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Comment: Re:"to provide support for the cultural sector" (Score 1) 237

Just ignore the keyboard labels, configure it as english keyboard and you're done. I did that for 4 years with a Samsung QX410 with that same keyboard layout. OTOH, the XPS13 is an awesome machine, so I'd recommend that over anything else anyway.

Comment: Er, don't maximize your browser? (Score 1) 567

by Roadmaster (#48574623) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Maybe this guy hasn't heard of resizable application windows, invented over 30 years ago, and which render his "allow me to blow your mind" bravado into the realization that he's not as bright as he thought.

Just size the browser so it uses up half the screen, then you can have other stuff in the remaining half. You can use a tiling window manager, or just configure easy tiling shortcuts to set up your windows that way.

Using a single, maximized window at that resolution is doing it wrong (tm).

Comment: OATH (Score 4, Informative) 113

by Roadmaster (#47558723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

My organization uses 2FA with a standard that's compatible with Google Authenticator and a Yubikey (OATH: and People with smartphones could use Google Authenticator to obtain auth tokens; an inexpensive ($25 per person) yubikey provides a very easy way to enter tokens without much hassle; and the open-source oathtool can generate tokens for other uses (i.e. add a "paper" authentication device with a long list of sequential tokens).

Comment: Re:why? (Score 2, Interesting) 346

by Roadmaster (#47375733) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Not an entirely accurate analogy. You own the house (and even if you didn't, the *mailbox* from which you retrieved the letter is distinct from the dwelling where you're likely to store it afterwards).

In gmail's case, google *owns* everything, and they just let you use the storage and mailbox assigned to you. So given a court order, they could remove the email without technically accessing anything that's actually yours.

Now, if the recipient makes a local copy, then your "break into my house" analogy would be more accurate, applying to the copy in the recipient's system.

Comment: Use of possessives (Score 3, Insightful) 691

by Roadmaster (#45735399) Attached to: Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

I hate being a grammar nazi but, this Stross guy being a writer, I think it's warranted. Lack of mastery in his own craft makes me distrust his research a bit, even if it's a bit of an ad hominem on my part.

to damage states ability to collect tax and monitor their citizens financial transactions, as seen both in TFA and the Slashdot summary, lacks possessives and looks just plain bad.

Comment: Re:I KNEW IT! (Score 1) 147

by Roadmaster (#45725393) Attached to: Want To Fight Allergies? Get a Dirty Dog

Where I live, Police will not enforce such laws. Animal control will not enforce those laws.

TFTFY. But really, if your authorities don't do their job, that's again no reason to seek outright bans on household animals. Vote to have the authorities changed by a team who cares. Failing that, move to a different location where authorities do care.

Comment: Won't work (Score 3, Interesting) 77

by Roadmaster (#45425560) Attached to: Skype Is Evaluating Adding Typing Suppression Feature

It'll just lead to a lot of head-scratching and "can you repeat that" over weird, distorted-for-no-apparent-reason audio. At least I hope it works better than Google+'s "looks like you're typing, so I auto-muted you" feature, that one was a disaster for collaboration since the speaker couldn't go anywhere near the keyboard while talking. At least there's a way to say "don't mute me" now.

Comment: Already done, people didn't want it. (Score 3, Informative) 207

by Roadmaster (#44840645) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

There was already a phone proposed that could have done this with no problem. There wasn't enough interest on it to make it a reality.

And before you go complaining about the cost, please have a look at flagship Android phones and how much they cost *off contract*. The Edge was a pretty good value.

Comment: Leery? (Score 1) 251

by Roadmaster (#44423059) Attached to: Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Trends Low

" I'm leery of spending quite so much on any phone.".

No, you're leery of not being subsidized by your phone carrier. Most high-end smartphones cost about the same as the Ubuntu Edge, if you buy them off-contract. Look at the 32-GB iPhone 5, it's $749, which is close to a 128-GB Ubuntu Edge (and of course I'm ignoring the Edge's other specs which also quite good).

+ - Canonical crowdsources to make Ubuntu smartphone called Edge-> 1

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nk497 writes: Canonical has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $32 million in 30 days to make its own smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge, that can also hook up to a monitor and be used as a PC. If it meets its funding target on Indiegogo, the Ubuntu Edge is scheduled to arrive in May 2014. To get one, backers must contribute $600 (£394) on the first day or $810 (£532) thereafter. Canonical will only make 40,000 of the devices.
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Comment: Coworking (Score 4, Interesting) 273

I suggest you look at the concept of coworking. Basically you'd rent, short-term, a desk in an open-plan office full of people who work under the same arrangement. This includes internet access, power, and perhaps snacks and drinks. The other people in the place provide the social work atmosphere you crave, and exposure to other interesting things they may be working on. You can pay by the day, week or month (week and month payments usually cover a set amount of days but are cheaper than paying by the day).

Coworking spaces exist in many cities around the world, and since coworking enthusiasts are, well, very enthusiastic about the concept, they communicate with each other and set up collaboration networks. Before you leave on your trip, I suggest you look for local coworking spaces to scout the concept, and talk to the space owners about your plans. They can certainly give you more information and tell you about the "coworking visa" which "allows active members of one space to use other coworking spaces around the world for free for a set number of days (3 is the default)."

Read more about it here: (they have a worldwide directory).

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