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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

chmod a+x mojo Re:WTF, the antarctic gets FO before me? (70 comments)

Nope, I require science, something you don't seem to have a firm grasp of as of yet. Try taking a few classes, looking at and actually understanding the massive amounts of data available, and after that coming back in a year or three when you actually have a chance at understanding the difference between long and short term trends.

But, if you actually have data proving climate change wrong, for the love of $DIETY publish it in a peer reviewed journal, you will become famous... I won't hold my breath though.


Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

chmod a+x mojo Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (545 comments)

Though macports & brew fill that gap somewhat, but the build times - the agony.

Don't forget, if you only want a .5 megabyte terminal application you also have to install ~5+GB of xcode....

I'd love to run macports (and have in the past), but that huge chunk of space the xcode install takes up kills the SSD space I have.

2 days ago

KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

chmod a+x mojo Re:Bring back KDE3 (58 comments)

I felt the same way... at least for 4.1/4.2/and early 4.3. Then I installed trinity after using KDE4.x for a while and my eyes wanted to bleed from the old jagged rendering and ugly aged looking icons. Felt great, just like an old friend, but it was fugly as hell.

Thankfully KDE4.x started to improve along the way and is just as comfortable now as 3.x was back in the day. You should check it out once again... just use the "desktop with icons" activity from the activity switcher if your distro doesn't have that as the default.

about a week ago

KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

chmod a+x mojo Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (58 comments)

Are you talking about the open application window list? If so, just go to the taskbar settings and set it to "do not sort", in Debian at least it is set to sort "alphabetically" by default.

Other than that particular way, and it behaves as soon as you apply the settings, I haven't noticed any movement on the taskbar.

about a week ago

BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

chmod a+x mojo Re:It's okay when I do it... (429 comments)

The really interesting part would be if it was the network OWNERS torrent traffic he tries to knock out.
That's potentially a denial of service attack, after all the owner of the WIFI may be distributing business related things ( doesn't really matter if it is or not - the network owner can do what they want with their connection ) and denying the use of the network to the owner is illegal.

about two weeks ago

Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks

chmod a+x mojo Re:How important is that at this point? (197 comments)

I've had this discussion on slashdot before, mostly the one thing that keeps me from GIMP as a semi-pro photographer is the UI. I've used PhotoShop since the 7.0 debut up to CS3 and a brief poke at PS-CC, so I know the UI and where I expect to find stuff for my workflow... hell I could do the tasks I need to while asleep by now. GIMP on the other hand - and if you will excuse the graphic ( pun fully intended ) description - looks like the UI designers chowed down on all the UI elements and threw up on the screen. I've also used Linux, and GIMP, for many a year now and remember how much the GIMP devs hate listening to the users... we asked for how many years before they finally implemented single window mode?

SO the main problem isn't that GIMP is lacking features, it's that the UI is horrid to long time users of PS, leading to the "experts" not using it and thus leading to no one teaching the newbies to learn the program / UI. That's the main reason PS is taught in schools, it's what is known and used by the "experts".
For the inevitable slashdot car analogy: you can have two cars that can get from point A to point B along the same route in relatively the same timeframe, one that costs a fair bit to use but is an industry standard car like all others on the road ( PS ), or a free one that does nearly the same as the paid car but has bicycle handle bars for a steering wheel, a manual transmission with a reversed standard H shift pattern, the fuel pedal is on the handle bars and the brake is where the gas pedal usually is on normal cars, and you have to enter and exit through the trunk.... You can guess what vehicle 99% of people who have ever driven a normal vehicle will take.

Other than that, there is the non destructive editing and smart objects mentioned. I personally think the workflow for working with layers, clipping masks, and paths in PS is easier and more streamlined as well, but that is a personal opinion due to my workflow.

about three weeks ago

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

chmod a+x mojo Re:If I own the car (269 comments)

Wrong way. You are paying the hotel to stay there with a reasonable expectation of (semi)privacy. The Valet is not paying YOU to drive your vehicle, YOU are paying the valet ( both in tips and through their wages being rolled into purchase prices ) to drive your vehicle.

Playing devils advocate:
It's been argued here and elsewhere that employers are justified in recording employees using the employers equipment at work; the valet is just another subcontractor that you hire while he/she works for the hotel / restaurant / wherever you go. Since the valet is an employee you should be able to record them, especially seeing as there really shouldn't be a difference in recording voice versus recording text ( email / IM ) from a computer.

That said, it should be an interesting court case if it gets argued. It has the potential to affect OTR truck drivers as well since some companies record audio / video of them. Again, it will come down to employment definitions, since the employer of the truck drivers must disclose that the employee is being recorded. It may mean that even a small sign in a prominent location in / on the vehicle would be all that is needed, something like the "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" signs on cars.

about a month ago

Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

chmod a+x mojo Re:Anonymous public peer review (167 comments)

I have a real problem with the concept of anonymous peer review without editorial oversight or not included in a due peer review process.

You mean it wasn't a good idea to basically make a 4chan for scientific paper review?

Who would have thought it, after all, 4chan turned out to be such an awesome, wholesome, and welcoming place... do I really need to add the huge sarcasm tag after that statement?

about a month ago

Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

chmod a+x mojo Re:Good. IndieGoGo should do it too (203 comments)

I haven't looked into it in quite a few years, but I believe the European roadways last ~2x as long as the American roadways but cost roughly the same to maintain over the same time period ( meaning it costs the same to repave the road twice with half the thickness as it does to pave once at 2x thickness... + maintenance over the same time periods). The main reason, at east used to be, that the European roadways where laid down in mats double the thickness of the American pavings.

So the only real advantage Euro-roads have is full deconstruction / reconstruction times are further apart, while having to do roughly the same minor repairs at maintenance times similar to American roadways. Basically cost wise it was a wash, with the American roadways having a lower initial cost layout to pave previously unpaved areas, a huge advantage when you think of the geographical areas needed to be paved per country.

Now of course things may have changed in the intervening time, but I doubt it. It was actually an interesting study to look at how similar the differences actually turned out to be in the end.

about 1 month ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

chmod a+x mojo Mine looks like an ugly hack (287 comments)

My personal setup is a frankencenter. I have everything from an old Cyrix300Mhz to a P3 733Mhz HP Netserver to random P4 / Prescotts serving up a combined total of ~12TB + 6TB for desktop / laptop backups. Some of these "machines" are not even in a physical case...

The main trick for the power hungry crap is only keeping what you really need powered on at any time. Most of the old really power hungry stuff is deep cold storage and rarely powered on except to test data integrity. That way I only need to provide cooling ( in the summer at least ) to the P4 / Prescott machines that have the bulk of my more accessed data.

So, all in all it's ugly, hackish - since it is all cobbled together from spare parts from other jobs, and works like a charm.

about a month ago

Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

chmod a+x mojo Re:Problem? (286 comments)

Oh yeah?

Well those cops that planted cocaine on you can get a slap on the wrist, but you still get Felony possession since it is still technically illegal to be in possession of any amount of coke.

Sound absurd? Thats exactly what you are advocating, taken to an extreme.

about a month ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

chmod a+x mojo Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

Unless you've can point out specific problems with his solution

Hmm, how about just of the top of my head:
1: requires DATA since it sends stuff to servers "somewhere" which leads to...
2: big time invasion of privacy, who is this stupid company, why should I trust them with the location of both myself and my kids ( as in the "example" )
3: why should I trust some unknown yahoo to keep my data secure when no one else seems to be able to... and exact times family members are separated from each other / the house is empty are even worse than CC# leaks.
4: It can only stop phones that are registered to it, so that second burner phone is the one that gets texted on.
Annnnnnnnddd after all that there comes the absolute biggest flaw:
5: It's opt-in, the people that would normally text and drive anyways aren't going to buy it.

There, that took all of 5 seconds to think of.

about a month ago

Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

chmod a+x mojo Re:video is OS specific.... why again? (77 comments)

Would you prefer that mega-corps not make their videos available for streaming at all?

If it's going to be like this, where devices are more than capable of playback and it is an arbitrary decision to promote their own hardware then yes... fuck it, why should I care if that company offers streams.

Other than that older hardware platforms might not have enough CPU power, enough GPU power, GPGPU functionality, or the correct video decoder ASIC. Or that the company that funded the video's production wants some assurance that a subscriber won't just tee a rental into a capture program and distribute it without charge to the public.

Yeah, all of my devices[1], which can play Netflix just fine, are too damn weak to play the mighty Amazon Prime videos.( according to you and Amazon).. right. It's not like they stream in a supported format that almost... wait, as far as I know ALL android devices have support for H.264/263/ and a few other encodings right out of the box, I know my Droid that was one of the first gen Android phones did.
Not that the selection is really something to write home about anyways, I'm a prime member and there really isn't anything that Netflix doesn't have in a much easier layout to boot.

[1]: Nexus 7 both gen1 and gen2, Nexus 10, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note2, Motorola Bionic ( no clue about Netflix on this one, don't care either ), and a OG Moto droid original ( probably no Netflix either ), Oh yeah, and a Nook Color.

about a month and a half ago

Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

chmod a+x mojo Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

There is a feedback control that may help mitigate a small portion of the effect already, humidity. Water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere contribute to warming.... until they are concentrated enough so that the albedo effect kicks in ( clouds reflecting sunlight away ).

That isn't to say that it will be the panacea in any way, shape, or form though - since it will barely have an over-all effect short term. I was merely pointing out one tiny feedback check that is going on as we speak.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

One other question: why would it matter if I got a copy from TPB (other than the obvious danger of malware)?

Because the people that actually pay for PhotoShop are the ones who are much more likely to use the more powerful features instead of just being an amatuer ( no matter how good SOME of them are ) just fooling around with it. We can tell you the limitations of the software ( gimp actually can do a fair amount of what PS can, it's mostly the horrid UI that holds it back). Part of it is also plain old cussedness on the users part, we KNOW the shortcuts and where the tools / actions we need to do are in PS... when we look at gimp it looks like the UI threw up and we can't find what we want without a detailed search that breaks our concentration away from the project.

I beleive you are sincere, and I'm curious. Have you used GIMP 2.8 in Single Window mode? How about Blender?

Yes, I checked it out when 2.8 first came out ( the floating windows wasn't a deal breaker, only annoying ). It's the rest of the UI, it's very cluttered* and un-intuitive*.

One example from working on OS/X a few weeks ago when I checked it out again:
I select the 1px brush tool expecting a one pixel brush like I would get by default in PS. My "1px" brush was actually 3px in a horizontal bar by default ( and the brush shapes toolbox was out constantly cluttering up the UI ) and couldn't' for the life of me figure out how the hell to just get my brush to be 1px just by looking at the UI ( there was no 1px square in the shapes toolbox).

*In PS all tools are grouped by function( with the most commonly used on top with press and hold to bring up the lesser used tools) and the tool selection toolbox is user selectable either 1 or 2 tools wide, in gimp, at least by default it is a more scattered something like 5 tools wide and no grouping + other toolboxes embedded within the tools toolbox. This is in addition to some filters and adjustments being in odd places ( at least to a long time PS user ). One that I seem to remember all the time is the DeNoise filter not being grouped with other filters that deal with noise in gimp.

I don't use Blender, I use PhotoShop and Lightroom for photo editing, not the modeling / animating stuff Blender was meant for.

I actually LIKE Creative Cloud now, for $10 a month ( which is something like 5 minutes of work ) I get the most up to date PS and Lightroom instead of 300+ every few years. Obviously I would rather not pay anything ( hey $10 is a couple drinks a month ) but so far gimp just doesn't work out yet... and judging from the time it took to get single window mode, even if someone came up with a truly nice UI the devs would fight implementing it for years to come.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

I can tell you from first hand experience: Photo wise the Linux equivalents are complete and utter shit, which is unfortunate since I would love to have a free cross platform alternative. For anyone who has actually worked with PhotoShop, not just played with a copy grabbed from the Pirate Bay, GIMP = shit (ungodly cluttered horrible looking UI), Krita = shit ( no where near as powerful), Picasa ( if you can call it a full fledged "editor" even ) = shit. Hell even on OS/X iPhoto is shit compared to PhotoShop... even as old as PS7.0.

And that is completely ignoring LightRoom.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

chmod a+x mojo Re:Nobody else seems to want it (727 comments)

if it is about the drivers not having a stable API / ABI he does have a point though. If a company already has doubts about releasing a driver for Linux, then finds out they have to tweak their driver every couple months when there is another point release they will be more likely to just say screw it and not bother with a driver.

If the API / ABI was stable for a sane set amount of time ( like Win9x / WinNT lifetimes, or even say 1-2 years ) companies probably would invest in building a codebase of drivers.

Hell even the FOSS driver crews could probably be further ahead on their drivers if they didn't constantly have to tweak stuff to match up to the kernel every. single. damn. release.

about 2 months ago

Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

chmod a+x mojo Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

Wow, you either have guts or a serious lack of brains if you are trying to lecture a person on how Science works while not even knowing the difference between hypothesis, theory, and law.

Here's a hint: for something to become "only a theory" all hypothesis aspects of it has to have undergone extensive testing as well as being an accurate description of the observations being studied.

There is zero demonstrable practical output or progress in terms of human progress or human suffering to show for all the work and money that has gone into this field over the last 30 years, and anyone who puts any stock in it is no better informed than the creationist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old, because all of the world's leading bible scientists sat on their hemorrhoids and confirmed the same values while trying to infer the entire history and trajectory of the universe using a single pre-scientific-method cultural document transcribed from one culture's oral tradition, that described some details of some other culture's cultural events.

Yeah, all of us scientifically trained people are stew-pod right? Just because we didn't directly observe the clown that threw the pie in our face it must mean that there is no pie on our face huh? Face it, there are tons of people smarter than you, me, and everyone else out there... thousands of them from hundreds of countries saying the same thing after studying the wide spread of data available VS something like 50, maybe 100, all with shall we say... interesting ties to funding provided by parties with a vested interest in denying any sort of involvement with the environment.

Hmmm, wonder who seems more trustworthy to me?

about 2 months ago

Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

chmod a+x mojo Re:Fatsos (88 comments)

I would still argue one point then: weight stability has nothing to do with internal absorption.

If a person is gaining weight that means their caloric intake is in excess of what they are using. If a stable weight is desired they must either reduce intake or increase calorie usage into a balance. Even if they have a high hunger response and can't reduce caloric intake they could do more activities that burn calories rather continue a more sedentary lifestyle.

The thing that really sucks is that moving around more ( burning calories ) is much much more difficult to start once obesity has set in due to how obesity affects the body. Stresses on joints and support bones are much greater, Oxygen absorption is generally lower, and depending on how obese the person is pressure on the diaphragm may make hard breathing even more difficult.

Between the difficulty in getting started exercising and the difficulty in breaking bad eating habits makes it very hard for many obese people to lose the weight. This does not excuse them from giving up before trying though.

about 3 months ago

Is the App Store Broken?

chmod a+x mojo Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

The next step of a bubble is the "pop" where everyone realizes there's not much of a market left, and flees.

Well, only the get rich quick hunters will flee. The ones that stay will be the ones that realise that providing something "boring" but essential are the ones that will make it big and stay on top, just so long as they aren't sleeping at the wheel and let someone else do it better.
That, and those who are dedicated to making good games / timewaster applications that people will actually want to play... not just the floods of "me too" copy apps.

about 3 months ago


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