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Comment Re:Air conditioning? Open a window. (Score 1) 813 813

Sorry, I live in Stuttgart (after having lived in Dayton, OH for over 4 years). This area of Germany is not nearly as hot/humid as the US Midwest is, let alone the DC area. I'm still waiting for the "summer" weather to kick in -- and it's July.

Comment Re:Linux Mint Debian Edition LMDE is Gnome 2 (Score 1) 117 117

The problem with LMDE is that it is still Debian with a bit more sane initial configuration. And you're only guaranteed to stay with Gnome 2 if you stay with stable, and LMDE is meant to be a rolling distro that tracks testing. It also doesn't allow installation onto a pre-existing LUKS-LVM setup, like I can with Fedora. On the whole, it's just not as user-friendly for the desktop. I have found that, for the time being, Fuduntu is a pretty nice alternative. Since it is based on Fedora 14, it has Gnome 2, but with an updated kernal (3.0.3). Then again, since it's based on 14, it will stop receiving updates once F16 is released.
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RIP, SunSolve 100 100

Kymermosst writes "Today marks the last day that SunSolve will be available. Oracle sent the final pre-deployment details today for the retirement of SunSolve and the transition to its replacement, My Oracle Support Release 5.2, which begins tomorrow. People who work with Sun's hardware and software have long used SunSolve as a central location for specifications, patches, and documentation."
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Smart Wallets React To Spending By Shrinking 98 98

fangmcgee writes "These high-tech wallets are digitally programmed to react to your bank account levels by shrinking in size, refusing to open, or vibrating whenever a transaction is processed. From the article: 'The Proverbial Wallets come in three attractive styles to fit your spending needs: The Mother Bear has a constricting hinge that makes it harder to open the closer you approach your monthly budget, while the Bumblebee buzzes every time a transaction is processed. The Peacock inflates and deflates with the amount of cash in your account, which puts your assets on “display” for potential mates, according to the designers.'"
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Paleontologists Discover World's Horniest Dinosaur 109 109

Ponca City, We love you writes "The Guardian reports that paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast called Kosmoceratops richardsoni that stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns and lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah. 'These animals are basically over-sized rhinos with a whole lot more horns on their heads. They had huge heads relative to their body size,' says Scott Sampson, a researcher at the Utah Museum of Natural History."
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After 2 Years of Development, LTSP 5.2 Is Out 79 79

The Linux Terminal Server Project has for years been simplifying the task of time-sharing a Linux system by means of X terminals (including repurposed low-end PCs). Now, stgraber writes "After almost two years or work and 994 commits later made by only 14 contributors, the LTSP team is proud to announce that the Linux Terminal Server Project released LTSP 5.2 on Wednesday the 17th of February. As the LTSP team wanted this release to be some kind of a reference point in LTSP's history, LDM (LTSP Display Manager) 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 were released on the same day. Packages for LTSP 5.2, LDM 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 are already in Ubuntu Lucid and a backport for Karmic is available. For other distributions, packages should be available very soon. And the upstream code is, as always, available on Launchpad."

Comment Re:I've been doing this for years. (Score 1) 176 176

I'm fairly new faculty (second year), teaching aerospace engineering. I've taught several classes with Onenote, in a similar way. How do you set up the Onenote pages so the page breaks in the correct place (without constantly going back and forth from print preview)?

Comment Re:OT: Go Play Outside (Score 1) 122 122

MOD PARENT UP

This is probably one of the most insightful things I've read here regarding the raising of children. We have four, and each is completely different (and has been since birth). Dealing with each individual child must be tailored to that unique personality. What works with one, will not work with the others.

Comment Re:Alternative proposal (Score 2, Interesting) 139 139

That's actually an idea that has been tried. Slashdot covered a similar effort here. Check out the comments there. Not a lot of support, huh? Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Slashdot seems to have a way of mixing "Utah", "Mormon", "Porn", and "Censorhip" to make things much more sensational than they really are.

Comment Re:CP80 = SCO, sort of. (Score 1) 139 139

Have you every met Ralph Yarro? I have. At Brigham Young University, at a discussion concerning CP80 and potential solutions to what is, in my opinion, a scourge of porn that is more available than it every should be. He's actually a decent guy. I'm with him on this one. I gave him a bit of a hard time for the whole SCO-Linux lawsuit, and we agreed to disagree on that matter, but I'm behind him here.

You know, you might be a little more open about your biases and agenda (BYU, where real dissent is not tolerated?). What's the story? What's your slant? I'll be open and honest: I'm a BYU graduate, I'm an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I grew up in Utah (haven't lived there in about 12 years, though), and yet, I'm a Linux fan. But I've met Ralph, and I think he's a decent guy. Technically ignorant? Only interested in profit? I think not. Someone who has seen the effect of porn on the lives of young university students and is trying to find a solution to a vexing problem.

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