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DreamWorks Animation CEO: Movie Downloads Will Move To Pay-By-Screen-Size

gehrehmee Whoo hoo! (347 comments)

Whoo hoo! My 51" hdtv's EDID data says it's 7" in size. Everything's coming up Milhouse!

about 3 months ago

What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?

gehrehmee Abstractions (598 comments)

Seek to understand the various levels of abstraction available in any problem -- and to solve the problem at the appropriate level. It's a complicated lesson, and something that will take a long time to get right, but once you do, so many things fall out naturally, like clean and reusable code, the need for different languages and tools, design patterns, and on and on and on.

about 10 months ago

Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

gehrehmee Great for parcels (867 comments)

I've lived in places with the mailbox-cluster idea in Canada. Personally, I love it. It's especially great for parcels that would otherwise be left on a doorstep or taken back to a depot.

What happens here is that the mailbox-clusters have a a small number of large mailboxes. If you have a parcel, it goes in one of the large mailboxes. Then the key to that mailbox is put in your personal mailbox. You open it, take your parcel, and lock the key inside. Awesome.

1 year,5 days

E-Sports League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code Inside Client Software

gehrehmee Re:Computer Trespass (223 comments)

This is one of those cases where hitting a score of 5 doesn't quite cut it. The double-standard here is pretty stark and depressing.

about a year ago

GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

gehrehmee Re:3d desktop is a waste (378 comments)

Have you even tried Gnome 3? There really are no "3D" effects. Just because it's using advanced features of your video card doesn't make it 3D.

The closest thing you'll see is that when you switch from a "Show me all my windows in an overlay" view, the windows will shrink/grow into place, which *in that tiny point of time* helps associate the zoomed-out tile with the window that's there.

Unity has some other plugins for 3D effects if you really want them, but they're hidden away because they're more like tech demos than real features.

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Kindle eBook Users To Get Refunds After Settlement

gehrehmee Re:Saw the email yesterday (90 comments)

a) You and your wife will have more book than you did before.

b) If you would have bought those books anyways, Amazon will have lost the money you would have spent on them.

about 2 years ago

Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data

gehrehmee Voice IS data. (177 comments)

Voice is data. It happens to not be very much data, based on how we compress it. Charge it for what it is.

There is the little catch that we want it to be low latency, and in that sense it may well be worth charging a bit of a premium for it.

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing

gehrehmee Re:Too little too late (175 comments)

Make it usable for morons but hidden beneath the surface is everything a geek wants.

So, kind of like Gnome-shell, a simple intuitive interface, with a plugin infrastructure that lets developers change just about anything?

about 2 years ago

Nokia: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Patents

gehrehmee Re:Can no one else see where this is going? (183 comments)

With all these companies suing each other out of doing business, exactly what is the impact on the economy? Can a weakened economy afford this kind of nonsense?

Of course, the law firms on laughing to the bank.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

gehrehmee Communication (646 comments)

The internet is all about communication, be it with other individuals, corporations, etc.

Would you let a 7 or 8 year old talk to random people from around the world without supervision? No?

Then you may want to consider just making sure that there's a human with your children while they're using the thing, until they're at an age where you choose to trust them on their own for a bit. You'll be there to explain the odd random thing that happens.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3.2 Released

gehrehmee Re:For those of us who prefer a video (205 comments)

You can have a task with an extension if you really want one.

That said, you really have to try the overview-style. Whack the windows-key, and you very quickly have almost the entire screen used to select windows, meaning you can see which one you're interested very easily and go to it. It takes some getting used to.... but the added bonus of the zoom-out view being live updates means you get the ability to monitor many windows simultaneously for interesting updates, without needing to throw in a different user-interface to clutter things up.

Try it.

more than 2 years ago

James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash

gehrehmee "better than most of what is being reported" (338 comments)

Where does the quote "better than most of what is being reported" come from? It's not in Gosling's report, and if anything, what he reports is quite a bit worse than what the media is reporting.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

gehrehmee Re:Make the best browser (555 comments)

Confirm/deny? I know 3.x won't upgrade to 4, but 4 should upgrade to 5 automatically, since it's a security release, yes?

more than 3 years ago

Sound-Based System Promises Chipless Phone Payment

gehrehmee Re:Inaudible to people, perhaps.. (186 comments)

Doesn't mean replaying it would get you anything, if it's cryptographically sound.

more than 3 years ago

ICANN To Allow .brandname Top-Level Domains

gehrehmee Re:Why? (300 comments)

I would assume you'd just go to "apple". Hypothetically:

nickuj@work:~$ host apple
apple has address
apple has address
apple mail is handled by 10
apple mail is handled by 20
apple mail is handled by 20
apple mail is handled by 100
apple mail is handled by 10
apple mail is handled by 10
apple mail is handled by 10

more than 3 years ago

Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

gehrehmee Re:Lawlessness (983 comments)

Let's do the math.

Assume 5% inflation per year.

Every year, the dollar is worth 95% of what it was worth the previous year. That's 0.95*(value of previous year).

After 100 years, the value of a dollar is equal to (original price)*0.95^100. 1*0.95^100 = 0.00592052922, or about 0.6% of what it was worth originally.

It's funny how exponential trends work, and how counterintuitive the results are. But inflation really is the opposite of the classic "double the amount of rice on every square of the chessboard" analogy. Yes, "mild" inflation CAN mean you lose over 99% of your value in 100 years.

more than 3 years ago

Upscaling Retro 8-Bit Pixel Art To Vector Graphics

gehrehmee Re:The best I've come across (325 comments)

I wonder if it would be feasible to cache these results.... by definition these sprites don't change appearance very often. If you could detect that sprite A is being drawn at point X,Y, and just draw the cached and pre-generated high-res vector art in the right location, would that be any more practical for real-time rendering?

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Unity: The Great Divider

gehrehmee Re:unity (729 comments)

1) Here's the thing: Gnome 3 has been largely redesigned. A lot of features went away, because the developers don't want to bother supporting them. If someone wants to develop that feature, nobody's stopping them: All you have to do is do a gnome-shell extension. Then you can do icons and launchers and window-lists and whatever you want. Extra panels, drawers, crazy applets, whatever you want. But the onus is on the extension developer to maintain it, not the Gnome 3 devs who are focused on making the core desktop experience work well. If you come up with something that genuinely improves the experience, they might pull it into mainline, but that doesn't effect whether or not it's useful for you.

2) OpenGL is a problem? It better not be. If it is, your hardware providers are screwing you over. That's pretty crappy. Open-source radeon and intel support's generally worked well for me. Keep in mind they're not doing ooooOOo 3D effects. They're just relying on the drivers providing some basic acceleration primitives. If your drivers can't even do that, your options for running modern maintained software are going to keep getting narrower and narrower, regardless of your desktop environment.

more than 3 years ago



Revisiting the State of WLAN Support on Linux

gehrehmee gehrehmee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gehrehmee (16338) writes "Just over 4 years ago, Slashdot hosted a discussion on the "State of WLAN Support on Linux", reaching over 600 comments, most on the dire state of linux wireless support at the time. What's changed since then? Various lists of network-manager related bugs grows constantly, to say nothing of bug reports against many kernel components. Most reports going unsolved, and debugging information is scarce. Inability to get onto the Internet is one of the first things that can scare away a potential Linux user, yet out-of-the-box support for wireless still seems like a dream. Is there something fundamentally wrong with the Linux wireless development model? Are the tools deficient? Are the drivers lacking? All of the above? What's going on, and what can be done better?"
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IOC claims Olympians' name as Intellectual Propert

gehrehmee gehrehmee writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gehrehmee (16338) writes "As usual, the International Olympic Committee is coming down on hard on people mentioning things related to the Olympics without permission. This time it's UVEX sporting supplies, who is sponsering Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn. Without explaination, their front page was today updated to include a tounge-in-cheek poem about UVEX's interaction with the IOC. Can the IOC really claim an Olypmian's name as their own intellectual property?"
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Canadians find traffic shaping reasonable

gehrehmee gehrehmee writes  |  about 5 years ago

gehrehmee writes "A recent Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll suggests that "Sixty per cent of survey respondents said they found the practice reasonable as long as customers are treated fairly, while 22 per cent said Internet management is unreasonable regardless." A major Canadian internet and phone service provider Rogers, meanwhile, compared "person-to-person file-sharing to a car that parks in one lane of a busy highway at all times of the day or night, clogging the roadways for everyone unless someone takes action". Is there a lack of education about these issues, and the long term effects of traffic shaping on free communication? Or are net-neutrality advocates just out of touch?"
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Public Bug Tracking and Open-source Policy

gehrehmee gehrehmee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Observer (16338) writes "Bugs in software are nothing new, but when they're discussed in the open, how do open source projects adapt policy? A major regression in the Gnome project's session manager has seen some major distributions choose to refuse to follow the update rather then drop a major feature. Between Gnome's public bug tracker those of distributions which released (and still distribute) the buggy version anyways, months of debate provide an interesting case-study in the way front-line users and developers interact for better or for worse. What lessons can be learned in release planning, bug triage, and marketing for a major open source project?"
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Hotmail blocking Firefox users again?

gehrehmee gehrehmee writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gehrehmee writes "As indicated on the mozilla support forum, Microsoft's recent upgrades to Hotmail's user interface have broken many Firefox users' ability to send or reply to any mail. Firefox seems up to the job though, because a simple user-agent switch gets it working again. Is this more anti-competetive malice or just simple incompetence? Either way it's putting users in a tough spot: Either execute some non-obvious technical workaround, or switch back to Internet Explorer."


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