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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

daniel23 Re:concentrate on what she needs (552 comments)

Seems like the first comment with good advice I see. And don't rush things, the brain is a complex structure with some capabilities to restructure and repair. Time, company, physiotherapy, nervous activity controls movement but movement of the limgbs induces nervous activity too and may help to regain what seems lost.
Let her see and feel and maybe even feed her baby.

about 2 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

daniel23 Re:How can they be certain no one survived? (491 comments)

In the circumpolar sea, close to antarctica, high waves, awfull weather, 16 days after the last confirmed communication between aircraft and satellites. The passengers dressed for tropical conditions, preparing for moderate conditions.
Successfully watering a jet is a very rare event, the most famous was done in NY on the Hudson. No real waves and the first ship to reach them arrived 4 min. later.
The most critical part of it is with the engines below the wings even the slightest imbalance of the plane may drive the plane into chaotic movement.
Let's assume the pilot managed to avoid this and everything else worked as perfect as it did on the Hudson. But how could the passengers survive > 2 weeks without drinking water?

about 4 months ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

daniel23 no surprise (256 comments)

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image.

about 5 months ago
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Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

daniel23 Re:What's the best distro for KDE? (68 comments)

SuSE used to have it as the default desktop and a far as I remember it run ok, but it has been a while for me since I left that distro after Novell bought them.
I tried it with Kubuntu (which was awfull), debian (which was frustrating, but mostly useable except KDEPim ) mint (which was better) and arch linux lately. KDE runs rather nice on arch, I don't feel like a 2nd class citizen any more like I did with the deb - based distros.

about 10 months ago
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The Ig Nobels Are Tonight

daniel23 Re:Where are the nerds (41 comments)

I hate to bring the news but the unicode task has been completed ("not worth the effort for the foreigners") while he team is busy now with ssl ("not worth the effort since the nsa ...") and IPv6 ("not worth the effort, hex between colons hurts the eyes")

about 10 months ago
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NSA Spying Hurts California's Business

daniel23 Re:tiny example (277 comments)

There is https://www.ixquick.com/ which hopefully is a safer choice privacy wise. No, I'm not sure it really is but yes, I'm sure now Google is not.
I've been a Google user and admirer since they entered the net, one of the first to switch to the white page from altavista.
In a strange way it hurts me to turn away from them.
Googledrive (or grive, since Google never delivered on the Linux client) was the first to go since the file hosting / sharing works easy with ownCloud and it didn't involve much reconfig to switch to it.
Moving my calendars and contacts from Google to owncloud was less easy and I spend the better part of the weekend with it until I was ready to stage the big calendar and contacts massacer today.

Just a symbolic action, I know, my data are saved and kept in the NSA dungeon. No soul in Mountain View, California will miss me. Just some mindshare they've lost. And like I did when I turned from altavista, I'll be talking about this among my friends, some may follow.

1 year,12 days
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Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'

daniel23 Re:Purpose of the watch is... (291 comments)

They either need some classified source of info for this or they're going to bur the srenn as it shows -1 all the time

about a year and a half ago
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Hard Drive Revenue About To Take a Double-Digit Dip

daniel23 Re:Less demand (269 comments)

made me laugh out loud - but not true. Currently it's #12 - but only after setting the search option to "last hour"

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft May Invest $1B-$3B In Dell Buyout

daniel23 Richmond apples (151 comments)

There could be some shareholder influence into this all. On Dell's part I heard M. Dell aims to get rid off shareholder's pressure for stable quarterly results in order to restructure Dell, and therefore the buyout.
And then I guess Steve "Chair" Ballmer heard that "look at Apple!" too often. They took some inspiration from Cuppertino already and while it was mostly desktop features in the past they now try to copy business model features like controlling both hardware and software.
It's not just mice any more, Nokia, Surface, Dell. Looking at the margin Apple manages to cash in and with the pc market developing limits to the perspective of endless expansion MS might hope to U-turn the course and try to become an Apple 2.0.
Will it work? I doubt it, there is a chance they fail to reach Pure Apple status and end as apple puree instead.
Licensing OSX for Apple hardware only has been a cornerstone of Apple's strategy, will we see a MS replica of this?
Remember what they did to fight DrDos, will MS have the upright, straight character to withstand the temptations to tweak win(n+1) just a little bit to make it run just a tad faster on MS hardware? Will you believe them when they put an honest face on saying "nooo, we didn't and we wouldn't, ever..."?
MS as a producer of "standard" OS and software grew up together with that multitude of hardware makers that developed "standard" hardware, with both sides defining standard on each other.
Then Linux grew up and it now runs on everything that knows how to 01 + 01 = 10. A different approach to becoming standard and it succeeded, there is no windows for wristwatches, no windows for routers, etc. The pc "standard" is on it's way into marginality. Less important to defend that stronghold.
I see it as an motion of retreat when MS now tries to follow Apple, producing harware and OS/software. It will (further) alienate established hardware producers and it will open up fields fpr Linux on the desktop.

 

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

daniel23 Re:So nice to see (211 comments)

Kim Dotcom nee Schmitz has a colourful vita, to say the least.
But he isn't stupid.
And, things being as they are, he is highly motivated to keep hollywood and the spooks out.
He still has enough money to live in his sort of style and do nothing. Starting a new venture like mega.co.nz is his personal vendetta.
So, keeping their interests and motivations in view, Kim doesn't look that bad right now.

about a year and a half ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

daniel23 Re:why is this surprising or interesting? (211 comments)

At least, even with the free account the blow job is guaranteed.
The only matter left in the dark is who's to give and who's to take...

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

daniel23 Re:If they are smart... (385 comments)

Keep in mind that CS2 requires a PowerPC or rosetta on the Mac and expects w2k or XP on x86. I didn't try to install any of the files so I'm not sure how it goes with win7 but even if most of the programs run on win7 they will still let you feel their age.

about a year and a half ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.10 RC1 Released

daniel23 Re:Stable? (59 comments)

funny that you would recommend debian for a good KDE experience. KDE issues were the reason I moved from debian wheezy) to arch on the desktop and suddenly all my pet quirks are gone. Just look at kdepim and all the version mixing debian does here, essentially keeping kdepim frozen at some ancient level (4.5x, if memory serves me right) which just doesn't work. Just try syncing a google calendar account (with many different calendars) to KOrganizer and you see what I mean.
At some point in time I had enough of feeling like a second class debian citizen with KDE treated like a unbeloved step child in so many ways.
The first steps with arch are a bit rough but once you have it set up KDE runs so much better. KDE is covered in the (excellent) wiki documentation and I don't need a cron job to delete ~/.xsession-errors just to keep it from flooding my home partition.

That said, there are some distros that come with KDE as the default DE and thus promise a more polished experience. SuSE for one.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

daniel23 Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

no encryption of mail transfer?

about a year and a half ago
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Baserock Slab Server Pairs High-Density ARM Chips With Linux

daniel23 Slashvertisment (51 comments)

The summary is almost unreadable, too

about 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

daniel23 Re:Downgrade rights (671 comments)

Lets assume there comes a major shift away from the desktop and into tablets or similar "touchable" devices and ex-Metro is their attempt to prepare for it (and for once not sleep over the next big thing) then "temporarily" might mean: give some market share away in the old field in order to get ahead of the competition in the new one, gaining market share there that more than makes good for the lost.
Personally I have difficulties to believe this will actually happen. I just can't see myself programming on a tablet.
I agree you can have a decent desktop with Linux, some actually. My desktop is KDE, there are six or seven alternatives. Gnome 2, Gnome 3, Mate, Cinnamon, Unity, XFCE, LXDE. Lots of choice, may to much of it for some organizations' taste.

about 2 years ago
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Torvalds Bemoans Size of RC7 For Linux Kernel 3.5

daniel23 Re:wow (158 comments)

hahahaha, if I had one of my mod points left I'd give it a funny

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

daniel23 All Done? - But for Lightning (378 comments)

Lightning, the calendar - addon for thunderbird, is the only aspect of thunderbird development where I feel some work is still needed, but apparently there are no resources available for it. For years.

This may turn out to be somewhat offtopic, I'm not at all sure about the actual relation of the sunbird/lightning and the thunderbird dev team and whether the decision has effects for the lightning development.
However, thunderbird and lightning are so tightly integrated that deficiencies in lightning look like thunderbird problems to me.

I think of tasks administration in lightning:
- support for hierarchical tasks (allow subtasks)
- sync with Google Tasks

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=194863 is nine years old and still has status New.

about 2 years ago

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