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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

graphius Re:Desktop use and DVD playback (303 comments)

didn't Mint conquor this quite some time ago? I use SolydXK (the KDE version) on my laptop and have no problems. With Ubuntu it is just a matter of adding a repository. I have not used many other distos enough recently to say one way or another...

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

graphius Re:ElementaryOS (303 comments)

tried elementaryOS, but found it a bit limiting and frankly kind of ugly. I have been using SolydK on my laptop (I am a KDE fan) for a while now. Great rolling release, but it is a bit small and the distributors are a bit overworked.

about two weeks ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

graphius Re:Hobsons choice (175 comments)

don't know why you have not mod points. This is an insightful post..

about three weeks ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

graphius Re:Welcome to Walmart of Things... (175 comments)

> I heat with a wood stove only, and have cooked on it in the winter

Excellent. That is sustainable as long as you cook slowly enough to allow for tree regrowth.

Someone told me years ago that oil is a renewable energy source, it just takes a long time to renew...

about three weeks ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

graphius Re:Third option (421 comments)

Many years ago there was a discussion on the merits of all metal camera bodies vs polycarbonate aka plastic. Metal bodies dent and retain the deformation, possibly damaging internal components. Plastic would dent, but then bounce back to its original shape, thus protecting the same internals. for a portable device, ideally the case will absorb impacts and forces and then spring back to its original shape.

about a month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

graphius Re:The WHO (478 comments)

Anecdotal evidence... My Dad is in his early 80's and he rides a motorcycle all summer and skis all winter. He is more fit and more active than many half his age. In fact many younger people literally can't keep up with him on long hikes.

I understand he is an exception, and he is starting to slow down, but with something like people, you cannot put a hard number down a la Logans Run. For some people, like the grandparent above, 55 is too old, for others like my dad, 75 is too young (he was still active in politics, and maintaining his acreage, and volunteering with search and rescue at 75)

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

graphius Re:confused (358 comments)

...And local bars don't have live music anymore because local bands aren't allowed on the radio... .

You must be going to the wrong bars and listening to the wrong radio stations. Either that, or the Canadian CRTC has a point enforcing local content on radio...

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

yes, a zoom lens is much easier to design for a small sensor. I really wonder how sharp an image you can get with a slow 1200 or so mm equivalent handheld.

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

Hi, welcome to the world of 10mm-1000mm focal length telephoto lenses. ...

There are 10mm lenses and 1000mm lenses, I would love to be proven wrong about a zoom lens from 10mm to 1000mm for a decently large sensor. And apertures for astronomical telescopes usually work out to fairly sedate f10. This lens has an extremely fast f5.6. PS a 10 mm eyepiece is NOT the same as a 1000mm focal length lens for "shits and giggles" Angeneux won an academy award for the unprecedented 12-120mm lens with an unheard of 10x range. Sorry, do your homework and learn the difference between a zoom lens and a telephoto.

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

now that was funny...

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

never heard of mount adapters to use manual lenses from much older 35mm SLR cameras

Yes, and I have still never heard of a zoom lens with a range greater than 16 times. Most film zoom lenses maxed out at 4X

I understand perspective just fine,

I meant to say parallax, but you don't really understand either. Read farther down on the example of a chimney on a house.

Try this. Use a very wide lens, say 20mm on a full frame camera.

Bring the phone close to the camera so it fills the frame.

shooting edge on, and with the screen on top, tilt the phone up until you just see the screen.

You will not see the bump on the bottom.

or more blatantly, hold a coffee cup close to your face. Can you see the top and bottom? no. This is the same affect. or look up perspective especially single point perspective

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

oh for mod points...

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

graphius Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

But... but... he has a 26X Optical Zoom on his DSLR Whatever the fuck that means. If he really has a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) I am not aware of a zoom lens with a range greater than 16x (18-300) You do know that the multiplication factor means the longest focal length divided by the shortest. Or maybe he meant 26x magnification at the sensor plane, in that case, he must be using a crop frame sensor with an 850 mm lens (approximately) or more likely, a 500mm (mirror) lens with a 1.4x converter He spent all that money on photography gear and still doesn't understand perspective...

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

graphius Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

The US seems to have embraced the concept of "guilty until proven innocent" in a lot of their dealings.

about a month ago
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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

graphius Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

This is one of the biggest problems with our education system. We tend to teach memorization rather than understanding. I read a quote somewhere recently, "Our brains are factories, not warehouses" yet we, as a society, tend to treat them as storage devices...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

graphius Re:Self-extracting EXEs (294 comments)

I agree with your post, but I am a bit concerned that your accounting skills need some work...

LibreOffice does about 98 percent of what I need to service my clients, but that last five percent has to be handled, too

about 1 month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

graphius Re:$230 (611 comments)

no, I only turn on my speakers when I want to hear something, like watching a video...

about 2 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

graphius Re:$230 (611 comments)

I think some sites should try direct sponsorships with a single or a few corporations.

or going the other way, maybe we could try to guess peoples wants and then just show specific ads on a site catered to that guessed want. We could call this process "targeting ads" Unfortunately I am not sure how well we could guess the wants of random users...

about 2 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

graphius re: $230 (611 comments)

posting to fix a botched moderation, but also to say that I don't follow the methodology in the summary (no I have not RTFA). Just because advertisers are paying doesn't mean USERS are paying anywhere near that amount. I understand advertising and marketing better than many, but I I think most companies pay too much for advertising for too small a payback.

about 2 months ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

graphius Re:apple should charge for OSX on any pc (151 comments)

I'm curious as to what the day to day life is like with a Hackintosh.

me too. Parts are on their way this week, so we will see...

about 3 months ago

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Who to replace DynDNS

graphius graphius writes  |  about 6 months ago

graphius (907855) writes "I have used Dyn.com for many years to maintain easy access to my home server* Now DynDNS is ending their free service. $25 per year is very cheap, but all I need is one host name for my dynamic IP. What do other slashdotters use? or should I just upgrade to an overkill pro account?

*I use my home server for a personal egroupware install (calendar, file manager, to do list, etc) as well as a test server for tweaking websites."

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setting up a personal cloud

graphius graphius writes  |  about 3 years ago

graphius (907855) writes "I have a start-up project where a small group of us will need to share fairly large image files over the internet. I would prefer to host something on my small Linux server from home. I have tried owncloud (owncloud.org) but I can't get it to show thumbnails. EyeOS(eyeos.org) looks interesting, but it seems a bit heavy and the free version seems limited. If the rest of the group were a bit more computer savy, I would set up a webdav share, but I will not always be around to fix access problems.
I would also like the system to be multi-platform (at least Linux and Mac) and expandable as our needs grow.
Am I asking too much, or is this possible on the small scale I am interested in?"
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Fashion industry seems more sane than software

graphius graphius writes  |  more than 3 years ago

graphius writes "A French fashion designer is suing another French fashion designer. This is not nerd news except when you look at the many lawsuits in the tech industry.
Many people on slashdot agree that copyright and patent laws are out of hand. Why is it that the fashion industry seems able to keep things under control?"

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MSN messenger to charge for service

graphius graphius writes  |  more than 6 years ago

graphius writes "MSN messenger, the popular messaging service, will soon be charge for use, according to the BBC. "Any move by MSN to start fee-charging would pave the way for its competitors yahoo.com and aol.com to follow suit." "But it has yet to be proved whether the public likes the internet enough to actually spend hard-earned cash on it." What do you think? will this be a boon for open source alternatives like Pidgin?"
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