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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

danomac Re:Yeah yeah whatever (117 comments)

You must be young. I still remember back when Gates was talking about making ACPI a black box (unfortunately it still is, I can see) so that no other vendors but Microsoft could use the power interface. Some companies (like Intel) are pretty good about these types of specifications. I still have an Intel desktop/workstation board on my main computer at home and it has no problems sleeping and waking up.

I have had, unfortunately, problems with some other manufacturers doing the same thing - like Asus. (By the way, this isn't strictly linux, I couldn't get Windows 7 to suspend/resume on certain model Asus boards.)

It most definitely has something to do with hardware vendors. If the auto manufacturers had it their way no DIY'ers would even be allowed to work on cars. Computers are no different.

5 days ago
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Linux 3.15 Will Suspend & Resume Much Faster

danomac Re:Caution (117 comments)

2014.4

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

danomac Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

Where has this idea that Databases can't scale come from?

MS Access.

about two weeks ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

danomac Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

It means to have something that's not controlled by the media cartels. But, in the case of youtube, the media cartels control it anyway.

There's no way the media cartels would ever release a platform that everybody can upload video to. They want full control.

about two weeks ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

danomac Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

What about "There's a dumbass that's going to run a red light, slam on the BRAKES! NOW!"

about two weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

danomac Re:Isn't it a standard part? (357 comments)

That's more analogous to Apple's "You're using it wrong."

about three weeks ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

danomac Re:0.99.14 (132 comments)

Well, at the other extreme, if linux used Firefox's numbering scheme, we'd be at about 143360.14.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

danomac Re:How dare they make the user experience better (205 comments)

Did you even look at the article? That keyboard looks like a blackberry keyboard to me. It's a blatant ripoff of the design. While I think software patents are absurd, this is a copy of a physical device.

about three weeks ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

danomac Re:Automatically? (142 comments)

Have you actually used portage lately? There's so many circular dependencies that it usually breaks and it can't work them out; it's up to the user to sort it out. You used to update world, then rebuild dependencies - now portage tries to do that beforehand (which takes forever) and in most cases barfs because it can't figure it out.

about 1 month ago
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New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

danomac Re:angry nerds (133 comments)

At least you wouldn't get a ticket for using your phone in the car... so you probably come out ahead!

about 1 month ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

danomac Re:Automatically? (142 comments)

Whoops, wrong article. But it still applies! Sort of...

about 1 month ago
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Firefox 28 Arrives With VP9 Video Decoding, HTML5 Volume Controls

danomac Re:Automatically? (142 comments)

Gentoo users probably get more entertainment watching the game compile rather than actually playing the game. Go figure.

about 1 month ago
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Daylight Saving Time ...

danomac Re:Not as much trouble as it used to be.... (310 comments)

As someone with a sleep disorder, I can't just arbitrarily change my sleep patterns. I am the second day in and I'm still exhausted. It can take me up to three weeks to get used to the new time. A lot of people are like that. Besides, if it didn't affect anyone, our car insurance agency would not pay to put ads on radio and TV three days before the change warning drivers to take extra caution on the week following the change (Monday and Tuesday are the worst days.)

Fuck DST.

about a month ago
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US Intelligence Officials To Monitor Federal Employees With Security Clearances

danomac Re:1984 Cascade (186 comments)

But if the Monitor monitors the Monitor, does the other Monitor monitoring the Monitor monitoring the first Monitor also monitor the first Monitor? Ugh. This could go on forever.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

danomac Re:Meanwhile, the Linux community ... (860 comments)

Most are missing the point that most people still using XP on old machines are on a very limited income. Windows 7 costs money. Office costs money. This is money that these people do not have.

I converted my friend's parent's old XP PC to linux. They don't notice a difference and I haven't had any calls since the conversion. They are retired and almost no income for this sort of thing.

Linux is free, at least. Another thing is most of the target audience is using XP for browsing the web and email. Linux works just fine for that.

Remember: not having money is a huge barrier for a lot of people. Those that have money will likely have upgraded already.

about a month and a half ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

danomac Re:Take pictures, press charges. (921 comments)

I made a steaming upload not half an hour ago. What did I eat for supper again??

Going out on a limb here, but I think you probably had barbecue...

about 2 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

danomac Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (457 comments)

Speed traps, OK. Enabling drunk driving by posting traps? I'm not so sure I agree with that one.

about 2 months ago
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With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

danomac Re:What the frak? (279 comments)

It's a viscous cycle and Dice has no incentive to stop it.

Short story even shorter: Dice runs the site. Dice profits from not removing spam posts.

I guess Dice is throwing stuff at the site and is waiting to see what sticks?

about 2 months ago
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Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

danomac Re:worth it to me, with the free shipping and vide (298 comments)

Adding a person to the mailroom is a cheap way to make 500 employees a lot happier, so they will work for you instead of someone else if everything else is equal.

Sure, if the place you work for has the money to do this. The situation is where we work, we don't, and we can't get funding for a position like that. Quite a few people started to use work as the delivery address, and the higher-ups passed a new policy for no personal packages allowed to be delivered at work - they are flat-out refused. We don't have a dedicated mail person and never will.

In my specific case, I order stuff all the time for work and have it delivered (including from Amazon, NewEgg, and other sites) so if I were to order one personal package it would not likely be noticed. However, the other 99% of staff need to order through someone else and don't have that luxury.

about 3 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

danomac Re:Sega is Nintendo's future (559 comments)

Or they could get into the cell phone market with a Nintendo-branded phone. That would be kind of interesting to see what kind of innovation they could bring to a phone. Seeing as the casual gamers on phones have been affecting them it's probably their only choice.

about 3 months ago

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Canadian Telcos fighting CRTC ruling

danomac danomac writes  |  about 9 months ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears the Canadian carriers are seeking to overturn the proposed CRTC code that will take effect in December of this year. This code was previously discussed here at slashdot and had things like caps on contracts, reasonable roaming rates, and mandatory cell unlocking. The major sticking point is that this code is to be retroactive, and the big telcos are worried that this will set a bad precedent if customers can effectively cancel their existing three year contracts. However, it sounds like they're not happy that they are no longer the only ones that can arbitrarily change a contract. Some carriers may even defy this new code as they fight through the courts."
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Canipre caught using images without permission from copyright holders

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Canipre, a Canadian anti-infringement enforcement company, has been using photos on their official website without permission.

This company hopes to bring US-style copyright lawsuits to Canada, and they are the company behind Voltage's current lawsuits.

It says right on their website "they all know it's wrong, and they're still doing it" overlaid on top of the image used without permission. There apparently are multiple photos from different authors used, and none gave permission for Canipre to use on their website.

Canipre's response? "We used a third party vendor to develop the website and they purchased images off of an image bank", trying to pass the blame to someone else.

Some of the photos were released under the Creative Commons, meaning they could've used the photos legally if they attributed the author."
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Canadian Police Need New Internet Surveillance Tools

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to information without a warrant. This can contain your name, your IP address, and your mobile phone number.

This, of course, creates all sorts of issues with privacy online. The police themselves say they have concerns with Section 34. Apparently the way it is worded it is not just police that can request the information, but any government agent. Would you trust the government with this kind of power?"

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Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Apple hopes to drop Samsung as chip supplier

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apple is testing out new chip suppliers, trying to find another supplier other than Samsung.

Apple is currently suing Android phone manufacturers, and Samsung is included in the lawsuit. The question is will they be able to move to another supplier?"

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'United Breaks Guitars' becomes viral hit

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 4 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and witnessed one of their Taylor guitars being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. It was discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. Long story short: United refused to repair the guitar, so the artist promised to write and produce three songs about his experience with United Airlines. The first song has now been released and uploaded to YouTube where it currently has over a half a million views.

Apprarently United Airlines have now come in contact with the artist, asking for permission to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future."

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Xbox franchise starts making money

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Everyone knows the Xbox franchise started out losing a lot of money. Recently, they have started making money, at least for the last two quarters. It looks like Microsoft's gamble is slowly paying off: Possibly by end of June this year the franchise will be in the black.

Xbox Live is credited for distinguishing the console from its competitors."

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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apparently, Interlink Electronics Inc. is crying foul over Nintendo's new Wiimote. A patent was issued to them for a trigger operated electronic device.

I wonder how far this will go, considering the N64 had a trigger on it's remote control."
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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that mobile phones may be prone to a SMS message attack that can lead to remote software installation or handheld reprogramming. It doesn't help that the GSM Association is being hazy about whether they acknowledge it or not.

From the article: "All operators have been keen to point out however that such an attack would be illegal. The GSMA warning that "if this were demonstrated in the UK it would be a serious criminal offense, which could be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for over the air interception"." Sure, it may be illegal, but since when has this stopped hackers in the first place?

Who would have thought that devices that are remotely programmable would not authenticate the sender of the request?"

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