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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

thatkid_2002 Wake-up call? (677 comments)

I wonder if this situation will make them ask themselves "what has gone wrong"?

I'd suggest they should look into why they've pissed everybody off - I'm sure people will be forthcoming with answers. Here's a link with some basic responses.

3 days ago
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Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8.

thatkid_2002 Of course it didn't (1 comments)

It's been unsafe for over a decade now.

5 days ago
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GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

thatkid_2002 Next time your (g)mail goes down... (236 comments)

...blame yourself for using a service which relies on magic and good will to scale further than is sensible.

5 days ago
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3D-Printed UAV Can Go From Atoms to Airborne in 24 Hours

thatkid_2002 Strayed from the original idea (77 comments)

3D printers were originally intended for creating moulds. 3D print the object and do simple sand-casting. Don't need a $400 000 3D printer.

about two weeks ago
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

thatkid_2002 My 2 cents. (128 comments)

Fuck you.

about two weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

thatkid_2002 Re: Memo to phone designers (217 comments)

A Moto G with a BIG ASS BATTERY(tm) is what I am talking about.

about three weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

thatkid_2002 Re:Battery life? (217 comments)

Of course, but even then battery life is dismal.

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

thatkid_2002 Typical Canoncial (202 comments)

Equal parts incompetent and arrogant. They're like a fledgeling Microsoft, except now everybody else is moving on from yesteryear and won't waste time indulging such foolishness anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

thatkid_2002 Battery life? (217 comments)

It is a massive pain in the ass to charge these modern phones, and if your life is so predictable that you reliably have the privilege of plugging it in every 15-20 hours I feel sad for you.

about three weeks ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

thatkid_2002 Memo to phone designers (217 comments)

If a manufacturer proposed an average (dual core - last year's model is fine, 1GB RAM, 800x480 screen) phone that was affordable (no, really, $500 isn't affordable) with a big ass battery I would be like SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

I don't understand all these designers who are pushing devices *waaaay* past the capabilities of the batteries. Smart watches (other than the Pebble, they did it right!) are doing exactly this and it is making their product a complete joke.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

thatkid_2002 Already there? (130 comments)

Doesn't winelib already include DirectX to OpenGL translation? Isn't that half the point of Wine?

about a month ago
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Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

thatkid_2002 Re:OP is full of shit (141 comments)

I think your views on the phones are basically invalid. Metro is gorgeous. I don't see any way in which Microsoft is trying to be Apple, and I don't have any issues with the design (btw the OSX interface is shithouse, I think we can agree). Most Android phones these days are taking away the option to allow mounting the SD card over USB for various reasons (although, it is excellent for usability IMO) in favour of MTP - which coincidentally Windows Phone also does.

In the next update apparently Windows Phone will finally be getting some sort of fie manager. Also unlike Android, Windows Phone isn't trying to shove cloud services down your throat constantly but is flexible enough to offer great integration to a few by default and even CalDAV and CardDAV (which is a big winner for me).

About not wanting to buy a MS product - I think it is more specific than that. People don't want to buy MS pocket devices (including music players) not because of bad experiences with them but because they are simply not "cool". I say this because every idiot happily runs out and buys every new Windows release including the terrible Windows 8.

Most of those companies are irrelevant to what we are talking about. What we are talking about is operating systems and specifically Linux distributions. Fedora and Debian are examples of projects which have both for the most part been excellent maintainers and you know, actually fixing bugs and working with upstream. Often (OK, maybe not the new Fedora installer) they are innovating in very positive ways rather than constantly negative ways.

about 2 months ago
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Two Ubuntu Phones Coming In 2014, Aiming For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

thatkid_2002 OP is full of shit (141 comments)

OP has clearly never used a Windows Phone or else it would be clear to OP that the problem with Windows Phone isn't Windows Phone. Windows Phones work great; they shit all over my Android devices in terms of user experience (except in a few niche cases).

The problem with Windows Phone is that it is a Microsoft product - and nobody wants to buy a Microsoft product.

If you want to bring up a history of bad design, bad management and general incompetence look no further than Canonical. Microsoft is bad, don't get me wrong - but Canonical haven't done *anything* right in the past 5 years, where Microsoft occasionally has some wins.

about 2 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

thatkid_2002 Re:Storm in a teacup. (277 comments)

Back when I replied, there were no such comments saying why I was wrong. No need to go set me as a foe because you have your panties in a knot. I was commenting based on the facts that I had, which came from an official source not linked to the article. I am not even asserting my opinion as some sort of infallible religious belief.

Maybe if you weren't so abrasive you'd be a more convincing evangelist for whatever cause you have.

about 2 months ago
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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

thatkid_2002 Storm in a teacup. (277 comments)

The waste is just sand and a bit of mud (not toxic at all) and they are *not* dumping it on the reef. They are dumping it in a barren stretch of sand that doesn't even have any seagrass or notable life. It is far enough away from the actual reef to not be an issue and they have a maximum amount per year they can dump and a window that they are allowed to do it in (outside of spawning season).

If environmentalists want to be taken seriously they should not cry wolf.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

thatkid_2002 Revolting against KDE? Where? When? (503 comments)

Yes, there was some backlash against 4.0 which by-the-way was meant for *developers* and not end users. But since then there has been no controversy.

about 2 months ago
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Public Libraries Tinker With Offering Makerspaces

thatkid_2002 The Edge - Brisbane Australia (90 comments)

We've had a space like this for a few years now and it has been a very successful demonstration of community effort, business and state grants working together. The Edge is attached to the State Library of Queensland and provides maker facilities ("labs"), coworking space, community group meeting spaces and frequently runs workshops for various (frequently open source type) things such as Arduino workshops (run only at cost) and also journalism and (apparently) small business courses.

Probably also worth mentioning that they have one of the most impressive locations in Brisbane and that we also have a local Hackerspace as well.

I don't participate as much as I would like to unfortunately...

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

thatkid_2002 Re:Welcome to Australia (479 comments)

OK, true - things have gotten a lot cheaper in the past 5 or so years and I should have made that a bit more clear than I did. However outside of a handful of providers Internet in Australia is still fairly pricey.

about 3 months ago
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An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

thatkid_2002 Welcome to Australia (479 comments)

This is the norm for us... Though we are finally starting to get somewhat reasonably priced Unlimited* plans now.

* Unlimited plan may be limited

about 3 months ago

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Bill Gates and Toshiba Develop Nuclear Reactor

thatkid_2002 thatkid_2002 writes  |  about 4 years ago

thatkid_2002 (1529917) writes "Bill Gates and Toshiba in conjunction with TerraPower's Tunneling Wave Reactor design are aiming to design a reactor which will consume depleted uranium and theoretically operate for 100 years without refueling. The question is however; does it run Windows?"
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XO-3 $75 Madness

thatkid_2002 thatkid_2002 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thatkid_2002 (1529917) writes "Engadget has a story Here about a new concept design for the OLPC. It is an insanely thin, powerful (800Mhz ARM) 8.5 x 11 tablet aiming for release in 2012. Considering touch screen phones are coming down in price is it so difficult to believe that a mass produced BeagleBoard design paired with multi-touch screen and battery could be a mere $100 (AUD or USD, take a pick) in two years time?
And yes, it will run Linux — with Multi-touch.
What is Slashdot's projections on OLPC and the price of hardware in the future?"

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XKCD commemorates Yahoo Geocities

thatkid_2002 thatkid_2002 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thatkid_2002 (1529917) writes "If you look at XKCD today it will appear as though it has either been defaced or designed by a time traveler from the 90's... or both. However this is only a temporary shrine to the terror that was Yahoo Geocities.
Take a look today because unlike Halley's Comet this is not going to come back in 75 years. Mankind is evolving."

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YaCy - Distributed (P2P) web search engine

thatkid_2002 thatkid_2002 writes  |  about 5 years ago

thatkid_2002 writes "Heard of YaCy? Neither had I until yesterday.

This is the perfect alternative for anybody who is wanting to escape Google's growing monopoly without moving to yet another company's service that does not really have any advantages over the last. This Open Source project first appeared in 2004 and still has an Alpha status on YaCy's SourceForge page — but don't let this fool you. YaCy runs on every (almost) every platform and features a built in web server which provides an excellent web based interface for both interactive searches and administration of your node (crawler).

Start the web indexer (you can restrict the indexing to your intranet too) to start at your blog, and away it goes indexing locally everything related to you. Searches which pull results from your local index perform at Google-esque speeds, although you might have to wait a few seconds for searches from distributed sources.

I have not brushed over even half the features and installation takes just a few seconds so trying it out for yourself is the best way to experience it!"

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