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Comment: Re:Had this issue (Score 1) 388

by garryknight (#45931191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?
I've had mail intended for someone whose name is the same as mine but who uses the firstname.lastname form. It may just be that his name is Gary rather than Garry and is a sloppy typist. But I'm concerned about few things:

1) How much of my email has he received that I haven't seen?
2) What has he unsubscribed me from?
3) If Gmail treats firstname.lastname the same as firstnamelastname then why do they allow both to sign up for separate accounts? Don't they check for existing name when you sign up?

This looks like yet another security blunder on Google's part.

Comment: What are you using it for? (Score 1) 333

by garryknight (#45765759) Attached to: Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display
isn't 1080p enough?

Depends on what you're using it for. I started out in the computer world programming home PCs with tiny resolutions, then coding in assembler for EGA then VGA, sometimes for 20 hours solid. That's what there was so that's what you used and your eyes got used to it. And now we're looking forward to 4K screens.

But as others are pointing out, the resolution you need depends to a large degree on what you're using it for. Not many people, as a percentage of the population, are creating 4K video. Most people simply need something that's comfortable to read.

As an amateur photographer I need a screen whose resolution is within a certain range. I need plenty of res to work with 14MB NEF files (photos of, say, 4000x3000) without having to squint. On the other hand, it's of no use to me if I zoom in to 1:1 and the image gets visibly smaller. A good fit would be something around 1920x1080 on a 22" monitor, which is what I currently have. I would imagine that a draughtsman would prefer something on the order of twice that in each dimension, or more.

I wouldn't be working on a laptop by choice but if I were, I'd still want around 1920x1080 on a 17" screen.

Comment: The only drug that WHAT? (Score 1) 706

Zothecula writes "It is a great irony that alcohol should be legislated into becoming man's most commonly used recreational drug, as it's the only drug that causes more harm to others than to the user."

Zothecula is showing his ignorance. Or he's using the verb 'causes' without adequate explanation. Nicotine causes more harm, more suffering, more illness, and more deaths than all of the other drugs put together because of its delivery method, the cigarette. In fact, even if you factor together deaths from the other drugs, from road accidents, and from wars, they still won't add up to the number of deaths from the use of nicotine. Tens of thousands of non-smokers are killed by nicotine addicts every year here in the UK, and the numbers of people who are not yet dead but seriously ill far outweighs that number. And worldwide the figure runs into the millions.

So what do the governments do about it? Well, the UK government taxes tobacco but rather than pump those taxes into the NHS to fund addiction treatment and treatment of the victims, it's currently in the process of trying to wreck the NHS. Until there is adequate treatment in the form of drug addiction withdrawal treatment and psychotherapy for the underlying mental health problems, millions of victims of nicotine addiction - both the addicts and those made victims by the addicts - will continue to die.

It's the world's worst drug addiction problem. And it won't be stopped until people stop lying about it.

Comment: Re:O RLY? (Score 1) 250

by garryknight (#34670182) Attached to: The Animal World Has Its Junkies, Too

Alex Belits> consciousness is by definition a kind of mental activity specific to humans.

fastest fascist> Care to provide a source for that claim, other than your ass?

Simply by being a source for that claim, his ass - assuming that he does, indeed, possess such an animal - would be contradicting itself, surely.

Comment: Nobody mentioned grsync (Score 1) 421

by garryknight (#28447279) Attached to: How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?
I first got into syncing when I bought my now-departed Thinkpad. I looked at unison but didn't like the way it seemed to dump large amounts of configuration stuff in my home directory. So I wrote scripts using rsync - one set to sync stuff from the pc to the laptop, and one set to sync the other way.

When I got my EeePC then my Advent (MSI Wind clone) netbook I simply edited my sync scripts (and /etc/hosts) and carried on as usual. Then I discovered grsync which is a graphical front-end to rsync.

Rather than having a script for each directory branch, I just fill in the source and targets, then select which options I want, e.g. which perms to preserve, whether to compress the data (useful when syncing while away from home), whether to delete files that are missing on the target, etc. So instead of a set of scripts, I just have one config file in ~/.grsync which is, of course, pure text and can be hand-edited if necessary.

What's even better about grsync is that between the source and target directory fields is a double-headed arrow; click this and the source becomes the target and vice versa. So I sync to the netbook, do stuff while I'm out of the house, then click the double-headed arrow and sync back to the pc. Couldn't be simpler.

Grsync also has fields for commands to be executed before and after rsync is called, so you can copy, move, zip, write logfiles, etc, etc. It also has a field in which you can enter additional options to rsync, so you could, for example, enter --exclude '*~' if you wanted rsync to ignore certain backup files.

I suppose I should add the usual disclaimer that I'm no relation to the author or his dog. You can find grsync here:

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