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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

short Imperial units (175 comments)

"135,908 feet, more than 25 miles" - I had to laugh, a mile is not anyhow more imaginable unit than a foot.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

> Nobody transfers video to POTS, so it hardly matters that you are unaware of such.

I should have written s/POTS/PSTN/ where 3G is a part of it. Someone could transfer 3G<->SIP/TOX, I am not so sure no one in the world does it.

> to understand that Skype is totally backdoored, and unsafe to even have on your machine

Any proprietary software is unsafe to have on my machine, any proprietary software can be backdoored, therefore one has to handle any proprietary software as an already backdoored one.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

BTW SIP can sure also do video and also encryption. I have no idea why Tox reinvents the wheel. But the original comment's argument was that with callee having only Skype one can use video via Skype. Via plain old telephone one really does not get video. One can call via 3G cell phone but then it is expensive. I am really not aware of any SIP-to-POTS provider who would transfer also video. (But as I said I do not care about video myself.)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

I use voice and video chat extensively, and using any option that is not Skype would cost me hundreds of dollars per month, while it costs me 50$ per year using Skype.

OMG "hundreds"? Use Betamax SIP provider (via one of its dealers) for USD 5/month, that is USD60/year. Yes, you have to pay slightly more to keep your freedoms.

Using your unknown software

Linphone

if you only talk with 3 other Linux tards

Bullshit, I call to non-SIP people/businesses via Linphone via SIP via local voocall.cz provider to their cell phones for such a low price I consider it free (USD5/month for me).

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

International calls to your home country are cheap/free for VoIP using your home country VoIP provider. To call arbitrary countries use Betamax SIP provider with international calls for IIRC USD 5/month. Besides that at least in my home country Skype is 8x more expensive than SIP providers. And no video is an advantage.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

Do you have any idea how expensive it is to call international numbers?

Use VoiP provider from your home country and pay only for the local call in your home country. I was calling that way from Japan in 2005.

If you really need to call arbitrary countries (I do not) use Betamax SIP provider, it provides international calls for IIRC USD 5/month.

Also, Skype is usually used for video calls,

That's an advantage I do not have to use video.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

I use plain old telephone when I do need to talk with Skype people. It is more convenient for me, what's the problem with that?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

> Works on almost any IP network, without any major configuration

Just run openvpn to get IPv6 which you need anyway. I agree Linux OS has a problem it does not run Teredo automatically like MS-Windows does.

> and allow you to make free calls to many and cheap calls to many networks.

Skype is not cheap, it is 8x as expensive as local VoIP competitors.

> Please name that package? I've been looking for years.

I have good experience with Linphone and formerly Twinkle.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

short Re:are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

> And, can you talk to people who have Skype with them?

No. It is their problem when they are incompatible.

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

short Just add keyboard (132 comments)

It would be more useful to go the opposite way - keep Ubuntu the same, just add QWERTY keyboard to the phone. Otherwise we have to pay for our own phone manufacturing - Neo900.

about 2 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

short Re:kernel does crash on desktop (727 comments)

This is probably the reason why you do not see the crashes. When you reboot often enough the kernel does not rot fast enough. Although I get sudden reboots completely randomly, even after one day, but the sudden reboots may be caused by some hardware/BIOS issue (BIOS updates do not help, Lenovo X220). And after all you may not be messing up with many USB hubs/extenders, rotten flashdisks etc. That one computer does not crash does not prove the kernel is rock solid on every computer. The monolithic (non)design of Linux kernel can never be really stable.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

short Re:kernel does crash on desktop (727 comments)

This is off-topic, I am aware _servers_ are stable; the discussion here was about desktops.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

short kernel does crash on desktop (727 comments)

While Linux kernel is solid on servers for whatever reason on desktop it always was crashing and/or required occasional reboots. Flashdisks plugging/unplugging creates allocated un-unmountable devices. Desktop machines just randomly reboot. Screen occasionally goes black or garbage forever (it may be X bug). Keyboard becomes unresponsible. OOM problems where the system locks up or some fundamental process gets killed. etc.

about 3 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

short Who cares? (198 comments)

Where is QWERTY?

about 5 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

short fix: Priscilla, not Pricilla (174 comments)

not a native but Wiktionary says the former

about 7 months ago
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The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

short Re:Lots of government funding is wasted (279 comments)

Yes, we can pay zillions of monkeys and occasionally they write a Shakespeare's play. But that is not a way how to effectively spend public money.

about 8 months ago

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