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Comment: Re:Catching up with Fedora (Score 1) 607

by Dahan (#48033449) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Which is pretty cool for scripting; I write pretty much all of my Windows scripts in PowerShell these days, instead of .bat or .vbs. But PS isn't good for interactive use... While filtering for large files isn't something that I do often, I do like to sort ls output by date, or by file size. This is quick and easy to do with Unix-style ls:

ls -lt or ls -lS

But with PowerShell?

ls | sort -property LastWriteTime or ls | sort -property Length

Not something quick and easy to type. Which is too bad--I was hoping for an interactive shell a bit more modern than CMD.

Comment: Re:I measure taste like a food critic (Score 1) 102

by Dahan (#48028435) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

"krueng therm" (literally "engine fillup")

While "engine" is one possible translation of "khrueang", that's not the sense that's being used in "khrueang toem". There, "khreuang" means "ingredient" or "item" (sense 2 at this dictionary)--you wouldn't literally translate "khrueang duem" (beverage) as "engine drink", right? :) So, a better literal translation of "khrueang toem" is "additional ingredient".

Comment: Re:overthinking the problem (Score 1) 138

by Dahan (#47954357) Attached to: Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

They're overthinking the problem. It's in Georgia.

TFS talks about not being able to get an export license, so we know it's not in Georgia (unless you mean the country). And TFA says it's in the UK (which is where Pinewood's main studio is... they did recently open a location near Atlanta, Georgia though).

Comment: Re:Same reason blu-ray didn't take off (Score 1) 204

by Dahan (#47840063) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display

On the 35" the text is too small to read comfortably for any length of time

Text size has no relation to the display size. Text size is generally specified in "points", where one point is approximately 1/72 inch. If you find the text too small to read, the obvious solution is to increase the size. Display size affects how much text you can display given a certain text size. E.g., you might get 40 lines of 10 point text on a 24" monitor, and 45 lines of 10 point text on a 32" monitor.

I don't see how reading on a 27" is going to work unless you increase your font size which reduces the benefits of the higher resolution.

Why wouldn't reading on a 27" work? A long time ago, I had a 15" CRT and was able to read text on it without any problems. And even further back, there were 9" screens, and even smaller ones. You just couldn't get as much text on them (e.g., 40 columns across).

The benefit of higher resolution is that text is sharper, since you can use more pixels to draw the characters while keeping the same point size. E.g., instead of using 8x12 pixels to draw a character, you can use 16x24, which looks a lot better. It's even more noticeable if you work with Chinese/Japanese/Korean text, where the characters are much more detailed than the Roman alphabet. Some characters (such as this one) turn into an indistinct mess if you have to squeeze it into a 12x12 pixel cell, but if you have 24x24 to work with, it looks a lot better.

In any case, this Dell monitor sounds interesting... I was considering their previous 4K 24" monitor, but the way it faked being two half-screens (to work around HDMI limitations?) seemed annoying and glitch-prone, and I heard that the next generation of monitors wouldn't have to do that. I currently have a 24" monitor, and am looking for something the same size, but I suppose 27" isn't too much bigger.

Comment: Re:Exaggerated, somewhat hysterical decision (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by Dahan (#47840007) Attached to: Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted
Who cares how many "high end-PC years" it took? Nobody's going to try to factor a 1024-bit modulus using a single high-end PC. It took 4 actual years to factor 10 numbers. And why do you think someone who wants to factor the RSA modulus for a 1024-bit CA cert would have waited until today to start the process? Those certs have been around for over 10 years; if someone with enough computing power wanted to factor one, they could be done by now.

Comment: Re:Bad Advice (Score 1) 253

by Dahan (#47817983) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

SN also supports UTF. Still waiting on Slashdot to do that.

You missed the boat/raft on that one... Slashdot supported it over 10 years ago. Support was removed due to people abusing Unicode control characters (particularly the RTL/LTR direction overrides). Does SN let you switch to RTL text? Or post a ton of stacked combining characters (i.e., "Zalgo" text)?

That said, Slashdot should just blacklist the control characters--Unicode publishes a list of them.

Comment: Re:Most are ill-prepared (Score 1) 191

by Dahan (#47745665) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?


I refuse to use Alcohol based products... they are horrible at heating food and Alcohol in the USA is completely unregulated, which means it may have a toxicity level that one would rather not want to worry about.

You're not supposed to drink the alcohol--even pure methanol is pretty toxic if you drink it. You're just supposed to burn the alcohol in a stove. A proper alcohol burner will mix the vapors with air and produce a hot blue flame that works quite well at heating food.

Comment: Re:Remember Microsoft Windows? (Score 2) 195

by Dahan (#47616447) Attached to: Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

It used the FreeBSD networking code. This doesn't mean windows is fast and it's sort of specious. BSD has tricks in the Kernel to make I/O faster that pretty much anything else.

No it didn't. A few utilities that nobody used (e.g., the commandline ftp.exe, which doesn't even support PASV mode) were ported from BSD (not even FreeBSD), but the TCP/IP stack in Windows was not from BSD.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 299

by Dahan (#47378159) Attached to: Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

If the amount of radiation didn't even kill the guy, it sounds like razing the building and securely storing all the towels that touched him is a bit overkill.

...And by "a bit" I mean the other thing.

Perhaps it didn't kill the guy because the substance that was emitting the radiation was transferred from his body into the towels that touched him?

Comment: Re: Aperture-specific plugins... (Score 2) 214

by Dahan (#47346613) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

the "cloud" version of Photoshop is out of the question, because I sometimes work in the field where there is no internet.

"Cloud" is just a marketing term that can mean a wide variety of things. In the case of Adobe Creative Cloud, it means you're licensed on a subscription basis, and need to connect to Adobe's servers periodically to verify that your subscription is still active. It doesn't mean you run Photoshop in a web browser--it's still installed on your hard drive like traditional programs. As the FAQ says, "No, the desktop applications in Creative Cloud, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, are installed directly on your computer, so you donâ(TM)t need an ongoing Internet connection to use them."

Comment: Re:Not a problem (Score 2) 146

by Dahan (#47341557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

I don't know why you had such a problem. There are many GSM carriers that offer SIM/pre-pay, and have for as long as I can recall.

Agreed. He doesn't say exactly when his last trip to the US was, but AT&T and T-Mobile had prepaid SIMs "a few years ago". I don't know if there are any airport shops that sell them (seems like there would be), but as you say, they're readily available in various stores outside the airport.

However, AT&T's prepaid plans suck for tourists... if you have a smartphone (and seeing that this is /., I bet OP does), AT&T will make you get a "smartphone" plan, which starts at $25 for a month of service, and doesn't actually include any data--that's an extra $5 for a measly 50MB. T-Mobile has prepaid plans that I think would work better for a short-term visitor, e.g., perhaps their $3/day unlimited plan.

But I think the best prepaid plans in the US for visitors come from "MVNO"s--basically companies that resell access to either AT&T's or T-Mobile's network, such as Airvoice or Ultra. Unfortunately, their SIMs tend not to be available in actual physical stores, which makes buying their service impractical for a visitor.

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