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Comment Re:Does the update improve my LIFE? (Score 1) 319

Just tolling, but it is unlikely you pre-date copy-paste (i.e. the clipboard), the mouse, or even video conferencing :-P (ok,ok I'm just a fan of this demo... I've always found it amazing for the time)

More on topic: I agree, If you aren't adding something useful, or shortening the path to something I use, then most UI changes are a waste of time; but like someone else mentioned you get used to it same as when the car's brights are turned on by pushing and leaving the multi-function switch forward as opposed to clicking it backwards.

This is especially true with the OS, and at least for me, there is an additional level of frustration with any changes to control panel / system settings.... it frustrates me to no end when i know exactly the screen i want, but have no idea how to get there anymore. :(

Comment Re:numbers (Score 1) 363

I wasn't serious btw :) I just couldn't resist since it was quoted as "one quarter", and "vehicle is making a left turn" brings to mind a intersection, at which there are typically 4 possible directions.
I know going in reverse or making a U-turn is not as frequent an occurrence as going straight, I was trying for funny. :-)

Comment beginning, middle, hopefully not end (Score 1) 558

First: A 33Mhz Packard Bell with 8Mb memory (I think), 256Mb HDD, sound card, video card, and a turbo button; running Windows 3.11

Longest use: A Celeron 1Ghz (or so) desktop maxed out with 512Mb RAM, a 30GB HDD, sound card, cheap network card, and ATI Rage XL 8Mb PCI video card. Started life in 2001, was in active use up to a couple months ago [schoolwork for most of that, a stint as development / file server, then sat around for a few years, and lastly resurrected as a media player].

Latest: A Haswell Pentium 3.2 Ghz, 8Gb RAM, 500GB HDD running Ubuntu 14.04.2. viewed with a Gateway* 24" 16:9 LED IPS and a Samsung 19" 4:3 LCD. Planning to upgrade to a 256GB SSD (HDD was from a old machine) and a Nvidia GT 730 or GTX 750ti sc ... undecided as this is my last remaining non small form-factor machine, and when possible, I used to upgrade my other desktops with this one's hand me downs :)

* Yeah, I didn't know they were still around either!

Comment perception vs reality (Score 1) 169

Makes be think it would be neat to compare the poll submissions to the real results. Or maybe next week's poll will be on how accurate Slashdotters think they are in regards to evaluating their comment history. But then the week after will have to be how accurate we think we are at predicting how accurate we are..... :-)

Comment I like them (Score 1) 141

For what it's worth, I have a first-run model B (256mb RAM) and yes the supply was short back then, I ordered it at launch (Feb) and got it in July, but i expected as much so it was never an issue. Last year I got a later model B (512mb RAM), no wait at all.

I've never had any problems with either; the older one runs as a web and VoIP server, the second is my used by my 7 year old to play with Scratch. I have never regretted either purchase, although I will admit running Scratch can tax the Pi, but it is cheap enough to introduce my kid to Linux without making it their main machine.

For goodness sake, I have a 13year old desktop sporting a 1Ghz Celeron with 512MB ram that is hooked up to a tv and serves as a media player for my youngest. If you can't find a use for a cheap linux box with a somewhat modern GPU, stop whining and use Google.... or just don't buy it. :)

Submission + - We The People ( Petition for increased NASA funding (

corando writes: I came across this petition and thought I'd share with fellow slashdotters (it may not be well written, but it is nice to see some people still care):

Increase NASA funding. So we can discover new worlds, protect us from danger and to make dreams come true. CJ, Age: 6.5

Increase the funding for NASA so that children can dream of exploring the universe. Science funding is the future of our country.

Anything cut to length will be too short.