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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Swarley Re:Chromecast? (117 comments)

Games.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

Swarley Re:State of openSuse? (51 comments)

You don't even need to do any of these. Just add the Nvidia repository to your system with Yast. It's already on the list of community repos. Automatically installs the latest driver no problem. Or use the 1-click button on the Nvidia driver page of the openSUSE wiki (which I'm pretty sure just does the exact same thing as the first option but even easier).

about 7 months ago
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OpenSUSE To Offer Rolling Release KDE Experience

Swarley Re:State of openSuse? (51 comments)

I've had absolutely no problems with 13.1 on either an Ivy Bridge laptop or a desktop with Nvidia GPU. Also using Gnome and not KDE though in case that makes any difference.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Swarley Re:Summary of Linux on the desktop (503 comments)

Yeah, I definitely agree about the notification system. It's excellent for some kind of things and pretty crap for others, like Dropbox. Having a persistent on screen notification icon that dropbox is running, what it's sync/connection status is, plus being able to double click it to always open the dropbox folder is really useful. Gnome's implementation of systray icons doesn't handle things like Dropbox nearly so elegantly.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

Swarley Re:Summary of Linux on the desktop (503 comments)

I honestly don't get all the GNOME hate around here. Maybe I'm just late to the party and GNOME deserved all this hate a year or two ago. But I've been using OpenSuse 13.1 with GNOME since it was released on a laptop and a desktop and have found GNOME to be quite nice. I've avoided even trying it because of the almost universal panning that it gets online, but now that I've tried it I just don't get the hate. I understand that there's a certain percentage of Linux users who will curse any DE that tries to do anything differently than it was done in the "good old days" of Windows 95, but the hate for GNOME seems to exceed even what I'd expect from this persistent bias towards start menu + taskbar + individual text labeled application boxes.

about 9 months ago
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Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger

Swarley Re:Open Source! At least it isnt DRM laden like St (88 comments)

So steam has somewhere to put the games it downloads for you. This really isn't that complicated. Game producers determine the DRM. If the producer chooses none then Steam downloads the files to the steam directory and keeps them up to date for you if you log in and launches the game for you if you log in. OR you can move the files wherever you want and log in or not and the game works just fine. Don't let reality get in the way of your anti-DRM narrative though.

about 9 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Swarley Re:what i've always wondered, as a non-medical per (1038 comments)

Exactly this. I'm only a second year med student and even I could tell you that trying to kill someone with the mixture of drugs in the summary would be a really ugly process. I'm pretty sure we can't use propofol for the same reason we can't use the pentobarbital mentioned in the summary, but honestly a regular dose of propofol to knock someone unconscious plus a pneumatic piston like we use to humanely kill food animals would be the obvious option. Sure it makes a bigger mess, but it's WAY more humane for the person being executed, the one who were trying to protect from unnecessary cruelty and suffering. Propofol plus guillotine works well too. As it turns out medical science knows a lot more about reliably making people unconscious with drugs than about reliably killing them with drugs. Given that, if the killing is to happen, it should be done with something we know works reliably and quickly.

about 9 months ago
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Google Announces Android 4.3, Netflix, New Nexus 7, and Q Successor Chromecast

Swarley Re:Does anything differentiate this gen of tablets (244 comments)

Calling it Nexus doesn't make the hardware magically capable of new workloads. There is no way to guarantee that cutting edge software can run well on old hardware. You can either cut hardware loose when it can't keep up or you can artificially hold back everybody else by never building anything too powerful for your first generation device. This argument is a canard. Nobody who buys Nexus devices for their access to upgrades expects the hardware to magically keep pace with hardware released 3 or 4 years later.

about a year ago
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Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

Swarley Re:Simple != Dumb (778 comments)

When you try to substitute fortune cookie slogans for reasonable argument only idiots will listen to you.

about a year ago
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Clearing Up Wayland FUD, Misconceptions

Swarley Re:Interesting arguments... (240 comments)

As per the article, there IS a workaround. It's called Wayland.

about a year ago
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Med Students Unaware of Their Bias Against Obese Patients

Swarley Re:Fat and Fit (446 comments)

Genetics isn't magic. It doesn't spontaneously conjure lipid molecules from nothing. Fat is made of matter. Matter that enters a person's body when they eat it. The fact is that every person on the planet is losing weight every time they breathe. Where do you think those carbon atoms in exhaled CO2 come from? All you have to do is eat less and do more and, with few exceptions for certain rare diseases, you will lose weight. No X-men style genes are magic story telling required.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Launches New Mobile APU Lineup, Kabini Gets Tested

Swarley Re:hUMA (102 comments)

Mod points and cookies for this fine explanation. Thank you.

about a year and a half ago
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Intel Claims Haswell Architecture Offers 50% Longer Battery Life vs. Ivy Bridge

Swarley Re:No way (120 comments)

Don't hold your breath. He obviously could have just said that the screen eats enough power that you couldn't possibly cut total power consumption by half with just the CPU. But that doesn't make him sound as intelligent and mysterious as citing a mathematical argument for which he has no idea how it would actually work out without actual numbers and isn't really relevant in the first place.

about a year and a half ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

Swarley Re:Can't cancel one and not the other (371 comments)

Exactly. The balance due on the phone which you still own. That's not a fee. That's paying for something that you bought and get to keep. The only reason they cancel the phone installment plan immediately is because the terms of the loan are so generous in the first place that it's not viable to let people keep those terms when they aren't paying you otherwise anymore.

about a year and a half ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

Swarley Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (371 comments)

Direct evidence is easily found on Google. Look up how to activate a non-Verizon phone on Verizon's network. You can't is the answer because they won't do it. I know they used to in the past, but not in many years.

about a year and a half ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

Swarley Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (371 comments)

This is nonsense. Try doing exactly what you said with Verizon. They won't let arbitrary compatible devices on their network. Call them up to activate and they'll tell you to bring the device to a Verizon store so they can "assess it for compatibility" which just means figure out if you bought it from them or not. If not it magically becomes "incompatible".

about a year and a half ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

Swarley Re:Idiot (371 comments)

There is NO TERMINATION FEE! That's what he meant by idiot. You have to pay back what you borrowed for the phone. That is NOT A FEE. Just because you pay it at termination doesn't make it a termination fee. A termination fee is a price you pay for nothing in return. This price you pay at termination is for the phone that you bought with borrowed money. It's not a fee. And it's not mandatory that you buy a phone with borrowed money or buy one from T-Mobile or buy one at all. You can put a Tmobile sim card into any device you want to. Borrowing money to pay for a device that you can't afford is your own decision. This is not a difficult concept to understand.

about a year and a half ago
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Stolen Laptop Owner Outwits Mugger, Police, and the Media

Swarley Slashdot replacement (272 comments)

So what are people around here considering reading instead of Slashdot? This indecipherable summary is extremely common around here along with click bait, exaggerated headlines (click bait again), news that's days behind every other tech news site. I'd love to hear some fresh ideas for Slashdot replacements.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

Swarley Re:First Post (299 comments)

Someone was actually dumb enough to broadcast to the internet that they are an idiot and didn't even do it as AC?

about a year and a half ago
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Virgin Launches Glass-Bottomed Plane

Swarley Re:Comment prediction (91 comments)

Seriously. I hate April Fools day because a large portion of the internet seems to become a barf bag filled with lame, obvious, and painfully stupid "fooled you!" articles that don't fool anybody. And especially don't fool anybody when EVERY post is lame nonsense. Google does this properly, everybody else should quit trying and let us read actual news.

about a year and a half ago

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