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Comment: Re:Internet Explorer (Score 1) 95

More standards compliant based on what? Chrome is 100% acid 3 compliant and has one tiny pause. Chrome has kicked IE's ass in standards compliance for years and continues to do so.

Opera up to 12+ always passed the acid tests, even acid test #1 when they shouldn't of been prepared for it. I don't think any other browser can make this claim. Opera 26 passes #3 100/100 (no pause and one tab edit from default) but it's chrome with a different skin. While not actually Chrome they are stepping in it's foot prints. About Opera 26: made possible by it will import bookmarks but not Opera's :)

Comment: Re:Not a fan (Score 1) 284

by Trax3001BBS (#48896371) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

If the safety feature enables the brakes when a crash is 'imminent', it takes away the driver's discretion during the times braking is not advisable.

During icy conditions, when I'd rather kill that deer instead of my family, or when a piece of black plastic blows across the roadway, are three that come to mind.

Yep, my first thought:
Deer's history anyhow why take the family with it, twice I've been in a car/truck when the hood opened on us, while a sudden stop wasn't necessary, these smart brakes going to allow one?

Hell with it, I'll just play cards and have my self driving car worry about it.

Comment: Ask a left handed person this (Score 1) 2

by Trax3001BBS (#48896313) Attached to: What does a person use for a three button mouse these days?

Being right handed, I learned to use my left hand for the mouse due of all things - a short cord, and the comfort of sitting on the couch when computing

Now I'm stuck using right handed mice left handed

I noticed one link you posted did have a left handed version which is rare.

I use the G5 which went to become the G500, it's a gaming mouse and that dangling ring finger operates the two side buttons. Yes there are three side buttons but the third too far back to use reliably; hitting the second (middle) button first. See they changed the button locations, really going to mess me up now. broke the $100 mark, I go through one a year if it's built right, some get quirky quickly and need to be replaced sooner. I can count 6 I've bought by the box of weights that come with it and started stacking on top of each other.

A high DPI or low DPI on the fly (gaming, snipers) and memory chip to store your settings, so you can always have the mouse settings your comfortable with on a different computer. While storing settings doesn't sound that great, it is. If you really need to make a small adjustment or find the pointer, one just runs: Main.cpl (windows).

As for ergonomics the G500 feels made for my hand, but then I'm using it backwards.

Comment: POP3 your E-mail, reading it with Agent (Score 1) 441

by Trax3001BBS (#48896049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

I have many E-mail accounts as I'm sure others do, all being forwarded to my main E-mail account (Gmail). Gmail allows POP3 which lets you download your E-mail, many E-mail sites don't offer that ablity.. Web based E-mail you need to open to read (or even see) you don't know what it's going to contain or do, mostly though install beacons -the sender, if a site you subscribe to will tell you this up front in it's privacy policy.

I use Agent as my E-mail/newsgroup reader, actually I've always used Agent starting with version .98 (so know of no other similar programs); at this time Agent 6 as it has SSL. While I prefer 1.93 it hasn't SSL and the latest update to Stunnel not only didn't work, neither will the older versions now.

Agent won't load HTML, allowing you to read your E-mail as text; most HTML E-mail have two "versions" the HTML followed by text, both saying the same thing. Agent will load your E-mail in your browser if you want, but I have rarely needed to.

I can tell if an attachment has been sent with the E-mail by it's flags (status), the first item listed before the lines the message has, subject, author, and date. If I don't know the sender I just delete it by right clicking on the line of E-mail info itself. Since I've already downloaded it, if I really wanted to I could go into my incoming directory and see what it is, but if an unknown sender I couldn't care.

Charter offers access to the newsgroups (UseNet) as part of it's service (no charge) which I use Agent for as well. I've begun to notice people referring to Google Groups as the newsgroups (not even close).

Headers, while not as informative as they used to be (senders IP address no longer listed) are fully listed and an option to view along with the message. None of the E-mail programs I've seen (cell phone and such) have more than a few lines and of no real value.

I see E-mail having bounced back and forth between Google servers much like ping-pong. Servers which btw use the ip address block Https://, all internal to Google. I was kind of impressed, cost em nothing.

I'd post one of the headers here but it would have to be edited to senselessness as it shows the complete path the E-mail followed; being forwarded E-mail, just too much info.

The only down side of Agent I've ever encountered are the features and options one has to work with, which can be overwhelming at first, this includes the message filtering system.

Not being that bright, a filter can take me quite awhile to get it to do just what I want, whether it's to begin downloading a file showing up sight unseen, or deleting one. The last time was to keep the first .par file but delete any additional .par files (ones needed to repair) as the newsgroups are very reliable, yep it took awhile.

But don't forget web based E-mail is a threat as well.

Feel I need to add: I have nothing to do with Agent (Forte), just a user.

+ - NVIDIA Responds to GTX 970 Memory Issue->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "Over the past week or so, owners of the GeForce GTX 970 have found several instances where the GPU was unable or unwilling to address memory capacities over 3.5GB despite having 4GB of on-board frame buffer. Specific benchmarks were written to demonstrate the issue and users even found ways to configure games to utilize more than 3.5GB of memory using DSR and high levels of MSAA. While the GTX 980 can access 4GB of its memory, the GTX 970 appeared to be less likely to do so and would see a dramatic performance hit when it did. NVIDIA responded today saying that the GTX 970 has "fewer crossbar resources to the memory system" as a result of disabled groups of cores called SMMs. NVIDIA states that "to optimally manage memory traffic in this configuration, we segment graphics memory into a 3.5GB section and a 0.5GB section" and that the GPU has "higher priority" to the larger pool. The question that remains is should this affect gamers' view of the GTX 970? If performance metrics already take the different memory configuration into account, then I don't see the GTX 970 declining in popularity."
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+ - When the argument between science and industry was over ozone->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Thanks to the world’s first global environmental treaty, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has stopped growing. Yet for about a decade after Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland published their 1974 journal article describing the chemical link between CFCs and stratospheric ozone, the fate of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was far from certain, right up to the moment when the Antarctic ozone hole was reported by Joseph Farman and his colleagues in 1985. The similarities to today's climate "debate" are depressing, as the pattern of acceptance, inaction, and the public trashing of scientists is the same: 'The vast majority of scientists who study the problem say that the weight of evidence shows that human activities are driving climate change. A few contrarians, businesses, and political and media pundits say otherwise. The majority of the public is confused by the conflicting messages and has low interest. The greenhouse gas producers, their lobbyists, and the governments that control their energy sectors are stalling, saying that the science is too unsettled and more proof is needed that humans are responsible. At the same time, corporations are examining new technologies and trying to find ways to achieve a competitive advantage and profits." All of this played out over 30 years ago, when ozone was the issue and human-created CFCs were the problem."
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Comment: Re:Thanks Google (Score 1) 162

by Trax3001BBS (#48890941) Attached to: Google Just Made It Easier To Run Linux On Your Chromebook

See now this is why Google is so successful.

I agree.

Google has had no problem in the past with people rooting (jail breaking) their product, once sending dev developers a soon to be released Android phone so they could have a head start.

It's a good bet to say if you own an Android tablet/cell phone and enter "about device" clicking 7 times on say the "Kernel Number" listing or one of the info blocks you will enter Developer mode, for the Samsung S5 it's the “build number” info block.

Once your in dev mode you can run ADB:
"ADB, Android Debug Bridge, is a command-line utility included with Google’s Android SDK. ADB can control your device over USB from a computer, copy files back and forth, install and uninstall apps, run shell commands, and more."

A requirement and first step to rooting (jail breaking (owning)) a device.

Motorola said it wasn't possible for the Google Xoom tablet to use KitKat 4.4.2, a developer showed it was making the old new again.

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Journal: Opera 12 with flash support, and edit "hidden" Opera 26+ settings.

Journal by Trax3001BBS

No flash support forced me update to Opera 26 while keeping Opera 12 installed. Opera 26 got it's own program directory Opera26, but both versions share a common directory, .ini, or registry/registries settings. While both also have different Appsdata directories (both local and roaming) they meet up some place (I haven't dug too deep, it just works and I'm good with that).

Comment: Re:Kinect (Score 1) 170

by Trax3001BBS (#48878917) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Hate to break it to you but Halo was an XBox release title.

Yes, and it's release made the Xbox relevant for the first time. I wouldn't be far off saying it saved the Xbox. Dependent upon how much money MS was willing to lose before dropping it; it's place in history listed along with the Dreamcast, and the Cube.

+ - The untold story of the invention of the game cartridge-> 2

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc (1641347) writes "In 1973, an obscure company which had been making electronic cash registers looked for a new business opportunity. It ended up inventing the game cartridge--an innovation which kickstarted a billion-dollar industry and helped establish videogames as a creative medium. The story has never been told until now, but over at Fast Company, Benj Edwards chronicles the fascinating tale, based on interviews with the engineers responsible for the feat back in the mid-1970s."
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Comment: Re:Kinect (Score 2) 170

by Trax3001BBS (#48873285) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

"Fastest-selling consumer gaming device of all time"? Bullshit.

Kinect, like everything else to do with Xbox, is a dismal failure. People bought it only when they had to, developers didn't support it, and the product was flaky. Now no-one cares.

I agree, PS2 owned the market, the Cube the first to go and Xbox expected to call it quits soon as they just weren't selling. Then Halo came out and everything changed.

I've never owned a Xbox but have played Halo (~2001) (Quake2 but with better graphics). I had a PC Voodoo 3Dfx graphics card (~1997), it came with a version of Quake 2 made for that graphics card, it's hard to say now which had the better graphics, the 3Dfx or Halo.

Comment: Re:Q. How does one subtract light? (Score 2) 170

by Trax3001BBS (#48873143) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

How does this device handle a dull or dark holographic image projected in a bright environment?

I don't think it projects anything, the power supply would be... well larger, I would think the hologram is created in the goggles which you would see as an item where it should be expected to be, on the wall, table, in the air.

I did check before this reply, to quote:

A hologram can be copied optically by illuminating it with a laser beam, and locating a second hologram plate so that it is illuminated both by the reconstructed object beam, and the illuminating beam. Stability and coherence requirements are significantly reduced if the two plates are located very close together.[42] An index matching fluid is often used between the plates to minimize spurious interference between the plates. Uniform illumination can be obtained by scanning point-by-point or with a beam shaped into a thin line.

So knowing as much about them as you, the goggles are most likely two plates with an fluid separating them, the holograms being produced on the fly

There also exist holographic materials that do not need the developing process and can record a hologram in a very short time.

While I choose the quotes to show how it could be done within the goggle themselves. There does remain the fact what MS calls a hologram isn't: Things often confused with holograms they've have pushed IE as a web browser all these years.

+ - Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Business Insider is reporting that almost nobody is publicly active on Google+ From his 2015 analysis particularly, Morbius covers hundreds of Google+ profiles in detail. "We've got a grand spanking total of 24 profiles out of 7,875 whose 2015 post activity isn't YouTube comments but Google+ posts. That a 0.3% rate of all profile pages, going back to our 2.2 billion profiles. No wonder Dave Besbris (Google+ boss) doesn't want to talk about numbers,"

For those interested in duplicating this, both the methodology and the scripts used can be found here."

+ - Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords->

Submitted by derekmead
derekmead (2466858) writes "School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules.

The law (PDF), which went into effect on January 1, defines cyberbullying and makes harassment on Facebook, Twitter, or via other digital means a violation of the state's school code, even if the bullying happens outside of school hours.

A letter sent out to parents in the Triad Community Unit School District #2, a district located just over the Missouri-Illinois line near St. Louis, that was obtained by Motherboard says that school officials can demand students give them their passwords."

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