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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

erktrek What about hw? (860 comments)

If you upgrade to Win8.xx (or even Win7) you might lose support for your older devices like printers, webcams etc. This means having to fork over even MORE $$$. In my experience this is usually a user's next shock after using the interface.

about a year ago

Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

erktrek Mmm dost protest too much maybe? (182 comments)

I was under the impression that at least early on Microsoft kinda sorta turned a blind eye to pirating - that way they could spread their stuff far and wide. Only after everyone was "hooked" did they start tightening the screws.

I remember how easy it was to install ms office (and other sw) throughout a business with a single set of installation CDs/diskettes + add extra bogus seats/connections/licenses to your server etc.

Just sayin'

more than 2 years ago

Astronomers Catch Asteroid In Near-Miss Video

erktrek Near Miss (120 comments)

Here's a phrase that apparently the airlines simply made up: near miss. They say that if 2 planes almost collide, it's a near miss. Bullshit, my friend. It's a near hit! A collision is a near miss.
"Look, they nearly missed!"
"Yes, but not quite.”

George Carlin

more than 2 years ago

Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

erktrek Re:many engineers are religious (1258 comments)

Yayy for logic... I like that argument!

I guess maybe you could argue that based on our "new" ideas you could say God could ?exist? in a quantum state - being able to create a rock heavier than he could lift or not AND being able to lift said rock or not. So he could be omnipotent and powerless depending on your observation.

more than 2 years ago

Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

erktrek Re:many engineers are religious (1258 comments)

so then I guess it's possible based on our current "scope of knowledge" and critical thinking skills that now we can safely ignore everything in that text? ;-)

Not trying to hate of course!!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?

erktrek There are a lot of answers.. (319 comments)

I think it depends on exactly what you want to teach your general public. If you want to go down and dirty with installation & good documentation then maybe something like "gentoo" (or it's derivatives).

Otherwise if you just want to familiarize them with a basic gui interface similar to what they're used to and also simple maybe try something like Lubuntu or Xubuntu? Ubuntu's Unity may be too radical a departure for this (yet).

Mint is cool but stability might be a concern depending on the flavor especially if you want the old-school gnome paradigm.

Just my 2 cents..

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?

erktrek Re:Eclipse? (300 comments)

Thanks for the heads up!!

Will investigate this further - don't want to make a mess of a project even messier. For us wysiwyg is not all that critical. Eclipse seems to have some nice team oriented features and is (possibly) a standardized tool that can be used for django (python), straight python & postgresql dev.

There does appear to be a commercial plugin "MyEclipse" or something but that's not what was asked about I guess.

Otherwise I've used the non-wysiwyg bluefish.. I notice there's also the "Aloha Editor" - http://aloha-editor.org

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?

erktrek Eclipse? (300 comments)

I'm starting a django project and have decided to try and use Eclipse. I'm a newb with that dev platform so am not sure if it will meet all your reqs. The plugins are quite extensive though.

about 3 years ago

Scientists Developed Artificial Structures That Can Self-Replicate

erktrek Re:From a Biological Perspective We're Probably Fi (127 comments)

I've also heard that the "grey goo" scenario is a bit overstated given that:

Organisms have already evolved optimal survival strategies over the millennia and if nanobots were made of organic material they would be "prey" to some of these.
- and -
The energy requirements for taking on such a task is unlikely to be satisfied in the current environment (especially if made of non organic materials)

more than 3 years ago

Hard Truths About HTML5

erktrek It's just the UI (265 comments)

Having written a (still running) patient flow management system in html3 + hidden frame + javascript - sadly no ajax it is my belief that with proper care a web interface can be used in place of certain local apps. For processes that do not involve complex graphical/video wizardry (i.e. most business apps??) HTML[5] seems adequate enough. This includes many day to day internal business applications where the benefits of management, maintenance & security outweigh most of the drawbacks: bandwidth, hw compatibility, less seamless UI etc.

Separating out the business data and logic/api from the interface also does wonders (ye olde "n-tier" architecture) for the client-side concerns. Everything properly validated through the server-side logic layer.

Migrating an existing local app to the web can be a headache though - then you run into potential usability issues with user expectations and proper program "flow".

more than 3 years ago

VLC Developer Takes a Stand Against DRM Enforcement

erktrek Re:VLC developer using this as soapbox!!! (717 comments)

What's the definition of "free" we are using here?

Seems to me you really want your code in the "public domain" since BSD requires some sort of attribution and therefore is not really "free" either.

more than 4 years ago

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

erktrek Re:A couple of Classic Brit Sci-Fi's for a reboot. (922 comments)

I dunno maybe you could have that nuclear waste pile explosion blow open a temporary dimensional wormhole causing the moon to bounce around the universe or something. Then you could pass by a different planet / system each week and still maintain some semblance of scifi cred.

about 5 years ago

Red Hat Open Sources SPICE Desktop Virtualization

erktrek Very cool I think. (79 comments)

I currently use NXClient w/Neatx for that kind of remote access/management. It works well with both Linux and Windows backends.

I guess the difference is accessing various os's with a single protocol rather than using NX & RDP (like the NXclient does) + also possibly getting around some of the builtin limitations (available only on certain flavors of Windows, limited # accesses by default etc) of RDP.

Sounds interesting if the performance is decent.

more than 5 years ago

Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

erktrek Re:Stability (891 comments)

Uh, maybe no because then you'd be missing the point of the car..to drive it. Maybe instead you'd have to hot-wire the car each time and instead of a steering wheel you had to manually turn the wheels yourself oh and no seats but the thing runs like crazy and is extremely theft resistant.

more than 5 years ago

Leaving the GPL Behind

erktrek Re:This isn't sensationalist, it's the truth (543 comments)

If you have a service using an opensourced app then either license won't make much of a difference unless said competitor decides to distribute their version. At that point the GPL would appear to be the better choice as you would at least get any changes back.

Isn't it true that GPL (up to v2 at least) code that is "inhouse" does not have to be distributed? That seems very business friendly in this age of "application services".

more than 5 years ago

VMware Releases Open Source Virtualization Client

erktrek KVM and Proxmox VE (218 comments)

maybe a little too late for me. I've gone with an alternative called "Proxmox VE" as a platform for VMs.

It's a slimmed Linux (?Debian?) install that uses KVM and Virtual Appliances and is managed with a nice easy web interface (similar too but simpler than Xen's with less features maybe). I am currently running a dev and a production server with no complaints (70+ days for the production server).

Some cool features include:
- paravirtualized drivers for Windows from Qumranet to speed up network/hd io (I running with these in XP and 2003). With Linux those drivers are built in.
- Live migration to another server on the network (have NOT tested this).
- VM Backups.
- Cluster management (not "clustering" AFAIK but I haven't done anything with this).
- Virtual Appliances (have not used these yet).

I don't know all the capabilities of vmware client so there might be some really cool stuff there. For my needs though Linux + KVM + the proxmox management interface works great.

more than 5 years ago

Torvalds Rejects One-Size-Fits-All Linux

erktrek Re:Before you start screaming about this. (791 comments)

Uh - I may be missing the point but if you charge for a product then it seems to me you might have some sort responsibility to your clients (maybe even legal though IANAL).

Also depending on the OSS license you use you might have the responsibility of providing source code to those people whom you distribute it to.

I guess these things wouldn't prevent you from walking away but they might make it somewhat more annoying/painful.

Just saying..

more than 5 years ago

Open Source Killing Commercial Developer Tools

erktrek Re:Visual Studio still seems to be selling (742 comments)

Presumably it's not the cost that makes a novel good (or advanced). :)

Also there is movement in that direction see the creative commons license for more info.

more than 6 years ago



erktrek erktrek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

erktrek (473476) writes "According to this article from PhysOrg — Bigger is smarter: Overall, not relative, brain size predicts intelligence.
Not to worry too much about our place in line though — from the article:
"We didn't have data on enough species to address this question conclusively," Deaner said. "But the human brain imaging data indicate that some correction for 'neural traffic maintenance' is probably needed. If it wasn't needed, then we would be stuck with some real puzzles, such as the fact that there are no consistent sex differences in IQ, yet men generally have larger brains. And, of course, elephants and whales possess larger brains than we do, yet it's hard for us to imagine that they are smarter than we are.""

erktrek erktrek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

erktrek (473476) writes "One of the internet radio sites I listen to had this link to an online petition . In addition if you are feeling particularly perky you can write your Representative directly and tell him or her how you feel about this clusterf___. You must be a US citizen of course..

Here is the text from the petition:

To: Internet Radio Listeners

To my Congressional representatives, and to Congress as a whole,

As a fan of Internet radio, I was alarmed to learn that music royalty rates were recently determined by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) which, if enacted, would certainly silence most or all of my favorite online listening services. For most webcasters, this royalty rate represents more than 100% of their total revenues!

The shuttering of the webcasting industry would be a loss for not only independent business owners, but also for musical artists, for copyright owners, and for listeners like me who enjoy the wide variety of choices available via Internet radio.

I respectfully request that Congress look into this matter and initiate action to prevent it. As the CRB rate decision is retroactive to January 1, 2006, please understand that time is of the essence — as the immediate impact of this decision could silence many free Internet radio stations forever.

Sincerely, The Undersigned"


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