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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Trogre Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (266 comments)

*sigh* I miss my Zaurus too. I still have it - a nice SL-5600 but the frontlight (not a backlight) burned out years ago so it's only good directly under bright light.

The precision with our without the stylus far exceeds anything I've seen in a capacitive display.

2 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Trogre PAYE (385 comments)

Pay As You Earn. Submit one IRD number to the payroll office when first starting work and then forget about it.

3 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

Trogre Re:so how fast is fast..? (117 comments)

A more useful metric, IMO, is how reliable the suspend/wakeup cycles are. For example, a particular Fedora 16 box I ran would suspend/resume with 100% reliability. That is, it would suspend every time you asked it to, and wake up every time you asked it to. Another Fedora 20 machine has 100% sleep and 0% wake. ie it goes to sleep and NEVER WAKES UP without a hard power cycle. Another machine had 100% sleep and about 75% wake, which is again utterly useless.

about a week ago
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Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

Trogre Re:Was it really Tesla's problem? (152 comments)

Like another poster here, I also disagree about the carelessness aspect. In my misspent youth I have crashed a motor vehicle through a wall and hit several large rocks in the middle of the road, and the only damage, other than to my ego, was a few dents in the bonnet and undercarriage respectively. There were no fires nor engine failures.

Designers must, MUST, design for conditions well above what they would consider the boundaries of reasonable use.

about a week ago
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Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"

Trogre Not really a "demo" as such (172 comments)

More of a concept illustration. What the video shows is how someone can superimpose two videos and move the Opacity slider a bit.

about two weeks ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Trogre Re:A likely story (178 comments)

Radio failure is no longer an acceptable reason for simply falling out of the sky.

Even consumer-grade copters now have enough sensors and smarts to ascend to a safe altitude and return "home" if the transmitting signal is lost or garbled. Of course that doesn't prevent them from running into obstacles along the way (tree branches, power lines, etc) but barring catastrophic power failure they should never just drop like that.

about two weeks ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

Trogre Australia? (99 comments)

At a stretch, perhaps there's a passing resemblance. Personally, I think it bears more resemblance to the Millennium Falcon.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Trogre Re:Why are you using the touch interface with a mo (294 comments)

But I don't want the large prominent power button to automatically shut my computer down. I want it to "ask me what to do" if it is pressed.

Sadly that option was taken away in Windows 7.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Trogre Sad to see it go (240 comments)

I transitioned to their "premier" pay service a while ago so this doesn't affect me, though I still know a lot of folks who have been using their free service.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Trogre Re:stares (496 comments)

You owe me a new keyboard. :)

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

Trogre Re:First Episode (167 comments)

Actually, although he hasn't been necessarily starring in hit TV shows lately I'd say he's a very relevant nerd.

Look up some of his stuff on YouTube.

Seriously.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Trogre Re:Because Hollywood. (544 comments)

I was going to comment on "giving people what they expect" being at the forefront of the problem with movies and TV today but thought better of it so I'll just add this:

A couple more benefits of HFR:
The ability to have action occur while the camera is panning/tilting, since the viewer will be able to track what is happening rather than seeing a blurry mess.
Better sense of actual motion and reality, a positive for many cinema goers. The introduction of sound and colour also incrementally contributed to this.

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Trogre Re:Because Hollywood. (544 comments)

I get that you're being defensive and if I were in your position I might too, but the point he was making is that LOTS of people notice those generic sounds added in to inappropriate situations. And, get this, those sounds were not what they were expecting. See the summary heading for an example.

You can only go dismissing people who point out problems with your work as pedants for so long before you must start noticing there actually is a problem.

This goes double for any show purporting to be somehow connected to reality (60 minutes for example).

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Trogre Re:Lies (544 comments)

That must be a terrific job. I'm sure you're very good at it. That said:

I'd definitely add tire skids and suspension sounds over bumps...

As someone who watches movies and television, please stop it. It's downright embarrassing seeing a car gently pull up to a stop, accompanied by a sudden jarring screeching of tyres. It sticks out nearly as much as the Wilhelm scream.

Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Trogre Re:stares (496 comments)

Not a problem. You've probably noticed how you bob your head sideways (or up and down) when judging distances with your remaining good eye.

That's parallax.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Trogre Fresnel lens (496 comments)

Not that it's necessarily the best for every single application, but I find a 15cm square fresnel lens stuck to my rear windscreen gives a much better picture than any camera system I have ever used:

The dynamic range is practically the same as through the glass, so no squinting at nearly-black screens in summer time or having eyes burned out at night.
The picture is on the actual windscreen, so I don't need to take my eyes off the "road" when reversing, or the rearview mirror to see what's behind me.
The focus is significantly far that I don't have to wait a few seconds for my eyes to adjust to a dashboard-mounted screen. Not a problem for me yet, but human lenses do harden with age.

about two weeks ago
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Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

Trogre Yes (496 comments)

Just as soon as camera/screen pairs have the parallax of a mirror and the dynamic range approaching anywhere near reality.

In other words, not for a long time.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

Trogre Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

I disagree. Part of the immense popularity of USB for flash drives, keyboards*, mice*, speakers and some external hard drives is that they can be powered by the data cable and not require a wall-wart to power them. So the precedent for the ports to provide power already exists.

* Yes I'm being absurd with Keyboards and Mice, but demonstrating that older interfaces like RS-232 and PS/2 also supplied power to devices.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

Trogre Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (208 comments)

Elements of Firewire and VGA combining to make something not quite as good as either...

A connector where the orientation does not matter is much better than one where it matters but is slightly more discoverable than before.

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

Trogre Please don't let this be a joke (208 comments)

I hope this is well past any April 1 silliness.

If this actually makes it to market, then halle-frickin-lujah. Not a moment too soon so far as I am concerned, to fix a major design flaw in USB connectors.

about two weeks ago

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Trogre Trogre writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Trogre (513942) writes "The recently troubled free CD database freedb has been picked up by a group called Magix. From Kaiser's blog: "Following my announcement that I would like to let freedb go, I was approached by many interested parties. ... Even if I shall no longer be actively associated with freedb, I shall continue casting a critical glance on freedb's future. The decision in favour of MAGIX has given us a new prospect of further development, offered a congenial and comfortable atmosphere during difficult negotiations, and provided the newly implemented hardware with generous capacities. " This might be good news since Grip still doesn't support MusicBrainz."

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