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KDevelop 4.7.0 Released

caseih kdevelop helped me transition to Linux (46 comments)

Back when I was a computer science student just learning Linux, kdevelop was one of the apps that made Linux accessible for me. That and kde itself. Once I got acclimated, I quickly switched to vim and ended with gnome. But I've always had a soft spot for kdevelop and think it's great they've come so far.

4 days ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

caseih Re:Spock is awesome (901 comments)

I guess you watched a different Star Trek than I did. Early on it became apparent that Vulcans do have emotions, very deep ones at that. They just chose to let logic and reason form a foundation for thought and way of life. Star Trek 6 inparticular shows a very different Spock than the one you remember. And frankly I like the evolution. He became a man of wisdom, understanding, loyalty, love, and keen humor. And in their own way Vulcans are deeply spiritual. They meditate, revere their ancestors, and have the idea of a vulcan soul. There is even a deep religious component to Vulcan culture (poorly shown in Star Trek III, and often mocked by Mad magazine). Sarek's love affair with Amanda is particularly poignant, even in the few minutes of screen time it got in the TV series. I love the take on it that A.C. Crispin came up with in with her novel, Sarek. Not canon at all, of course, but it's the way I like to think of Vulcans. Highly recommend that novel. Love, happiness, passion, grief, logic.

I hate the way vulcans were portrayed in Star Trek Enterprise, particularly the way Blalock portrayed her character. Apparently she chose not to study vulcan portrayals in any of the other tv shows and movies, and did her own thing. It stinks. Comes across as just a sullen, maladjusted person (the sociopath that you seem to associate wrongly with Spock). That's not how Vulcans are at all, at least in the shows and movies I've seen.

5 days ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

caseih Why must it be one or the other? (123 comments)

I realize there are a finite number of contracts that NASA can award, but why not have multiple companies with man-rated rocket capabilities? Perhaps that would lead to opening up the manned spaceflight market outside of the public sector, much like how several companies make commercial aircraft.

Maybe Congress will wise up and support the endeavor instead of trying to thwart it. We can dream I guess.

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

caseih Re:systemd is for desktops? (280 comments)

Using CentOS 7 on my desktop right now. It supports modern hardware, and I have a nice, usable desktop environment. I'll never use Gnome 3, so the frozen version number won't bother me any. Systemd works quite nicely for the desktop, and I can see how it will be a good thing on servers too.

about two weeks ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

caseih Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

I know of someone that was actually shot down by some yahoo with a hunting rifle. They hit something on the aircraft that disabled it and he had to make an emergency, crash landing. Something that was not his fault at all resulted in an automatic license suspension of five years if I recall correctly.

about two weeks ago
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LLVM 3.5 Brings C++1y Improvements, Unified 64-bit ARM Backend

caseih Re:Retarded and wrong comment (99 comments)

Oh dear. I guess your browser doesn't render the humor or sarcasm tags properly. The parent comment was intended to be snarky humor poking fun at those of us who think the gpl is a good idea. Whether or not it was actually funny is debatable of course.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

caseih Re:I prefer eBay myself. They have the most select (131 comments)

Interesting. Usually when I buy from Ebay the results are mediocre at best and the seller demands that I give him a full star review. I don't have the ebay foo or the patience that you have. I've bought cell batteries from a ebay seller that looked very much like what you recommend, and they were junk. I also bought from a random, supposedly reputable dealer on Amazon, and they were junk (brand name, two year old batteries). Went to a local store specializing in batteries and they were junk too (also two year old, brand name, batteries). The problem with a lot of vendors is that batteries have a shelf life. If the new batter is more than a year old, it's not going to perform.

I'm trying Anker now and will see what happens.

about a month ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

caseih Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Until the DMCA, copyright was always a civil offence, as it should be, with the penalties to be monetary in nature, not prison. Remember all the FBI warnings on old VHS tapes about going to prison for copying the video (or heaven forbid public performance)? They were all bold-faced lies. At least until the DMCA criminalized copyright violation. Now you can get more jail time for copyright violation than for violent crime such as rape.

about a month ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

caseih Re:Nice Summary (133 comments)

Close... there are still things that require human intervention currently, though in the future combines will be completely autonomous. Right now humans have to watch for interruptions in crop flow, obstacles, etc. Just got in from harvesting wheat all day. GPS did all the steering, the computer took care of cutting height across uneven ground. Though my combine does not have it, many combines can moderate their ground speed as well, changing speed as crop conditions change to make sure the machine is running at 100% capacity.

John Deere, and soon Case, have technology for linking the grain cart with the combine so the combine operator (or the computer in the future) can control the position of the cart to load it evenly while unloading the combine's on-board grain, all while moving through the field.

Pretty much all our machines have GPS steering now. With machines that are too wide to drive accurately without overlap. Everything from planters to cultivators, sprayers, harvesters, etc.

Given the expensive obstacles in my field (oil wells, pivot irrigation systems, other machines, trucks, etc), I do prefer to oversee things currently but I wouldn't say farmers are not wanting this sort of automation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

caseih UX? Meh. I have enough experiences in life (199 comments)

All this talk in recent years about UX as in "experience" drives me up the wall. Talk about euphemism! Why can't we go back to calling it what it is: user interface?

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

caseih The real problem is hooking back to grid also (306 comments)

I'm sure if she wanted to she could go off grid and run everything on solar power and no one could say anything. The trouble starts when she wants to connect her house to the utility power grid, and use it essentially as a big battery, and then have the utility company pay her when the meter runs backwards. It's that process that the power companies and government regulations make difficult, and you can understand a little bit why. From their point of view she wants to have her cake and eat it too.

And where I live, it's the corrupt monopoly transmission line company that charge more for the connection itself than the actual power delivered. It make so much money (guaranteed 9.5% ROI a year by tax payers!) in fact that Warren Buffet is set to buy them out.

Between the regulation and the line charges, it's not economical to invest in solar or wind on a small scale around where I live either.

about a month ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

caseih Re:Yes they've charged someone (183 comments)

Ahh well, that's that then. If it's posted on the internet, it is definitely true.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

caseih Re:so... (260 comments)

I've had good luck with the Honda suitcase inverters. They aren't particularly clean emissions-wise, but they are quiet, fuel-efficient, and produce the cleanest power of any inverter I've tried.

about 2 months ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

caseih Re:Uh (or cost) (278 comments)

Umm, no it is in fact entitlement spending. By a long ways. The black budgets may be black, but they still have to be accounted for and you can actually find out the total of the black budget allocations, just not what they are going for.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

caseih Re:Wait until those lamers find out... (385 comments)

You're being pedantic of course, but for all intents and purposes, batteries aren't the real source of the power we use every day. Gas, coal, or nuclear generating stations are. Batteries get charged up with that power, then take it to where it's needed and release it. You said it yourself, energy cannot be created nor destroyed. All the batteries in the world aren't going to stop global warming if electricity is coming from Coal. Some battery chemistries form batteries that have a full charge when manufactured, and some of these are not rechargeable. Therefore we'd have to class these in the same category as other non-renewable energy sources. Which doesn't help the problem of finding renewable, clean energy production sources.

about 2 months ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

caseih Re:Just think of what you can do with this! (122 comments)

Very much this. While a few people are doing cool things with robotics, remote sensing, or UAVs with these small SBCs, most sit and gather dust.

Those actually putting their SBCs to use are by far in the minority. I have plans for my Pi to do some remote sensing work, but so far they are stalled. So it's in a drawer until I find time.

My drawer is full of these devices including Pis, GuruPlugs, and SheevaPlugs. Theoretically useful, but never quite panned out. Could make nice file servers, but honestly a hackable NAS box that also runs linux is probably a better buy. If I need a web server facing the internet, I'm better off hosting it somewhere. If I need a local web development server, a virtual machine or my existing desktop machine fits the bill much better. Tried to use a Pi for XBMC, but it would crash during video playback every 20 minutes or so. Not very encouraging.

I'm also tired of messing with the various and sundry ARM boot loaders, since ARM is such an non-standardized platform.

about 2 months ago

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Damaged US passport chip strands travelers

caseih caseih writes  |  more than 2 years ago

caseih writes "Damaging the embedded chip in your passport is now grounds for denying you the ability to travel in at least one airport in the US. Though the airport can slide the passport through the little number reader as easily as they can wave it in front of an RFID reader, they chose to deny a young child access to the flight, in essence denying the who family. The child had accidentally sat on his passport, creasing the cover, and the passport appeared worn. The claim has been made that breaking the chip in the passport shows that you disrespect the privilege of owning a passport, and that the airport was justified in denying this child from using the passport."
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Media doublepeak in reporting BPI raid

caseih caseih writes  |  more than 7 years ago

caseih writes "The BBC reports that "The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is investigating allegations of an extensive illegal music filesharing ring at a Honeywell plant in Scotland." What's amazing is that the article treats this entire incident as if the BPI is somehow the equivalent of Scotland Yard or even the MI-5. Not only does the article report this as being the equivalent of real crime with hyperbole, invoking the inevideble comparison to fraug, human-smugging, or even pedophilia rings, but it also has some real gems like a quote from a so-called expert saying, "Filesharing music in the workplace is illegal, misuses company resources, wastes employees' time and introduces network security risks." Regardless of one's stance on the problems of copyright infringement, this kind of bad reporting really shows how the copyright cartels have gone too far."
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