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GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

pintpusher Re:I didn't think it was possible (647 comments)

beat me to the punch on the extreme amount of mouse movement. From a high level the interface looks kinda nice actually (though it's not something I'd use -- dedicated xmonad user here). Simple, clean and context sensitive, I guess. But holy crap as soon as I tried the mock-up I was immediately annoyed at how far I had to move the mouse!

Granted, for tablet use it probably helps prevent fat-fingering, and makes some sense, but I don't see myself spending most of my time at a tablet for the foreseeable future.

more than 2 years ago

In case of a blackout, batteries etc. will give me ...

pintpusher It's not the battery time... (328 comments)

It's the beeping, THE BEEPING!! from all the UPSs in my apartment, and my upstairs neighbor.

All the beeping, and blinking, and flashing and beeping...

more than 3 years ago

Buy Your Own Tron Lightcycle For $35,000

pintpusher Re:Everyday street use. Really? (170 comments)

In my experience (not as credible as yours, but 20yrs on the street including a stint as a messenger in DC), the amount of counter-steer needed is minimal. Often just a whisper of pressure on the inside hand will induce a turn. I totally believe, though haven't tried, the welded headset trick works fine, but probably requires more pressure to actually force the lean..

From my observations, the counter steering is just to move the front wheel out from under the center of gravity thus inducing lean and subsequent turning where the CG moves back over the wheel. The inside pressure makes the front wheel move slightly in the opposite direction, unbalancing the system and allowing the lean.

very much my anecdotal observations... but it's fun to play with little tiny countersteer pressures and see the results.

more than 4 years ago

Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

pintpusher Re:FFS! (374 comments)

I want a bed that does the chores!

But then why would I screw my wife on it?

  I'd screw her on the *other* bed so the first one could keep doing the chores...

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack

pintpusher Re:Aarghhhh (267 comments)

Is there really a need for "interesting solutions" in yet another 3-layer web app? It's a serious question as I don't do this kind of work. But it seems to me that this stuff is already so well known that production sites shouldn't be looking for new interesting (and thus untested) ways of hacking together queries. Forcing programmers to do things "the right way" for established designs and purposes doesn't really seem like a problem to me, though I'm sure it takes some of the fun out of it.

more than 4 years ago

Aussie Film Industry Appeals ISP Copyright Case

pintpusher Does anyone else misread AFACT? (137 comments)

I've been reading through the threads here in my usual shallow manner, and I can't seem to stop reading AFACT as AFAICT. Thus "AFACT is an organisation..." becomes "As far as I can tell is an organisation...". I just have to give up.

more than 4 years ago

When I die, I want my body to be ...

pintpusher Re:Launched, flaming, into a hydrogen dirigible (793 comments)

hmmm... While I think this is an excellent idea, I do really think it warrants some testing. It would be rather unfortunate to have this plan fail with your flaming corpse splattering intact into the middle of I5 or some kid's birthday party. But on second thought, that might be a pretty epic fail and may be a better idea than the original.

Regardless, testing is required. We just need some human analogues. Now, where did I put my kids...

more than 4 years ago

2 Displays and 2 Workspaces With Linux and X?

pintpusher Re:Very good question. (460 comments)

I'll jump on the AOL-that bandwagon.

I've been using xmonad for a while (maybe a couple of years? since version 0.4 or something anyway), and I'll probably never leave it. It's just so ridiculously easy once you hop over the learning curve. It's fast and simple. The community support is great too. ++xmonad.

more than 4 years ago

Google Patent Reveals New Data Center Innovations

pintpusher At least we know the DB servers are cool (82 comments)

They can cross that off the list and carry on with other solutions to the

Error establishing a database connection


more than 5 years ago

At My Computer Desk, I Use...

pintpusher Re:Single computer and single monitor!? (628 comments)

This is so true that I'm willing to suffer with two really crappy old crt's that need focusing rather than return to just one monitor.

fingers crossed for a couple of new flatscreens for xmas!

more than 5 years ago

Ultracapacitor Bus Recharges At Each Stop

pintpusher Re:Until... (419 comments)

No small part of the unsprung weight is the brake structure and at least part of the weight of the drive shaft. An in-wheel motor serves both as drive and brake. Putting 4 motors in means you get to make each motor smaller to provide the same power. Further, the transmission losses of a current drivetrain (both in the transmission itself and in the u-joints of the drive shaft) are greatly minimized if not eliminated altogether allowing a further reduction in motor size.

I have no idea how this all adds up in terms of unsprung weight, but I suspect it may be close to a wash. But that's only a guess and I'm too lazy to do the research on it.

more than 5 years ago

Mainstream Press "Cringes" At Win7 Launch Parties

pintpusher Re:Corny Much... (830 comments)

Black Guy: "Can you believe Microsoft put the launch of windows 7 in our hands?!"
Group: *laughs*
Black Guy: "Are they nuts or what?!"
Group: *laughs*
White Guy: "(maybe|only)*** by letting you be involved!"
Group: "ooh harsh!"

If only they had followed up with

Black Guy: *pounds White Guy for being a jerk*
White Guy: *screams like a girl while blood gushes from his nose*
Women: *laughs*

it would have avoided

Me: *pukes*


more than 5 years ago

SA's Largest Telecomms Provider vs. a Pigeon

pintpusher Telkom play fair? (149 comments)

Will Telkom play fair? Or will they throw resources at the problem to ensure they win? I really don't know a thing about network transport, so what I suggest may not even be possible in the time alloted. The marketing aspects are interesting too. Does Telkom generate good will by taking its lumps good-naturedly and then make real efforts to fix its problems? I suspect that rigging the game could actually do more harm than good.

more than 5 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

pintpusher Re:FSF is not very truthful in this campaign (926 comments)

Of course copyright holders have rights. But those rights do not include the right to physically control what I do with my personal property. period.

If their business model does not work without physically controlling what I do with my hardware, then their business model is broken.

Kindle is a bad example as we've recently seen with their deletion of copies of 1984. Many more people are now aware of what exactly can be done with DRM type control of the user's machine.

Just because no one notices doesn't make it right. If you don't notice that someone has inserted a root-kit in your machine, but hasn't made use of it yet, is that okay? If you don't notice that someone has a backdoor in your OS that allows them to delete certain files from your machine without your knowledge or consent, is that okay? No.

more than 4 years ago

FSF Attacks Windows 7's "Sins" In New Campaign

pintpusher Re:FSF is not very truthful in this campaign (926 comments)

OMG, not Illegal != Legal Right To in All Products

Agreed. But I'm arguing that it is not right for DRM to prevent me from doing something legal with my hardware. It all gets convoluted below, but I think it comes out in the end...

Maybe you'll understand a car analogy? ;)

maybe! I'm game ;)

It is not illegal to have a CD player built into a car. Perhaps there's a court case ruling that it is not too distracting to the driver so therefore not illegal. That does not mean you have the Legal Right to have a CD player in every vehicle and a company that builds a vehicle with no place to insert a CD player into the dash has overruled that court case.

This analogy doesn't fit because the car does not actively prevent you from taking a sawzall(sp?) to the dash and putting your own cd player in.

As I understand it (and I'm certainly no expert), the DRM actively tries to prevent the user from performing an action on the user's(!) machine that the user is legally allowed to do. This is a rather different concept from not providing the functionality in the first place as in your analogy above. In the case of DRM, a third party is actively preventing the user from doing something legal with their own property.

It is also not your legal right to have the software and ability to copy any CD, it is simply not illegal for you to do so. Therefore it is your decision as a consumer to buy products that are easier to copy, or to buy an OS that makes this process easier. But it is not your God-given or supreme court rules RIGHT to be able to do so and easily with every piece of software and supported easily by every OS or even not actively denied.

hmmm... I'll agree that it may not be my *right* to copy a cd, but since it is not illegal, it is therefore legal. Since it is legal for me to do something, then how can it be right for a third party to prevent me from doing it?

It is legal for me to install a radio in my car. I have no *right* to it, but it is legal for me to do so. It is almost certainly (IANAL) illegal for Toyota to prevent me from doing so. Or an even better analogy: it is almost certainly illegal for whatever entity is responsible for the fuel-injection controller to prevent me from doing so. Okay, that's a tortured analogy. Toyota is the hardware manufacturer, fuel-injection controller is the DRM-enabled operating system and installing a radio is copying a cd. phew. wow. sorry.

This is of course based off my understanding that the supreme court said it is NOT illegal to make a backup, not a ruling stating it IS ILLEGAL to prevent a CD from being copied. If the latter is the case then I apologize for my misunderstanding and withdraw my arguments.

I think your understanding is correct. I just disagree with your reasoning :)

I'm trying to come up with another analogy...

It is legal for you to paint your house. It is not legal for the carpenter who built it to come to your house and prevent your from painting it (ignoring the whole trespassing issue here). In fact it's absurd.

It is likewise absurd and, in my non-legally-trained opinion, illegal to prevent me from doing something that is not illegal. In fact, it may even be illegal for an OS to prevent me from doing something illegal as the OS vendor is not an authorized law-enforcement officer and I'm not directly harming another, yadda yadda yadda.

There is a machine which has the capability to perform a legal action. There is a piece of software that facilitates that action. There is another piece of software that prevents that action. The software vendor is attempting to dictate what the user can or can't do with their legally owned hardware.

If the software vendor does not want the user to perform this action, then the vendor should not provide the first piece of software. That is the limit of the software vendor's rights in this case. If I choose to install software that allows me to legally perform this action, it is neither the vendor's right nor concern to prevent it.

It is not the software vendor's job to police my actions with my hardware. I think that last sentence is really the crux of the argument. Incorporating DRM into the operating system is just that: the vendor trying to dictate what I do with my hardware. The simple answer is to dump windows (which I've done). It is reasonable to attempt to educate others about how their hardware is being prevented from performing legal actions by a third party.

I know I'm veering into wacko territory now. Must be this retrofitted, but legal, steering system I've got ;)

more than 5 years ago



Big ISP's promoting Linux!

pintpusher pintpusher writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pintpusher writes "Earthlink has included an interesting headline in their latest eLink newsletter: Linux for the Desktop". Complete with links to DistroWatch.com and linux.org, among others, this brief article may be just enough to bring some new users over to Linux. Earthlink has at least not been actively opposed to Linux in tech support calls over the last few years, but are they actually starting to embrace the penguin?"
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wow, first post/fan

pintpusher pintpusher writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Wow, I just got my first fan today. Don't know how that happened, or why, but there it is. I suppose it related to my remarkably witty posting.

So hat's off to you CFD3239. I know you not but I acknowledge your state of fan-ness. I will be available for autograph signing later.

Incidentally, we share a first name... maybe that's why?

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