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Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

fendragon Re:Youtube Comments (238 comments)

I think you missed the big one: lots of people might actually start using Google+.

...Some people just didn't like the blatant privacy violations.

I might start using Google+, because the new system WILL allow me to use my real name at last.
I didn't care for jumping though all the certification hoops required to prove that my usual (single) name is, in fact, real.

about 6 months ago

Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

fendragon Re: A bit slow Slashdot? (710 comments)

Doesn't really tell us anything and certainly doesn't deny any of what Julie has alleged.

It doesn't deny it, but it does suggest that the problem is restricted to one or two people and not represent GitHub's office culture generally. It may not be quite as simple as that, of course, if the claims of chatroom spying turn out to be true.

about 10 months ago

Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes

fendragon Similar has been done before (56 comments)

There was a network of hydraulic pipes around the City of London, originally for powering hydraulically operated lifts (elevators) from a central source of water pressure. The pipes, unused for many decades, were bought up by Mercury Communications as a ready-made conduit for their new fibre network in the 1980s. It was obviously far cheaper than digging up the road for new pipework, as far as it went.

about a year ago

Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0

fendragon Re:I'm surprised ... (79 comments)

It's getting some love here!

I've used Avidemux for a long time, tried KDEnlive before and it was hard to understand and kept crashing - but a recent version of KDEnlive is quite different - easy to use, reasonably stable, does more than I want and will use all six cores of my CPU for rendering if I ask it to. I don't know about Pitivi, but you'd have to work very hard to convince me to throw development money at that when KDEnlive is apparently so far ahead.

As mentioned above there's also Cinelerra. I found that hard work to understand but I suspect it's very powerful.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

fendragon Re:It's like telling a Photoshop user: Try Paint! (299 comments)

Ardour is getting very good these days. The MIDI support (new in Ardour 3) still has a few problems, but some intensive development focus on MIDI is apparently planned soon. I've produced a couple of whole CD albums on Ardour (sound recording only, no MIDI) and it's performed well, originally with M-Audio hardware but I'm using RME now.

Getting Ardour and other music/video software installed and configured to work properly and with low latency isn't easy though, and you are best off with a distribution that's been designed for that purpose from the start. AV Linux is my choice, though I've heard good things said about KXStudio and Dream Studio too.

1 year,1 day

German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

fendragon Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

I never said SD cards had to be FAT: what I said was that Windows can and will use long names on FAT16, citing SD cards below 2GB as a commonly available example of FAT16, and when you buy them new they are formatted with FAT.

And yes, at least with FAT there are volume size implications in the choice of FAT12 vs FAT16 vs FAT32.

about a year ago

German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent

fendragon Re:What about FAT32 (192 comments)

FAT12 and FAT16 DO support long filenames. For example, most SD cards up to 1GB are FAT16 (so are some 2GB cards), and Windows will create long file names on them. Though you wouldn't often need or want to use LFN on a volume small enough to be FAT12, there's no technical reason why you couldn't.

So the Patent discussion is applicable to all three FAT sizes, because they all use the same mechanism for long names.

about a year ago

Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

fendragon Who else will be tracking them? (409 comments)

How long before organized crime is also tracking the movements of officers?

about a year ago

Adobe Releases New 64-Bit Flash Plugin For Linux

fendragon Re:Why does linux get this? (240 comments)

Why not say all OSes got 64-bit. Do they expect us to read the article or something? Honestly..

If I remember correctly, for a long time there have been 32 bit and 64 bit flash plugins for Windows while Linux only had 32 bit versions; you needed a special software wrapper to use the 32 bit plugin on 64 bit Linux, and it didn't work too well for everybody.
So Linux getting a 64 bit plugin along with the other platforms IS newsworthy.

more than 4 years ago

Knuth Plans 'Earthshaking Announcement' Wednesday

fendragon Re:It's a TeX conference (701 comments)

You mean... someone's found a bug in it?

more than 4 years ago

Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission

fendragon Re:Brilliant. Go Steve! (609 comments)

You just stated the definition of a differential gear. It is not new in any way, and describes exactly how a planetary gear works and is normally used. For a real world example take a look at the Hybrid Synergy Drive used in Toyota Prius.

I don't think it is the same as that. In the HSD the electric motor is contributing a large part of the output power, whereas TFA seems to be saying that the control power is significantly less that the power being transmitted, and hopefully will be less than the energy wasted in a friction based CVT.

more than 4 years ago

Lifecycle Energy Costs of LED, CFL Bulbs Calculated

fendragon Re:Eh (400 comments)

LEDs [...] no toxic materials

Gallium arsenide is a carcinogen, and arsenic is released when the crystal is exposed to water (after the LED light is thrown out and ends up in a landfill.) Manufacturing of semiconductors is producing poisonous waste, and it requires large amounts of energy.

The new ones will use Gallium Nitride
I've seen a 4W Gallium Nitride LED lamp (on someone's kitchen ceiling, next to 11W CFL equivalents) and it's very effective. In that case it's an advantage that the LED is directional - the original incandescents for which they substitute would have been reflector bulbs. The light is yellower and more like an incandescent than the CFLs next to it.

As for energy cost of manufacturing, the original article claims to have factored that in to the total lifetime cost.

more than 5 years ago

GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

fendragon Re:I have no issue with this (900 comments)

it won't look at what's on the clipboard, and use those dimensions when I go to file->new.

Particularly strange, because I'm sure it used to do that in earlier versions.

more than 5 years ago

Chapter 11 Trustee Appointed For SCO

fendragon Re:Free UnixWare and OpenServer! (89 comments)

I can't see WHY the Judge is erring so far on the side of caution here- there won't be any appealing a 7 conversion at this point as SCO's clearly not restructuring to be profitable again. They're still hoping for the **BIG** litigation score- which will never happen as they didn't have a case in that regard to begin with.

Possibly this: Either way the company will run into the ground and the judge knows that. If the judge ordered Chap. 7 Darl would spend the rest of his life telling everyone how he was cheated out of his litigation fortune and chance to save the company, and it would all be the judge's fault. By letting them carry on, the case will be lost or more likely SCO will run out of money (surely a matter of weeks now). Same result, but this way he can't complain that the court didn't let SCO give it their best shot.

more than 5 years ago

100 Email Bouncebacks - Welcome to Backscattering

fendragon Re:Why is this only getting noticed now? (316 comments)

Why is this only getting attention now when it's been a problem for years?

As per original article, it's been getting much worse recently. On my own email, which is now pretty well spam filtered (and I kill a lot of spam because my email address has been all over the net for about 12 years) I've been getting dozens of backscatter messages a day in the last two weeks, when I used to get maybe one a month. Others (though not everybody) are seeing the same. That's newsworthy. It's helped that I found out how to get spamassassin to mark mailbounces correctly, but it doesn't spot them all and I may have to make some custom rules for some of the less usual mail agents that have different bounce message detection signatures.

more than 6 years ago


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