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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

eric31415927 Re:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS = No Skype for me (99 comments)

Skype used to work well - and yes multiarch was and is on.
Then Skype would run but always fail to connect to the server.
I am not the only one with this problem.

Did you pull an updated Skype release from another repository?

4 days ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

eric31415927 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS = No Skype for me (99 comments)

It would be great to use Skype again, but alas it ceased working on my 12.04 box.
I was a paying customer (i.e. Skype out) until Microsoft decided that it would no longer support me.

4 days ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

eric31415927 Re:I laughed (156 comments)

Puns don't kill people, comedians with puns kill people.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

eric31415927 Better Question (116 comments)

Best way to disable a camera drone?

If I see a drone outside my second story window, I'd like to take it out.
Water gun?
Frequency jam?
Simple pellet gun?

about three weeks ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

eric31415927 Heart Attacks & Strokes (252 comments)

Obesity, Smoking, Exercise, Genetics, Diet

Diet is only one small part of the problem
Genetics - well you're stuck with them - your children are stuck with yours
Smoking is hard to quit for some
Exercise - well nobody like to exercise
Obesity - on the rise - due to sugar, salt, and fat in boxed foods - who cooks from scratch?

My rant is over

about a month ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

eric31415927 Re:I intend to live forever (187 comments)

Each day I wake up further supports my theory that I'll live forever.

about a month and a half ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

eric31415927 Deep thought (91 comments)

While driving about a dozen years ago, I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking."
Then I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking.""
Then I thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking the thought: "Wow, I'm thinking."""
Fortunately I didn't crash.
However, I couldn't get to the next level without my mind drifting elsewhere.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

eric31415927 The Sound of Music ... (221 comments)

... with which the hills are alive.

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

eric31415927 Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (255 comments)

There is no loophole here.
Imagine buying a truck to use in a business. The cost of the truck can be written off against earnings over a number of years instead of all at once. The accounting principle here is to spread the cost of the asset over its useful life.

Goodwill is also an asset that can be written off over a number of years. It's an intangible asset with a more ambiguous useful life. The mechanism for writing it off over 15 years instead of, say, 40 years may be questionable. Government policy to attract investment may have led to the 15-year period.

So long as Ballmer is forced to follow the government's rules and he spreads the cost over many years, I see no problem..

about 2 months ago
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

eric31415927 Proper Plural (81 comments)

Everybody should know the proper plural of Apple 1 is Apples 1 and not Apple 1's.

about 2 months ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

eric31415927 There is a real problem (345 comments)

If Google had scripted
chgmod 777
everytime a device were plugged in, I suppose people would be complaining about how everyone had access to their files.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

eric31415927 Bluish People (80 comments)

I remember watching blue people in flash videos.
At the time, I blamed NVIDIA / vdpau.
However it was really Adobe Flash crossing red and blue that caused me to see smurfs everywhere.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

eric31415927 Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

I was about to post the same thing - but name the business as well - Unicomp

It's a good choice, especially if you want a foreign Moldel-M keyboard.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

eric31415927 Forget their computer (334 comments)

You could pay about $100 per year to use Skype to call their telephone whenever you want.
Alternatives to Skype exist.
Calling cards are possible (I've had success buying from Nobelcom.com).

You wouldn't be able to attach any photos, but they're not fun with dial up anyway.
You would have to call your parents when you are all awake, but calls are more personable than email.

about 3 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

eric31415927 Re:999 (600 comments)

For the given purpose, 999 is a very large number.
What sort of firearm requires more than 999 different people to use it regularly?
A rifle for people learning to shoot might be used by thousands of people over its lifetime, but not all of these people need regular access to the firearm. When a person will never use such a farearm again (i.e. he or she passes a course), that person's fingerprints should be erased from the weapon's memory.
If a weapon could conceivable be used by more than 999 people on a regular basis (perhaps a backup weapon for a number of military units), perhaps it shouldn't be fingerprint locked in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

eric31415927 Human Subjects (91 comments)

When the human testing starts, should it be old people first? afftected-continent people first? family-receives-high-payment people first?

I think they should be volunteers at the very least.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs

eric31415927 Re:Other strange update issues.. (140 comments)

My experience somewhat mirriors yours:
On the 2nd Tuesday, I connected my Win7 box to the Internet to install the 2nd Tuesday patches.
After reading a Slashdot article, I uninstalled two patches on the bad-patch list.

Yesterday, I connected it to the Internet to install the August 27 patches.
This was a no go. Windows Update was broken and the Windows Update Troubleshooter was no use.
Only a rollback to a mid-July restore point got the machine going properly again.

My Windows box (which is not my main box) is generally off the Internet, so I don't know why I patched it so promptly.
In the future, I'll wait a few weeks longer before applying patches.

about 4 months ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

eric31415927 Pre-Crime Social Dangerousness (146 comments)

Stop the crime before it happens.
Someone should make a movie about this.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

eric31415927 TOR (427 comments)

I hear these onion routers are all the rage now.

about 4 months ago

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Poll Suggestion: How do you keep your software updated?

eric31415927 eric31415927 writes  |  about a year ago

eric31415927 (861917) writes "1) Automagically — no questions asked
2) Command line — old school
3) Simple graphical frontend — i.e. Aptitude
4) Full GUI — i.e. Google Play, Mac Store, Windows Update, Synaptic
5) Update schmupdate — I don't have time for updates!"

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