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Ask Slashdot: Explaining Cloud Privacy Risks To K-12 Teachers?

mabinogi Re:Since when is using paranoia unethical in USA (168 comments)

That's odd. K12 isn't a term that's really used in either Australia or New Zealand, as far as I'm aware. (Born and grew up in NZ, have now lived in Australia for 20 years).

But then again, my involvement in the school system has only ever been as a student and a parent. Maybe it's a common term internally.

about a year ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

mabinogi Re:"Is it the year of Linux on the Desktop yet?" (1215 comments)

That's a stupid question, and the only people that ever ask it are trolls that think they're funny.

The rest of us either use Linux on the desktop, or don't. Personally, I've used Linux as my primary desktop environment since 1998.

about a year ago
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Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

mabinogi Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (95 comments)

There are a whole bunch of reasons why I'm not looking at the Windows video editors - but the simplest ones are:

* Linux is my primary desktop environment (and has been since the late 90s). I can use Windows, and am perfectly comfortable doing so, but switching to it means dropping out of what I'm currently doing and rebooting, which is a pain I'd rather avoid.
* Video is not my life. I only occasionally want to do anything with video - usually as a project with my daughter. Kdenlive works pretty well (apart from the crashes) but the infrequency of my usage makes it very hard to justify spending money on a commercial solution - even without adding the annoyance of switching to Windows to actually use it.

To add to that, I have in fact tried demos of some of the more popular entry level Windows based video editors, and none of them in the ~$100 range were really all that great. Maybe the $500+ range has some truly brilliant software, but again, I'll never know because it's not worth it to me. (And I do spend money when I'm going to get value from it, but Music is my real hobby, so Sonar Producer and various Softsynths are where my commercial software dollars go)

about a year and a half ago
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Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

mabinogi Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (95 comments)

* No waveform view for audio tracks (how are you supposed to sync audio and video?)
* No per-clip markers, only global markers. (How are you supposed to find points of interest and sync points in clips before dropping them on the timeline?)

In addition, a useful feature Kdenlive has - that I don't know if Openshot has - is the ability to use unrendered Kdenlive projects as clips. Which means you can create extremely complicated projects, and then only have to do one final rendering at the end. That way you can work on individual scenes separately, then combine them in a master project.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

mabinogi Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (95 comments)

It's pretty much the best open source video editor out there. It has the right mix of ease of use and functionality - they just need to work on the flakiness. Every now and then when I have need to do video editing, I've looked at the alternatives, and Kdenlive - crashes and all - is the only thing that ever actually does the job.

The commercial Windows based editors may well work a lot better, but I'll never know, because I'll never use any of them.

about a year and a half ago
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Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

mabinogi Re:cmdline (95 comments)

If his argument was that ffmpeg's entire philosophy and way of working wasn't what he wanted then your response would be valid. But no, his entire reason for utterly discounting it was one - and only one - bug. Maybe he had more reasons, but the only one he felt worthy of sharing was that one bug.

about a year and a half ago
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Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

mabinogi Re:In other words... (252 comments)

No, the norm when forking is to do so because you don't get along with the maintainers...

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME Aiming For Full Wayland Support by Spring 2014

mabinogi Re:bigger picture (300 comments)

Linux has been on the desktop for as long as there's been an X server. Is it on everyone's desktop? No. Does that matter? No

about a year and a half ago
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Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

mabinogi Re:wayland's flopping, lets try again! (354 comments)

if you want your application to be portable you cannot make use of any features of any particular desktop environment.

So basically you're saying that in order to be portable, you don't use non portable features? That's a revelation...

There's very few non portable desktop features anyway - most stuff gets picked up by all of the environments one way or another. I can't even think of any desktop specific feature that would make an application unusable in another environment...

about a year and a half ago
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Version 2.0 Released For Open Skype Alternative Jitsi

mabinogi Re:What is it with these Open Source projects... (112 comments)

That's right, they should all use sensible names like "Skype", "Yahoo" and "Google", otherwise they'll never catch on.

about a year and a half ago
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Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

mabinogi I'm sure it'll be fine.. (292 comments)

I'm sure it'll be fine....as long as the front doesn't fall off...

about a year and a half ago
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Plans Unveiled For Full Scale Replica of the Titanic

mabinogi Re:Seperation of classes (292 comments)

Just remember that the same person that wants to build this, also declared that Greenpeace was a CIA plot to destroy Australia's mining sector...

about a year and a half ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

mabinogi Re:quibbling over temperature of the cabin (841 comments)

He's not quibbling over a temperature, he's pointing out a blatant lie. Musk doesn't make any claim in his blog that the temperature had any real effect - the original writer made that claim, and made a big deal about it despite it being a lie.

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

mabinogi Re:Politicians are becoming redundant (173 comments)

So you're advocating for less representation, not more?

Or do you think you can go all the way and switch to a direct democracy? Which, logistics aside, would turn every voting age citizen into a politician....

about a year and a half ago
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Citizenville: Newsom Argues Against Bureaucracy, Swipes At IT Departments

mabinogi Re:Hah (173 comments)

nor do they have any need to do better than the 4 hour response time or whatever the SLA says

Wow, if outsourcing can get us 4 hour response time, how quickly can we do it?

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Seek to Use Drones For Brushfire Forecasting

mabinogi Re:It's getting hot, hot, hot! (52 comments)

It was similar on Saturday. Heaps of stories about how parts of Sydney might reach _38_, and meanwhile Canberra quietly breaks 40.

But of course, it's forbidden to ever mention that Canberra is consistently hotter than Sydney in summer, otherwise people might forget the unassailable truth that Canberra is always freezing cold.

about 2 years ago
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Does 2012 Mark the End of the Netbook?

mabinogi Re:where's the 9 inch ultrabook? (336 comments)

Yes, I would love to find a 9" ultrabook. I don't mind the price being in Ultrabook range if it gave you the decent CPU, SSD and battery life of an Ultrabook, in a size that you can actually carry everywhere...

about 2 years ago
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Does 2012 Mark the End of the Netbook?

mabinogi Re:I love netbooks (336 comments)

The EeePC901 was the best netbook ever made.
Not only did the later ones miss the point by going to 10" and putting in a spinning disk, but they also reduced the quality of other components like the webcam.

Unfortunately my 901 died, I'm hoping to find another, but it seems that no one that has one wants to sell....

For a replacement, I considered a tablet - in particular an ASUS Transformer, but Android wasn't going to suit my needs (Proper multitasking where the application doesn't randomly close when the OS decides it needs to, and support for all the keyboard modifier keys - ctrl, alt, etc), and it looked like the Linux ports to it were too hit-and-miss to guarantee success.
I then considered an Ultrabook - either an 11" zenbook, or a Macbook air, but apart from the significantly higher cost, 11" is just way too big. An 11" laptop you can carry most places, a 9" one you can carry _everywhere_.

about 2 years ago

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