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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

asmkm22 Re:Google? (83 comments)

Agreed. Since the vast majority of open source projects are designed to be free alternatives to paid products, my source of "news" usually comes in the form of "open source sharepoint" or "open source office" type searches. The main problem with this is that, like most things in the open-source world, tons of projects exist without any updates for years. So while googling can offer a wide range of results, I usually have to cross-reference them with Wikipedia since they seem to do a good job of showing current versions of software.

yesterday
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

asmkm22 Why are they asking Google? (157 comments)

Aren't these the kinds of questions the EU should have been asking themselves before passing the law? The fact that so many of these questions need to be asked should show them just how poorly conceived and written the law is in the first place.

yesterday
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

asmkm22 Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (860 comments)

Maybe so, but I do think it sounds like this guy was looking for a fight, so to speak. He tries to board early, is told he has to wait, and he equates that with "rude service?" The fact that he approached the situation looking for an exception to be made in his favor at the last minute rather than asking to get better seating ahead of time sort of makes him look like a douche bag to me. And then to send out a very possibly misleading Tweet about it, knowing (hoping probably) that SWA will catch it just sounds like he was fishing for a freebie or a ticket comp. I know a guy who basically does that kind of thing every time he flies, because he knows 9 times out of 10, he does get comped in one way or another.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

asmkm22 Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (321 comments)

Sounds more like he means he wants one OS that people can write programs for and have it properly scale to the device, within reason. I don't think he's talking about the GUI. One bit of information that supports this is how he's combining the various windows teams into one, so that you don't have one group making the desktop OS, and another making the phone OS, and a third making the XBox OS. One team builds and maintains it, so that each device type shares the same core functionality. There will probably be GUI similarities, and I'm sure many of them will suck. But hopefully we'll avoid situations like the Windows 8 keyboard/touchscreen dichotomy in the future, since the design workload won't be as segmented.

4 days ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

asmkm22 A bigger problem (154 comments)

A problem that I think is bigger than motion sickness is the fundamental problem with locking vision and movement with where your gun is pointed. It doesn't come off as natural in the slightest, because your body is used to doing lots of different things at the same time.

about two weeks ago
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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

asmkm22 Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (151 comments)

I don't know about people wanting it to outright fail, but I do agree there are lots of people that don't see the point in forking it. They feel like it's a fork for the sake of being a fork. And like it or not, there's a whole history of open source and linux forks that do nothing but fragment things (people, distros, development, etc). A guy heavy in the Linux field once said something to the effect of "If it's not broken, don't fix it. But if it is broken, fix it. Just don't fork it unless you really have to." Makes sense to me, but I'm just a random MS guy 90% of the time.

about two weeks ago
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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

asmkm22 Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (151 comments)

Seems like the type of thing a malware author would design around in order to take advantage of a security flaw.

about two weeks ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

asmkm22 Re:any way to use some of that ram as a ram disk? (42 comments)

Trust me. The people using these cards, already have workstations with a shit ton of RAM anyway, not to mention SSD's are becoming more common for those use-scenarios.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

asmkm22 Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

And by all means, create a law to deal with that specifically. Just don't create a law that does that, AND is open for abuse by people simply looking bury their mistakes like they never happened.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

asmkm22 Re:Awesome! (163 comments)

This is actually really cool. It has real Streisand Effect potential.

about two weeks ago
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AMD FirePro W9100 16GB Workstation GPU Put To the Test

asmkm22 Re:what? (42 comments)

This isn't "Slashdot: News for Charliemopps, Stuff that Matters"

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

asmkm22 Re:What's the big deal about win8? (346 comments)

I don't buy this complaint at all. I've been using 8.1 since it was released, and the hasn't once gotten in the way of me finding or doing stuff. In fact, there are a few things I miss from it when I have to do stuff on Win 7 (such as right-click the start icon to bring up all the admin options). And no, I don't use a touch screen or a laptop; just a plain old desktop with mouse and keyboard. So I ask, what exactly is so inefficient about right-clicking straight to device manager, or clicking start and typing the program you want? Or clicking start and clicking the program icon because you pinned it there...? There's so much hyperbole floating around this thing, and I find if kind of funny.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

asmkm22 Re:Oblig. Monty Python (131 comments)

I think it's kind of messed up that an article about selling children results in the majority of comments either criticizing the editing of the summary, or making a joke of the situation. What a fucked up community.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

asmkm22 Re:So... (131 comments)

If you read the article, it mentions things like him spending all night out at the internet cafe playing online games. You have to realize that desktop F2P games are still the dominating force over there, and the internet cafe keeps it going. Every time we hear about someone dying after playing some MMO for 36 hours straight or whatever, it happened in one of those cafe's.

about two weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

asmkm22 Re:Can't figure out their plan here (132 comments)

I'm just glad my business is fairly small and advertises through word of mouth from current clients, rather than depending on new foot traffic or something. I can't imagine dealing with the headache you're talking about after all the other small business headaches are dealt with.

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

asmkm22 Congressional Wellfare (364 comments)

So basically congress is ok with a wellfare program that brings money into their districts, even if the projects are a complete waste.

about three weeks ago
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A Brain Implant For Synthetic Memory

asmkm22 stop going to war (87 comments)

Maybe we should stop sending troops to places where warfare is a national pastime, and start funneling this money into things like income equality and reducing poverty. You know, things that can actually help people improve their own lives.

about three weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

asmkm22 Re:Speed Is Useless (149 comments)

Either your internet speed is much faster than most other areas (like fiber or something), or you're getting your Mbps mixed up with MBps. I deal with this a lot, where someone will complain about only being able to download at 2MBps when they're paying for 20Mbps or whatever, and wondering where the other 18 went. Also, the main reason you probably had better experience 15 years ago is just due to how buffering has changed. Back in 1998, things had to be heavily buffered, so when you did get to start a video, it was smooth due to having a huge chunk of it already downloaded. You also weren't competing with millions of people for your youtube video either.

about three weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

asmkm22 Re:Why not use Gbps? (149 comments)

Probably because internet speeds are still largely measured Mbps. For anyone who's not familiar with data speeds, sticking to that measurement gives them an idea of exactly how much extra speed they're talking about.

about three weeks ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

asmkm22 Re:Savings? (149 comments)

The obvious usage, in my eyes, would be multi-tenant buildings. Stuff like office space or even apartment and condo buildings. That's a very big chunk of potential customers, considering it's where the majority of housing growth seems to be heading.

about three weeks ago

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