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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

thsths Re: What B&N needs (51 comments)

I have both, and the Kindle has an easy of use about it that more flexible Nook cannot match.

Easy of use can be much more important than most geeks think.

about a month ago

Open-Source NVIDIA Driver Steps Up Its Game & Runs Much Faster

thsths Re:THIS is a potentially "huge score" for Linux (143 comments)

No, the year of the Linux desktop is over.

We used to have Gnome 2, KDE 2 and 3, OpenOffice, Mozilla, Flash Player and many useful tools against Windows XP. It was superior technology, but the impact was limited (LiMuX?).

OpenOffice is in ruins (and hardly better than 10 years ago), the Gnome community is split, and KDE keeps getting fatter. Meanwhile Windows 7 is a half decent operating system, and Office 2007 has upped the game considerably. Even Google targets Linux only for some of their products.

The battle for the desktop is over and lost.

about a month ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

thsths Re:The Nook is/was excellent (321 comments)

Yes, it is the Amazon store integration that makes the Kindle so great. Buying a book and reading it is a very seamless experience, no matter how you buy it.

The Nook is much more flexible, but also much more complicated to use. And once it is rooted, it gets worse (plus you are stuck on an absolutely ancient version of Android). There is a lot of potential in the Nook, but it is just not quite there yet.

about 2 months ago

PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

thsths Re:Death by Committee (220 comments)

I completely agree. W3C seems to be always behind reality, trying to describe it, but not define it. IETF did a lot of very useful work, but they have been branching out into rather obscure protocols recently. Where is HTTP/1.2? Surely HTTP/1.1 is not perfect?

And Google did what Google does: they threw together a prototype and checked how it would work. And it seems it is working very well for them, but maybe not so much for others.

I would also advocate to separate some of the concerns. Transmitting huge amount of bulk data is a problem that is (mostly) solved with HTTP/1.1. Encryption less so, session tracking is a bit of a pain, and server push is really ugly in HTTP/1.1.

PS: Concerning the original submission, there is nothing wrong with encrypting cookies. Instead it is the proper thing to do if you do not trust the client, which you should never do.

about 2 months ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

thsths Re:question (322 comments)

I did not matter one bit when XP was released, it matters when a better alternative was available. Windows 7 is not even 5 years old, and 4 years ago Windows XP was still being sold with new netbooks. Those machines do not even run Windows 7 properly unless you upgrade the RAM.

about 2 months ago

US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

thsths Re:better idea (193 comments)

> we don't bar people based on race or nationality alone.

You don't? That does not align with my experience. How about Syria or Cuba?

about 2 months ago

On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

thsths Re:The root problem is... (108 comments)

Actually Bing is not bad. For many general queries it is just as good as Google. Just with those very specific ones it seems to struggle a bit more than Google.

The main reason I do not use Bing is that it is just one step away from that ghastly portal called MSN. I neither need reactionary news nor the latest celebrity gossip...

about 2 months ago

Fusion Power By 2020? Researchers Say Yes and Turn To Crowdfunding.

thsths Re:Bad move (280 comments)

ITER's funding is a massively political issue. I would argue that it is funded exactly because it is expensive. My scientists involved in fusion research work in, on or with ITER - do you really think they would give good marks to a simple fusion technology in a peer review?

I am not saying that what they propose is sound - not even the proposal does that. But I would say that the fact that they cannot get traditional funding does not go against them.

Remember cold fusion? It certainly works, but it does not scale. We could have tried to make it scale, but nobody was really interested. ITER on the other hand has a clear route to market, but it will cost somewhere in the region of 100 billion to do so.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

thsths Re:Is Access actually better for them anyways? (281 comments)

> A spreadsheet doesn't _easily_ have forms with validation and reporting.

Funny, my Excel has exactly that in the data tab. No macro required, just a few choices in the dialog.

The main downside of Excel over a real database is performance, but if that is not an issue, go for it.

about 2 months ago

Google Shifts Editing From Drive to Docs and Sheets In 'Confusing' Switch

thsths Re:As a non drive user, this makes sense. (89 comments)

Agreed. Even as a drive user, I always found it a bit weird that drive contained an editor for office files. A viewer - fine, that could be useful, but an editor? The division into a separate app makes a lot more sense. And I if there are hand over issues, I am sure they can be sorted out quickly.

about 3 months ago

OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

thsths Re:Open Source gone corporate? (379 comments)

> That, and that originally Linux had a semi-fascist leader in Linus Torvalds.

I am sure he prefers the term benevolent dictator. And I have to say in his favor that his leadership style has evolved noticeable over time, and that is probably what saved Linux.

The advantage of one person being in charge is of course that you get consistent leadership style, and a consistent technical direction. That often helps with open source projects - and it can be the very downfall of commercial software.

OpenOffice is an excellent example of what happens if there is no clear vision. It was elegant and reasonably simple, but not exactly pretty. Now it is neither.

about 3 months ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

thsths Re:Who watches the watchers (243 comments)

> Instead they allow themselves to be satisfied with the bread and circuses that are so freely handed to them.

Funny, because I thought those cost money. Now in countries with a generous benefit systems, you get lodging, food and cable TV included in your benefits...

about 3 months ago

Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

thsths Re:Sorry, (193 comments)

> And the amount of "battery research" that resulted in nothing, where we were told they'd be the next big thing in 5-10 years time? Innumerable.

Welcome to research. Many research projects, even really successful ones, just end up with a gain of knowledge, but no commercial value. Research projects that actually change the world are few and far in between. That's why it is called research, and not development.

Just read the history of Lithium batteries. Most of the big steps were made at universities in research projects: the use of Lithium, the intercalation, the reversible chemistry, improved electrolytes, chemistries etc. Some steps came from commercial laboratories. All major improvements were the result of research projects.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

thsths Re:I'm not worried about poor students (390 comments)

> Mitt Rhomney was famously so broke at one point he had to sell the stocks his dad gave him to make ends meet.

Oh, wow, I am really feeling for him. Time for a donation campaign then?

Honestly, studying is an excellent budgeting experience. The expenses are pretty well known, and if they surprise you, that is a problem.

I would argue that fees are too high, but there is a lot of good international competition. So if you want to pay the premium of going to a top US university, well, that is your choice.

about 3 months ago

Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

thsths 2 1/2 D (127 comments)

There is no 3D modelling involved. And the results are, well, mixed.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

thsths Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

Yes, you can get an update for the update of the update to the update.
But there are no longer updates for the update of the update.

about 3 months ago

Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

thsths Contradictory news (230 comments)

The story in the news was particularly "funny".

It starts with "and then the slope collapsed without any warning".

Later it stated that "scientists warned of the risk in a report 15 years ago".

So how is that "without any warning"?

And I hate it when they say "scientists". They don't say "celebrities", "politicians", "football players" - no, they use names. But scientists always remain nameless. Scientists are not amorphous magicians, they are people like you and me.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

thsths Re:Industrial Equipment (423 comments)

And that is exactly the reason for not upgrading: it is not possible. Upgrading means throwing away a perfectly fine machine, and that is just not on.

Of course this is a culture clash. A Windows 98 computer can be attacked by a virus, and turned into a virus / spam distribution machine or worse.

To get a car analogy: that is pretty much a were-car. In an engineering world that would just not be imaginable, because physical safety is actually taken seriously. But for some reasons computer scientists keep telling us that "software has bugs, get used to it".

Cars just have bugs, sometimes they will try to run you over, get used to it. Yeah, right.

about 4 months ago


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