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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

denominateur One positive comment about the redesign (2219 comments)

One thing that I just noticed that I like about the redesign is what happens when the display width is reduced below around 800 pixels. The fact that the right-hand sidebar disappears and is replaced by a left-hand button is a bit strange. That button should be on the right for consistency reasons.

about 10 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

denominateur paragraph issue seems to be fixed (100 comments)

hmm, they seem to have fixed the paragraph issue

apparently

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

denominateur The new design is terrible! (2219 comments)

I've been a slashdot reader for a good 15 years now and I really hope that the new beta design changes substantially before being pushed to production.

1) FAR too much white space, only two or three stories fit on my screen! This is not Windows 8 and most of us don't have the attention span of a goldfish....
2) Titles have the same background as the story text. This makes it much more difficult to quickly skim the site.
3) The comment system has been thoroughly broken.

Launch a poll for the new design and see what happens...

about 10 months ago
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iWatch Prototypes Could Be Ready, Apple Hires Fitness Physiologists For Tests

denominateur The beta interface is terrible! (100 comments)

I've been a slashdot reader for a good 15 years now and I really hope that the new beta design changes substantially before being pushed to production.

1) FAR too much white space, only two or three stories fit on my screen! This is not Windows 8 and most of us don't have the attention span of a goldfish....
2) Titles have the same background as the story text. This makes it much more difficult to quickly skim the site. Look at this, I made three paragraphs and there's about an INCH of space between them!
3) The comment system has been thoroughly broken.

Launch a poll for the new design and see what happens...

about 10 months ago
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Google Patents Its Home Page

denominateur Re:Evil. (390 comments)

I remember reading somewhere that there are processes in place for a patent submitter to deprecate a patent and forcefully render its content public domain. Am I remembering incorrectly? If not, then that would surely be a sign of goodwill as it would render the given content unpatentable.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

denominateur Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

Unfortunately I can't check this but your logic is correct only if the unit price charged by the electricity company is the same as that which they return to the customer in the case where the customer produced more electricity than they used.

more than 5 years ago
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New Linux Kernel Flaw Allows Null Pointer Exploits

denominateur Re:Double standards (391 comments)

The exploit maps 0x00000000 to userspace using pulseaudio, this prevents the segfault.

more than 5 years ago
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Your Browser History Is Showing

denominateur workaround in firefox (174 comments)

in firefox:

  set layout.css.visited_links_enabled to FALSE in about config

This will break (a tiny part of) the layout of sites that use CSS to change the style of links that were visited by the user, but it protects against this problem.

more than 5 years ago
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Clutter Reaches 1.0 Release Candidate Status

denominateur Re:Demo (78 comments)

The Moblin 2.0 UI, for instance.

more than 5 years ago
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Harsh Words From Google On Linux Development

denominateur With GTK+ & Cairo you can do anything these da (948 comments)

I don't understand this. There's a reasonably clear HIG document in GNOME which is continuously updated. The strict packing rules make the resulting interface flexible in regards to RTL languages and reasonably consistent with other applications. GTK+ has widgets for just about every purpose. Since the introduction of Cairo it is trivial to draw custom widgets, especially using the gtkmm and cairomm C++ bindings: the custom tab bar could be done in a day. With those bindings it is even quite easy to modify the behaviour of existing widgets by overloading their signal handlers, Murray Cumming and the others working on those have invested a great deal of effort to truly (and easily) expose the object system via C++.

more than 5 years ago
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Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

denominateur say goodbye to your testicles! (519 comments)

And as a useful side-effect, those pesky testicles will shrink and get out of the way.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 Released

denominateur Re:Fix the intel graphics bugs yet? (620 comments)

I agree with you that this issue seems to have been thoroughly ignored by the release engineers, who pushed the 2.6 driver through despite its downfalls. (apparently to gain support for some newer chipsets, which could've been simply backported by adding PCI ID's to the 2.4 driver)

Compositing and 3D performance are horrid and even non-composited 2D is slow when EXA is used. Apparently, if you're lucky you can switch to UXA, but it is non-functional on my systems. (G35: no modes found & i915: DRI disabled)

The issue can be improved (but not fixed) by using a backport of the version 2.4 intel driver available from the "http://ppa.launchpad.net/siretart/ppa/ubuntu" PPA of siretart. This provides minor performance enhancements but is still slower than intrepid.

more than 5 years ago
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Best OS For Netbooks and Underpowered Tablets?

denominateur Currently using ubuntu on hp tc1100 (272 comments)

I have just acquired a hp tc1100 tablet and am happily using ubuntu on it. It does require a fair bit of configuration though.

1) ubuntu now comes with xorg auto configuration, you need to undo that and write a custom xorg.conf to include tablet support (plenty of guides out there)

2) you need to modify /etc/gdm/Init/Default to launch an on screen keyboard (OSK) so you can log in and /etc/gdm/PreLogin/Default to kill the OSK after logging in if you want to use another one for normal text entry. Also, you need to turn off the fancy login screen and use the plain one

3) get cellwriter and train it, it's good and comes with an integrated OSK

4) configure your drivers to support RandR and use the script here http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Wacom_Serial_Tablet_PC_Stylus to enable rotation between portrait and landscape mode

5) if you are using intrepid and have nvidia hardware, nvidia binary blob drivers will not work yet (nvidia has not updated for new xorg yet)

6) xournal is easily comparable to windows journal but requires a bit of fiddling to get the preferences just right. Also, it has drawing problems if you set your zoom level to anything BELOW fit to width

7) I use opera for browsing as the sidepane menu is so versatile. Also, it supports drag scrolling by setting the about:config options "scroll is drag"

8) evince unfortunately only supports drag scrolling using the middle mouse button and does not offer any way of configuring that. (bugs have been submitted though)

more than 6 years ago

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denominateur denominateur writes  |  more than 7 years ago

denominateur (194939) writes "According to a forum thread at No-Steam Valve Software's "Valve Café" servers have been compromised giving the perpetrators access to users' financial information and Valve's balance sheets for the café service. So far Valve has reacted by deleting posts mentioning the security breach in the official forums. Apparently, they responded to one user asking about why his post was deleted and why Valve won't inform its users with: "Actually mate....as far as I know only the Cyber Cafe owners were hit. I am not sure though...but there is no need to panic at this time.""

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