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Comment Compiz should add support for this (Score 1) 460 460

I tried to suggest this on IRC last year:

Conversation with #compiz-fusion at Tue 03 Mar 2009 12:12:07 PM SAST on davidfraser@irc.freenode.net (irc)
(12:12:43 PM) davidfraser: I'm trying to get compiz to switch my Viewports independently for two screens - the mmmode setting seems to have no effect
(12:13:00 PM) davidfraser: I'm using Xrandr - do I need to rather configure multiple monitors in my xorg.conf to make this work?
(12:21:34 PM) maniac103: davidfraser: you need separate X screens (separate screen sections in xorg.conf), otherwise it's not possible
(12:21:50 PM) davidfraser: thanks maniac103
(12:22:12 PM) ***davidfraser thinks this is suboptimal, particularly for laptops where screens are attached and removed mid-session
(12:34:55 PM) crdlb: davidfraser: regardless, xrandr-output-specific viewport movement would be total crack
(12:56:40 PM) davidfraser: crdlb: Why do you say xrandr-output-specific viewport movement would be total crack? Methinks it would totally rock
(12:57:23 PM) adamk_: It would be one massive hack to implement.
(12:57:41 PM) davidfraser: That's true...
(12:58:15 PM) adamk_: Well what developer wants to constantly maintain a nasty hack moving forward?
(01:02:40 PM) davidfraser: OK the question is is it a desirable feature - if so perhaps more APIs etc need to be added to X to make it feasible in a non-hacky way
(01:09:52 PM) adamk_: I don't like it in e17, so I doubt I'd like it in compiz. I'm quite sure others would feel differently.
(01:09:56 PM) adamk_: So get coding then :-)
(01:13:52 PM) davidfraser: :-)

Comment Re:You mean the illegal immigrant? (Score 1) 926 926

Actually he did not run away from them - see the wikipedia article on him - the original reports that he vaulted the barrier and that the police challenged him seem to be false too. > At some point Menezes entered the Tube station at about 10: 00 a.m., stopping to pick up a free Metro newspaper. He used his Oyster card to pay the fare, walked through the barriers, and descended the escalator slowly. He then ran across the platform to board the newly arrived train. Menezes boarded the train and found one of the first available seats.

Comment Re:Sort of Hawking Radiation (Score 1) 165 165

We create things that travel faster than the speed of light in other media all the time. The blue Cherenkov Radiation glow in fission reactors is caused by particles exceeding the speed of light in water, and creating a light shockwave analogous to the sound shockwave that e.g. supersonic aircraft produce.

When you say "we", I'm presuming you're referring to all those of us who have fission reactors giving off Cherenkov Radiation glow in our back sheds...


First Android/ARM Netbook To Cost $250, Maker Says 92 92

ericatcw writes "There was a flurry of excitement earlier this week when the first Google Android netbook, the Skytone Alpha 680, was spotted by Slashdotters. Now, Computerworld has scored an exclusive interview with Skytone's co-founder. Among many tidbits, he reveals that the Alpha 680 builds upon the success of last year's $180 Alpha 400, which shipped 100,000 units, mostly in Europe under names such as Elonex OneT; that the new Alpha 680 will weigh 1.5 pounds, 25% less than the first Eee 701 netbook; that its ARM11 chip (basically the same as the one used in the iPhone) can handle YouTube video; and that he hopes to have Chinese manufacturing partners producing the $250 Alpha 680 within 3 months."

Most Distant Object Yet Detected, Bagged By Galileo Scope 101 101

An anonymous reader writes "It's fitting, in this 400th anniversary of the astronomical telescope, that the Telescopio Nationale Galileo (TNG) in the Canary Islands would be used to uncover the most distant object ever seen by mankind. The gamma-ray burst from April 23, a powerful explosion from a dying star, was detected by the Swift satellite using on-board gamma-ray and X-ray instruments. A flurry of activity led to the remarkable discovery that the event occurred roughly 630 million years after the Big Bang. This makes GRB 090423 the most distant known event!"

Comment Re:Copyright relicensing 101 is UNTRUE (Score 1) 95 95

This is rubbish. If you can't get explicit agreement from a contributor you need to trace them down or replace their contribution, unless you have explicitly obtained the contribution under a licensing agreement.

In this case, Wikimedia's licensing agreement under which contributions were made explicitly allows changing the license to a later version of GFDL, and the latest version of that allows relicensing under CC-BY-SA 3.0 - see many other posts here for the full explanation.

So the voting is about whether Wikimedia's community agree with the policy, not about whether you agree with your submissions being relicensed - you already gave them that right (without assigning copyright to them)

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