Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Note: You can take 10% off all Slashdot Deals with coupon code "slashdot10off." ×

Comment Windows '95 ! (Score 1) 136

In 1995 I bought a new PC and installed "Windows 95" on it. I was so excited to have a brand new system.
OMG, what a giant steaming pile of shit it was! Windows 95 was completely unusable.
A nerdy grad student friend of mine suggested trying Linux, and having used a number of commercial unixes, I was very skeptical. How could something free be worthwhile? But I tried it. It was just as good as my DEC Unix workstation! It was rock solid!
At that time I swore that I would never use Microsoft software on my systems again. Thank you, Microsoft.

Comment But this is California, so of course it's stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 135

but they set exposure limits for a reason.

These are based on "exposure limits" set by the state of California. California requires warnings about metal concentrations on virutally ALL FOOD, making these warnings stupid and useless. Read the related links and you will learn something.

Comment :( No Cyanogenmod (Score 1) 154

Too bad they dropped Cyanogenmod. With Cyanogenmod you know that you can get easily installable updates, particularly when something nasty like Stagefright vulnerabilities appear.
I doubt the customized OxygenOS will be updated regularly, like most vendor specific Android devices.

Comment That's ignorant. (Score 0) 216

The majority of Linux users don't use or need the remote features of X.

Unix/X/Linux/etc. got to where it is today by offering powerful tools that other systems did not. Seamless remote display technology is one of those tools. Just because there are a large number of ignorant people in the world who have started using computers is a poor reason for jettisoning powerful tools.

We don't have framebuffers and fixed frequency monitors anymore either.

Really? There are no display buffers in your computer any more?
Actually modern monitors are more fixed than ever before. LCD displays have fixed pixels, and if you run them at any resolution other than the intended resolution, they look terrible. Only software rendering can make image scaling bearable.

Comment "Worldwide"? (Score 4, Insightful) 337

They are simply saying that Google should obey French law when serving French citizens,

That is not what it sounds like to me:

"For Google, the answer is worldwide," said Ms. Falque-Pierrotin, when questioned late last year about the scope of the European privacy ruling. "If people have the right to be delisted from search results, then that should happen worldwide."

Comment Far Side (Score 5, Insightful) 126

As much of life does, this reminds me of a Far Side cartoon where a boy is sitting in front of a chalk board as his father writes equations on it, and to the right there is a broken window. To paraphrase the caption, 'Of all punishments Jimmy most hated his father's physics lectures.'

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens. -- Bengamin Disraeli