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"Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77

willoughby One of my favorites (82 comments)

Tom & Ray were doing a bit on "Boston'isms"...

Tom: "Okay, how 'bout this one... kahkis"

Ray: "kahkis? You mean like pants?"

Tom: "no.... like 'I need to go to the store but I can't find my kahkis' "

--------- ... RIP Tom.. gonna miss ya fella..

about a month and a half ago

Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

willoughby Sounds like a good idea (97 comments)

Alerting the user to change the damaged battery makes sense. Now we need to convince the manufacturers to design devices which would make this possible.

about 2 months ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

willoughby This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

Back about the time of the first iMac, Apple also introduced the "G3 (blue & white) Tower". A few months later, when everyone knew that a G4 Mac tower was in the works but hadn't been introduced yet, some aftermarket outfits offered an upgrade kit which allowed you to install a G4 processor in your G3 tower.

Apple released an update (disguised as something I can't remember, a video card update, perhaps) which broke all of these aftermarket G4 upgrade kits.

The behavior described in this court case was just the way Jobs ran things.

about 3 months ago

Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

willoughby "...quirks with Windows" (64 comments)

Gee, what a surprise.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

willoughby Some is better than others (430 comments)

Some years back I decided to play around with FVWM. I was astounded with quality the man pages. FVWM isn't so much a window manager as it is a window manager *kit*, with lots & lots of configuration options. But the documentation is some of the best I've seen.

I've just been trying to work with lightdm here, myself (disable guest login & not auto-fill-in the last user name) and found the same as you. The config files have even been moved and no-one bothered to mention that.

Anyway, I usually end up in some user forum or other. Luckily I haven't had many unique problems. Almost always someone, somewhere, has had to figure it out before me & is willing to pass on the info.

about 5 months ago

OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

willoughby Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (71 comments)

Mine is a TPLINK WDR3600. Simultaneous dual-band, gigabit everything, 2 USB ports, and even a real power button (!). It's been running "ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT (12.09, r36088) " for a little more than a year and it's great.

about 5 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

willoughby Not in the USA (753 comments)

This is the country where those in charge are so terrified of any change they had TV commercials promoting $1 coins - and then gave up on them. They are also afraid of big changes to US notes (why not make them from plastic like Australia does?) in order to fight counterfeiting. In this, as in all other technology, the USA will be well behind the rest of the world.

about 5 months ago

The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

willoughby Free (196 comments)

My most recent acquisition was 2 cfl lamps included in a free energy-saver kit from the city. Included was a water saver showerhead, water-saver nozzles for the kitchen & bathroom faucets & 2 cfl lamps. Not bad for free. 'Course if you break down my tax bill I figure those cfl lamps cost about $22.25 each.

about 6 months ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

willoughby Ala Carte my ass (340 comments)

You all know that they have the technology - via the digital set-top boxes - to only charge you for the minutes you watch, but no-one even talks about that. Why am I paying for ESPN even when I'm watching NBC?

That's why the cable companies are "fighting" ala carte & will finally give in. They don't want folks really thinking about this.

If my phone company can charge me by the minute why can't the cable TV company?

about 7 months ago

Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

willoughby I wonder how it deals with cookies (219 comments)

I'll check this out - it's nice to see something from EFF that I can install to match my EFF stickers :). I wonder about cookies, tho. IME some websites won't work if you block their cookies & it's better to just accept cookies then delete them after.

about 7 months ago

Google Plus Now Minus Chief Vic Gundotra

willoughby Good (93 comments)

This might be a step in the right direction. I can't even leave an app review on the Play Store unless I sign up for Google +. Kill it now.

about 8 months ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

willoughby Re:It's not bad (179 comments)

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

about 8 months ago

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

willoughby It's not bad (179 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.

about 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago



Ask Slashdot: How to best block web content

willoughby willoughby writes  |  about 2 years 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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