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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

penguinstorm Re:/. must allow moderating of TFA (214 comments)

but ...for God's sake...the idea that anything at all is "safe" in the cloud...is hilariously wrong.

The laughability of this depends entirely on what you are using the word "safe" to refer too.

For the average consumer, their photos are "safe"r from accidental loss in most cloud storage tools than they are on a hard drive.

If you're discussing the potential for having your photos stolen, that's an entirely different matter.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

penguinstorm Re:Aperture-specific plugins... (214 comments)

The notion that I should budget "extra" for using Apple products is actually almost comical, in a world where Adobe has moved to a cloud model and eliminated the concept of software ownership from its business.

Cloud apps make sense in scenarios with shared workflows and collaborative users. A single user application like Aperture/Lightroom...no.

about 4 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

penguinstorm Re:Hosts will be forcably removed from network. (641 comments)

> desktop support will be by to remove the host.

I believe the accurate term would be "parasite." The "host" would be the network, no?

about 7 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

penguinstorm Bob Appel from Toronto... (641 comments)

...pretty clearly has his life all figured out. Dude's got 12 machines!

about 7 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

penguinstorm Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

also: no one on slashdot ever "hate[s] to be snarky." Ever.

about 7 months ago
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Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

penguinstorm Re:Winding down? (111 comments)

They certainly had a presence. I used to see booths and hardware at tech related events and conventions, though they were usually smaller ones.

I always figured this for a temporary project: it was a concept laptop that made many many compromises to achieve a price goal. Pretty cool in that respect. That price goal is now being met (or nearly met) by other products ranging from crappy tablets to crappy chromebooks.

Shame to see it go because it also had the philanthropic mission angle that I suspect is not done.

about 7 months ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

penguinstorm Re:Sounds watertight to me (66 comments)

They've acknowledge this. This is the business risk they're taking. Mod this down.

about 8 months ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

penguinstorm Re:That's not "why it doesn't work"....that's you (66 comments)

No problem man. Anytime.

To start, your point is true, though ridiculously semantic. If I buy a lifetime exclusive licence for use from Getty, what's the difference between that an "buying" the image. Are you planning on giving Getty your credit card number so that you can have the images on your hard drive and never look at them?

To the people who are using Getty, they are "buying images." Yes, the purchase comes with conditions.

Second, the images are usable--they just didn't fit your use case. Have you got any data to back up that people find images so they can only use part of it?

Yes, there's a use case for that but it's not 100%. For what it's worth, every one of my photos that's been stolen has been stolen in full and reposted without more than being resized...but that's not data either--it's just an example.

about 8 months ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

penguinstorm Re:That's not "why it doesn't work"....that's you (66 comments)

I'm quite sure that the embedding tool will change/evolve/improve over time based on mutual desire...keeping in mind that you're not paying for it, so your desires are probably a relatively low priority.

about 8 months ago
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Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

penguinstorm That's not "why it doesn't work"....that's you wan (66 comments)

Getty: "Here, take these high quality images and use them for free"
Santajon: "I don't want that image. I want to crop it, and I'd like to apply an artificial aging filter to it so I can look like a douchebag."
Getty: "That's not the image we're offering...for free. If you buy the image, you'll have a file that you can use however you'd like."
Santajon: "Why would I buy an image...photography is free."

That conversation doesn't end well for anybody except Santajon.

Take the free image that's offered or take your own damn picture and use it. The fact that you have to pay to use someone else's product is not a valid complaint.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: It's 2014 -- Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

penguinstorm Computers! (387 comments)

There's gold in there.

about 9 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

penguinstorm Re: What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

> LEDs are the most poluting in manufacturing.

Since you're typing this on a COMPUTER I'll resist the temptation to laugh. Manufacturing computers isn't polluting at all of course. (Look up the fines levied against silicon fabricators...)

Your comment in this case isn't incorrect but you're ignoring the fact that LED bulb manufacturing is young and there will be process improvements.

about 10 months ago
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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

penguinstorm Re:What is the best way to buy some in bulk? (944 comments)

While I really appreciate your efforts to make all Canadians look like idiots, I'd rather rather you just identify yourself at from "quebec" rather than Canada.

The solstince was June 21st, 2013. In Montreal the sun rose at 5:06 a.m. that day and set at 8:47 p.m.. Your times might be accurate for some location dramatically farther north, but you can't arbitrarily add two hours of daylight in Montreal without me calling bullshit.

Your argument that "people will come to Canada for bulbs" might wash in the limited number of border communities but in the U.S. most of those have a limited population. Buffalo is a substantial drive from the Border; Seattle is a three hour drive. If you really believe that people are going to drive three hours to smuggle light bulbs over a border well, tabernac...have another beer my friend.

The amount of heat generated from your lightbulbs is doing *nothing* to contribute significantly to heating your living space. Here's a test--and since you have such long days of sunlight it should be easy. Live a month with no lightbulbs on and see what the change in consumption for your electric heat is.

The fact that Quebec has an abundance of hydroelectric power does not justify using all of that power for the sake of it. Hydroelectric power is relatively non-polluting but does entail significant environmental displacement and damage. Reducing energy consumption can lead to a reduction in demand for land and power generating facilities, preserving habitat.

I'm not sure how you get to this logical leap: "And finally, my LCD tv produces much heat. The USA should make LCD tvs and monitors illegal..." Your old CRT TV used to generate quite a bit of heat as well. LEDs will replace them over the long term as well.

That argument also sounds a bit like the OPEC countries saying "why bother making smaller fuel efficient engines? UAE has plenty of oil to refine." It's short sighted, narrow and ignorant.

about 10 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

penguinstorm Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

What's the logical path you take from "installing keyloggers on [your] machine" to "comporimis[ing your] hardware?"

A keylogger does nothing to compromise your hardware. It's pure software and has nothing to do with hardware. It's not, in point of fact, even interfacing with hardware: that's happening at the OS level, and the key logging software is picking up the keystrokes.

about 10 months ago
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How a MacBook Camera Can Spy Without Lighting Up

penguinstorm Re:It's pretty simple (371 comments)

Well, it's pretty clear that your use case is the only one for the entire world so let's go to town!

about 10 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

penguinstorm Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

Guns don't kill people. Idiots who ride Suzuki GSX-R 750s at 80mph in first gear kill people. (Though, often, helpfully themselves as well.)

about a year ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

penguinstorm Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

The beauty of your response which calls others out for automotive related stupidity while lumping a braking system in with a stability system is amazing.

The only thing ABS has to do with Stability is that the system is electronic. By that tenuous measure, the car's Electronic Fuel Injection system might as well be considered "stability control."

In fairness, I did find my the carburetors on my motorcycle made it difficult to ride without weaving all over the road, so you might have a point.

about a year ago
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The Case Against Gmail

penguinstorm Re:Google have turned DO NO EVIL into an imperativ (435 comments)

Old theory on Google: the engineering team believes in Do No Evil, the marketing teams believes in Make More Money.

I think there's a kernel of truth to this, but I also think that the line between the two becomes blurred as Google's services mature. I haven't used my gmail address in years at this point: it's forwarded, but I believe you get what you pay for so I pay for a hosting account and (several) domains and use those instead.

I'm one of the admins for a Google Apps for Business account at work. The only thing I have good to say about it is that I'm not going to have a server die. Drive is a nightmare, Calendar unreliable and flaky and the Docs apps aren't that useful unless you "go all in Google."

That last part could be true of the entire experience, really, save Drive which sorely lacks in many storage use cases that are essential to running a business. It's really focused on personal, not common files.

Google is doing a lot of evil right now, and I'd be hard pressed to recommend many of the core products.

about a year ago

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