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Motorola's "Project Ara" Will Allow Users To Customize Their Smartphones

Techman83 Re:How will it handle drivers? (112 comments)

Considering Motorola Mobility are owned by Google, maybe there is some hope for open source drivers rather than binary blobs. It's a wonderful dream at least.

about 6 months ago
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Valve Announces Steam Controller

Techman83 Re:Steam Family Sharing (317 comments)

I'd suggest that's a technical limitation that will be resolved eventually. It's not even in open beta yet!

about 7 months ago
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Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela

Techman83 Re:as always full of shit (71 comments)

I'm genuinly interested in the BB Black, how is the GPU offloading? That's the big surprise I've found with the Pi. It outputs Full HD quite nicely for me, but the CPU could do with a touch more grunt.

Also the community that has sprung up around the Pi is something that shouldn't disregarded. The fact you can hit google and get detailed answers from people doing the same thing as you is quite invaluable.

about 9 months ago
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Arduino Enables a Low-Cost Space Revolution

Techman83 Re:Real Science? (70 comments)

I'd suggest watching the talk from LCA 2013. Video here. I went along and found it quite interesting. Puts Orbital science experimentation into the hands of people that would have never been able to afford it previously.

But I'm seaminly responding to another trollish post with a +4 Insightful. Imagine a class room full of students excited about science because their teacher organised for a bunch of their projects to go up into space, and that drives them to further that knowledge and go on to become successful scientists. No, there is no useful purpose for this project at all

about 9 months ago
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Progress On the Open Laptop

Techman83 Re:Strange definition of open (57 comments)

I use "open" software all the time and I certainly don't do any DIY hacking to get it running and keep it running. So why does this "open" hardware have such a different interpretation? I can only surmise that "open" is actually being used as a synonym of "incomplete".

The primary difference being, people have different expectations when it comes to something they laid done a decent some of money for. If you download a project that doesn't work and don't know how to diagnose it, you move on. Drop a $1000+ on some hardware and don't possess the skills to work it out , you may feel quite differently. No amount of initial expectation setting can change that when it involves someones hard earned money. We've seen that with Kickstarter, you are told upfront that you are investing in a product that isn't in production yet and people get upset when things don't pan out as planned.

However all of the above doesn't make this project less open, you are still free to take those designs, source the parts and build one yourself. Bunnie explained that he wants to hack hardware, not spend his time doing end user support for people that didn't understand what they were buying. I don't think that's unreasonable.

about 10 months ago
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Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

Techman83 Re:Not a smart idea (251 comments)

If you want to do everything exchange does, without the exchange bit, Zimbra is a good alternative. Inexpensive by comparrison and excellent support. There is also the Open Source edition if you don't want enterprise stuff like Activesync.

about a year ago
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

Techman83 Re:Any Oculus Rift developers in the house? (88 comments)

Cool, after some research it sounds like there is hope yet. I think a rift solution would be far easier for me to achieve as I really have a hard time with repetitive boring tasks. Repitive entertaining tasks (ie Tetris) seem to not pose the same issue.

Justification for a Rift purchase found, now to fund it and get on the development learning curve!

1 year,21 hours
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

Techman83 Re:Any Oculus Rift developers in the house? (88 comments)

This. Over the years my depth perception has dropped off, if there was some way I could fix it then I would be a very happy individual. I think I found my justification for a rift dev kit (hopefully once they get past the kick starter they'll still sell the kits).

1 year,22 hours
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Play Tetris To Fix Your Lazy Eye

Techman83 Re:Any Oculus Rift developers in the house? (88 comments)

Surgery tends to only be really succesful when under 5 years of age. I had mine when I was 6/7 and cosmetically it's a lot better, however I struggle with depth perception constantly. Something which has gotten worse as I've gotten older. I guess it depends on the person and the severity.

1 year,22 hours
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Valve Starts Publishing Packages For Its Own Linux Distribution

Techman83 Re:Year of the Linux Desktop? (310 comments)

It's garbage even when Talking to an exchange server. It's rather telling when a 3rd party plugin (Zimbra Connector for Outlook) makes Outlook behave better than using exchange directly.

1 year,22 days
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Ask Slashdot: Which Google Project Didn't Deserve To Die?

Techman83 Re:The alternatives suck (383 comments)

They seem to be suffering from a massive influx of users. It seems to be getting better stability wise since I first started using it. It also has an original view, which is awesome for sites that annoyingly just put a link to the content, rather than the content on the feed.Three Months to Scale NewsBlur

It's also OSS if you wish to host it yourself, you can find it here.

about a year ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

Techman83 Re:so what? (812 comments)

Disparity in wealth is a 'Good Thing'. I always pondered if it was the case, but Paul Graham wrote a particularly insightful essay about it. Article here.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry TIFF Vulnerability Could Allow Access To Enterprise Server

Techman83 Re:Good news, we're all safe (41 comments)

Interestingly enough - and not mentioned in the summary - this doesn't impact BES 10. It's only BES for legacy devices that are affected.

Considering BES 10 doesn't support Legacy devices and this is corporates we're speaking about, 'only' probably is the wrong word to be using here.

about a year ago
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Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

Techman83 Re:First posting? (162 comments)

There are great alternatives for Groupware. However people don't actually want exchange, they want outlook. It's a tool they are familiar with and have built up years of workflow around it. It's horrible, unstable, ugly, but people cling to it. It's a safety blanket.

I reckon the current version of Zimbra is looking to be quite a suitable replacement and it's built using OSS products. There are paid for enterprise versions, which get you things like ActiveSync (presumably they have to pay MS for a license to use that), but it's pocket change compared to a full blown exchange implementation. The administration has a decent easy to use CLI and the web admin side of things is really comprehensive. No more pulling up emc to do one bit, then powerhell, then webmail and finally the last bit in Outlook.

Moving back on topic, Samba 4 should mean that things that absolutely have to talk LDAP in MS's broken way will mean absolutely no need for a windows box on your network

about a year ago
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Valve's SteamBox Gets a Name and an Early Demo at CES

Techman83 Re:Author quote (328 comments)

I had a 21" Sun CRT . During a clean a shed clean out that my friend was helping me with and I said "Be careful, that things fricken heavy, I'll move it if you want", he insisted he'd be right. He went to pick it up like a normal CRT, safe to say he put it down and then picked up with a lot more knee bending and exclaiming "F*** me that thing is heavy!".

I used it as a TV on one of my early Mythbox setups for a while, but it bent the desk it was sitting on, so I ended up buying an LCD.

about a year ago
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Three-Mile-High Supercomputer Poses Unique Challenges

Techman83 Re:Altitude Sickness... (80 comments)

I know some female friends that get migraines and are prescribed viagra to control them. So it would seem this has been thought of.

about a year ago
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Space Station Spacewalkers Stymied By Stubborn Bolt

Techman83 Re:Hmmm...Zero Gravity Environment??? (290 comments)

Yep, my wifes VW New Beetle ate my 10mm socket last time I changed the battery. It disappeared into the engine bay, never to be seen again!

about a year and a half ago
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Aussie Parliamentary Inquiry Into Software Pricing Announced

Techman83 Re:To be fair (259 comments)

With have a subsidised/protected automotive industry. All it does is artificially inflate prices. GM/Ford still come crying to the government for handouts every few years.

about 2 years ago

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Australian Govermant launch "cyber-safety" button

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Techman83 (949264) writes "Weighing in at approximately 930kb, consuming approximately 30mb of memory, requiring both Adobe Flash and Adobe Air, is Senatory Conroy's "cyber-safety" button. The panic button has attracted ridicule amongst the industry and at a cost of AUD$136,000 have left many of us asking why? Even still Senator Conroy has stuck to his guns and launched the little red button, that resides in the taskbar and floats over the top of all the other applications just waiting to be double clicked in an emergency. If you wish to check it out for yourself, it is available for download here"
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Free Antivirus - What do you install on Windows?

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Techman83 (949264) writes "After years of changing between AVG Free + avast, it's coming time to find a new free alternative for friends/relatives that run windows. AVG and avast have been quite good, but are starting to bloat out in size, and also becoming very misleading. Avast recently auto updated from 4.8 to 5 and now requires you to register (even for the free version) and both are making it harder to actually find the free version. Is this end of reasonable free av or is there another product I can entrust to keep the "my computers doing weird things" calls to a minimum?"
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AU Senator Attempts to "Censor" satire site

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Techman83 (949264) writes "The Satirical website stephenconroy.com.au has been taken offline by auDA, the Australian Domain Authority. As explained at stephen-conroy.com "auDA, the body governing Australian domain names is trying to take us offline. We've asked for reasonable time to explain our eligibility for this domain name but they have refused to grant this. Accordingly we've moved the site to 'stephen-conroy.com' — please update your bookmarks. We'll post more information later... and we're certainly not going away.". I wonder if this site would be Refused Classification?"
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AU Filtering effective, negligible impact

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Techman83 (949264) writes "At the completion of recent trials, our Communications Minisiter (Senator Stephen Conroy) further prooves how disconnected from reality he really is, stating that there will be a negligable impact on our communications. According to the Enex (Testing Labratory contracted for these trials) report "Testing revealed that the three ISPs filtering only the [Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)] blacklist had no noticeable performance degradation that could be attributed to the filter itself ... All participants in the pilot were successful in blocking 100 per cent of the ACMA blacklist. This was a requirement of the pilot,"

The reprt also found that "Testing showed that the filters used for the ACMA blacklist only were more easily circumvented than other more complex filters used to cover a wider range and volume of material." According to (of which I'm inclined to agree) EFA vice president Colin Jacobs "It damages Australia's reputation as a free and open democracy and as a technologically advanced and savvy 21st century country"

Fortunately with the Labour Party do not hold a large enough majority to push this through and require the votes of the Independents and the Greens or the Liberal Party (the other major Australian Party), who are unlikely to back this. Unfortunately they could use to paint there opposition as "Supporting Child Abuse", which has been a common attack used against his opponents."

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AFACT back down in Australia

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Techman83 writes "In recent news AFACT (Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) have changed their story yet again, further watering down their case.

iiNet said in a statement that the dropped claim alleged that the ISP made copies of the films and demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of internet technology and operations.

According to AustralianIT

iiNet has already claimed that it would have to breach telecommunications laws in order to take steps to disconnect customers alleged to be involved in illegal file sharing.

Further information can be found on iiNets Website"

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Best Open Source Firewall Distro?

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Techman83 (949264) writes "I've been planning for a while to setup my own firewall to offload the load from poor little ADSL router and boost security. I could quite easily roll my own firewall, but some of the firewall distros look very interesting. For instance I have looked at m0n0wall which looks powerful, but seems to have a few rough edges and Smoothwall looks very polished, but it compromises on some of configuration options to provide simplicity. So what are people using out in the Slashdot world?"
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Share Point alternatives

Techman83 Techman83 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Techman83 writes "Due to the distributed environment at my workplace, Portal based collaboration tools are coming up as a must have business tool.There seems to be the usual consultants suggesting solutions from the MS Product line, In particular SharePoint. Some people love it, some people loathe it. I am interested in hearing opinions either directions and other options for alternative solutions. Personally I'd like to go the OSS route, but it's a case of using the right tool for the job. My biggest problem with SharePoint is more Microsoft dependence and Vendor Lock-in. I don't want our environment so tied to MS that we can't look at any alternatives when better alternatives are found. It does need to be centrally manageable (preferably tied in with LDAP, eDirectory or AD)and easy for the users to use. I'd also very much like it to be Cross Platform as our IT Team uses linux workstations and I am considering plans for a complete linux environment in the long term future."

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