargaining chip against Apple when discussing pricing?

more than 5 years ago

IBM to Build Cognitive Computer

JickL Oblig. (1 comments)

I for one welcome our new rat-brained-big-iron-computer-overlords. Running AIX.

more than 5 years ago

Eight-Armed Animal Preceded Dinosaurs

JickL Re:Octospiders (211 comments)

Really? I found no mention of this through a quick search on Wikipedia, the repository of all human knowledge.

more than 5 years ago



Serious flash bug in Linux and OSX now 1 year old

JickL JickL writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JickL writes "A crippling bug in Adobe Flash, rendering input of international characters in text input fields broken, has been left unsolved for over a year. Almost no response from Adobe so far, and the bug has been reported in OS X too. Users are reporting their companies giving up on the Flex development platform due to this issue, yet still no reply, A good example of the shortcomings of closed source bug hunting?"


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