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Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

macxcool Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

I agree. When I write anything of significant length which, I'll have to admit, doesn't happen as much as it used to, I prefer one of my fountain pens. They're attractive and different, but mostly I just like the way they write. Neither one of them was very expensive.

about 5 months ago

Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

macxcool Re:Awesome (582 comments)

I couldn't agree with this more. It is difficult sometimes though to put up with a view that is very popular but you consider to be incredibly naive, or wrong, or just stupid.

1 year,26 days

Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

macxcool Arch and ArchBang (357 comments)

I like cobbling together my own desktop too... sometimes. I have a family computer at home with KDE, but my own laptop uses ArchBang which is really Arch Linux with Openbox. Openbox is very sparse though and you can use your own menus, taskbar, system tray, etc. etc. etc. I like the control and I like finding out what's out there and trying new solutions to the Desktop 'problem'.

more than 2 years ago

A Pointed Critique of Thunderbird 3's Performance Compared to v.2

macxcool Re:Me neither (234 comments)

Interestingly enough, a 3.1.2 was released today ;-)

more than 4 years ago

SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright

macxcool Re:Shades of Charlie Brown (286 comments)

Judge: Good Grief.

There, fixed that for ya.

more than 4 years ago

Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?

macxcool I can't see stereograms but can see 3D movies (495 comments)

Back in the 80s I found out that I can't see stereograms. I though that there was something wrong with my stero vision. I can, however, see the new 3D movies just fine, so now I don't know.

more than 4 years ago

Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

macxcool Re:Scalzi on Stross on ST (809 comments)

Similarly: Someone claims they don't like Evolution and gives reasons why. Evolutionists (especially slashdotters ;-) interpret his words as a hostile attack on their beloved icon, no matter what his intent.

more than 4 years ago

250-Foot Hybrid Airship To Spy Over Afghanistan In

macxcool Re:Protection? (343 comments)

The best bet seems to be an AA battery.

Yes but, does anyone have a weapon that can fire an AA battery 20000 feet into the air. I'd pay to see that.

more than 4 years ago

WPA Encryption Cracked In 60 Seconds

macxcool Re:Wardriving? (322 comments)

I don't know about that. When I scan for WAPs in town I get many that are unsecured. I don't think things have changed all that much.

about 5 years ago

200-Year-Old Cipher Finally Cracked

macxcool just cracked?? (141 comments)

A code expert just cracked a code

The article says "After unlocking its hidden message in 2007". This is hardly 'just'. The solution was more recently published though. Interesting article.

more than 5 years ago

WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic

macxcool Re:WHAT's on second (368 comments)

Obscure? Nothing's obscure on slashdot.

Obscure? There's nothing obscure about Animaniacs ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 "Not Much Faster" Than Vista

macxcool It works nicely for me (821 comments)

I installed Windows 7 RC on a HP-Compaq D530 with 512MB of RAM. The install was so much faster than XP's it wasn't funny (I'm used to installing Linux off a DVD in 1/4 the time XP will install). When I tried it out everything seemed to be very snappy, even running Explorer, IE8, Media Player at the same time. Switching between them was very quick too. I use Linux almost exclusively, but I have to admit, Windows 7 looks pretty good (although I'm very unlikely to spend the money to install it on one of my machines).

more than 5 years ago

VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

macxcool Re:Better than mplayer? (488 comments)

Geexbox is an excellent LiveCD media centre based on mplayer. Check it out, it rocks. Forget KB shortcuts; I use my ATI RF Remote with it. It even supports my TV card and allows me to watch TV. Network shares, local files, UPnP devices; they'll all work with Geexbox. They even have a customization gui that will remaster the iso with your personal pref.'s (runs in Linux or Windows).

more than 5 years ago

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Shrinking

macxcool Re:Global warming at fault?! (270 comments) we are adapted to current conditions

Would these conditions be the conditions in the Arctic where people have to deal with a very short growing season, almost no precipitation, extreme cold for a long period of time and days on end of almost continuous darkness for part of the year? Perhaps these conditions would be the extreme heat of equatorial regions with certain places getting almost no rain and others having a long, wet rainy season.

It seems to me that humans were designed very well for adapting to almost any kind of condition. If the conditions are too extreme we adapt them to suit our needs or move to more suitable areas.

more than 5 years ago

Fastbooting Linux For Dummies?

macxcool Re:Damn small linux (241 comments)

I agree. It makes sense to get a special-purpose distro. for a specific purpose. DSL and other tiny distro's are great for a fast boot. FreeNAS for, well, NAS. Geexbox or Mythdora for media centre. That's often the best way to go and, you can't do this sort of thing in Windows XP (although Win.98 boots very quickly these days).

more than 5 years ago

Toward the Open Company

macxcool Hunter gatherers?? (272 comments)

If you look to anthropology you will see that we spend the overwhelming part of our history as tribal bands of hunter-gatherers, where nobody really had the means to force others work for them.

If you look back in history you will see (as far back as you can look) huge civilizations that, even though they might have each been organized differently, still had kings and other leaders who could tell others what to do. There were slaves and others who worked while some supervised and benefited from their labour.

Hunter-gatherers, my foot.

more than 5 years ago

French Police Save Millions Switching To Ubuntu

macxcool Games are not our priority (368 comments)

... but solitaire and minesweeper are great training for stakeouts ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Quick Boot Linux Hopes To Win Over Windows Users

macxcool Re:MacBook Pro? (440 comments)

It's also easy to configure XP to do the same thing. It's all in the 'Power Options' Control Panel applet.

more than 5 years ago

Website Does Homework For Kids

macxcool Re:Ahem, nonsensical sense much? (166 comments)

so I was forced to cheat.

I don't think so. No-one forced you to cheat, you chose to do so. This is a moral choice and the ability to do the right thing needs to be acquired before a child can make the right choice.

more than 5 years ago



Good book for beginner Python programmer

macxcool macxcool writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macxcool (1370409) writes "I'm in technical support in an XP/Active Directory environment but have been working with Linux for many years. I've programmed in Commodore Basic ;-) (many years ago) and Bash (of course, including some fairly complex scripts) but am very interested in Python. Can anyone recommend a book that would get me into Python perhaps using an IDE like Eric. I'd like to have something that would get me doing some projects and get into GUI programming as well.
What do you think?"

Group Programming Assignment Solution

macxcool macxcool writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macxcool (1370409) writes "I'm looking for a method (or some software) that can be used in a Secondary School programming class to allow students to collaborate in groups on programming assignments in various languages (Turing, VB and Java for this class). We're in an Active Directory environment with Windows XP where the Site Admin cannot create Groups or Users (it's one school in a very large school board). Please ask if you need more info. about the setup.

... and no, I won't be giving out Admin passwords ;-)"


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