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SoylentNews Blocks Submitters From Criticism

Vanderhoth Re:too funny (10 comments)

Shouldn't even waste the the keystrokes, it's pretty apparent who the AC is. Besides being "banned" in an IRC channel, intended for developer/editor discussion, for derailing and spamming the conversation with profanities and stupidity is completely different from being locked out of commenting on articles on the main site.

about 7 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

Best explanation I've read so far. Thank you AC. I'd give you a standing ovation if this wasn't over the internet.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

it doesn't mean that Wayland isn't going to be a kludgy mess in five years.

After much discussion and watching many talks I'm under the impression that X11 is a kludgy mess *now*. The developers working on Wayland where the same developers who worked on X and they're the ones making the claim X is too much of a monster to clean up. My personal opinion is it doesn't matter what Wayland looks like in five years, the fact is X is unmanageable now. Developers are fixing bugs in X that are older than they are, that to me says it's time to take some lessons learned from the failures of X and start over to get a cleaner more maintainable solution.

And FWIW, that doesn't mean that Wayland is discarding useless features. It means those features will be grafted on later, one way or another. And when they are, they'll contribute to the kludge ridden crapfest that Wayland will inevitably become, not somehow cause it to be cleaner.

Can I borrow your crystal ball sometime? I'd like to see who's going to win the next world series. You can't possible know this is what is going to happen so you're arguing against trying to do the right thing because there's a possibility that it won't be any different then the current situation, which is a very nonsensical thing to argue. If Wayland ends up in the same situation in ten to fifteen years you can hold your head high and say I told you so, but at the moment based on every developer who's worked on X I've listened to Wayland can't possibly be any worse than X. When people make that claim, it means there's nothing to lose by trying.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:How X/Wayland work (204 comments)

Note that the concept of "client" and "server" are somewhat reversed from the normal meaning - the X "server" runs on your desktop, the client can run somewhere in a datacenter. Think about apps processing major datasets and then generating some output...makes sense then for the "client" to be on the larger computer.

Is how the developer in the linked youtube video above pretty much says it works.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

don't forget it's also a print server, and a binary interpreter too

I can't forget that because I didn't know it in the first place.

Thanks, I'm not feeling so dumb anymore as many people here have pointed out the confusion is that the developers don't know what X is or what to do with it and Wayland is only intended to replace a small part of what X does. My feelings are although it's always sad to see a tried and true method that just works, or people have learned to work around, thrown away, it just makes sense to start over with a fresh perspective and lessons learned, especially when there's just so much bloat the code base becomes unmanageable. Maybe in five to ten years Wayland *will* be just as bad as X is now, but honestly if X is bad now, after 30 years, just think of how horrible it'll be in another ten. So it's still better to start fresh and get another 30 years out of Wayland at which point it could be redone again for whatever new hardware exists.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:How X/Wayland work (204 comments)

I noticed the AC comment was modded as overrated, but the post seems to provide lots of back story and reasoning for why some people are working toward Wayland adoption as well as some draw backs of Wayland.

It didn't seem to contain any flamebait or troll comments so is the post untrue or does it contain untrue statements? or is this just a case of a bad moderation?

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

I was just about to say that. I'm watching the video linked above and the developer, who worked on X, stated he had to fix bugs in X that were older than him.

Having to maintain someone else's monster can hardly be used to say another person a bad developer. I maintain at least three projects that were created before I started working at my current company and I'm glad no one judges my ability to write code based on code some no formal education self taught C guru programmer hacked together twenty years ago. They did a good job for what they had to work with at the time, knowledge and resources, but I've replaced entire libraries of poorly commented buggy code. Concepts were good, implementation wasn't.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

At 28:51

Wayland you can actually describe to people, X I still haven't been able to.

Now I don't feel so bad about not understanding it.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

This is very helpful, thank you.

I'm about 18 minutes in and they're starting to make sense now. The first ten minutes is really just a lot of back story on the speaker. Somewhere between ten and 18 minutes he starts getting into the issues with X.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

what it was designed to do - remote display

Ok, now things make a lot more sense. It's amazing how one piece of the puzzle really brings out the picture. So essentially X was designed to do more than just display, which is why I've always been confused about what X actually did. Sometimes I thought it was a graphics driver, sometimes I thought it was a network protocol, but it's basically both.

about 8 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

Vanderhoth I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

I've read through the Wayland site and another half dozen pages that are obviously over my head and I just don't understand what Wayland is or what it's advantages are. I think it's suppose to be replacing X11, but I don't really understand X11 either, other than it's a method of getting things onto the screen. So I'm throwing my ignorance out there hoping I won't be flamed out of existence and someone can explain or point me to a laymen description of Wayland, and/or X11 and how one is better than the other. It seems like it should be a big deal since I've read there's been a lot of dissatisfaction with X11 for quite sometime and yet no one's ever done anything about it. That is until now, if Wayland is in fact a replacement

I'm sorry I realize this has been discussed several times and I'm sorry I'm just not getting it.

about 8 months ago
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US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Vanderhoth Re:Look at the History (535 comments)

I don't think it was as big a deal five years ago. I certainly would have given them props for being so forward thinking in bringing up what was a non-issue at the time, but I imagine it would have been spun as they're wasting time on something no one cared about, so it's really lose-lose for them isn't it?

about 8 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

Vanderhoth Re:Scholarships, you mean (321 comments)

You know you're a Star Wars geek when you go to the Wookies building the Death Star before remembering that Chewbacca was the primary mechanic on the Falcon. You my friend diverse a second geek card.

;D

about 8 months ago
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Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Vanderhoth Re:Bring on the comments... (247 comments)

I apologize that this sounds like a sexist rant, but it is my personal experience and opinion. I'm sorry if it's offensive.

Have to agree here, by all my accounts girls receive the privilege in high school more than guys do. I've seen it time and time again where a boy asked for help and was told to do the homework and a girl asked for help and was given the answers. Whether they want to acknowledge that or not.

When I was in Chem 11 I had my older sister as my lab partner. We did the same work, but she received better grades on labs. Apparently nice handwriting with hearts over your 'i's makes you smarter, and no I didn't have messy hand writing. I still ended up with a higher grade because when she wasn't copying my work on test our strengths and weaknesses were much more apparent.

I also remember in one particular English class having a hard time with lexical categories. The internet was in it's infancy and all I had at home was an Atari 130XE, otherwise I would have just looked it up myself when the provided material was proven inadequate. I almost failed that class in grade nine despite asking for help on multiple occasions. My sister on the other hand received extra after class tutoring as part of a special group from the teacher who turned me down. I wasn't allowed to join the group because it was a female only study group and there was no male equivalent because it was discriminatory for boys to have their own exclusive study group, which also included a teacher as an aid. I did get together with a couple of other guys that were having trouble, but weren't allowed to join the group and we fumbled our way through it together, but it would have been a lot easier if we had the additional help of someone who actually knew what they were doing.

There are many occasions growing up that boys are told they're on their own and are excluded from certain activities or out right ban from forming male only groups, where as it's perfectly acceptable for girls to form exclusive female only groups that receive special treatments. Maybe this is why there are more male "nerds". We were always outcast, something that seems to be much more rare for girls.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

Vanderhoth Re: *Sure* it is. (281 comments)

we'll two bee fare i was written on my sell Phone. Surry i rattled you're kage.

I don't disagree with you tough. It was a ferocious statement of agreement, there really was no content to the comment. It really didn't deserve to be modded up. Maybe modded as Funny, if anything, but not as insightful.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

Vanderhoth Re: *Sure* it is. (281 comments)

That would just be to awesome.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Vanderhoth Re:units please (476 comments)

I can't remember where I saw the comic, but it was -10 C Fall vs. Spring. I found a similar one for farenheit, but it's not the one I was thinking of. http://i.imgur.com/qzIm7y1.png

about 8 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Vanderhoth Re:Whenever I hear about electric car failures (476 comments)

All we need is develop a car that runs on fat cells and we can use the liposuction from North Americans (Canadians included) to run the worlds transportation system indefinitely.

about 8 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Vanderhoth Re:units please (476 comments)

0 deg C is the freezing point. Well below is at least -20 deg C to most people in Canada. Heck in the spring when the temperature gets up to -10 deg C people pull out their shorts and t-shirts. It'd be nice if they were just a bit more specific.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Will Share Server Designs

Vanderhoth Re:Cloud (90 comments)

Problem being "off site backups" are not the same as "cloud storage". My company has "off site backups" of our servers, both the server and off-site server are ours and under our control. Cloud storage is putting someone else in charge of your data. So yeah, you'll save money by outsourcing your IT staff and infrastructure to a cloud storage company, but when shit hits the fan you have no control over the servers you don't own. If cloud storage company X decides they need a higher payment to maintain your data, well you're kind of locked in and have to pay whatever they tell you too.

<tinfoilHat> Not to mention industrial espionage becomes much easier when cloud storage company X decides to double dip by selling your data to your competitors while "keeping it safe" for you.</tinfoilHat>

about 8 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: Astroturfing and Sockpuppets

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about a year ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "I stumbled onto an interesting article on the rise in astroturfing & sockpuppeting , an epidemic that I'm sure everyone here on slashdot is aware of. I personally have noticed a huge increase in the use of astoturfing techniques and sockpuppet accounts especially to over promote bad products and spread FUD about competitors.

I'm interested in hearing what the slashdot community's take is. How do we identify astroturfing and sockpuppets? Can it be done or are they just words to throw at people we disagree with?"

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Microsoft to add ad's to smart search

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about a year ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes ""Today, Microsoft said its advertisers will be able to target users not just on Web search results pages but directly inside Windows Smart Search. David Pann, general manager of Microsoft’s Search Advertising Group, said in an interview that advertisers don’t have to do additional setup to participate. The Smart Search ads will feature a preview of the websites the ad will send people to, as well as click-to-call info and site links, which are additional links under the main result that direct users deeper into a website to the most likely page they might want.""
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Windows 8/Android hybrids.

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about a year ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "Two of the major PC vendors (Samsung and Asus) have now released hybrid devices that run Android in tablet mode and Windows 8 in laptop mode. This takes "Windroid" from what looks like a silly experiment and changes it into an earnest attempt to address some of the shortcomings of Windows 8."
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Important notice for PS3 owners

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about a year ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "PlayStation 3 users are reporting that firmware update 4.45 has “bricked” their systems, and no amount of rebooting and file restoring have been able to fix the issue.
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Sony released this statement about their next steps regarding the firmware update.

“We are aware of reports that the recent PlayStation 3 system software update (version 4.45) has caused the XMB to not display on a small number of PS3 systems. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating the cause of the problem. We will announce when the system update is available for download as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience.”"

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Ask Slashdot: How would you convince someone to give up an old system?

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about 2 years ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "I’m currently serving as a new member of a board for a not for profit organization. The board currently has a few other members, and a couple of vacant positions. One of the issues I’ve noticed since joining the board is the method in which they conduct business is very out of date. The member that maintains our web presences (Bob) has developed a system over the last ten years to allow us to store documents, such as agendas and minutes on a website server.

Some of the big issues are:
  • The system is very disorganized, there are documents from the late 90’s that aren’t relevant, but have to be sifted through to find more current stuff.
  • Often documents are not where they should be and are difficult to find.
  • No one except Bob really knows how the system works, and
  • No one really wants to use the system because of the monster it’s become.

My concern is if Bob decided to leave the organization no one would be able to maintain the existing system and we would be scrambling to put something new in place. I feel, for what we want to do, Google Docs would be an excellent platform for collaborating and sharing documents. The other board members, except Bob, have agreed with me, but are worried that bringing the issues with the existing system may cause offense and ultimately cause Bob to leave. Other than being overly vested in a system he developed, Bob is an important part of our board and a very valuable member.

We’re already having a difficult time finding members to serve on the board so it’s very important that we don’t lose any existing board members. I’m hoping that I can convince the Bob to start supporting some Google docs objects on the site and try to wean him off his existing system to something a bit more manageable and collaborative that can be passed on to new members and maintained easily.

I don’t want this to turn into old dogs and new tricks. I’m not that far behind Bob in years and can appreciate the difficulty of being told it’s time to give in to something more modern. I’m wondering how the situation could be approached tactfully so maybe Bob will see how much easier a new system could be for everyone, including him."

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Guilty until proven innocent, so pay up!!

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people claiming they have illegally downloaded material and offers them a chance to settle by paying around £500.

Which? says it has been approached by some — including a 78 year-old accused of downloading pornography — who have no knowledge of the alleged offence."

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Kudos to bands that deserve their fans

Vanderhoth Vanderhoth writes  |  about 5 years ago

Vanderhoth (1582661) writes "The article claims by punishing file sharers young people might be driven away from music all together. Doubtful, but as I recall there have been several incidents with bands that publicly denounced file sharing and called their fans thieves who are still trying to regain their popularity."
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