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Comment: will stay with Debian derivative (Score 1) 867

by jpkeating (#41488703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Redhat (1999) > Laser5 (Japanese) > Kondara (Japanese) > Mandrake > Ubuntu > Lubuntu
(couldn't even boot on two machines after upgrade made Unity the default, and it's an abomination anyway)

window manager: FVWM
file browser: TkDesk
both required major config-file changes to pare them down and tweak them, but they now are indispensible to me

+ - What is the best way for a group to upload files and edit online?

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jpkeating
jpkeating writes "I work for a publication whose central server failed for a day. We were able to make pages individually with InDesign, but only a few of our workstations run it, so we had to put out an issue by copying text and photos onto USB keys, then onto those workstations, and then onto the pages. A better way, if it exists, would let us put text and photos into online folders and edit the text there. Does this exist? Google Docs comes close, but you can't create a document directly in a collection (a quasi-folder) or put in photos. Multiple people need access at the same time, though we don't need to edit simultaneously. How can a bunch of people create and upload documents online, plus photos, in distinct folders?"
Science

+ - California to license self-driving cars->

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DevotedSkeptic
DevotedSkeptic writes "Californian senators have passed a bill that looks set to make the state the second in the US to approve self-driving cars on its roads.

The bill was passed unanimously by state senators, and now hits the desk of governor Jerry Brown, who's expected to sign it into law.

It calls on the California Department of Motor Vehicles to start developing standards and licensing procedures for autonomous vehicles.

"This bill would require the department to adopt safety standards and performance requirements to ensure the safe operation and testing of 'autonomous vehicles', as defined, on the public roads in this
state," it reads.

"The bill would permit autonomous vehicles to be operated or tested on the public roads in this state pending the adoption of safety standards and performance requirements that would be adopted
under this bill."

Until these standards are developed, though, it's unclear precisely under what conditions driverless cars will be allowed to operate. It's pretty certain that a driver will be required to sit behind the steering wheel at all times, as in Nevada.

Google's already been testing its autonomous vehicles on California roads for some time. In a recent blog post, engineering lead Chris Urmson said that the company's cars had now completed more than 300,000 miles of testing without a single accident.

Don't expect to be riding in a self-driving car any time soon, though.

"To provide the best experience we can, we’ll need to master snow-covered roadways, interpret temporary construction signals and handle other tricky situations that many drivers encounter," says Urmson.

"As a next step, members of the self-driving car team will soon start using the cars solo (rather than in pairs), for things like commuting to work. This is an important milestone, as it brings this technology one step closer to every commuter.""

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+ - Google Patents Software that Identifies Real World Objects within Videos->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Google has been recently granted a patent that could not only improve online search but, also will possibly give the search engine giant an awful lot of information about the world. Google, through the software, wants to scan and analyze the content within videos, YouTube videos most probably, and look for objects in the real world, identify them, and make a catalogue out of those objects. The patent describes Google’s technology of scanning a video, picking out landmarks, objects and context; and subsequent tagging and categorization."
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Comment: Re:Small Error.... (Score 1) 685

by jpkeating (#38039636) Attached to: Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

Uninstall overlay-scrollbar and liboverlay-scrollbar. I hate them to. I can never get them to appear and stay long enough to scroll.

I found Unity frustrating, baffling and unusable. I've installed Lubuntu, which is fast, light and easy. It has everything that makes Ubuntu easy, and dumps everything that makes it slow and annoying.

Comment: Re:Perhaps "eden" ... (Score 1) 277

by jpkeating (#34522454) Attached to: A Lost Civilization Beneath the Persian Gulf?
Smithsonian magazine had a good article on Eden and the Persian Gulf in 1987, too long ago to be in their online archives. Most references to it are on Christian sites. The article was based on archaeology by Juris Zarins. Genesis describes three rivers flowing into Eden. Zarins says two were the Tigris and Euphrates. The third is a fossil river in Saudi Arabia. The idea is simple and plausible. The Wikipedia page on Zarins: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juris_Zarins/ A good description of the research: http://ldolphin.org/eden/ I thought of this often during the Persian Gulf War -- the war in the Garden of Eden.

Comment: Re:Why pay $80 when you can get Office for $50 (Score 1) 214

by jpkeating (#28539649) Attached to: SoftMaker Office 2008 vs. OpenOffice.org 3.1
I am pleased to see SoftMaker get some recognition. I've used OpenOffice.org since the early days of StarOffice, and have tried every GUI editor available for Linux. SoftMaker's suite is worth the money. I've bought it twice (the original TextMaker, and the 2006 suite), and will buy it again. TextMaker (the only member of the suite I use) is easy to use, has everything I need and more, and works well with Word formats. I only use OpenOffice when I have to make a document that uses Japanese and also requires formatting. Kennedy is right about OpenOffice's weakness. Not long ago I tried to make a document containing Machu Picchu pictures gleaned off the Web, with identifying captions. Just two to four photos on a page, with captions, so I could print out the set I had collected. OpenOffice failed utterly. Making captions was difficult, and it kept crashing. After each crash, photos would be distorted or missing. It couldn't properly reopen a document it had made, even one made fresh without a crash. TextMaker 2006 had no such problems. I was amazed that OpenOffice failed on such a simple task. TextMaker does have a number of weaknesses, and I have given SoftMaker feedback on my main gripes and requests. The biggest have to do with encodings and non-European languages. It allegedly can deal with Asian characters, but in practice does not. I have not bought the most recent versions because the older ones (I use two) work just fine for me, and because I am waiting until they iron out their encoding problems. It also has a proprietary file format, which I use only while working on a document; I keep documents for the long term as plain text, or in RTF or PDF format.

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