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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

takshaka Re:they're not supported for dialling (790 comments)

I had forgotten about that. There was a bank of pay phones in the lobby of my high school. We'd leave them ringing and go to class.

about three weeks ago

HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

takshaka Re:It will never go away (513 comments)

Window 8 looks nothing like Windows XP. Most people can't even start Notepad in Window 8.

My grandmother got a new Win 8 laptop a few months ago. She keeps complaining that she can't find Word even though it is one of the first tiles on her start screen.

1 year,10 days

Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System

takshaka Re:2014: YEAR OF LINUX ON THE DESKTOP (110 comments)

If a tree falls in the woods and no one knows what kernel it's running, does it make a sound?

Not if it's running pulseaudio.

1 year,20 days

Judge Thinks Apple Will Lose E-Book Price-Fixing Case

takshaka Re:I read A LOT of books (150 comments)

When ebooks first became available I thought that this was a great opportunity to have access to more of them for a cheaper price.

I won't be satisfied with ebook prices until I can get an epub for the price of its used physical counterpart. I rarely buy new dead tree books and lament that my money doesn't find its way to the author when I buy used books. My conscience doesn't bother me enough to buy one new book instead of several used ones, of course, but I would love to be able to spend the same amount while actually supporting my favorite authors.

With no legitimate electronic equivalent of a used book, and with publishers and authors only profiting from sales of new books, there is little incentive for the industry to reach for customers like me by lowering ebook prices. If there was, they would've already done so with mass-market paperbacks.

So the only hope for cheaper ebooks is to reinstate the price war aborted by Apple's price-fixing cartel. Hopefully, this case will get us there.

about a year and a half ago

Mageia 3 Released

takshaka Re:Sounds like a game name (89 comments)

They would've called it Tasticles, but that sounds too much like those frozen Rocky Mountain Oysters on a stick.

about a year and a half ago

MIT's Charm School For Geeks Turns 20

takshaka Re:Cutting up all your meat? (217 comments)

That's great if you don't eat any better cut than skirt steak.

The last thing I want my rare ribeye to do is sit on a hot skillet where it will overcook and dry out as I eat.

about 2 years ago

Russian EBookseller LitRes Gets Competing EBook Apps Booted From Google Play

takshaka Re:Sensational Submission Title is Sensational (145 comments)

Moon Reader doesn't just allow you to add custom OPDS sources. At least one update from the Google Play store came with TUEBL pre-installed as a source. That's pretty sketchy since many of the app's users would have no idea TUEBL is any less "legitimate" than Gutenberg.

about 2 years ago

Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

takshaka Re:What is Perl? (379 comments)

The first Perl enemy was PHP. While PHP sucks in many ways, it was better designed to write simple dynamic web pages.

mod_php installed on every virtual hosting provider is the main reason the language took off. Had mod_perl been a safe alternative in a multi-user environment, much of today's PHP marketshare would be eaten up by frameworks like Mason.

about 2 years ago

30 Years of the Apple Lisa and the Apple IIe

takshaka Re:what $2,000 USD got you in 1983... (171 comments)

Ah, the days when you had to pay for decent software, and you probably did not get the source.

Pay? Not when we had Copy II Plus.

about 2 years ago

Amazon AutoRip — 14 Years Late

takshaka Re:Nice, but that raises a new question. (215 comments)

Mass-market paperbacks are stripped and the covers returned. Hardcovers and trade paperbacks are either returned whole or they are marked as remainders and sold at a discount when publisher needs to liquidate stock.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hearing Aids That Directly Connect To Smart Phones?

takshaka Re:Hearing aids have been discussed before (183 comments)

The tech specs of real hearing aids are so much better than the consumer bluetooth stuff that it's like comparing a Hasselblad camera with a iPhone camera.

In other words, the average consumer can't tell the difference in quality?

more than 2 years ago

19 Million Americans Cannot Get Broadband Access

takshaka Re:LTE (279 comments)

I wish I could get LTE. The best I can do is 3G, even though I am 200 yards from houses with cable.

Even so, 3G is a great improvement over dialup.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

takshaka Re:Kindle. Period. (415 comments)

The Kindle (not Fire, the regular with the e-ink screen) has been the best think that has ever happened to my reading habits.

Didn't do so much for your writing habits, though.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

takshaka Re:Describe the goal, not the step (350 comments)

Some people read the question as "How do I do $step?", infer a most likely goal from the described step, explain why that step isn't optimal in one's own opinion, and propose alternate steps to achieve the same goal.

How do I get a Sluftwaffle Mark II to slurf the gripple?

You'll get better results using a Wafsluffle Mark IV.

I don't have a Wafsluffle.

You should get one. The Wafsluffle supports up to version 4.0 gripples, while the Sluftwaffle can only handle up to version 2.9.

That's okay. All of my griffles are version 2.0.

You really shouldn't be using gripples below version 3.0.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

takshaka Jeff Noon (1244 comments)

I'm a fan of Jeff Noon's Vurt series:

Automated Alice

The best of the bunch is probably Nymphomation, which is a prequel to Vurt that can be read as a stand-alone novel.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

takshaka Re:Clifford D. Simak (1244 comments)

I cut my teeth on Simak books from my public library. Whenever I hear the words "Science Fiction," I still think of him and Frederik Pohl first.

more than 2 years ago

iPad Just Another TV Set?

takshaka Re:This is a about broadcast rights (270 comments)

A digital TV is a display appliance on which the end user cannot install more applications after buying the device.

Try telling that to Samsung.

more than 3 years ago

Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide

takshaka Re:Degrees of definition (148 comments)

But scissors cut paper, and rock breaks sissors.

Kiff, we have a conundrum.

more than 3 years ago


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