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Comment: Re:As a subscriber (Score 1) 56

by gigne (#47507467) Attached to: Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

"Why even delay individual articles until there's a whole magazine's worth. Why not just publish individual articles online as they become available."

Excellent idea! We should call it a web log. I'm sure we could shorten that into something punchier.

Joking aside, I do prefer the rollup content. I treat the magazine like a monthly digest and allocate 3 hours to read it all.

Comment: As a subscriber (Score 1) 56

by gigne (#47506571) Attached to: Print Isn't Dead: How Linux Voice Crowdfunded a New Magazine

I love the magazine. Great content. However...

I currently have 4 unopened on my desk. Instead of the paper version, I read the pdf versions while I was out and about.
I still read the dead tree in occasionally, it is great in my bathroom, but print is dying.

Also Linux Voice guys, great job but please get some proof reading in there. Sometimes the articles are almost impossible to parse.


Comment: Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (Score 4, Informative) 142

"Things have changed now; storing credit card data has come to be regarded as routine in the post-1 click, impulse buy Internet world."

Having intefgrated with several payment processing systems, I can tell you no one stores credit card information any more. At least in Europe. PCI-DSS regulations are very clear on this.

What we have now is a token we can use. The token is returned after a payment is made. You can keep this token int he DB to allow repeat purchases. This is similar to storing the credit card, but you can only re-use that token with the single payment processor company and give the original payee that money.

Pretty much useless for a criminal.

The liability for leaking a cc number is now with the payment processor, and they are generally held to a higher security standard than your average chinese retaurant chain.

Comment: Re:Phoronix Rocks (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by gigne (#47167539) Attached to: Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

Yeah i'm going to have to second that.

Not only do they have great perf tests, but there is also a great depth of kernel news, x/wayland/mir and other general good to know linux news

If only those popup ads were destroyed. On my mobile it can be hard to get rid of them.

I'm going to head over there right now and pay for a subscription

Comment: Re:The Nook is/was excellent (Score 1) 321

by gigne (#47111295) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

What happened to keeping things simple. I really like that my Kobo has one function... e-books. All the rest of that stuff, annotations etc are just fluff.
I just want to read the book. No mess, no fuss.

I only pine for a better backlight that doesn't illumate my room in the dark. Waking my wife because she thinks she is in the headlights of an incoming car is not ideal.

Comment: Re:Move along nothing to see here. (Score 1) 56

by gigne (#47099563) Attached to: Servo Stock 3D Printer Brings Closed-Loop Control To Reprap


I have spent a lot of time with servo motors and closed loop PID. (mainly Openservo) Even the best servo has some slop in the mechanics.

The real problem here isnt the mechanics, it is the PID loop. Unless precicely calibrated (and I mean really precicely) then the overshoot or settle becomes a big problem.

Much better to close that loop with a stepper motor or decent DC and precision gearbox.

My UM has never missed a step that I know of, and is certainly more precise than +/- 2 steps.

Remember the good old days, when CPU was singular?