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Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile

Phil Urich Re:Snowden vs Durov (130 comments)

Not quite true, he was initially involved in the industry and became concerned, then deliberately took a job to give himself higher access so he could act on that concern.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Phil Urich Yup, I run behemoth systems that are near-silent (720 comments)

Use big fans, and be picky about your parts. Power efficiency is key, you want something that generates very little waste heat and thus requires minimal cooling. Many good PSUs these days will only spin up the fans when on heavy load, which is a good compromise so that most of the time it's quiet but you don't have to worry about silently cruising to thermal extremes. Also be aware that the noise level isn't the entire story, you also want the noise to be as "white" as possible, because it's often the overtones and such whines that catch the ear. My primary computer acts mostly as a server but doubles as a second gaming PC when needed, has 5 drives and a powerful GPU and CPU in it . . . and because I was picky about the parts (among other things I mostly went with lower-RPM drives that are known to have few distinct tones to their operating noise) I have huge amounts of storage and a powerful gaming rig but it can stay on without much notice. Hell, my housemate fires up his PS3 or xbox360 and the noise level in the room is suddenly extremely high by comparison to how it was.

about a month ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Phil Urich Re: Fundamentals of AGW (282 comments)

Edison wasn't really a scientist, he was more just a cutthroat businessman who jumped in at the tail end of the right discoveries.

about a month and a half ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Phil Urich Hear hear! The view out a plane window is unique (286 comments)

There's no other time and place I get to look down on cities from above, soaring past, or gaze out at a landscape composed of clouds. I wouldn't want to give that up. I can sit around with my laptop or smartphone or e-reader anytime; I can only see such a view during a plane flight, and I wouldn't want to give that up. If airlines started introducing such planes, i'd go rather far out of my way to avoid them.

about 2 months ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

Phil Urich Re:I don't read it (71 comments)

Yup, their policies are considered left-wing, and entirely divorced from the hero-worship of the names, so much so that if you rattled off their policies you'd probably get the retort "well that kind of Anti-American nonsense wouldn't have flown back with Nixon or Reagan!"

about 2 months ago
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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

Phil Urich Re:Gabe Newell is perhaps the biggest driver of th (77 comments)

Linux has had 20 years to prove itself, clearly it is not the right solution, or it would have made some traction at this point...

Yes . . . and it has. Hell, even demonstrated by the article in question here, or does "a big enough audience to justify day-one releases of AAA games" not count somehow?

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich Re: Why (529 comments)

The best part is, one of the few things we *could* do better is keeping track of guns like that which was used in this incident, but the present administration not only discontinued the long gun registry, but ordered all the records destroyed. Last I had heard, that was being fought in court; it'd be interesting to see if those records still exist and have bearing on this case.

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich Re: Why (529 comments)

You deserve all the positive moderation (and maybe a seat as an MP, since I have a sad feeling we'll desperately need rational and moderate voices very soon).

about 2 months ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Phil Urich 9/11 changed everything (529 comments)

You're right, the definition didn't change in 2003...it changed in 2001, because 9/11 changed everything, haven't you heard?

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich GNOME OS (993 comments)

He's long talked of "GNOME OS", and the kernel as a mere "implementation detail". So honestly, you might not be far off.

about 3 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich Kindof suspicious timing (993 comments)

I'm sure it's a coincidence, but I still can't shake the timing of Lennart's rant. Right when Linus goes incommunicado for traveling, eh? Hmm.

about 3 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Phil Urich Great for laptops, shit for servers (993 comments)

Indeed, like much of what the Red Hat / GNOME camp have created (NetworkManager being a perfect example), it's great technology for personal laptops and absolutely shit technology for servers.

about 3 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Phil Urich Or howabout IMAP? (74 comments)

Surely just using a non-web client would solve this too, no?

about 3 months ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Phil Urich I actually really like my smartwatch (181 comments)

I have a Pebble Steel, and it lets me choose between a lot of cool looking watchfaces (or write my own fairly easily, although I've lazily failed to get around to that), shows me the current weather on my wrist if I want rather than having to launch an app on my phone, and being e-ink it works perfectly fine in the brightest of sunlight.

Now, convincing me that an LCD touchscreen watch makes any sort of sense, that's another story. The Pebble is, generally, just everything a normal watch is with a little bit of extra on top. Anything that sacrifices outdoor legibility or battery life, however? Yeah, that's just companies desperately hunting around for the next big boom market because our insane society has decided that profits must always increase, and stability is somehow death.

about 4 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

Phil Urich Re:Gamer Masochism vs Self Interest (86 comments)

Dammit, I thought that was included in the season pass.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

Phil Urich There was a brief, shining moment... (259 comments)

Alas, electronics have not yet advanced to the point where it is reasonable to have one phone with support for all combinations of bands and technologies.

Right before LTE started rolling out, and before Nokia was forced to adopt chipsets approved for Windows Phone rather than using their own, the high-end Nokia devices developed had pentaband 3G and quadband 2G, which covered nearly everything (sure, some rural places in very few countries were CDMA, but this was already rare). It seemed then like other manufacturers might catch up. Unfortunately, with LTE we've re-fragmented, and manufacturers have used it as an excuse to go back to selling different models for different markets/carriers.

about 7 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Re:One question (94 comments)

See https://community.kde.org/KDE/High-dpi_issues. In fairness, most (in fact, the overwhelming majority) of elements within KDE are resolution independent (hell, KDE has been using SVG icons since well before the KDE4 days), and basically every element can be changed and tweaked as desired, it's just that it takes a shit ton of annoying manual tweaking.

You're right though, it Isn't There Yet (tm). But it is in fact a focus of much of the development; this is generally on the minds of KDE devs, and is being worked towards for Plasma Next, as well as for specific applications; for example, the Yakuake developer is changing the theming engine specifically with resolution-independence and high-DPI screens in mind. So upcoming versions of KDE will be, at very least, closer to supporting high DPI and resolution independence, and I wouldn't be surprised at all if a version or two into Frameworks 5 we get a nice centralized control for scaling the UI.

about 7 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Notifications have improved greatly recently (94 comments)

I'm using Kubuntu and have seen the notifications look+feel improve greatly lately, and have never seen the issues you describe. So, not to jump on the "you're using the wrong distro" bandwagon (which is probably used as an excuse more than it deserves to be, and often deflects from real issues), but . . . yeah, I'm going to say you should try another distro and see if there's a difference for you.

about 7 months ago
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KDE Ships First Beta of Next Generation Plasma Workspace

Phil Urich Re:It doesn't look that different (94 comments)

But will I ever get Kasbar back?

A lot of the features of Kasbar are built in to the default or alternative taskbars; considering how easy QML is to work with, you might even want to look at hacking away at it yourself.

Personally I'm 100% satisfied with the options currently available, and all the quintessentially awesome KDE stuff I missed during the initial port---Filelight, Yakuake, etc---all made it back in by around 4.4. I honestly never used Kasbar much myself, so I only have dim recollections of it alongside basic descriptions on old websites, but again, people have done some crazy things with Plasma and it's getting easier as things shift towards QML (you can already code mode things in QML in Plasma-Current, AFAIK, but the Plasma-Next development has made this all easier and they've run into the edge cases and lack of features that they've then had to implement to shift towards pure QML themselves, so there should be fewer 'gotchas').

about 7 months ago

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On the subject of Freaks

Phil Urich Phil Urich writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was just reading the comments, lurking as per usual on Slashdot, when I noticed someone's sig (more specifically here. "I have gotten my first slashdot freak. My life is now complete." Hmm, I thought, I wonder if I have any? I checked, and yup, I've got one myself. On a complete whim, I proclaim a "I have a freak club", consisting of anyone wanting to join that has apparently been listed by someone else as a foe. Come one, come all!

I figure a good indication that a person saying something that could be worth saying is if people are outwardly objecting to them; if everyone agrees, what's the point in saying it, right?

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