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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

SD-Arcadia LibreOffice 4.3 has made it for me (190 comments)

I mainly use Writer, with an occasional hour of Impress work thrown in, and FWIW, LibreOffice 4.3 has reached that point where I'm not running into any compatibility issues with MS Office users anymore. I fully recommend the latest version of LibreOffice, it's come a long way. I've been using OpenOffice since version 3 (year 2008), got all my family and some of my friends to switch, and I think with the latest LibreOffice we've finally made it. I'm still using the .odt format myself but no longer have worries about handling a .doc or .docx either.

4 days ago
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Firefox 30 Available, Firebug 2.0 Released

SD-Arcadia Pain spots (270 comments)

OK, here's the deal. I've been on FF since it was called something else and version number was 0.2. I'm still loyal but am getting increasingly annoyed and have to revert more and more things each version. Here's the rundown this time:

1. The FF29 and FF30 GUI is crap. The previous one was superior in every aspect. That panel thing you get by clicking the "hamburger menu" is a mess that I won't even try to decipher. Curved GUI elements are inane on a rectangular display. The background tabs are hard to tell apart, the borders between them suck. Just get the old theme restorer add-on to fix all this stupidity.

2. FF29 and FF30 crash every 20 minutes with HTTPS-Everywhere add-on installed. It took me a while to figure this out, disabling Flash or Hardware Acceleration etc. has nothing to do with it. That add-on has to be updated, although I don't understand why the problem crept in with FF29+.

3. The changelog in this article is for FF28. WTF Slashdot? The correct changelog is at http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/f.... It has nothing to do with VP9 or HTML5 or Opus. Firebug 2.0 compatibility is accurate however, so the summary is a hodge podge of FF28 and FF30 changes. But I knıow why, because it's getting icreasingly difficult for Mozilla to post a damn changelog on time. It takes about 1-2 days after the update gets pushed out before a damn changelog appears for the actual version.

about 3 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

SD-Arcadia Good screen size and rez (379 comments)

The big news here is that finally we have a laptop screen with a 3:2 AR and a nice high resolution, other than the MBA, MBP, ChromePixel and Panasonic Toughbook.

Size this thing up to 14" and call it a laptop. I'll buy it instantly.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Passes Windows Vista In Market Share

SD-Arcadia Mantle is AMD GCN on Windows only (249 comments)

"it works on AMD and Nvidia cards, it works on any OS since it's handled by the drivers"

Where do you get that crazy claim?

Mantle currently only works with AMD GCN (Graphics Core Next) cards, those are the 7000 and later series. And even then the older 7xxx's don't even get the full benefits at the moment (work in progress apparently). What makes you think Mantle will ever work with Nvidia (or Intel for that matter) GPU's when they don't even work with most of AMD's cards? The vague claims in the AMD presentation slides from two months ago?

And what's even more bold is your claim that it works "on any OS". Where do you get that? Who is working on OSX or Linux support, where's the news of an ETA, state of progress etc? And then there is the whole issue that game engines need to support this and currently we only have the Frostbite 3 engine that does that. And are games built on Frostbite 3 going to be interested in porting to non-Windows OS's ?

This whole Mantle is a long shot, designed to tide AMD over by reducing CPU-load on games until AMD can come up with a decent CPU architecture again. It is probably going to from "too niche" to "already obsolete" over the course of the next 3 years and become another Glide. It is not going to kill Windows.

Only OpenGL, with its proper OPENness from the get go, meaning support on all GPU's on all OS's since its inception has a chance of ever unseating DirectX.

about 7 months ago
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LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

SD-Arcadia Great update for compatibility (192 comments)

I had a few problem case .docx's that I had lying around that came from MS Office users. I am happy to report that they have rendered correctly for the first time in LO 4.2. Well done !
And finally the taskbar/aero peek stuff finally behaves properly on Windows !
Pet peeve taken care of ! I also feel a certain improvement in speed and responsiveness in general Nice nice nice.

about 7 months ago
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Why We Need OpenStreetMap (Video)

SD-Arcadia END FLASH ON /. NOW (118 comments)

Fascinating topic, and I'd love to check it out but TOO BAD the video requires the craptastic Adobe Flash plugin. It's 2014, Flash is dying and HTML5 is the real way of doing things now. And Slashdot is supposed to be the home of FOSS-friendly early-adopting geeks? WTF?

about 7 months ago
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Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

SD-Arcadia 16:10 Win (176 comments)

They got the aspect ratio right, that's for sure. Can't say that for many monitors coming to the market since 2007.

about 10 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Announced: Reaper of Souls

SD-Arcadia Great (137 comments)

I love how "the items themselves are getting an overhaul to make for more interesting gameplay" is reserved to a for-pay expansion! "Interesting gameplay" as if it's a minor enhancement! Also, make no mistake, there will be 3 more expansions after this, each taking the level cap 10 points higher, till 99. You know, you gotta milk that cow!

1 year,8 days
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Have eBooks Peaked?

SD-Arcadia You're doing it wrong.. (323 comments)

Stop the advertisement-driven madness of "I HAVE TO READ BOOK X NOW!!!".
Read from the massive catalogue of what's out there for free and never pay for e-books. This is how I recommend you go about it:

1. Get your e-ink based reader (I recommend the new Kobo Aurahd).
2. Head over to one of the many sources of out-of-copyright books like http://www.gutenberg.org/. Browse and find stuff you may like. Also keep an eye out for CC-licensed books around the web.
3. Go forth and indulge in http://libgen.info/ or a similar e-book piracy web site and get your fix, because, well fuck 'em.

Maybe you won't find every damn book you desire to have right now, but you will find so many good books that are more than enough to last you a lifetime.
Enjoy the reading and the savings.

1 year,19 days
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Firefox 23 Arrives With New Logo, Mixed Content Blocker, and Network Monitor

SD-Arcadia Re:URL bar and search bar synced? (365 comments)

Google IS the "corporate bug search engine".

I see a benefit in not having google creep up when i mis-type some url and it goes to a surprise search with Google (kind of like surprise butt-sex).

Now that kind of case can also go to Startpage or DuckDuckGo or whatever the user has set.

1 year,22 days
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out

SD-Arcadia Re:In place upgrades still unsupported? (134 comments)

I just hopped on to LMDE 201303 Cinnamon x64. I feel a little deceived because I had the impression this was a rolling release. It is not. It is apparently a "semi-rolling release". Major updates happen through "Update Packs" and the last one (UP6) is from 2012-12 to give you a sense of frequency. It tracks Debian Testing (not Debian Unstable). You can enable a Mint Repo called Romeo that will give you updates to software developed by the Mint team without waiting for a UP but that's it. So the only thing rolling about LMDE seems to be that you don't ever do a dist-upgrade. Since Ubuntu is based on Debian Unstable, and the update frequencies are comparable, LMDE is often behind in versions compared to Ubuntu! And I was here under the impression that I was going for more frequent updates compared to Ubuntu since this is a (semi-) rolling release!

about a year ago
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Demonoid Resurrection Dismissed As Malware Was Legitimate

SD-Arcadia Re:It's a trap? (83 comments)

If you think demonoid was good for rare foreign stuff just move over to https://karagarga.net/. Nothing else compares on the net. The catch is private tracker and need to keep ratio.

about a year ago
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Integer Overflow Bug Leads To Diablo III Gold Duping

SD-Arcadia Diablo 3 is not a game (160 comments)

The "game" part is just packaging around the pointless grind and universal trade at the auction house. No one does anything for fun after the first time they get through the quests. The game mechanics and itemization are utterly boring and without character. There is not a single aspect of skill involved either. You spend most of your time staring at your skill cooldowns and life-mana pool because the terrain and monsters don't really matter. It's rote repetition and an utter waste of time. Worst purchase I ever made. I'd much MUCH rather have a Diablo 2 expansion with new content and a higher resolution support than this PoS.

about a year ago
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Ars Reviewer is Happily Bored With Dell's Linux Ultrabook

SD-Arcadia All I want from a laptop (181 comments)

is a good old 16:10 screen at classic 15" size.

Don't need no retinas, give me my 1440x900 or 1680x1050. Bonus points for IPS.

Doesn't have to be razer thin or feather light, just around 2kg. I don't need 8 gigs or 8 cores either. I'd rather have the integrated GPU too. I don't crave an SSD. Don't need no fingerprint reader, 1080p webcam or logo-laden speakers. Keep the internals cheap I just want to pay for a decent screen.

why is this niche impossible to fill ?

about a year ago
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Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

SD-Arcadia I knew this article was gonna be BS (749 comments)

"By Young's estimation, CDs can only offer about 15% of the data that was in a master sound track"
And nothing of value was lost in the remaining 85% of the *data* that is inaudible to the human ear.

"Young, in fact, created his own digital-to-analog conversion (DAC) service called Pono. Young has tweeted that the Pono cloud-based music service, along with Pono portable digital-to-analog players, will be available by summer."
There's your cash-in scheme lurking behind all the BS.

"Young's service would increase the quality, or sampling rate, of the music from 44,100 times per second in a CD (44.1KHz) to 192,000 times per second (192KHz), and will boost the bit depth from 16-bit to 24-bit."
I would like to repeatedly hit you over the head with http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html

"The sample rate of a digital file refers to the number of "snapshots" of audio that are offered up every second. Think of it like a high-definition movie, where the more frames per second you have, the higher the quality."
NO, do not think of it like that unless you're a charlatan. Refer to rebuttal on xiph.org.

"Millions of people in the world are audiophiles."
No doubt, Millions of people in the world are fools and they have money that could be yours.

"It's just common sense that the higher the resolution -- the more data that's in an audio file -- the better the sound quality, Chesky said."
Too bad this thing called SCIENCE has been trumping "common sense" for millenia now.

"The site also recommends high-resolution player software such as JRiver, Pure Music, or Decibel Audio Player. The software, which basically turns your desktop or laptop into a music server or a digital-to-analog converter,"
HILLARIOUS. I won't even begin to..

"The most popular music server among audiophiles, according to Bliss, is an Apple Mac Mini."
This is beautiful. I am not surprised in the least to see this audiophile-appleophile overlap.

about a year and a half ago
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Version 2.0 Released For Open Skype Alternative Jitsi

SD-Arcadia Jitsi is the most advanced VOIP program (112 comments)

jitsi does automatic encryption if you wish and if both parties support it. jitsi can use the highest quality voip audio codec, opus. you can choose either the highest quality video codec, h.264 or the freedom-minded one, VP8. you can have jitsi on all non-mobile platforms. it supports all protocols, including the crappy proprietary ones like msn and aol. it does voice, video, text, remote desktop and screen sharing. use a SIP and jabber account for the best experience. the only quasi-downside seems to be it comes with its own jre. i wish more people would get on board with jitsi right away.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Chrome 25 Will Serve Searches Over SSL From the Omnibox For All Users

SD-Arcadia GoogleSharing add-on (101 comments)

I now use the https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/googlesharing/ add-on for FF. This is basically a proxy that is used only for your google searches. It stops Google from profiling you based on your IP address when you search by inserting a middle-man. Together with HTTPS-Everywhere and no logins to Google in the browser I think it's a pretty good setup. You have to trust the GoogleSharing people for not doing what Google does to begin with though :)

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

SD-Arcadia E-ink is great but those screens are FRAGILE (307 comments)

I've had not one but two kindle 3's (keyboard, wireless only) end up in this state: http://www.papaspyropoulos.com/my-amazon-kindle-screen-is-messed-up/.
They ended up this way after being transported in a backpack, INSIDE a protective cover, in the company of a few other books (not heavy tomes). There are no visible signs of physical damage on the kindles, yet they are made unusable by mere carrying around. You might guess that some very moderate pressure was applied on the screen by the other books but what is the point of a PORTABLE reader if it can't withstand such little pressure? Amazon replaced the broken item the first time around, but now the warrantee period of 1 year is up. I now consider these devices to be home use only, which is a shame. I've stopped assuming I can carry it around. I don't know if other e-ink screens are also suffering from this frailty or its Amazon's design. YMMV.
A second concern with kindles are the lack of .epub support, which isn't so bad thanks to Calibre's conversion capabilities. But it's still a minor annoyance.
Despite these concerns, I am contemplating on getting a Paperwhite or a Nook Glow. I love the display tech. Just wish these things would be more durable.

about 2 years ago
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Google Employees Find 60 Security Holes In Adobe Reader

SD-Arcadia Sumatra PDF for Windows folks (164 comments)

If you're stuck on windows and are sick of Adobe and FoxIt (yes that's bloated now too), I recommend Sumatra. It's gotten really fast with launching and rendering now, and as a bonus will open your e-book formats which I find is a logical addition to a document viewer. As long as you don't actually need the Adobe magic forms, Sumatra is the better, sane solution to just view pdf's and similar.

about 2 years ago

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Cisco to release pre-licensed open-source "binary module" for H.264 in WebRTC

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  about 9 months ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "Mozilla Blog: "Cisco has announced today that they are going to release a gratis, high quality, open source H.264 implementation — along with gratis binary modules compiled from that source and hosted by Cisco for download. This move enables any open source project to incorporate Cisco’s H.264 module without paying MEPG LA license fees.

Of course, this is not a not a complete solution. In a perfect world, codecs, like other basic Internet technologies such as TCP/IP, HTTP, and HTML, would be fully open and free for anyone to modify, recompile, and redistribute without license agreements or fees. Mozilla is fully committed to working towards that better future. To that end, we are developing Daala, a fully open next generation codec. Daala is still under development, but our goal is to leapfrog H.265 and VP9, building a codec that will be both higher-quality and free of encumberances."
Link to Cisco's announcement: http://blogs.cisco.com/collaboration/open-source-h-264-removes-barriers-webrtc"

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No more 64-bit Firefox nightlies for now

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  about 2 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "A bugzilla item informs us that 64-bit nightly builds of Firefox are not to be produced any more. This follows the somewhat one-sided discussion seen here.
Confusion caused by incompatible plugins are cited as the main reason for this decision. Those in favor of keeping the 64-bit build going mention that the most important plugins like flash and java already have 64-bit versions. Furthermore the future of computing is 64-bit, and with 64-bit IE and Opera already available (and Chrome coming soon) this could leave Firefox in a strange spot."

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Ask Slashdot: Big-Brother free GPS device

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "I would like to own a device that would make use of GPS (and possibly other) signals without broadcasting my location back to anyone. Ideally it would make use of OpenStreetMaps, downloaded on to the device. Bonus points if it also refrains from logging my past locations, which could be used against me in case the device is seized. This could be a dedicated device, handheld, for cars, or a smartphone/tablet/portable computer. Is there such a product on the market?"
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Intel & Samsung to merge Bada and Tizen

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "Samsung Electronics has announced plans to merge its Bada operating system for entry-level handsets with Tizen platform that Intel Corp. helps to develop. The two companies want to create a powerful platform for various mobile devices with a rich library of software and dedicated developers who are already committed to Bada or Tizen."
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To-be-open-sourced NLE Lightworks Posts Update

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "The Lightworks non-linear video editing software that is currently in beta published an update on their plans for the near future. Mac and Linux versions (in addition to the current Win version) are promised for December, and open-sourcing the product is to follow. The software will come in two flavors: A Free Version, and then a Full Version that includes additional licensed proprietary codecs."
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IPCC: 80% Energy From Renewables by 2050 Possible

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "Close to 80 percent of the world‘s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies a new report shows. Most of the reviewed scenarios estimate that renewables will contribute more to a low carbon energy supply by 2050 than nuclear power or fossil fuels using carbon capture and storage."
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EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "We will need a political and technological "Open Wireless Movement" to reverse the degradation of this indispensable component of the Internet's infrastructure. Part of the task will simply be reminding people that opening their WiFi is the socially responsible thing to do, and explaining that individuals who choose to do so can enjoy the same legal protections against liability as any other Internet access provider"
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Theora 1.1 (Thusnelda) is released.

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 4 years ago

SD-Arcadia writes "Theora, the open and royalty-free format that comes from the same folks that work on the Ogg Vorbis audio formmat, has officially reached version 1.1. Theora 1.1 (codenamed "Thusnelda") is much-improved over version 1.0, which was reached last November. (Phoronix)"
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Creative X-Fi Driver Now Under GPL

SD-Arcadia SD-Arcadia writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SD-Arcadia (1146999) writes "Creative's X-Fi on Linux has been far from a pleasant experience, but today that may begin to change. As a move that could be interpreted as either Creative Labs throwing in the towel or them simply acknowledging they want to play with the Linux and open-source communities nicely, they have announced the release of the source-code to their binary driver. This driver is a little less than 13,000 lines and all of it has been put under the GNU GPLv2 license."
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