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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

dkegel Re:LED Lightbulbs Re:user error (710 comments)

Me, too. I get mine at Home Depot (they have Cree, which I like better than the ones at Lowe's). Replacing frequently-used incandescents with LEDs pays for itself in about 9 months (at $10/LED, 4 hr/day, and $0.15/kwh; your milage may vary, see http://www.lektroninc.com/payb... )

Doing this (and a few other things) cut my power usage from 40KWH/day to 25KWH/day. Still too high... I need to dig some more to see where it's all going.

I'm blogging the experience at http://kegel.com/energy/lights...

about two weeks ago
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Valve Sponsors Work To Greatly Speed-Up Linux OpenGL Game Load Times

dkegel Nvidia's been doing this for a while on Linux (202 comments)

FWIW, the Nvidia proprietary drivers have had a shader cache on Linux since the 290.03 release in late 2011 (search for GLShaderDiskCache). It probably helps Mass Effect 2 under Wine somewhat (here's a bug report from before the cache was added to the driver: http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bu... )

about 3 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

dkegel Re:Stop (349 comments)

Are you sure your router hasn't been subverted by malware? See e.g. http://www.cert.pl/news/8019/l... That one doesn't do transparent proxying, but others might.

about 5 months ago
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DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

dkegel Re:Spot-checking healthcare.gov (429 comments)

I only logged in, since I live in a state that doesn't use the Federal system, so I didn't want to fake my address (beyond saying I lived in a different state, which was good enough to get past the account creation process).

about 9 months ago
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DHHS Preparing 'Tech Surge' To Fix Remaining Healthcare.gov Issues

dkegel Spot-checking healthcare.gov (429 comments)

Just how broken is it? Let's find out.

I tried creating an account early Sunday morning and failed.
I tried again Sunday evening, and it worked... on Firefox, anyway. On Chrome, logging in took me to a blank screen.
( See https://plus.google.com/u/0/113779301404424240904/posts/2mxh2wPTein )

If you try creating an account on healthcare.gov, reply here with what happened. Let's see how broken it is.

about 9 months ago
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Visual Studio 2013 Released

dkegel TFS... (198 comments)

Is it just me, or did other people read that as The F*cking Software?

about 9 months ago
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The Decline of '20% Time' at Google

dkegel Re:I doubt the reports... (198 comments)

Are you talking about Google, or some other company? I don't remember anything like that going on at Google when I was there. The managers I observed were quite levelheaded and didn't assign too much work. The only real impatience I saw was when one product had too much latency visible to the end user. That resulted in a whole lot of impatience... and a new level of vigilence against latency creep. But that was a good thing.

about a year ago
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The Decline of '20% Time' at Google

dkegel I doubt the reports... (198 comments)

The original report of "For many employees, it has become too difficult to take time off from their day jobs to work on independent projects." can be explained well like this: people who are below average productivity in their team can't spare the time to work on 20% projects.

I don't think this is a harsh thing; it's just a fact of life.

By the way, the Google version of stack ranking (if I recall correctly from my time there) is something like "If you're a manager, and there's a guy on the team who isn't being very productive, make sure he knows about the problem, so he can do something about it."

Also not a harsh thing.

Google doesn't want to become a Cisco, where all the good ideas come from buying up little companies. I suspect that people of above average productivity at Google still have plenty of freedom to try experiments 20% time.

What has changed a bit is that since the mantra of the company became "Features, not products", those 20% experiments are almost always going to involve adding features or other improvements to existing products, not wholly new products.

And that's ok, too. There is a whole lot of room to add features and make things better under the hood.

about a year ago
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Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

dkegel Re:Let's keep the tree green (145 comments)

Congress, say.

And of course 'instantly' would be too gestapo for real life. We'd really want a grace period with escalating warnings, followed by fines, followed by pulling-the-plug.

And it'd be much better if industry came up with this on its own first. What's the state of the art?

Rackspace talks about security,
http://www.rackspace.com/managed_hosting/services/security/
but doesn't seem to offer proactive vulnerability scanning, and if they did, they would charge for it instead of just doing it.

Godaddy seems to offer this as an extra cost
service instead of just doing it:
http://www.godaddy.com/security/website-security.aspx

Here's one wordpress hosting provider that promises to install all security updates within one hour (wow):
https://wpengine.com/security/

So, industry guys, can we get our act together and offer security scans and upgrades as part of the basic service plan?

about a year ago
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Millions At Risk From Critical Vulnerabilities From WordPress Plugins

dkegel Let's keep the tree green (145 comments)

The solution is easy: hosting providers should be required to continuously run vulnerability scanners, and instantly take down any sites which have known vulnerabilities. As a bonus, it would clear out a lot of crap sites.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

dkegel Re:vanilla Ubuntu. (573 comments)

+1 to that. Don't try to customize so much. Just use Ubuntu 12.04 (or 12.10) the way it comes. Once you've used to that for a month, then maybe customize. But don't go fooling around with E17 or the like until you're quite sure you know what you're doing.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

dkegel D-Link DIR-655 (398 comments)

I like this one. It has good range and is sufficiently configurable to let me run servers at home.

more than 2 years ago
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Attachmate Fires Mono Developers

dkegel Mono does work with wine... (362 comments)

Mono + wine, of late, were starting to be able to run some of the .net apps associated with games. For instance, if you ask it very nicely, mono + wine can run the Need For Speed World launcher/patcher (and was able to do so before .net + wine could). There are lots of bugs left to fix in mono before it can handle more .net 3-era apps, let alone WPF apps, which would be Really Hard.

more than 3 years ago
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Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

dkegel Science fiction got there first, as usual (320 comments)

I read "The Daemon" and "Freedom" ( http://thedaemon.com/ ) in one night each. They give me the same sinking feeling of doom I had back when I first realized how insecure computers were. And they're where I first heard about isobutanol being used as a biofuel.

more than 3 years ago
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Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites

dkegel Re:Maybe not (103 comments)

+1

Ejecta from a collision with early Earth seems the most likely explanation. Pretty cool, but not proof of life coming from elsewhere.

more than 3 years ago

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Microsoft purges download area of everything pre-Vista?

dkegel dkegel writes  |  about 2 years ago

dkegel (904729) writes "Over the last couple weeks, many downloads at microsoft.com related to older versions of Windows have been silently deleted. For instance, Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, which used to be at www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28, is no longer there.

It seems that a) Microsoft is getting quite serious about ending even any hint of support for end-of-life operating systems, and b) the era of being able to download individual fixes via the web is ending; the future is automated updates."

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LA Times defends software patent troll

dkegel dkegel writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dkegel writes "Remember PanIP, the outfit that was suing e-commerce sites back in 2002 and dropped their suit after the Patent Office invalidated the patents? Well, the LA Times has written a sympathetic story casting him as the underdog.
It seems that the LA columnist isn't aware of the debate over software patents.

I emailed him just now explaining it a bit, linked to ./'s articles and wikipedia's articles on the lawsuits, and suggested he do a followup article showing the other side of the story.

(A few more emails to the guy might help drive the point home, but please don't send him hate mail, he's just a journalist trying to do his job, and vitriol would probably make him think that the Evil Conspiracy Against The Inventor was real and still active.)"

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IBM converts all workstations from MS Office to Lo

dkegel dkegel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dkegel writes "According to an article in the german paper "Handelsblatt",
90% of IBM's 360,000 workers have already installed Symphony,
the remaining 10% were asked in August to install it within ten days,
and the company intends to use the .odf format for all new
documents by the end of 2009.

(googlefish translation here: Ihttp://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/it-medien/ibm-wirft-ms-office-raus;2455530&sl=de&tl=en&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 )"

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Chrome for Mac and Linux dev builds announced

dkegel dkegel writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dan Kegel writes "Mike Smith and Karen Grunberg, Product Managers for Google Chrome, write in http://blog.chromium.org/ :

"In order to get more feedback from developers, we have early developer channel versions of Google Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux (for a couple of different Linux distributions), but whatever you do, please DON'T DOWNLOAD THEM! Unless of course you are a developer or take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software.

How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won't yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.

Meanwhile, we'll get back to trying to get Google Chrome on these platforms stable enough for a beta release as soon as possible..."

The downloads are available via http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel

[Disclaimer: I'm a Google Chrome developer.]"

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