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Comment: I use Gentoo - but not for much longer (Score 3, Interesting) 175

by QBasicer (#48988763) Attached to: Greg KH Favors Rolling Release Distros

I've been using Gentoo for many years, and temporarily switched to Funtoo on my personal laptop. I've since graduated and don't spent nearly as much time on my laptop as I used to, which these days mainly runs MythTV.

I don't think I'd continue with Gentoo - it takes too much time to sort through updates, figure out which packages need to be masked, etc. I'd rather go to Arch next, although I was considering Debian unstable.

Recently, my video card stopped being supported by the newest nvidia graphics, and the newer versions of Xorg weren't compatible. My masked list is growing as more and more packages have deeper dependancies on newer versions of Xorg. I always figured Portage should honour my masked packages and keep everything at the latest version without stepping on my masked packages, but it wants me to do everything manually. If package 1.2.3 is incompatible with my Xorg, I'll mask 1.2.3 and newer. There is a slight chance, however, that 1.2.4 will be compatible, but it doesn't matter, since Portage made me masked out 1.2.3 and newer, I'll never even know.

Comment: Google Sites with Google Apps Script (Score 1) 107

by havardi (#48415243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

You can make a free google site at sites.google.com
You can learn Apps Script
https://developers.google.com/...
So not only can kids develop in an IDE in a browser, they get their own web site and do whatever they want. I recently started using it and I figured out how to render a ghetto lightbox with images pulled from my flickr feed. I used nothing but google API stuff, UiApp, etc.

+ - Internet Controllable Halloween Decorations still going strong

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease have allowed Internet Users to view and control (for real!) Alek Komarnitsky's house for a decade.

While the Halloween decorations have evolved over the years (every house should have an 8 foot inflatable Homer Simpson — D'OH!), the website is still Web0.0 complete with Javascript pop-ups and flashing GIF's — although it is W3C compliant. But the underlying Perl code (can you find the Camel book in the Haunted Office?) running on Linux/Apache continues to provide entertainment for the Internet masses plus raise over $80,000 for charity.

Surf on by this evening (MDT) to view three live webcams and use X10 controls to turn 10,000 lights ON & OFF plus inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein, Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, Headless Horseman, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson. It's a high-tech trick-or-treat!

Comment: Re:Ghost in the machine (Score 1) 128

by havardi (#47134679) Attached to: Ford's Bringing Adaptive Steering To the Masses

Hydraulic isn't much different. A blocked port in the rack and pinion can send the wheel spinning wildly in one direction. Happened to my brother's old Volvo. The wheel would damn-near tear your arm off and try to send you into oncoming traffic. There are a lot of ways to build in saftey. I was impressed with recent brake-pedal light switches. My oldest car was one wire that completed a ground loop. If the switch failed you'd never know. My next car it was two wires. My newest car is three wires, and the plunger switch always opens one circuit and closes the other. With three wires the computer can sense a defective switch if the switch is ever in an open/open or closed/closed situation. In fact the computer logic allows *some* brief amounts of this situation simply to account for inaccuracies in the switch itself. So, things do get better.

+ - CNN auto-play violates their own advertising standards

Submitted by xmas2003
xmas2003 writes: I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I have CNN on my news' bookmarks, since while they offer a quick look at the current news, their increasingly sensationalistic reporting leaves a bit to be desired. I almost exclusively would just look at print stories as their videos reporting is long-winded fluff ... a very low bandwidth way of consuming news. Plus hosts such as Piers Morgan and Jeanne Moos are just grating to listen to.

A few months ago, I noticed that CNN's videos (and audio!) were auto-playing at the top of their print stories. ironically, this violates their own advertising guidelines which says "Must be user initiated by click ...No host-initiated audio is permitted ...... Audio must be user initiated by click ... Audio must be user-initiated by clicking within the banner"

The power of the mighty (advertising) buck accelerates their downhill slide! ;-)

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