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Comment: Mine looks like an ugly hack (Score 1) 265

by chmod a+x mojo (#47942297) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

My personal setup is a frankencenter. I have everything from an old Cyrix300Mhz to a P3 733Mhz HP Netserver to random P4 / Prescotts serving up a combined total of ~12TB + 6TB for desktop / laptop backups. Some of these "machines" are not even in a physical case...

The main trick for the power hungry crap is only keeping what you really need powered on at any time. Most of the old really power hungry stuff is deep cold storage and rarely powered on except to test data integrity. That way I only need to provide cooling ( in the summer at least ) to the P4 / Prescott machines that have the bulk of my more accessed data.

So, all in all it's ugly, hackish - since it is all cobbled together from spare parts from other jobs, and works like a charm.

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 1) 286

Oh yeah?

Well those cops that planted cocaine on you can get a slap on the wrist, but you still get Felony possession since it is still technically illegal to be in possession of any amount of coke.

Sound absurd? Thats exactly what you are advocating, taken to an extreme.

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 2) 326

Unless you've can point out specific problems with his solution

Hmm, how about just of the top of my head:
1: requires DATA since it sends stuff to servers "somewhere" which leads to...
2: big time invasion of privacy, who is this stupid company, why should I trust them with the location of both myself and my kids ( as in the "example" )
3: why should I trust some unknown yahoo to keep my data secure when no one else seems to be able to... and exact times family members are separated from each other / the house is empty are even worse than CC# leaks.
4: It can only stop phones that are registered to it, so that second burner phone is the one that gets texted on.
Annnnnnnnddd after all that there comes the absolute biggest flaw:
5: It's opt-in, the people that would normally text and drive anyways aren't going to buy it.

There, that took all of 5 seconds to think of.

Comment: Re:video is OS specific.... why again? (Score 1) 77

by chmod a+x mojo (#47877311) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

Would you prefer that mega-corps not make their videos available for streaming at all?

If it's going to be like this, where devices are more than capable of playback and it is an arbitrary decision to promote their own hardware then yes... fuck it, why should I care if that company offers streams.

Other than that older hardware platforms might not have enough CPU power, enough GPU power, GPGPU functionality, or the correct video decoder ASIC. Or that the company that funded the video's production wants some assurance that a subscriber won't just tee a rental into a capture program and distribute it without charge to the public.

Yeah, all of my devices[1], which can play Netflix just fine, are too damn weak to play the mighty Amazon Prime videos.( according to you and Amazon).. right. It's not like they stream in a supported format that almost... wait, as far as I know ALL android devices have support for H.264/263/ and a few other encodings right out of the box, I know my Droid that was one of the first gen Android phones did.
Not that the selection is really something to write home about anyways, I'm a prime member and there really isn't anything that Netflix doesn't have in a much easier layout to boot.

[1]: Nexus 7 both gen1 and gen2, Nexus 10, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note2, Motorola Bionic ( no clue about Netflix on this one, don't care either ), and a OG Moto droid original ( probably no Netflix either ), Oh yeah, and a Nook Color.

Comment: Re:Feedback loops (Score 1) 273

by chmod a+x mojo (#47750041) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

There is a feedback control that may help mitigate a small portion of the effect already, humidity. Water vapor concentrations in the atmosphere contribute to warming.... until they are concentrated enough so that the albedo effect kicks in ( clouds reflecting sunlight away ).

That isn't to say that it will be the panacea in any way, shape, or form though - since it will barely have an over-all effect short term. I was merely pointing out one tiny feedback check that is going on as we speak.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 727

by chmod a+x mojo (#47724799) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

One other question: why would it matter if I got a copy from TPB (other than the obvious danger of malware)?

Because the people that actually pay for PhotoShop are the ones who are much more likely to use the more powerful features instead of just being an amatuer ( no matter how good SOME of them are ) just fooling around with it. We can tell you the limitations of the software ( gimp actually can do a fair amount of what PS can, it's mostly the horrid UI that holds it back). Part of it is also plain old cussedness on the users part, we KNOW the shortcuts and where the tools / actions we need to do are in PS... when we look at gimp it looks like the UI threw up and we can't find what we want without a detailed search that breaks our concentration away from the project.

I beleive you are sincere, and I'm curious. Have you used GIMP 2.8 in Single Window mode? How about Blender?

Yes, I checked it out when 2.8 first came out ( the floating windows wasn't a deal breaker, only annoying ). It's the rest of the UI, it's very cluttered* and un-intuitive*.

One example from working on OS/X a few weeks ago when I checked it out again:
I select the 1px brush tool expecting a one pixel brush like I would get by default in PS. My "1px" brush was actually 3px in a horizontal bar by default ( and the brush shapes toolbox was out constantly cluttering up the UI ) and couldn't' for the life of me figure out how the hell to just get my brush to be 1px just by looking at the UI ( there was no 1px square in the shapes toolbox).

*In PS all tools are grouped by function( with the most commonly used on top with press and hold to bring up the lesser used tools) and the tool selection toolbox is user selectable either 1 or 2 tools wide, in gimp, at least by default it is a more scattered something like 5 tools wide and no grouping + other toolboxes embedded within the tools toolbox. This is in addition to some filters and adjustments being in odd places ( at least to a long time PS user ). One that I seem to remember all the time is the DeNoise filter not being grouped with other filters that deal with noise in gimp.

I don't use Blender, I use PhotoShop and Lightroom for photo editing, not the modeling / animating stuff Blender was meant for.

I actually LIKE Creative Cloud now, for $10 a month ( which is something like 5 minutes of work ) I get the most up to date PS and Lightroom instead of 300+ every few years. Obviously I would rather not pay anything ( hey $10 is a couple drinks a month ) but so far gimp just doesn't work out yet... and judging from the time it took to get single window mode, even if someone came up with a truly nice UI the devs would fight implementing it for years to come.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure? (Score 1) 727

by chmod a+x mojo (#47724523) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I can tell you from first hand experience: Photo wise the Linux equivalents are complete and utter shit, which is unfortunate since I would love to have a free cross platform alternative. For anyone who has actually worked with PhotoShop, not just played with a copy grabbed from the Pirate Bay, GIMP = shit (ungodly cluttered horrible looking UI), Krita = shit ( no where near as powerful), Picasa ( if you can call it a full fledged "editor" even ) = shit. Hell even on OS/X iPhoto is shit compared to PhotoShop... even as old as PS7.0.

And that is completely ignoring LightRoom.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 1) 727

by chmod a+x mojo (#47723067) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

if it is about the drivers not having a stable API / ABI he does have a point though. If a company already has doubts about releasing a driver for Linux, then finds out they have to tweak their driver every couple months when there is another point release they will be more likely to just say screw it and not bother with a driver.

If the API / ABI was stable for a sane set amount of time ( like Win9x / WinNT lifetimes, or even say 1-2 years ) companies probably would invest in building a codebase of drivers.

Hell even the FOSS driver crews could probably be further ahead on their drivers if they didn't constantly have to tweak stuff to match up to the kernel every. single. damn. release.

Comment: Re:Easy, India or China (Score 1) 303

by chmod a+x mojo (#47718139) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Wow, you either have guts or a serious lack of brains if you are trying to lecture a person on how Science works while not even knowing the difference between hypothesis, theory, and law.

Here's a hint: for something to become "only a theory" all hypothesis aspects of it has to have undergone extensive testing as well as being an accurate description of the observations being studied.

There is zero demonstrable practical output or progress in terms of human progress or human suffering to show for all the work and money that has gone into this field over the last 30 years, and anyone who puts any stock in it is no better informed than the creationist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old, because all of the world's leading bible scientists sat on their hemorrhoids and confirmed the same values while trying to infer the entire history and trajectory of the universe using a single pre-scientific-method cultural document transcribed from one culture's oral tradition, that described some details of some other culture's cultural events.

Yeah, all of us scientifically trained people are stew-pod right? Just because we didn't directly observe the clown that threw the pie in our face it must mean that there is no pie on our face huh? Face it, there are tons of people smarter than you, me, and everyone else out there... thousands of them from hundreds of countries saying the same thing after studying the wide spread of data available VS something like 50, maybe 100, all with shall we say... interesting ties to funding provided by parties with a vested interest in denying any sort of involvement with the environment.

Hmmm, wonder who seems more trustworthy to me?

Comment: Re:Fatsos (Score 4, Insightful) 88

by chmod a+x mojo (#47572043) Attached to: Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

I would still argue one point then: weight stability has nothing to do with internal absorption.

If a person is gaining weight that means their caloric intake is in excess of what they are using. If a stable weight is desired they must either reduce intake or increase calorie usage into a balance. Even if they have a high hunger response and can't reduce caloric intake they could do more activities that burn calories rather continue a more sedentary lifestyle.

The thing that really sucks is that moving around more ( burning calories ) is much much more difficult to start once obesity has set in due to how obesity affects the body. Stresses on joints and support bones are much greater, Oxygen absorption is generally lower, and depending on how obese the person is pressure on the diaphragm may make hard breathing even more difficult.

Between the difficulty in getting started exercising and the difficulty in breaking bad eating habits makes it very hard for many obese people to lose the weight. This does not excuse them from giving up before trying though.

Comment: Re:It's not a marketplace.. (Score 2) 258

by chmod a+x mojo (#47571621) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

The next step of a bubble is the "pop" where everyone realizes there's not much of a market left, and flees.

Well, only the get rich quick hunters will flee. The ones that stay will be the ones that realise that providing something "boring" but essential are the ones that will make it big and stay on top, just so long as they aren't sleeping at the wheel and let someone else do it better.
That, and those who are dedicated to making good games / timewaster applications that people will actually want to play... not just the floods of "me too" copy apps.

Comment: Re:GPLv4 - the good public license? (Score 1) 140

by chmod a+x mojo (#47536103) Attached to: The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

ummm, yeah, back up and think about it for a minute.

1: Hypothetical situation where the biggest military in the world by orders of magnitude is breaking a "stupid software license" ( their terms ).

2: your answer is "sue", either in US court / foreign court. Which then gets told "state secret blah blah blah" and to talk to the shiny new warhead if there are any problems.

3: You apparently think the biggest military is just gonna roll over because the software says they can't use it....

Premises 2 and 3 are just plain foolish, especially premise 3. It's not like there is rampant copyright violations worldwide... oh wait, I must have been thinking of the RIAA / MPAA dream world for a second instead of the real world.

TL;DR version: all that license is is a bunch of words to be ignored if you don't have the power to actually enforce it. And no, I highly doubt the rest of the world will declare WW3 over a copyright violation.

Comment: Geology.... (Score 1) 509

by chmod a+x mojo (#47460633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

I may be a bit biased here, but the need for Geologists is not going to go away until the Earth does. The sheer range of jobs available with a Geology degree is staggering, everything from a naturalist at a county park to Oceanography all the way up to the oil & gas industry or the USGS ( or insert your country name in front of the Geological Survey ) Federal government jobs.

Comment: Re:Come now. (Score 1) 104

by chmod a+x mojo (#47415343) Attached to: How Japan Lost Track of 640kg of Plutonium

Actually you can, you just need short refuel times to avoid burnoff in a LWR and some reprocessing. Also with proper cooling you can use reactor grade Pu in weapons ( late 50's it was successfully tested ).

I would think you could also separate the Pu-239 from the "useless" Pu-240 with a well tuned cyclotron, much like grabbing the U-235 from U-238. It would probably be easier and faster to just short fuel cycle a LWR and reprocess than separate the fuels with a single neutron mass difference though.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 61

by chmod a+x mojo (#47300279) Attached to: Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

The "feature" is just icing on the cake. It was always possible to change the greeter backgrounds... individually in each greeter settings file.

From the way it sounds in this press release you can set the background once in a centralized space and it will automatically change the background for you in the event you switch your greeter for any reason ( not a very common occurrence barring major bugs being introduced) , saving you the "hassle" of having to go through and set up the new greeter background.

In other words it's polish, not a new killer feature.

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