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HP Launches Moonshot

Pale Dot Re:Will the upgrade be called... (168 comments)

Why did they call it Moonshot anyway? Do they mean it has the computing power that NASA used to send Neil and Buzz to the moon? I have a more powerful device in my pocket.

about a year and a half ago
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Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

Pale Dot Not the same (252 comments)

Big difference is that other developers besides Microsoft weren't allowed to embrace, extend, etc IE6. But here Google is allowing other opensource developers to do their own embrace and extend, so at worst the third part is likely to be a repeat of step 1: embrace, extend, embrace fork.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

Pale Dot Re: life-long updates (687 comments)

That's why my credit card has a low credit limit (I insisted the bank roll it back when they gave me a free upgrade), which I only use to pay for groceries and stuff I'm forced to buy online. I don't tie down my whole life to a single point of failure, and have at least three different payment methods for my bills and whatnot.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

Pale Dot Re: Good news (505 comments)

The summary is wrong, but I don't think it's FUD. It's more like trolling to get the clicks of all the Microsoft bashers and haters.

about a year and a half ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Pale Dot I'll ban texting not because of the texting (417 comments)

What's bad isn't the texting but the other things that person may be doing while he or she appears to be texting. A person texting in a restroom or public bath can use that as an opportunity to take naughty videos.

about a year and a half ago
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Should We Be Afraid of Google Glass?

Pale Dot Re: (in)Security cameras (307 comments)

True. The cellphone in your pocket (it doesn't even have to be smartphone) already has all the privacy-invading features of Google Glass. How do you know that person who appears to be texting on another table isn't already recording a video of your tryst? Wouldn't you also be alarmed if you see someone using a cellphone inside a public bath? GooGlass should be banned in the very same places where the use of a cellphone is already considered improper or rude.

about a year and a half ago
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Users Flock To Firewall-Busting Thesis Project

Pale Dot Re: Public list of VPNs? (91 comments)

Well written response. You have a very good point. That circumvention only works well in governments with a rather democratic judicial system where circumvention is not in itself a crime.

Ironically the system is likely to be more useful in Japan, which recently enacted one of the the toughest laws against online copyright infringement in the (relatively) free world, punishing even mere downloaders with jail time.

about a year and a half ago
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Live Tweeting the Symphony?

Pale Dot Re: Key is relevance, not interactivity... (166 comments)

The label "classical" is itself ambiguous. Just look at the so-called classical music charts. Classical music is a catch-all for movie soundtracks, recordings by groups led by wand-waving wizards (a.k.a conductor), songs sung or composed by Italians, and music too weird to put in any other category.

about a year and a half ago
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Trisquel 6.0 'Toutatis' Is Now Available

Pale Dot Re: Sounds like good news for switchers from Ubunt (109 comments)

The average Ubuntu user won't go to another GNU/Linux distribution. They're more likely to move on to another OS altogether, maybe another Unix-like system like the Mac or even Chrome OS if their needs don't go beyond Twitter and Facebook. An Android system would also be attractive since it supposedly also runs Linux. I've just been to a local store (southeast Asia) where they're actually selling an Android 4.0 netbook by some no-name Chinese manufacturer. So full circle even if in a small way for Google's smartphone OS.

about a year and a half ago
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Chrome OS Remains Undefeated At Pwnium 3

Pale Dot Re:Does it do anything at all? (178 comments)

With its bigger screen, the $1000 Chromebook Pixel looks like a better table. Just be sure to close the notebook lid first.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing

Pale Dot Re:Does no one actually read the articles? (115 comments)

Agreed. The problem is with the second link to the science-ficulation of an obvious Mac fanboy, not the most unbiased source. For the benefit of those with (chiefly mobile) browsers that hide links, here's the naked url of the blog post that puts a negative spin on the largely positive New Scientist article:

http://www.macgasm.net/2013/03/08/creepier-the-minute-google-glass-will-identify-people-clothing-choices/

This fashion ID technology sounds less creepy to me than the tracking already being done by the wireless devices you already can't live without.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass Will Identify People By Clothing

Pale Dot Fashion ID (115 comments)

The creepy part of p

about a year and a half ago
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Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama

Pale Dot Re:too bad it's true (302 comments)

I thought Linux was started by people who had nothing better to do. It wasn't like the GNU Project that Stallman started because he wanted to make then world a better place at least for fellow geeks if not for ordinary users. Linus started coding because he found it interesting and maybe he didn't have a girlfriend at the time. By the time he found a girlfriend (or she found him), he could no longer quit because it had become much more than a pastime, like a Youtube video that went viral and became big business.

about a year and a half ago
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'Bandwidth Divide' Could Bar Some From Free Online Courses

Pale Dot Re:they need a service (222 comments)

OK then one person can d/l the video and then sneakernet it to his or her pals and so on.

That effectively solves the bandwidth problem. I know, I'm from the Third World. We can buy cheap DVDs and. even relatively cheap hard drive collection of movies. The question is why the groups behind these courses aren't making available leechable versions of their courses. If I'm a teacher it will be easier for me to hand out thumb drives for students to copy rather than force them to use unreliable 2/3g Internet (assuming their families can afford something better than an SMS data plan). The thumb drives will be passed around, so hopefully only a few will be needed.

about a year and a half ago
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Debian Allows Trademark Use For Commercial Activities

Pale Dot Genie in the bottle (57 comments)

The stylized bottle below the Debian swirl in the restricted logo practically explains the Debian philosophy. It's a gift from the free software genie.

about a year and a half ago
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CAPTCHA Using Ad-Based Verification

Pale Dot Don't shoot the messenger! (174 comments)

Time to dump Yahoo, I only still use it for the spam filter which it has been good at but if it expects me to look at ads I will stop using it.

The news was by Yahoo, not about Yahoo. The company could still be among those planning to adopt the technology, but this isn't mentioned in the news story.

about a year and a half ago
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The Patents That Threaten 3-D Printing

Pale Dot Re:Patents don't affect hobbyists (134 comments)

Wasn't there a story recently about some gene patent? The owner of the patent if I remember correctly was suing a nonprofit. Besides if a company decides to give away a product, wouldn't that qualify as commercial already?

about a year and a half ago
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California Professors Unveil Proposal To Attack Asteroids With Lasers

Pale Dot Re:"Killer"? Meh. (161 comments)

Injurious because hundreds were reportedly injured? Harmful perhaps? Terrifying like a terrorist bombing that wounds but kills noone? Not really that destructive, but lots of other nonlethal adjectives to choose from.

about a year and a half ago
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Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0

Pale Dot Re:Funny Story... (252 comments)

I never liked that newfangled vim. It's far too... colorful. I usually swap it out for nvi, which is much more vi-like.

Funny, but I find vim to be the vi that's closest to visual!

about a year and a half ago

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Why doesn't Android support Linux filesystems for removable storage?

Pale Dot Pale Dot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Pale Dot (2813911) writes "After weeks of struggle I finally figured out a way for the apps on my rooted Android tablet to recognize an SD card I had formatted as Ext4 but with the default journaling option turned off. The problem at first was getting the SD card to mount at all (technically this was the "external" SD card as the tablet also has a built-in "internal" SD card). Apparently, the Android automount facility, the evil-sounding vold daemon, does not support any filesystem besides Microsoft's VFAT. From various online sources, I learned that the CyanogenMod Linux 3.x kernel itself does support mounting Ext4, at least via the terminal "mount -t ext4" command.

A second problem soon cropped up. Apps, such as VLC and the AardDict offline dictionary, that rely on some sort of automagic scanning of the device storage space would not index the media and database files I copied to the SD card. It turns out that the simple solution, or the "hack" as it stands, is to mount the SD card under the directory created for the internal VFAT-formatted SD card, i.e. as "/storage/sdcard0/extsd" rather than the more direct "/storage/sdcard1". This works probably because subdirectories inherit the file permissions of the parent.

As part of my Google (re)search into the problem, I came upon this Google+ post by an Android developer curiously named Dianne Hackborn about the design decision not to support anything besides the Redmond-certified filesystem: "The external storage when on a SD card is FAT. Period. You are just going to cause yourself a mess if you try to do otherwise. The basic semantics of how external storage is used relies on it being fat — no permissions, case insensitive, etc."

So, is Google right about not supporting Ext2/3/4 for removable flash media, even if the base system itself often uses one of these Linux-native filesystems? Supposed issues about the frequent media access needed by a journalised filesystem don't apply to Ext2, which has no journal, or Ext4, which has an "-O ^has_journal" (no journal) formatting option. Perplexing still is that my tablet is advertised as having support for yet another Microsoft-patented invention, the ExFat filesystem. Unfortunately, there's still no way for a non-rooted Android tablet or smartphone to mount an SD card formatted as Ext2 or Ext4."

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