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Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

daern Have you tried it? (638 comments)

I had a go last week and I can tell you that from my experience, its hard to even hold a conversation when interacting with glass, yet alone drive a vehicle. It is /not/ like using the radio or satnav - it's at least ten times more distracting. Don't get me wrong - It's a cool, cool piece of tech, but it ain't for use behind the wheel!

about a year ago

AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

daern Re:Don't use AMD's control panel (212 comments)

In reality, ATI cards from the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series are effectively the same as everything up to the 6000 series (excluding the orphan architecture of the 6900 VLIW4 oddities). However, ATI pays technical sites to state the cards from the 5000 series and earlier are obsolete (technically this is completely untrue). In contrast, Nvidia is proud to support cards from the 8000 series and onwards, which is a similar timeframe to the 2000 series from ATI.

While it is true that 'cheap' current gen cards destroy premium cards from that far back, it is the principle that matters.

Fair comment, except that in Windows 8.1 you /cannot/ install any AMD-supplied driver on my HD3870. It's a perfectly serviceable card, but has now been rendered obsolete through the manufacturer abandoning it. The reason is that they won't supply WDDM 1.3 or 1.2 drivers for this card, and they won't supply updated WDDM 1.1 drivers for 8.1

Certainly makes me think twice about buying another AMD card...

about a year ago

TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

daern Re:Cool story bro. (427 comments)

Repeats the same three anecdotes 11 times. Stupid people will say the word "bomb" sarcastically. Headline news.

...and stupid people take them seriously.

about 2 years ago

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

daern Re:Not putting in DRM isn't going to eliminate DRM (351 comments)

If someone could give me a copy of their Ford for free and still have their own too, there's no way I'd ever buy another Ford. Ford's market would be limited to whatever few super-rich people want to order completely custom car designs instead of using a copy.

Favourite quote from one of the Trek tomes referring to replication and, specifically, why you can't replicate a starship - i.e. they have to be constructed:

If you could replicate a starship, you wouldn't need to.

I still like this quote :)

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?

daern Re:Total Commander (134 comments)

20 years ago I used NortonCommander aka NC in MSDOS, in Windows 3 I started using WindowsCommander, a NC clone running in Windows. It has been renamed TotalCommander years ago because of TM. It is still being developped, and is avalaible for free in Android. Best app ever.

Same story, but I ended up with Altap Salamander. I simply can't manage without it these days, which I think is why I don't find Windows 8 that offensive - I never actually see the GUI as I spend my days staring at Chrome and Salamander :)

One of the advantages of being old is that I'm now in charge of my own infrastructure...and we push out Salamander to every Windows server in the company by policy :)

I'll check out TC on Android though. Thanks for the hint.

about 2 years ago

Hacker Behind Leaked Nude Celebrity Photos Gets 10 Years

daern Re:Do you e-mail around naked photos of yourself? (346 comments)

Is it just me, or is it somewhat strange that these celebrities would have naked photos of themselves in their e-mail in the first place? I know I don't have any naked photos of myself in my gmail account, and I'm not even someone everyone wants to see naked. If you were a young, female celebrity who knew everyone wanted to see you naked, wouldn't you think twice before a) taking a naked picture of yourself and b) e-mailing it to anyone.

Or maybe I'm just a prude who doesn't know how to put his cell phone camera to good use.

Or maybe your ass just isn't as good as hers... ;-)

more than 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

daern Re:Mainly a US problem? (756 comments)

Sad attempt at a sideways dig at the US, but it is the law in 49 out of the 50 states. In 32 states, it is a primary offense.

Sideways dig or not, it's probably still true:

Most countries [who?] outside North America adhere to internationalized European ECE vehicle and equipment regulations rather than the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. ECE airbags are generally smaller and inflate less forcefully than U.S. airbags, because the ECE specifications are based on belted crash test dummies.


more than 2 years ago

Securing Android For the Enterprise

daern Re:Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (I (136 comments)

""Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine."

You say "works very well." I don't think it means what you think it means.

To clarify: It works very well indeed, but in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 it only works with WiFi. Apparently, the 4.0.2 LTE version works fine on both WiFi and cellular connections.

In 4.0.3 it works very well on both WiFi and 3G and is a monumentally excellent feature to be added :-)

about 3 years ago

Securing Android For the Enterprise

daern Cisco IPSec VPN now supported in Android 4.0 (ICS) (136 comments)

"Proper" Cisco VPN support (i.e. with group usernames and passwords) was added in 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich) and works very well indeed. Be aware that there appears to be a bug in 4.0.1 and 4.0.2 on the GSM Galaxy Nexus which cause it to reboot as soon as you pass data over a VPN, connected via 3G...wifi works fine.

I'm running an AOSP (kang) 4.0.3 here and this has now been fixed. I believe the official 4.0.3 is just around the corner, so yey! This has been my top #1 feature request since Android day 1 and I bought the GN specifically because of it. Yey Glooge!


about 3 years ago

Estimated Transfer Time Is No More In Windows 8

daern Re:Teracopy (456 comments)

Perhaps they should just buy teracopy

Try Altap Salamander too - www.altap.cz. Cracking software, especially if you prefer to press keys rather than click buttons :-)

more than 3 years ago

Estimated Transfer Time Is No More In Windows 8

daern Re:where is our critical mass of Linux Users? (456 comments)

It's so hard for me to believe that so many people still use Windows. As a Ubuntu Desktop user and administrator of a small business network, I've been patiently waiting since 1999 for enough people to just ditch windows all together so that we could all move on to better times. Everyone I know who has tried Linux in the past few years hasn't gone back to Windows, and were all amazed that the computer 'Just Worked'. People are so used to struggling with Windows issues that they don't expect using a computer to be easy and it really doesn't have to be that way.

So perhaps this is a bit off topic, but every time an article comes out touting some new enhancement of the Microsoft Windows Operating system, I just feel compelled to say "Who fucking cares?" and "Why does anyone even bother with this Operating System designed with the main purpose being to lock up your computer spending dollar into Microsoft?" Don't we all know better already?

Please people, get over MS Windows already, let it die.

Everyone you know?

Ok, well I don't know you but, hey, we're all friends on here so I kinda feel thatI know you ;-)

I /did/ use Linux on my primary laptop for a while (Ubuntu and Fedora, if you're interested) and while I like parts of it, other parts of it stank. Badly. Multi-monitor support was, frankly, embarrassing and suspend/resume was patchy at best. It certainly wasn't more reliable as I found it more likely to "lock up" in a given situation than Windows 7, which TBH, is very usable and a good workhorse.

Don't get me wrong, I use Linux as much as the next one....in the data centre...but it's /still/ got a long way to go on the desktop. Personally, I've got real work to do...and I'm sticking with Windows for now.


ps. Oh, I do love XBMC Live for the tellybox though :-)

more than 3 years ago

US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

daern Why not just tax gas? (1306 comments)

The more you drive, the more you use, the more you pay. If you drive a big truck, you pay more. If you drive a mid-size european-type car (you'd call them "toys" I guess), you'll pay much less because they'll do 60-70mpg. US fuel is priced too cheaply for its scarcity and really needs to be brought in line with the rest of the world. It's amazing how economy (in choice of vehicle, miles travelled and driving technique) comes to the forefont of your mind when fuel costs around $7-8/gallon... Daern (who does vehicle tracking for a living, funnily)

more than 3 years ago

Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

daern Re:It will always be more then free. (620 comments)

Plenty of businesses pay for RHEL, despite it being "free". Support, peace-of-mind, and ease are all worth cash over the absolutely free DIY alternative.

Bad example...many businesses I deal with are now moving to CentOS. Even in the corporate world (perhaps especially in these times) money is a factor and, TBH, the only time I've ever called RH support myself was over a problem with registering on RHN, so I can hardly blame people for going free...

more than 3 years ago

A Tale of Two Windows 7s

daern Re:Good and bad... (770 comments)

The bad is that notebooks are rather problematic.

No. The bad is that *your* notebook is problematic. Mine (Dell D630) works just fine, thanks very much. I'm sure other people's do too.

Want work of wonder... Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Now that has me impressed. I run Windows machines, but on my netbook Ubuntu Netbook Remix runs perfectly and the UI is brilliant. Much better than the Windows 7 stuff.

Hmmm, this is heard quite often. I'll set up an opposing point of view here:

I found Ubuntu (admittedly it was Intrepid Ibix) to be substantially inferior for day-to-day usage on the afore mentioned Dell hardware. It was slower, with poorer battery life and much, much less stable - graphics problems mostly. And, unfortunately, Gnome + X11 when dealing with external docks with multiple monitors connected was almost laughable in the poorness of its support. Windows 7 (and, indeed, XP) handled all of this without any difficulty at all.

Don't get me wrong here; I like Linux. I use it at work and am glad to do so. But for a large slice of the regular computing world, it's still got a long way to go. That said, perhaps I should try the latest Ubuntu distro and see if things have improved...

more than 5 years ago

Corporate Espionage Involving a Patent At Microsoft

daern Re:OH CRAP! (241 comments)

The sequence of events you list sound similar to what happened with Babylon 5 producer J.Michael Straczynski (jms):

You know, I'd never even thought of this. However it may be, I don't consider the two shows to be at all similar (apart from the space station-round-planet bit) and there's room in my heart for both :-)

more than 5 years ago

After 4 Years, HydrogenAudio Opens New 128kbps Listening Test

daern Re:Outdated? (267 comments)

Also, and I know I'll get shot down for this, but they sort of missed off the one that 99% of non-technical Windows users will inevitably use:

Windows Media Player.

I mean, what's really the point if you miss off the one encoder which most people will tend to use , if only because they don't know better?


more than 6 years ago



VorpX Beta for the Oculus Rift available

daern daern writes  |  about a year ago

daern (526012) writes "At long last, a public beta of VorpX for the Oculus Rift is available. This utility adds Rift support to many games that wouldn't ordinarily support it without direct support from their developers. There are a ton of settings and tweaks to improve and optimise the VR experience and the initial release supports games such as World of Warcraft, GTA4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which have yet to receive official Rift support.

More info at the RoadToVR website here"


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