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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

jones_supa Re:Call (142 comments)

It's not that odd actually. Smartphones are little computers with which people do a lot of things. It's not that obvious anymore that calling is the main feature.

3 minutes ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

jones_supa Re:Depends on the specs. (142 comments)

Yep, that's true. There simply seems not to be an "iowait" class for a process, Windows just puts the process in an idle state. However the Performance Monitor (perfmon.exe) can (among other neat data) show disk latency counters, which allows you to find out total time spent for I/O operations on a specific device.

about half an hour ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

jones_supa Re:ObBillGates (142 comments)

That is, a move from 64k to 640k felt like something that would last a great deal of time. Well, it didn’t – it took about only 6 years before people started to see that as a real problem.

Seeing how fast the PC industry develops, if his prediction lasted 6 years, I'd say that's still pretty good.

about an hour ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

jones_supa Re:Linux From Scratch (172 comments)

No, it's not a distro. Linux from Scratch is a set of instructions to help you put together a Linux-based OS completely ground-up.

7 hours ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

jones_supa Dumplings (229 comments)

I once reheated some dumplings and saw an interesting phenomenon: the food quickly became extremely crusty and all the moisture got effectively sucked out to the inner walls of the microwave oven. Why did this happen?

yesterday
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

jones_supa Re:The total storage capacity is 620 GB. (138 comments)

I have sometimes said that the torrent file (or magnet link) is a virtualization of the actual data files, kind of a seed which you plant and from which the data grows. Even when the torrent does not contain the actual data files, you "see" the files through the torrent.

yesterday
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New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

jones_supa Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (64 comments)

I want the old Slashdot back. It was very informative, genuinely funny at times (dont tell me a shark-laser joke is genuinely worth the now-guaranteed +5 Funny), and was the only place on the 'net that I could find and share in that level of expertise and genuine interest and excitement in Science and Technology. The last few years have been a sad and disturbing decline in the quality of commenters in Slashdot.

I challenge you to show me an old Slashdot article and its discussion that represents what you mean with "good old times". They are all archived. I have occasionally read them again. There is about the same amount of trash-talk and sophisticated comments as we have here today. The only clear difference is that back then there was a lot more mod points in circulation.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

jones_supa Keeping it discreet (93 comments)

Except the software that comes bundled with this particular brand of smartboard is ridiculously clunky. Without naming this particular piece of software, and highlighting its shortfalls

I have a particular plan which involves some unnamed hardware and software. I won't go into details, but let's just say that everything of it is implemented through some specific steps. It allows the users to leverage various possibilities. Maybe this could be the solution?

2 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

jones_supa Re:Dont forget! (388 comments)

Indeed. It would be even worse if they did not have those jobs, but the bad working conditions and low pay are still a problem. I wonder if some kind of fair trade system could be developed for electronics, just like we have for food products?

2 days ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

jones_supa Google's storage (388 comments)

What I have sometimes pondered is why Google has not become its own hard disk drive manufacturer. Would it be feasible? I believe they continuously chuck in crazy amounts of storage into their data centers and make massive HDD orders.

2 days ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

jones_supa Re:This again? (184 comments)

The article precisely says this:

UPDATE: As I’ve seen in some discussions of my post on the Internet (not the comments here) that people apparently thought the screenshot represented the next KMail desktop UI, I’ve updated the screenshot and the caption to make clear what it is.

3 days ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

jones_supa Re:Some criticism (184 comments)

Yep. Some other classic ones:

- "Your distro is configured wrong for KDE."
- "Everyone knows how broken KDE is. That's why I switched to Linux Mint and haven't looked back."
- "I have never had that kind of problems and I have used Linux on desktop since 1997."
- "How much does Microsoft pay you to write that?"

3 days ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

jones_supa Re:can we have ONE non-dumbed down GUI please? (184 comments)

XFCE hasn't been ultralight in a few years now. It is no longer recommended for netbooks and other underpowered systems.

Meanwhile, full Windows 7 and 8 runs smoothly on those same underpowered systems with all animations and compositing enabled, all the way down to Atom N270 systems.

Everyone can try this themselves if they do not believe it.

3 days ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

jones_supa Some criticism (184 comments)

This YouTube video offers some pretty good KDE criticism as well. I personally am mostly frustrated with the clunky and cluttered notifications system.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

jones_supa Re:I've never shorted a stock (98 comments)

Windows 8/8.1 and Server 2012 aren't bad operating systems. They are just hobbled with hideous user interfaces.

There's also some new vomit-inducing screenshots of the Start Menu colors of Windows 9. It's still nice that the menu is coming back, but they seem to be going full-kindergarten in terms of appearance.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

jones_supa Re:I've never shorted a stock (98 comments)

Or time changes people into Stockholm Syndrome victims?

Yeah, I have seen a clear Stockholm Syndrome developing around XP. :)

3 days ago
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Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

jones_supa Re:I've never shorted a stock (98 comments)

XP was excellent

That's what inspired me to switch to Linux full-time, I'll say that much for it.

Same goes for me, I also moved full-Linux as XP was such a trash can. Came back when Windows 7 was released.

3 days ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

jones_supa Re:Punch cards (113 comments)

There are fireproof containers into which the heat won't get so easily.

3 days ago
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My resting heart rate:

jones_supa Re:Lower, if ... (166 comments)

As a sidenote, in a couple of weeks (1 Oct) we will be celebrating 1 year of Slashdot Beta.

3 days ago

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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X."
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Ubuntu Update Breaks Some Optimus Laptops

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a bug report, a recent Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update broke the desktop for some Nvidia Optimus users. Right now is known that a regression is introduced by either version 0.2.91.5 or 0.2.91.6 of package 'ubuntu-drivers-common'. Users of the Optimus platform might want to hold the package at 0.2.91.4 until the bug is fixed, especially if they are Lenovo ThinkPad users. The bug manifests itself as the desktop not being usable and the user is stuck at a purple screen."
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Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Missile Near-miss Almost 30 Years On

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "It has come to light that a Finnair-owned McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger jet narrowly avoided being shot down by a missile while en route to Helsinki 27 years ago, claimed by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday. The two co-pilots, Esko Kaukiainen and Markku Soininen, describe how the event happened during a routine flight back to Helsinki from Japan in December 1987. When the plane was crossing the Arctic Ocean, a missile appeared in the distance. The crew thought it was a Russian weather rocket on its way into space, but the missile began heading straight towards the aircraft. Just 20 seconds away from a collision, the missile exploded. The captain, who was resting at the time of the incident, never officially reported the event. The question of who fired the missile has never been definitively answered. But the pilots believe it was launched from either the Soviet Union's Kola Peninsula or a submarine in the Barents Sea. They speculate that the missile could have been a misfire or that the plane was used as training target."
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Mushroom-Like Organism May Be New Branch of Life

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "During a scientific cruise in 1986, scientists collected organisms at water depths of 400m and 1,000m on the south-east Australian continental slope, near Tasmania. But the two types of mushroom-shaped organisms were recognized only recently, after sorting of the bulk samples collected during the expedition. A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom. The organisms are described in the academic journal Plos One. The authors of the paper recognise two new species of mushroom-shaped animal: Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. Measuring only a few millimetres in size, the animals consist of a flattened disc and a stalk with a mouth on the end. One way to resolve the question surrounding Dendrogramma's affinities would be to examine its DNA, but new specimens will need to be found. The team's paper calls for researchers around the world to keep an eye out for other examples."
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Steve Ballmer Wrote the Text for Blue Screen of Death

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Neowin reports that Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, is actually credited with writing the original Blue Screen of Death text for Windows 3.1. In a new MSDN's The Old New Thing blog post penned a few days back, Ballmer is given credit for rewriting the text that appears on the infamous BSOD that we all know and love.

During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives. When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, "This is nice, but I don't like the text of the message. It doesn't sound right to me."

Ballmer went back to his office, changed the text and e-mailed it back to the team a few days later; the rest is history. Steve's idea for what the screen should say was so good that the text went directly into Windows very close to its original form."
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Poll suggestion: How many web browser tabs do you have open on average?

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "How many web browser tabs do you have open on average?

— Just one
— A handful
— A dozen
— Some tens
— About a hundred
— Many hundreds"
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GOG Making Inroads to DRM-Free Movie Distribution

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Good Old Games is prepping to bring another medium into its trademark DRM-free digital distribution platform: movies! To get things rolling, the shop is already serving a couple of dozen indie films as we speak. Currently the bigger studios are waiting for someone else gnaw on the rock and prove that selling DRM-free movies works. "Their reaction was kind of funny because ... they know that DRM doesn't work because every single movie is on torrent sites or illegal places at launch or even before," Marcin Iwinski, CD Projekt RED and GOG joint-CEO reminds us. GOG plans to bring more movie titles on a weekly basis."
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LGOGDownloader is a Command Line Downloader for GOG

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Webupd8 reports about a rather cool tool for fans of Linux command line and GOG.com. LGOGDownloader allows you to download your games purchased from GOG straight from the CLI, lean and mean. Internally the software uses the same API as the official GUI downloader, which unfortunately is not yet available for Linux. LGOGDownloader can download GOG.com games (including language-specific installers if available), list and download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals, and more. It carries the WTFPL license, which essentially means that the software is public domain."
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Predictive Modeling to Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Streaming game services always bump up against a hard latency limit based on the total round-trip time it takes to send user input to a remote server and receive a frame of game data from that server. To alleviate the situation, Microsoft Research has been developing a system called DeLorean (whitepaper) using predictive modeling to improve the experienced responsivity of a game. By analyzing previous inputs in a Markov chain, DeLorean tries to predict the most likely choices for the user's next input and then generates speculative frames that fit those inputs and sends them back to the user. The caveat is that sending those extra predictive frames and information does add a bandwidth overhead of anywhere from 1.5 to 4 times that of a normal streaming game client. During testing the benefits were apparent, though. Even when the actual round-trip time between input and server response was 256 ms, double-blind testers reported both the gameplay responsiveness and graphical quality of the DeLorean system were comparable to a locally played version of the game."
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"
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C++14 Is Set In Stone

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Apart from minor editorial tweaks, the ISO C++14 standard can be considered completed. Implementations are already shipping by major suppliers. C++14 is mostly an incremental update over C++11 with some new features like function return type deduction, variable templates, binary literals, generic lambdas, and so on. The official C++14 specification release will arrive later in the year, but for now Wikipedia serves as a good overview of the feature set."
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Man Plays Fetch With His Dog Using a Grenade

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "On a beach in Essex, UK, a man has been caught playing fetch with his dog, completely unaware that what he is lobbing is an old grenade. The man was spotted by an off-duty military explosives expert at Marine Parade in Harwich. The bomb expert halted play and set up a 30 yard cordon around the explosive, the police and coastguard were alerted, and the grenade was removed by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officers. Interestingly, this was reportedly the fifth grenade to be found in the area in as many weeks. All have been detonated by EOD crew. Police suspect the grenades are from a crate carrying World War II grenades out at sea, and have now warned beachgoers to take care. People visiting the beach are asked to dial 999 if they find any more of these devices."
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."
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First Finn to Sign Major US Record Deal Comes from YouTube

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "YouTube celebrity Sara 'Smoukahontas' Forsberg has signed a record deal in the United States. As she reveals in her cheerful announcement, Sara will be first Finnish artist to sign a deal with an American major record label. Forsberg's record will be released by the major record company Capitol Records (part of Universal Music Group), her managers Jere Hietala and Johannes Ylinen report. The contract was made in Los Angeles in early April, but thus far the matter has been kept secret. The 20-year-old Pietarsaari-native Forsberg became a YouTube hit early this year. Her most popular video is called What Languages Sound Like to Foreigners, where Forsberg pretends to speak different languages, even though she speaks complete gibberish in German, French and Japanese."
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ScummVM 1.7.0 Released

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "It's been a while since a new ScummVM release, but version 1.7.0 is now here with many exciting features. New games supported are The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld and Chivalry is Not Dead. The Roland MT-32 emulator has been updated, there is an OpenGL backend, the GUI has seen improvements, AGOS engine is enhanced, tons of SCI bug fixes have been applied, and various other improvements can be found. This version also introduces support for the OUYA gaming console and brings improvements to some other more exotic platforms. Please read the release notes for an accurate description of the new version."
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GOG.com Begins Selling Linux Games

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "This spring, Good Old Games (GOG.com) announced plans to bring Linux support to the DRM-free online computer game store. Back then the planned date to go live was some time around this autumn, but things have been rolling so smoothly that they can start Linux operations ahead the schedule, more precisely right now. The site infrastructure is ready with 50 Linux titles — classic and new — prepared for distribution. The full list of Linux games can be found from the official announcement. If you happen to have some of them purchased already, you own the Linux version too. GOG.com will provide distro-independent compressed tape archives (tar.gz) and Debian format packages (deb), with Ubuntu and Mint being the officially supported operating systems."
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Nokia to Buy Mobile Phone Base Station Business from Panasonic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about 2 months ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Panasonic has apparently reached a basic agreement to sell its cellphone base station business to Nokia. Panasonic will part with the base station operations of subsidiary Panasonic System Networks, which include wireless control systems for communications equipment. The transaction's value is likely to be in the billions of yen. According to MCA, a Tokyo-based mobile industry research company, Japan's base station market was worth about 260 billion yen in fiscal year 2013. Nokia is the market leader with a 26% share. Since 2007, the Finnish company has had a partnership with Panasonic to develop products for NTT Docomo's LTE high-speed telecommunications services. Now Nokia intends to capitalize on Panasonic's ties with NTT Docomo to further expand its market share in Japan."
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