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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

paxswill Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

If the latest Ubuntu ran on PPC Macs, that'd be a marked improvement in their support. The last version to actually boot and install was 7.04. A better choice would be Debian, which still supports PPC.

more than 2 years ago

Some Windows Apps Make GRUB 2 Unbootable

paxswill Re:About time...? (429 comments)

Boot camp is not what we want. Boot camp does not support Linux well, and if you have more than one non OS X partition, it labels them all as 'Windows'. rEFIt is a nice EFE/Mac bootloader. Also, if we're saying Boot Camp counts, bootcgf/boot.ini offers close functionality (not cross OS family, but about as extensive as Boot Camp).

more than 3 years ago

Zynga Investment May Herald Google Games

paxswill Re:Considered moving to paid for a while (186 comments)

I have a mail server through my web host. I can set up webmail through Squirrelmail, or some other package I install on my server. POP/IMAP are also available.

about 4 years ago

Pope Urges Priests To Go Forth and Blog

paxswill Re:Bad decision (284 comments)

Maybe my church is an outlier, but the sermons are all posted online, and we record every service to CD, so those who missed it can listen later if they want.

more than 4 years ago

Using Drupal For Company Intranet; What To Expect?

paxswill Not hard (20 comments)

While not in the same league of usage as you (just a simple page for an organization I'm a part of), I've found developing for Drupal very easy. I knew no PHP going in, but between picking that up and the extensive documentation on their site, it's been a breeze filling in the cracks of what I need that available modules don't fill.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Patents Sudo's Behavior

paxswill Re:Much more specific than the summary suggests (657 comments)

IIRC, that's not quite correct. I haven't done any Cocoa recently that required root privileges, but most of the time you mark a task as requiring admin access, and the use is then prompted for a password (normally. If the current logged in user is an admin, and has no password, it will pass through I think). It asks for any user, but just fills in the user name for the currently logged in user if it's an admin. Basically, it will ask for a PW any time it needs sudo, no matter the user (unless the user is root).

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Tax Dodge At Issue In Washington State

paxswill Re:Disappointing though it may be... (681 comments)

But Washington doesn't have an income tax. One of the things people would do while I was there (well, I heard of it being done) would be to drive down to Oregon to buy stuff (no sales tax) while living in Washington.

more than 4 years ago

Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?

paxswill Re:My experiences in Truman, MO (699 comments)

The Cisco Clean Access Agent does run under OS X. It launches at login using launchd, and spikes CPU usage every 2 seconds for 2 seconds (2 on, 2 off) by doing a bunch of system calls. It drops about 30 minutes off of my battery, so I usually leave it off (it usually runs on the background in the menubar, but you can quit it). My school uses CCAAgent for access to the wired network, and I've heard it gives you a lease on your MAC address for 24 hours. Wireless is handled through a capture page that logs your MAC and allows you to not have to login again. while you maintain a connection the the AP. Our Wifi is unecrypted though so I route my traffic through a SSH tunnel I have back home for sensitive traffic.

more than 5 years ago

Top 10 Disappointing Technologies

paxswill Re:Failed Technologies: All RISC Chips (682 comments)

Only if you're counting the desktop/laptop market. All three of the major consoles use RISC based processors, 3 of the 4 from last gen (PS2, Gamecube, Dreamcast), and a majority of the portable consumer devices market (iPods, cell phones, hand held gaming platforms). In addition, a sizable portion of the HPC market uses RISC based chips. I would in no way consider RISC failed.

more than 5 years ago

Portables Without Cameras?

paxswill Re:military solution (442 comments)

The document (PDF, page 49) I read implies that any Apple tech can do it, and warranty is maintained.

more than 4 years ago

Portables Without Cameras?

paxswill Re:military solution (442 comments)

You can get Apple to remove the camera. I remember reading in a security document about disabling the camera. An option listed is to have it removed by an Apple service center (an Apple Store might do it, but unlikely), and they'll make a note of it in the Applecare database. You get a warranty, no camera, and access to secured areas.

more than 5 years ago

Old-School Coding Techniques You May Not Miss

paxswill Re:Some, not all... (731 comments)

I took AP Computer Science AB my senior year of high school, and that was a major portion of it. We had to know why certain data structures (trees, hash tables, linked lists, arrays) were better for certain tasks, and also why some sorting algorithms were better than others. It's also part of the curriculum for CS and computer engineers at my university.

more than 5 years ago

Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?

paxswill Re:Could be the disc itself... (501 comments)

The problem with Disney is they screw up the discs so it looks like there's ~100 titles, all with close to the correct running time. Granted, this isn't a linux solution, but on my Mac, the included DVD player will play the correct title. Note which is playing, then select the correct one in MacTheRipper/Handbrake.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Shifts iTunes Pricing; $0.69 Tracks MIA

paxswill Re:Who cares (429 comments)

The other part to this announcement is that all of the songs are now DRM-free. Just straight 256kbps AAC, no DRM.

more than 5 years ago

RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009

paxswill Re:Printing (571 comments)

My school (Old Dominion) does part of this already. You get 250 pages a semester, past that, it's 10 cents a page. All of the printers in the labs are able to be printed form your own laptop, and there are extra printers in common areas in all buildings. It works out pretty well, and even with my own printer, I still use the public printers when I'm doing last minute changes.

more than 5 years ago

Growing Plants In Lunar Gravity

paxswill Re:What about... (111 comments)

I don't thing you understand what he meant. He's suggesting orienting the plant opposite the normal configuration, with the soil and roots system being closer to the central axis, with the leafy portions of the plant growing out, away from the central axis. The problem with this is that you can't really completely eliminate the effects of gravity. If the centrifuge is spinning horizontally, you still have gravity pulling the plants sideways, and if you set it up vertically, you may be able to get and average of 1/6 gravity, but not a constant 1/6g, as you'll actually be increasing the acceleration when the centrifuge is going down.

more than 5 years ago

Texas Judge Orders Identification of Topix Trolls

paxswill Re:What happens if... (344 comments)

Topix logs IPs and reveals the location of the user under their username.

more than 5 years ago

Hadron Collider Relaunch Delayed

paxswill Re:Just to clarify (223 comments)

The Article may not have absolute years in the text, but it does have a published date. (Says Feb 9, 2009 for me).

more than 5 years ago

Magnetic Levitating Trains Get Go-Ahead In Japan

paxswill It moves? (425 comments)

I've only heard of it moving, not actually winessed the act. And it's outside my window...

more than 5 years ago


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