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Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

yelvington It's not the same (290 comments)

I lived through 14 Minnesota winters, and after a similar period in the South, I can say they're really not similar.

Southern pines are spectacular, much taller than those typical in Minnesota, because they can grow for years without being beaten down by the weather. When once in a decade or so they get coated with ice, the result is chaos -- whole trees snapping five feet above ground, crashing through attics into living rooms, tearing down power lines along the way. It sounds like cannon fire echoing through the woods.

The problems of winter hitting the South are not limited to lack of equipment, preparation, or winter driving skills. Nature just isn't ready for it.

about 6 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

yelvington Missing the real story (470 comments)

The real story, not in this report because the "market" has been artificially restricted to "desktop" visits to websites, is that total Windows usage (ALL versions) has tumbled to a minority position overall because of the rise of mobile/tablet devices. iOS and Android have rebalanced the personal computing world into a heterogenous environment where open standards are more important than corporate fiat. Fanbois call this fragmentation; I call it healthy.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

yelvington If you're not .... (308 comments)

If you're not investing your energy in your personal time in furtherance of your mastery of your craft, you're doomed. The world will swiftly leave you behind and it's nobody's fault but your own. The coding skills you have today are obsolescent in 18 months. It may be wise for your employer to invest in your continuing education and foolish to not do so, but it's not the employer's responsibility. It's yours. You made the choice to be in a line of work where very little is permanent.

If you're not comfortable with that, consider masonry.

about 7 months ago
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Bots Now Account For 61% of Net Traffic

yelvington Re:Youtube? (124 comments)

Story is about website traffic, not network bytecount.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

yelvington I'd shamefully abide if ... (353 comments)

I'd shamefully abide if I could figure out how to come anywhere NEAR the usage cap. What on earth are you doing? I consume a lot of streaming media -- Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Xfinity, Youtube, Pandora -- on a Roku, two laptops, a couple of Android and iOS devices, and various family members rotate in and out with whatever toys they bring. I'm using about a quarter of my limit. Hitting the usage cap is probably nature's way of telling you to go outside and look at the real world.

about a year ago
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Huffington: Trolls Uglier Than Ever, So We're Cutting Off Anonymous Commenting

yelvington Re:If you are afraid to be known for your comments (582 comments)

There are occasionally exceptions where people *need* to remain anonymous for fear of lawsuits or termination from their jobs

This is not nearly so rare as you imagine.

about a year ago
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Netflix Comes To Linux Web Browsers Via 'Pipelight'

yelvington Ridonculous (303 comments)

At some point you just spend $130 and buy an Android tablet at wally world. Or a $50 Roku.

about a year ago
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The Steady Decline of Unix

yelvington Re:Mod down original article (570 comments)

Whoever even bothered to write the article in the first place needs to lose his license to write tech journalism.

If you start applying standards to tech journalism there won't be any left.

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

yelvington Wrong question (737 comments)

The right question is: How do we erase this scourge forever, including all of the compromised bot-infested Windows machines around the world?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

yelvington Re:amazon (147 comments)

Amazon's streaming service is flaky with linux. The issue is DRM which for some reson is not supported in the linux version of the flash player.

Amazon video works fine under Ubuntu. Use Firefox, not Chrome.
From the FAQ

Why can't I watch videos on my Chrome browser in Linux?
The Flash Player Plugin in Chrome removed support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Linux as part of the upgrade from 11.3 to 11.4. This upgrade was bundled with the latest Chrome 22 update for Linux. If you applied the Chrome update, you are no longer able to watch DRM-protected content, such as movies and TV episodes. Trailers are unaffected as they do not use DRM. To get around this issue, you can use a different browser, such as Firefox. For information on Chrome and the Flash Player plug-in, see: https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=108086.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=3757

about a year ago
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Wikimedia Foundation Launches Wikivoyage

yelvington To be clear... (47 comments)

Wikivoyage is largely a fork of Wikitravel, which has been around for years, but is under the control of a private business.

about a year and a half ago
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Students Calculate What Hyperspace Travel Would Actually Look Like

yelvington Re:inaccurate slashdot summary; not a new result (234 comments)

(2) if it exists, it violates causality;

That would seem to be a problem, but maybe it contains its own solution.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

yelvington Re:Why do we need a desktop client? (464 comments)

I want my mail and calendar wherever I am. So why keep multiple copies of gigabytes of mail on multiple machines.

Somebody should invent IMAP.

about a year and a half ago
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New Jersey Residents Displaced By Storm Can Vote By Email

yelvington Not so shocking as it seems (189 comments)

Absentee voting already works this way pretty much everywhere in the United States:

First, you have to already be registered, so the notion that nonexistent people are suddenly able to vote is nonsense.

Second, you must file a request to get the absentee ballot. In most states you do not have to show any form of ID to do so, but your name is checked against the registration records before any ballot is provided.

Third, you fill out the ballot form, sign it, and mail it in. Note that the signature means your ballot is not really "secret."

Fourth, the forms are checked against the registration rolls again when they are counted, and signatures also may be checked (usually a sampling are spot-checked). In many places, absentee votes are counted AFTER the live votes and they may even be skipped if the number of absentee votes would not change the outcome of the election. If a voter has voted at his or her precinct, and an absentee ballot from the "same" voter shows up, that's an obvious case of fraud and the ballot is set aside.

There is no reason to imagine that email makes this any less secure than the snail mail system.

about a year and a half ago
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ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets

yelvington Re:Valid price comparison? (230 comments)

How does this compete with netbooks, such as an Acer Aspire with Windows 7 Home Edition for under $238?

I just checked Acer's website and the range of list prices for Aspire models is $349.99 through $1,299.99.

This is absolutely right. $249 LIST is a breakthrough price, even though some people are too thick to see that. Occasionally you'll find an 11.6 Acer on clearance or special in that price range (and if you do, BUY IT and install Linux), but over $300 is more typical.

The 11.6 size is a sweet spot. I have an Acer 1410 and my wife has an AO725, both running Ubuntu. It's rare that either of us does anything that couldn't be done with the Chromebook -- except for moving photos from an SD card to a hard drive. I know it's simple to plug either into a Chromebook. What I don't know is whether the ChromeOS UI plays nicely with external storage.

about 2 years ago
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Adventures In Rooting: Running Jelly Bean On Last Year's Kindle Fire

yelvington Re:Can you still run the Amazon applications? (41 comments)

No. You probably can install a Kindle reader app, but you can't watch Amazon video on a rooted device.

But as a Kindle Fire user and a veteran of much smartphone hacking ... I don't see the point in ANY of this. What are you actually gaining? What does "fully functional tablet" mean? If you don't like the Kindle launcher, install something else. I use http://golauncher.goforandroid.com/ on my KF.

about 2 years ago
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US House Science Committee Member: Evolution Is a Lie From Hell

yelvington Re:Post bigotry here (1113 comments)

Standards are well accepted on the Internet...

Tell me sir, what flavors of html and css your browser support? Which versions it supporys correctly? What addations to those standards ithas made for its own use?

Forest. Trees.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

yelvington SoftLanding Systems (867 comments)

SLS (SoftLanding Systems), the very first Linux distro, downloaded at 1200bps from Sunsite. Recompiled the kernel every week from alpha sources. Ran it on a '386, then upgraded to a fire-breakthing 33-mhz '486.

Then RedHat on a Pentium.

Then Mandrake when I couldn't get RedHat to run on a particular box.

Then Ubuntu.

Then Android. Does that count?

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Gnome Remix 12.10 Arrives For Testing

yelvington Re:I don't get it (175 comments)

I've been a Linux user for a few years now and while I've seen great strides made in desktop aesthetics and usability, I still can't with a pure conscious say that any of the DEs are as good as or better than what comes on Windows or OSX. Windows is without a doubt snappier and the taskbar has a lot of nifty and intuitive features.....

I know YMMV, but my experience has been exactly the opposite. Every time I boot my wife's Acer laptop into Windows 7, I'm just appalled at how spongy the UI feels, how slow it is to load programs, and how truly awful the fonts look. I suppose I could get used to it if it was my only option, but I find nothing "intuitive" about anything in the system, and anything I remember from the XP era just gets me into trouble.

As quickly as possible, I get back to the safety, security, performance and -- yes -- usability of Ubuntu.

I'm not pleased by Unity, but I am able to restore and reconfigure Ubuntu to a proper working desktop that acts mostly like Gnome 2. I'll be keeping an eye on the Gnome Remix. It may become a future option.

about 2 years ago

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