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Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs

rust627 5%, does this mean ...... (441 comments)

5%, Does this mean that 2012 is the year of Linux on the desktop ?

more than 2 years ago

Judge Allows Bradley Manning Supporter To Sue Government Over Border Search

rust627 Can We Search You ? (129 comments)

Yes We Can !

more than 2 years ago

Virginia High Court Rejects Case Against Climatologist Michael Mann

rust627 Re:Paging Minister Hacker (420 comments)

A scientifically sounding think tank or lobbyist's research seems directly in conflict with reality but fits well with corporate preferred realities


more than 2 years ago

Mysterious Dark Matter Blob Confounds Experts

rust627 The Default (151 comments)

The default position for scientists is "I don't know"
everything else is trying to define and explain
this is why nothing is set as a certainty but always as a theory
a Theory (theory of gravity, theory of climate change etc.) is usually the best most simple hypothesis that explains experimentally verifiable data.
you can create any theory you want from the incredibly convoluted to the overly simplistic (because god made it so strikes me as an overly simplistic theorem).
Usually the simplest (but not most simplistic) theory will be the one that gains the most credence in the scientific community.
the KISS rule applies very much in science too.

more than 2 years ago

Mysterious Dark Matter Blob Confounds Experts

rust627 Re:Its simple (151 comments)

four elephants, standing on the back of a great space turtle ........

more than 2 years ago

RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

rust627 Clarity and integrity (441 comments)

of broadcast journalists

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

more than 2 years ago

Are Rich People Less Moral?

rust627 Of course they are (1040 comments)

How do you think they got rich in the first place ?

more than 2 years ago

Asus PadFone Combines Smartphone, Tablet, Keyboard

rust627 Reminds me of this (77 comments)

Funny how ASUS "invents" these things a few years after someone else gets them on to the market (but without the big publicity)

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Killing Off Zune, Windows Live Brands?

rust627 Re:Good Idea (262 comments)

"Anyone who is still buying a device separate from their phone to listen to music needs to have their head examined."

I have an iPhone and an iPod.

Yes i have some playlists on the phone (rarely used for playback), but the iPod is used for music playback when I don't want the playback to be interrupted by phone calls, like Back Ground Music in between bands, at whatever venue I am working at.
It is handy to be able to carry my whole music collection (close to 90G) in one player, I can't yet do that in a phone.

I chose the iPod because quite simply MP3 is a crappy format, I have had students try to convince me that MP3's ripped at ever higher and higher rates (until they take up nearly as much space as the original file and thus lose the only advantage of being converted) are fine, and yet still the compression and conversion artefacts are noticeable (and on presenting my students with an A/B/C blind test, none could tell the difference between the original CD and the iPod rip, but all of them picked the MP3 nearly every time as the worst sounding).

I mean, we went from Vinyl to CD because of a perceived improvement in quality and longevity (both arguable from different quarters), but then ripping to MP3 is to me like copying a CD on to cassette, you can do it, but it sounds worse, so why would you?

And yes there are other formats out there now, and if i were digitising my CD collection from scratch now, I may choose another format that was not available when I first did it, But it would not be MP3 !

As an aside, I buy all my music on CD and rip to iTunes, but I am rare person these days, yes I have some playlists but often I will listen to whole albums at a time, and it is almost always cheaper to buy a whole CD than to buy the Album on iTunes. and on the rare occasions that I am after 1 track only by an artist, that track will often be on a compilation CD with some other tracks I am interested in , so I buy that, and end up with more music for the same cost as a few downloads, plus of course the free albums I am given by the Artists I work for.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea's High-Tech Counterfeit $100 Bills

rust627 Re:Re-read The Handmaid's Tale (528 comments)

Yes there is a largely electronic system, and yet....

How would Garage sales work, kids lunch money, and the million and one other personal transactions every day,
the guy who does the coffee run for the office every day.

Yes, all the business transactions would be easy to do, nearly everyone has a credit/debit card these days, but there are still a number of transactions we do everyday that we do with cash because it would be impractical to do any other way. and by the time you set up "cash cards", or "instant credit", or some other form of personally transferrable small transaction system, all you are doing is creating another vector for counterfeiters, fraudsters and hackers.

and as we all know here at /. , the average person is useless at securing anything electronic, so you would trust the average person with an eftpos machine or equivalent ?

and of course having a digital 'cash' system would rely on having ever-present and reliable digital communications everywhere, and a helluvalot more bandwidth..... and your mobile phone supplier supplies that now, and will in the future, without throttling. If they are anything like my last one it would be a case of, "john, can you get me a cup of coffee while you are at the shops, ill just come half way there with you so i can transfer the cash to your account".......

Cash is counterfeitable, but for the millions of legitimate small and personal Transactions that happen everyday, it is still the better system.

And then there is the aspect of those small transactions you don't want (for one reason or another) anyone else to know about, the teenage boys buying condoms, the teenage girls buying the pill, anyone using the services of an sti clinic, those porno's you hide in the bottom of the wardrobe, those donuts that your doctor says you should not be eating, If you accept electronic transactions, you are accepting that sooner or later, every transaction is going to be available to someone else, even if its just your girl/boy friend looking at your statement when it comes in the mail.

more than 2 years ago

Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

rust627 Re:"Rigorous peer review" (284 comments)

Another one for Bill Engvall to add ftp his "Heres your sign" routine

"Hey Jimmy boy, come over here
We want you to hide in this fridge while we set off a small nuke over there
and we will come back later when the place has cooled down enough to see if you (and /or the fridge) has survived......"

"Well all right, you better hold my sign though, I don't want to see it get damaged"

more than 2 years ago

Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

rust627 Re:Missing an important feature. (177 comments)

I don't see where they turn completely black when they sense panic.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

rust627 Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

Vote for who you believe is the best candidate, not just for the lesser of 2 evils

And encourage everyone you know to do the same

Your vote DOES have a value

Remember this , A landslide victory is made up of a lot of single votes.....

more than 2 years ago

Nuclear Truckers Haul Warheads Across US

rust627 Timeline of Nuclear detonations (461 comments)

A Japanese artist has assembled a map of the world with a moving timeline showing the location and relative scale of each nuclear detonation from 1945 to 1998

It also has a score card,of who is responsible for each detonation



more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Companies That Force Employees To Join Social Networks?

rust627 I was once told (364 comments)

I was once told that 2 out of every 1 people working at the BBC has a multiple personality disorder

more than 2 years ago

Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?

rust627 Re:Orifice on iPad (402 comments)

but will it have enough memory to run any Microsoft software ?

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead

rust627 Re:A possible improvement (299 comments)

In Thailand, Many intersections have a large clock indicating how long is left for the green light and then how long for the red light, It seems to work pretty well, if this was combined with a remote sensor system (the clock kicks in when the sensor kicks in , if you don't see a clock then the lights stay the same), I think it would pretty much solve all the "what if's" that most people are asking
except for who to sue, but that is probably why america does not have these clocks, because someone is scared they would be sued if another person did something stupid based on the information supplied by the clock.

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead

rust627 Re:Yes! (299 comments)

And this is all about improving the system of sensors, putting the initial triggering devices in to vehicles, and not into the roads themselves.
putting a sensor loop in to a road is not difficult, but does mean shutting down the road for a period of time and employing a number of people to install and test it, and reinstall if it doesn't work right the first time.
and to minimise inconvenience to raod users it is often done at night (with additional costs of extra energy for work lights etc and of course overtime/night pay rates for the people involved.)
If this could be replaced with a simple transponder (that would also be able to be used for Toll roads etc.) that all cars would have to carry (how about a digital registration transponder) and then coordinated with a modification of the current sensor system (to work with a series of directional antenna's instead of road sensors)
it would potentially lead to an increase in traffic efficiency and a potential fuel saving to a majority of road users,
And the fringe benefits for government and law enforcement of being able to track individual vehicle more accurately speak for themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Avoiding Red Lights By Booking Ahead

rust627 Re:remains responsible?? (299 comments)

someone is driving the car (I assume), so you still follow red/green lights as they show to you.
If the light turns red before you get to the intersection (because say, an ambulance has triggered it, just like they do now), then you stop, you learned how to do that when you got your licence.
This will not guarantee a green light, just increase the chances of a green light when you are at the intersection, if the light is red as you approach then slow down, there are a myriad of reasons that the lights may be green the other way (starting with a greater number of cars approaching the intersection/ going through the intersection, or as mentioned before, maybe triggering to gig an emergency vehicle priority)
If the car is a self drive, then I am sure it would not be difficult to have a 'communication' of some manner, with the intersection saying 'the light is green in x seconds time for y seconds' and the car would behave accordingly, if no communication then the car would treat the lights as normal traffic lights and not assume anything about greens or reds except what can be deduced by looking at the lights (e.g. they are green now, or red now)
so in other words it is not about sending a guarantee that the lights will be green for you, it is about improving the average of green lights across a greater number of people and vehicles, you still have to drive according to the road conditions as they are in front of you.

more than 2 years ago



rust627 rust627 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rust627 (1072296) writes "Now here is an interesting situation that has been occurring.

My wife handles the business mail and invoicing for our business,She runs a windows XP system using firefox / thunderbird and all the paperwork and invoicing is done on open office, converted to word documents and emailed. and this was all good until late last year when some of our clients started asking us to re-send the invoices and send them the .doc file, not a .dat file.

".dat file ?" I asked and asked her to send copies to me. I have 2 machines, one running xp for all the legacy software that I still haven't got running on Linux yet, with seamonkey (and open office), and the other running fedora core 4 with firefox / Thunderbird. But when she sent copies to me, I got perfect 2 page .doc word files, even as our customers got 14 pages of rubbish as a .dat file.

Now our customers are mostly local councils and as such most are (to my knowledge) running windows XP, internet explorer and Micro$oft office, so the question begs.

Has Micro$oft sent an update to IE that screws up the receiving of files that it detects as coming from open office, or is the problem elsewhere and my distrust of M$ is just getting the better of me?

Do other slash dotters have the same or similar problems? And is there a solution that does not involve pirating software or putting money in Bill Gates pocket??"


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