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My view of touchscreen laptops:

uigrad_2000 Re:Thought... (359 comments)

Sorry, I never meant to suggest that anyone use Windows. Personally, I feel it's a terrible choice (running Fedora Linux myself here)

But, it is a bit hard to discuss the evolution of tablets today without bringing it into the discussion.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

uigrad_2000 Re:Thought... (359 comments)

I don't think it works that way any more.

Tablets used to be defined by the entry method. They generally had pens or styluses for user control, and a few very specialized ones had touchscreens.

Now, Tablet OS's are almost always appstore based (iOS, Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, Windows RT, etc.). With this new generation of device, it seems the OS frequently is used to determine whether it is classified as a laptop or a tablet.

I don't really know how Windows 8 fits in. Clearly MS thinks that software developers will be happy that they only need to make one version of their software, but it's just not going to work that way. For example, you can run Photoshop on Windows 8, but can only run Photoshop Express (flash-based) on Windows RT.

There are devices now with semi-permanent keyboards running Windows 8, which I would definitely put in the "Laptop" category. MS Surface tablets with Intel CPUs and Windows 8 don't seem that much different. Sure, they can run things from the appstore, but they can run traditional third party desktop programs also.

about a year ago
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Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year

uigrad_2000 Re:Marketing (155 comments)

Depends on how you download. In Fedora, I typed this, and got LibreOffice:

>sudo yum install openoffice

But, if you go to the openoffice website looking for a download, there's no mention of LibreOffice there at all.

about a year ago
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Amazon Debuts Mixed Bag of Original Comedy Pilots

uigrad_2000 Re:Stop complaining about DRM (67 comments)

Um, you do realize you posted this to Slashdot, right? Linux support always matters here.

The last time I posted something from my own website to slashdot, my webserver logs showed a solid 40% representation of Linux-based browsers.

If you post article here that says "you can view this for free in your browser!", then linux support most definitely matters.

about a year ago
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Compared to my immediate peers, my typing

uigrad_2000 Re:Does typing speed really matter? (240 comments)

(I touchtype using Dvorak layout, which means I can type reasonably quickly for long periods comfortably. That's also very important.)

Dvorak layout: People come to it for the increased speed, but they stick with it for the comfort.

about a year ago
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Kim Dotcom's Mega Claims 1 Million Users Within 24 Hours

uigrad_2000 Re:Try an E-mail multiplier (211 comments)

But, if you get spam at one of those addresses with added periods, there is no way to turn it off.

And, unless you have a really large email address, it's going to be hard to keep track of more than about 20 or 30 different variations. I just checked spamgroumet.com, and I currently have 650 disposable addresses. I easily can tell what each address is for, based on what words are in the address.

about a year and a half ago
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Mistery solved: researchers explain why flu comes in the winter

uigrad_2000 Spelling! (1 comments)

I like this article, but if this does get accepted, please fix the spelling of "Mystery" and "Typical". It seems that ggrocca really does not like the letter y.

about a year and a half ago
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My favorite resolution for the new year:

uigrad_2000 It's all about the MegaPixels (266 comments)

I was confused about how these were categorized. Eventually, I came to realize the categories are essentially by size. How lame.

VGA, SVGA, WSVGA = 300kP, 468.75 kP, 600kP

XGA, XGA+, WXGA = 768kP, 972kP, 960kP

HD+, UXGA, WSXGA+ = 1406.25kP, 1875kP, ~1723kP

QWXGA, WQHD, WQXGA = 2304kP, 3600kP, 4000kP

I'm using "kP" (kiloPixel) as 1024 pixels.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

uigrad_2000 Re:Oil may not be a fossil fuel then? (230 comments)

Actually, just after posting that, I looked it up. Wikipedia says:

Most natural gas was created over time by two mechanisms: biogenic and thermogenic.

And, it turns out, natural gas is generally considered a fossil fuel. So, I was pretty much wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

uigrad_2000 Re:Oil may not be a fossil fuel then? (230 comments)

The term "Natural Gas" is to indicate that it is not from plant or animal remains.

Even though crude oil does contain hydrocarbons, it is far from the most abundant source of them. Crude oil is a fossil fuel. Natural gas is not.

about a year and a half ago
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Cassini Discovers First River On Another World

uigrad_2000 Re:Fahrenheit? (230 comments)

This is one of the few times that I'd rather see the temperature in the Rankine scale over Fahrenheit!

Essentially, they had 4 systems to choose from (Kelvin would be ideal), and they picked the very worst choice!

about a year and a half ago
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I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

uigrad_2000 Re:Life (352 comments)

If the U.S. government suddenly announces $1 Billion in new research to be given to one of the categories above, and yours wins, I assume most of the projects it is used for would be like the ones in this article.

On the other hand, $1 Billion on solar system research could fund 2 projects similar to the Titan Mare Explorer

When projects like MARE can't even get funding, it makes me think we are spending too much on life sciences. Let private industry figure out whether shrimp can run on treadmills.

about a year and a half ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

uigrad_2000 Re:Oh I just love (475 comments)

Same here, but your cat and mine are the exceptions, not the rule.

In general, if your cat is too fat or too thin, then you should begin feeding them only at scheduled times. Those of us who have cats that already eat the right amount naturally can be lazy and just leave the food out at all times.

about 2 years ago
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Astronomers Search For Dyson Spheres of Alien Civilizations

uigrad_2000 Re:what about nuclear fusion? (686 comments)

Are you familiar with rubble piles? When you get a lot of mass together in one place in space, rubble piles end up being the result.

There really is no way to build a 0.35mm steel plate in space for more than 500 miles without it collapsing into a rubble pile. We think of steel as being strong, but when you start talking about astronomical-type distances, even the strongest materials we have begin acting more like liquids. It would be easier to make a cellphone tower out of tapioca pudding.

about 2 years ago
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Suitable Technology's Telepresence Robot Lets You Roll Remotely

uigrad_2000 Comparison to vGo? (51 comments)

We have a robot much like this at work already. It's a vGo, and can be driven around to meet with other people at the office.

How does this new one compare?

about 2 years ago
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

uigrad_2000 Re:Wow (157 comments)

Obviously you're not aware of the Eyez scam.

The first update after they were successfully funded was a picture of the design crew enjoying a Caribbean vacation. They took $344,000 in the scam.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceShip Two, XCOR Lynx Prepare For Powered Flights

uigrad_2000 Re:"powered glide flights" (77 comments)

Nevermind... it does say that. Clearly the word "glide" in that sentence should have been omitted.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceShip Two, XCOR Lynx Prepare For Powered Flights

uigrad_2000 Re:"powered glide flights" (77 comments)

I don't see that in the summary. Perhaps it's been edited already?

about 2 years ago

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All backscatter X-ray scanners to be removed from U.S. airports!

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

uigrad_2000 writes "If this scoop from Arstechnica is accurate, then we are about to see the end of backscatter X-rays in airports in the U.S. Interestingly, it is not because a congressional committee found them to be unsafe, but because the manufacturer (Rapiscan Systems) failed to provide updated software by a previously agreed upon date."
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IPv6 day: June 6. What's new this year? Leave it on.

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

uigrad_2000 (398500) writes "Last year's IPv6 day was extremely successful, in that there were only a few reported cases of surprises, many that resolved themselves after the first hour. So why did participating companies go back to their old ways after the day was completed?

This year, the plan is to make it "IPv6 launch day". Time Warner and Comcast promise to have have 1% of their customers on IPv6 by launch day this time. Many of the large websites that registered IPv6 addresses for just one day plan to keep them permanent this year. After 20 years of planning, it looks like it is finally going to happen!"

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Details about how LulzSec leader was taken down

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

uigrad_2000 (398500) writes "Last week, we learned that one of the top members of LulzSec (Sabu) had been an FBI informant for almost 6 months, and that this confidant of the LulzSec leader 'anarchaos' had given the feds what they needed to take him down. More details have come out now, completing a picture of how the sting took place from start to finish. It turns out that the even the server space given from Sabu to anarchaos store the details of 30,000 credit cards (from the Stratfor hack) had been funded by the FBI."
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Newfound Exoplanet is best yet candidate for supporting life

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

uigrad_2000 (398500) writes "With all the new exoplanets discovered recently with Kepler, it seemed a sure thing that the first exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star would be found soon. It's been found now, but the irony is that Kepler was not involved!

GJ 667Cc, is at least 4.5 times as massive as Earth, and lies in the habitable region of its host star, reports Scientific American. It was discovered by comparing public data from the ESO to recent observations from Hawaii and Chile. As opposed to the stars Kepler is watching, this is only 22 light years away, making it even more interesting."

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Fair Use bolstered by "What What (In the Butt)"

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  about 3 years ago

uigrad_2000 (398500) writes "Viacom, who is known for trying to prosecute small publishers for copyright infringement, now finds itself in the odd position of using "fair use" as their own defense a case brought forward from "Brownmark", a two-person company that makes youtube videos.

Arstechinca reports that the judge's early dismissal of the case may have unintended consequences for Viacom. The threat of lawsuit against small publishers causes them to be conservative when approaching the fair use boundary, because of the costs of defending such cases, even if they are victorious, is so high. With this new precedent, defending in cases of fair use may now be much easier, and also much less costly."

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Microsoft "Linux for Windows"

uigrad_2000 uigrad_2000 writes  |  more than 6 years ago I guess it has been around for a long time, but I just discovered (today) Microsoft's "Services For Unix" (SFU)

I think it is built into Windows 2003 Server and Vista, although an additional download may be needed to get some of the tools.

According to the wikipedia entry, it includes sed, awk, ksh, csh, grep, vi, gdb, and many other essential tools that make civilized computing possible. If I am ever forced onto a wintel machine again, I will definitely give these a try before downloading cygwin.

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