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What To Expect With Windows 9

LaughingRadish Just now they're getting virtual desktops? (541 comments)

Well, Unix systems had virtual desktops for around 20 years now. I wonder what other old tech they've put into it and crowing about inventing it.

3 days ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

LaughingRadish Admining Redhat machines is a pain (232 comments)

Let's start with Redhat cleaning up the mess that a sysadmin has to slog through to set up and run a Red Hat machine.

about three weeks ago

Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

LaughingRadish Irritated (77 comments)

I'm starting to get irritated with press releases like this. I'm seeing all these breakthroughs in medicine, but it's only for mice. The latest of these that got my goat was an every-other-day injection that turns off type-2 diabetes. Instead of monitoring blood sugar and calculating insulin doses, a diabetic would inject this stuff every other day and insulin resistance would be gone and the body would be once again able to regulate itself.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

LaughingRadish Problems with Dice and Monster (278 comments)

Dice and Monster have the user interface down pretty good. A big problem, though, is with those employers who use those sites but then redirect applicants to their own broken application system -- or even worse, some broken application system provider like The first time you use that site, it fools you into thinking that once you put in your stuff, you'll be good for any other business that collects resumes through Not so. Each and every time you have to go through an account setup, then type in all your information, answer a bunch of questions, etc.

about a month ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

LaughingRadish Re:Speed of Evolution (564 comments)

It sounds like you're referring to somone from a thousand years ago suddenly being dropped into modern society. Suppose someone from a thousand years ago gets to our time by being immortal. Unless our immortal were a hermit, then that person would be constantly exposed to society and adapt to changes. There wouldn't be the kind of bewilderment you're talking about. For an interesting story along these lines, watch the movie "The Man From Earth".

about 2 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

LaughingRadish Re:My two cents (646 comments)

The Celtics... which has a mascot of a stereotypical Irishman leaning on a blackthorn cane...

about 3 months ago

Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

LaughingRadish Re:Be careful what you are posting here (142 comments)

More often than not, the enemy of your enemy is just another enemy.

about 4 months ago

Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

LaughingRadish Good start. Needs more delay. (342 comments)

Ever since high speed trading became a thing, I've been thinking that a delay of around a minute would be ideal to prevent the shinanigans associated with the same.

about 5 months ago

Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

LaughingRadish I didn't think Lenovo would get much worse (459 comments)

I didn't think Lenovo could get much worse than the 6-row abomination that that they foisted on the T-series fans. At least on the T-series you still have the whole caps-lock key that can be remapped to Control. Scattering keys like they've been doing for the past few years is inexcusable. I've enjoyed Thinkpads up to the T420, but no further. This is why my next laptop will not be a Thinkpad or Lenovo of any kind.

about 8 months ago

Viruses Boost Performance of Lithium-Air Battery Used In Electric Cars

LaughingRadish Re:So tell me why ... (66 comments)

How'd you get the idea that a tobacco virus was involved here? The article says "M13". If you check with Google and Wikipedia, you'll find that it's a filimentous bacteriophage (it infects bacteria). And about committing sabotage on tobacco farmers, most tobacco diseases affect many other members of the nightshade family. Two important ones are potatoes and tomatoes.

about 10 months ago

Airgap-Jumping Malware May Use Ultrasonic Networking To Communicate

LaughingRadish Did he bother to check for actual sounds? (265 comments)

I haven't yet seen mention of someone setting up microphones sensitive to ultrasonic frequencies to check to see what, if any, odd sounds are being made by the computers. A lot of extraordinary claims are being made and I just don't see the requisite extraordinary evidence.

about a year ago

Wayland 1.2.0 Released With Weston

LaughingRadish Re:Remoteability question restated (122 comments)

Thanks. This is the most direct answer I've gotten so far. A followup: How much work has been done on that part of the supporting ecosystem to support remoting?

about a year ago

Wayland 1.2.0 Released With Weston

LaughingRadish Remoteability question restated (122 comments)

Here's a very simple question with hopefully no wiggle room: Suppose I have two Linux boxes, each running Wayland. They do not run X11 in any form or fashion. I am on the console of one of them and in Wayland. Can I start a terminal emulator, ssh over to the other box, issue a command that starts some graphical program (which uses only Wayland coding, no X11), and expect that program's window to show up on the first box? Assume that ssh has already been modified to allow for this sort of thing. If this cannot be done, what prevents it from being done? I have yet received no complete answer for this.

about a year ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

LaughingRadish Hoplophobic crank or trolling for hoplophobes (976 comments)

It looks like people are already putting garbage into his database so as to render it useless. At the top of the page is "know something about the project before you comment". In the FAQ and Guidelines, it seems that the author might know what he's talking about. I'm still not clear if he's a hoplophobic crank or playing a joke on hoplophobes. If he's the former, then he made a tremendous blunder by not realizing that lots of people would put garbage into the database.

about a year ago

UCSD Lecturer Releases Geotagging Application For "Dangerous Guns and Owners"

LaughingRadish Re:Move to Europe. (976 comments)

Somehow I accidentally moderated you down. I hope this post fixes that.

about a year ago

Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions

LaughingRadish Re:no, thanks, Wayland, I need REAL networking (240 comments)

This is the point I've been making above and I've been getting non-answers like "it'll do X backwards compatibility" or "you can do remote desktops". I've never received an answer to this basic question of if a single application can be displayed on another machine.

about a year ago



Build a Zilog Z180 CP/M computer

LaughingRadish LaughingRadish writes  |  about 2 years ago

LaughingRadish writes "The P112 board was last available new in 1996 by Dave Brooks. In late 2004 on the Usenet Newsgroup comp.os.cpm, talk about making another run of P112 boards was discussed. I decided to step forward. With Dave Brooks blessing and the assistance of others, new boards were fabricated. Those boards too are gone. Still people want P112 kits. I therefore started a Kickstarter project to supply people with kits. These machines nominally run ZSDOS, a GPLed and enhanced CP/M look-alike. Straight CP/M 2.2 is also available as is a flavor of Unix called UZI-180. If you want an easy-to-get-into piece of classic-computing, this is it. You also build it yourself."
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Change Is Hard: Why You Should Give In to the New ThinkPad Keyboard

LaughingRadish LaughingRadish writes  |  about 2 years ago

LaughingRadish writes "Three months ago Lenovo released the Thinkpad T430 and T530 laptops with much fanfare and with a redesigned keyboard. That keyboard has been annoying longtime Thinkpad users to the people to the point where they plan to buy something other than Lenovo next time. In face of widespread criticism of the keyboard, Lenovo blogger Gavin O'Hara posted this article telling Thinkpad fans that they should give in to the new design. Very few people had very kind thoughts for Gavin."
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About damn time

LaughingRadish LaughingRadish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I've been reading Slashdot around since it started and only now did I bother to get an account. Whee!

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