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Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

SilentTristero don't need, already have emacs. (176 comments)

Emacs does all this, or at least what I need from it, but without the weird interface. Or maybe with a weirder interface.

about 2 months ago

After Kickstarter Record, Pebble Smartwatch Lands $15M From VCs

SilentTristero Re:Another Pebble Owner here (120 comments)

My experience with mine is that it's smaller than my last watch (not big), the faces are quite attractive (not ugly), and tethering to a phone isn't a bug, it's the #1 feature. I keep my phone on silent all the time now and just route the notifications to my watch. Quick glance at it during meetings to see if the email/text/whatever is important, and the phone stays in my pocket.

about a year ago

Faster-Than-Fast Fourier Transform

SilentTristero Sample code, or it didn't happen (271 comments)

I started reading the paper, and get the general idea -- but haven't yet checked out the prereqs, pseudorandom spectrum permutations and flat filtering windows. Is there sample code of this algorithm available anywhere?

more than 2 years ago

Skype Crashes and Burns In Worldwide Outage

SilentTristero Re:Stop whining... (347 comments)

Don't need to uninstall/reinstall. Just stop skype (well, it's probably already crashed if this is happening to you), delete the shared.xml, and restart it.

more than 3 years ago

The Hidden Security Risk of Geotags

SilentTristero Geotagging isn't the problem (175 comments)

The real problem is that people are uploading their private photos to public places in the first place. It's already an invitation to crime, stalking, and government and business interference in private affairs. Why have people abandoned one of our most cherished rights so easily?

Sure, if you must upload pictures of you getting drunk or your new gadget at least strip the tags, but how about only sharing it with your friends using a more private method instead?

about 4 years ago

Getting Around Web Censors With Flickr

SilentTristero Re:Steganography is not all that invisible (81 comments)

Works much better on natural camera images that already have some noise. At reasonably low bitrates it really is invisible.

about 4 years ago

What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?

SilentTristero SCons (310 comments)

Come help work on SCons!

SCons is an Open Source software construction tool—that is, a next-generation build tool. Think of SCons as an improved, cross-platform substitute for the classic Make utility with integrated functionality similar to autoconf/automake and compiler caches such as ccache. In short, SCons is an easier, more reliable and faster way to build software.

It's under active development, and it's the best way to build C, C++, LaTeX, and lots of other types of projects. Build scripts are 100% python so you have the full power of a real language in your build. And... we need new developers to get to the next level! We have lots of ideas for ways to improve it. Come and take a few Easy-tagged tickets and implement them, you'll be amazed how easy it is to contribute. Plus we're friendly.

more than 4 years ago

New Color E-Reader Tech To Challenge E-Ink Dominance

SilentTristero Re:Do not want. (199 comments)

Except... it's not at all close to paper. I've had a Kindle for a year and it's my main reading device, and the fact that the "paper" is about 30% gray, not even *close* to white, is the thing that bugs me the most. Of course the blacks are nowhere near as black as print either, so the overall contrast level is tiny compared to paper. I can easily read a paper book in light levels that are way too low to read my Kindle2. The main way it's "very close to paper" is that it's illuminated by ambient light.

(Not to say I don't love it -- the convenience factor is amazing.)

more than 4 years ago

Respected Developers Begin Fleeing the App Store

SilentTristero Re:I want to join in! (485 comments)

Interestingly, when Cyanogen (homebrew Android ROM maker) was C&D'ed by Google, someone wrote an app to support him (simple voting/contrib app). Of course since there's no approval process needed, it shot to the top of the popularity charts in no time.

more than 4 years ago

How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

SilentTristero Re:Well the only fool proof way... (491 comments)

The problem is that the skriptkiddie virus kits all get written by a few smart folks, who pass around techniques like patching netstat (or the network stack). So it's not that the botnet author worries about this, it's that it's a known technique so all the rootkits just implement it as a matter of course. Hang around the cracker groups a while and your eyes will be opened.

about 5 years ago

Apple Says iPhone Jailbreaking Could Hurt Cell Towers

SilentTristero What about Android? (495 comments)

Android's open source, people have root access, they can flash new ROMs any time, and you don't see cell towers bursting into flames from this. Apple's just spreading FUD. That horse has already left the barn, and Apple is left holding the door.

about 5 years ago

Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

SilentTristero Re:Don't subsidise the hardware - subsidise the bo (156 comments)

What do you think a subsidized e-book would go for? -$5.00 perhaps? :-)

I'm partly serious. There are still production (scanning, proofing, formatting) and distribution (whispernet) costs even though they're smaller than with hardcopy, and royalties which are unchanged.

more than 5 years ago

Kindle Pricing, Business Models and Source Code

SilentTristero Re:Don't subsidise the hardware - subsidise the bo (156 comments)

They do subsidize the books (if by subsidize you mean "sell for less than hardcopy"). I just bought Outliers for Kindle for $9.99; hardcopy is $14.83 from Amazon, or $18.19 from B&N.

more than 5 years ago

Google Straightens Out Its Stance On Paid Apps

SilentTristero Re:Yes there is (55 comments)

  • there are hardly any Palm OS users left anymore, they all left for iPhone or WM
  • Palm squandered their market leadership and consumer confidence years ago
  • Pre is a completely new untested OS
  • the market is already crowded
  • Apple owns the "Custom-designed" smartphone market, WM6 and Google will own the "Commodity hardware" smartphone market, what's left for Pre?
  • Pre's claim to fame is integrated calendaring, which is just an app on the other phones -- should not be an OS feature.

more than 5 years ago

Google Straightens Out Its Stance On Paid Apps

SilentTristero Re:Yes there is (55 comments)

I agree with you, and as a would-be Android dev and ADP owner I want them to succeed too. They had to do something, knowing it would be broken. They could have done a little bit more than install into a private dir. But it wouldn't have taken any longer than it has to break it, and the results would be pretty identical from a user's perspective. I think the Pre is DOA though

more than 5 years ago

Google Straightens Out Its Stance On Paid Apps

SilentTristero Re:Bullshit spin, keeps many producers out of mark (55 comments)

From a technical perspective this comes about from the app DRM just being about protected folders which developers can access, Google needs a more solid solution.

There is no more solid solution. ADP phones got root, and the OS is fully open source (no HDMI-like "protected path").

End of story.

more than 5 years ago

Why Japan Hates the iPhone

SilentTristero Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (884 comments)

What about folded optics? Minolta had a camera like this with a 45 degree mirror behind the lens and the sensor down one side a few years ago. Gives longer focal length in a slim body. Don't know if any of the camphone companies are doing this though, there's probably not enough empty space in the case.

more than 5 years ago

EA Hit By Class-Action Suit Over Spore DRM

SilentTristero Re:EA has lost me (538 comments)

I've been looking forward to Spore for over a year, and so has my son. There is no way we will buy this game now, I won't risk damaging my main PC with SecuROM. I had seriously considered buying it and then installing the crack, but at this point I'd rather just let it go. I can't afford a separate PC just for games like this, and the time to reformat/ghost my machine is time I can't afford to spend either. Sorry, Will Wright. I would have loved to play Spore.

more than 5 years ago


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