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Comment: Re:A better Firefox alternative (for me) was PaleM (Score 1) 158

by Gort65 (#48918545) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

It feels "less quirky" than Seamonkey, and some of the Extensions that I have used for years ( Like Tree Style Tab) work with PaleMoon while they don't in Seamonkey.

You can get a few of the problematic extensions to install and work on SeaMonkey using the Firefox & Thunderbird Add-on Converter for SeaMonkey. Not all of the Firefox and Thunderbird extensions can be converted, but it certainly expands the frontiers.


Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis 63

Posted by timothy
from the why-do-you-hate-freedom? dept.
An anonymous reader links to this story at The Stack (based on this translated report) that "The Moscow authorities will begin using the signal from Muscovites' cell-phones in 2015 to research patterns of traffic and points of congestion, with a view to changes in travel infrastructure including roads, the Moscow metro and bus services. The tracking, which appears to opt all users in unilaterally, promises not to identify individual cell-phone numbers, and will use GSM in most cases, but also GPS in more densely-constructed areas of the old city. The system is already in limited use on the roads, but will be extended to pedestrians and subway users in 2015. The city of 11.5 million people has three main cell providers, all of whom cooperate fully with authorities' request for information. A representative of one, Beeline, said: "We prepare reports that detail where our subscribers work, live, move, and other aspects."

NJ Museum Revives TIROS Satellite Dish After 40 Years 28

Posted by timothy
from the zip-zooming-along dept.
evanak writes TIROS was NASA's Television Infrared Observation Satellite. It launched in April 1960. One of the ground tracking stations was located at the U.S. Army's secret "Camps Evans" Signals Corps electronics R&D laboratory. That laboratory (originally a Marconi wireless telegraph lab) became the InfoAge Science Center in the 2000s. [Monday], after many years of restoration, InfoAge volunteers (led by Princeton U. professor Dan Marlowe) successfully received data from space. The dish is now operating for the first time in 40 years! The received data are in very raw form, but there is a clear peak riding on top of the noise background at 0.4 MHz (actually 1420.4 MHz), which is the well-known 21 cm radiation from the Milky Way. The dish was pointing south at an elevation of 45 degrees above the horizon.

Comment: A bit too late for me... (Score 1) 99

by Gort65 (#47306261) Attached to: Opera Releases a New Version For Linux

It's a pity that I completely uninstalled Opera some months ago, after waiting several months with vague promises and excuses about a coming release. It was mostly a secondary browser for me, so I didn't lose much sleep purging it. It also has lost a lot of the features that enticed me in the first place.

Now that it's finally here, I'm not sure I can muster up the effort to install it. Maybe I'll wait a year... or maybe longer.

Comment: The old 99% claim... (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by Gort65 (#46312689) Attached to: All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

"I would say 99 percent of teachers see the benefit of it,"

Not damning the point that the Supt. of Holyoke Public Schools made or supporting it, but I tend to distrust anyone who claims that 99% of a group supports their side to bolster their argument. I know, figure of speech, but still indicative... at least 99% of the time.

Comment: Re:In otherwards (Score 3, Interesting) 664

by Gort65 (#46142479) Attached to: Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

It might be fine for Japanese culture... I don't know. But it sure as hell wouldn't fly here. As soon as I found out those were required I'd be out the door.

The problem is that there is always some desperate person willing to take your place, either out of apathy or economic necessity. Eventually, if enough of these people fill in the vacancies, then you'll find this sort of thing spreading to other workplaces, again chasing you out. It'll spread if it's allowed to. Still, there's always collective action to avoid this kind of thing. Pity that such defensive action is sort of frowned upon today, though.

Comment: Re:For Those Who Forgot about Opera (Score 1) 181

by Gort65 (#46121627) Attached to: Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser
Yeah, I had it installed on my machines for thirteen years, if not as my primary browser than as a secondary. Only about a month ago I uninstalled it, fed up with the evasiveness and long delay for the promised Linux version. There's only so long that I'll take being fobbed off with being told to wait, particularly for a browser now based on an engine that's already ported to Linux. What was also galling was the evasiveness by those running the dev blog and forum about when it'll turn up. Now, even if it does turn up, I'll probably just ignore it; why bother when you can install Chromium and get the same experience? From what I can see, it seems to be totally emasculated, with very little of what made Opera special. Ah well, life goes on...

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"