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KDE 4.6 Beta 1 – a First Look

mtemmerm Re:GNOME keeps falling further and further behind. (224 comments)

I'm a long time GNOME user myself, and have tried the new KDE release for a couple of days... I absolutely have to disagree. I was happy coming back to GNOME. I find the performance of KDE to be on par with GNOME, with GNOME far outperforming KDE in terms of stability. Also I don't like the overkill KDE is using in its interface, I find it too distracting to get any real work done. It probably all comes down to personal preference? I like running more minimalistic GUI's as opposed to having the GUI in your face all the time.

more than 3 years ago

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns

mtemmerm LibreOffice (c) Oracle (510 comments)

So I just removed OO.o from my Arch installation and replaced it with LO. Looks just the same except LO adds a systray icon. And the copyright notice still says Oracle on it.

more than 3 years ago

Abandon Earth Or Die, Warns Hawking

mtemmerm Re:Easy (973 comments)

Well if everyone had your attitude, we'd never have left the trees!

more than 4 years ago

Pacific Northwest At Risk For Mega-Earthquake

mtemmerm Re:Ob (457 comments)

How do we belgians fit in there again?

more than 4 years ago

Freescale Unveils Design For $199 Tablet

mtemmerm Re:Always Innovating Touchbook (173 comments)

Ordered mine in September and it should be on it's way any day now!

more than 4 years ago

Russia Confirms Failed Missile Launch Caused Norway's Light Show

mtemmerm Re:UFO for sure (236 comments)

Some flashlight!

more than 4 years ago

Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

mtemmerm Re:Not convinced about the rocket story (418 comments)

Good arguments all of them - one but though: I know Norway isn't *that* close to Russia, which makes it exactly this weird... either that's a freaking large missile or it faulted pretty close to Norway. From the footage it looks like the spiral is forming over the next hill...

more than 4 years ago

Gigantic Spiral of Light Observed Over Norway; Rocket To Blame?

mtemmerm Not convinced about the rocket story (418 comments)

Several things contribute to me not going for the rocket explanation:

  • - Highly symmetrical pattern. Most if not all rocket explosions you can find footage of, show erratic patterns instead.
  • - Same thing happened in 2006 in Russia and another poster linked to a Chinese video of this phenomenon. These look exactly the same though different occasions.
  • - Why would Russia fire a missile from their (and the) largest submarine this close to Norway? It would be too dangerous this close to population especially if it's a test launch.
  • - On these pictures as well as the older footage, the larger spiral seems to be radiating light (not just the center or one point which could be an exhaust - the whole spiral emits light).

It's probably just me, but I smell a cover up in the guise of a failed Russian missile launch ;)

more than 4 years ago

LHC Reaches Record Energy

mtemmerm Re:Is this related to this wormhole .. (347 comments)

Images still not showing up here, not even after a refresh... Did anyone figure out in the mean time if this was a real event or not btw? It looks too perfect, which makes it stand out of the footage as something that shouldn't be there. I'm going to call hoax on this one. If its's not - all the better :).

more than 4 years ago

Nokia Unveils Its First Netbook

mtemmerm RE: I like it. (219 comments)

There's a perfect solution for this: manufacturers really need to stop preloading Windows on everything... Leave the OS disconnected from the HW and offer it as a separate item, + installation costs if you can't install it yourself. And while they're at it, they can take that ugly Windows key and stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Really.

about 5 years ago

Why Size Matters For Your SSD Purchase

mtemmerm Filesystem vs drive size (175 comments)

Slightly off topic, but it's often forgotten that the filesystem also plays an important role in drive performance. Newer filesystems like NILFS ( are created to suit SSD's instead of the legacy rotating media. It claims to hold the same performance, no matter how large the filesystem is.

Back on topic: We're seeing the same evolution with SSD's now like we saw it with spinning media several years back, when they started to increase the drive size ever more. Eventually these performance differences between larger and smaller drives will disappear: they will simply not be an issue anymore at all when you won't be able to get SSD's smaller than 200GB, like the similar trend with spinning media.

more than 5 years ago

Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels

mtemmerm Arch kernel (595 comments)

mmap_min_addr already set to 4096 there... Plus I don't really see what all the fuss is about: how does this make an affected desktop OS any more vulnerable?

more than 5 years ago

Breakthrough in Electricity-Producing Microbe

mtemmerm Re:More efficient adaptation, but... (177 comments)

When placing this microbe in a real world system such as a fuel cell connected to a sceptic tank, it seems logical that part of this system should include the same kind of stimulus (in this case the 400 milivolt the article speaks of) than in the lab tests, in order to keep the microbe 'stimulated' to produce a higher electrical output. Otoh, I don't know much on the subject and could be full of you-know-what. It just sounds logical to include this type of regressive evolution inhibitor. Also, these people are a lot smarter than me and have probably given this some thought :).

more than 5 years ago

20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death

mtemmerm Why (843 comments)

... is this even on /.?

more than 5 years ago

Possible Meteorite Imaged By Opportunity Rover

mtemmerm Re:Wow! (82 comments)

I had imagined it... taller?

more than 5 years ago

Cheap, Cross-Platform Electronic Circuit Simulation Software?

mtemmerm KTechLab (211 comments)

I don't use it frequently, and I'm an uber novice at electronics, but a couple of months back I was looking for a decent simulation app as well, and out of all the ones I tried (most of them referred to above), KTechLab came out as the best option for me. Just my two cents.

more than 5 years ago

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight Plans

mtemmerm Re:not too far off (224 comments)

From the wikipedia link: "Using a 300 MW power generator, this would take about two months to reach full speed." Just so I get this straight, that's 300 million Watts, for 2 months non-stop pushing that thing? In order to slingshot something in LEO? Somehow I am not convinced about the whole concept :/.

more than 4 years ago

White House Panel Seeks Input On Spaceflight Plans

mtemmerm Re:Master the environments of the Earth first. (224 comments)

Actually working from the bottom of the ocean perspective isn't that bad an idea to do both earthbound science and the preparation of space exploration a favor. You'd find hundreds of unknown lifeforms at the bottom of the ocean, the conditions there are harsh like an ET environment (no air, pressure challenges, isolation to name a few). You'd have to be forced to engineer solutions to new and interesting problems. NASA should definitely start thinking about using deep seafloor bases. They could use it as a marketing pitch even.

more than 4 years ago


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