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Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

willoughby Re:It's not bad (172 comments)

I forgot to put in there that I'm running an Nvidia GeForce GT630 & using the proprietary driver.

2 days ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

willoughby It's not bad (172 comments)

I've been using it since the beta & it runs very well. Netflix & Steam install very quick & easy & run well.

This is my longest experience with Unity & I've found it's not too bad, either. Experience with OSX helps get used to the non-menu way of selecting a program but in use it's really like a menu, anyway. (click the Ubuntu logo thingy [or super-a] -> apps -> internet -> firefox) And at least when you bring up the program selection it doesn't cover the entire desktop.

I also like that they are trying to conserve vertical space by putting the launcher on the left edge instead of the bottom and eliminating the menu bar on windows. Moving the menus sounded odd 'till I learn why and , again, experience with Macs helps get used to it.

But Unity is slow compared to other desktops, and very difficult to customize.

I may still go back to XFCE just to get the 'right-click on the desktop for a menu' back. (or I could just install Windowmaker... hmmm)

But overall Ubuntu 14.04 has been very stable & runs quite nicely.

2 days ago

Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

willoughby Re:The Million Dollar Question (56 comments)

Ahhh... so it's like cricket, then?

about two weeks ago

GNOME 3.12 Released

willoughby Re:Why not extensions (134 comments)

You say , "... the behaviour should be correct the first time..." and this is wrong. The behaviour should be *selectable* by the user. That's why folks are asking for checkboxes and configuration dialogs. The behaviour cannot possibly be "correct" because it is a preference and what I prefer may not be what you prefer.

I realize that the Gnome folks really believe there is only one correct way for the desktop to look and behave, but they are wrong.

about three weeks ago

KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

willoughby Re:oh good (202 comments)

They do that deliberately just to keep you away.

about a month ago

Ubuntu Gnome Seeking Long Term Support Status

willoughby Re:No!!!!! (26 comments)

Allright, according to you the guy's a prick. So how does that extrapolate to saying no to an LTS release of Ubuntu Gnome?

about a month and a half ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

willoughby Not my experience (295 comments)

I've a fresh install of Mint 16 here on a Thinkpad with an AMD RV710 and the Mesa driver seems to be working fine. Steam games & Netflix work a treat. I haven't installed Chrome, though, it's performance my suck but Chrome is easily avoidable.

about a month and a half ago

New Attack Hijacks DNS Traffic From 300,000 Routers

willoughby Why mostly EU & Asia? (105 comments)

Could it be the chances of grabbing a really fast internet connection are better there than in the US?

In any case, my thanks to the OpenWrt folks!

about a month and a half ago

Apple SSL Bug In iOS Also Affects OS X

willoughby How does this work? (140 comments)

So how does "Researcher Adam Langley" get access to the code in order to do "an analysis of the vulnerable code in OS X"?

Do these experts have access to the source via some agreement with the vendor?

about 2 months ago

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

willoughby Where else to go? (234 comments)

I've seen the Beta and don't like it. I've seen several comments saying there are other places to go for tech news/discussions. What are these other sites?

I've not seen a tech news site with lively discussions and it's the discussions I'm interested in. I've learned more from the discussions here on (old) Slashdot than the stories.

What are some tech news/discussion websites I should check out?

about 2 months ago

Feds Grab 163 Web Sites, Snatch $21.6 Million In NFL Counterfeit Gear

willoughby Whew! (133 comments)

I feel safer already!

about 3 months ago

Irish Politician Calls For Crackdown On Open Source Internet Browsers

willoughby Thanks (335 comments)

A few times I've heard an Irish use the term "gobshite" and I wasn't sure what it meant 'till today.

about 3 months ago

OpenPhoenux Neo900 Bills Itself As Successor To Nokia's N900

willoughby Re:how about a "dumbphone"? (111 comments)

If you're referring to the MOTOPHONE F3, that's not what you want. I have one & everything is fine untill you actually start talking on it, then the battery drops very quickly. It's a mystery to me how such a simple phone can have such lousy talk time.

about 6 months ago

OpenSUSE May Be First Major Distro To Adopt Btrfs By Default

willoughby No surprise (104 comments)

I remember when SuSE was one of the only distros, perhaps the only one, which used reiserfs as the default filesystem. No, there's no punchline. This was when you could buy it in a box (including the little chamelon pin) off the shelf at CompUSA. SuSE has always had a fascination with new filesystems.

about 7 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

willoughby I still have 'em (410 comments)

I have 3 USR Sportsters, 2 USR Couriers, and a Multitech Multimodem (the one with the LCD status display). What I don't have is a live phone line to connect them to.

about 7 months ago

Did Apple Make a Mistake By Releasing Two New iPhones?

willoughby Brand Dilution (348 comments)

Last month if someone said they had an iPhone you knew what they were talking about. Different generations, sure, but you knew it was arguably the finest device Apple had ever made, within each generation.

Next month when someone says they have an iPhone the first question will be, "Do you have the cheap one, or the good one?"

about 7 months ago

Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program

willoughby Re:Jobs must be rolling in his grave (116 comments)

Well, yes & no. Sometimes the equipment is used/returned/refurbed, sometimes not. When Apple puts a new model in the stores, it is introduced in every Apple store on the planet the same day. What happened to the "old" model which was here yesterday? They were all shipped back to Apple, where they were reboxed in plain white boxes & will be sold as "refurbs". So, at the Apple store, "refurbished" does not necessarily mean "used".

about 8 months ago

Forget Apple: Samsung Could Be Google's Next Big Rival

willoughby Re:One other point (223 comments)

Point taken, & I agree. If it was mine, I'd rom it to Cyanogenmod. But my point was that... well I think you know my point. Anyway... good shot!

about 9 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How to best block web content

willoughby willoughby writes  |  about a year ago

willoughby (1367773) writes "Many routers today have the capability to block web content. And you all know about browser addons like noscript & adblock. But where is the "proper" place for such content blocking? Is it best to have the router only route packets & do the content blocking on each machine? If using the content blocking feature in the router, will performance degrade if the list of blocked content grows large? Where is the best place to filter/block web content?"

Ask Slashdot: What's up with Bluetooth?

willoughby willoughby writes  |  more than 4 years ago

willoughby (1367773) writes "If I go to the Logitech website & check out wireless mouses I see 12 wireless of which 2 are Bluetooth. At the Kensington website there are 17 wireless mouses but only 2 are Bluetooth. Obviously I haven't kept up with wireless technologies but I thought Bluetooth was developed mainly with mouses & keyboards in mind. Are manufacturers shunning the technology or are users avoiding it? Are there problems with Bluetooth devices which a shopper should be aware of?"


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