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Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef

zaphod777 Re:Sign the petition (277 comments)

While this is a complex issue, coral health really depends on water clarity and lack of nutrients in the water column. I am mostly worried if this will make the water so murky or even bury the coral. This may be far enough away that it won't make a difference but it needs to be taken into account.

about 8 months ago
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Run Netflix On OpenSUSE

zaphod777 Re:WOW even the summary is wrong (128 comments)

The FOSS version of silverlight doesn't include the DRM partitions needed to run Netflix.

about 9 months ago
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Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet

zaphod777 Re:envy (375 comments)

I have been living in Japan for the past 4 years, it is perfectly possible to become a Japanese citizen without having Japanese roots http://www.turning-japanese.info/ Also I know lots of people who have come to Japan as an English teacher and then gone on to work in a different field, and have been here for 10 years.

about a year ago
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OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

zaphod777 Re:What? (361 comments)

I have Photoshop and Gimp installed on my Mac and I tend to use Gimp 9/10 times because it is easier to use. I use LibreOffice but installed a copy of Office for Mac to see if it was worth it to buy the $100 /yr subscription. I figured I could install it on my Mac, my Wife's Windows 8 box and maybe share the other licenses with my family. After running Office for about 30 min to see how well it would work with my setup I removed it, maybe I will give it another shot when they release the new version for Mac but Outlook for Mac is pretty bad and I don't use Word and Excel heavily enough to switch from Libre Office. For email I have two Exchange accounts and my personal gmail account, Outlook does not integrate with Google Calendar or Contacts without using ActiveSync which Google is turning off for non paid accounts.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

zaphod777 Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

We have talked about much worse things than that so I don't think that is really it. Even in the US we have some pretty strange and nasty porn, that doesn't mean that everyone in the US watches it. Sure I have heard of Two Girls one Cup and Goatse but I have never felt the need to look them up and I am sure that there are lots of people who have never even heard of them. Japan has its fair share of underground strange shit but for the most part everyone is pretty normal.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

zaphod777 Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

_ That stuff is not as prevalent as you would think. I have asked my Japanese friends and they have never even heard of it. Also I have yet to see a vending machine selling used woman's underwear.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

zaphod777 Re:Hey Guys (547 comments)

In Japan there are not really any streaming services to speak of. There is no Netflix, Amazon, Prime, They just got Hulu but it is pretty limited. The Google Play Store now does rentals but I am not sure how popular it is. Sure you can pirate stuff online but subtitles in Japanese are a PIA to find and the Japanese shows don't show up on your normal torrent site. Plus they anti piracy laws here in Japan just got really strict.

about 2 years ago
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System Admins Should Know How To Code

zaphod777 Re:Very true, for many reasons. (298 comments)

While I agree with you, most things like that can be done with Group Policy and the things that can't can then be done with simple scripts managed by group policy. Macs and Linux machines are a slightly different ball game though.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Thunderbolt uses active cables. There is a circuit at each end of the cable which handles the physical transmission. This means the cables will always be expensive, although costs will probably come down if thunderbolt becomes mainstream and economies of scale kick in. It's also a reason why thunderbolt probably won't become mainstream.

I like the concept though, I would buy an Apple Thunderbolt display if they weren't as expensive as the MBA. Being able to connect a display, network, all external drives, etc all with one cable is pretty amazing. You would think that other companies would be all over this, as far as throughput goes USB 3.0 is sufficient for external HDD's but I am sure that HDD speeds will catch up to Thunderbolt.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

That's what I had originally said, and it was a part of my decision. The MBA battery can be replaced although not as easy as an external battery.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

From the iFixit tear down they said that the touchpad cable went under where the battery was glued down and there was a significant risk of damaging it if you tried to remove the battery.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Interesting, the iFixit tear down must have been after I made my choice. When I was looking checking them out everything said it was non upgradeable.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

> Well, I'm in IT so most of what I do is remote support and everything else gets stored in the cloud. > > Music - Google Music > Photos - Picasa Either of these are prone to choke the cloud. Full size photos can be especially bothersome on a it-feels-like-I-am-on-dialup-again wireless network.

I am not dependent on either of them for day to day use so that is not really a problem. If my connection is not fast enough to listen to music or view photo's then I have bigger problems since I will not be able to work, all of my work is done remotely.

Ditching network interfaces that actually perform well is one the reasons that anyone may steer far clear of MBA wannbes.

I can't tell if you are making a jab at the MBA for not having ethernet or trying to make a different point. Not having Ethernet is a bit of an issue but they do have an adapter, and that is fine with me. I only need to use a wired connection every once in a while and having a port on the laptop would make the profile much thicker.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Well, I'm in IT so most of what I do is remote support and everything else gets stored in the cloud.

Music - Google Music
Photos - Picasa
Docs - a combination of Google Docs and DropBox but those are mostly Excel and Word type documents so they don't take up much space.

Everything else gets stored on my media server at home. The only other thing that really takes up a lot of space is Steam games and I only install the ones I am playing and then delete the others when I am done.

With all of that said I still have 50GB of free space.

I do have a USB 3 external drive with a pair of old 5400RPM drives in a RAID0 that I use for some VM's when I need to do some migration tests but I only use that every so often.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Interesting, I wasn't aware of that. I am still happy with my MBA since I wanted to give OSX a try but that would have really made the choice between the x1 Carbon and the MBA much more difficult. Lenovo makes great workhorses that take a beating but the Apple laptops tend to look a little nicer and hold their value. Although Lenovo laptops really look nicer for business. I will tell you one thing though, I will never go back to a full size laptop. I love the portability of the MBA. I had to fix a friends 1 year old 13" MBP and the thing felt like a ton of bricks.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

The RAM in the ZenBook is soldered in and maxes out at 4GB. You can get the MBA with 8GB of RAM, also the HDD will be replaceable once 3rd party OEM's start making them. It isn't glued or soldered down or anything like that, however the 128GB drive is more than enough for me since I only had a 60GB SSD on my old laptop.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

Retina MBP has the glued battery not the MBA

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

I tend to run VM's for testing different server configurations so I need a lot of RAM plus I would rather not be stuck with 4GB when the RAM is not upgradeable. The ZenBook and other UltraBooks as thin as the MBA don't have upgradeable RAM either. Weight was a major consideration for me, I comute an hour and a half one way each day. I walk about a 1km to the train station and ride the train for an hour and walk to the office, I got really tired of carrying a conventional laptop. Now I have to double check my MBA is even in the bag because it is so light.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

I have worked with Lenovo X series laptops a few years ago and they were always a bit under powered but I imagine that is no longer a problem. I looked at the ThinkPad X1 Carbon but is was significantly more expensive than the MBA.

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

zaphod777 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

I was in the market for an Ultra Light laptop since I was tired of lugging mine around for 3 hours everyday. I have never been a huge Apple fan so I looked at the Asus ZenBook but it maxes out at 4GB of RAM, I looked at the new Lenovo carbon fiber ultra book but it was hundreds of dollars more expensive. I checked out a few other UltrBooks but they all just looked and felt cheap. When the new MacBook Air's came out I weighed the pro's and con's, sure the RAM is not replaceable but neither is the RAM on the ZenBook and the MBA can take 8GB. The HDD will eventually be upgradeable whenever a third party makes one and the battery is much more replaceable than the Retina MBP. The USB 3.0 supports SCSI over USB protocol and there are a number of other hardware advantages. Although I wanted to punch a hole in the wall when I had to buy a Thunderbolt cable for $50 0_o, there is no reason they should be that expensive but that is Apple pricing for you. Coming from Linux it took me a while to get used to OSX and its limitations but overall I am pretty happy with my purchase and would make it again. You can't find an UltraBook for that price with the same specs and build quality.

about 2 years ago

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Samsung's Claims of Juror Misconduct Revealed in Unredacted Filings

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  about 2 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "Samsung has now filed an unredacted version [PDF] of its motion for judgment as a matter of law, a new trial, and/or remittitur. That's the one that was originally filed with a redacted section we figured out was about the foreman, Velvin Hogan. The judge ordered it filed unsealed, and so now we get to read all about it.
It's pretty shocking to see the full story. I understand now why Samsung tried to seal it. They call Mr. Hogan untruthful in voir dire (and I gather in media interviews too), accuse him of "implied bias" and of tainting the process by introducing extraneous "evidence" of his own during jury deliberations, all of which calls, Samsung writes, for an evidentiary hearing and a new trial with an unbiased jury as the cure.

Were you wondering how Samsung found out about the lawsuit that Hogan failed to mention in voir dire, the litigation between Seagate and Hogan that Samsung dug up? Apple was, as I'll show you. You wouldn't believe it if it was in a movie script. The lawyer who sued Mr. Hogan on behalf of Seagate back in 1993 is now married to a partner at Quinn Emanuel, the lawyers for Samsung.

What are the odds?"

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Google Books, Nexus 7 quietly launch in Japan

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  about 2 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "It seems that the Nexus 7 and Google Books has launched a little bit early in Japan. Rumor has it that both Andy Rubin and Eric Schmidt are in Tokyo right now for an official launch tomorrow.

Right now, the 16 GB Nexus 7 is available on the Play Store for ¥19,800 with a shipping time of 3 to 5 days to addresses in Japan. There is also a Japanese website for the Nexus 7 now."

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Apple v Samsung Foreman keeps talking

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  about 2 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "This is in the believe it or not category, but the foreman in the Apple v Samsung trial is *still* talking about the verdict and why the jurors did what they did. And the more he talks, the worse it gets for that verdict.
Gizmodo asked him to sit today for live questions. And believe it or not, he did it. And when asked if the jury was ever asking whether or not a patent should have issued, he claims that they never did because that wasn't their role and the judge told them to assume the patents issued properly and not to second guess that determination."

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VMware plots datacenters without wetware - is VMWARE trying to take our jobs?

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "Everyone keeps saying how technologies like VMWARE are going to make server and network engineers obsolete, I disagree. 90% of your time is spent maintaining the currant infrastructure and any admin worth his salt will not spin up a new VM just because someone asks for it. VM sprawl is a real problem in the datacenter.

I also don't see how this will replace existing employee's in the datacenter. Someone still needs to troubleshoot hardware problems and install the host servers and other equipment."

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Samsung angers judge by sending rejected evidence from Apple trial to the media

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "Samsung has already appealed the rulings denying the evidence, but that didn't stop the company's lawyers from trying again today after Apple briefly showed the F700 on a slide during its opening statements. Claiming that Apple had "opened the door" to discussion of the F700, Samsung asked the court to reconsider. That didn't go so well with Judge Koh, who noted that "Samsung has filed like 10 motions for reconsideration," and asked Samsung lead attorney John Quinn to sit back down. At one point in the exchange Quinn told Koh that he was "begging the court," and desperately asked "what's the point in having a trial?" — but Koh simply wasn't buying it. "Don't make me sanction you," she said. "Please.""
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Ubuntu 10.04 adds iPhone and IPOD touch Support

zaphod777 zaphod777 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zaphod777 (1755922) writes "Among other things in the recent 10.04 Alpha3 release Ubuntu has added support for iPhones and IPOD touch. I know this has been a pain point for many users. Personaly I use an Android phone with Songbird. But I know this will make a lot of people happy.

Hopefully now they will fulfill their promise for a nicer non brown theme but I am not holding my breath. They have made that promise many times before and it doesn't take long to tweak the appearance to the way I like it anyway."

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