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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... (244 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.

3 days ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

gfxguy Re:... and back again. (244 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).

3 days 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?

5 days 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.

5 days 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:Has too many problems (363 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 a week ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

gfxguy Re:Why just guns? (257 comments)

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

about a week ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

gfxguy Re:By all means (257 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 a week 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 a week 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 a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:That's nice and all (363 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 a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:How about no (363 comments)

No, don't mod parent up... just because there are too many dumb laws doesn't mean that a new one isn't good. What we should be doing is condensing laws in to more sensible ones, like "distracted driving" instead of a separate law for every way that a driver can be distracted.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:Should be lose your license (363 comments)

I don't see it so much recently, but as life with smartphones (and earlier models that could still text) progressed, I've had arguments with a lot of younger people who were like "well you can't do it because you grew up without the technology, but we grew up being able to multitask!" I think that notion is well perceived as moronic now, but I'm willing to bet there are still quite a few people out there who think they are somehow able to divide their attention with no consequences.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:Has too many problems (363 comments)

I get what you're saying, but laughing about the way you said it... "and I'm dead on impact." ... "temporarily depriving me of life..."

Are you writing on slashdot from the grave, telling a true story, or just making something up?

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:But... (363 comments)

Which is why the technical measure of putting something in the car to block all cellphone signals in the vehicle is the only "valid" solution. I don't know how I feel about it in general, but I don't care about the passengers not being able to use their phones while the car is moving - they can blame the driver. In fact, being shamed by your family and friends is probably even more of a deterrent.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:But... (363 comments)

There's a cop that patrols near where I live along a busy road (near a mall); amusingly it was a slashdot story almost exactly a year ago.

I don't actually drive in that area very often, and I don't care because I don't use my phone when driving anyway (or, at least, I ignore texts and use bluetooth for calls). But I think of that story often while I notice police officers violating traffic code left and right, and rarely stopping people for violating traffic codes... I guess the big money is in speeding, and other violations might be hard to prove - like following too closely. But I've been stuck in really frustrating gridlock with a cop RIGHT NEXT TO ME doing NOTHING to the people blocking the intersection. The same places, day after day, gridlock with the police RIGHT THERE doing nothing, looking as aggravated as I am.

They don't give tickets for following too closely until you've actually caused an accident because of it (then it's objective); I've never seen a ticket for failing to signal, for illegal right on reds (with oncoming traffic); I've never seen anyone get in any trouble for sitting at a green light because they were distracted by something. All they seem to care about it speeding (and I guess red lights) because that's where the money is. It has NOTHING to do with safety.

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:And if I am ridding in the car? (363 comments)

I don't understand... if that were really the case, then your wife would never get caught texting and driving, and it should never be a problem for you, so I don't understand your complaint.

Now if they use a technical measure in the car to prevent nearby (within the car) cellphones from operating while the car is on or in motion because the driver (or someone previously driving the car) texted while driving... then blame them, not the people trying to prevent dumb accidents. I can see the carpool to work... "And let's all thank Frank for texting while driving so that now none of us can when we commute with him. Thanks, Frank!"

about a week ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

gfxguy Re:difference between driver and passenger? (363 comments)

Agreed.... traffic around here is demonstrably worse over the past few years, and I don't know if it's simply building volume, or idiots that don't pay attention. Likely both, but I think more the latter.

It used to be that you'd occasionally see someone sitting at a green light because they were distracted with something while waiting - reading a newspaper, changing the radio station... it never ceases to amaze me, looking at driver in front of me, how often it's only moments before the light changes that they succumb to boredom and take their attention away from traffic to look at something on the passenger seat, take a long drink of something, start playing with the radio...

Now people's attention spans, given smartphones, are even shorter. What used to happen 1 in 10 times happens 1 in 5. And it's not always that first person in line, either... and the worse traffic spots have the longest lines of people waiting for the light at the worst times of day, increasing the chances that one of them will not be paying attention.

And you know what's worse? It seems like most people are afraid to honk. With all the incidents of road rage, people don't honk. I'm often two or three cars behind the person not moving, and I'm the one that ends up using the horn (and no, I'm not that impatient... I give adequate time for someone else to do it). And then you know what? Traffic starts moving, and nobody shoots me. Problem solved.

about a week 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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