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GNOME 3.14 Released

gfxguy Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

Ok, I'm using Unity... I click on the search, type "term," and Terminal comes up... as does UXTerm, and Xterm. "Terminal" is actually gnome-terminal. I did not have to remember the name - the search is smarter than you think. I type "calc" and get calculator... and LibreOffice Calc. I type "disk" when I don't feel like manually entering the commands to mount a partition (or forget how). I get "disks," which is what I'm looking for, as well as disk usage calculator and startup disk creator. Nothing unusual to remember.

4 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

gfxguy Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

I disagree... I'm not a huge Unity fan, but the search tool is very simple and generic way to find ANYTHING that's installed very simply, then you can pin it to the sidebar or put a link on your desktop if it's something you use a lot.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

gfxguy Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

No, you find it once and pin it to the side bar for one click access. I'm not understanding all the brain dead responses - you find it using the thing that lets you find anything, which might take a few extra moments, but it's nice because it's generic; then when you find something you will use a lot, pin it to the side bar for one click access. I don't get why people enjoy complaining about stuff like this.

5 days ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

gfxguy Re:Commands lines (248 comments)

How many people are actually going to want it?

I use the terminal every day... so I open the search, find the terminal I want... AND THEN PIN IT TO THE SIDE BAR, because it's something I use a lot. If I don't use it a lot, it doesn't need to be that easy to get to.

5 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

gfxguy Re:Do Geeks actually watch this show? (106 comments)

I agree... people I talk to at work (decidedly NOT geeks; I'm the lone computer programmer) mostly don't like the show. They call it a show about smart people for dumb people. I guess, in a way, all sitcoms are for dumb people... smart people would be doing something better with their time, but I digress. IMO it's not a show "about" smart people, it's a show about social interactions among really quirky people. The science has very little to do with the show at all... it's an aside; a part of the setting, not the main point.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

gfxguy Re:Too Bad (106 comments)

Well... I think what makes a show interesting is the quirky personalities of the characters. If they were "normal," it would be a pretty boring show. On top of that, many of the other scientists they meet on the show, including other faculty (Kripke excepted), are "normal." The deans and school presidents have been "normal." The Leslie character is pretty normal, all things considered. They had episodes where outside scientists came to visit, and despite the voracious sexual appetite (Dr. Plimpton), and another "Dr. Underhill," who was a handsome, "adventurous" motorcycle riding "stud" that Penny fell for (although he ends up being a jerk), they were pretty "normal."

I often find myself watching all sorts of fiction getting frustrated how stupidly people act in given situations... but if they didn't, it would be pretty boring.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gfxguy Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

I can't predict what would happen, but your last statement is what I've been looking for in all this mess... in the short term, things like this are almost always painful, there's a lot of readjusting to do, but it's what happens in the long term that matters. I would applaud Scotland's secession as long overdue and, yes, as an American, believe that freedom and independence are just as important (if not more) than financial security.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

gfxguy Re:The Microsoft Tax can buy you... (249 comments)

I agree... even 5 or 6 years ago, my father was visiting and asked to use my computer to check some things online... he sat down, ran the browser (Firefox at the time, which looks like the Firefox he has installed on Windows); he had to print out some PDFs he'd created that had his travel documents (hotel reservations and stuff), plugged it in, the window opened, he double clicked - they opened, he printed. Later I asked what he thought about using Linux, he said he didn't realize it wasn't Windows.

Of course, that's a simple example - he didn't do anything complicated, just double-clicked the Firefox icon and everything else was the same user experience, double-clicked some PDFs and the UX was the same... but while there are of course differences, anyone that can use MS Office could probably figure out Open/LibreOffice with little effort for all but pathalogical special cases.

about two weeks ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

gfxguy Re:... and back again. (249 comments)

Ubuntu user here... unless I'm installing something really odd (which, if you work for some municipality you probably shouldn't be doing on your work computer), software installation is just as easy - sometimes easier - than using Windows. The days of downloading something that won't install because of missing dependencies, so you download them and they won't install because of missing dependencies.... etc., etc., is long gone with pretty much every distribution.

Don't know how this will turn out, of course, they are all pretty much test cases, and I think some of them make these announcements just to get MS to make them really great deals, and I'm not saying it will definitely work... but when you whittle things down to what a company computer should have installed in it - office software, email clients, browsers, etc., then there's no fundamental reason why Linux shouldn't work (except that it's not MS... which is what most arguments seem to boil down to).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:For fitness? Really? (471 comments)

Since they both (Apple and the other fitness bands) require the phone to work, the answer is really yes, for all intents and purposes

By that line of reasoning, there's not much point in having a smartphone as you can get text messages on your vintage Nokia and check your email/facebook when you get home.

Uh... no... by my line of reasoning you already have to have your wristband and phone with you anyway, so it's not comparable at all.

Let your wife check messages/notifications in the rain while leaving her phone safely in her purse or pocket. Discretely check messages/notifications in a meeting without the rudeness of digging out her phone. Receive silent signals to turn left or right on a jog or bike ride from tactile feedback.

Granted, but what does that really have to do with fitness or overall capabilities? And why would someone pay hundreds of dollars of extras for being able to text in the rain instead of doing the smart thing and getting out of it? And are you saying your phone can't give you tactile feedback?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:For fitness? Really? (471 comments)

Since they both (Apple and the other fitness bands) require the phone to work, the answer is really yes, for all intents and purposes (since she's got the phone anyway). My problem isn't that Apple is doing it - I'm sure they'll do a great job, but that the summary author claims that's the part that caught his attention, when it's all been available elsewhere - for android OR apple users - for quite some time.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:For fitness? Really? (471 comments)

Point taken... but I guess most people don't do cardio for that long a period of time, and the bands out now are TERRIBLE accuracy, not just "a little" off.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:Tell time (471 comments)

Yeah... my Timex already does that.... and for a lot less.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:Tell time (471 comments)

How about an alert that tells you exactly when the watch goes out of style?

D'oh! Too late.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:Has too many problems (364 comments)

I understand your plight (and glad you weren't actually dead on impact); it was just that wording that I found amusing.

But your problem isn't amusing, and certainly that guy should have been severely punished. It sounds like a travesty of justice.

about three weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

gfxguy Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

So what you want to do is ban guns because of the TINY, ITTY BITTY fraction that were gun "sprees?"

about three weeks ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

gfxguy Re:By all means (264 comments)

Cops should have always on wearable cameras and tech that wirelessly streams to servers. Who watches the watchers? We should all be watching.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy Re:is it just me... (471 comments)

I thought it was useless when Samsung did it, and I still think it's useless now. The only interesting benefit is for fitness tracking, which can be done with a number of smaller, less obtrusive, cheaper bands already on the market that already sync to your android or iPhone.

On the other hand, my wife and kids saw the Samsung and were like "oooh... new shiny toy!" So... they got that going for them.... all they need is a bunch of idiots with disposable income.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

gfxguy For fitness? Really? (471 comments)

Personally, my doubts about wanting one were put to rest when I learned of the health-related features. Smartwatches will be able to track your movements and pulse rate, calculate how many calories you burn, and coach you continuously to improve your fitness.

You mean like fitbit, polaris, and other brands have been doing for years now? I guess it's news when Apple does it.

My wife has a polaris band she can combine with an accurate chest strap heart rate monitor, they sync together via bluetooth and her phone to track progress.... all without needing some big clunky, ugly "watch," or the premium cost for Apple products.

about three weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:That's nice and all (364 comments)

I disagree... stop and go traffic is worse because you actually need to pay more attention than on a relatively clear interstate - the likelihood of an accident is far greater in stop and go traffic. The difference is the severity of the accident caused when there is one. But those little fender benders during rush hour that make traffic even worse have huge financial and environmental impacts.

That said, it depends on how "stop" the stop and go traffic is. Normally in rush hour traffic, stop means for just a few seconds, then go slow, then stop for a few seconds. I was stuck in Atlanta's "snowmaggedon" earlier this year, and at two points on my drive home my car was literally stopped for 45 minutes or more. I would call and/or text my wife about conditions and just let her know I was still OK and still on my way home. Sometimes traffic is just stopped. But then that's not "stop and go."

about three weeks ago

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Radio frequencies help burn salt water

gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  about 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "From the article at Yahoo News:

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations. The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."

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gfxguy gfxguy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gfxguy (98788) writes "I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack."

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