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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

RoboJ1M Re:gmail is a gamma now (142 comments)

Only if you don't run the add-in which puts "Beta" back in the corner.

about 10 months ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

RoboJ1M Re:conversational format (142 comments)

It was several personal firsts for me:

1) First conversational layout for email
2) First AJAX web application
3) First cloud backed app
4) 2nd single-box-search app, no filing required by the user (1st I saw was iTunes)

about 10 months ago

The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

RoboJ1M Re:It's teh googlezzzz!!!! (142 comments)

He's right you know, back when Gmail first came out I was amazed at how it was not much better than hotmail and the email provided by my ISP and Outlook Express.
Oh wait, no, that's no right is it? That's not right at all!

Everybody used hotmail or their ISPs email servers.
They accessed it with POP and all their mail resided on a windows 98 machine which kept losing it all.

To my memory It's the first example of a web-application with cloud backed storage.
At the time it blew my mind.
It was also the 2nd example of the single-text-box-searched-all-meta-data paradigm that treats the the backing store as a blackbox db type affair.
You don't file anything as such, you just search for what you want.
First I saw was iTunes and how it just stored music, er, somewhere and you just typed a few letters from the album name.
Amazing how that idea de-cluttered everything.

about 10 months ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

RoboJ1M Re:Already denied (382 comments)

IMO It's not done because unless you legislate this stuff private companies are not going to something that doesn't have a reasonable return on investment.

Basically there's no money in it.
And I bet the airline isn't paying for squat when it comes to search & rescue fees, that'll all be coming out of the taxpayer's pocket I bet.

woo capitalism. .

I bet if you enforced a €10,000,000 daily file for every day the plane's not found, then you'd see so many tracking equipment blisters and antenna spikes on a get it would look like a flying hedgehog.

about a year ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

RoboJ1M Re: How can the situation be improved? (513 comments)

For those of us outside the US, can we get some context?
What's Fast Broadband? 10Mbps? 100? 1000?
What's Slow Broadband? 1? 10? 100?
Here in the UK I have FTTC (fibre to the curb) which gets me 80 over 20.
Without FTTC you get 5-10 off of ADSL2+.
So theoretically I can stream a blu ray.
I can download anything faster than I need.
That's £26 a month + the £14 for the phone line.

There's also cable internet up to 100.

Also you can get FTTP (fibre to the premises) but I have no idea what the point of that would be

about a year ago

Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

RoboJ1M Re:It's about time. (731 comments)

Also there are schemes like "Verified by Visa" where you are asked for 3 random letters from your password which is of a minimum required strength.
That works over the phone.

Other security features and tings that have been rolled out in the UK and probably the rest of the EU:
2 factor authentication for your banking - your bank sends you a little doohickey which you put a pin in and in generates a short key.
NFC payments, pay by swiping your card over the top of the machine (£20 max)

Then again, in the US you have Google wallet and NFC payments on your phone?
Which is in some ways even more advanced than what we have here!

about a year ago

Amherst Researchers Create Magnetic Monopoles

RoboJ1M Re:Verry cool IF TRUE (156 comments)

Might be able then to *find* anti-gravity particles though! 8D

1 year,1 day

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

RoboJ1M Here's the stuff I know/use (299 comments)

I wrote a longer post but I lost it, so here's the links:

LMMS ("Compatible with many standards such as SoundFont2, VST(i), LADSPA, GUS Patches, and MIDI")

Ardour (A DAW, but maybe useful)

Rosegarden (Best sequencer, with Lilypad notation support, has actual printed literature you can buy)

Audacity (PCM swiss army knife ;)

The Cloudsto MK802IV LE, £80 ARM PC-onna-stick for doing music production on (Toys!!! *8D)

Who needs a Mac or a PC when you can run it all on the CPU your phone uses?
Not tried it myself but for £80, I need to get one and have a go.

1 year,4 days

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

RoboJ1M Re:Open Source? (299 comments)

+1 for Lilypond and I believe it's plugged into Rosegarden.

1 year,4 days

Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches

RoboJ1M Re:Great Firewall of China is bad enough ... (270 comments)

Yes, well, when all of the parties are basically the same and voter apathy is almost total what do you expect?
People in power want to stay in power.
Our system evolves people engineered to keep it.

1 year,9 days

Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

RoboJ1M Re:Spell it out the first time (279 comments)

Here's some more useful information from the TFA that I never knew and is interesting:

"What it means in ‘layman’s’ term is that if I am distributing software which has code from various developers I don’t really have any right to defend the project in case of any conflict. The code authors own the copyright thus only he/she can engage. What [Contributor License Agreements] do is grant me, the distributor, rights of that code so I can defend it without having each code writer to intervene. It becomes easier if a projects has hundreds of contributors. So in case of FSF or Apache the primary goal is ‘defense’ of the project."

So I guess this is necessary otherwise anyone could just take the name, logo and source code and make "My New Ubuntu 20.54" and there is nothing Canonical could do about it without getting written permission from every single developer with at least one line of code in the Ubuntu and upstream source base.

1 year,11 days

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

RoboJ1M I'm doing well with Plex. (420 comments)

I recommend Plex (I know I know, I read the question)

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 box running that.

Don't generally have any problems with it.

I did have an MKV problem where some encoding option caused it to barf but that was with DLNA clients and the transcoder.

And it does have the advantage that you can get paid support for it at a very reasonable price.

The MKV files that are missing, are they missing on the PMS or just missing in the client?
And is the client DLNA or the native Plex client?

Also, if you have a Samsung smart device you can install the native plex client on there.

I have also had success with the following servers:

miniDLNA (only used for music on an RPi on a boat though)
Serviio (superior DLNA transcoding)
XBMCs built in server (seems to work well)

1 year,17 days

Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

RoboJ1M Re:XBMC ftw (420 comments)

XBMC has a DLNA server switch you can turn on.
Seemed to work pretty well.

1 year,17 days

SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

RoboJ1M Re:GNOME? (211 comments)


"Anyone who uses Steam's Big Picture Mode is already intimately acquainted with SteamOS, as they're very similar. SteamOS looks and acts like Big Picture Mode, except it's the basis for the entire hardware system. It's controller-friendly and easy to navigate. The same Steam splash page washes across the screen when it launches, and the same tile-based layout of games and the Steam store are visible at launch. As promised, the OS is built on Linux (not based on Ubuntu, we're told, but entirely custom), though you'd never know it as the only interactive layer is all Steam.

That means it also has the limitations of Steam: SteamOS is not the replacement for Windows 8 you've been waiting for. Beyond basics like browsing the web, there's little in the way of standard OS functions."

about a year ago


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