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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

houghi Re:Yet again - Preorders are for suckers (136 comments)

If you really want to put a stop to companies (snip) never preorder(snip)(snip) Anything worth buying on launch day is still worth buying two weeks later, and you'll save yourself quite a lot of money by avoiding duds

This also goes for things people sit in tents for outside the sore. Also goes for movies and a LOT of other things.
I even used to be the first one downloading a new distro. Now I wait for that as well. (I can run the Beta anyway if I want to help testing)

Perhaps only if there is a fixed limit on what will be sold, it is worth it and even then (e.g. life concert tickets).

Most things are not that limited and just an extra warning: companies do not tell "what a collecters item will be, history will.

1 hour ago

"Advanced Life Support" Ambulances May Lead To More Deaths

houghi I doubt this to be true (111 comments)

Over a long enough period, the death-rate is 100%, no matter what you do. It can't be more and it won't be less.

(Disclaimer: I just read the subject.)

3 days ago

Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

houghi Re:Discovery nightmare (78 comments)

One of the reasons I have an alias is so it will beclear that I NEVER speak in name of the company I work for. The other upside is that I can't use Facebook. Furthermore I know the company will be able to see everyting I type, SO I almost never use my company PC for work related things, except to see if there are delays with the trains.

For private mails (or anything else), we have dedicated PCs who also have access to sites I can not get to on my work PC (webmail and such). They are on a completely seperated network. So if you urgently need to send an email or visit a site to order something, you are able to do so. A third option is now available: your phone.

3 days ago

Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

houghi Re:There is a point to this (38 comments)

Perception is a powerfull thing. When I was around 12, a person with Alzheinmers left his wheelchair in a hotel outside a concert hall to enjoy the music.

I was driving in the chair (not stealing it) when he came out. He told me he did not mind as he could walk a little bit. I must however bring his chair to the bar without leaving the chair or help.

The bar was one story lower. However with the chair within 10 seconds I realized I needed to plan my route. It was not possible to just take the elevator one floor down. It was:
1 floor up, go to the other elevator, 2 floors down, go to the first elevator 1 floor up due to the uneveness of the floors.

That left a life long impression on me not to take things for granted and all it took was 15 minutes of my life and a smart man who understood how to bring across information.

3 days ago

In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

houghi Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (453 comments)

I used to do the same and thinking about doing it again, now my job is where I can reach it with public transport.
What is holding me back is the time it takes to get the rental and bring it back. Also there is not enough competition to make it attractive and the prices are pretty high. 50 EUR for a day for the smallest one.

For a weekend that would be 100EUR. Still cheaper than owning a car. When I want to go cheaper, I would need to travel one hour to and one hour back, loosing 2 hours in the process.

Also opening hours mean that I would have to take half a day off to get the car.

So having a car that drives to me, gets me where I want to go and back would be great.

5 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

houghi Marketing (176 comments)

Looking at the successfull software companies, I would say that marketing is the most important part. No matter how good or shitty your product is, if your marketing is good, it will sell.

5 days ago

A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

houghi Re:Do you think systemd sucks? (61 comments)

It hasn't been called SuSE since a LONG time. It is SUSE or openSUSE. If you want to go oldscjool, just name it S.u.S.E.

Naming it the wrong name is like calling somebody Bobby, because his mother called him that 20 years ago, instead of Roberst.. (And his mom calls him Robert as well)

about a week ago

Nielsen Will Start Tracking Netflix and Amazon Video

houghi Re:What service, exactly, is Nielsen providing? (55 comments)

This is not to give data to Netflix. This is to give data to advertising companies. That way they have a way of comparing.

about a week ago

UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

houghi Re:Contracts (307 comments)

Also not if some other law overrides what you signed. Even if BOTH parties agree, it might still not be legal.

about two weeks ago

World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

houghi Re:Dad sacrifices sons childhood for MCP (276 comments)

Some kids played with model airplanes and found it fun, grew up to be pilots or aerospace engineers.

Some grew up to be hairdressers or politicians or whatever.
Causation is not correlation.

This kid, assuming he enjoys computers, more power to him.

This. If he likes doing it, let him be, regardsless if he still likes it when he is 10, 15 or 20 and rather hangs out in the garage playing lousy music with his friends and becomes a plumber or a banker.

about two weeks ago

Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

houghi Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (641 comments)

They would rather the government does stuff because it tends to be cheaper and better run than when private companies get involved.

Only in the long run and not for everything.

What it is much more is letting corporations do things, but within very strict rules. Most of the time to encourage competition in the way it was intended : lower prices for the consumer.

What they do is often change the demands for companies e.g. longer service periods or one single cell phone charger connection.

I believe this is becvause there is also more competition in politics (multi party system). This makes it much harder for the companies to buy parties, because there will be some that won't be baught and will start making things difficult for those who would like that money.

More than one has a smal party with a single goal changed course of politics. This only works if the idea is big enough with the general polulation. So no highjacking of the big parties by the little ones.

about two weeks ago

Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

houghi Re:Split Comcast in two (135 comments)

In Belgium there are BY LAW 3 cellphone operators. To have a minimum of companies to be able to choose from would be a great start. (Start, not the final solution)
Otherwise Comcast A and Comcast B will just be serving half of the polulation. e.g. people on even numbers get A uneven numbers get B. This because not competing makes more money than competing as that will lower the profits.

about two weeks ago

Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

houghi Enhance! (340 comments)

So all this CSI stuff is real?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

houghi Re:Geolocation needs to die (100 comments)

This. This so much. Especially google. I live in Belgium where three languages are spoken. In Brussels is the EU and thus a LOT of other people who speak different languages.

My PC is installed in English. So why the fuck do I get a Dutch version of whatever site I go to from Google.

The search engine is the easists to change. Try changing the language on play.google.com when you are not logged in.

about two weeks ago

Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

houghi Re:CYA (127 comments)

Hey! The companies are the ones who bought the politicians, so they should be the ones to come up with a solution that does not cost the companies anything.
If you were serious about politics, put YOUR money where your mouth is.


about two weeks ago

Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

houghi Re:But of course! (206 comments)

A hand in 5 years? That is a step back. I often wave at my computer with one finger.

about three weeks ago

OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

houghi Re:Question for btrfs users... (42 comments)

If you think about changing: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Unless you have serious issues with ETX4, I would not change it. Even if everybody would have problems and you don't, using something else might be the other way around and you being the only one with problems.

about three weeks ago

CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

houghi Re:Gibson got it right... (236 comments)

These days? Ever heard of the Camel News Caravan. That was 1949.

The only reason these shows* exist (be they news or a soap opera) is to sell advertisement.

As always : We are the product.

* Obviously this is valid mainly for commercial tv channels, although now even 'non-commerical' tv channels tend to look for advertisement and product placement. (Looking at you, Belgian VRT)

about three weeks ago

Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

houghi Re:The only way to win the game... (116 comments)

No, its really not. I'm living without it just fine. No one in my household has an account. The kids think its stupid, and don't even want accounts.

I up you one. I have a Facebook added to my killfilter in my DNS server.

That way I can not even click on it by accident.

People often say that they are able to find old school friends, but I noticed that there is a reason why you don't have any contact anymore.

The people I wanted to find, I have been able to find without facebook and after three emails it was clear that we had nothing in common anymore.

People who would be looking for me can find me, if they put a little effort into it. If they are not willing to do that, then they must not be interested in finding me.

about three weeks ago



Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

houghi houghi writes  |  about 8 months ago

houghi (78078) writes "From European Geosciences Union:
A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red.

The original paper can be found right here

Furthermore, in the last 150 years, the sunsets have become redder, likely refelecting increased manmade polution."

Guantanamo Bay defense lawers emails are read and files are removed

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "The defense lawyers of Guantanamo prisoners are ordered to stop using government computers for sensitive information.
They are also asked as can be read on politico.com, that they are asked to stop using e-mail as well. It is stated there as well that 7 GB of information is gone for good.
The Washington Post quotes that there is no proof, but when you can read between the lines, it is clear that they believe they have been hacked.
One News from New Zealand says "In another case, system administrators were searching files at prosecutors' request and were able to access more than 500,000 defense files, including confidential attorney-client communications, [...]". There were also bugs placed.
Due to all this, hearings are postponed as can be read on reuters"

openSUSE 12.3 is out

houghi houghi writes  |  about a year and a half ago

houghi (78078) writes "OpenSUSE 12.3 is out. There are several methods of downloading, as well as different media. It is also possible to boot the live CD from a USB stick.
When using the DVD or Net install ISO, the standard is to select between KDE or GNOME, but XFCE and LXDE are then also an option.
ARM images are available as well.
More information about the release can be found in this announcement by Jos Poortvliet."

Link to Original Source

Google changes the images layout

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 4 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "Google has a new Bing style layout for their images section as explained here. It shows only the images with an on-mouse-over. On the page of the image, you are not able to browse the site itself anymore.
At this moment it is available to about 10% of the people and depends on country and browser.
A demonstration can be seen here. The first part is the new layout. The second part is after changing the User Agent identity."

openSUSE 10.3 released

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.3 has been officaly released. From the anouncement: The openSUSE team is proud to announce the release of openSUSE 10.3. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, the openSUSE project provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. openSUSE is released regularly, is stable, secure, contains the latest free and open source software, and comes with several new technologies.

Downloads can be found at http://software.opensuse.org/ in both CD and in DVD, both BitTorrent and FTP/HTTP"

houghi houghi writes  |  more than 8 years ago

houghi (78078) writes "openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 is anounced in this mail. There are several ways to download it. Normaly you only need CD1-3. There are 7 CD's in total and a DVD containing those 7. Obviously the best way is with Bittorrent.
32 bit torrent and a 64 bit torrent to the DVD.

From the mail: openSUSE 10.2 Beta1 comes in different medias:
* 5 CDs, you need CDs 1-3 for a normal installation with just GNOME or KDE (any language)
* 1 AddOn CD with only binary packages on it
* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for our tier 2 languages (tier 1 languages are english, french, italian, spanish, german, chinese, japanese and czech — and support for those is on the standard 5 CDs) (the 5 CDs have support for installation in all languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* 1 DVD containing the contents of the above 7 media
* a FTP tree with open source packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory tree)
* a FTP tree with binary packages (only for the final version, for now use the factory-extra tree)"


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