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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

temcat Re:SoC (180 comments)

And that is not a SoC until the actual keyboard is on the chip, too.

about two weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

temcat Re:CAT & OCR for Tablets (421 comments)

Interesting! Hopefully your OCR work will grow into something better than what we have now. As a professional translator, I need the best GUI OCR tools out there. For me, that means configurable layout options (precise layout/formatted text only), area selection (including the ability to select text, table, and picture areas), font variations recognition (bold, italic, underline, sub-/superscript, ...), good paragraph recognition (no para/line breaks where there shouldn't be any), vertical text recognition, no ligature problems ("fi", "fl", etc.), and of course most precise text recovery. No Linux solution gives me that currently. Online solutions are a no-no because of confidentiality issues. And I'm ready to shell out an equivalent of FineReader price for that.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

temcat Re:CAT & OCR for Tablets (421 comments)

Thank you for the tip on an interesting app. However, Computer Aided Translation is not the same as Machine Translation; CAT tools are designed to aid human translators by remembering the bits that have been translated before and automatically inserting them where a new source document has identical bits.

about three weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

temcat CAT & OCR for Tablets (421 comments)

That is, decent Computer Aided Translation and Optical Character Recognition software.

As for OCR, we don't even have that for Linux desktop (the closest is the ABBYY engine, but it's CLI-only, which precludes manual area markup.) The situation with CAT tools has recently improved on the Linux side, with Heartsome Suite released as GPL and CafeTran becoming mature.

about three weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

temcat Re:Tablet? (328 comments)

BTW, do you know of any alternative keyboards for Surface 3 that would allow me to set any screen angle?

about three weeks ago
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What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing From the Southern Hemisphere

temcat What Northern Hemisphere Astronomers Are Missing F (104 comments)

Well duh, by definition, all northern hemisphere astronomers are missing from the southern hemisphere!

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

temcat Re:Ba Da ... (400 comments)

They did remove Google from the list, but they have a more or less discoverable way to add it. I think this is asshole-ish, but I rather like Mint in other respects, so this wasn't a big thing to me.

about 2 months ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

temcat What is the actual statistics for the 2 years? (169 comments)

I would love the actual statistics of accidents and incidents involving Uber to be researched during the court hearings. Somehow I feel that it won't be significantly (or at all) worse than with licensed taxi drivers and companies. Of course, whatever the stats are, they have nothing to do with whether or not Uber breaks the law, but they can be used to judge if the regulation in its current form is necessary in the first place.

about 2 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

temcat Re:Downgrade rights should be mandated by law (242 comments)

Cars are tangible, software is not. That is the difference. Unlike cars, it doesn't cost Microsoft anything to produce a copy of older software for download without support obligations. They don't even have to host itâ"there's Bittorrent for that. The vendor shouldn't be able to artificially restrict your access to older worksâ"it's the overreaching copyright law that should be restricted, and the restriction I'm offering is very mild and friendly to copyright owners.

about 3 months ago
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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

temcat Downgrade rights should be mandated by law (242 comments)

One should be legally able to downgrade any version of the software he/she legally acquired. Without support obligations, of course. This will make the software market crippled by overly broad copyright laws much healthier.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

temcat Re: As has been posted before (158 comments)

While not really being a grammar Nazi, I just couldn't help it. And, well, I do think you may have a point here.

about 3 months ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

temcat Re: As has been posted before (158 comments)

Oh, I see, some positive person has done a poor job at your grammar.

about 3 months ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

temcat Re:Of Course it did (256 comments)

Yeah, because direct Tesla sales would seriously hurt people. We even know who those people are.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

temcat Goodbye Russian market? (504 comments)

I live in Russia. Personally, I welcome this new technology, but if it works as advertized, Apple can kiss goodbye to Russian market, because there is no way this is going to be certified in Russia. By Russian regulations, built-in crypto tools must meet certain requirements (effectively meaning the ability to decrypt the data).

about 4 months ago
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Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

temcat Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Netflix collects money from Argentinians and pays zero taxes in Argentina.

Netflix shouldn't pay taxes in Argentina. Argentinians and Argentinian businesses should pay taxes for the money they earn. Netflix is neither. They don't you and your country anything, taxing them is pure theft.

about 5 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

temcat Re:Maybe, but maybe not... (254 comments)

BTW, I would like to apologize for my previous reply. It was rude and inappropriate. Some of us, including me, are too agitated by the ongoing war.

I just wanted to say that censorship is not the solution.

about 5 months ago
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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

temcat Re:Maybe, but maybe not... (254 comments)

No, but holding an opposing political view is now, apparently, a solid ground for a complaint leading for Facebook post removal.

about 5 months ago

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DRM Used in Dragon Age: Inquisition May Be Killing Your SSD

temcat temcat writes  |  about 2 months ago

temcat (873475) writes "Gamemag.ru (the article is in Russian) reports that Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM used in Dragon Age: Inquisition game may cause SSDs to fail sooner because of drastically increased read/write load:
"...Want to know how many times on average a part of LoF.exe code gets thrown back and forth between HDD and RAM in an hour? 150,000 copy and write cycles. That's 10,000 times more than usual. The DRM constantly decrypts the game code into the RAM and then encrypts it back. This is one of the most idiotic uses of encruption I've ever seen. Despite the code parts being small, max. a couple of KBs at a time, they are stored in one memory block. In 4 to 8 hours of playing, depending on the quality of the SSD, you can kiss this block goodbye."
With the right software, you can check these findings and assess if the threat is real. I don't really have the knowledge, but I would install this game on HDD just in case."

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Ask Slashdot: Why Do Vendors Stop Selling Old Vers

temcat temcat writes  |  more than 3 years ago

temcat writes "Latest does not necessarily mean greatest, and the world of software is no exception to that. I am sure everybody on Slashdot can cite their favorite example of how the previous version of X was better than the new one. But why do vendors usually stop selling old versions of their software as soon as the latest version comes out? At least they could provide downgrade rights — in any case, they cannot lose on the total revenue. I can imagine three problems here:

- Some implied obligation to support the product. Does such a thing really exist in most places? Surely a vendor can refuse to support old versions in the EULA?

- Increased overhead due to having more SKUs. Is the cost increase that significant, especially for big corporations with wide product portfolios?

- New version release is implemented as a project; if this version does not sell, the project will not pay off, and management heads will roll. I see where the managerial interest lies, but what about shareholders? By not discouraging this tactic, they deprive themselves of vital market feedback about the quality of the new product.

What did I miss? Share your insights."

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