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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

LWATCDR Re:Ads (275 comments)

I never said I was not a freeloader on those sites. They are few and far between and I do at least give them a chance.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

LWATCDR Depends on how you want to hack it. (183 comments)

The Jeep CJ/Wrangler has amazing aftermarket support. You can build a CJ from aftermarket parts with no real problem. The old Cherokee is in the same level of support. The old First Gen 1960s Camaro and the Corvette line is the same way. You can build a 64-68 Stingray from parts you order online if you want to.
For a modern car Subarus, Jeeps, and so one are high on the list.
What kind of car do you want? A people mover, Jeep, or a sporty car? US or japanese? Are you in the States?

yesterday
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

LWATCDR Re:Ads (275 comments)

So how does this not make you a worthless freeloader?
You get content that costs someone resources to create and give them nothing not even the ad revenue.
I use adblock but I only use it on sites that have way too much advertising. The ads on most sites tend to be well targeted to me so I am fine with them.
If they play video or sound they get blocked but most ads I see.

yesterday
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

LWATCDR Re:Nuclear Power has Dangers (493 comments)

Thanks that was more or less my goal.
I think we should also make the standard for CO2 be the amount of CO2 used by protestors traveling to a G10 conference.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Anecdotal "evidence" (213 comments)

I was born in Vero Beach Florida and have lived in Florida my entire life. What you do not understand is just because you have enough light to read does not mean you are getting anywhere close to peak output. Solar noon and 3 to four hours on each side of peak is when solar makes a good amount of power.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Simple (213 comments)

" Do they generate enough to satisfy year-round demand? Of course not. Neither do coal plants, and neither do nuclear plants, and neither do natural gas plants (by themselves)"
Yes they can. Together or in a mix. Natural gas plants can without any doubt since be used easily for both peaking loads and in base loads.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Anecdotal "evidence" (213 comments)

Location does have an impact but you can look at peak usage data.
For example in Florida peak usage in summer is from noon to 9PM so yes a good bit of the usage is at night.
In the winter it is 6am to 10am in the morning and 6pm to 10pm at night.

Most power is used in the evening and the morning because that is when people are doing things like cook, laundry and are frankly home.
Your argument about anecdotal evidence is correct but the real usage data does show that peak power usage is in the evenings and not during the day or overnight. BTW Florida is an example of a location where peak load is greatly influenced by ac bills in the summer.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Perfect is the enemy of good (213 comments)

"Guess when the maximum power drain from air conditioning will be? Exactly during mid day when the solar cells are at maximum efficiency. "
Actually no.
Peak temperatures are after solar noon and do not really cool off until well into the evening.
So in Florida in the summer the peak energy use is from 1 to 8 PM
Solar noon in the summer is at 11 am because of daylight savings time. So if peak production is 3 hours of solar noon in the summer in FL then your off peak production at 2pm so your production curve starts to drop only on hour into a 7 hour peak demand. If the afternoon peak demand is a standard curve which it probably pretty close to the truth then peak use should be around 4:30 which is around 5:30 none DST which is well past peak solar output.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Simple (213 comments)

Because I said something that they do not like to hear and have response but to call me a troll.
Solar will always have a problem with the production vs demand curves and no smart grids will not fix it only storage will.
Wind is actually a better bet but still needs backing plants using natural gas.

The simple truth is that we are already using and have been using for a long time the only cheap, reliable, and renewable power source, hydroelectric.
But yes slashdot does seem to be less and less full of really knowledgeable people and more and more true believers. Of course I could be wrong but back in the day when people got into wars over vi vs emacs or Linux vs FreeBSD, NetBSD, or OpenBSD it didn't really matter as much as energy policy and they were based on opinion which was ok but energy policy should be based on facts.

So show me a system that can produce 10 Gw 24/7 365 days a year using Wind and Solar and give me a price to build it and I will say it can be done.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Bad sign. (213 comments)

And the fullest will be to supplement other power sources.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Simple (213 comments)

"Solar is being improved on all the time, and it's getting to the point where solar can compete with the grid at consumer price levels."
The problem is that is only true for a few hours around solar noon.
Peak use is in the early morning and evening when solar produces very little power.
Wind is much better but people always seem to ignore they production vs consumption cycle problem with solar.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Re:Bad sign. (213 comments)

I see your point the problem imho is the assumption that solar and wind can be made cheap and reliable. The one cheap, reliable, renewable energy source has been working well for centuries which is hydro.
Wind and solar have a future but they will be supplements to other energy systems and not the main source.
Well unless we have super leaps battery/storage and possibly room temperature superconductors.

2 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LWATCDR Simple (213 comments)

"What did it mean that one of the world's most ambitious and capable innovation companies couldn't invent a cheap renewable energy tech?"
Simple, solar and wind are not the way to go to make cheap, reliable, clean energy today.
It is an answer that a lot of people will not like but that is the simple truth.

2 days ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

LWATCDR Re:Bing indeed (382 comments)

Actually it might be the case in the EU driving Google to not be the default engine on Firefox.
Before Google was the default on Chrome and Firefox while Bing was the default on IE.
Now Google is the default on Chrome, Yahoo on Firefox, and Bing on IE. It weakens the idea that Google has "locked" people in.
I believe that Bing is the default for IOS now while Google is the default for Android on Mobile.
So by reducing the number of places Google is the default it makes it less likely to be seen as an anti-trust issue.

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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

LWATCDR Re:Nuclear Power has Dangers (493 comments)

"The first is that if something goes wrong on takeoff you risk what is effectively a 'dirty bomb' going off somewhere in the Earth's atmosphere which is not good. "
No you are wrong. RTGs are built to survive any type of booster failure. The RTG on Apollo 13 survived a very high speed reentry. They are constructed of layers of graphite, ceramics, and often refractory metals. The only danger an RTG offers from a booster failure is if it lands on you.
"The second, which does not apply in this case, is that if you make it into space safely you had better make sure that the craft does not return for Earth for a few billion years otherwise, again, it is like a dirty bomb going off in the atmosphere. "
No you are wrong again.
The half life is not all that long on the isotopes used in RTGs and even if one did completely burn up on reentry it would cause less ecological harm than the average European music festival.
Also material that is used is only a few kgs and frankly you can stand right next it unshielded and it would not harm you. Frankly you could put it in your pocket and not be harmed since it an alpha emitter and not gamma emitter like Cobalt 60.
Someone has done a good job of indoctrinating in the proper use of fear words like "dirty" bomb.
Here is a helpful bit of logic about dirty bombs. No military has ever put dirty bombs in to inventory. The reason is that they are really not effective weapons. They just do not do enough damage to be worth the trouble. Also you would never use something like Pu for a dirty bomb because it just is not deadly enough.

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

LWATCDR Re:Exploding Rockets vs. Nuclear Power (493 comments)

Ahh no it could have easily survive and yes RTGs have been used by other probes that used gravity earth boost...
And do you know how much damage would have been done if it had burned up on reentry?
None at all.

2 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

LWATCDR Re:But ... But ... But ... (493 comments)

????
Space probes do not use reactors of fission tech they use radio thermal generators. A few reactors have been flown in space but for that few decades they have only used RTGs for science missions.

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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

LWATCDR Re:Who pays for the infrastructure costs? (495 comments)

"FYI demand in summer in many states is highest with mid-day air conditioning, same time as solar peaks."
No it is not. Peak will be late afternoon and evening when everyone gets home and starts cooking, cranking down the ac, and so on.
Solar noon is not the hottest part of the day. That tends to be around 2 pm but the drop off is pretty flat until an hour after sunset.

3 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

LWATCDR Re:My two cents... (495 comments)

"If solar power reduces carbon output from coal, good. Personally, if I could afford solar panels, I'd be interested in what uses it could provide during power outages combined with a battery backup for certain breakers/circuits (fridge, lights, and maybe one for TV watching)."
That is the problem.
So what if it cheaper than coal? Natural Gas is cheaper than coal and solar and natural gas plants are what are being built./

"if I could afford solar panels, I'd be interested in what uses it could provide during power outages combined with a battery backup for certain breakers/circuits (fridge, lights, and maybe one for TV watching).""
Well it would be useless for lights since you do not have any power at night unless you invest in a massive battery bank so you are better off opening the blinds.
Solar really has limited value for grid use but the solar crowd really cooks the books when touting it. Peak power is at solar noon which IS not when peak use is. Peak use is late afternoon early evening when solar falls to just about zero. Trying to figure out the right amount of solar for the mix is tough since baseload has the lowest cost and carbon for KW vs peaking plants so you want enough solar that you can not run peaking when solar can take the load but you want enough baseload that you do not use more fuel running the peaking plant than you need to. Since baseload plants are so efficent it may be better to waste some power at one time to avoid running peaking plants.
And then you have winter and things like clouds and snow which cause issue for solar.
Wind is better since wind can blow 24 hours a days so you can use wind for baseload with ng peaking plants to take the load when winds are too low or high.
Solar is great for remote areas and could be really good if we get really good cheap batteries but we are a long way from batteries that can backup the grid.
BTW way the solar fans cook the books is they will give you the power production as max at solar noon vs average for 24 hours, month, or year.

3 days ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

LWATCDR Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (297 comments)

That depends.
Are you looking for affairs or are you looking for bad reporting, exaggeration. or a lack of honesty? It could be.
Digging into someones personal life is one thing digging into their professional life is another.

What I find most interesting about Uber and Lyft is the thing that people like about them is the same thing that they hate about them. They are not hampered by regulations...
Maybe some hampering would be a good thing but then they just become another taxi service.
 

4 days ago

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The Verge publishes yet another article on Gamergate but closed the comments

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about a month and a half ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "The Verge has published an article on Gamergate that is in their own words highly biased. I also seems that it is too inflamatory for the Verge to allow comments on the story so they put a single comment telling people to go to the Verge's gaming forums to comment. This all leads to three questions.
1. Can the Verge actually be thought of as a source of journalism?
2. Is this a case of massive click bait?
3. And when will journalists stop taking gate on to the end of stores for no good reason."

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Scientists say cutting soot and methane is the bes

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "In this report http://news.yahoo.com/scientists-cut-soot-methane-curb-warming-190656506.html scientists say that reducing methane and soot are more important to reduce the effect of climate change than reducing CO2 emissions. The logic is simple, methane is a far more potent green house gas than CO2 and both methane and soot do not stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2 so a reduction will have more immediate benefits than a reduction in CO2. CO2 emission still need to be reduced for the long term but cutting back on methane and soot will make the biggest impact short term. So in other words boycot Taco Bell folks for the good of the planet."
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Google releases the source for Android 4.0 and 3.0

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 3 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Google is dropping not just the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich but also Honeycomb. I can hardly wait for Cyanogen to get to work on this. I wonder how it will run on my wife's GTab and my Evo 4G. I guess the worries about Google not releasing the source to Android can now be put to rest. Check out the announcement here https://groups.google.com/group/android-building/msg/c0e01b4619a1455a?pli=1"
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Intel Shows RealVNC in the BIOS

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "At IDF Intel and RealVNC demoed RealVNC integrated at the BIOS level. Using VNC one can now power down, power up, reboot, go into the BIOS, and even mount disk images on the network. All of this has been available for a while using IPMI but how it is can be done using the open standard VNC. It is available now on Q57 and Q67 motherboards. One can just imagine how useful this could be in a data center, school, or any other system with a large number of computers. Let's hope AMD joins in."
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Fashion and Freedom of Speech

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Should someone be fired for a an opinion? Should someone become unemployed for getting drunk outside of work and saying something stupid? Well Christian Dior has started proceedings to fire designer John Galliano after he was filmed making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris restaurant. It seems that Mr. Galliano got drunk at a cafe in Paris and said some ugly things about Jewish people. http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/03/01/portman.galliano/index.html
For that it looks like he is going to be fired, probably more disturbing is that police arrested him on charges of assault and making anti-Semitic comments after a couple pressed charges.
It seems that you can go to jail for just making ugly statements.
So where is the outrage? Yes he is being a jerk but how is making an anti-semitic statement anymore of a crime than a lot of what is written right on the pages of Slashdot? Frankly I got no love for an anti-semitic idiot that makes hyper expensive ugly clothes for the famous and uber rich but where should the protections on speech end?"

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Haiti still off line after the quake.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "The US military http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/01/earthquake-hit-haiti-still-offline-military-relief-agencies-rush-to-rebuild-comms/comment-page-1/#comment-80488 and other groups are trying to aid to Haiti as fast as possible but the total destruction of the infrastructure is hampering efforts. The destruction seems to be complete, power, phone, internet, air traffic control, and cell service seems to be down. The only reliable communications are by satellite and amateur radio. Right now they are saying that the dead could number more than 100,000 and many more injured. Medical facilites have been destroyed they are running out of medical supplies and there are dead bodies in the street.

So what can a geek do to help. The first thing is to donate money to the reputable charity of your choice. The Red Cross, Doctors without Boarders, and Catholic Charities are all good choices. Second get your friends and family to also help. Even five dollars will help. Third help your less savy friends avoid the scam websites out there. Yes the scum of the earth are already setting up fake charity websites to take money that should go to the victims. Hopefully Mozilla and IE will start to black list those as soon as possible. Finally you are an amature radio operator check in to the nets and see if you can help.
One final thing that is very ungeeky but needs to be done. If you have friends or coworkers that are from Haiti ask them how they are doing and let them know that you do care."

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nVidia to launch ION platform for the VIA Nano

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "nVidia is going to support the VIA Nano CPU on the ION platform. For those people that don't know the ION platform brings the HD video decoding to netbook and nettop class systems. nVidia has already shown the ION combined with Intel's Atom CPU but now it will be available for the higher performance VIA Nano CPU. What this means is that we could see some very nice, low power, and Linux friendly netbooks, nettops, media pcs, and set-top boxes. While nVidia doesn't offer FOSS drivers they do have a much better record of Linux support than S3 does. http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/20/nivida-ion-platform-to-support-via-nano-processors-this-year/ for a little more info."
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Mozilla donates $100,000 to the Ogg project.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Mozilla has given the Wikimedia foundation $100,000 to fund Ogg development. The reason is simple, "Open standards for audio and video are important because they can be used by anyone for any purpose without royalties, and can be inspected and improved by an open community. Today, video and audio on the web are dominated by proprietary technologies, most frequently patent-encumbered codecs wrapped into closed-source player widgets." While Vorbis is better standard than MP3 everything I have heard about Theora is that it is technical inferior to many other video codecs. I wonder if wouldn't be better if more effort directed to Dirac http://diracvideo.org/ and maybe even putting Dirac into an Ogg container. No mention was made of FLAC or Speex funding. If more media players supported Speex it would be an ideal codec for many podcasts and audio books. It really is too bad that these codecs get over looked so often."
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Android now source now available.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Well the Source for Android is now available. A will assume that it is GPL so it should make all FOSS users pretty happy. It is available for download here http://source.android.com/ So when will we see it on Palm Treos. What other devices will end up running Android? I kind of want to see how well it would work on a Netbook?"
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Light, fast software development in Linux.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Okay I have set up a Linux box for a group I am a member of to replace an old Windows 95 machine. This is to replace the computer in the media center. The old system was only used to look up information in a large text file that has a list of all the videos tapes on hand. I have already moved the data into an OpenOffice Calc. I hate using spreadsheets as a database but they are a good tool for converting a text file into something useful like a CSV or xBase file. I was going to use the database in OpenOffice to make a nice little application. The problem is that the "new" PC is only a 500 Mhz Celeron with 192 mb of ram. It will not run OpenOffice I have the spreadsheet moved over to gnumeric but I was thinking I should write a real media manager for them. I know Java, C++, and a few other programming languages but Java is too heavy for this machine. C# and Mono also seem a little heavy for this machine. C++ seems like overkill for such a simple application. I am just not fond of LAMP for local single user program. I mean why put a web server on this box? I figure SQLlite would be a good database for this but what language would be good for writing the GUI and logic in? Python would be fun to learn but what IDE and interface builders are available? Ruby could be an option as well. Or should I just bite the bullet and use C++? I have the box up and working with Zenworks and it seems pretty snappy. I would have to say I was impressed with Zenworks. So what is a good, fast, and light development platform to write a simple form and database application in Linux?"
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WalMart shuts down it's DRM servers.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR writes "What can you say? Another company that bet on Microsoft's PlayForSure is turning off it's DRM servers. You have until October 9th to back up your music to CD before they shut down. Here is the story on TG Daily http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/39505/98/. It would seems that DRM sucks for the customer and doesn't stop the pirates. Since even Microsoft stopped supporting PlayForSure and has turned off the MSN Music DRM servers I would have to say this proves one thing. Only a fool buys DRMed media from Microsoft. Frankly it looks like DRMed media in general is just a really bad idea."
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Computer class outside of a school setting

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "I work with a group of young men 16-18 and I am thinking of starting a computer class for them. I was thinking about teaching them how to clean off spyware, virus scanning, defrag, and removing craplets. You know the stuff that geeks are typically asked to do for their friends or what the Geek Squad charges way too much for. After that I hope to move on to hardware repair. Thinks like installing RAM, replacing hard drives and power supplies. Maybe even move on to building a PC. I really want to hit on the evils of piracy. I intend to show the young men where they can find free alternatives to pirating software. Things like OpenOffice, Gimp, Thunderbird, Linux, and so on. I hope that if all goes well I might even teach them the basics of networking and setting up servers. The problem is that I know that I want to include how to use Windows XP, and Vista. I might even include Windows server and WHS after I learn it myself. The problem is I don't want to pay for that software myself and the organization has no money to spend on it. The Linux stuff is free but the Microsoft software would cost money. Does Microsoft offer a program for small not for profits? If not I will be limited to teaching XP and Linux. Not a terrible thing but I would like to teach these young men how to deal what every they might run into."
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Dell to launch a EeePC competitor in August.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "From Endgadget http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/15/evidence-mounts-for-august-eee-pc-carnage-with-299-dell-e-launc/ It looks like Dell is going to launch a EeePC competitor. The Specs look very good. 1.6GHz Atom processor 512 Mb of RAM expandable to 1GB 1,024 x 600 display 3x USB SSD integrated webcam WiFi 2.2 pounds and a $299 price. Other rumors are an Instant on Linux "A flavor of Ubuntu?" and XP as an option. They also mention WiMax, WiWan and BT as wireless options. They are also bringing out a 12" model no info on the price yet. Well if they deliver it for $299 sign me up."
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Developers load Android onto Nokia Tablet

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9107239&source=rss_topic122 From the article. "Developers have created an easy way to load Android, Google Inc.'s mobile phone operating system that is still in the works, on Nokia Corp.'s N810 open-source handheld devices. The development is of interest to people who are trying to build applications for Android rather than to general users. "So, from the point of view of someone who just wants to use his N800 and doesn't necessarily want to experiment for the sake of experimenting, what does running Android get me?" one person asked on the Internet Tablet Talk Web site that is sharing the technique for loading the software on the devices. " While this is kind of cool what I really want it for someone to port it to the Treo or Centro :)"
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Office rental program.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "Yes it looks like Microsoft is going to a rental program for Office. From the article. "The software bundle, which also includes Microsoft's Live OneCare computer security software, will be sold at nearly 700 Circuit City stores for $70 per year." Well I for one will be happy to stick with OpenOffice for now. From Microsoft's point of view it means a constant flow of money. For the customer it means you only have to pay a little each year instead of a lot every few years. I don't think this will save the average user any money and I wonder about problems with "activation". So will this fly or will it give a big push to OpenOffice. Read more at http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080702/ap_on_hi_te/microsoft_office_subscription;_ylt=Aglfs.0Rrm.XlMNYRXVQuI5Y.3QA"
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ZFS how to?

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "ZFS looks like the best thing since sliced bread. Any post about file systems will soo end up talking bout how great ZFS is and or about why it can not be used under Linux except using FUSE. But there is very little information about ZFS and how to use it. Wikipedia offers some information but I have yet to find anything that looks like a how to or even good documentation for what looks like a very powerful but complex file system. Anybody know of any in depth sites on how to use ZFS under Linux, BSD, and Solaris?"
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Atom based Mini-ITX mother board available.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "A company out of the UK has an Intel Atom based Mini-ITX mother board available. http://www.tranquilpc-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Motherboards.html It has a riser for for two PCI cards , two SATA ports and an IDE ports so it could make a grate little NAS, firewall, mame box, or low power workstation. To add to the fun it has a real parallel port "perfect for hardware hacking", a real RS-232 port "perfect for data acquisition", and two USB ports. The price is around $100 give or take so the price isn't bad and hopefully will come down over time. All in all a nice system to run Linux, WindowsXP, BSD, or maybe even OpenSolaris on."
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2008 the Year of the Linux Destop?

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LWATCDR (28044) writes "First there was the Everex gPC running gOS Linux, then the ever hackable Asus eeePC notebook, then the Everex cloudbook, Shuttle's new KPC and now the Mirus $199 Linux PC hits your local Sears. So what do you get for the money?

Intel Celeron 420 1.6GHz processor
1GB Memory
80GB Hard Drive
Card Reader
Modem CDRW
Keyboard, Speakers, and Mouse
Freespire 2.0
CNR Basic Service — providing one-click access to free and commercial Linux software
Nothing great but a good starter PC.

So this makes me wonder.
Is this a sign that Linux is going to finally break into the mainstream?
Did Palm make a big mistake by killing there Linux based sub-notebook?"

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I want Slashdot without the ACs.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about a year ago

Yes I admit it I am tired of the idiot ACs that post on Slashdot. Really just make people log in and even allow them to hide there Nick when posting but at least give them the karma hit when they post something foul and and or racist. It is not like Slashdot karma is important in the real world so the chilling effect should be very low.

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How to get marked down on Slashdot.

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 4 years ago

All you have to do is same anything critical about Google.

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AMDs new CPUs

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AMD has released their new CPUs. Other than the low clock speed they look great. They are very fast for the clock speed and have made some real big jumps in SSE performance. The really big win is in power use. They use no more power than the dual cores they replace.
Now the big question. What about the CPUs for notebooks. Quad cores are very exciting but the real truth is that very few people need a quad core CPU. If they can really get the low power version of these CPUs down to the 50 watt level then what can they do with a duel core version? Could we see a 30 watt dual core for notebooks? Maybe a 50 watt duel core with a GPU for notebooks and desktops?

These server chips are very interesting but I think that wee will see a lot more interesting stuff in the consumer area.

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New iPods

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Apple will be coming out with new iPods very soon.
I will go out on a limb a make a wild guess about the future iPods.
I think we will see an iPod with 160 gigabyte drive and Wi-Fi and or bluetooth.
Why Wi-Fi and or bluetooth?
Simple, they will allow you to stream content to your iPhone!
You will get the big screen and good battery life of an iPhone with a massive amount of storage on your iPod.
You don't believe that Apple would want people to just buy an iPhone do you?

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Website Ads

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I admit it. I use adblock and I wish I didn't have too.
I do not have any problem with web ads. I don't block Google ads because they don't get in my way. Web ads are a good way for websites to make money. They are sometimes even useful. Ads are in themselves not evil. It just that some ads drive me to block whole domains.
Some ads are so distracting that they generate not interest but hate. Here are some tips on how not to be hated.
1. No Flash! Flash banners get blocked every time!
2. No animation! Why do I block Flash all the time? Because animated ads make me crazy. If you don't loop the animation then it isn't so bad but most in general animated ads are just too distracting. They create in me hatred and not interest.
3. No sound. I am reading I like quite. Again it generates hatred and not interest.
4. Don't stick them in the middle of the text of what I am reading! Put them at the top or off to one side.
5. Intellitxt ads. You have seen them on websites certain words in the story are links with big honking tool-tip when your cursor moves over them. HATE THEM they make reading the site next to impossible and are just annoying. BLOCKED always. Just put this in your adblocker *.intellitxt.com* you will thank me.
6. Make them small. Really nothing is worse than half the page being eaten up by ads.

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Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn far from perfect....

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Just finished installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn x64. I had the typical 64 bit problems but I also had some that are really annoying and frankly just shouldn't be problems.
The first problem is that Ubuntu just couldn't detect my monitor. Now the thing that I find unacceptable is that OpenSuse's SAX2 can find and configure it. Opensuse isn't perfect but SAX2 seems to be the best X configuration tool around. It is also FOSS so here is the big question. Why doesn't Ubuntu use it?
The next problem is that I can get my WiFi on my notebook to work. The driver for my wifi card is in kernel and I can see my WAP but I can not connect to it! What is worse is I am not the only one. The Ubuntu Forum has a several threads about WiFi just not working.

So why is Feisty Fawn getting such rave reviews? Does Ubuntu have a reality distortion field that rivals Apples? Is the OSS community afraid of being critical? The thing is it is so close but frankly I feel OpenSuse is a better desktop then Feisty Fawn.

Well I am downloading the 32 bit version and see if that impresses me any more. And of course I am downloading the latest from OpenSuse for my notebook.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 9 years ago

Yes we got our power back last night after 9 days. Once FPL sent the second truck and I showed them where the problem was it took all of 5 Minutes to get us back up! Yes the first truck came while I was at work and they "couldn't" find the problem so they left. FPL still sucks.

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Florida Power and Light

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  about 9 years ago

FPL sucks. They are the worst company in the world. Why? We got hit by a cat two hurricane! Guess what no power a week+ later! I have power at work but my house is dark and we have no water! After a week we are still bathing out of water I stored before the storm! No help from FEMA or the county government to speak of! If you have never been without power for a week you have no idea just how bad it is!
FPL needs to be account for this massive failure! This is Florida and hurricanes happen! A category 2 is not even considered a major hurricane. If peoples homes, cars, and most places of business can survive with little to know damage then why not the power grid?

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Capitol Punishment

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Okay I feel that capitol punishment is wrong. I freely admit that world would be better with some people taken from it. The problem with capitol punishment is that innocent people have been put to death. The rich are far less likely to be put to death than the poor. And the white people far less likely than none white.
The problem is what about the guy that that raped and killed that little girl. He admits he is guilt. There is no doubt. I admit it part of me wants to see this guy dead. At this point what is right and what is wrong? What he did was wrong. Would removing him as a threat be wrong as well?

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America does the heavy lifting again

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I read this in the news.
The us is doing most of the heavy lifting again. So many people like to say that the US is too powerful and does not care about others should read this. The US military is providing most of the airlift and helicopters for this work and is sending the Mercy as well. US servicemen and women are busting there butts and risking there lives to save people. Not to say that others are not doing there bit sometimes there are things that it seems only the US can show the will and has the resources to do.

""We've been racing across the ocean," said Rear Adm. Chris Ames, commander of the strike force.

The strike group, which had been headed to the Persian Gulf, was diverted while near the Pacific island of Guam. Ames said the Marines' primary responsibilities would include transporting food and medical supplies.

The Pentagon (news - web sites) also has decided to send the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship based at San Diego, to join the relief effort, officials said.

U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said he was encouraged by the military response to the Dec. 26 tsunami, singling out U.S. Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman for praise.

"The group that the U.S. initiated have proven very useful in responding to my 12-point wish list for everything from helicopters to transport planes to air traffic controllers," Egeland said in New York.

The U.S. operation in Sumatra is part of a wider international effort. The American helicopters brought survivors to an air base in Banda Aceh where medical teams -- including Chinese, Australians and Indonesians -- tended to their immediate needs before putting them into trucks destined for nearby hospitals. "

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Next Generation OS

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay I have to admit it. I want something better than UNIX or Windows. Why have we seen no real improvement in OSs since Unix?
I am no fan of Microsoft but I have to say at least they did not just copy Unix. Windows in my opinion is a huge disaster that is a huge pile of everything thrown together. It is a server a desktop and now an embedded system. It was not designed as much as it mutated. Mac OS/X has a great UI but it is still ruining on top of Unix.
I want something different.
Here is what I would like to see.
1. Object oriented. Yes I have heard all the anti OO people but I can honestly say that I enjoy writing OO code. I want the OS to have a root object that everything is descended from.
2. Integrated DB. I want a database to be part of the OS. It could be used for the file system and for configuration files as well.
3 Networking centric. Unix and Windows both have networking tacked on. Why not design the system from the ground up to be networked.
4. Replace X. Can't we do better than X after all these years?
5. Clustering. VMS had a great clustering system in Vax Clusters. I would love it if every desktop that was added to the network became part of a cluster.
6. Cpu independent. All programs would compile to an ideal byte code. When installed it would and a compiled blob to the executable. The new OS would not care if you wrote the program for a Power PC or Athlon 64. This is not all that different from how the Transmeta cpus work or the IBM AS400 worked.
7. Good install system. Not a tacked on solution but making installing new software as much a part of the OS as the API to put a letter on the screen. Ports is great. Yum works pretty well. Apt-get works but I have had issues with all of these. Since it is network centric how about a bittorrent like system integrated into the OS for APT like stuff?
8. A good UI. This just goes without saying that with out a good UI it will not work.

What is the biggest problem with a new OS? That is easy hardware support. Oh well I can dream and Linux does not suck.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Okay yes we have been hit by two hurricanes but Adelphia's service is the pits.
First let my dispel a myth or a marketing lie.
1. Cable is more reliable than a dish.
This is not true. my sister has a dish and was much closer to the coast than I was. She still has no power but she does have TV. She is running her dish off her generator. The dish stayed attached to her home and did not move. Now there is a power pole down in her backyard so I think we can say that the dish is pretty sturdy. I have some other friends that also have the dish and they are all up and working. No one with Cable is working.
2. DSL is more reliable than Cable.
True.
I have a support tech working for me that is running his computer off his generator at home and using his DSL.

Before anyone thinks I am being unfair about his let me just point out.
1. I have power and my phone back.
2. Adelphia never came out to fix my cable after the last storm. I fixed the connection to the house myself but the cable was still laying on the ground.
3. Adelphia has provided NO information on when the I can expect the problem fixed. Florida Power and Light at least have completion date for the county. Adelphia has provided no information at all as to when I can expect my service back. Phone and power are both up and working at this time. So Adelphia is the only utility not working. I am very glad I do not have my phone or alarm through them.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Yes we got hit again. The storm did little damage to my house but we lost power again.
The office is back up with power so the guys can get back to work and I can sit in AC at least during the hottest part of the day.
I have to give Home Depot a big thumbs up for being so well stocked this time. They had lots of everything and did not raise the prices too much. Power is already coming back so this might not be that bad after all.
We can hope.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well we got hit hard by Hurricane Frances. We just got our power back last night but still now cable or broadband at home :(
Over all a bad thing if you ask me. But what can you do a tree took out the cable and power line. On a bright note I have seen trucks from everywhere including Canada working full of utility workers. They are working there butts off after Charley and Frances and now Ivan is going to nail Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and the panhandle of Florida. Those poor crews are going to be dead on there feet. I hope they all get through this safe.
And I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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New Movies????

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

What the heck is going on? Has Hollywood now totally devoid of any originality? Was there any to start with? Okay first they trash the Stepford Wives! Now they are going to screw up the The Manchurian Candidate. Why do they have to mess with a perfectly good movie? From the trailers it no longer looks as if it is Red China that is trying to control the US government hence the name The Manchurian Candidate. No it is now the new boogie man multi-national corparations that are the behind the plot. ARGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

I have not seen it yet and it might even be a good movie but it is not the The Manchurian Candidate anymore than I Robot was I Robot.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Even though she or he has put me down as a foe. I read some of there posts and technicaly they where very good.

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The Project

LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well my project at work is moving along well. I do have to say that I HATE WINDOWS! I HATE WINDOWS, I HATE WINDOWS.
Get the feeling that I hate windows?
My CAD system was locking up left and right on me. I finaly did an uninstall/reinstall! Guess what it worked. How the heck does Windows allow executables to be trashed like that. Is the file system that bad?
My wife is now head of technical support so she now gets to have much of the fun I used to. It has not been easy for her but she is doing the best that she can. So far she has done a stellar job. Well the parts are being SLAd now and the LCD is on the way so all is going pretty well.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I added Jgardn to my friend list.
He is brave enough to try and to the missionary thing on Slashdot. Of course you will have many people praiseing OSC for his artical on file shareing. I wounder how many people know that he is also LDS.
Good try. Sorry that you got flamed.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Who is them and who is us.
The Who are the extreme Right and the extreme Left.
My sig still gets comments. I really want to change it just for change sakes but I do want to let the bigots think they won. Truth is I have more tolerence for people that try to deny God than those that try and get Evolution kicked out of schools. There is not such thing as Scientifc Creationism. It is an oxymoron. However to deny God seems equally as stupid. Why God can not be proven the effects seew wide spread. Of course there are those that would point to the evil that has been done in God's name as an effect. Yet if you look that evil has always happened when men of power have twisted religion and convinced the weak minded to follow them. Just rember that Hitler and his friends where not Christians but where pagans. The where into the Norse Gods, Fire, and even there symbol was stolen from Hindism. Good old Stalin, Chairman Mao, and the current leaders of North Korea are all athists. Evil comes from all directions. So does good. One should not jump to a conclusion to the good or evil nature of a person just from the fact that they do or not believe in a God. I personaly think that Christ loves thoses that try to good without the benifit of his teachings every bit as much as those that believe in him. Well I guess I can take the comments of fools if it helps other to be more tolerent.

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LWATCDR LWATCDR writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well our computer room/den/scrapbooking room is up and running. I will not say it is done because is anything a programer does ever really done? Got the network working and the server is up and running. I still need to get the Windows box on the Samba server. We have a 120 gig drive on the server just for storage. I also got a 21" monitor at the computer show on staturday for $115 Yes that is the correct price. As well as two APC ups for $20 each. I need to get some more ram and maybe a faster cpu for the Linux workstation I have set up. It gets very slow sometimes It is only a 400mhz with 128 megs. But it works.

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