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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

gspear Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

Not that I agree with you, but I recently saw a Tesla with a license plate of: "WWEMD"

about two weeks ago

X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

gspear Re:Sun Lab in '87 (204 comments)

Ah, yes. was where I first encountered X11 in 1989, too, although I was usually running SunTools. Lots of hours spent in "rn", and later, Emacs GNUS.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

gspear Re:Emu (408 comments)

Yeah, a policeman told me the same thing after I had a break-in: "Get a dog."

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

gspear Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

What my insurance company does is to send a check for the depreciated value of the stolen items. I would then have up to a year to buy replacements. After showing proof, the insurance company would then send me another check to cover the difference. Makes sense if I choose not to replace any stolen items.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?

gspear Re:Give it up. (200 comments)

I rsync to an ext2 filesystem on a LUKS (cryptsetup) volume running on an S3-backed virtual device (using s3backer).

about a year ago

The Rise of Linux In In-Vehicle Infotainment

gspear On planes, too (123 comments)

I was on a Cathay Pacific flight a couple of years ago when the in-flight entertainment system (video on demand, music, games) got stuck. I told the attendant and he said he would reset it. The screen went blank and then showed what was clearly a Linux console boot sequence (complete with penguin logo).

about a year ago

Samsung Ups Ante In Smartphone Size Wars: 6.3 Inches

gspear Re:Muppets. (221 comments)

I agree -- I don't know what will eventually replace my HP Veer (84 x 54.5 mm2).

about a year ago

Mitsubishi Drops Bulky DLP TVs: End of an Era

gspear Re:DLP (95 comments)

I have the first generation 1080p DLP from Samsung (HLR series). It has its rough spots -- no 1080p input over HDMI (only VGA), 1:1 pixel setting needs to be set in Service Menu at every power up -- but it it's still working well and I can't really justify getting rid of it yet. I replaced the bulb once because it was getting dim. I replaced the color wheel after it shattered but the replacement was about $100 and the procedure wasn't too complicated.

about 2 years ago

Fedora Adds MATE and Cinnamon Desktops to Main Repository, Releases Beta

gspear Re:Do they use Gnome 3 libs? (56 comments)

(Posting to remove accidental mod. Sorry.)

about 2 years ago

The Evolution of the Computer Keyboard

gspear Re:Old Farts and Model M's (201 comments)

Old fart, but newer "Model M": 9/17/2008, Made in USA

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a Professional Geek Dress Code?

gspear Re:Better learn to dress well because..... (432 comments)

Good post, but it would look more professional if you had used "cues" instead of "queues".

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3.4 Released

gspear Re:Will this be any different? (147 comments)

I was disappointed to find out that cinnamon won't implement 2-D virtual desktop configurations either, something I started usng with swm, and through olvwm, fvwm, sawfish, and compiz+wall plugin. nd if you had to stick with one dimension, I'm finding gnome-shell's vertical layout of multiple desktops more sensible than cinnamon's horizontal layout.

more than 2 years ago

Google Finds DRAM Errors More Common Than Believed

gspear Re:Percentage? (333 comments)

From the study's abstract:

"We find that temperature, known to strongly impact DIMM error rates in lab conditions, has a suprisingly small effect on error behavior in the field, when taking all other factors into account."

more than 4 years ago

Linux-Friendly, Internet-Enabled HDTVs?

gspear Re:you still need a box for cable and sat also cab (277 comments)

Here in Comcast SF Bay Area land, the old analog channels (expanded basic tier) are now clear QAM. What I've heard is that they'll remain clear because the free converters they've sent out to analog customers don't support encrypted QAM. Also, someone has figured out how to extract and decode the channel mapping tables that these converters use (search for "scte65scan").

The broadcast HD channels will also remain clear but I suppose the rest of the digital cable lineup (including a bunch of new HD channels being added this month) will remain encrypted. I hope cable box + Firewire continues to work for those.

more than 5 years ago

Standard Cellphone Chargers For Europeans

gspear Re:Everonmentalism I can agree with (257 comments)

Other Hybrids... Before long, NASCAR is going to see that there's some way to make this hybrid stuff make cars go faster and farther without a pit-stop... There are four industries here that drive new tech for the consumer. Military, NASA, Nascar and pr0n.

KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) was introduced to Formula 1 this year. A few teams have tried it but It hasn't been that successful yet.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Is One Step Closer To Being President

gspear Re:So all that is left. (601 comments)

(cancel accidental modding)

more than 5 years ago

18% of Consumers Can't Tell HD From SD

gspear Re:Frame rate (603 comments)

[5:5 pulldown]

Even if this were true, I don't understand how it would be an improvement over simply reversing the pulldown and displaying 24 progressive fps rather than 120. After all, if you redraw the same frame once or a hundred times over the same interval on a progressive display, the result is exactly the same.

It's not any different, but good luck trying to buy a TV that can display at 24Hz. Instead, manufacturers build mostly TVs that have only one display rate. With that restriction, a 120Hz display rate makes sense for covering 24fps, 30fps, and 60fps material.

more than 5 years ago

18% of Consumers Can't Tell HD From SD

gspear Re:Many variables (603 comments)

Some newer DLPs don't use a color wheel any more. They use RGB LEDs that switch at much higher speeds, which gets rid of the rainbow effect for many people.

Nevertheless, RPTVs do seem to be dying off.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

gspear Brace expansion (2362 comments)

This has always surprised my co-workers the first time they see it.

cp {old,new}.c
mv filename{,.bak}

more than 5 years ago


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