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Ask Slashdot: a Good Geek Project For My Arthritic Grandfather?

cswiii Minecraft? (122 comments)

If he can use a keyboard/mouse for a while, he could build things, but also work on circuit design (redstone) as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple: Greenpeace's Cloud Critique Driven By Bogus Numbers

cswiii Re:Why does anyone listen to Greenpeace anymore? (188 comments)

"The conservatives are effective. They do things. All we do is buy animal-friendly mascara. " -- Jude, _The Last Supper_

more than 2 years ago
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HP's Strange Obsession With WebOS For Printers

cswiii Hah. (226 comments)

Especially funny considering my Touchpad could not natively (i.e., at all) be configured to print to the network-enabled printer on my home network. I suppose it's possible that a third-party driver would be needed, but one would think that a) they would try and package all possible driver downloads or b) would allow you to search the internet for them or c) allow user to upload driver manually, but none of those is apparently possible.

Ah well, I haven't booted into WebOS in weeks, anyway, and the new Cyanogen Alpha 3 is terrific.

about 3 years ago
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Fedora 16 Released

cswiii Re:Important note about nvidia/rpmfusion and F16 (125 comments)

You won't get anything if your GPU doesn't support it. The bug in question was causing any GPU that doesn't support AccelerateTrapezoids to revert to non-accelerated mode, IIRC.

about 3 years ago
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Fedora 16 Released

cswiii Important note about nvidia/rpmfusion and F16 (125 comments)

If you use nvidia drivers with Fedora -- or at very least, do so with the aid of rpmfusion -- you may want to hold off on upgrading to F16.

To see if you should wait, run the following command:

nvidia-settings -q AccelerateTrapezoids

If you get nothing returned (or more accurately, two CRLFs), you will probably want to hold off on upgrading F15 -> F16. Looks like there is a bug in the nvidia drivers which can cause some pretty severe performance degradation.

Specifically, any card that can't handle trapezoid acceleration will suffer due to this regression. And to put it in perspective, my GT240, which is not ancient doesn't support this. So it's pretty bad.

More details: http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=166698

It /is/ apparently fixed in the 290.06 driver - but that's not in rpmfusion yet.

about 3 years ago
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Fedora 15 Released

cswiii Re:Just installed it and... (171 comments)

I've been using smart package manager nearly exclusively for a long time now. There is the occasional unfortunate GUI bug but they seem to get rectified pretty well. And if you want, you can always use the CLI backend.

http://labix.org/smart

more than 3 years ago
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The Great Linux World Map

cswiii Would've like to see historic distributions here. (113 comments)

I think there's plenty to be critical about this map, but I'm not going to take it seriously enough to blast it.

However, it woulda been neat to see some representations of linux distributions/efforts that have disappeared along the way -- maybe as piles of rubble or something. Midori Linux, anyone? Perhaps a dot in Linus Bay...

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook and Zynga Team Up To Merge Romance and Social Gaming

cswiii Ok, ok, April fools, etc... (38 comments)

...but i mean isn't this what the folks at Second Life have been doing all along? :P.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Patents Foot Computing

cswiii Left out of the article... (107 comments)

... the interface will initially be test-marketed in Asia, under "Hong Kong FUI" branding.

about 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

cswiii Re:LibreOffice is painful to pronounce. (500 comments)

This is true. American corporations can be ridiculously fickle.

Knew someone who worked at a large PTO firm who tried to introduce Gimp as a free software option for doing quick cleanup work of trademark specimens. At the time (not sure if they still do) the GIMP website had a big writeup about the state of (copyright? trademark? patent? I forget) law hosted somewhere on site and listed from the front page.

That's all it was. A writeup. Perhaps slightly strongly-stated, but nothing absurd. It had nothing to do with GIMP.

Regardless, the PTO firm decided it would be too much of a risk to allow the use of GIMP in their office, given their business/clientele.

about 4 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

cswiii Re:LibreOffice is painful to pronounce. (500 comments)

You completely missed what he said.

It won't see much adoption by offices in the U.S

It's a valid assessment/opinion even if you don't agree with the interpretation of the term 'Libre'.

You may not find yourself at ease with the idea that the term might be unappealing to some any the US, just as some of those blowhards might find the term unappealing because of perceived associations.

But that doesn't make his statement any less relevant, and doesn't make it a troll.

about 4 years ago
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Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed

cswiii Re:I dunno, man... (306 comments)

Wise words.

Sixdegrees -> Friendster -> Orkut -> Myspace -> Facebook. And I know I am missing at least one or two in there.

more than 4 years ago
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Completely Farm-Bred Unagi, a World First

cswiii Re:Total awareness? (204 comments)

Nevermind, they did downthread. :-D

more than 4 years ago
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Completely Farm-Bred Unagi, a World First

cswiii Re:Total awareness? (204 comments)

newbs.

/awaits someone to trump him.

more than 4 years ago
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Raleigh Councilman Offers Child Naming Rights To Google

cswiii Re:Lessons not learned (121 comments)

Probably try to get himself named to the Wake County Board of Education.

more than 4 years ago
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A Brief History of Modems

cswiii Re:Missed the whole USR Courier saga (249 comments)

I had one "24/96" faxmodem that could connect v.42/mnp... but only when I used the Cheyenne Faxmodem software, or whatever it was, to dialin to the BBSes I called. It was the damnedest thing, I mucked with every init string, did every bit of research I could on the thing (in the pre-Google days), but could never get compression to work with any of my comm programs. So when I was just browsing forums or door games, I'd use my comm program of choice... but when I wanted to transfer files, I'd dialin with the faxmodem software for that extra 15-20 bps.

Huh. Surprised no one brought up term programs. I seem to remember using... something... I forget what, before a friend introduced me to QModem. And QModem lasted me a long time, until Telix. A lot of people liked Telix, or perhaps still do. I always liked Commo, which was scriptable/macro-able to the nth degree... or Terminate!, which had all the bells and whistles.... and a lot of weird history behind it, iirc.
 

more than 4 years ago
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Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD

cswiii Re:I wanna watch Sin-duh-weh-wuh (685 comments)

It is unlikely that you have children under the age of ten. They like to watch the same animated film over and over.

This. And having now seen Cars about a half dozen times in 1080i on our DVR, and then nearly that many times more in 1080p since we decided we might as well buy the BR, it's becoming worth it to us. Animated films are turning out to be the best candidates for Blu Ray anyway. If the kid gets to watch what he wants, and I don't have to suffer through horribly pixelated SD stuff on the kid channels (Noggin, et al), it's win-win.

more than 5 years ago
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Best and Worst Coding Standards?

cswiii Re:One of the worse: Iinterface (956 comments)

Refactor how, and how often do you do this? Reply under this comment [slashdot.org], please.

Would that be a GOTO? ;)

more than 6 years ago

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Red Hat Embarks upon Spacewalk

cswiii cswiii writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cswiii writes "One of the biggest announcements out of the Red Hat Summit today was the arrival of Spacewalk, an OSS system management suite for Linux. Spacewalk is the open-source — and eventual upstream implementation — of the Red Hat Network Satellite software suite produced by Red Hat."
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Earthlink reduces investment in Helio

cswiii cswiii writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cswiii writes "According to this story at PC World, Earthlink is looking to reduce or end any future investment in Helio, a US-marketed MVNO product in joint-venture with SK Telecom, voicing concern with its financial expenditures. Other reports indicate SK continues to have high hopes for the services, but given the demise of Helio's other competitors, or would-be competitors such as ESPN Mobile and Amp'd, only time will tell."
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AT&T Wi-Fi to existing broadband customers

cswiii cswiii writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cswiii (11061) writes "According to this story, AT&T will begin making its wi-fi hotspots freely available to some existing broadband customers. Noting that some customers have also reported lower DSL costs following the Bell South/AT&T merger, is this unlikely fit of altruism by Ma Bell a trend that will continue?"
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