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Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 238

by fendragon (#47468107) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

I think you missed the big one: lots of people might actually start using Google+.

...Some people just didn't like the blatant privacy violations.

I might start using Google+, because the new system WILL allow me to use my real name at last.
I didn't care for jumping though all the certification hoops required to prove that my usual (single) name is, in fact, real.

Comment: Re: A bit slow Slashdot? (Score 1) 710

Doesn't really tell us anything and certainly doesn't deny any of what Julie has alleged.

It doesn't deny it, but it does suggest that the problem is restricted to one or two people and not represent GitHub's office culture generally. It may not be quite as simple as that, of course, if the claims of chatroom spying turn out to be true.

Comment: Similar has been done before (Score 2) 56

by fendragon (#46375119) Attached to: Belgian Barrels Reveal History of Human Gut Microbes
There was a network of hydraulic pipes around the City of London, originally for powering hydraulically operated lifts (elevators) from a central source of water pressure. The pipes, unused for many decades, were bought up by Mercury Communications as a ready-made conduit for their new fibre network in the 1980s. It was obviously far cheaper than digging up the road for new pipework, as far as it went.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised ... (Score 4, Interesting) 79

by fendragon (#46310823) Attached to: Open Source Video Editor Pitivi Seeks Crowdfunding to Reach 1.0
It's getting some love here!

I've used Avidemux for a long time, tried KDEnlive before and it was hard to understand and kept crashing - but a recent version of KDEnlive is quite different - easy to use, reasonably stable, does more than I want and will use all six cores of my CPU for rendering if I ask it to. I don't know about Pitivi, but you'd have to work very hard to convince me to throw development money at that when KDEnlive is apparently so far ahead.

As mentioned above there's also Cinelerra. I found that hard work to understand but I suspect it's very powerful.

Comment: Re:It's like telling a Photoshop user: Try Paint! (Score 2) 299

by fendragon (#46090033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
Ardour is getting very good these days. The MIDI support (new in Ardour 3) still has a few problems, but some intensive development focus on MIDI is apparently planned soon. I've produced a couple of whole CD albums on Ardour (sound recording only, no MIDI) and it's performed well, originally with M-Audio hardware but I'm using RME now.

Getting Ardour and other music/video software installed and configured to work properly and with low latency isn't easy though, and you are best off with a distribution that's been designed for that purpose from the start. AV Linux is my choice, though I've heard good things said about KXStudio and Dream Studio too.

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by fendragon (#45626835) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent
I never said SD cards had to be FAT: what I said was that Windows can and will use long names on FAT16, citing SD cards below 2GB as a commonly available example of FAT16, and when you buy them new they are formatted with FAT.

And yes, at least with FAT there are volume size implications in the choice of FAT12 vs FAT16 vs FAT32.

Comment: Re:What about FAT32 (Score 1) 192

by fendragon (#45626467) Attached to: German Court Invalidates Microsoft FAT Patent
FAT12 and FAT16 DO support long filenames. For example, most SD cards up to 1GB are FAT16 (so are some 2GB cards), and Windows will create long file names on them. Though you wouldn't often need or want to use LFN on a volume small enough to be FAT12, there's no technical reason why you couldn't.

So the Patent discussion is applicable to all three FAT sizes, because they all use the same mechanism for long names.


One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-in-your-genes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Comment: Re:Why does linux get this? (Score 1) 240

by fendragon (#33598202) Attached to: Adobe Releases New 64-Bit Flash Plugin For Linux

Why not say all OSes got 64-bit. Do they expect us to read the article or something? Honestly..

If I remember correctly, for a long time there have been 32 bit and 64 bit flash plugins for Windows while Linux only had 32 bit versions; you needed a special software wrapper to use the 32 bit plugin on 64 bit Linux, and it didn't work too well for everybody.
So Linux getting a 64 bit plugin along with the other platforms IS newsworthy.

PC Games (Games)

Valve Apologizes For 12,000 Erroneous Anti-Cheating Bans 202

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-right dept.
Earlier this week, there were reports that large numbers of Modern Warfare 2 players on Steam were getting erroneously banned by Valve's Anti-Cheat software. While such claims are usually best taken with a grain of salt, the quantity and suddenness caused speculation that Valve's software wasn't operating correctly. A few days later, Valve president Gabe Newell sent out an email acknowledging that roughly 12,000 players had been inappropriately banned over the preceding two weeks. "The problem was that Steam would fail a signature check between the disk version of a DLL and a latent memory version. This was caused by a combination of conditions occurring while Steam was updating the disk image of a game." Valve reversed the bans and gave free copies of Left 4 Dead 2 to everyone who was affected.

Comment: Re:Brilliant. Go Steve! (Score 2, Interesting) 609

by fendragon (#32220736) Attached to: Inventor Demonstrates Infinitely Variable Transmission

You just stated the definition of a differential gear. It is not new in any way, and describes exactly how a planetary gear works and is normally used. For a real world example take a look at the Hybrid Synergy Drive used in Toyota Prius.

I don't think it is the same as that. In the HSD the electric motor is contributing a large part of the output power, whereas TFA seems to be saying that the control power is significantly less that the power being transmitted, and hopefully will be less than the energy wasted in a friction based CVT.


iPhone-Controlled Helicopter With AR Games 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-to-da-ichoppa dept.
andylim writes "Parrot has unveiled a remote-controlled helicopter that boasts augmented reality games. The helicopter is controlled using an iPhone or iPod Touch's accelerometer and touchscreen. There's a camera on the front of the helicopter, which you can use to navigate and to play augmented reality games, including a game that involves fighting a gigantic robot."

Comment: Re:Eh (Score 1) 400

by fendragon (#30280712) Attached to: Lifecycle Energy Costs of LED, CFL Bulbs Calculated

LEDs [...] no toxic materials

Gallium arsenide is a carcinogen, and arsenic is released when the crystal is exposed to water (after the LED light is thrown out and ends up in a landfill.) Manufacturing of semiconductors is producing poisonous waste, and it requires large amounts of energy.

The new ones will use Gallium Nitride
I've seen a 4W Gallium Nitride LED lamp (on someone's kitchen ceiling, next to 11W CFL equivalents) and it's very effective. In that case it's an advantage that the LED is directional - the original incandescents for which they substitute would have been reflector bulbs. The light is yellower and more like an incandescent than the CFLs next to it.

As for energy cost of manufacturing, the original article claims to have factored that in to the total lifetime cost.

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