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Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

Phantasmagoria We will have an accurate progress bar when ... (736 comments)

... when we solve the halting problem. I'm not entirely joking. The main problem with progress bars is that, quite often, it is not possible to accurately estimate how much time is needed to complete a problem (i.e. for the program to halt).

about a year and a half ago

Linux 3.3 Released

Phantasmagoria Power Management (314 comments)

Any improvements to power management? It pains me that my laptop gets 4 hours battery life when in Windows 7 but only 2 hours when in Linux. In both cases it's just idle with nothing special running in the background. Or is this a problem with the distribution?

more than 2 years ago

PHP 5.4 Released

Phantasmagoria Why "use" instead of "uses"? (209 comments)

GRRR. "extends" was for inheritance, "implements" was for interfaces, so why wasn't "uses" chosen for traits, instead of "use"?

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu TV Finally Gets a Close-Up

Phantasmagoria Re:I wonder what they use for dlna and daap (146 comments)

I find DLNA wonderfully useful. Anyone who comes into my living room can show the photos and videos from their phone on my TV. Same for laptops. Everyone can instantly access each other too, as well as my media server. It's great for parties.

more than 2 years ago

Qt 4.8.0 Released

Phantasmagoria Re:And then there's phonetics (90 comments)

What? English did not became an international language because of the US. Rather, it is a direct result of British Colonialism.

more than 2 years ago

Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

Phantasmagoria All that you need is ... (382 comments)

(1) The latest Ubuntu LTS
(2) Webmin and Virtualmin.

That's It! Nuff said.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

Phantasmagoria Bon Voyage (1521 comments)

I discovered your site through my roommate back in '97 a little after I joined university. It's been my default page, locked tab, checking-if-internet-is-working site ever since. I now frequent many other blogs, news sites, social networks, etc. But I always come back to Slashdot every day. I'm mostly a lurker but for some reason or the other, signed up early (probably because at that time one could sign up for everything without worry).

I hadn't realized it's been 14 years. Bon Voyage CmdrTaco, good luck in your new endeavors.

about 3 years ago

Suggesting Innovative Uses For Retired Space Shuttles

Phantasmagoria Worst "Top Ten" ever. (127 comments)

That was the most stupid slideshow ever. Any random "Top Ten" in is better than this drivel. Lame!

more than 3 years ago

Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes

Phantasmagoria Best Summary Ever (326 comments)

Best Summary Ever. But the title was too "farky". Didn't go with the summary.

more than 3 years ago

Portal 2 Gets Release Date

Phantasmagoria Re:Portal 2! (110 comments)

By turning off the sound and music, you ruined part of the experience. A lot of what people appreciated about the game WAS the story. The way it starts out as a simple puzzle game, but then as you play you realize that there actually is a story, especially with the hidden rooms that you find. If you just rush through a game without looking around or appreciating the full experience, you'll get a distilled, boring, output, as you did.

about 4 years ago

UK games magazine 'PC Zone' to shut after 17 years

Phantasmagoria Nostalgia (1 comments)

Ah those were the days. Us friends all subscribed to different magazines and then swapped issues and CDs so we could get fixes more than once a month.

more than 4 years ago

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

Phantasmagoria If you didn't get "non-pharma drug provider" ... (637 comments)

Here's a hint: "non-pharma" = "recreational" :-D

In my case, what I would definitely NOT let lapse is my utilities service. Gotta have water and electricity. Either that, or house payments / rent. If you have a home, you can live, and go elsewhere for everything else.

more than 4 years ago

Where Will Your Next Gadget Be Made?

Phantasmagoria Re:Shoddy gadgets from another cheapish country? (378 comments)

Yes it would. And we in Bangladesh have got just that. I've seen numerous jams solely because cars were unsure which to follow, the cops or the lights.

more than 4 years ago

BFG Exiting Graphics Card Market

Phantasmagoria Re:Big Friendly Giant (108 comments)

Damn you! I was about the write the VERY same comment. :-( But you beat me to it.

more than 4 years ago

Schooling Microsoft On Random Browser Selection

Phantasmagoria Re:damned faintly praising? (436 comments)

If you had bothered to read the article, you'd see that the author has done JUST that. Not only did he prove (using proper statistical methods) that the results are significantly not random, he also dug up the exact javascript source code that does the shuffling and explained why it is faulty. RTFA!

more than 4 years ago

Designing the Computer UIs In Movies

Phantasmagoria Re:Clever girl (371 comments)

You are actually trying to support your claim that Vista had it first by saying YOU saw the Vista one first, that's why?

more than 4 years ago

A Practical LCD Writing Tablet

Phantasmagoria Looks Great! (171 comments)

Looks great, and the price seems awesome. Is it too good to be true?

more than 4 years ago

"Universal Jigsaw Puzzle" Hits Stores In Japan

Phantasmagoria Re:infinite? (241 comments)

Actually, you should divide by 4 (not 2), to eliminate the 3 extra 90 degree rotations of the same final image.

more than 4 years ago


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