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Nissan LEAF Leaks Speed & Location To RSS Feed

harmonise Re:RSS Reader? (180 comments)

The radio has an RSS reader with text-to-speech and will read stories aloud while you drive.

more than 3 years ago
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Nissan LEAF Leaks Speed & Location To RSS Feed

harmonise Re:WTF? (180 comments)

Why is a car reading RSS feeds?

The radio has an RSS reader with text-to-speech. You can tune into an RSS feed just as you would a radio station and it will read the stories to you one by one. A friend of mine owns a Leaf. I rode in it last month and he was showing off this feature. It was pretty cool to cruise down the highway listening to LWN.net stories.

more than 3 years ago
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24 Hours of IPv6: World IPv6 Day is Now On

harmonise No love from Slashdot. (1 comments)

$ nslookup www.google.com
Server: cdns01.comcast.net
Address: 75.75.75.75

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: www.l.google.com
Addresses: 2001:4860:4001:803::1013
                    74.125.224.82
                    74.125.224.84
                    74.125.224.81
                    74.125.224.80
                    74.125.224.83
Aliases: www.google.com

Woohoo! Awesome!

$ nslookup slashdot.org
Server: cdns01.comcast.net
Address: 75.75.75.75

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: slashdot.org
Address: 216.34.181.45

For shame, Slashdot. This was a real opportunity for the site to hold on to its geek cred and be a part of something important and you missed out. I really like this site, but am scratching my head wondering why you aren't participating.

more than 3 years ago
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ACS: Law Withdraws Pursuing Illegal File-Sharers

harmonise Re:Death threats? (105 comments)

I also cannot wait for the release of "World of Warcraft: ACS:Law"!

more than 2 years ago
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Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

harmonise Re:Don't have a problem (255 comments)

But the bigger issue is that game studios, music companies and Hollywood still haven't seen the bigger picture.

That's a fascinating idea. Imagine if movie studios released their movies as a torrent but they were subtly edited improperly, such as having key scenes removed, or important plot points presented out of order. Someone who downloads and watches the movie either wouldn't understand the movie and have a dissatisfying experience, much like the people that illegally obtained the Batman game. Imagine watching The Matrix without the blue pill / red pill scene and Neo's subsequent removal from the Matrix. You'd be wondering later on how he got out of the Matrix. Or removing all scenes regarding the Oracle.

The studios could even film a second take of certain scenes with different dialog and plot points that mess up the move, then edit those in instead of the real scenes for the torrent.

more than 2 years ago
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Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen

harmonise Re:Julian Assange (181 comments)

I imagine it'll be a real surprise.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

harmonise Re:Disagree (537 comments)

Your example gives the impression that I don't like tabs on top and that's not the case. I do like it. I'm not advocating going back to tabs-below style. I am not arguing about the placement of the controls. Please re-read my original post with that in mind.

The problem I have is that tabs group UI elements and objects together. If I modify objects within a specific group then only those objects in the group should be affected. It's confusing to to go another group (in this case a tab) and see that others were affected. The rest of the GUI for the OS doesn't work this where tabs are used. Take a look at something like the Windows display properties window or Gnome Nautilus preferences window.

None of the following has anything to do with my argument. I think you're discussing a separate subject but to point out something anyway...

Does that mean that if I click "reload", all tabs should be reloaded? If I enter a new URL, should all tabs go there, since the URL bar is outside the tabs as well?

If I select a file on my computer and click the delete button, should it delete all files? If I select a bit of text in my word processor and choose italic, should it make all of the text in the document italic?

The answer to all of these is "no" because we select objects and perform actions. In the browser a tab is always active. Clicking reload affects the selected tab in the same way as clicking delete affects the selected file. Where a control is placed doesn't change that.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

harmonise Re:I thought the final would be out now. (537 comments)

Yeah, I'm excited about the final release. The web browser landscape is pretty awesome right now. I can't wait to see the final release. If only all my favorite add-ons will finish updating for 4.0. :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

harmonise Confused by Tabs on Top (537 comments)

One thing that confuses me about tabs on top is that it implies that everything below the tab is associated with that tab. Ok, I get that part. I watched the video by Alex Faaborg and it makes sense.

But I therefore expect that if I rearrange any items below the tab, such as customizing the layout by adding or removing buttons or moving the home button to the right side, or resizing the size of the address bar versus the search bar, that those changes would be limited only to that tab and be sticky for that tab. That doesn't happen and visually it's confusing. All of those elements are grouped underneath the tab and when I switch tabs, the changes are there too. Huh? It's completely counter to what I was expecting and doesn't make sense. The only thing that changes from tab to tab is the text in the address bar.

I would think this would be very important due to the ability to save app tabs. I might want to save an app tab to a specific site and have the navigation toolbar customized a certain way just for that tab.

Note: I'm using beta8 and haven't upgraded yet so maybe this bug has been fixed.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4 Beta 9 Out, Now With IndexedDB and Tabs On Titlebar

harmonise I thought the final would be out now. (537 comments)

I really thought the final release would be out by now. Remember last year when Mozilla said they were moving away from big releases and adopting a fast release cycle with mixed bug fixes and new features? Whatever happened to that plan?

more than 3 years ago
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How To Get Around the Holes In IE9 Beta's Implementation of Canvas

harmonise Don't try to "get around" it (111 comments)

Stop coddling this company. Don't try to get around it. Code to the standards and let IE9 fail to render if they can't implement the spec properly. Google, Apple, Mozilla, and Opera all have no problem following the spec.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla To Release Firefox 4 Next Month

harmonise Re:I sure hope... (266 comments)

Some people call it "bloat", other people call it features that they asked for and find useful.

Then why not implement these features as add-ons? That way users can uninstall them, do choose the custom install options and not install them at all. The awesomebar would have been better implemented as a core add-on as would have these fancy tab management ideas.

more than 3 years ago
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An Interview With C++ Creator Bjarne Stroustrup

harmonise Re:C++0x compiled! (509 comments)

Look at your comment preferences. You can change the value that is assigned to comment moderation. Funny is at +1. Just change it to -5 and you'll never see another "funny" post.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

harmonise Re:A really nasty trick (765 comments)

Expert opinion is that WebM infringes on numerous patents in the H.264 pool

It's not an expert option because he's not a lawyer.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

harmonise Re:Market Share? (765 comments)

Also, Google owns Youtube and is working to make every video available in VP8.

I suspect that YouTube will fully support HTML5 and WebM before Chrome drops H.264. Google isn't going to make two of their big properties incompatible with each other.

more than 3 years ago
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'No Refusal' DUI Checkpoints Coming To Florida?

harmonise Re:Why would you refuse a breathalyzer? (1219 comments)

I just don't understand any legitimate concern to decline a breathalyzer test.

False positives. For example, here's an article that talks about a guy who was on a low-carb diet and the excessive ketones in his breath caused a breathalyzer to think he was drunk.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Colleges Ban Classroom Laptop Use?

harmonise Yes, you are right (804 comments)

Yes, let's ban a useful tool because some people are too meek to ask others to stop doing distracting things with their laptops. [rolls eyes] When did people become so afraid? Is it really that hard to respectfully ask someone to change their behavior so as not to disturb others? Are we to ban a useful technology in the classroom because of a handful of bozos?

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit

harmonise Re:Stupid is as stupid does. (314 comments)

If this guy has paid, say, $2000 for health insurance, and his little foray racks up $20,000 in hospital expenditures, then we have paid the other $18,000 as the other insurance pool members.

Yes, that's how all types of insurance work. The point the parent was making was that if this guy does not have insurance, then the hospital has to treat him and, since he's uninsured, the taxpapers foot the bill for 100% of his hospital costs. Under Obamacare he'd be required to purchase his own insurance thereby sparing the taxpayers the burden of paying for his hospital stay.

more than 3 years ago

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OpenOffice 3.2 Released

harmonise harmonise writes  |  more than 4 years ago

harmonise (1484057) writes "Version 3.2 of the OpenOffice.org office suite is now available. This marks the tenth anniversary year of the office suite, with over three hundred million downloads recorded in total. The new features include faster start up times; improved compatibility with open standard (ODF) and proprietary file formats; improvements to all components, particularly the Calc spreadsheet, with over a dozen new or enhanced features; and the Chart module (usable throughout OpenOffice.org) has had a usability makeover as well as offering new chart types."
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Some thoughts on MySQL and Oracle

harmonise harmonise writes  |  more than 4 years ago

harmonise (1484057) writes "Jonathan Corbet, editor of LWN.net, writes about the recent discussion regarding Oracle owning MySQL. '[Corbet] wishes to take no position on whether Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems should be allowed to proceed by the European Union. Such a decision certainly involves a number of antitrust considerations which go beyond the free software community. That said, some of the positions being taken around this acquisition shine an interesting light on how parts of our community work.'"
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