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Comment Re:Gnome... (Score 1) 118

Releasing 3.14 might have fixed Gnome issues, but it sure made things crappy for the other desktops on CentOS or RHEL7. Now a lot of formerly useful gnome apps that were used in other desktops like Mate or Cinnamon just look like garbage with client-side decorations in these other environments. At best they don't fit in anymore and at worst they look like rubbish as not all gtk3 themes' CSD works that well.

It's looking like Mint's Xapps push is a good thing because the Gnome 3 apps, many of which were used in Cinnamon, are rubbish now in these other desktops. I'm sure they look fine in Gnome itself, though client-side window decorations are a real step backwards in my opinion.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 3) 151

Are you serious? It's 2016 and the rage is cloud computing with distributed virtual machines and containers all running programs. You better believe remoting and network transparency is in demand, and actually essential. Apps could be local in a docker container or on the cloud. All interfaced on a laptop or tablet together seamlessly. Really it's the old 1990s Sun vision actually materializing.

Comment Re:Seriously?? (Score 1) 151

RDP indeed is a very good protocol. It's very fast, much faster than X11 forwarding, and can forward files, printers, and sounds across the link. Typically it's faster than VNC too. At one time there was talk about making a wayland module that would use RDP as the underlying protocol to remote Wayland windows and applications across the network. This actually makes more sense to me than forwarding the wayland protocol itself. RDP can do per-app forwarding (like we're used to on Linux), or the full desktop.

Comment This proves there's plenty of bandwidth to go arou (Score 1) 106

Service providers continue to maintain that caps are about congestion and infrastructure. This move proves that the network has plenty of bandwidth and is plenty robust. So when the FCC comes calling they can't use this as an excuse for why they have caps on their "unlimited" plans. This type of thing is very hard to defend logically, but I'm sure they'll find a way to make up something that sounds reasonable.

And actually caps of any kind can't be justified by network infrastructure since if there's bandwidth to let everyone download up to, say, 300 GB a month, all at the same time and at full speed, there's bandwidth for everyone to download as much as they want at full speed.

To the new slashdot owners, when you finally get around to supporting utf-8, how about lengthening the subject line to at least another dozen characters!

Comment Put the "read more" link back, better mobile site (Score 3, Informative) 1838

Put the "read more" link back after the story summary. Also put the comment count down there again. See soylent news for an example of how it use to be.

Also a couple of years ago slashdot had a wonderful mobile site that looked very much like the desktop site, but was extremely functional (commenting, moderating, filtering comments, everything). The latest mobile site is useless as far as I'm concerned. In fact I the desktop site is more usable on a phone than the current mobile site. Slashdot is not Ars Technica. Slashdot *is* the comments. The stories are just there to spur discussion.

Comment Re:All for free!!!! (Score 1) 150

Also any regenerative hardware will have to be physically attached to the wheels adding all kinds of rational inertia to the wheels. Landing is already hard on wheels as they go from a dead stop to spinning in a second. The generator hardware would make the tires take more load during this critical moment.

Comment Re:So Much LUDD.. (Score 2) 150

Yes, but that point is farther in the future than most people who are pushing batteries will admit. Internal combustion engines of all kinds will be viable for years to come. Even with the thermal efficiency capped by the laws of physics, the energy density of hydrocarbons is so great and the infrastructure to handle it so easy, it is still a winner over batteries and electrics. Pollution will always be a concern, though, but CO2 need not be, as hydrocarbons may be a convenient way to store renewable, carbon-neutral energy.

They may be thinking outside the box, but I'm skeptical. The equipment needed to capture braking energy adds weight. Everything is paid for with fuel. Years ago engineers wondered if there was some way to spin the wheels before touchdown, reducing tire wear and heat but they found it just wasn't worth it. I suspect we'll find the same thing here. A better idea may be to have electric vehicles grab the airplane after it exits the runway and pull it to the gate.

Comment Re:You bitcoin groupies aren't even trying anymore (Score 5, Insightful) 190

Doesn't look like the mods understood what the article was talking about anymore than you did! This isn't about bitcoins. It's about the technology for doing a trustrworthy and tamper-proof ledger of transactions between parties that need not have any trust for each other. The article contains at least one good use for the blockchain: land deeds.

Comment Re:Unless you don't use NetworkManager (Score 2, Informative) 112

You are confused. I'm not sure why you were modded up here. NetworkManager is not part of systemd, and doesn't require systemd either. Your linux machines have been using it for years, several years longer than systemd has ever existed. Please get your facts straight before posting.

Sounds like your knee jerked and you mistook NetworkManager for networkd, which is a part of systemd. But networkd is intended only to provide simple network functionality for containers like Docker or virtual machines. networkd is not required, and I've never ever used it on my boxes and I've run systemd for years. I don't even think I have it installed (yes systemd really is modular and you can remove parts of it).

Possibly networkd could become a backend for NetworkManager, but so far I don't think that's the case. And NewtorkManager seems to handle hotplugging of devices with ease (like Wifi dongles or ethernet dongles).

NetworkManager is great for managing things like WiFi, VPNs, and multiple TCP/IP configurations. For example, I keep a special NetworkManager profile for connecting to my Ubuiquiti Wifi devices for the first time. The profile uses a static IP address like For my normal connections, DHCP is used. NetworkManager is very powerful, and there's a nice command-line utility to interface with it as well. It used to be quite embarrassing for many years on Linux that even something as simple as plugging in a ethernet wire would not automatically bring up the interface like Windows and Mac had done for years. NetworkManager was a welcome piece of the puzzle.

Comment Re:We can already upgrade (Score 1) 91

Sorry, you lost me there. How is this even remotely related to the ongoing Windows 10 forced upgrade? Linux users by and large *want* to upgrade. And they do so regularly without losing major functionality. Even when the desktop GUI changes, say to Gnome 3, there's still Mate. Heck even KDE 3 is still available in some form for those who really want it. I don't mind Linux upgrades at all compared to Windows, because generally-speaking I don't lose anything.

How is Linux Mint always catching instead of leading, and why is this bad? I'm afraid I'm not following your arguments at all here. You certainly don't have to know about any of this. Just keep on using your system and upgrade when you want. Mint is LTS. Though I think Mint is still nuke and pave I believe when you do want to upgrade. I personally don't care about leading or following. It does the job and that's the most important thing to me. That's why I run Linux.

Comment Re:What range does AC get in an average house? (Score 1) 85

Wood frame house, all on one level, drywall walls. The house was built in 1981; I have no idea what was in the paint back then. My brother just built a small house last year (two stories) and he definitely gets poor signal upstairs and 10 feet down the hall. Maybe it's just a crappy TP-Link Archer C7. 2.4GHz signal is great everywhere (and speeds are excellent) which is expected of course since 2.4 GHz penetrates better than 5 GHz. No heavy use generally, in fact nothing uses 5 Ghz right now since I can't even see the signal from my phone or laptop more than 20 feet and several walls away. Most of the computers are on wired connections. The odd laptop running. A couple of phones (no teenagers, just adults!). No gaming, no streaming (couldn't stream over 5 Ghz anyway with the signal not strong enough to even connect to sometimes).

Anyway, like I say, I'm happy enough with 2.4 GHz. We live in a quiet rural area with no signal congestion whatsoever (I can connect to the 2.4 GHz SSID up to 400 feet away outdoors even), so I can run 40 MHz bandwidth and use up two channels to get consistent transfer speeds nearly 100 Mbit/s. Plus I have gigabit ethernet to the desktop machines. But I am curious and it sounds like my experience is shared by some, but definitely not by others. So I am guessing the TP-Link Archer C7 just isn't that great of hardware for doing 802.11 AC on 5 GHz.

Comment Re:What range does AC get in an average house? (Score 1) 85

This house was built in '81. My brother's house, however, was built last year. Both aps are tp-link Archer c7s with separate ssids for each frequency. Was hoping to get better streaming from my server to the TV but unfortunately neither Chromecast or roku supports 5 ghz. Fortunately I live in a quiet area with no 2.4 ghz nearby so I can use 40 mhz 2.4 ghz and get consistent speeds almost 100 mbit so it's not a huge issue. But I was disappointed in the signal strength and the lack of support for 5 ghz in Chromecast.

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