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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

sidthegeek Re:40 watt PC battery vs. 3 watt LED (143 comments)

I just can't believe he's getting so defensive and angry about lightbulbs, of all things.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

sidthegeek Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

You didn't even read the *summary*, did you? The boxes will support free calls to anywhere in the US.

about a month ago
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Is HTML5 the Future of Book Authorship?

sidthegeek Re:Wha? (116 comments)

HTML5 on the other hand, is a bit of a bitch if you want to embed resources in a single file for distribution.

It's not impossible. You can use the data: URI scheme to embed Base64-encoded files. It increases the filesize considerably, though.

about a year ago
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Can There Be Open Source Music?

sidthegeek Re:Lilypond (183 comments)

I have to disagree. I'm able to put together musical ideas very quickly using LilyPond and a text editor. It's way faster for me to use the text editor than it is to use a GUI-based entry system.

As for publishing, I agree; LilyPond is excellent. However, I think most publishers use SCORE for publishing.

about a year ago
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LXDE Previews Port From Gtk+ 2 to Qt

sidthegeek Re:Why QT over GTK 3 ? (136 comments)

PCMan is the original author of LXDE.

about a year and a half ago
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ICANN Set To Broaden World of Domain Names

sidthegeek Re:why? (41 comments)

.tv is the ccTLD for Tuvalu. But they're a small island, so they sell those domains to anyone who wants to build video-related websites.

about a year and a half ago
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MySQL Man Pages Silently Relicensed Away From GPL

sidthegeek Re:Dual licensing (243 comments)

If a threatening company buys out the main devs for a project. the community can always maintain and actively develop a fork under the GPL or other free software license. It worked for LibreOffice.

about a year and a half ago
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What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

sidthegeek Been Windows-free at home for a couple years (1215 comments)

Installed Arch in 2011 at an installfest. Wiped the preinstalled Windows 7 partition a few months later. Never looked back.

Linux does everything I need it to do, and it's so damn flexible and customizable. Not to mention FAST. Boot and shutdown times are 1/3 of what they were on Windows.

Installed Lubuntu on the family computer. No one has any complaints about it. It does lag sometimes, but that's the fault of the shitty P4 it's running on.

about a year and a half ago
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Sony Announces the PS4

sidthegeek "Uses an X86 Processor" (587 comments)

So what exactly is gonna differentiate this from a mid-level to high-end gaming rig? And does it run Linux (and will Linux not be snatched away as if it's their right to tell us what we can use our own hardware for)?

about 2 years ago
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Google Now Boasts World's No. 2 and No. 3 Social Networks

sidthegeek Re:Youtube is more a number 2 (150 comments)

Normally this would be spam, but the irony of this comment is not lost on me. :-)

about 2 years ago
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Movie Studios Ask Google To Censor Links To Legal Copies of Their Own Films

sidthegeek Hm... (196 comments)

I'm thinking Google should just remove any and all links to anything that even just has the movie studios' name on it. Including their own websites.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

sidthegeek Don't forget the others! (943 comments)

The US $2 bill would become a LOT more popular than it is now. Many people still mistakenly think they're collectible. Plus, we could consider printing our banknotes on polymers instead of paper. Polymer banknotes last longer than paper banknotes, which would mean less printing.

about 2 years ago
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Galileo: Europe's Version of GPS Reaches Key Phase

sidthegeek Re:...Why? (328 comments)

Well, the US did have selective availability enabled for a while. Perhaps European civilians don't want to be affected by US decisions.

more than 2 years ago

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