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Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 4, Informative) 304

In 5 years, I never had a Linux update break anything, no BSOD's or lockups either. The "other" PC, we'll call that "Windows" locks up at least once per day, BSOD's, nags about everything, loses its LAN connection configuration, won't do this or that, etc. Two identical PC's, one Linux, one Windows, only one is stable and trusted.

If you have Win7 or Win8 locking up once a day or BSODs etc, then the problem is you.
Seriously, it's you.

Have to agree with that sentiment. I have not had any major problems with win7 since replacing old outdated hardware. The last big problem I had was the AMD software which kept prompting me to update to the latest drivers, advice which I stupidly accepted; the AMD driver developers dropped support for 'old' chipsets but never modified the updaters to advise against installing drivers that were no longer compatible.

At the time I believed I was doing the right thing by keeping up with the suggested updates, this is not necessarily true all of the time. Sometimes you are trying to be too cheap instead of updating your old hardware. Also you should usually be able to track the cause of the BSOD and work out what hardware, driver etc. is being reported. Thats why the BSOD has all those scary numbers on it. So you can fix it. Instead of complaining about your daily BSOD.

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 304

Even with a non-functional kernel, you can boot from a rescue disk and add other kernel versions in there, can't you?
My Debian install usually has a couple of kernels to choose from in the boot menu.
Graphics driver problems shouldn't stop you from getting a working command prompt, allowing you to fix or replace the driver.

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 5, Insightful) 304

I can usually find some way to boot into a repair mode and get things running again in Linux (I usually go with Debian) without having to follow the Microsoft approach of restoring my whole O/S from the install disk - which some people have been forced to do with these recent update bugs as they can't even get a boot into Windows safe mode.

I have never had an update hose my Linux system so badly that I cannot get in there and replace or remove the offending driver or whatever.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 132

by LesFerg (#47627809) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

Oh, and I don't even want to research this myself, I want others to do the work ... for free.

Thats a bit unfair. I had a need to convert some output into PDF a while back and started looking thru the many proprietary and open source options, and there were a lot to choose from. It was awfully hard to determine which were quality and which weren't. Installing and trying to program a working solution against each API would have taken up a huge amount of time. There is nothing at all wrong with asking if others have been thru some of that process and found a favorite. I certainly would have liked to see some comparisons or good product reviews to help me decide.

Also, one thing I started to suspect; a number of the supposedly proprietary PDF tools and API's that I investigated appeared to just be a GUI and some wrappings around a GPL PDF library, usually Ghostscript, with little or no attribution given. Once again, there is nothing wrong with asking for other peoples experience with these tools and libraries; you don't want to find out you have breached GPL licensing AFTER you have created your solution, do you?

Comment: Re:It's a Dang Shame (Score 1) 172

by LesFerg (#47603957) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

I love my PRS-T1 too, but sadly the dictionary app got grundled and if I accidentally activate it the unit freezes and needs to be rebooted.

It would be great if Sony could unlock these readers to allow us to add different reader apps. There are a few hack instructions on the web but they seem to apply to specific regional versions, so I don't want to brick the thing entirely by taking the risk.

The main issue with putting a standard Android app on the T1 appears to be getting its display mode modified to remove scrolling and unnecessary animations, also they need to be lightweight apps that the slow CPU won't have fits on.

Comment: Re:Math? (Score 3, Funny) 202

by LesFerg (#47445953) Attached to: How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

A better analogy would also represent the space time continuum and the gravity well relative to the ant.
See if your ant is walking on a large rubber sheet, then you drop a bowling ball on the spot the ant is currently at... oh wait, the universe just made my ant 2 dimensional.
But you will notice that it is travelling much slower now...

Comment: Re:Or Maybe (Score 1) 686

by LesFerg (#47218883) Attached to: Aliens and the Fermi Paradox

Or maybe humans already achieved interstellar travel then, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, went out and destroyed every non-human intelligence they could find. Afterwards, being the warmongering destructive bastards we are, we turned on ourselves and blew ourselves back to the stone age.

Comment: Re:Energy density? (Score 1) 83

by LesFerg (#47203435) Attached to: Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

I'm curious how much the energy density of said yield would be. I did spin through the paper, I noticed the 300-400mg/L yield but not the energy density, did anyone else catch it amongst the jargon?

I guess your spin through was a little too quick then. The purpose is to create a porous " electrocatalyst". Not a fuel.

Comment: Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (Score 1) 93

by LesFerg (#47115805) Attached to: Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

... Why the hell would they go light years away from home to come and take matter and energy from earth...

Unless after they achieved interplanetary travel, but before they achieved interstellar travel, they moved onto zero-g space stations and evolved into a form that cannot come down our gravity well and dig for minerals themselves. Hence the need for a planet with it's own stock of slaves waiting to be taken over, like what happened the last time they came, according to some of the web sites I have been reading recently.... maybe I should google something different next time...

Star Wars Prequels

Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved? 403

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-find-your-lack-of-faith-quite-understandable-actually dept.
An anonymous reader writes "10 years ago today, in the wake of two disappointing Star Wars prequels, we discussed whether Episode III could salvage itself or the series. Now, as production is underway on Episode VII under the care of Disney, I was wondering the same thing: can it return Star Wars to its former glory? On one hand, many critics of the prequels have gotten what they wanted — George Lucas has a reduced role in the production of Episode VII. Critically, he didn't write the screenplay, which goes a long way toward avoiding the incredibly awkward dialogue of the prequels. On the other hand, they're actively breaking with the expanded universe canon, and the series is now under the stewardship of J.J. Abrams. His treatment of the Star Trek reboot garnered lots of praise and lots of criticism — but his directorial style is arguably more suited to Star Wars anyway. What do you think? What can they do with Episode VII to put the series back on track?"

Comment: Re:The semaphore flags are getting ragged (Score 1) 224

by LesFerg (#46830011) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

... and the Cub Scouts I employ to signal my messages with the flags are complaining of their arms being tired. I suppose that interwebby thing might not be a newfangled fad after all.

I've heard you can get Power over Ethernet, so what you need to do is, invest in some of this PoE gear, run the cables out to your flag holders, and when they start to tire just hit em with some electrical charge until they start waving enthusiastically again.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- Karl, as he stepped behind the computer to reboot it, during a FAT