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Whiteox writes "The problem is which would be the most efficient way of increasing my WiFi capacity. I have approximately 10+ devices connected and I'm feeling the strain. I'm not sure whether I should buy a few more WiFi routers or firewall off some of the devices. Do you have any suggestions of how to proceed with a $500 budget.
I'm running a BiPac 7404VNPX which is a +2 modem/4 port LAN and 2 voip lines. All went OK until the modem part fritzed itself and so now I get internet access via another modem serving the BiPac." top
Whiteox writes "More info on the demise of the HP Touchpad and why WebOS was abandoned. HP wanted to get onto the tablet bandwagon and the easiest way of doing this was the purchase of Palm. However old hardware and the choice of Webkit which proved to be too slow were not the only reasons. Other factors like the loss of developer talent and poor app programming choices killed it. Is there still life for WebOS? According to new CEO Meg Whitman, there is but I think she is hoping that the open source community will fix the issues, ready for a new HP tablet in 2013." Link to Original Source top
Whiteox writes "Well folks, the results of the Slashdot Questionnaire formulated by the City University of Hong Kong have been posted to the 310 lucky Slashdot participants. It was a study to try "to understand the popularity of Slashdot".
They asked 3 questions in late October last year:
In your opinion, what (if so) makes Slashdot special among online discussion sites? Is it the content, the group of people it draws in, the discussion engine (e.g., content rating and filters), or possibly other factors?
Compared with other discussion sites you know or/and have used, do you consider Slashdot's technology platform to be better? In other words, does it encourage (a) more sense of community or (b) more active participation? (In answering please also feel free to mention the other discussion site or sites you might be comparing to)
As a unique user in slashdot, could you please rate your own reciprocity by assessing what you get from the community compared with what you contribute to it?(you can give an answer such as: i think i get more or i contribute more,of course we would be very appreciative for your explanation of detail)
Results are in an emailed PDF and I'm not going to host it cause I don't want my servers to go down.
Here's some of the results:
1. Reason To Communicate
Slashdot participants enjoyed
communicating with like-minded
individuals and generated net positive
value from their participation.
2. Community Centered Design
The majority of users felt the
Slashdot engine was community-
3. Usability (good)
Half of the respondents
commented positively on the
Moderation (appropriate and responsible)
Participants commented on the value of anonymous
commenting. Further, some responses
were made about moderation and meta-
The moderation system was
considered positive. The rating system
was described as fair, trustworthy, and
6. And Epic Fail on the 'Nature of Distributed Resources'
Evidently Slashdot doesn't have any.
Here's their conclusion:
"Thus it remains to explore, among other issues, whether
community members balance the reason to communicate with
the effort to communicate and ultimately place their resources
into communities accordingly. If community success could be
determined based on this trade-off, it would provide a great
impetus for the design of highly efficient community
information and coordination portals, so as to not only achieve
sustainability, but sustained growth."
Whiteox writes "Just ready for the New Year, Spanish scientists have discovered 2 genes and some neat forensic blood-typing leading to their conclusion that European Neanderthals possessed language skills, and probably had freckles and ginger hair. Although I'm not responsible for the title, I did a bit of digging around (pun intended), and found an abstract of the actual research paper.
Food for thought, especially for freckly, red-haired homo sapiens with blood-type O.
Readers who want more, can wade through the provisional pdf." top
Whiteox writes "A recent article in the SMH reports that researcher, Miss Renata Pronk has discovered that gloomy octopuses found in the Chowder Bay waters have the ability to view HDTV due to its increased frame rate of 50fps compared to the 25fps found on standard PAL.
It was via HDTV that she also found that octopuses show no trait of individual personalities even though they exhibit a high level of intelligence.
The test involved showing video images of crabs, another octopus and a swinging bottle on the end of a string.
Print version here" top
Whiteox writes "Michael Crichton passed away on November 4th aged 66 from cancer. He was the author of many Sci-Fi works and was notable in that many of them became very successful movies like The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and the Lost World.
"The world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us and entertained us all while doing so..."
He was one of the few Sci-Fi authors that managed to translate much of his work into film through his skills in producing and script writing." top
Whiteox writes "After many years with Windows and Apple/Mac OS, I have decided to work using Linux for a number of reasons. I turn to Slashdot for help as I'm not sure which distro I should adopt. I've tried PCOS and Ubuntu but they are not for me. So here is what I would like: 1. Learning curve doesn't matter 2. I am interested in programming and development (but stopped 10 years ago) and would like to access a variety of languages. 3. I need it to work with common whitebox hardware 4. I found Windows too slow to work with gigabytes of files and I need speed for listings. 5. A functional and hopefully customizable GUI 6. Stability The top 2 or 3 would be excellent for my short list. I appreciate your advice." top
NSW considers giving students Linux laptops | Aust
Whiteox writes "The Australian Prime Minister's plan to equip high schools with 'one laptop per child' may go open source. Kevin Rudd's $56 million digital revolution will include "laptops (that will) run on an open source operating system with a suite of open source applications like those packaged under Edubuntu. This would include Open Office for productivity software, Gimp for picture editing and the Firefox internet browser."
So far this has been considered for NSW and I think other states may follow.
http://www.australianit.news.com.au/story/0,24897,24490953-15306,00.html" Link to Original Source top
Whiteox writes "Check this out! Sydney Morning Herald has reported that a BSOD was projected onto the roof of the National Stadium during the grand finale to the four-hour spectacular at the Olympics. Lenovo chairman, Yang Yuanqing chose to go with XP instead of Vista because of the complexity of the IT functions at the Games. His comment on Vista? "If it's not stable, it could have some problems," he said.
Evidently Bill Gates attended the opening ceremony, so he must have witnessed it. I remember at least one other occasion where the BSOD followed him around. I was wondering if there were other public appearances of Bill and BSOD together?" Link to Original Source top
Whiteox writes "SYDNEY researchers have discovered how to switch on and off a molecule which controls hunger.
The protein, MIC-1 which is created in the body of cancer patients, targets the brain to switch off appetite.
The MIC-1 antibody would improve appetite in patients with weight loss from chronic renal failure or anorexia nervosa.
Scientists expect the synthetic protein could be on the market within six years.
Professor Sam Breit, one of the researchers from St Vincent's Centre for Immunology stated, "Once the MIC-1 is turned off with the antibody, weight gain can be quite rapid, enabling people to tolerate and survive treatment,"... "A synthetic version of MIC-1 would also allow morbidly obese people to lose weight rapidly." he said.
Is this the end of obesity as we know it?" Link to Original Source top
Whiteox writes "Looks like IBM have joined the Open Office Project. More details here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,137033/article.html Maybe this move will popularize OO a lot more, encroaching into in established MS Office territory. However I feel that it's more to consolidate Lotus with OO as Doug Heintzman, states "The company now will contribute its own code to the project and be more visible about its work to integrate OpenOffice.org into Lotus" Does this mean that Lotus will be an addon for OO or OO and addon for Lotus?" Link to Original Source
Whiteox writes | more than 5 years ago
Well it's New Year's eve in 2008 and I'm faced with another year of everything (which is a lot as I'm very busy). So I've started thinking of Slashdot,about why I joined up and what it has given me over these many years and what future it has for me at least.
I've generally enjoyed this place, but I'm also becoming somewhat disappointed with it:
1. Mod Points: As Supermoderator, I'm finding that 15 mod points are either not enough or just too much as the quality of the articles and more importantly, responses are so variable that sometimes I dread getting them. I would like to see the option of banking points. 2. Experts: Where are the experts in the field? There has been very interesting articles but it seems no-one has the expertise in the area concerned to make an informed comment. That's a generalization, but it's becoming more the case. 3. Shit. I'm sick of the AC shit stories. I ignore them, but the guy who keeps posting them doesn't stop and it affects me anyway. A class of moderator should be able to delete them with consensus agreement with at least one other moderator. 4. Trolls I don't mind, as often they are not trolls or at least they have something interesting to say or have a POV. 5. Design: Coming into 2009 and seeing how far/. has come in terms of site design, still reminds me of the old BBS services of the 80s. This actually suits this 'forum' as it forces a good use of real estate especially when views are set to all posts, flat and at -1, however we should be able to have sticky sigs (ones that won't change on submitted posts) when you decide to alter it. That should go for avatars too. An option to have/have no avatar and an option to see a person's avatar would be welcome. 6. Repetition: Apart from dupes or near dupes, the 'swarm' keep saying the same things, asking the same questions and I'm having a distinct lack of will rewriting the same responses. I know that the demographic of the swarm changes, so it's not anything that/. can do about it. This forces me to just gloss over the posts and hope that someone else out there has the same POV that I do. Often there isn't for my expertise is history, philosophy, sociology and psychology and I do that reasonably well. When I see another 'Evolution v Intelligent Design' debate, rehashing the same points again and again, often without any foundation, I want to write pages of why the particular point-of-views expressed are nonsensical. Atheism v God is another one, especially those atheists with a libertarian attitude. Some Christians are no better, sprouting theology when neither understand the ramifications of 'weltanshauung' or 'belief systems'. They have no concept of objective reality and that is humerous and sad at the same time. 'It's funny because it's sad.' 7. Originality: It doesn't exist in submitted stories. I haven't seen an original submission. It's all been copied from a news report from somewhere, or otherwise it's been a book review (ok well maybe that's original), or an Ask Slashdot type. That's about it. If/. is about dissemination of knowledge then so be it. At least the readers get to find out things they didn't know. I know I have.
So after I change my sig on the 1/1/2009, I'll keep my eye on/. but I think I'll do something more productive and visit idle and maybe take up knitting or flower arranging for a while.