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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

nullchar Re:Projector? Recommendations (720 comments)

I thought the same thing years ago: I didn't want the screen staring at me all day when I'd only watch it for small periods of time.

Unfortunately, only "older" TV furniture had retractable doors to cover it, not much was available for large flat screens.

Some ideas:

  • Buy/make some nice (red) movie theater style curtains to cover the screen when not in use
  • Get a large canvas print of your favorite art and install that on the retractable pull-down screen
  • Go all out and build a motorized system to raise/lower the TV into/out of the attic/basement

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

nullchar Re:Projector? Recommendations (720 comments)

Why would anyone get a projector when 60"+ TVs are much cheaper than good projector + nice screen + extra bulbs?

about three weeks ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

nullchar Re:Google Analytics (167 comments)

I don't see how anyone can believe this:

Ello uses an anonymized version of Google Analytics to gather and aggregate general information about user behavior. Google may use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the site, compiling reports on site activity for us and providing other services relating to site activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. To the best of our knowledge, the information gathered by Google on Ello’s behalf is collected in such a way that neither Ello, nor Google, can easily trace saved information back to any individual user.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

nullchar Re:Am I doing something right? (238 comments)

Do you drag the cursor along the entire URL in a tiny box to view it? It's super-difficult to edit out pieces of URLs on mobile devices.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

nullchar Re:Am I doing something right? (238 comments)

I love that trick, as I'm an "old" desktop computer user. But how do I "hover" over a link on my mobile device? (Samsung stylus not withstanding.)

(Hint: mobile browsers need some UI changes to enable informed consumers to make their own decisions.)

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

nullchar Re:FreeBSD (303 comments)

Gentoo seemed to figure out init script dependency.

I'm open to changing init scripts, but do we have to change everything else too? Like binary logging and needing an interface to access those logs instead of just tailing/grepping them. (Though I think systemd does support duplicate logging to certain syslogs.)

about 2 months ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

nullchar Re:FreeBSD (303 comments)

Has freebsd been the best Linux distro of 2014?

By the end of 2014 it will be, thanks to systemd.

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

nullchar Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (482 comments)

Interesting idea...

All pictures are hidden by default. Men and women browse each others profiles. When both sides "like" the other profile, they both get to see pictures.

This may quickly devolve into men "liking" every female profile, but it still forces the woman to be interested in profile content before seeing a photo.

about 3 months ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

nullchar Re:Yes, Exactly (81 comments)

Well said.

about 3 months ago
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GNOME 3.14 Released

nullchar Re:Useless Elements and Padding. (250 comments)

Agreed. Everyone who maximizes all of their windows and must constantly shuffle them in a "deck" or even multiple "decks" (workspaces) are NOT power users.

Whether a single screen laptop or a large three monitor desktop, very rarely should any one window be maximized.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

nullchar Re:Low Power (287 comments)

Don't 30 Terabytes of disk use waaaaay more power than two Atoms? How did you get 30 TB linked to those anyway?

about 3 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

nullchar Women crave Feedback (579 comments)

There are no "likes" for Wikipedia edits, unlike Pinterest or Facebook posts.

Women are social creatures and require a feedback loop to keep contributing. Perhaps if we applied gamification to Wikipedia we might get a more balanced participation as the participants would receive some feedback (positive acknowledgements, achievements, whatever) to keep them motivated to contribute.

about 4 months ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

nullchar Same tech, but as a normal heatsink (171 comments)

I would rather have a normal heatsink (in popular form factors) for CPU and GPU out of this material. You would still want airflow through your case, or even on top of the heatsink, but RPMs of those fans would hopefully be much lower, making much less noise.

Silent is a noble goal, but I would be happy to use standard cases and components being very quiet.

about 5 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

nullchar Re:Is anyone left to care? (194 comments)

Firefox's strength was always a large library of plugins, never it's User Interface.

Arguably Firefox's User Experience has degraded, as it is not as configurable as before.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Switching From SAS To Python Or R For Data Analysis and Modeling?

nullchar Re:I made the switch (143 comments)

If you show them a few good ones they will want more, but I wouldn't start to rewrite all the legacy code.

This. Submitter should build a few small projects that give a different end result than the current code base. If you're just swapping R for SAS but delivering the exact same output, no management will care. The sample projects either needs to report the data in different ways, or visualize the data, or even as this parent suggested, simply provide a copy of the output as a spreadsheet.

Innovation will come by thinking about the problem differently and exploring different ways to ask questions to gain insight into your business. If you're just crunching the same numbers, don't bother. For the submitter personally, it's great to learn R and Python, but don't expect an organization shift unless it provides something unique.

about 6 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

nullchar USB Dead Drop (119 comments)

Sounds like the perfect place to install some nearby dead drops.

about 6 months ago
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Visualizing Algorithms

nullchar A great book for learing D3.js (50 comments)

I'm not affiliated with the author in any way, but I did buy the book (though you can get it for free).

This is an amazing resource for someone new to D3.js's declarative javascript and helps you put it all together: https://leanpub.com/D3-Tips-an...

After using D3.js, I've come to the conclusion Mike Bostock is awesome! But it doesn't stop there, people have expanded it like Crossfilter and dc.js.

Tech that allows a javascript n00b like myself to build a simple race results visualization.

about 6 months ago
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3D Windowing System Developed Using Wayland, Oculus Rift

nullchar Re:Mechanism: check. Now policy (72 comments)

Working from the inside of a [virtual] sphere would be pretty sweet. Once you start sphere hopping though, you'll need a metaverse to navigate between them.

about 6 months ago
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Freecode Freezeup

nullchar Re:Not a surprise (62 comments)

I did have to re-add the slashbox... but as I was too lazy to setup an RSS feed or even manually load the page, the slashbox was my portal to freshmeat.

I used to frequent it much more often back in the day, when I had time to explore and experiment with software. Still, there's always something interesting there to someone.

I even have an old Freshmeat.net black tee shirt from back in the day, with a fun "nutrition facts" label. Can't find even a close pic online.

Here's a random snapshot from circa 2000: http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/.vhost/...

about 6 months ago
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Freecode Freezeup

nullchar Re:Not a surprise (62 comments)

Freshmeat / Freecode wasn't about downloads, it was about release announcements and new project announcements.

I still have a slashbox configured, which I've used a few times in the past several months to learn about new projects that I'd otherwise have never learned about.

about 6 months ago

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GPS Fitness Data Sold to Oregon Transportation Dept

nullchar nullchar writes  |  about 7 months ago

nullchar (446050) writes "The Oregon Department of Transportation has signed up for the Strava Metro GPS service for $20,000 USD. Strava is a mobile fitness app used by cyclists and runners to track their performance with GPS. Strava says the data set of over 300 billion GPS points it has collected worldwide are anonymized and aggregated to protect privacy. Oregon wishes to use the data to enhance it's bike lanes.

The active.com article poses some interesting questions (beware annoying "More:" links between every paragraph):

Strava pulls in position and speed data so accurately that it can often be used to identify what lane a cyclist is using on a particular road. With such accuracy, could the government use Strava data to figure out if a cyclist ran a stop sign or a stoplight? Could it be used in the event of an accident involving a vehicle to map a cyclist's behavior prior to a collision? This is just speculation, as the data is intended to be anonymous.

It would be easy for them to create a database of Strava's user-created "segments" to identify "hot spots" where cyclists may be riding in especially aggressive fashion. In his piece in Bicycling magazine on the Strava-related death of Kim Flint in 2010, David Darlington compared some of the site's "KOM" segments to illegal street racing. He even showed how easy it is to identify cyclists breaking the law by finding several KOM segment leaders who recorded speeds in excess of the posted speed limit.

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