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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

fikx Re:German speed limits (326 comments)

Everything in that quoted text seems reasonable. I was surprised you ended with a comment that the American approach was better. What's specifically wrong with the German wording?

about a month ago
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Gigabyte Brix Projector Combines Mini PC With DLP Projector In a 4.5-Inch Cube

fikx not a weak projector, think big-screen laptop (44 comments)

I assume the projector can't light up a screen as well as the big ones, but a small shift in thinking makes me wonder if this has some use: if you do business travel, would this make a good large-screen laptop? With the bonus of being able to project for small groups? Would you need to bring some kind of screen to project on for daily use? or would a cube wall work?
the only disadvantage I see for this use is no battery, but I usually plug in anyway if it's available (and it usually is). Still need a keyboard but with the size, not much added to the travel bad for a small one, and more ergonomic (lot of people do carry keyboards nowadays anyway with a laptop because of ergo concerns).

about 5 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

fikx Re:Hell Yes! (251 comments)

the space orb was much better, ask my old roommate from college days. He hated mine since I could keep the crosshair on him while not pausing in flying through a chamber...nothing like casually navigating a complex room and just taking him out in passing while heading on...
OK, time to dig up some old discs now...
the space orb may be the other controller you're thinking of: although it has 6 buttons at least, can't remember if there are more than that.

about 5 months ago
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Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

fikx Re:Hop the strass (389 comments)

OSS ideas are based first on rights, not money FYI.
OSS != no-cost software.

about 5 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

fikx 3 likely scenios with built in solutions (189 comments)

1) AI will be emergent and the communication/interaction method will emerge as well
2) AI will be designed with the interaction/communication method part of the design
3) AI will be simulated and likely be slower than real time since the real world is already running flat-out as fast as it can and simulating a real "thing" will always have at least a lag and most likely a slower clock speed than real life...that makes the problem backwards from what the summary talks about and easier from our point of view...might be frustrating to the simulated person if they notice, but easy enough for us to buffer and playback the slow responses

Did I miss any?

about 5 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

fikx Re:Like photo printers (400 comments)

And there's the convergence between the VR articles and this: no one will print real objects anymore once VR reaches it's plateau.
cue the "VR revolution kills 3D printing industry" articles... :)

about 7 months ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

fikx Re:Automobile tires? (400 comments)

Didn't Goodyear or someone create a plastic airless tire? Could a 3D printer handle that?

about 7 months ago
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Functional 3D-Printed Tape Measure

fikx Re:How long (134 comments)

Plastic Terminators? cool.

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

fikx Re:Oh just feking wonderful... (279 comments)

The phone system technical details that allow different systems to connect are one thing. Governing a world-wide existing system is another. Not too mention policy over content (which is essentially what DNS dips into BTW) which IS the big concern in Internet governance..
Phone and internet are not the same thing , especially in this case.

about 7 months ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

fikx Re:Google more restrictive than Microsoft (194 comments)

More restrictive? Let someone put MS Office on Android and see what happens...
Of course Google won't like it: This is about the app market. MS would LOVE products like this since it gives Windows users an instant app library. But this is about the market place for Google. To compare apples to apples, see what MS does when their lock-in titles are ported to another platform (breaking the lock-in)...
Not that Google is handling this right, but apples to apples and all that...

about 7 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

fikx great, just like DTV (218 comments)

Goody, I can look forward to another round of converter boxes and government coupons. Sounds like fun.
I do wonder if things like text messages will finally work with home phones...Then I realize the real motivation: AT&T and others are looking at an opportunity to sell more hardware and services. Oh, and a chance to crack open existing regulations and insert cracks and wedges for them to cut service and/or make more money of existing stuff.
Adding value is not an option.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

fikx trying to move on with S3 (303 comments)

I'm currently giving a try at leaving my beloved n900 behind with an S3. The hack-ability of the n900 was fun to have but it wasn't something I relied on. I actually like the n900 as a good phone. The real motivation was to move to more modern hardware ( better radio, better battery life, some extra CPU , etc.) but the biggest reason was to be on a supported platform. Any apps or such that come out are either Apple or Android. Things like work apps and latest apps of any type were off-limits on the n900. But, so far the S3 doesn't quite hit the same buttons as the n900 on just plain smartphone usability. The s3 was a compromise for price vs functionality, given I was going to loose features no matter what I paid (why pay for the top-of-the-line when it's still not as good as I have now?).
Things I liked in the n900 that are missing: Landscape mode as default (I prefer this, Android has it as a late add-on so not supported everywhere). Hardware keyboard (just no getting past how useful that is). Cover for the camera lens (protects it form scratches in a pocket or pouch). Instant access to camera (tied to the above cover, flip it open and camera starts automatically. great convenience). The plugin nature of the contacts app (you can download additions to it to increase the kinds of contacts details it can handle without jumping to another app) Sound worked better (android seems to get confused when jumping between earphones, speaker, Bluetooth when routing sounds. Alerts can go to speakers even when earphone plugged in, system sounds don't always go through Bluetooth when it's connected, can't reliably make it silent since some things will override that), and mostly just being able to change something if I didn't like it. I guess that's a vote on the hack-ability of the n900 but I did the minimum just tweaking things that I didn't like. Another more "fuzzy" thing is just better interface: seems like I'm having to do more clicks to get anywhere in Android. The N900 seemed well thought out and very consistent across the whole phone. Oh, and what is the issue with not including text notes by default? As a PDA veteran, taking text notes is a must for a portable device, yet seems like it's been forgotten except for add-on in most modern devices. And I like the X based interface...can't count how many times I forwarded an app to the phone in a pinch to get to something on my PC. I'll miss that
Things I have now: better connection to towers. seemed like the n900 was having more trouble talking to towers as time went on with more drops, less bars on average, etc. Supported platform: can buy accessories and find software more easily. I am supported with work and other apps. Much better battery life, although I had no issues plugging the n900 in each night, but it's still nice to get 2 days on a charge. One of the nicer things is support for MMS built in: the n900 had an app for it but it maintained separate menus and interface from regular messaging. That was another work related convenience that pushed me.
So, I'm making myself do without some things just to get the few important (mostly work related) features I consider critical for future.

about 9 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

My experiece is opposite: used vnc, rdp, citrix, X11, etc. etc. And X11 is always better. In fact use rdp and pcoip daily and don't enjoy it compared to X11.

about 10 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

To be optimistic for Linux adoption, I'd estimate that for every person who does nothing in terms of remote apps or desktops there are 2 users who do (have to count business, campus, etc. users who are on a large network where such things are every day events). Linux still has a lot of it's users in technical areas or who are technical even at home (home network, etc.) as opposed to just home users. So I's say we've got 2/3 of the Linux users doing remote work of some kind. And for every 3 users who do use some kind of remote app and is telling me X11 remote apps is just as good as VNC or RDP, I'd bet there is at least 2 of those 3 that doesn't understand how X11 remote apps works (hasn't used it or doesn't understand the difference) based on what I've heard from people who have tried or who have at least thought about it.
Just rough estimates on my part, sure, but it still gives my side the majority. Any place I can look up real figures to try and find out who is using Linux nowadays? See how far off I am?

about 10 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

Don't have mirage, but gave Konqueror a try. Prolly not an accurate test as I don't use it much, but worked OK from my PC to my phone...lots of messages in the xterm about contacting other desktop pieces but scrolled fine on the GUI side while showing my home folder...

about 10 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

Every time I'd tried it it's worked. Mozilla, Firefox, Doom3 even, The ones that have trouble are desktop environment apps (like gnome session manager, or other gnome utils) that assume the whole desktop is local...not a problem to do with X, they are looking for or trying to take over another desktop pieces. That's a multi-user fail, not an X fail.
Examples from your side?

about 10 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

Slashdot's not the only place I count. Other web sites and forums seem to be the same. Rough back-of-envelope counting anyway...no need to do more than that considering the counter replies don't even do that.
Just once I'd like someone to answer this criticism with something reasonable instead of "No it's Not!!!"

about 10 months ago
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X11/X.Org Security In Bad Shape

fikx Re:Fucking kill it already (179 comments)

All X11 apps "support" it...that's the beauty of X11 network functionality: apps don't HAVE to support it, it comes free.

about 10 months ago

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The Smart and Social rifle has arrived

fikx fikx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fikx (704101) writes "It seems like something from a scifi movie, but it's a real device: a rifle with enough electronics in it make even a novice shoot well. Heard on NPR and ArsTechnica. It even has WiFi to broadcast the shot for social networking. Doesn't this take the fun out of shooting? don't rush out to buy just yet....at $22,000 it may be a bit much for the next hunting trip, but maybe one day it will be affordable enough to risk take out of the safe. Scary or cool? hard to say..."
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Best geek use for those fake quard shacks in neighborhoods?

fikx fikx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fikx (704101) writes "Question for the Slashdot community: drive around any city and there are development after development with those small entry guard houses at the entrance to each. Some are actually big enough for a person to go in, others are just ornamental. All I have seen have at a minimum a light in it (so it's got power). Since it's a guard house, obvious use would be put cameras or other electronic monitoring in 'em. What else can be done with these otherwise useless little buildings?"
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Disk library solutions?

fikx fikx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fikx (704101) writes "How do slashdotters manage large collections of disks? I'm hoping for a way to manage a large collection of movies that would give me menu type access to the content and the only consumer device left seems to be the Sony disk changer that is discontinued. I would have thought that handling disks would have been a solved problem and on sale in many forms, but I guess not....have slashdotters found or built solutions? or has this problem gone the way of the typewriter?"

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Windows on Linux

fikx fikx writes  |  more than 8 years ago Ever wonder what the world would look like if Windows 3.0 was written/ported as a window manager for X11/Linux? I do. often. It's a cheerful idea...especially when I think of kernel patches coming from MS...and getting rejected by Linus :)

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