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Comment: Re:Since when is using paranoia unethical in USA (Score 1) 168

by mabinogi (#44145317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Explaining Cloud Privacy Risks To K-12 Teachers?

That's odd. K12 isn't a term that's really used in either Australia or New Zealand, as far as I'm aware. (Born and grew up in NZ, have now lived in Australia for 20 years).

But then again, my involvement in the school system has only ever been as a student and a parent. Maybe it's a common term internally.

Comment: Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (Score 1) 95

by mabinogi (#43408633) Attached to: Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

There are a whole bunch of reasons why I'm not looking at the Windows video editors - but the simplest ones are:

* Linux is my primary desktop environment (and has been since the late 90s). I can use Windows, and am perfectly comfortable doing so, but switching to it means dropping out of what I'm currently doing and rebooting, which is a pain I'd rather avoid.
* Video is not my life. I only occasionally want to do anything with video - usually as a project with my daughter. Kdenlive works pretty well (apart from the crashes) but the infrequency of my usage makes it very hard to justify spending money on a commercial solution - even without adding the annoyance of switching to Windows to actually use it.

To add to that, I have in fact tried demos of some of the more popular entry level Windows based video editors, and none of them in the ~$100 range were really all that great. Maybe the $500+ range has some truly brilliant software, but again, I'll never know because it's not worth it to me. (And I do spend money when I'm going to get value from it, but Music is my real hobby, so Sonar Producer and various Softsynths are where my commercial software dollars go)

Comment: Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (Score 1) 95

by mabinogi (#43398349) Attached to: Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

* No waveform view for audio tracks (how are you supposed to sync audio and video?)
* No per-clip markers, only global markers. (How are you supposed to find points of interest and sync points in clips before dropping them on the timeline?)

In addition, a useful feature Kdenlive has - that I don't know if Openshot has - is the ability to use unrendered Kdenlive projects as clips. Which means you can create extremely complicated projects, and then only have to do one final rendering at the end. That way you can work on individual scenes separately, then combine them in a master project.

Comment: Re:Hopefully it fixed a lot of bugs .... (Score 5, Insightful) 95

by mabinogi (#43389423) Attached to: Video Editor Kdenlive 0.9.6 Released

It's pretty much the best open source video editor out there. It has the right mix of ease of use and functionality - they just need to work on the flakiness. Every now and then when I have need to do video editing, I've looked at the alternatives, and Kdenlive - crashes and all - is the only thing that ever actually does the job.

The commercial Windows based editors may well work a lot better, but I'll never know, because I'll never use any of them.

Medicine

Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction 156

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-re-arrange-me-till-I'm-sane dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The prelimbic region of the prefrontal cortex in the human brain is thought to play a key role in drug addiction, and researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse wanted to see if manipulating cells there had a positive or negative impact on that addiction. They got some rats addicted to cocaine but not before loading them up with light sensitive proteins called rhodopsins that were placed in their prefrontal cortex, attaching to the neurons there. By shining a tuned laser light on to the prefrontal cortex, it was possible to activate and deactivate the cells. By turning them on with the laser, the addictive behavior of the rats was removed. Turning them off, even in non-addicted rats, saw the addictive behavior return or introduced."

Comment: Re:wayland's flopping, lets try again! (Score 1) 354

by mabinogi (#43146237) Attached to: Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

if you want your application to be portable you cannot make use of any features of any particular desktop environment.

So basically you're saying that in order to be portable, you don't use non portable features? That's a revelation...

There's very few non portable desktop features anyway - most stuff gets picked up by all of the environments one way or another. I can't even think of any desktop specific feature that would make an application unusable in another environment...

Graphics

More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?" 337

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-invented-here dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Canonical Desktop and Mobile Engineer Christopher Halse Rogers explains in more detail the decision for Mir as apposed to Wayland. Although Halse Rogers 'was not involved in the original decision to create Mir,' he's had 'discussions with those who were.' 'We want something like Wayland, but different in almost all the details.' 'The upsides of doing our own thing — we can do exactly and only what we want, we can build an easily-testable codebase, we can use our own infrastructure, we don't have an additional layer of upstream review.' In a separate post Halse Rogers answer the question: Does this fragment the Linux graphics driver space?"

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