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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

TheModelEskimo Re:I prefer to browse the local library. (83 comments)

I do the same with gifts (usually because it's a last-minute thing), but lately I've been looking at AbeBooks before Amazon. In most cases I'm looking for books that have been out for longer than a year and it's amazing how many almost-recently-published books are available for the cost of shipping (around $3.50 USD). I make sure I'm buying from a bookseller that's relatively close to my location and things arrive quickly, too. We did a lot of Christmas book shopping that way last year and I have zero complaints about the book quality. Amazon holds my main wish list and I still buy a bunch of stuff there, but if I can support a smaller bookseller and reduce waste, that's a bonus. Plus the recent Amazon Smile thing kind of upset me with its de facto stinginess WRT Amazon's resources vs. Amazon's claims of great social contributions.

about 3 months ago
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NASA's LADEE Rocket Mission To Launch September 6

TheModelEskimo Named after my favorite Styx song (33 comments)

From what I understand, the existing theory of UV dust excitement is pretty solid...sometimes I wish people would keep their own spoiler theories to themselves, especially when we send up a multi-million dollar spacecraft and the conclusion is "yep, it's like we always thought." KEEP IT TO YOURSELF IT WAS A SURPRISE TO ME UNTIL NOW.

about a year ago
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The Cognitive Cost of Poverty

TheModelEskimo In other news... (459 comments)

...children who ate a healthy breakfast did better at an IQ test than children who were beaten the same morning.

about a year ago
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Inside OS X Mavericks

TheModelEskimo OS X Upgrade Fear (362 comments)

I'm still on Lion. I have a 2011 MBP and I'm thinking I might stay on Lion. I'll be handing it down to my wife and would consider the big version upgrade, but my recent experience with iOS upgrades was that the new OS was way more resource-intensive than the old, even though people told me it'd be so great and Apple doesn't do upgrades that slow your machine down, etc. Thoughts? Should I think about an upgrade to Mavericks?

about a year ago
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Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

TheModelEskimo Re:seems like it would be easier (303 comments)

Netflix frame rates suck in a VM. I did this on a very beefy computer and the winning solution was actually netflix-desktop in Ubuntu.

about a year ago
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Jon Oxer Talks About the ArduSats That are On the Way to ISS (Video)

TheModelEskimo How it works and what it is (17 comments)

I had to search around. Here's a bit that's kind of buried on the Kickstarter site:

Through our web-interface you can then upload your code to our exact replica of the satellite on the ground and make sure that it works as intended. Once youâ(TM)ve worked out any bugs in your experiment (not that you would ever have any...) we will run a final test before it is uploaded into space to ArduSat. Now your code is running in space, steering the satellite and gathering data! Once the time you have booked on ArduSat is expired, we will send back the data to you via the internet.

That seems pretty cool. No wonder so many people are signing up to participate (just looking at their participation page).

about a year ago
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Jono Bacon Talks About Ubuntu Phone Progress (Video)

TheModelEskimo How are they going to do this? (55 comments)

With ~30% of the month over, they've raised less than a quarter of what they need. I don't see how this will succeed in getting funding, but I hope it works out. Although something about the way they talk about the goal tells me that it's not a serious roadblock if they don't make the $32M. Just a hunch though. Also I didn't realize until I watched the video that you can bring your own phone if you want, so probably lots more people will benefit from the software work they're doing than will benefit from the hardware work. And regarding the hardware, Jono did say, "it's got this...this angle at the top," which was the funniest comment on the hardware design I've heard so far ;-) (And come on, IBM--that commercial was torture. Liven it up a little.)

about a year ago
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Google Maps Updated With Skyfall Island Japan Terrain

TheModelEskimo If you go to the top (107 comments)

If you go to the top there's a Torii that is missing the top beam, and you look down and the top is laying on the ground, in several sections. Pretty impressive imagery. Definitely worth futzing around with the CRAZY GOOGLE LINES to get up there.

1 year,22 days
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Cute Japanese Robots To Be Launched Into Space

TheModelEskimo Great for morale (90 comments)

"One day this robot came floating through, Sam, and I realized he was missing an arm. He says, "konnichiwa" and we just chuckled and were like, "little dude, where's your arm??" And then about two weeks later...Mike and Yuriy were trying to sort out an engineering mess, and it was getting kind of tense, and this little robot head...comes floating by, kind of tumbling..."kon...ni...chi...wa"...we all just lost it. I have no idea who it was but MAN it just summed up our feelings perfectly..."

1 year,24 days
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Wall Street To Hold Quantum Dawn 2, Cyber-Attack Drill

TheModelEskimo Put lots of mice (55 comments)

...in your A/C ducts. Also make the openings in the ducts hard for people to get through. And always, ALWAYS check every firefighter or SWAT guy who comes through the building, even if he is ordering you around.

Now if this is a 100% software-based cyber-attack, just put "LATEST SYSTEM (TM)" somewhere on your screen so the enemy IT guys can just tell their boss, "I can't do this, it's the LATEST SYSTEM." That way they are forced to go "STRAIGHT IN" which, see firefighter advice above.

1 year,24 days
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Knoppix 7.2 Released

TheModelEskimo Crazy that it's still around (53 comments)

I remember using Knoppix for the first time in 2004. I was super excited about finally finding a Linux distro that would work out of the box on one of my PCs. Almost 10 years later, it's impressive that Knoppix still occupies its niche--a portable desktop environment for use in emergencies or when you need such a thing without leaving a footprint.

1 year,24 days
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Will Developers Finally Start Coding On the iPad?

TheModelEskimo Re:Not enough screen pixels (463 comments)

Uh...the new iPad has a 2048x1536 display. How is that not enough screen pixels? I know artists who are doing paid illustration work on their iPads. I think the bigger concern is ergonomics...typing on glass, things like that. Still, I have a software engineer friend who thinks I should get one, and he does more coding than I do by far.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Suspends JEEP Aid

TheModelEskimo Looking at this another way... (136 comments)

JEEP used USAID funds to train students in the Philippines troubled Mindanao region, which has seen unrest by Muslim activists, to work in call centers and other industries. Feinstein said JEEP was initially conceived as a way to help students in the region integrate into Filipino society. "The intent of the program is to enable these youth to make productive contributions to society, and to reduce alienation and marginalization that may make them vulnerable to the influence of terrorism and extremism."

"LET'S PROTECT AMERICAN JOBS" is just fine, but remember that this is seen as a way toward 2 positives: 1) Offer the Filipinos something worthwhile and valuable to them and 2) reduce the power of extremists in their own territory.

So instead of jerking my knees around, I'd rather see numbers that show how much this costs vs. how many jobs it is "stealing" vs. how much protection the Filipinos and U.S. interests abroad / at home are benefiting from it. And if we cut those funds, where will they really go next?

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL

TheModelEskimo Re:Inadvertently... (312 comments)

> but I will believe it when I see it

You sound like you've lost hope. I have just the tool for that.

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL

TheModelEskimo Typical GIMP questions from /.ers (312 comments)

"How do I draw a circle? I CAN'T DRAW A CIRCLE WITH IT YET AFTER LIKE 30 YEARS" --lowuserid1997

"Does it still suck at CMYK...because where I work we are focusing *so hard* on CMYK right now, it'd be ridiculous for GIMP not to support that" --a_complete_liar

"I noticed that the interface is still a series of 'windows'...my granddaughter's IPAD allows her to paint the entire mona lisa with her pinky finger, never even showing a single window. WHAT HAPPENED TO OPEN SOURCE???" --300baud

"Anybody know of an alternative to GIMP that lets you publish to ebook formats like Kindle? I need to be able to import a 1200 page scientific text, and I want to have drop shadows on the letters and a parchment background. Also something that exports to iBooks would be great but I can't pay any money for this, and I don't want to have to work for an hour to make it all just work." --cluelessphd

more than 2 years ago
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GIMP Core Mostly Ported to GEGL

TheModelEskimo Re:Inadvertently... (312 comments)

You have a pretty low UID; when's the last time you read up on GIMP development? 2002? I think most of the items you mentioned are being addressed right now in various ways.

Probably not to your satisfaction, though.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Developer Forum Leaks 6 Million User Credentials

TheModelEskimo Re:'dearbook'? (102 comments)

Checking it out a bit further, looks like Dearbook is the name of an online IT community or something similar. I found some relation between Dearbook and this CSDN thing so maybe it's like somebody using the password "Geeknet" for Slashdot? Something in that vein, anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Responsive Web Design

TheModelEskimo Re:Simple Solution to Faster Web Pages (59 comments)

>1- do not serve ads from remote servers

Not everyone needs to do this, but many rely on ad revenue in order to keep running their websites. So good luck with that.

>2- do not associate with external sites like facebook, etc

Shouldn't this depend on your marketing plan and target audience, and the sites they like to use? Oh, I guess you just dislike it on principle? Good luck with that.

>3- do not use web bugs, beacons or other trackers

Rule out Analytics software? OK, so far you've whittled out an ideal strategy to create one of the worst-run websites on the web.

"Responsive Web Design" is not even mostly about making websites faster. It's about the way the entire experience scales on different types of devices. Is your website fixed-width or elastic? In either case you're not being Responsive. Does your website serve different imagery depending on the size of the visitor's screen (iPhone vs. 24" Dell monitor)? If not, then you're not being Responsive.

more than 2 years ago

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