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Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

deathguppie Re:Umm no. (248 comments)

My house was robbed a few years back. We had an active alarm. The thieves were in and out while the alarm was still going, in the morning in broad daylight. They don't really care about alarms, because they, know they can be gone before anyone can respond.

After that I put cameras up. I put them in inside corners facing out of the porches where they can't be walked around, and in other places they can't be reached. This has worked as much more of a deterrent, due (I believe) to the fact that no one wants to be ID'ed while committing a crime. Since a lot of these people are recurring criminals, if you have a good image, your local cops may actually know who they are.

As for what system to use. I've used Zoneminder with IP cameras, and a couple HD USB cameras with powered remote hubs. The IP cameras (foscam) are the most unreliable of the bunch, simply because they tend to cut out when recording an event. You'll get the beginning and the middle, sometimes the end.. but never a full motion event. I've talked to other people and they say the same about a lot of IP cameras. The USB option is great, but there is a limit to the lenght of the USB cable that can be used even powered.

about 3 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

deathguppie Re:Because they're EXPENSIVE (810 comments)

I wouldn't(haven't) recommend buying an ev. However, the Nissan Leaf in my area (Seattle) can be leased for $200/m with $2000 down. This is a great lease price for a car that you don't wan't to own due to battery degredation, and many people here have taken advantage of that.

about 5 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

deathguppie Re:money? (810 comments)

also, large cheap bars of gold will sell equally well. Yes, the universe is full of free energy, that doesn't mean that harnessing it to "your" needs is going to be cheap. We live fat and happy off all the work the dinosaurs(mostly plants but I digress) put into creating energy, but never take into account that they used only a small portion of the energy available to us in the solar system. The question is not how to make cheap electric cars but how to make cheap electricity, because then even the creation of the cars becomes more economical.

about 5 months ago

John Carmack Leaves id Software

deathguppie Re:Totally understandable! (154 comments)

I agree 100%. This is one of those moments that anyone who's read any amount of scifi knows what is to come, and all the business suits out there in the PC/gaming world don't have a clue. Occulus is not just about gaming. It will transform the world of computing as we know it. Sure there will be lots of people who prefer, or for reason of their distinct needs will not want to use it. But for the most part it will be the most disruptive technology of the next five years opening up huge paradigms of tech in ways that we are barely able to imagine now. Personally, I read "Snow crash" way to late and could easily see how the author missed on so many things, but the basis of it, that was completely on par, and we are about to see it happen now.

about 5 months ago

Comcast Donates Heavily To Defeat Mayor Who Is Bringing Gigabit Fiber To Seattle

deathguppie Re: That's what votes are for (356 comments)

You know in some countries (like Canada) it is actually illegal to knowingly lie in a news broadcast. Opinion should be stated as such. US media has no problems with outright lying to the public. Media and corporate interests are not necessarily in the public interest but they often have far more say.

about 6 months ago

Comcast Donates Heavily To Defeat Mayor Who Is Bringing Gigabit Fiber To Seattle

deathguppie Re: just donate (356 comments)

Just a thought, but would it really make a difference? I mean corporations pay to have their points of view publicized over any one else's. Since swaying public opinion is how it all works to begin with wouldn't they just advertise their point of view anyway and sway elections even without donating.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

deathguppie Re:LMMS or Qtractor or Traverso and JACK (223 comments)

I'm responding to this, because I agree that LMMS is a great program. A little awkward to use sometimes but still cool. I would also like to mention to the Ardour doubters out there that using the Calf plugins makes Ardour a whole new piece of software http://calf.sourceforge.net/ .

about 6 months ago

Battlefield Director: Linux Only Needs One 'Killer' Game To Explode

deathguppie Re:Overall right but unlikely to happen (410 comments)

People, keep asking why they would want a Steam box. I think you hit the nail on the head. Preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to run games. I go over to peoples houses and watch them boot their computer for 10-20 minutes into Windows just to play a game. It's obvious they don't know how to build or maintain their systems. I have been using Linux as my main desktop since about 97. Admittedly early on it was because I was a tech junkie, but I really don't work on my systems very often. My wife even switched to Linux this last year, and the amount of maintenance headaches I've had since then have dropped ten fold. I know there are people who have had nightmare issues with Linux, and I know people who have had none. I also know people that can't keep a Windows computer running properly for more than a few days, and even more that think it's normal to wait 3 to 5 minutes for an app to start.

But excuse the rant. I think the point is that if Valve is going to sell a steam Box, that you could dual boot with windows if you want(or not), or install other applications to use it as a desktop(or not). That will just work day in day out, without the fuss of windows. People will buy it.

about 6 months ago

Steam Machine Prototypes Use Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GPUs

deathguppie Re:I still don't understand... (187 comments)

I believe Valve is consciously creating their own environment here. Much like Xbox, and PlayStation, they want to be able to offer you an end to end experience, where the software and hardware are tuned for performance. This may mean that Steam OS will give up some features as a generic linux OS to gain performance for gaming. In the case of the Steam Machine, this will more than likely mean that the hardware will have specially tuned drivers pushing it.

So think of taking your Windows machine, and passing it to to a team of experts who would then strip the OS down, rebuild it, and tune it specifically for the hardware you have installed, so that it runs games at max performance. In this case your best Windows 8 machine may not perform as well as a mid level (hardware) Steam Machine.

about 6 months ago

Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

deathguppie Re:Wow (190 comments)

0.00001% of world population cares about the accuracy of statistics surrounding people who may or may not enjoy yachting.. sadly those people are also avid slashdot followers

about 7 months ago

Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

deathguppie Re:"miniscule" (190 comments)

The "king post" is what keeps the bow sprit from moving aft when pressure from the sail is added to it. The only reason for adding weight to it in this situation is if the bow happened to be rising to quickly. The rules imply that any wing shape added to the keel/centerboard must stay in the same angle/plane for the duration of the race. Designers skipped this rule by creating a moveable lifting plane on the bow of the boat. Tilting this plane lifts the boat up off of the water. However, this is a balancing act. It takes a lot of skill and design compitence to create and run one of these rigs. The NZ team was the first to figure out the cheat, and everyone else has been playing catch up. Team Oracles boat designed by Paul Burke, was not designed with the lifting planes originally intended. In this case some of the team members took it upon themselves to level the feild by adding weight to keep the bows from popping up to quickly and losing control of when they would and would not plane on the hydrofoils. It is a bit picky, but those people involved knew well what they were doing and went through lengths to cover it up. If they had just put a hunk of lead up there, judges would probably just have said "hey you can't do that".. but instead it was found buried purposely put there. That is pretty much willfull defiance of the rules. I'm an american shipwright from the northwest where these boats are built, so I'm definately on the US side.. but I see the significance of the decision, both ways.

about 7 months ago

Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

deathguppie Re:Wow (190 comments)

The America's cup is watched by millions. Team costs per syndicate are in the hundreds of millions making Indie racing or formula 1 a joke in comparison. What's more it is the least regulated form of racing (current situation not incumbering) of all the professional racing sports. 30 years ago they were racing mono-hull sailboats pounding through small waves. Now they are racing multihulls that litterally lift off the water on wings going faster than the traffic on the golden gate bridge and almost leaving the speed boats that trail them in the dust.
From my personal experience sailing a boat over 25knts the splashes start to feel like pebbles and then rocks hitting you.. the intensity of having a vehicle of that size moving at that speed is akin to taking Caterpillar 797 through a downhill from Pikes peak. It's amazing and a great sport at any level.

about 7 months ago

Kubuntu Announces Commercial Support

deathguppie Re:KDE a "leading technology"? Surely not. (59 comments)

I still remember when kde2 came out. There was all this talk about everything as a file, like plan9, but in a user oriented fashion. KDE4 did away with all that, but kept the idea of user functionality. If for you functionality is having a button in a specific place, or having settings preordained and hidden, then KDE is not for you. KDE allows for some amazing things, like workspaces. (I gaurantee that this concept will be picked up eventually by the major players as something they came up with)
KDE has in most cases at least two ways do do everything, if you can't find it in one place it's in another. This is a pain to some people, but to someone trying to figure out the system, it means that they have at leas two chances to figue it out before they go to the forums.
KDE is by far the most configuable DE bar none. Where other systems have hacks to change things KDE gives it to you on a platter. There is almost nothing that you cannot change to suit your needs.

While I understand the desire to have a simple desktop setup, any power user who has had more that a couple months with KDE will tell you, there is hardly any DE that can stand up to it for useability.

about 7 months ago

Pastafarian Wins Battle To Wear Colander In License Photo

deathguppie Re:Hey (535 comments)

Actually atheists don't (by their very nature) worry about the afterlife. That's like saying dog's are worried about books, because they don't read them.
Many atheists these days are more vocal because of the growing attacks on science. If people want to believe that we can be healed from the sin of an ancient relative (who was talked into eating an apple by a talking snake), by a human sacrifice, where god had his own son (who is himself) killed. That's fine. Just stop trying to force it on everyone else.

about 8 months ago

Google's Second Generation Nexus 7 Benchmarks

deathguppie Re: If you don't mind a dead battery (205 comments)

Mine must be a fluke then. I'm writing this response from one and haven't plugged it in in three days. Admittedly I haven't been playing movies the whole time just surfing playing YouTube videos and the like but it lasts at least twice what my galaxy s2 does for the same usage. I've had other tablets and this one needs the least charging of any I've owned. 72 he's and still a third of a battery left.

about 8 months ago

Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

deathguppie Re:Here's the reason... (327 comments)

McCarthur was pissing over the Yalu river from the start. He backed bombing runs into China to stop supplies coming in to NK. If you remember Truman was pretty pissed about it. McCarthur assured him that the the Chinese were a bunch of pussy's and not to worry about it. He was dead wrong on both counts. Truman was right to want to keep China out of the war. How long would you allow your people to be bombed in your own country before responding?

about 9 months ago

Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

deathguppie Re:Patent Protection not Patent Troll (223 comments)

For those people unfamiliar with the patent wars. Think of it as two large spanish galions loaded with treasure recently pillaged from the new world. If they both make it home they have to share in the bounty, but if one takes the other ship. Then only one ship goes home with the plunder.

So now we have two ships circling each other firing canon at close range hoping the other will surrender or sink..

In this case MS sued Motorola, and it's actually Motorola's shitty h.264 patents you are talking about not googles... and I seriously doubt they are anywhere near as bad as the list of patents that Barnes & Nobles releases when MS went to sue them for not using Windows. Google to my knowledge has not initiated a patent war with any major company. It has however been fighting as hard as it can.

about 9 months ago

MIT Uses Machine Learning Algorithm To Make TCP Twice As Fast

deathguppie Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (250 comments)

Interesting, that when I read your post I couldn't help but think that very same though about politics, and social engineering. People seem to think that any solution that looks good on the surface should work, and yet hardly ever bother to measure the result of any given solution. On the whole we understand that things are f'd up but understanding why is simply beyond us. Makes me wonder what solutions machine learning algorithms would come up with given more and more criteria, and if those solutions would seem reasonable to humans or not. Just don't allow it access to Petman..

about 9 months ago

Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+

deathguppie Re:Meh (129 comments)

Hrm.. funny I had read that on the web. Couldn't find the off. I tried it before and after posting here.. then I shot video of the settings to show I wasn't making it up, and while viewing the video before uploading, I saw it. Right at the top, blue button. I'd been looking at it the whole time, and just couldn't see it. God knows this is the biggest problem I have when writing code too.. just some dumb spelling error that takes me an hour to debug because I can't see it right in front of me...

about 10 months ago



where is linux?

deathguppie deathguppie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

deathguppie writes "I am at a crossroads. I have been a Linux user since 1996. My first distro was Slackware, it literally took me a month to figure out how to connect to the internet through my 56k modem. I moved quickly trying to find the distro that would just work. I tried Red Hat linux.. then found the promised land in Mandrake. Mandrake was good to me for a few years. I had KDE that gave me all of the productivity I was looking for and each release was worth every bit of the $30 I spent on the box set.

Then right around 2002 it seemed to fall apart. Things didn't work. My usually robust and reliable distro failed me miserably and the answers for my problems were not forthcoming. I went back to slackware, courted Suse for a while, fell utterly short on what I needed with Debian and when fedora came out again couldn't meet my combination of hardware/software requirements.

Then I found Gentoo. It was a mess, it took forever to install, had a million broken packages and hardware drivers. Through it all it seemed to keep it's promise however. There was always a way to make it work. The years went by, and I could figure out almost any problem, even if it did take some effort. I found myself spending more time using applications than tweaking the system and fell in love with Blender, and the Gimp. Suddenly I wanted to work on projects that did not involve Linux so much but just used it the way it was intended to be used. As an operating system.

About a year ago Gentoo started to have problems. Ebuilds became dated more and more of them seemed to go into the package.mask file, and even more seemed to not build properly. Upgrades became a real mess. I don't know if it had anything to do with the hierarchy issues that the foundation faced, but I know that things just seemed to take more and more time to deal with. I needed something that would "just work".

Round about this time Dell computers decided to offer a Linux based desktop distro and through all of the hype they actually offered some systems that made some monetary sense. I made the jump and bought one. I had never used Ubuntu before and based on my experience with Debian in the past I knew that it at least had a very solid foundation.

It has been about 8 months since then. I must be honest, feisty fawn had it's own little issues but Gutsy Gibbon has been a binary base distro failure in my book. How many of you have had your Gnome desktop start losing it's widgets, and then start to degrade to nothing like it was a poltergeist?

I have. Some things work really well, like the initial setup. The nvidia drivers, and any dvd capable player seems to be strangled by political bias within the dev team, but that is not anywhere near the biggest issue. Things just don't work sometimes, and (besides office software) some of the most successful desktop Linux applications out there have only basic implementation, if any.

So I'm looking for a new distro. Something that will "just work". I need it because I'm tired of working so hard to get a system that will do what I need it to do.

Here is my list of requirements.
1. real time kernel: I need to be able use sound applications to their fullest, and I need my network and video drivers to work with it.
2. development environment: I work with game engines I need to be able to build source for any unsupported codec, or library at a whim. Jhashaka, Verse.. all the stuff a film/graphics person needs.
3. Support for proprietary or questionably legal software: I don't care about the politics.. no I really don't. I just want it to work.
4. support for odd hardware: I want to use the same system for all of my computers. I want it on my desktop, my laptop.. everything.
5. Easy Samba setup: ya, I can get it to work, but it's a pain, and I have several systems and os's to deal with, and I want fish (ssh), and ftp through a browser.

While I know this is near to impossible I'm thinking that the Slashdot crowd is as close to the know as anyone.. so what's your thought what would you use??"


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