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Comment: Re:Google & Apple Humiliated The Linux World (Score 1) 425

by alan.briolat (#36957414) Attached to: Windows XP Market Share Finally Falls Below 50%

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that a big difference is the way updates to Windows preserve all the ugly broken hacks that incompetent or unnecessarily creative driver writers used. A well-written 3rd-party Linux driver tied in with DKMS and you'll probably never have to worry about it. But a badly-written driver will probably break the moment some ugly bug it was exploiting is fixed.

Comment: Re:brain waves (Score 1) 90

by alan.briolat (#36957308) Attached to: Using Brain Waves Can Shorten Braking Distance

This reminds me of the maxim I usually apply: all driving situations are at most 2 mistakes away from serious danger. Somebody stepping out and you not anticipating it, somebody lane changing without indicating and you not noticing the telltale signs, somebody braking excessively hard and you not keeping enough distance to start with. The best you can do is to make sure you don't make your half of the mistakes.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 598

by alan.briolat (#28647317) Attached to: Mono Outpaces Java In Linux Desktop Development

WPF requires 3.0 or above, and WPF is so very attractive because it's much less pain than Windows Forms (finally, autosizing of widgets and built-in themability). Problem is, MS has finally released a GUI toolkit worth using but the majority of Windows machines are still running XP and therefore the first WPF application you ever use will require this massive (relative to the size of the application) dependency.

Comment: Re:what a laugh (Score 1) 524

by alan.briolat (#28388849) Attached to: Microsoft Launches New "Get the Facts" Campaign

Damn right. I think I'd kill myself if I had to do webdesign for a living.

Here are some nice example of IE7 failures I experienced recently while attempting to style a site:

http://iris.codescape.net/~alan/IE-rendering-fail-3.png
http://iris.codescape.net/~alan/IE-rendering-fail-2.png
http://iris.codescape.net/~alan/Rendering-odd-one-out.png

Comment: Re:unfamiliar environment, major compatibility iss (Score 1) 644

by alan.briolat (#28123105) Attached to: Asus Slaps Linux In the Face

Indeed. Everybody has gotten so used to Windows "standing still" that many developers have got lazy and users are well into the comfort zone. Promoting familiarity and backwards compatibility has actually harmed Microsoft in the long run, since they now have trouble with uptake of their newer products.

Comment: Re:RAID doesn't protect against your worst enemy (Score 1) 803

by alan.briolat (#25465875) Attached to: Why RAID 5 Stops Working In 2009

I actually did this once - just a simple case of tab-whoring and doing things too fast for my own good (it was rm -rf . in my case, in my home directory).

It was a good experience in that ever since that point I've actually been running daily incremental and weekly full backups of everything important to somewhere a normal user has no read/write access. And by 'important', I mean documents etc., not the 500GB of media. It's all about risk vs. cost, and I just don't have anywhere to backup that much data to, when most of it can be reacquired. In fact, I just back up a list of my media instead to make that process easier.

There's a lot of 'ideal solution' stuff being thrown around here, but the fact is that it's not practical for 99.9% of people. Most home user data is not worth the £10000 an ideal backup solution would cost.

Slashback

Charges Dropped In PA Video Taping Arrest 177

Posted by kdawson
from the common-sense-prevails dept.
Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed has reversed himself completely over the charges against Brian Kelly, arrested for wiretapping after videotaping a police stop. Now let's see if they are good enough to compensate Kelly for the 26 hours he spent in jail and the anguish of the cloud over his future caused by a felony arrest. From the article: "... [DA] Freed said his decision will affect not only Brian Kelly, 18, but also will establish a policy for police departments countywide. 'When police are audio- and video-recording traffic stops with notice to the subjects, similar actions by citizens, even if done in secret, will not result in criminal charges,' Freed said yesterday. 'The law itself might need to be revised.'"
Space

Eta Carinae, Soon To Be a Local Supernova 317

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-point-that-thing-at-me dept.
da4 writes "Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy has a great article about Eta Car, a star approx 7,500 light years away from us that's ready to supernova sometime Real Soon Now." Larger versions of the Hubble-Chandra image of Eta Car are available at the Chandra site. Of course when astronomers say it's "about to explode," they really mean it probably exploded 6,500 to 7,500 years ago and we're awaiting the news.
The Internet

+ - Musicians Fight For Net Neutrality

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Erin Lenseth
Erin Lenseth writes "Musicians are now fighting for net neutrality,fearing that certain internet providers will soon charge a fee to those who want their websites to have faster loading times. The Rock the Net Campaign, an advocacy group composed of lesser known artists, is now being backed by the Future of Music Coaliation, which is supported by the likes of R.E.M. This begs the question- are ISPs going too far in their quest to generate more profit?"
Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - The World's Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room

Submitted by
Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center is completing a $5 million upgrade to its six-sided virtual reality room, which will now sport 100 megapixels of resolution. Besides serious research, like viewing data from as many as 22,000 genes at once and training soldiers in urban combat, the room offers some cool games. The upgrades include a Hewlett-Packard computer cluster featuring 96 graphics processing units, 24 Sony digital projectors, an eight-channel audio system and ultrasonic motion tracking technology."
Data Storage

+ - Terabyte-Capacity Optical Disc Demoed

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Various sources report on a technology demo of the 'TeraDisc' by Israeli startup Mempile, where 100 layers of data were recorded and read back on a single optical disc. Recording and readback are achieved by 2-photon absorption, and a DVD-sized, removable, 1 TB-capacity WORM disk is promised in 2010. And that's only with a red laser!"

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