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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

ron_ivi Lying down instead of standing? (299 comments)

Had a job that had conference rooms set up with hammocks in some rooms and couches in others so you could work from different posiitions. Seems healthier than just the focus on sitting or standing.


44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

ron_ivi Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

I've done this on Twitter (signed up, thought it crap, forgot my password, never returned(as that same account)) at least a dozen times.

Same with Facebook. I have one throwaway facebook account for just about every damn application or website that makes me "log in / sign up using facebook" - and in each case I promptly forget my username and password and never log in again.

I imagine that's more typical than those companies care to admit.

4 days ago

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

ron_ivi Re:Sales plummeted (168 comments)

why anybody anywhere would ever invest in proprietary crypto software.

People forced by their customers to buy off of this list (i.e. people who sell to the federal government):


Sure there are a couple F/OSS groups that paid the pretty significant cost to get a certificate. But not that many, especially when it comes to networking products.

about three weeks ago

White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

ron_ivi Why the focus on some archaic communication tool? (208 comments)

Why all the focus on some archaic form of communication that's more a historical curiosity a few old people cling to than a relevant tool? I guess politicians are such old people? It'd be more interesting if they proposed a law to end bulk collection of Internet traffic.

about three weeks ago

A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

ron_ivi Even more than rollback... (199 comments)

... you should be able to install whatever version of software you want on your phone.

The *only* think I want from a phone is a safe enough firmware bootloader that if someone installs something that doesn't work on a device, they can un-brick it and replace it with something that works.

That would handle the specific case of "rollbacks" this article want; as well as the more general case of deleting Windows Phone and putting Android on the otherwise nice hardware.

about 1 month ago

IBM Distances Itself From the NSA and Its Spy Activities

ron_ivi Maybe not the NSA - maybe other agencies (61 comments)

Considering how closely they partner with Lenovo, I'm not sure the US government are the backdoors in IBM people should be most worried about.

about a month ago

US Court Freezes Assets of Mt. Gox CEO

ron_ivi Re:Interesting parallel (132 comments)

In Japan, MtGox is not liable because bitcoins aren't money (i.e. nothing real was lost).

Couldn't one say the same about most any fiat currency (backed by nothing but the whims of some private company (the Federal Reserve Bank) - not unlike how WoW gold is backed by nothing but the whims of Bilzzard)? And also the same about any currency with lenders that get to do fractional reserve banking (they essentially get to make money on whims by loaning out more than they have)?

Seems Bitcoins aren't that different than Zimbabwe Dollars.

about a month ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

ron_ivi If Google dId care about Linux..... (295 comments)

they'd remove the blacklist completely --- and all the driver vendors would quickly fix the bugs (if there even are any).

As it is, no-one fixes the drivers because there aren't that many test cases showing the hypothetical bugs. And a good way to get those test cases would be with a frequently used app like Chromium.

By keeping the blacklist, it means those bugs they think are there will likely never be found and fixed.

about a month and a half ago

Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy Or Rude'

ron_ivi Re:But... (341 comments)

But if you're in public, assume you're taped. Chances are you already are, and you just don't realize it.

This guy does an incredible performance art piece based on that idea. He walks around with a really obvious camera taking videos of people's reactions to him recording them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Funny how with google glass - that'll be everyone.

about a month ago

Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

ron_ivi My favorite way (745 comments)

Try to get the attention of the guys running the simulation (through prayer, sacrifice, whatever).

If it works - and they enter their debuggers to communicate back - then yup - probably a simulation.

It probably just works for a while, though, since their management will probably enact policies not to flood the worlds too often.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

ron_ivi Re:Duh? (146 comments)

Why'd someone mod this as troll?

I use it; and it works great.

about 2 months ago

Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

ron_ivi Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (89 comments)

Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge). Or windows occupying more than one desktop (e.g. top left part in "1", bottom right in "4").

FVWM2 does both: your world consists of multiple disjoint virtual desktops (windows can be present in multiples of them) each of which is larger than the screen. In the latter case, you can also stick windows so that they pan around with you.

But in a way that feels broken compared to TVTWM. With FVWM2 it seems you need to choose which corner of the window in that example you want to see. With TVTWM you can move the view so it's centered on that window spanning multiple desktops.

about 2 months ago

Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

ron_ivi Re:Bigger Virtual Screens (89 comments)

"Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge)." ... X itself does that!

Kinda. tvtwm had it integrated nicely and cleanly so it was easy to scroll to where you want. Using X itself I get too many unintentional scrolls.

My guess is no, afterall, it's Wayland! If a feature isn't used by a majority of gamers and movie watchers it shouldn't be there. Right?

Not sure if I want to laugh or cry.

about 2 months ago

Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

ron_ivi If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (89 comments)

Guess I'm getting old; but I remember tweaking that til it was perfect for my workflow. Haven't seen a modern desktop that works as well for me.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

ron_ivi Trying to clone Digg version 4? (2219 comments)

Well I guess on the bright side when Digg did that, their infrastructure costs could have gone way down as they lost most of their users and layed off 37% of their staff.

about 2 months ago

Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

ron_ivi Re:To require? (390 comments)

I wonder what the fines or penalties will be for NON-functioning car responders?

Probably similar to any other missing safety feature - like a broken break light, or a torn seat belt.

about 2 months ago



ron_ivi ron_ivi writes  |  about 7 years ago

ron_ivi writes "I see that Wine (who just had their 0.9.37"> release last week) and related products like CodeWeavers CrossOver and Transgaming Cedega (who also each had releases in the past month) keep improving. Meanwhile, more and more reports are coming out about Vista compatibility issues with both software and hardware.

Is Wine or Vista more Windows-XP/2000 compatible?

At first glance it seems that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with Win2K-era hardware which is unlikely to have Vista drivers. And also that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with WinXP-era hardware which surprisingly is also unlikely to have Vista compatibility. Software compatibility seems more mixed — with Wine probably supporting more Win2K-era software and Vista supporting more WinXP-era software? Of course in many cases (like Oracle) we'd obviously just get a native Linux or Vista port from the Vendor.

So, AskSlashdot, we're looking to upgrade legacy Windows 2000 and XP systems — does Wine or Vista look more promising."


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