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Saturn's Strange Hexagon Recreated In the Lab

pyite69 Just a big snowflake (103 comments)

It is an interesting fact, no two multi-earth-sized snowflakes are identical.

more than 4 years ago

Songbird Drops Linux Support

pyite69 It is a reasonable position - but here's an idea (356 comments)

It is perfectly understandable for a business to avoid spending a lot of money building a Linux-specific version.

However - what they should do is add Wine as one of their officially supported "windows" platforms. For example, they can guarantee that a stock Ubuntu 10.04 desktop will be able to load their software with just one pre-requisite: apt-get install wine.


more than 4 years ago

Nvidia Drops Support For Its Open Source Driver

pyite69 How good is ATI's 3D open source driver? (412 comments)

I have been waiting in anticipation for ATI's driver to be usable. I play Warcraft and use VDPAU so I will unfortunately have a tough time being an early adopter :(

more than 4 years ago

Business-Suitable Document Authentication System?

pyite69 Sendside may be perfect (130 comments)

Secure document management, electronic signatures, and many other features, using a SaaS model like Salesforce

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

pyite69 Ubuntu - or Linux Mint (766 comments)

Ubuntu does the best job of a simple consistent desktop, and their installer "just works".

Linux Mint is my favorite - it is 99.9% Ubuntu, but out of the box they install DVD support, media codecs, Flash, Java, and have a more Windows-like start menu.

more than 4 years ago

DirecTV Sued By Washington State

pyite69 Fsck DirecTV (181 comments)

Same thing happened to me, I bought a DVR after I had been a customer for many years. A year after I bought the DVR I switched to Dish but DirecTV wanted to bill me for another year of service. I still get calls about it and that was like 4 years ago.

These guys are just weaselly in general.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

pyite69 I started with Alpha 5 and it has been great (1231 comments)

No weird problems like this at all. I didn't do an upgrade though, it was a fresh Alpha 5 install.

I will never do an operating system upgrade - it seems too risky.

more than 4 years ago

Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

pyite69 It is a beast, but i like my HP 4600n (557 comments)

These were engineered to last forever and parts are cheap & plentiful on eBay

Downside - big & ugly, my wife hates it.

more than 4 years ago

Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

pyite69 I considered an Android but it was painful (745 comments)

I did a little bit of research, but it didn't seem like a good open source platform to play with. I couldn't find a site with publicly downloadable dev tools and there were app-store-like restrictions. If it isn't any better than my Motorola Ming (cool phone in its day but a huge disappointment) then why bother?

As a hard core open source advocate, I don't see any reason to use Android - I am going to wait for the Nokia N900 to compare.

about 5 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

pyite69 Re:The main reason (1365 comments)

I don't even have time to respond to the original poster. Most of his complains are just completely ridiculous - and many (such as differences between distros) are a strength rather than a weakness!

The only valid complaint about Linux is that maybe it takes some time to learn a new OS (same as if you jumped from Windows to Mac) and the lack of native app support (Wine/Crossover/Cedega covers 99% of this problem).

more than 4 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

pyite69 Linux is ready, hardware issues not Linux' fault (1365 comments)

I haven't read the whole article, but the issue that the poster mentioned - sound hardware problems - are simply not a valid complaint when it comes to mass market Linux.

Mac & Windows generally come pre-installed on compatible hardware. If you try something like the Dell Ubuntu models things work great. It is a miracle that Ubuntu runs so well on the range of hardware that it supports - I would like to see Mac do that.

more than 4 years ago

Would You Pay For YouTube Videos?

pyite69 I would pay for higher quality videos (475 comments)

YouTube videos are depressingly awful. They should allow users to submit high quality videos and charge extra for them. I would pay $10/mo for it.

more than 5 years ago

Is Apache Or GPL Better For Open-Source Business?

pyite69 Users need education on why the GPL is better (370 comments)

For businesses, I can certainly understand the appeal of a BSD style license. The problem is that you will potentially end up with a situation like what we have with Apple - all of the work that went into BSD was stolen by Apple and Macs don't allow proper code sharing.

As an end user, I always want true GPL software so that I know it will be mine forever.

If I were developing software to integrate with some proprietary code, that would obviously make the decision a little more painful. Unless one is willing to make the full RMS kinds of sacrifices for freedom, the occasional BSD style of license will be required.

more than 5 years ago

Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?

pyite69 Re:Problems finding OSS Lossless DVD ISO ripper (501 comments)

This is trivial, I use dvdbackup to do this. It is especially easy if you start with Linux Mint which pre-installs all of the dvd decryption and codecs you will need.

more than 5 years ago

Decent DVD-Ripping Solution For Linux?

pyite69 mencoder & command line (501 comments)

I went through this same agony a few years ago, and I ended up with an mencoder command line that does a good job.

The only problem is that it can't auto detect the media you are encoding, which is mainly a problem with frame rates. e.g. some are 30000/1001 and some are 24000/1001.

more than 5 years ago

Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

pyite69 You need multiple tiers of service (640 comments)

Under no circumstances should you bill for bandwidth used - this kind of gotcha capitalism is immoral.

You should, however, set up multiple tiers of service. For example, the entry level can be 256 kilobits a second, and for a little more money allow 640kbits etc etc. I would also do some limited QoS to limit the 256k users to maybe 128k if there is a lot of traffic.

Just don't have surcharges for bandwitch usage.

more than 5 years ago


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