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Windows 8 Killing PC Sales

eobanb Re:My theory (1010 comments)

Is 209 GB really that significant? 200k people means presumably that 209 GB is spread over many, many business-class connections.

about a year ago
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Is the Concept of 'Cyberspace' Stupid?

eobanb just the word; not the concept. (292 comments)

Laugh all you want at the retro-ness of the word 'cyberspace', of course, but let me just say this: I was born in 1986, so during my childhood the internet grew with me. I only barely remember there being a time when the internet was not widely used. Consequently, I essentially do think of the internet as a 'place', or least I imagine that an MRI scan would see the same area of my brain lighting up. And why not? It's infinitely more democratised, instantaneous and ubiquitous than any other prior communication medium. Which, at least in my subconscious, makes me think of it as closer to real life and place than to '0s and 1s on wires and in computers' in the same way I think about real life itself as such, rather than 'matter and energy bumping around in a universe of space-time'.

about a year and a half ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

eobanb Re:Big Phones? No. Small Computers (660 comments)

I honestly do not know anyone who uses a Bluetooth headset regularly. I only make a handful of calls a day, lasting 3-4 minutes at most, so a Bluetooth headset would just be more trouble than it's worth.

more than 2 years ago
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How Las Vegas Missed Out on a Life-Sized Starship Enterprise

eobanb Re:WHICH ONE?! (240 comments)

D. The article makes reference to Ten Forward. Plus TNG was currently on the air at the time so it would have made the most sense.

more than 2 years ago
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Update On Wayland and X11 Support

eobanb Re:I don't understand (315 comments)

In Unix/X parlance, the 'window manager' is distinct from, and higher-level than, the 'windowing system'. XFree86 and X.org are display servers like Wayland but have also taken over the job of being a windowing system. In contrast, examples of window managers are twm, openbox, compiz, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

eobanb Re:why phase out DVI? (704 comments)

Then again there's HDMI 1.0, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, then for cables there's Standard, Standard with Ethernet, High Speed, plus converter cables to/from DVI, DisplayPort, VGA, and then of course there's HDCP...

...It's always going to be confusing to 90% of people no matter what.

more than 2 years ago
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An iPad Keyboard You Can Type On and Swipe Through

eobanb Re:I miss the Tandy (93 comments)

Addendum: with an Arduino you could do it even cheaper and you could build it this weekend, although it would involve more DIY software dev and result in less overall capability (with a Raspberry Pi and a tiny USB wifi module you could read RSS feeds or email, etc).

Arduino would be about $20; Longtech makes a cheap 128x64 LCD for $17, keyboard would be $10, and if you fabbed the case yourself for free, total cost would be about $50.

more than 2 years ago
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An iPad Keyboard You Can Type On and Swipe Through

eobanb Re:I miss the Tandy (93 comments)

Perhaps you should try building one with a Raspberry Pi (once they're released)? A credit card-sized 700 MHz ARMv6 board with SD storage, USB, and it can run off a pair of AA's. You could connect a small cheap 128x64 monochrome LCD like this one from Sparkfun to the GPIO, hook up a keyboard, and run a minimal Debian distribution.

$25 for the Raspberry Pi, $40 or so for the LCD, $10 for the keyboard; throw another $25 in to order a 3D-printed plastic case, use an old 1 GB SD card....total cost would be around $100.

more than 2 years ago
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Senate Set To Vote On the Repeal of Net Neutrality

eobanb Re:Another Kink (345 comments)

This would explain the massive proliferation of companies whose sole business is murdering innocent civilians, right?

I guess you've never heard of Union Carbide, United Fruit, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

eobanb Re:Cue Apple fans saying "That could NEVER happen" (584 comments)

What a dumbass argument. You realise iOS is also built atop Unix, right? Please take a stock iOS device and show me how one can wget, curl, or any other commands you mentioned.

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Demos Photo Unblurring At MAX 2011

eobanb Re:the end. (251 comments)

This does NOT fix images that are out of focus. This fixes motion blur. The two are entirely unrelated.

more than 2 years ago
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OnStar Terms and Conditions Update Raises Privacy Concerns

eobanb Re:And? (185 comments)

I would not trust the electric company with my refrigerator either

I hate to break it to you, but...

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Chromebook Series 5 Review

eobanb Chrome OS = thin client all over again (136 comments)

Remember when thin clients were all the rage, guys? Remember Bill Joy telling us the network is the computer? It was true!

Well, kinda...

As it turns out, internet access isn't ubiquitous, at least not yet. In the age of 4G smartphones and tablets we'd like to think it's ubiquitous, but you really only notice that it's not when you have a system like a Chrome OS laptop that literally does not function at all without a network connection.

Even if it were available all the time (airplanes, underground, in the wilderness) it's still not fast enough. And even if it were fast enough, presently we have to deal with usage caps.

Chrome OS is an idea way too far ahead of its time. Right now there's no reason to ditch native software that works perfectly well.

more than 3 years ago
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Time To Close the Security Theater

eobanb False dichotomy (457 comments)

This isn't an either-or situation. The TSA's perpetrated a number of civil liberties violations, yes. On the other hand, some kind of free market libertarian fantasy should not come at the expense of public safety either.

The TSA needs to be re-imagined, but we shouldn't revert to the system we had before. But c'mon. A free market system has no incentive to improve in this kind of situation (oh, you died in a terrorist attack? Fine, go to some other airport next time!)

more than 3 years ago
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Algorithm Solves Rubik's Cubes of Any Size

eobanb It's time for Slashdot to support Unicode properly (139 comments)

Lack of support for 20 year-old standard is usually just annoying as hell, but in this case it's actually caused the summary to be wrong. For a site that frequently discusses such topics as technology, math and language (for all of which Unicode is an important part—at least insofar as even being able to TALK about these subjects) there is absolutely no excuse for not doing Unicode.

As far as I'm concerned Slashdot ought to be able to render MathML too.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Challenges Apple With Mac App Store

eobanb Re:Amazon Not An Underdog (111 comments)

To most people, if you say "Amazon", all they think is "books"

This is absolutely not true anymore. In fact I would say it's basically the opposite now: the least tech-savvy people I know are unaware that Amazon used to only sell books.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Buys 12 Seats On Soyuz

eobanb rewind 40 years (236 comments)

Around 1971, could anyone have imagined this is where we would be in 2011? Having no ships of our own and hitching rides from the Ruskies' spacecraft originally designed in the 1960s?

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

eobanb Re:What's average Netflix datarate? (538 comments)

AT&T U-Verse traffic is not included in the cap. Since video is by far one of the most bandwidth-intensive type of data online, essentially this is a cap on all services competing with U-Verse: iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, MLB.tv, you name it. Get real. This is in no way, shape, or form, network neutrality.

more than 3 years ago

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eobanb eobanb writes  |  more than 7 years ago

eobanb writes "It seems like the much-ridiculed Myspace.com came out of nowhere. A couple of years ago, hardly anyone had heard of the site, and now some people can't get enough of it. But where did it really come from? And why is it growing like a virus? The origins of Myspace are mysterious, but with enough research, it would seem clear that those origins aren't entirely legitimate: "eUniverse, the company that essentially created MySpace, was a pioneer in this field. Headed by CEO, founder, and Chairman Brad Greenspan, eUniverse (now Intermix Media), was a multimillion-dollar marketing and entertainment company known for sites like Skilljam.com, pop-up advertising, unsolicited mass emails, spyware, and the adware behind controversial peer-to-peer file sharing network Kazaa.""

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