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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

red crab The decision is based on (395 comments)

based on accessibility and systemd integration, along with a host of other reasons; mainly political.

about a week ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

red crab Re:No. (502 comments)

All I can tell is that back in 1999 my Sound Blaster card hooked to Creative SBS speakers sounded way better than all my friends PCs which had built in audio. Times must have changed now, don't have the hardware now to do a comparison; but its anyway the audiophiles whom Creative is targeting here; and they do exist in large numbers, more than willing to pay the price Creative is asking for.

about 3 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

red crab Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

And besides, back in the late 90s, even USB wasn't commonplace. I had to purchase a USB add-on PCI card that housed 2 USB ports on my Pentium II machine. With the Creative Blaster card already occupying one of the 2 PCI slots, adding the USB card left no space to add a network card to the system. It was alittle later when boards with 4 PCI slots were introduced.

about 3 months ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

red crab Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

How was this modded as Insightful? There's some difference, a lot of it in fact, in driving a Porsche for someone else and actually owning and driving it. This is a step backward in economic equality, but its like that in most of the parts of the world now these days, not just Dubai, so no use whining about it.

about 3 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

red crab Re:Email Insecure (346 comments)

Compartmentalized Security - one of those more than a hundred buzzwords that sound good on IT security workshops and exam curricula, but which nobody knows how to put into practice.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

red crab Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

The linked article states that out of $30 million they have in hand, they would be paying 11.6m to M$, and the remaining 18.4m to upgrade the oldest of the PCs running XP. If they were to upgrade all 58,000 systems at once, $317 per PC will be needed on average, which equals to 18m anyway. The numbers are clearly wrong here.

about 6 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

red crab Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

The iphone was also the first major phone to consist exclusively of a touch screen. Prior to that, other phones had hardware buttons to lock and unlock.

The touchscreen wasn't a novel idea anyway. No phone manufacturer ever thought of making a touchscreen based hand-held device prior to Apple as it was believed (and very correctly too) that it was inherently difficult to operate a 3.5" touch display. It was the app store that outweighed the negatives of iPhone touchscreen , and remember that Apple was already riding on the success of iPod at the time iPhone was released. iPhone clicked and other phone-makers simply followed suit; but that does not mean that touchscreens are more convenient than keypads.

about 6 months ago
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oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine

red crab Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (51 comments)

AIX Workload Partitions and Solaris Zones already implement that concept, but its more about application mobility rather than optimal performance. It makes sense usually to have your own box when you need more control of your environment. And anyway the resources are dynamically allotted; so its unlikely that your web server box would be holding on to its 32 GB of allocated memory even when its not heavily loaded.

about 6 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

red crab Re:Quality, Too (287 comments)

So thats' more about poor aesthetics than quality. You will almost never see the quality of any electronics manufacturer going doing down as such, given the frequent advances in technology that are so freely accessible. Its very unlikely that they would be cutting cost on components to maintain their profits.

about 8 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

red crab Re: More reprsentative stats please (390 comments)

And you are sure that your insurance company will certainly pay them when (and if) you die. The fine lines in the every policy document ensures that they (the insurance companies) keep your money in most of the cases, and part with it only after making a handsome profit. Insurance is as such might have been a good thing, is the insurance companies were honest.

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Puts 10,000 Blu-ray Discs In Low-Power Storage System

red crab Re:Write once? (153 comments)

Just think how much jobs this exercise could create - the Blu-Ray Disc Management Department.

about 8 months ago
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Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

red crab Re:iDesk (234 comments)

Expensive tech aside, this is an example of monopoly even worse than MSFT's. Schools should have a say only over the course content, and that can be in form of a generic app designed to run on any device, even on a $25 Android tablet.

about 9 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

red crab Re:Betteridge's law of headlines (321 comments)

It's laughable that nerds who spend countless hours installing Linux distros and tweaking and compiling software are overwhelmed by the few steps it takes to virtually eliminate the Metro interface.

If I have paid for it, it should work for me out of the box; the way I want it to. Linux is free, so I don't mind spending hours to tweak it.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

red crab Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (382 comments)

I don't know why the OP has been modded funny, but its correct that mobile version of Slashdot is too heavy on resources. I cannot browse it on my 2" (240x320) display low-cost Samsung phone on a 2G network. Saying this because I can browse BBC News, Reuters and Wikipedia comfortably on this very phone. And yes, its equally annoying that iPad won't allow you to open the regular version of any site even if you wanted to; not just Slashdot.

about 9 months ago
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US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry

red crab Re:Holy Biased Presentation Batman! (466 comments)

True, better kill or maim them by windmills rather than by say, air pollution. We rule the earth, its for us to decide which other species should inhabit it. Let not these wretched birds come in the way of our noble purpose of installing windmills, and in a sense we are doing this for their betterment anyway.

about 10 months ago
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Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

red crab Re:Wagging the dog. (292 comments)

Really? I thought Yahoo! has always been in news, even before Mayers took over it, always for the wrong reasons; this piece of news being no exception.

about 10 months ago
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Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth Wins Austria's Big Brother Award

red crab Re: Freedom isn't free (116 comments)

Well, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So one could argue that they can use the work done by Canonical but won't have to pay for it.

And Ubuntu is based on Debian. So one could argue that they can use the work done by Debian but won't have to pay for it?

about a year ago

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Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

red crab red crab writes  |  about 2 years ago

red crab writes "BBC News has carried out an article about Jose Mujica, labelled as the world's poorest president

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president — who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay. Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity. "This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says."
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India's call centre growth slows down

red crab red crab writes  |  about 3 years ago

red crab (1044734) writes "India's call centre industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, but recent research suggests it's no longer the world's biggest. Some British and American companies are moving operations back home, so what's the future for Indian phone bashers?
Other factors like rising labor costs and property prices in India are prompting compaines to move their businesses back to English speaking countries"

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red crab red crab writes  |  more than 7 years ago

red crab writes "Book publishers worldwide concerned about online piracy have found an unexpected supporter in Microsoft. BBC is carrying a report in which Microsoft has openly castigated Google on its approach to copyright issues. Quoting Microsoft lawyer Thomas Rubin, "Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people's content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and IPOs". Microsoft is expecting to take on Google Books with its recently launched Live Search Books. Google has defended its position saying that it has complied with all international copyright laws."

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