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You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

pantherace Re:Angry (403 comments)

If he means to finish booting and stop being slow, then he's justified in blaming Windows 7.

I did a comparison between it and the current distro of Kubuntu at the time it came out. I was initially amazed that it matched Kubuntu's time to desktop, at about 1:30 (+/- 15 seconds), then noticed it was slow, and kept hammering the hard drive until about 5:00. Kubuntu was done hitting the hard drive and being slow at the 1:30.

That was a new boot, without anything on it. Due to the fragmentation on the file system, it takes a lot longer to boot now (I have not recently measured it multiple times, but >2:30). Kubuntu takes a bit longer, but less time (+30 seconds perhaps)

Mind you that was a Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, with I think 4GB of RAM and a fast hard drive (not an SSD) a few years ago.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

pantherace Re:But can you play Crysis on it? (286 comments)

AA is a hack because of insufficient resolution.

Tell me, which is better: playing on an old SVGA 800x600 with 4x AA, or playing on 1600x1200 with no AA?

Or higher AA, but I'm willing to bet, with a quarter the AA setting, that 1600x1200, will look better than that 800x600. I'd bet 3200x2400 would look even better.

More resolution is better than more AA. More AA is better than nothing, but it's still a hack.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

pantherace Re:OpenSCAD ? (218 comments)

I will also suggest openscad. I'm not great at it (I tend to use blender for quick one offs.)

However, it's amazing what you can do with it, when leveraging the community. I made a replacement gear for my lathe last week, and it worked great.

about a year and a half ago
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NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting

pantherace Re:users? (311 comments)

See?

It's good for everyone!

about a year and a half ago
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Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT

pantherace Re:More elaborate schemes? (308 comments)

Because aside from Konqueror, I don't know of a browser which makes this easy to do.

Unless I've missed something, I haven't seen another browser which prompts you about the cookie, can have accept/reject and one of this cookie or the entire domain (as well as all cookies) in a nice window.

Mind you, it's a pain for a short time before you get those lists setup, but after that, it's great in the cases you do go to a new site and want to allow it. Every other browser I've seen requires editing a configuration dialog/file to change that. Which even though I can do, frankly, it's too obnoxious to do. I stick with noscript and abp. When I want to really be secure, I use a different browser with a completely different and more secure setup.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

pantherace Re:But are the 'users' becoming products? (646 comments)

Windows Live Messenger.

Also, no way to disable it aside from blocking the ad at the bottom. I had to install that specifically for a particular job.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims

pantherace Re:WTF. (616 comments)

Frankly, having taught some basic computer classes, while not absolute, I would suggest that in general, that some of the things that come with being elderly, and young, do play HIGHLY into the general computer competency.

When I taught classes with both old and young people, anyone under about 25, even if they claimed ignorance, had been exposed and generally only required a very small push to direct them to what they wanted to do. They understood the basics of operating especially a GUI. They've grown up with it in our culture. They have been exposed to concepts.

Contrast this with people who while smart, were older, especially if over 40. They simply often times lacked the familiarity, so something as basic as say, selecting a particular object on a menu took a lot of work to figure out what was going on. Repeat this for the many common GUI interfaces... and that familiarity meant that in general, being elderly does have a strong correlation with what's perceived as illiteracy.

I've also been the one doing tech support for PhDs. Really smart people... who haven't been exposed to things. One of the people I helped with things did projects on Quantum computing. One of the few people I know who impresses me with raw intelligence. Generally, though the experience was with things like Fortran (which works much faster than people think).

So it's nothing inherent about being elderly/young, except for the times they were exposed to, which clearly does have an effect on computer literacy. There are of course exceptions.

There are also things like my opinion, that in general, a younger person generally doesn't understand the way computers work as well as an older person with equivalent education for their time. This is due to the rise of things like Object Oriented Programming, Java, etc. Consequence of the times they are in.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Is a Lemon On the Retina MacBook Pro

pantherace Re:Proof at last! (780 comments)

Yes. I can. Or could until Asus closed their estore which had just about everything required except processors and ram.

Assembling laptops isn't hard. What is a pain in the ass is rebuilding phones from parts.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

pantherace Re:An inherent limitation of the form factor? (197 comments)

It's not an inherent limitation of the device.

It's that the keyboards almost universally are horrible for it, because they are designed for things like natural speaking. Their processing of symbols is subpar.

The same is true of most small bluetooth keyboards, or built in keyboards. Frankly, my Zaurus SL-5500 from 2003 has a better keyboard on a mobile than almost anything that's come since. (And in fact, the only things I can think of that rival it that I have encountered, are also Zaurus devices.)

I have found one that I don't think sucks so far, it's "hacker's keyboard" on android. (Most important things it has that seemingly every other keyboard lacks are tab and arrow keys... easily accessible. It has some limitations though, and you'll almost certainly want to enable portrait 5-line keyboard) Though I usually use it more with my table as opposed to with my phone, though it does work there just fine, I use the phone more for email/texting/etc, so having a keyboard (swype) which is better for those things as default means the other isn't used as much.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Software Faces a Test With Qt

pantherace Re:First comment on referenced article (177 comments)

Indeed, even when I was running direct cvs and later svn versions, that rarely happened, and usually it was fixed if I rebuilt it a few hours later.

more than 3 years ago
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50% of Apple's Revenue Comes From the iPhone

pantherace Re:Ballmer was right again (292 comments)

In the US, they do on T-mobile... oh wait.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

pantherace Re:any Apple fanboy want to support this lawsuit? (465 comments)

I'm sorry, but having used a Zaurus (my SL-C1000 recently died) there is little difference in the UI from Apple's, and the first ones appeared about 2003 (Actually probably a bit sooner, considering the SL-5500 I grabbed has a Rom 3.13 build date of Jul 2 2003, and I got one as a birthday present, which wouldn't have occurred in 2003 yet.):

The dock actually isn't that new, the only thing that's 'new' about it is bringing it on screen vs dedicated buttons. (And even on the Zaurus, with I think the 3.1 rom, the button's actions could be changed, so even configurable isn't anything new.

There are very very minor differences:
Tabs are smaller, and accessed via swiping the screen vs taping the icon.

There weren't any universal graphical icons at the bottom on Qtopia. However, there were universal physical buttons. (see above)

Lack of a universal way to get to the icons, via the start menu-like construct in the lower left of Qtopia, granted, that bar holds the notifications and similar, and has been moved to the top of the screen of both of the two new UIs under discussion.

Hardware: Stylus & finger vs finger-only. While it allows for a few things like multi-touch, capacitive touch screens suck in a lot of ways, and now resistive touch screens are starting to support multi-touch.

Hardware: Multiple-touches. that does give a bit of difference, but considering it's mostly used in photos and maps, wouldn't I wouldn't have interacted much with the Zaurus/Qtopia equivalents, as I didn't have any GPS equipment.

Also note, that most of these are present in (Original) Palms, which would push them back further in time, but I didn't use Palm much. The Palm also had the hardware buttons like the dock. (Actually had some in the touch sensitive area around the graffiti area)

Having something like the dock on screen is simply a consequence of reducing physical buttons.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Challenges NVIDIA To Graphics Throw-Down

pantherace Re:Big words... (240 comments)

Can we include phones too?

Because I'm pretty sure my phone beats an Intel chipset...

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

pantherace Re:Remember: ATT Illegally Tapped Our Phones (748 comments)

Actually, at least for 3g with some (their Galaxy S variants) the T-mobile one will work on both T-mobile and AT&T, but the AT&T will only work on AT&T. I don't know about the others, but it wouldn't surprise me if that wasn't the only phone that's like that.

more than 3 years ago
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White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown

pantherace Re:How does that Hopey-Changey horseshit taste? (652 comments)

Out of curiosity, who among either the Democrats or Republicans in the primaries did you not consider crazy and/or corrupt, or would you make the same statements no matter who had been put forth by the D/R?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 2.6.38 Released

pantherace Re:200-line patch (159 comments)

Blender, yafaray, and some others, especially look at the fluid simulation (and turn up the resolution!)

There: all the 2.8GHz CPU pegging you want.

more than 3 years ago
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Third Blast At Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant

pantherace Re:Journalism (691 comments)

Couple of weeks ahead even.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

pantherace Preserving privacy (323 comments)

The oldest method: Don't be interesting.

While a bit tongue in cheek, it's a fairly good way. Even if your data is in whatever databases, if there's no use of it, then it might as well not exist.

Unfortunately, that works both ways in some cases. I keep hearing about Charlie Sheen. I decided to look a little last night and no one has made a coherent summary of it. Better yet, could everyone stop talking about him?

Granted, that won't prevent automated things like targeted advertising. However, if you haven't yet developed a mental filter for advertising, I'd get started, it helps on so many things. In fact, if not for being a method for infection/malware, I probably wouldn't use adblock. (That I got tired of the Flash/PDF ads that tried to infect my machine was the ultimate catalyst for that. Too bad for sites that are ad based, but there are enough sleazy ads that they lose out.)

more than 3 years ago

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