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I Became a Robot With Google Glass

elzurawka Wearable Tech (134 comments)

There is huge hype in the media that THIS year will be the year of wearable tech. Until there are better input methods then voice, i dont think it will take off. I hate interacting with my phone through voice, and i feel like Glass would be even worse.

Wearable tech is still a lot of hype by the industry, and I don't know if the consumer is really looking to spend money on it just yet. I feel like we need a breakout tech to really get people on board, and Glass hasn't done that.

1 year,14 days

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

elzurawka XBMC (782 comments)

So basically all the features I have been using for the last 3 years on XBMC + Steam, except for Voice and motion input(which i think are silly and I don't want).

about a year and a half ago

Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

elzurawka Less Movie, More Game (208 comments)

Valve needs to concentrade on releasing the next edition of the game, and stop working on a 1000 other projects on the sidelines.

about 2 years ago

Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems

elzurawka Blackberry (315 comments)

Had this been an issues with a new blackberry, you know they would be crucified. The media loves to let apple getaway with stuff like this all the time, but any mistakemade by RIM and it means the end of the company. If this is a software bug, why are we waiting weeks for a fix? Because apple knows they can do as they please, and these devices will still fly off the shelves faster then they can build them.

more than 3 years ago

Astronauts Having Trouble With Tranquility Module

elzurawka Metric Everywhere (300 comments)

Atleast in scientific application there is no reason to use Imperial. Metric makes all calculations simpler, and is accepted by a much larger portion of the world, and should be the standard in all science.

more than 4 years ago

MSI Will Launch iPad Alternative

elzurawka Re:Touch is just nice (756 comments)

Yeah, cause when i am on a packed train, all i want to do it talk my private message into my phone :)

Voice recognition is over hyped, and it will not work as a sole means for data entry, ever.

more than 4 years ago

Game Distribution Platforms Becoming Annoyingly Common

elzurawka Re:You said "transfer". (349 comments)

Not sure if the OP meant this, but I like the fact that if I have a game I like, for example L4D2 which is around 7 gigs, and a friend picks it up, I can bring over the backup files from my computer, and install the game using those. He does not have to go and waste a few hours re-downloading the games. All of my games are backed up to an external NAS at my house, and whenever I install them, its just a matter of clicking on the files on the NAS, and running the install. Then once its installed, the game is automatically patched to the latest version by steam( I can re-backup with this patch for next time ).
I can then bring my NAS with my to my friends, and as long as he owns the license he can still use the same install files. Very much like when games were bought on physical media. The advantage? No Stupid CD/DVD protection, i can give him a COPY of the backup file on DVD if I like.
No Key to remember. How many old games do I have that I no longer have the original packaging for? That means I have to crack the game to get around the activation key.
Also I can keep redundant copies of the game at home, and if my house burns down, steam still has a copy for me. If I own all my games on DVD and my house burns down, I'm S.O.L.

about 5 years ago

Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

elzurawka Exponential Growth (266 comments)

So, the first one builds a friend, then each builds a friend, and each of those builds a friend. Soon enough there will be millions, and they will be able to invade your blood cells!

I for one welcome our nano sized robot overlords

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 May Finally Get IPv6 Deployed

elzurawka Re:IPv6 addresses are overly complex (283 comments)

Your average Joe probably doesn't even know what IPv4 is, let alone the reasons for going to 6

more than 5 years ago

In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...

elzurawka Re:Where can I buy Linux games? (483 comments)

Hahha, i think we are getting a little flamewarry :)
OK, i admit, there are not a lot of great native games for Linux.
"Then why aren't games written for LINUX to run on Linux?"
Because there is no Demand for it? I really don't have a better answer for that. Linux makes up a very small percentage of the PC world, and many people run linux on sub par hardware. My thinkpad has built in graphics, and that good enough for me. I don't want my Linux OS for games.

But there are still some fun ones. Nexiuz is one that comes to mind. old school UT type game. What next, demanding why there isn't a Gaming community for Solaris?

There arn't games for Linux, because, there isn't a Market for games for Linux.
I Use Linux for work, and I used to use it for school. I still use it a lot at home for browsing/music/media related things. When I want to play games, I boot into Windows.
I Use Linux for productive things. Just like some people boot up their PS3 to play games, i see nothing wrong with booting up my Windows box.

Oh, and SDL and Allegro are no where near what you can with DirectX10...or probably 9 for that matter. The biggest problem is there isn't demand, or any developers willing to supply. I don't see the issue which makes this a Game changer for using Linux.

more than 5 years ago

In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...

elzurawka Re:I keep trying (483 comments)


Install Ubuntu
Install Flash/restricted packages
Install non-default packages(pidgin, xchat, compilation tools)(all done via apt)
Do a system upgrade
Customize my Appearence settings
Get a few Firefox addons

A Base linux install is quicker then Windows, and it comes with 1/2 of your software installed. I meant a fully configured setup.

On Windows, first you install the OS, then you need to hunt down all of your Driver CDs(Obviously drivers are an issue in Linux as well, but can't say i have ever had a 10/100 NIC not work in Linux, i have in Windows). Then install Office, install Firefox, Install antivirus, install windows updates, install Flash, install Java. There is no options to send one apt-get install command with a list you want, you have to crawl the web, looking for the latest version of every tool you want.

Personally, i'll go with APT

more than 5 years ago

In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...

elzurawka Re:I keep trying (483 comments)

"Games are a common one."

People keep bringing up the Games issue. Games are written for WINDOWS, they will run on Windows. You can't expect developers to spend enough time to copy DirectX to match the one included with Windows today(although Wine does a fairly good job).
Complaining that Linux can't run Windows games, is like complaining that my Xbox360 games won't run on my PS3, it makes no sense. You can't play windows games without buying windows, just like you can't play PS3 games without buying a PS3. So i don't accept that argument.

"Yes: Windows 3.1. But nowadays PCs"

Again, you started on 3.1 and have had...15ish... years to learn the ins and outs of Windows. Come back after using Linux for 15 years, and it will be simple. There is plenty of hardware out there that even in Windows requires that I go hunting online for software/drivers. Network cards included.

At least Linux does not popup when i'm trying to install networking drivers, asking "Would you like to search online for this software?" :)

more than 5 years ago

In total, I've downloaded X Linux ISOs, where X= ...

elzurawka Re:I keep trying (483 comments)

Then stop trying? Clearly you have too many Windows related requierments.
It takes me about 2 hours to go from Format, to fully running Linux Distro, with browsers, drivers, office software, chat software, and several other things that I need.
If you don't want to take the time to learn a new system, and find the tools you need, then go use Windows where you are happy. Do you remember the first time you ever installed Windows. Was it all happy and great and everything worked? No, I'm sure it took you some time to learn it too. Now that you've been using it for a few years, you say its easy and you know what you need for it. Same thing happens with Linux. Its not like the linux people just magically installed the OS and knew everything form day one.
I've been using Linux, alongside Windows, for almost 6 years now, and obviously at first it was a challenge. But with practice, and patience, it now works great.
Now, again, if you don't have the time or willingness to invest in learning a new Operating System, then don't try, and complain about how its not usable.
Just like learning any new skill(and using an operating system effectively is a skill in my opinion), it takes Time, Interest, and Effort.
If you have hardware issues, that another story, but personally i have not had any hardware issues since Ubuntu 8.04 on my thinkpads or PCs.

I admit i run XP in a wmware session on my Linux laptop, but that for things such as outlook and Office, and the rest of my tasks are done in Linux, and many of them couldn't be done in Windows. To each his own :)

more than 5 years ago

Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Chips To US Navy

elzurawka Re:Seriously? (327 comments)

You can get away with fraud when dealing with the government. It's the Vacuum company that got them in trouble. The government would have probably went on for a few more years buying them if it wasn't for these people getting greedy and going after the lucrative vacuum market.

more than 5 years ago

Homeland Security Changes Laptop Search Policy

elzurawka 5 Days? (273 comments)

So, now they will just take away my laptop for 4 days. Good thing my flight is in two hours, and I am not back for 6 weeks...


more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu's New Firefox Is Watching You

elzurawka Re:Not new (330 comments)

The difference is that we all know that Google is a giant Advertiser.
Most people are under the impression that Ubuntu is a free OS, not an Ad Sponsored/Data mining revenue oriented OS.

more than 5 years ago

What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

elzurawka Network Access Control (1117 comments)

If you have the money, you should look into some Network Access Control(NAC), or enterprise firewall solutions. Something by companies like Mirage, ForeScout, or Fortinet(among others). This way, you can force any laptop on the network to authenticate, either AD, 802.1x, or captive portal. You can then run a host check to check for up to day Virus scanning software, as well as many other things.
While they are at school, the laptop has certain policies. You can push firewall, etc to the host. As well they can have Single Sign on for network resources.
At home the user has a client to connect into school resources through IPSec or SSL VPN. Policies can be put in place for home use, or can be allowed full access, as long as when you reconnect to the network you meet your policy.

Look into these companies and find a distributor to help you install it. Each devices servers different needs.
My company has deployed a similar solution for a School board in Ontario in the last year, and so far they like it.

more than 6 years ago

Why RAID 5 Stops Working In 2009

elzurawka DVD? (803 comments)

Whats all this talk about DVD? Why not sure Blu-Ray? whats it got 50 gigs? Little better...240 Disks for the example above where someone said 1600+ dvds. Also Blu-Ray today have 2 layers. In the future i am sure that will increase, or the next optical medium will be even more condensed. That being said i still believe that SSD is the way of the future.

more than 6 years ago



Ubuntu to debut on smartphones

elzurawka elzurawka writes  |  more than 6 years ago

elzurawka (671029) writes "The BBC reports "Mobile phone chip designer Arm has announced an alliance with the makers of the Ubuntu open source software. The deal will produce a version of the operating system for small net-browsing computers known as netbooks. It marks a departure for Arm, which before now has been best known for designing the chips inside smartphones and feature phones. The new operating system for Arm-powered machines looks set to be available in April 2009.""
Link to Original Source

elzurawka elzurawka writes  |  about 8 years ago

elzurawka writes "Saddam is dead I don't know what to say, we will see how many thousands will be killed because of this. All this has developed in a matter of a few days so quickly and unannounced.

"Iraqi TV said the execution took place just before 0600 local time (0300GMT). It was witnessed by a doctor, lawyer and officials. It was also filmed. US troops and Iraqi security forces are on high alert for any violent backlash. Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by an Iraqi court on 5 November after a year-long trial over the 1982 killings of 148 Shias in the town of Dujail.""

elzurawka elzurawka writes  |  more than 8 years ago

elzurawka writes "HP has agreed to pay 14.5 Million dollars to settle a civil suit brought on them by California Attorney General. This stiff fine goes to show that need to watch out how they conduct business. HP may have saved themselves a world of hurt by cooperating instead of trying to cover this us. FTA:
"Hewlett-Packard (HP) has agreed to pay $14.5m (£7.4m) to settle a civil lawsuit over its much-criticised investigation into a boardroom leak. The probe by the Californian attorney general came after allegations that HP had wrongly spied on its directors to try and find the source of the leak....The investigators were said to have illegally gained phone records by pretending to be the people they were spying on, a practice known as 'pretexting'. HP's chief executive Mark Hurd has already admitted that the methods the investigators used to try and identify who was behind the boardroom leaks were 'very disturbing'.""

elzurawka elzurawka writes  |  more than 8 years ago

elzurawka writes "Apple today has issued a recall of over 1 million battaries in the US. This comes after Dell recalled over 4 million batteries just last week. Is this a issue we may soon see with other laptop manufacturers? It apears to be again an issue with Sony produced batteries.
"Computer giant Apple is recalling upwards of 1.1m batteries used in its laptop computers in the US. The announcement affects laptop computers sold between October 2003 and August 2006 and impacts the company's latest range of machines ... The recall is said to be the second biggest in consumer electronic history and will come as a blow to Apple after its launch of new MacBook and MacBook Pro machines had been hailed as a huge success for the firm.""

elzurawka elzurawka writes  |  more than 8 years ago

elzurawka writes "The BBC's Bill Thompson writes about how Microsofts efforts to keep Vista secure could help to promote free software. Locking down of the kernel among many other reasons could lead consumers to switch a more "democratic" model of software development, as opposed to putting "their faith in the 'benign dictator' approach to security."
From TFA:
"The release of Vista, the latest incarnation of Microsoft's Windows operating system, could mark the point at which the ongoing argument between two very different models of how software should be developed and maintained is finally resolved. ""


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